An Old Instagram Hoax Fools a Bunch of Celebrities

An Old Instagram Hoax Fools a Bunch of Celebrities

People like Martha Stewart and US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry posted a typo-ridden meme that claims a new rule is about to go into effect on the platform, which would supposedly allow Instagram to use your photos “in court cases in litigation against you.”.

To Help Migrants at the Border, Aid Groups Deploy Tech

To Help Migrants at the Border, Aid Groups Deploy Tech

It’s unfair,” says Ian Philabaum, a program director at Immigration Law Lab. Of the nearly 1 million asylum cases waiting to be heard, about 74 percent are for people coming from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

How AT&T Insiders Were Bribed to 'Unlock' Millions of Phones

Muhammad Fahd, 34, and his co-conspirators allegedly paid AT&T employees more than $1 million in bribes over five years to install malware and spying devices at their offices in Washington, according to a Department of Justice indictment unsealed Monday.

What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?

What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?

DNA testing confirmed that Baby A and Baby B (as court documents called them) weren’t genetically related to either of the birth parents, or to each other—they were related to two other couples who had been seeking fertility treatments at the same clinic.

Big Data Supercharged Gerrymandering. It Could Help Stop It Too

Big Data Supercharged Gerrymandering. It Could Help Stop It Too

The Supreme Court’s conservative justices ruled Thursday that the highest court doesn’t have the power to address partisan gerrymandering , the practice in which politicians redraw district maps to help their own party win more elections.

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the city names real-estate agent Elvis Tominovic as the central figure in the “lucrative unlawful hotel operation.” The city wants Tominovic and 13 other people and businesses alleged to be involved in the scheme to turn over all revenue, properties, and proceeds from illegal rental activity; pay fines and damages; and shut down their listings.

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

Congress Is Debating—Again—Whether Genes Can Be Patented

"They’re saying it can be hard to figure out what is an abstract idea, what is a law of nature, what do we mean when we say ‘natural phenomena’?” This bill creates a clarified legal test for how patent evaluators should determine those things in place of Supreme Court precedence.

Airbnb and New York City Reach a Truce on Home-Sharing Data

Airbnb and New York City Reach a Truce on Home-Sharing Data

Two days later, a judge ordered Airbnb to turn over more detailed and nonanonymized information on dozens of hosts and hundreds of guests who have listed or stayed in more than a dozen buildings in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens in the past seven years.

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

The Latest Charges Against Julian Assange Are an Assault on Press Freedom

Unlike the previous indictment—which focused narrowly on an apparent offer to help crack a password —the 17 superseding counts focus instead on alleged violations of the Espionage Act. In doing so, the DOJ has aimed a battering ram at the freedom of the press , whether you think Assange is a journalist or not.

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Apple in Antitrust Case

Pepper, the Supreme Court ruled that App Store customers have standing to sue the company for antitrust violations. Apple argued that App Store customers technically buy apps from third-party developers and have no direct purchasing relationship with Apple, and therefore no standing to seek damages from the company.

Elon's Court-Approved Twitter-Sitter, Measles in LA, and More News

Elon's Court-Approved Twitter-Sitter, Measles in LA, and More News

Elon's Court-Approved Twitter-Sitter, Measles in LA, and More News. The dust has finally settled on Tesla CEO Elon Musk's battle with the SEC, LA is under quarantine, and the US is falling behind in SIM-swap hacking. Elon Musk is getting a stricter Twitter-sitter.

Census Citizenship Question Riles Tech and Privacy Groups

Census Citizenship Question Riles Tech and Privacy Groups

"Our position is that collecting citizenship information from every person in the country and transferring it in bulk to another federal agency potentially for criminal law enforcement is a gross invasion of privacy that isn't justifiable," says John Davisson, counsel at EPIC.The organization filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in Washington DC, laying out much the same argument.

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

It’s Time to End the NSA’s Metadata Collection Program

In 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act to reform Section 215 and prohibit the nationwide bulk collection of communications metadata, like who we make calls to and receive them from, when, and the call duration.

Tesla Sues Zoox Over Manufacturing and Logistics Secrets

Tesla Sues Zoox Over Manufacturing and Logistics Secrets

Tesla’s suit, filed in the Northern California federal district court, alleges that four of its former employees took proprietary information related to “warehousing, logistics, and inventory control operations” when they left the electric automaker, and later, while working for Zoox, used that proprietary information to improve its technology and operations.

SEC: Elon Musk Fully Ignored a Key Term of Settlement

SEC: Elon Musk Fully Ignored a Key Term of Settlement

In court filings submitted last week, Musk’s legal team argued that the information the CEO tweeted in February wasn’t at all new—which means it didn’t fall under the purview of the settlement.

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle The Tesla CEO's legal team argues that the SEC’s attempt to limit Musk’s tweeting is a violation of his First Amendment rights to free speech.

