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'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian
Asked what kind of control Facebook had over the data given to outside developers, he replied: “Zero. Absolutely none. Once the data left Facebook servers there was not any control, and there was no insight into what was going on.”
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9 minutes ago by leolaporte
Google Pay now lets you use prepaid public transport passes, starting in Las Vegas | VentureBeat
Google revealed in January that it was combining Android Pay and Google Wallet under the new Google Pay brand, and the big global rollout began last month. While Google Pay can already be used to pay for public transport in some cities, including London, Kiev, and Portland, those fare payments rely on a bank card associated with your Google Pay account. This latest initiative is designed to leverage Google Pay as a digital wallet using prepaid tickets and passes.
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11 minutes ago by leolaporte
How Europe's New Privacy Law Will Change the Web, and More | WIRED
Instead, companies must be clear and concise about their collection and use of personal data like full name, home address, location data, IP address, or the identifier that tracks web and app use on smartphones. Companies have to spell out why the data is being collected and whether it will be used to create profiles of people’s actions and habits. Moreover, consumers will gain the right to access data companies store about them, the right to correct inaccurate information, and the right to limit the use of decisions made by algorithms, among others.
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13 minutes ago by leolaporte
Google Play Instant lets you try games without having to install them | TechCrunch
For now, this project is still a closed beta, though Google plans to open it up to more developers later this year. Some games that currently support Play Instant include Clash Royale, Words with Friends 2, Bubble Witch 3 Saga and Panda Pop, as well as a few other titles from Playtika, Jam City, MZ, and Hothead.
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14 minutes ago by leolaporte
Exclusive: Tempe police chief says early probe shows no fault by Uber - San Francisco Chronicle
From viewing the videos, “it’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode (autonomous or human-driven) based on how she came from the shadows right into the roadway,” Moir said. The police have not released the videos.
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24 minutes ago by leolaporte
Self-driving Uber car kills Arizona woman crossing street
Elaine Herzberg, 49, was walking her bicycle outside the crosswalk on a four-lane road in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe about 10 p.m. MST Sunday (0400 GMT Monday) when she was struck by the Uber vehicle traveling at about 40 miles per hour (65 km per hour), police said. The Volvo XC90 SUV was in autonomous mode with an operator behind the wheel.
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25 minutes ago by leolaporte
Above Avalon: An Apple R&D Bonanza
Apple's pace of R&D expenditures is nothing like the company has ever seen. The $14 billion of R&D expense that Apple will spend in FY2018 will be more than the amount Apple spent on R&D from 1998 to 2011. The CAGR for Apple's R&D expenditures has been a remarkable 32% since 1998. As seen in Exhibit 1, the ramp in Apple R&D expense spanning more than two decades has been breathtaking. 
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China to bar people with bad 'social credit' from planes, trains
The move is in line with President’s Xi Jinping’s plan to construct a social credit system based on the principle of “once untrustworthy, always restricted”, said one of the notices which was signed by eight ministries, including the country’s aviation regulator and the Supreme People’s Court.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
To find suspects, Raleigh police quietly turn to Google :: WRAL.com
In at least four investigations last year – cases of murder, sexual battery and even possible arson at the massive downtown fire in March 2017 – Raleigh police used search warrants to demand Google accounts not of specific suspects, but from any mobile devices that veered too close to the scene of a crime, according to a WRAL News review of court records. These warrants often prevent the technology giant for months from disclosing information about the searches not just to potential suspects, but to any users swept up in the search.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Facebook Plans Oculus Go f8 Launch in May – Variety
Recent leaks suggest that the $199 version will come with 32 GB of on-board storage, with Facebook selling a 64 GB version for a higher price. However, unlike the company’s pricier Oculus Rift headset, Oculus Go doesn’t use any positional tracking technology. This means that users won’t be able to lean into any VR experience, making the device less immersive than the Rift.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach | News | The Guardian
Christopher Wylie, who worked with an academic at Cambridge University to obtain the data, told the Observer: “We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons. That was the basis that the entire company was built on.”
Documents seen by the Observer, and confirmed by a Facebook statement, show that by late 2015 the company had found out that information had been harvested on an unprecedented scale. However, at the time it failed to alert users and took only limited steps to recover and secure the private information of more than 50 million individuals.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Here's What's Really Happening with Windows 10 (Premium) - Thurrott.com
First, and most important, this change does not represent the first time that Microsoft has subtly (or not) pushes users to its (now not-so-new) web browser, Microsoft Edge. Instead, Microsoft has been artificially intercepting connections the default web browser that users configure in Windows 10 in various ways for a long time. The situation is so untenable to some that there is a utility called EdgeDeflector that was designed solely to circumvent Microsoft’s circumventions.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Suspending Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group from Facebook | Facebook Newsroom
Protecting people’s information is at the heart of everything we do, and we require the same from people who operate apps on Facebook. In 2015, we learned that a psychology professor at the University of Cambridge named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan lied to us and violated our Platform Policies by passing data from an app that was using Facebook Login to SCL/Cambridge Analytica, a firm that does political, government and military work around the globe. He also passed that data to Christopher Wylie of Eunoia Technologies, Inc.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Let’s talk about libraries and digital humanities and publishing – Roxanne Shirazi
On the hypocrisy of publishing about OA/DH in closed venues, and why it happens anyway.
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3 days ago by dsalo
Celebrating Stephen Hawking | plus.maths.org
One of the results to come out of the rush that was the "golden age of black hole theory" in the 1960s and 70s was Hawking's area theorem. It states that the horizon of a black hole, the surface area of no return, could never decrease. Whatever happens to the black hole, whatever is gobbled up by it, its surface area can only ever become bigger. (You can read more about black holes here.)
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3 days ago by leolaporte
SEC.gov | Theranos, CEO Holmes, and Former President Balwani Charged With Massive Fraud
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Silicon Valley-based private company Theranos Inc., its founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, and its former President Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani with raising more than $700 million from investors through an elaborate, years-long fraud in which they exaggerated or made false statements about the company’s technology, business, and financial performance.  Theranos and Holmes have agreed to resolve the charges against them.  Importantly, in addition to a penalty, Holmes has agreed to give up majority voting control over the company, as well as to a reduction of her equity which, combined with shares she previously returned, materially reduces her equity stake.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
This City Just Passed the First Bitcoin Mining Ban in the US - Motherboard
According to Read, Plattsburgh has the “cheapest electricity in the world” due to a hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence river and residents pay only 4.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. (For the sake of comparison, the US average is a little over 10 cents per kilowatt-hour). Industrial enterprises—including Bitcoin mines—in Plattsburgh pay even less: Just 2 cents per kilowatt-hour.
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3 days ago by leolaporte

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