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Why Don’t We Just Ban Targeted Advertising? | WIRED
Let’s pretend it really happened. Imagine Congress passed a law tomorrow morning that banned companies from doing any ad microtargeting whatsoever. Close your eyes and picture what life would be like if the leading business model of the internet were banished from existence. How would things be different?
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Beware of ‘ZoomBombing:’ screensharing filth to video calls | TechCrunch
The problem stems from Zoom’s policy that “The host does not need to grant screen share access for another participant to share their screen.” However, hosts can disable this option in their settings or the Admin controls of a call. You can either change this in your pre-meeting Settings or in the in-call admin settings for Share Screen -> Advanced Sharing Settings.
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9 days ago by leolaporte
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For as long as schools are closed, we're open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.

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9 days ago by leolaporte
Windows, Ubuntu, macOS, VirtualBox fall at Pwn2Own hacking contest | ZDNet
During the competition's two-day schedule, six teams managed to hack apps and operating systems like Windows, macOS, Ubuntu, Safari, Adobe Reader, and Oracle VirtualBox. All bugs exploited during the contest were immediately reported to their respective companies.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
Can Smart Thermometers Track the Spread of the Coronavirus? - The New York Times
Kinsa Health has sold or given away more than a million smart thermometers to households in which two million people reside, and thus can record fevers almost as soon as consumers experience them.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
YouTube forgoes streaming quality to prevent European networks buffering - Reuters
Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube is the second online video company after Netflix (NFLX.O) to respond to a call by the European Union industry chief Thierry Breton to cut picture quality to prevent overload.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
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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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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Federal Agencies Use Cellphone Location Data for Immigration Enforcement - WSJ
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of DHS, has used the data to help identify immigrants who were later arrested, these people said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection, another agency under DHS, uses the information to look for cellphone activity in unusual places, such as remote stretches of desert that straddle the Mexican border, the people said.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Why the N.Y.P.D. Dropped One of Its Oldest Crime-Fighting Tools - The New York Times
The department is retiring handwritten memo books by Feb. 17 in a transition to a digital version — an app on officers’ department-issued iPhones. Instead of making entries by hand, whether with flowery script from ink-dipped pens in Victorian-era New York or ballpoints today, officers will type in their notes, which the app will send to a department database.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Wacom drawing tablets track the name of every application that you open | Robert Heaton
What requires more explanation is why Wacom think it’s acceptable to record every time I open a new application, including the time, a string that presumably uniquely identifies m
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Instagram Brings In More Than a Quarter of Facebook Sales - Bloomberg
The app brought in about $20 billion in advertising revenue in 2019, said the people, who asked to remain anonymous because the figures aren’t public. That beats Google video unit YouTube, which recorded $15.1 billion in ad sales -- a number parent company Alphabet Inc. revealed Monday for the first time. Facebook declined to comment.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Your Philips Hue light bulbs can still be hacked — but there’s a patch for the worst - The Verge
That’s the word from cybersecurity research firm Check Point Software, and the good news is you should already be safe from the worst part of the hack. If the Philips Hue Hub that controls your bulbs is connected to the internet, it should have automatically updated itself to version 1935144040 by now, which contains the patch you want. (Check Point informed Philips in November, and a patch was issued mid-January.) I just checked my own hub’s firmware version in the Philips Hue app, and I’m good.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Roku and Fox Settle Dispute Ahead of Super Bowl, Fox Now and Fox Sports to Remain on Roku Channel Store – The Streamable
The exact nature of the dispute was not clear, but it is thought to be over a revenue share on ads. Roku gets a cut of ad revenue from those streamed in apps on their platform. The dispute came just weeks after AT&T TV NOW was removed from the Roku Channel Store. It did not have an impact on the Fox Sports Go app, which is now owned and managed by Sinclair Media Group.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
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Current hard drive and SSD prices, sorted by cost per gigabyte.
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Health-Records Company Pushed Opioids to Doctors in Secret Deal - Bloomberg
The tool existed thanks to a secret deal. Its maker, a software company called Practice Fusion, was paid by a major opioid manufacturer to design it in an effort to boost prescriptions for addictive pain pills -- even though overdose deaths had almost tripled during the prior 15 years, creating a public-health disaster. The software was used by tens of thousands of doctors’ offices.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte

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