Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Security Roundup: Facebook 'Unintentionally' Collected Email Contacts of 1.5 Million Users

Mueller Report says Russia Hacked a Florida County's Network. “The FBI believes that this operation enabled the GRU to gain access to the network of at least one Florida county government,” the report says.

Climate Change Threatens Ice Roads. Satellites Could Help

Climate Change Threatens Ice Roads. Satellites Could Help

For a few months each winter, Canada’s Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road is the world’s longest ice highway, a 300-plus-mile network of frozen lakes that connects lucrative diamond mines in Canada’s Northwest Territories to supplies from the nation’s not-quite-so-far north.

A Wild Plan to Crowdsource the Fight Against Misinformation

A Wild Plan to Crowdsource the Fight Against Misinformation

She’s currently the director of a new group called Civic, the Coalition to Integrate Values Into the Information Commons—which she runs with former founding director of the International Fact-Checking Network, Alexios Mantzarlis—and she came to TED 2019 to lay out her vision for the coalition: to bring the power of crowdsourcing to the fight against misinformation online.

In the 2020 Race, What Is the Value of Social Media Stardom?

In the 2020 Race, What Is the Value of Social Media Stardom?

Speaking of that candidate, Buttigieg and his fellow Democrats all have a long way to go if they want to catch up: Not only did President Trump's campaign raise more money than every Democrat last quarter, but last month on Twitter, he earned ten times more interactions than even Mayor Pete.

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Helvetica, the World's Most Popular Font, Gets a Facelift

Designers have gotten used to all sorts of magic tricks to make Helvetica look more legible, like changing the size of punctuation marks to balance the letters.

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

And so simultaneously the company mounted a huge effort, led by CTO Mike Schroepfer, to create artificial intelligence systems that can, at scale, identify the content that Facebook wants to zap from its platform, including spam, nudes, hate speech, ISIS propaganda, and videos of children being put in washing machines.

The Real Reason You See Earthworms After Rain

The Real Reason You See Earthworms After Rain

It is probably one of the first “nature lessons” we learned at school: earthworms have to come to the surface after rain because they’re drowning. Another common explanation for worm emergence is that rain sounds like predators, so the worms come to the surface to escape.

The Julian Assange I Met in 2010 Doesn't Exist Anymore

The Julian Assange I Met in 2010 Doesn't Exist Anymore

He introduced his guest as the cofounder of WikiLeaks, which “reveals corporate and government secret documents.” For the first time, Colbert continued gravely, his show would be using pixelated imagery and voice-altering technology during the interview.

How the Boston Marathon Messes With Runners to Slow Them Down

How the Boston Marathon Messes With Runners to Slow Them Down

Most marathon courses finish roughly where they start, meaning that the wind will likely blow in your face as frequently as it blows at your back.

The First Black Hole Photo, Facebook Changes, and More News

The First Black Hole Photo, Facebook Changes, and More News

The First Black Hole Photo, Facebook Changes, and More News. This may be good at stopping some of the viral fake news the platform has become famous for, but bad for the smaller outlets that have optimized their content specifically for Facebook.

Facebook Is Changing News Feed (Again) to Stop Fake News

Facebook Is Changing News Feed (Again) to Stop Fake News

By far the biggest change to come from these announcements is the introduction of a new metric called Click-Gap, which Facebook's News Feed algorithms will use to determine where to rank a given post.

Hate Wins in Congress, Epic (Virtual) Floods, and More News

Hate Wins in Congress, Epic (Virtual) Floods, and More News

Hate Wins in Congress, Epic (Virtual) Floods, and More News. Lest you think the Weather Channel is old school, check out their epic graphics capabilities .

In Congressional Hearing on Hate, the Haters Got Their Way

In Congressional Hearing on Hate, the Haters Got Their Way

Candace Owens, a conservative commentator with the group Turning Points USA, told the House Judiciary Committee that the real hatred is coming from Democrats and gave tech companies cover for their role in stoking hate.

Facebook Rolls Out More Features for Dead People

Facebook Rolls Out More Features for Dead People

Facebook has to balance the interests of grieving loved ones with the privacy of someone who is now dead, says Alice Ely, a product manager at Facebook.“We have a hard stance against never allowing anybody to log into [someone else’s] account, but that’s exactly why we wanted to create a legacy contact to give [people] these controls to manage the profile after the person has passed away,” she explains.

Want to Know How to Build a Better Democracy? Ask Wikipedia

Want to Know How to Build a Better Democracy? Ask Wikipedia

After all, a frequent concern of Wikipedia editors is that articles are too short and too thinly sourced, and Sussman is doing his part to reduce that problem.

Facebook’s Ad System Might Be Hard-Coded for Discrimination

Facebook’s Ad System Might Be Hard-Coded for Discrimination

A new study from researchers at Northeastern University, University of Southern California, and the nonprofit Upturn finds ad delivery —the Facebook algorithms that decide exactly which users see those ads—may be just as important.

