Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

Why People Keep Falling for Viral Hoaxes

A years-old internet hoax warning about a new, nonexistent Instagram rule resurfaced this week—and demonstrated the staying power of even low-stakes misinformation online.If the story pushed by a meme or hoax fits in a way that feels like a coherent narrative to a critical mass of people, it’s game over, says Phillips.

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Facebook’s New Privacy Feature Comes With a Loophole

Erin Egan, Facebook’s chief privacy officer, and David Baser, the director of product management, noted in a blog post that the new tool “could have some impact” on Facebook’s business, but that “giving people control over their data is more important.”.

New reports highlight flood risk under climate change

New reports highlight flood risk under climate change

Two reports released today by NIWA and the Deep South National Science Challenge reveal new information about how many New Zealanders, how many buildings and how much infrastructure could be affected by extreme river and coastal flooding from storms and sea-level rise.

VW's ID Buggy Is an Electric Dune Dominator

VW's ID Buggy Is an Electric Dune Dominator

The idea is to that, like the old Beetles enthusiasts turned into dune buggies, today’s electrics can become just about anything.“In the 1960s people took the Beetle and built onto it, including most famously dune buggies like the Meyers Manx.”.

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

At Twitter, It Seems No One Can Hear the Screams

Should I delete my tweets ?If those ideas find their way onto the main platform, we might see a version of Twitter that's a little less about viral rage and a little more about talking to people you like.

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.

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

This Teen Hacker Found Bugs in School Software That Exposed Millions of Records

In Follett's software, Demirkapi says he found bugs that would have given a hacker access to student data like grade point average, special education status, number of suspensions, and passwords.

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Big Tech Needs to Use Hazardous Materials Warnings

Material Safety Data Sheets, the chemical equivalent of technology user terms and conditions, have offered descriptions of those hazards since the early 1900s.Even if users don’t read the safety data sheet, they are greeted by this bright, unavoidable summary of material hazards every time they look at the container.

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's HarmonyOS Is No Android Replacement

Huawei's Richard Yu talked up HarmonyOS' wide-ranging potential at the company's recent developer conference in Dongguan, China.#Huawei #android #China #operating systems #smartphones.

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Team Up to Demystify Loot Boxes

Entertainment Software Association chief counsel Michael Warnecke said that the three major console makers "have indicated to ESA a commitment to new platform policies with respect to the use of paid loot boxes in games that are developed for their platforms.".

The Wrong Way to Talk About a Shooter's Manifesto

The Wrong Way to Talk About a Shooter's Manifesto

“Those manifestos are specifically designed to be objects of media manipulation,” says Whitney Phillips, who researches troll culture and online extremism at Syracuse University.

5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance

5G Is Here—and Still Vulnerable to Stingray Surveillance

The researchers found that they could use their first stingray attack to modify a device's stated category number during the connection process, downgrading it to an older network.

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Hey, Apple! 'Opt Out' Is Useless. Let People Opt In

Right now it’s unclear what form Apple’s Siri opt-out will take; the company has suspended its voice data collection temporarily and says only that once it resumes, “users will have the ability to choose to participate.” Apple didn’t respond to a request for more specific information.

Intel Ice Lake Processors: Specs, Details, Release Date

Intel Ice Lake Processors: Specs, Details, Release Date

The company has also been teasing Project Athena, a new set of laptop specifications and performance expectations that Intel says it will co-engineer with PC makers.

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Eel larvae face a long journey from their spawning grounds in unknown parts of the Western Pacific Ocean to the freshwater rivers and streams of New Zealand where they spend most of their lives.

Equifax Might Owe You $125. Here's How to Get It

Equifax Might Owe You $125. Here's How to Get It

They've negotiated a settlement with Equifax that entitles all victims to 10 years of free credit monitoring, or $125. This (unfortunately) could actually come in handy, given that Social Security numbers taken from Equifax are starting to show up on the dark web, and consumers have already suffered identity theft related to the breach, according to Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro.

The Secret to Success on YouTube? Kids

The Secret to Success on YouTube? Kids

In a report Thursday, the Pew Research Center said that in the vast ecosystem of YouTube’s English-language videos, children’s content and content featuring kids under 13 are some of the most popular videos on the site.

