Apple and Google Go Further Than Ever to Appease Russia

Apple and Google Go Further Than Ever to Appease Russia

The Russian government had pressured Apple and Google to take down the voting app for weeks, threatening fines and even accusing the companies of illegal election interference.

The Biggest DDoS Attack in History Hit Russian Tech Giant Yandex

The Biggest DDoS Attack in History Hit Russian Tech Giant Yandex

The Russian tech giant Yandex said this week that in August and September it was hit with the internet's largest-ever recorded distributed denial-of-service or DDoS attack.

The Texas Abortion ‘Whistleblower’ Site Still Can't Find a Host

The Texas Abortion ‘Whistleblower’ Site Still Can't Find a Host

On Saturday evening, simply started redirecting to the Texas Right to Life homepage rather than reviving its previous incarnation as a tip submission system.“We contacted the owner of the domain, who agreed to disable the collection of user submissions on this domain,” Epik said in a statement on Saturday.

ProtonMail Amends Its Policy After Giving Up an Activist’s Data

ProtonMail Amends Its Policy After Giving Up an Activist’s Data

This weekend, news broke that the anonymous email service ProtonMail turned over a French climate activist’s IP address and browser fingerprint to Swiss authorities.However, as a Swiss company, ProtonMail was obliged to comply with a Swiss court's demand that it begin logging IP address and browser fingerprint information for a particular ProtonMail account.

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Myanmar’s Internet Shutdown Is an Act of ‘Vast Self-Harm’

Over the past two months the military junta has continued to use the mechanisms for digital control put in place by Myanmar's previous regimes, escalating platform-blocking and digital censorship across Myanmar and initiating different combinations of mobile data and wireless broadband outages, including various overnight connectivity blackouts for 46 consecutive days.

If You Liked Simple, Try These Online Banks Instead

If You Liked Simple, Try These Online Banks Instead

In general, before you jump ship and move all your money out, it might be worth taking a little while to see if the BBVA account you’re going to get anyway is similar enough to the experience you’re used to.

Homecoming Queen (and Her Mom) Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking

Homecoming Queen (and Her Mom) Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking

This week saw new revelations of election interference, both big and small: On one end of the spectrum, an alleged mother-daughter conspiracy to digitally rig a Florida high school's vote for homecoming queen.

Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

Wikipedia Is Finally Asking Big Tech to Pay Up

The new service is designed for the sale and efficient delivery of Wikipedia's content directly to these online behemoths (and eventually, to smaller companies too).Conversations between the foundation’s newly created subsidiary, Wikimedia LLC, and Big Tech companies are already underway, point-people on the project said in an interview, but the next couple of months will be about seeking the reaction of Wikipedia’s thousands of volunteers.

Netflix's Password-Sharing Crackdown Has a Silver Lining

Netflix's Password-Sharing Crackdown Has a Silver Lining

The practice of throwing a bunch of purloined user names and passwords at various services to see what sticks is known as credential stuffing , and it’s hit the media industry particularly hard in recent years.

The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It

The Pandemic Nearly Shuttered My Church. Technology Saved It

Long before the pandemic struck, Science Hill Friends Meeting in southwestern Randolph County, North Carolina, was slowly bleeding to death, like many small churches in rural America.Science Hill had to accept that our beloved meeting house, built by the original Friends in 1894, wasn’t the only place where members could gather.

Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation

Warnings From the Queer History of Modern Internet Regulation

Whether it is the “indecent” provision of the CDA or the sex work crackdown in the later Fosta-Sesta law, the brunt of laws that make internet service providers liable for certain categories of posts has inevitably fallen on marginalized users.

California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law

California Can Now Enforce Its Net Neutrality Law

California can start enforcing the net neutrality law it enacted over two years ago, a federal judge ruled Tuesday in a loss for internet service providers.

The Amazon Case Signals a Tougher Stance on Gig Economy Firms

The Amazon Case Signals a Tougher Stance on Gig Economy Firms

But the FTC alleges that by late 2016, Amazon had begun to use an algorithm to determine new base-pay rates by workers’ locations and began to subsidize that base pay with customer tips.

Bezos' Departure as CEO Shows Amazon Is a Cloud Company Now

Bezos' Departure as CEO Shows Amazon Is a Cloud Company Now

Longtime Amazon Web Services boss Andy Jassy will become the company’s chief executive when Bezos steps away from the day-to-day job sometime in the third quarter of this year.Over time, AWS became Amazon’s main profit driver.

The Best VPNs to Protect Yourself Online

The Best VPNs to Protect Yourself Online

As long as WebRTC is enabled (and it is by default in most browsers), websites can view your actual IP address even when you use a VPN.Mullvad offers apps for every major platform (the Android app is in beta), as well as routers.

