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TidBITS#1336/05-Sep-2016

In response to an attack vector discovered by human rights activists, Apple has issued another set of urgent security updates, this time for OS X and Safari. The company has also been slapped with a massive tax bill by the European Commission over its controversial tax deal with Ireland, and neither the Irish nor U.S. government is happy about it. Responding to complaints, T-Mobile has tweaked its T-Mobile ONE “unlimited” data plan — Josh Centers has all the details. Josh also offers a complete guide to the Mac’s startup key combinations, which can be essential when you’re troubleshooting problems. Finally, Glenn Fleishman dives into the topic of Slack privacy to discuss how team admins could access your private messages. Notable software releases this week include Alfred 3.1, Default Folder X 5.0.6, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.5, DEVONthink 2.9.4, iFinance 4.1, and EagleFiler 1.7.

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Exploring a Loophole in Slack’s Team Privacy

Personal messages in Slack are confidential within Slack, but a team owner or admin can reset access via email or by changing the associated email address. Some other hosted services may have a similar weakness, so you should always be aware of your employer’s policies regarding private communications using company hardware or services.

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ExtraBITS for 5 September 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, we now know the full scale of the 2012 Dropbox hack, the BitTorrent client Transmission has been infected with malware again, and Walt Mossberg evaluates Tim Cook’s run as Apple’s CEO.