Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?

Does the House Antitrust Report Mean That Tech Is Evil?

Maybe it wasn’t the corrupting nature of tech that made these companies break bad, but the fact that their dizzying growth drew them into the power trip that characterizes the unrestrained, Hobbesian way we do business in America.

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

Like so many of the revelations about content that violates platform policies, the TPA posts were revealed not through the platforms’ own moderators, but through the intrepid reporting of journalists.

What to Expect From Tuesday's Apple Event

What to Expect From Tuesday's Apple Event

Apple executives have already warned that this year’s new iPhone would be delayed by a few weeks, into October.Bloomberg has also reported that new Apple Watches are in the works.

Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron

Mathematicians Report New Discovery About the Dodecahedron

So to understand straight paths on a Platonic solid, you could start by cutting open enough edges to make the solid lie flat, forming what mathematicians call a net.

A Florida Teen Allegedly Shut Down School With a DDoS Attack

A Florida Teen Allegedly Shut Down School With a DDoS Attack

Amazon Infiltrated Private Facebook Groups to Spy on WorkersMotherboard this week reports that Amazon has used discreet access to private Facebook groups for drivers in its Flex program to monitor potential problems for the company, including organized labor initiatives.

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

The Blurred Lines and Closed Loops of Google Search

In May of this year, Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich sued Google under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, alleging "widespread and systemic use of deceptive and unfair business practices to obtain information about the location of its users.” Even a privacy-focused Google software engineer didn’t understand how location controls worked, according to recently unsealed court documents from the case first reported by the Arizona Mirror.

A Spate of Arrests Sends the Piracy World Reeling

A Spate of Arrests Sends the Piracy World Reeling

Belarus Reportedly Used Tech From a US Company to Shut Down the InternetBloomberg this week reports that to implement its days-long internet shutdown earlier this month, the country of Belarus used "deep packet inspection" equipment from Sandvine, a US company.

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

How WeChat Censored the Coronavirus Pandemic

Citizen Lab's latest report, published earlier this week, finds that between January and May this year, more than 2,000 keywords related to the pandemic were suppressed on the Chinese messaging platform WeChat, which has more than 1 billion users in the country.

Is Your Chart a Detective Story? Or a Police Report?

Is Your Chart a Detective Story? Or a Police Report?

Consider the visualization created by information designer Will Burtin in 1951 to summarize the effectiveness of three antibiotics—penicillin, neomycin, and streptomycin—in treating 13 bacteria.This understanding of visualization design as a form of model selection, and one that highlights certain comparisons, can be very useful.

The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

The Furious Hunt for the MAGA Bomber

But they quickly sent an update when they arrived on the scene: “Boss, we found some energetic material,” an agent on the ground reported by phone to William Sweeney, the FBI assistant director in charge of the New York office.

Over a Billion Android Devices Are at Risk of Data Theft

Over a Billion Android Devices Are at Risk of Data Theft

“While DSP chips provide a relatively economical solution that allows mobile phones to provide end users with more functionality and enable innovative features—they do come with a cost,” researchers from security firm Check Point wrote in a brief report of the vulnerabilities they discovered.

Why Wikipedia Decided to Stop Calling Fox a ‘Reliable’ Source

Why Wikipedia Decided to Stop Calling Fox a ‘Reliable’ Source

There simply were too many examples of misleading, inaccurate, and slanted reporting about science and politics for Wikipedia to pass on Fox News articles as part of a broader search for the truth.Search Google News or YouTube or Facebook and you will find plenty of Fox News reporting on politics and science, and why not?

The NSA's Tips to Keep Your Phone From Tracking You

The NSA's Tips to Keep Your Phone From Tracking You

Every Saturday we round up the security and privacy stories that we didn’t break or report on in depth but think you should know about.How the NSA Keeps Phones Safe From TrackingThis week, the National Security Agency shared a three-page primer on how to limit your location data exposure.

The Tragic Physics of the Deadly Explosion in Beirut

The Tragic Physics of the Deadly Explosion in Beirut

Early reports of the blast revealed that the building that sparked the eruption may have been storing large quantities of ammonium nitrate, a flammable chemical that has relatively harmless manifestations as fertilizer but has also been experimented with as a rocket fuel.

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

A Summer Camp Covid-19 Outbreak Offers Back-to-School Lessons

According to the report, High Harbour followed many of the CDC’s recommendations for summer camps, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures, staggering the use of communal spaces, and requiring physical distancing outside of cabins.

