US sanctions operators of “free VPN” that routed crime traffic through user PCs

Getty Images The US Treasury Department has sanctioned three Chinese nationals for their involvement in a VPN-powered botnet with more than 19 million residential IP addresses they rented out to cybercriminals to obfuscate their illegal activities, including COVID-19 aid scams and bomb threats. The criminal enterprise, the Treasury Department said Tuesday, was a residential proxy … Read more

Five years later, the Kindle Oasis is still the best e-reader I’ve used — and that’s a problem

I started using the Kindle Oasis soon after it debuted in 2019, switching from the previous-gen Oasis that lacked the warm light feature. In the intervening five years, I used the Oasis extensively; after my monitor, the e-reader gets the most amount of screen time every week. Hardwired (Image credit: Nicholas Sutrich / Android Central) … Read more

Huge Google Search Document Leak Reveals Inner Workings of Ranking Algorithm

Danny Goodwin reports via Search Engine Land: A trove of leaked Google documents has given us an unprecedented look inside Google Search and revealed some of the most important elements Google uses to rank content. Thousands of documents, which appear to come from Google’s internal Content API Warehouse, were released March 13 on Github by … Read more

T-Mobile Announces UScellular Acquisition, Promises Improved Connectivity in Rural Areas

T-Mobile today announced plans to purchase UScellular’s wireless operations for $4.4 billion, a deal that includes UScellular’s wireless customers, stores, and select cellular spectrum. According to T-Mobile, the purchase will provide millions of UScellular customers access to the T-Mobile network, improving connectivity in underserved rural areas. T-Mobile also plans to use the spectrum and wireless … Read more

League of Legends fans irate at $500 bundle celebrating its greatest player

League of Legends (LoL) fans were upset when they saw the $500 price tag Riot Games placed on a new content bundle celebrating esports player Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, League’s winningest player all-time, after their induction into the game’s new Hall of Legends. Faker bundle upsets LoL fans “Faker is truly the most iconic and influential … Read more