Facebook Ad Services Let Anyone Target US Military Personnel

Facebook Ad Services Let Anyone Target US Military Personnel

But independent security researcher Andrea Downing says the stakes are much higher should active duty members of the US military—many of whom would likely get caught up in broader Facebook targeting of this sort—face misinformation online that could impact their understanding of world events or expose them to scams.

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Mimoun, the founder of the digital security nonprofit Horizontal, asked the participants to list messaging platforms that they'd heard of or used, and they quickly rattled off Facebook Messenger , WhatsApp , Signal , and Telegram .

How to Reboot Your Burnt-Out Brain

How to Reboot Your Burnt-Out Brain

I would also tell people to set little rituals for yourself, little things that get your brain in the Headspace that OK now is the time that I'm going to transition from doing nothing or something else to getting stuff done.

The Streaming Wars Could Finally End in 2021

The Streaming Wars Could Finally End in 2021

Instead of diving deep into all of the feature films the Mouse House had in the works for 2021, Disney big wigs focused heavily on all the new offerings coming to their streaming service, including some 22 Marvel and Star Wars projects landing there starting next year.

This Guy Is Taking Viewers Along for His Driverless Rides

This Guy Is Taking Viewers Along for His Driverless Rides

He says he has taken more than 60 driverless rides in the two months since Waymo opened driverless service up to the public.I watched three hours of videos of customers testing out Tesla's technology.

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

A Broken Piece of Internet Backbone Might Finally Get Fixed

Today the group known as Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security is announcing a task force specifically dedicated to helping "content delivery networks" and other cloud services adopt the filters and cryptographic checks needed to harden BGP.

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Too Many Game Subscription Services? Here's How to Choose

Console gaming is starting to look more and more like Netflix: Instead of buying a disc at the store and popping it in at home, subscription services from Sony and Microsoft allow you to access tons of games for a monthly price, or even stream them without the need for a long download.

Google Photos Storage Is Changing. Here Are Your Best Options

Google Photos Storage Is Changing. Here Are Your Best Options

Google Photos has long offered one of the best deals in cloud storage, allowing you to upload unlimited photos for free—as long as you were willing to sacrifice a little image quality.Like Google, iCloud encompasses all your shared cloud storage for Apple services—including photos.

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

The OS Big Sur Launch Might Have Slowed Down Macs Everywhere

It didn't take long for some Mac users to note that trustd—a macOS process responsible for checking with Apple's servers to confirm that an app is notarized—was attempting to contact a host named but failing repeatedly.

Free, Unlimited Google Photos Storage Will End Next Year

Free, Unlimited Google Photos Storage Will End Next Year

The good news: This means your existing “high-quality” photos and videos won’t apply to the 15-GB limit, nor will any that you upload through next May. In a blog post announcing the change, Google Photos vice president Shimrit Ben-Yair said that 80 percent of users should stay under their quota for roughly three years before they hit that limit, although obviously your mileage will vary.

How to Organize Everything You Want to Watch With Google TV

How to Organize Everything You Want to Watch With Google TV

Instead of showing a list of several services and prices, one main button will be highlighted by default as the best way to watch.Paired with the Watchlist feature, this approach to organizing a streaming library makes it much easier to find what you want to watch.

RIP Google Play Music, Gone Too Soon

RIP Google Play Music, Gone Too Soon

Music Beta was announced alongside the launch of Google Movies on the Android Market store, which was the precursor to Google Play.With Google Music, Google didn't need Amazon anymore.iTunes was the industry leader at the time, letting iPhone users shop for music and movies from their computers or phones.

The 5 Best Photo Printing Services

The 5 Best Photo Printing Services

Now, in place of the 1-hour-photo booths, there are endless online printing services, most of which produce far better results than the kiosks ever did.The best quality prints in my testing came from Adorama's Printique service, formerly called Adoramapix.

Now’s the Perfect Time to Switch to a Cheaper Phone Plan

Now’s the Perfect Time to Switch to a Cheaper Phone Plan

Our favorite Mint Mobile plans are $25 per month for 3 GB and $40 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data.For an unlimited plan, it's affordable at $40 per month for one line, including taxes and fees, and it comes with unlimited talk, text, and LTE data with no speed cap.

Everything Apple Announced: Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad Air, Fitness+

Everything Apple Announced: Apple Watch 6, Apple Watch SE, iPad Air, Fitness+

The new Fitness+ service offers video streams of workouts in an array of categories like yoga, cycling, strength training, high-intensity interval training, and dance.Apple is embracing the bundle by making the bulk of its subscription services available for a single price.