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HQ Trivia shuts down after acquisition falls through | TechCrunch
HQ Trivia is dead. Today the company laid off its full staff of 25 and will cease operation of its trivia, sports, and word guessing games, a source close to the company confirmed.
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11 days ago by leolaporte
11 Million Americans Used Streaming Services Illicitly Last Year – Variety
Over the past year, 95 million people in the U.S. used a major streaming service, 68 million were self-paying, 25 million had access through a family plan, 13 million were on a free trial, and nearly 11 million were “mooching,” or sharing a log-in that was not from an authorized family plan.
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12 days ago by leolaporte
Facebook Dating launch blocked in Europe after it fails to show privacy workings | TechCrunch
Under GDPR, there’s a requirement for data controllers to bake privacy by design and default into products which are handling people’s information. (And a dating product clearly would be.)

DPIA — which is a process whereby planned processing of personal data is assessed to consider the impact on the rights and freedoms of individuals — is a requirement under the GDPR when, for example, individual profiling is taking place or there’s processing of sensitive data on a large scale.
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12 days ago by leolaporte
DPC statement on Facebook dating feature | 12/02/2020 | Data Protection Commission
Facebook Ireland first contacted the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) in relation to its intention to roll-out a new Dating feature in the EU on Monday 3 February. We were very concerned that this was the first that we’d heard from Facebook Ireland about this new feature, considering that it was their intention to roll it out tomorrow, 13 February. Our concerns were further compounded by the fact that no information/documentation was provided to us on 3 February in relation to the Data Protection Impact Assessment or the decision-making processes that were undertaken by Facebook Ireland.
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12 days ago by leolaporte
U.S. Senators propose facial recognition moratorium for federal government | VentureBeat
The bill, named the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence Act, is being introduced today by Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). It would establish a 13-member Congressional Commission made up of people appointed by the president, members of Congress, federal immigration and law enforcement officers, and privacy and tech experts. Six committee members come from communities most impacted by use of facial recognition.
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12 days ago by leolaporte
The court’s decision to allow T-Mobile and Sprint to merge is clear: Sprint sucks - The Verge
it turns out that Judge Marrero thinks CEO John Legere and the rest of T-Mobile’s executives are extremely cool and smart and that Dish Network is definitely trustworthy and that everything is going to work out great.
"Judge Marrero thinks Sprint is a bad company with a crap network run by dummies"

Also, the judge thinks that Sprint sucks. Really, if there’s one major takeaway here, it’s that Victor Marrero, a federal judge selected by Bill Clinton for a lifetime appointment on the federal judiciary, thinks that Sprint is a bad company with a crap network run by dummies. This is the law now.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
U.S. Officials Say Huawei Can Covertly Access Telecom Networks - WSJ
U.S. officials said Huawei has built equipment that secretly preserves its ability to access networks through these interfaces, without the carriers’ knowledge. The officials didn’t provide details of where they believe Huawei is able to do so. Other telecom-equipment manufacturers don’t have the same ability, they said.

“We have evidence that Huawei has the capability secretly to access sensitive and personal information in systems it maintains and sells around the world,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien said.

“Huawei does not disclose this covert access to its local customers, or the host nation national-security agencies,” another senior U.S. official said.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Netflix dominates viewing on TVs over all other streaming services - CNET
Netflix is big and it's getting bigger. And we're not just watching it on our phones and tablets: That dominance translates to the biggest screen in US homes too, according to a new study Tuesday from TV-measurement giant Nielsen. Netflix gobbles up 31% of streaming to TVs, beating every other service.
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14 days ago by leolaporte
Wireless Show Hangs by Thread as Virus Deters More Companies - Bloomberg
The board of global industry lobby GSMA, which oversees the annual showcase, will hold a video call on Friday to discuss the cancellations and review its contingency planning, said a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified as the matter is private.
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14 days ago by leolaporte
China launches coronavirus 'close contact detector' app - BBC News
The 'close contact detector' tells users if they have been near a person who has been confirmed or suspected of having the virus.

People identified as being at risk are advised to stay at home and inform local health authorities.

The technology shines a light on the Chinese government's close surveillance of its population.
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14 days ago by leolaporte
What the T-Mobile + Sprint + Dish deal means for you - Vox
If you’re a wireless operator or someone who owns a wireless operator, you would like less competition and less incentive for the carriers to undercut each other, and for the trendline of that chart to stop drooping. In other words: That would be good for them and bad for you.

That’s why the Obama administration blocked an earlier version of this deal, and why President Trump’s Department of Justice also initially objected to it, as it noted last year: “The combination of T-Mobile and Sprint would eliminate head-to-head competition between the companies and threaten the benefits that customers have realized from that competition in the form of lower prices and better service.”
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14 days ago by leolaporte
Google HR head Eileen Naughton to step down | Fortune
Naughton, who has been at the company for 14 years, four of which have been as vice president of people operations, has had to deal with intensifying employee anger over the company’s alleged handling of sexual harassment claims, the firing of employees who organized protests against the company, and the elimination of weekly all-hands meetings at which employees confronted executives about sensitive topics (the meetings are now monthly, and the permitted topics are limited). She's also had to manage worker complaints about the company’s decision to work on secret projects like a censored search engine for China and a lack of employee diversity.
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14 days ago by leolaporte
How Big Companies Spy on Your Emails - VICE
The popular Edison email app, which is in the top 100 productivity apps on the Apple app store, scrapes users' email inboxes and sells products based off that information to clients in the finance, travel, and e-Commerce sectors. The contents of Edison users' inboxes are of particular interest to companies who can buy the data to make better investment decisions, according to a J.P. Morgan document obtained by Motherboard.
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14 days ago by leolaporte
How the CIA used Crypto AG encryption devices to spy on countries for decades - Washington Post
But what none of its customers ever knew was that Crypto AG was secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West German intelligence. These spy agencies rigged the company’s devices so they could easily break the codes that countries used to send encrypted messages.
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14 days ago by leolaporte
Sprint soars after judge approves its merger with T-Mobile
In his decision filed Tuesday, Judge Victor Marrero wrote, “The resulting stalemate leaves the Court lacking sufficiently impartial and objective ground on which to rely in basing a sound forecast of the likely competitive effects of a merger.”
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14 days ago by leolaporte
Netflix Spends Big for Oscars—Will Hollywood Give In? - WSJ
Steering Netflix’s award strategy is Lisa Taback, an Oscar campaign wizard who was a key player during the 1990s glory years of Miramax, the production company founded by the now-disgraced Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob. Netflix absorbed her awards-consulting company in 2017 agreeing to pay Ms. Taback a seven figure annual salary, according to people familiar with the matter. The move not only boosted its team but took a valued consultant away from everyone else.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
U.S. charges Chinese spies with massive Equifax hack - POLITICO
The Justice Department charged two Chinese hackers with the Anthem breach, and U.S. officials have privately blamed China for the devastating OPM intrusion. Intelligence officials have also linked Beijing to other major cyberattacks, including the Marriott hack that exposed the personal data of roughly 500 million people.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Will Spotify Ruin Podcasting? - BIG by Matt Stoller
After these corporations became dominant, there simply was no need to advertise in, say the New York Times to show an ad to a New York Times reader if Google could show that ad to that same wealthy reader cheaper somewhere else. The relationship between the New York Times and the reader is based on trust earned through capital invested in reporting the news. Google then takes that relationship in the form of structured data, and makes money that should have gone to the New York Times by advertising to New York Times readers against non-New York Times content. This looks more like a form of theft, not efficiency.
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16 days ago by leolaporte

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