I can’t stress enough that all of these things had happened by Tuesday.Things calmed down a bit from there. The FCC rolled out a new robocall-stopping plan , which is pretty much the same as the old robocall-stopping plan. Google recalled its multi-factor authentication Titan Security Key over a Bluetooth flaw. The feds and Europol took down a sophisticated international cybercrime ring . And we took a look at how technology aided the National Security Council’s ascendency in wartime matters.
And there’s more! Each week we round up the news that we didn’t break or cover in depth but that you should know about. As always, click on the headlines to read the full stories. And stay safe out there.New York Times op-ed from CEO Sundar Pichai extolling the importance of protecting your data. Which is a great sentiment that doesn’t quite jibe with the revelation this week that Google also raids your Gmail account for signs of transactions, and collects them all on a separate webpage for your account. You can find yours here. It includes Amazon purchases, subscriptions, tickets, really anything for which you got an emailed receipt. Google says it doesn’t use the information to serve ads, and that the page exists “to help you easily view and keep track of your purchases, bookings and subscriptions in one place.” Honestly, it’s no surprise that Google’s machines can read your email. But it’s hard to understand on what planet the company thought maintaining a hidden away page that catalogs your retail activity there would read as anything but creepy and invasive. There’s no easy way to delete that history, other than deleting receipts from your email or ticking through them one at a time on your Purchase page. To get at least a little control back over how Google tracks you, head to this preferences page and click “Do not use private results.” Because naturally, Google chose to make the use of private results the default, instead of opt-in.the Commerce Department followed by placing Huawei on its so-called Entity List, which severely limits the extent to which US companies can do business with it.Proven Data Recovery simply paid off the hackers behind the SamSam ransomware instead. Paying isn’t the worst idea when you’re in that situation, but to lying to customers and charging them fees on top of it kind of is.Adobe Acrobat and Reader. Don’t worry, though; one still applied to Flash.
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