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

Facebook Knows More About You Than the CIA

"I think the more human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship [with social media] is going to come under pressure," says Yael Eisenstat. Eisenstat: I think the more that human beings start to realize they're being manipulated, the more this relationship is going to come under pressure.

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

A New Law Makes Bots Identify Themselves—That's the Problem

The highly ambiguous law is tailored to address conversations that inspire purchases or sway votes, but it fails to carefully define what constitutes “influenc[ing] a vote in an election.” Is sharing legitimate news stories or voting locations a form of “influence?” After all, not all online automated accounts are malign; some are simply news or information dissemination services, while others are created by artists.

$700 Million Equifax Fine Is Still Too Little, Too Late

$700 Million Equifax Fine Is Still Too Little, Too Late

The state and federal groups that investigated Equifax touted the payout as an important wake-up call for all US corporations—especially since Equifax will also be required to make hundreds of millions of dollars of additional internal cybersecurity improvements on top of the fines.

How Formula E Racing Makes Electric Cars Faster, Smarter, Funner

How Formula E Racing Makes Electric Cars Faster, Smarter, Funner

Now five seasons old , Formula E is meant to utilize racing —long a rolling laboratory for automotive development, yielding advancements like antilock brakes, traction control, and dual-clutch transmissions—to help EV manufacturers and suppliers like BMW, Nissan, Audi, Panasonic, Mahindra, and Jaguar move their battery-powered products forward .

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Gadget Lab Podcast: Twitter’s Major Design Overhaul

Today on the Gadget Lab podcast, Arielle, Mike, and Lauren discuss the changes Twitter has made, and how the company continues to grapple with its ongoing existential crisis.

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Good News! It Just Got Easier for You to Suggest New Emoji

Lee's group has been instrumental in helping people get emoji representation by guiding them through the daunting process of preparing a proposal for the Unicode Consortium. The new is meant to make the basic requirements more clear, and hopefully encourage more people to get involved in the emoji proposal process.

Seaweed as Sustainable Livelihood

Seaweed as Sustainable Livelihood

Photo © Kevin Arnold / TNC Our three-part Indonesia Guide: Coastal Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods through Seaweed Aquaculture in Indonesia provides information and recommendations for how seaweed buyers can increase the sustainability of their supply chains, conservation organizations can work within seaweed aquaculture for environmental and social gains, and farmers can improve their environmental and production practices.

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

President Trump Is the Latest Critic of Facebook's Libra

Gregory Barber covers cryptocurrency, blockchain, and artificial intelligence for WIRED.Late Thursday, President Donald Trump unleashed a three-tweet squall declaring himself “not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies,” and referring to the use of “unregu­lated digital assets” for “drug trade and other illegal activities.” He included Libra in that category, saying the platform "will have little standing or dependability" and would fall prey to similar dependability issues.

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Who’s Listening When You Talk to Your Google Assistant?

Verheyden says he gained access to the file and more than 1,000 others from a Google contractor who is part of a worldwide workforce paid to review some audio captured by the assistant from devices including smart speakers, phones, and security cameras.

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

The Window to Rein In Facial Recognition Is Closing

Kade Crockford, director of ACLU of Massachusetts' Technology for Liberty Program, says findings like these surprise her even given the chaotic, unregulated intersection of law enforcement and facial recognition.

Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

Twitter's Disinformation Data Dumps Are Helpful—to a Point

“I can see why the platforms would be hesitant,” says Ben Nimmo, a senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab. People who followed IRA or other state-sponsored accounts may have been manipulated, but they weren’t breaking the law or even violating Twitter’s terms of service.

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

How to Protect Our Kids' Data and Privacy

The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA) requires operators of websites and online services to obtain parents' explicit consent before collecting the personal information of children under 13.

The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far

The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far

In March, following a research report from the threat intelligence firm Kaspersky, computer maker Asus disclosed a supply chain attack sometime in the second half of 2018 that had compromised the company's Live Update tool to push malware to almost 1 million customers.

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