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The number of private files related to firms and individuals in an exposed RigUp database.

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The American energy sector, much like the rest of the country, is having a hard time. In a detailed security report from vpnMentor, researchers found an exposed database containing more than 70,000 private files that belonged to firms and individuals within RigUp's client profile. RigUp is a Texas-based start-up that provides gig workers for the oil and gas sector. Before this week's revelations came to light it had already endured laying off more than 100 employees due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Fortunately, RigUp responded to vpnMentor's report promptly. If any bad actors gained access to the sensitive files, the company's clients could have found themselves on the receiving end of criminal attacks, including tax and insurance fraud, identity theft, and a lot more. So far, no reports of that sort have surfaced. But a security breach of this scale is always worrying and can do huge damage to any business, but especially one that's only just beginning to get off the ground.

Culture

A queer night in: Getting lost at Club Quarantine

The place to go — and dance, and forget — when all I can do is stay in. The founders of the Zoom dance party dish on Club Q.

Club Quarantine

Tech

Google won't let its employees use Zoom

The search and advertising company doesn't think Zoom's privacy and security measures are up to snuff.

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Google has had it with Zoom’s all-too-frequent and well-publicized privacy and security scandals. BuzzFeed News acquired an email sent to Google employees last week banning the use of Zoom’s desktop app for company business. The email cited “security vulnerabilities” and said, starting this week, Zoom would stop working on company laptops. Given Google has its own services like Hangouts and Duo, it's a wonder it allowed Zoom at all, really.

Zoom on outta here — Google spokesperson Jose Castaneda told BuzzFeed News Zoom didn’t meet the company’s security standards and that Google already prohibited employees from using unapproved apps for their work, which is totally standard behavior for any big corporate. Castaneda went on to say “Employees who have been using Zoom to stay in touch with family and friends can continue to do so through a web browser or via mobile.”

Design

This moon puzzle might help you forget you can’t go outside

The puzzle debuted last year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s launch.

Last summer, Four Point Puzzles released a moon puzzle to commemorate Apollo 11’s 1969 launch, according to HypeBeast. The completed puzzle is an image of the moon taken from NASA's archive and that limited color gradient means it should keep you occupied for a weekend... or, at least for a few weeknights.

With plenty of people returning to puzzles as a way to pass the time during self isolation, we expect there are going to be plenty of new buyers of this $25 puzzle.

Tech

Right-wing alternative social network Gab is launching its own take on Zoom

"We will not, now or ever, censor content on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party."

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There's no denying video-conferencing app Zoom is something of a dumpster fire. Despite a meteoric rise in use due to global stay-at-home measures in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the service continues to raise red flags with anyone who cares about privacy. Fortunately for it, though, the alternatives aren't great. Facebook is reviled, Skype is ruined, Houseparty isn't suited to large groups. But now an unlikely newcomer is hoping it can use patriotic rhetoric and xenophobic zeal to steal Zoom users away: far-right social network Gab.

In a letter to users on Wednesday, Gab linked to a heap of stories outlining the security problems various outlets have raised about Zoom and says its "been following the horrific news about Zoom's many problems and decided it was time for someone to step up and build an American made alternative based right here in the United States of America. We spent the last week working around the clock to build an incredible product that we know you're going to love."

Gab says its forthcoming video conferencing service "will extend all users the full protection of U.S. data privacy law," and adds that it "will not, now or ever, censor content on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party."

When the Asus Zenbook Pro Duo was announced in the fall of last year, people were both skeptical and intrigued by its dual-screen form factor. Asus moved the keyboard down and used the remaining space at the top to add a second 4K display. YouTubers and creative types were drawn to it because it provided real utility: you could, for example, move an Adobe Premiere timeline down into that window, or keep Slack there, leaving your main screen free for whatever work you’re doing.

The only problem was that you needed to sort of lean over the keyboard deck to really see this second display. Now, just a handful of months later, Asus has announced a follow-up called the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, and it is even crazier than the original. Naturally Asus has bumped the specs a bit: it now features Intel’s 10th generation CPUs and Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Super, but the real star of the show is what Asus is calling the ROG ScreenPad.