Decades-Old Email Flaws Could Let Attackers Mask Their Identities

Decades-Old Email Flaws Could Let Attackers Mask Their Identities

The study looked at the big three protocols used in email sender authentication—Sender Policy Framework (SPF), Domain Keys Identified Mail (DKIM), and Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC)—and found 18 instances of what the researchers call "evasion exploits."

Trump May Soon Order TikTok’s Sale, as Microsoft Circles

Trump May Soon Order TikTok’s Sale, as Microsoft Circles

Friday, Bloomberg reported that Trump will “sign an order” directing TikTok ’s Chinese owner Bytedance to sell off the service.Bytedance doesn’t deny that it censors its Chinese services in line with government rules, but the company says it operates TikTok, which is not available in China, differently.

Inside Citizen, the App That Asks You to Report on Crimes

Inside Citizen, the App That Asks You to Report on Crimes

If Citizen has to grow before it can make money, then it has to entice people to use the app in the first place.But to show what the app is really capable of, it needs the participation and content provided by its users.To grow, Citizen needs videos.

15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web

15 Billion Stolen Logins Are Circulating on the Dark Web

Cops Are Paying for Access to Data from BreachesMotherboard reports this week that a company called SpyCloud, which sells access to data obtained by criminals in breaches, has marketed its services to law enforcement agencies.

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

How ‘Sustainable’ Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

“All of that information really adds up.” When the European Union's regulations forced US companies to remove some tracking code from their sites for European visitors, USA Today's homepage shed 90 percent of its data size and loaded 15 times faster, as the designers at Mightybytes reported.

A Report Blames ‘CIA Failures’ for the Agency's Worst Hack

A Report Blames ‘CIA Failures’ for the Agency's Worst Hack

"The lax cybersecurity practices documented in the CIA's WikiLeaks Task Force report do not appear to be limited to just one part of the intelligence community," Wyden wrote.

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

Amazon Touts AI for Social Distancing Amid Worker Complaints

When a reviewer sees cause for concern in a photo, they include the details in a regular report sent to building managers that summarizes recent social distancing violations in their facility.

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

Covid-19 Cases Were Already Rising Before the George Floyd Protests

On Thursday, as Florida began its Phase 2 reopening, the state’s department of health reported 1,419 new coronavirus cases—its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic arrived in the state.

A Better Jobs Report Belies America's Breadlines

A Better Jobs Report Belies America's Breadlines

The stock market, which has rebounded strongly in recent days and which spiked Friday morning as Wall Street processed the good news, seems to be discussing a different planet entirely from the one where thousands of cars still idle in breadlines.

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

The DHS Prepares for Attacks Fueled by 5G Conspiracy Theories

Now, the DHS "is preparing to advise the US telecom industry on steps it can take to prevent attacks on 5G cell towers following a rash of incidents in Western Europe fueled by the false claim that the technology spreads the pathogen causing Covid-19," The Washington Post reported last week.

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

5 Simple Ways to Make Your Gmail Inbox Safer

Screenshot: David Nield via GoogleIf someone's clogging your inbox but Gmail's Report spam feature isn't catching it, Gmail lets you block individual senders easily.Instead of choosing Block or Report spam from the menu, pick Filter messages like this .

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO - News Article: UN report: As the world’s forests continue to shrink, urgent action is needed to safeguard their biodiversity

FAO's Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020, noted in the report, found that despite a slowing of the rate of deforestation in the last decade, some 10 million hectares are still being lost each year through conversion to agriculture and other land uses.

How Does a Virus Spread in Cities? It’s a Problem of Scale

How Does a Virus Spread in Cities? It’s a Problem of Scale

And on the flip side, New Orleans, with a population density of 431 people per square kilometer, reports 1,718 cases per 10,000.Or here’s another way to look at it: According to data assembled by the Financial Times, New York City has experienced a 408 percent increase in deaths from all causes since the beginning of the pandemic.

The 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Has Taken a Dark Turn

The 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Has Taken a Dark Turn

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.Since March 30, there have been 77 arson attacks on mobile phone masts across the UK, with staff working on mobile infrastructure also reporting 180 incidents of abuse.

Why Meatpacking Plants Have Become Covid-19 Hot Spots

Why Meatpacking Plants Have Become Covid-19 Hot Spots

According to data reported Monday by the state health department, 19 out of 1,000 residents in Moore County have so far tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes Covid-19—10 times higher than the infection rates in the state’s largest cities.

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