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

That’s the thrust of a SEC action taken late Monday, when the US securities watchdog requested a federal judge hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt of court for a short series of tweets he posted last week.

I Stopped Using Exclamation Points and Lost All My Friends

I Stopped Using Exclamation Points and Lost All My Friends

"Free yourself from the shackles of prescribed punctuation." In the end, Mother got it her way: In a new-year, new-me effort to conserve my emotional energy, I decided to scrub my correspondence of punctuational loudness, to go on what I called a deep exclamation point cleanse.

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up'

7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might 'Wrap Up' Elena Lacey; Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images The breaking news hit a snowy Washington on Wednesday: Newly installed attorney general William Barr appears to be preparing to announce the end of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

He didn’t much care, he says, because he considered the harassment trivial: “My rights were violated and nobody cares, and we’re still talking about what happened to poor Courtney?” After exposing the affair, Steven continued asking for advice from other people on the Marriage Builders site.

Tidy Up Your Cluttered Twitter Feed With This KonMari Tool

Tidy Up Your Cluttered Twitter Feed With This KonMari Tool

The tool asks: “Do the tweets still spark joy or feel important to you?” You get three options: keep following the account, unfollow it, or add the account to a Twitter list.

Real Facebook Oversight Requires More Than a 40-Expert Board

Real Facebook Oversight Requires More Than a 40-Expert Board

In its charter, the company suggests creating a body of up to 40 "independent experts" to review Facebook's most contentious content moderation decisions, in order to cast the final vote on whether a given post or comment should stay or go and how that should alter Facebook's policies in the future.

The US Government Shutdown Tops This Week's Internet News

The US Government Shutdown Tops This Week's Internet News

Take Lara Trump’s comments early in the week, in which the wife of Eric Trump responded to the suggestion that the shutdown hurts federal workers by saying, "this so much bigger than any one person.

How the Feds Failed to Track Thousands of Separated Children

How the Feds Failed to Track Thousands of Separated Children

This is according to a new report released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Inspector General, which finds that, since 2017, the Trump administration has separated thousands more children from their parents than it previously disclosed and that it tracked these kids in ad hoc, disparate databases, including Excel spreadsheets and Microsoft Sharepoint accounts, further complicating the already tortured process of figuring out where those children are today.

Security News This Week: Employees May Have Snooped on Ring Security Camera Feeds

Security News This Week: Employees May Have Snooped on Ring Security Camera Feeds

This exposed the fact that though carriers insist they don’t sell location tracking data to third parties, they, uh, still do. That Massive German Politician Hack Was the Work of a 20-Year-Old Last week, politicians and celebrities in Germany were doxxed, their intimate information splashing out for all to see.

3M Sued Over Scotchgard Chemicals by Maker of Saucony, Merrell

3M Sued Over Scotchgard Chemicals by Maker of Saucony, Merrell

Wolverine’s suit says 3M made money by “actively concealing information regarding potential environmental risks known only to 3M.” The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Michigan District Court.

9 Trumpworld Figures Who Should Fear Mueller the Most

9 Trumpworld Figures Who Should Fear Mueller the Most

On Wednesday, SDNY reached a deal with National Enquirer publisher AMI that explicitly states that the Cohen payments were intended to prevent a story about Trump's alleged affair with Karen McDougal from "influencing the election."The court filings contain growing signs, too, that Mueller could be building not just a case around conspiracy during the 2016 campaign, but also about “expansive obstruction.” A case like that could include the possible coordination of lies following Russia revelations, such as Cohen’s in front of Congress.

UK Documents Suggest Facebook Traded User Privacy For Growth

UK Documents Suggest Facebook Traded User Privacy For Growth

Facebook's UK Document Dump Suggests User Privacy Was Sacrificed for GrowthJack Taylor/Getty ImagesIn an unprecedented move Wednesday, British lawmakers published hundreds of pages of internal Facebook emails and other documents that previously had been ordered sealed as part of an ongoing legal case between and a now-defunct app developer called Six4Three.The documents, which date back to 2012, provide a rare window into CEO Mark Zuckerberg's thoughts on how to expand his social media juggernaut as users made the transition from desktop to mobile phones.

Kyrie Irving's Crazy Lean (Sort of) Explained by Physics

Kyrie Irving's Crazy Lean (Sort of) Explained by Physics

He calmly returns to a normal upright standing position, shakes out his arms and stretches his neck, and then leeeeeeans a ridiculous amount to the side. Again he holds the position in what looks like a brazen defiance of the laws of physics.

Tech’s New Harassment Policies Are Too Late for Some Women

Tech’s New Harassment Policies Are Too Late for Some Women

Lee also claimed gender discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation, interference, and wrongful termination.Even under Google’s new policy, announced a week after 20,000 Google employees walked out of work to protest the company’s handling of harassment cases, Lee would have been required to go to arbitration, rather than pursue a lawsuit, where claims can be resolved in public, often before a jury.

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