Facebook Let Dozens of Cybercrime Groups Operate in Plain Sight

Facebook Let Dozens of Cybercrime Groups Operate in Plain Sight

More specifically, Ghosh says that it's time to make changes to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act , which protects social media sites like Facebook from liability for the content their users share. "This requires a collective effort, from Facebook, users, potentially security companies like us to keep these actors off social media sites," he says.

Third-Party Apps Exposed Over 540 Million Facebook Records

Third-Party Apps Exposed Over 540 Million Facebook Records

According to UpGuard, one of the exposed databases belonged to a Mexican company called Cultura Colectiva, which used Amazon cloud services to store some 146 gigabytes of data, including 540 million different records.

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News

5G’s Potential Health Hazard, Zuck’s Deleted Posts, and More News. Here are the best rain jackets on the internet right now , and how to pick the best one for you.

Facebook Had an Incredibly Busy Weekend

Facebook Had an Incredibly Busy Weekend

Also on Friday, Business Insider reported that years of Zuckerberg’s public writings had mysteriously disappeared, “obscuring details about core moments in Facebook’s history.” The missing trove included everything the CEO wrote in both 2007 and 2008, as well as more recent announcements, like the blog post Zuckerberg penned in 2012 when Facebook acquired Instagram.

Data Centers Gobble Energy. Could a ‘Fossil-Free’ Label Help?

Data Centers Gobble Energy. Could a ‘Fossil-Free’ Label Help?

A Swedish industry group believes its new “Fossil Free Data” label will not only push consumers to click on firms that process their information using green power, it will also attract more data centers to Sweden’s low-carbon economy.

5 Best Rain Jackets for 2019: Lightweight, Hiking, and More

5 Best Rain Jackets for 2019: Lightweight, Hiking, and More

The Keb is a technical shell, with features like a helmet-compatible hood, plasticized water-resistant zippers, and pockets on the chest so that you can access them while wearing a climbing harness or a hip belt.

Facebook Takes On White Nationalism, Plus More in Tech News

Facebook Takes On White Nationalism, Plus More in Tech News

Facebook Takes On White Nationalism, Plus More in Tech News. Facebook appears to be the first platform to take a stand against white nationalism specifically, but the question of whether other platforms will follow suit, and if Facebook can actually rid its platforms of these kinds of posts, remains to be seen.

Will Facebook’s New Ban on White Nationalist Content Work?

Will Facebook’s New Ban on White Nationalist Content Work?

In a blog post published Wednesday, Facebook said that after three months of talking with civil society and academics, it agrees that “white nationalism and separatism cannot be meaningfully separated from white supremacy and organized hate groups.” The company’s content moderators will start to remove posts next week that include explicit phrases like “I am a proud white nationalist.”.

The Godfathers of the AI Boom Win Computing’s Highest Honor

The Godfathers of the AI Boom Win Computing’s Highest Honor

Turing Award winners, left to right, Yann LeCun, Geoff Hinton, and Yoshua Bengio, reoriented artificial intelligence around neural networks. The other winners are Google researcher Geoff Hinton , 71, and NYU professor and Facebook’s chief AI scientist Yann LeCun , 58, who wrote some of the papers that seduced Bengio into working on neural networks.

Gadget Lab Podcast: Google Takes on Microsoft, Amazon in Gaming

Gadget Lab Podcast: Google Takes on Microsoft, Amazon in Gaming

WIRED’s Peter Rubin was at GDC this week for Google’s big reveal, and he joins the latest Gadget Lab episode to talk about how Stadia is supposed to work when it launches later this year.

Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

Your Facebook Password Isn’t Safe. Neither Is Your Android Phone

Change your Facebook password. Facebook acknowledged a bug that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords (dating back to 2012) for both Facebook and Instagram to be stored as readable text internally.

Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext—Change Yours Now

Facebook Stored Millions of Passwords in Plaintext—Change Yours Now

It just got even harder: On Thursday, following a report by Krebs on Security, Facebook acknowledged a bug in its password management systems that caused hundreds of millions of user passwords for Facebook, Facebook Lite , and Instagram to be stored as plaintext in an internal platform.

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination

Facebook Changes Its Ad Tech to Stop Discrimination Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg/Getty Images On Tuesday, Facebook reached a historic settlement with civil rights groups that had accused the company of allowing advertisers to unlawfully discriminate against minorities, women, and older people by using the platform’s ad-targeting technology to exclude them from seeing ads for housing, jobs, and credit—three areas with legal protections for groups that have historically been disenfranchised.

How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening

Two years later, in 2015, a Guardian writer named Harry Davies reported that Cambridge Analytica had collected data on millions of American Facebook users without their permission, and used their likes to create personality profiles for the 2016 US election.

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