Edward Snowden: ‘Do I Think Things Are Fixed? No.’ - The New York Times
Snowden: Being patriotic doesn’t simply mean agreeing with your government. Being willing to disagree, particularly in a risky manner, is actually what we need more of today. When we have this incredible, often fact-free environment where politicians can make claims and then they’re reported as truth, how do we actually steer democracy? If we have facts, we can help facilitate democracy, and this is my role.
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Chrome 55 for Android rolling out w/ new offline ‘Downloads’ feature, reduced memory usage | 9to5Google
Chrome 55 for Mac, Windows, and Linux was a major update that has the browser default to HTML5 in a bid to further kill Flash usage. Rolling out now, version 55 for Android adds a ‘Downloads’ feature that saves sites, music, and video for offline viewing, as well as improvements for low-memory devices.
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yesterday
Dark Patterns - User Interfaces Designed to Trick People
A Dark Pattern is a user interface that has been carefully crafted to trick users into doing things, such as buying insurance with their purchase or signing up for recurring bills.
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2 days ago
PewDiePie: YouTube may be 'killing' my channel because I'm white, so I'll delete it | The Independent
The Swedish YouTuber has said that he is going to delete his account because the video site has been penalising him and other YouTubers, who argue that the site has changed its algorithm so that fewer people see their videos. That has led to his popularity falling, he said in a video where he ranted against the site.

And the problem might be that he is white, he said in the same rant. Laying out the possible reasons that YouTube is supposedly looking to undermine him, he pointed to his race as well as the kinds of titles he uses on his videos.
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2 days ago
Tech Companies Delay Diversity Reports to Rethink Goals - WSJ
Twitter Inc. and Pinterest Inc. are set to release their updates this month, according to spokeswomen at each company, about 16 months after their previous reports. This year, however, they will both focus on hiring goals, rather than just the racial and gender breakdown of their employees that has become the industry standard.

“It’s not about hitting a number for the sake of doing so,” said Candice Morgan, Pinterest’s head of diversity and inclusion. “The goals are about fundamentally making progress towards doing our most innovative work.”
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2 days ago
Children’s Headphones May Carry Risk of Hearing Loss - The New York Times
But a new analysis by The Wirecutter, a product recommendations website owned by The New York Times, has found that half of 30 sets of children’s headphones tested did not restrict volume to the promised limit. The worst headphones produced sound so loud that it could be hazardous to ears in minutes.
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2 days ago
Anil Dash is the new CEO of Fog Creek Software – Joel on Software
Fog Creek is a weird company here, with unique values that you don’t find in a lot of other companies. That’s why we’re so successful, and that’s why we love working here. Some of the weird stuff we do is non-negotiable. We would never dream of having just any competent person from outside the company come in, let alone give them the CEO role, if we weren’t convinced that they were 100% fanatical and excited about Fog Creek Software’s unique operating system. We’ve been friends with Anil for so long that we’re confident that the combination of his talents and worldview with our quirky operating system will be a stellar combination.
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2 days ago
Google alters search autocomplete to remove 'are Jews evil' suggestion | Technology | The Guardian
Typing the phrase “are Jews” into Google, the search engine suggested “evil”, for “are women” it again suggested “evil” and for “are Muslims” it suggested “bad”, an Observer article reported.


Google, democracy and the truth about internet search
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On Monday the searches for Jews and women no longer returned those results, although the “are Muslims bad” autocomplete was still present.
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2 days ago
Obama Has a Plan to Fix Cybersecurity, But Its Success Depends on Trump | WIRED
Late Friday afternoon last week, the White House’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity released the results of a nine-month study of America’s cybersecurity problems. Its recommendations, in a hundred-page report, cover a lot of ground. It proposes fixing the shambolic security of internet-of-things consumer devices like routers and webcams, re-organizing responsibility for the cybersecurity of federal agencies, and fostering a new generation of skilled American cybersecurity experts, among other actionable steps.
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2 days ago
Plume’s pint-sized Wi-Fi pods are now available - The Verge
Each Plume Adaptive Wifi pod costs $69, while a three-pack is $179 and a six-pack is $329. They are available in champagne, silver, or black, and the company recommends one pod per room. The Plume system can be purchased direct from the company’s online store.
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2 days ago
Google Wifi review: Wi-Fi that works - The Verge
If all you care about is raw performance, Orbi is a better router, but for overall experience, including cost and maintenance, Google Wifi is an easier system to use. It’s also an ideal choice for someone looking to improve Wi-Fi in a relative’s home and manage it remotely, since the app makes it very easy to troubleshoot issues even if you aren’t physically connected to the network. Google Wifi was able to provide the same amount of coverage and experience as Eero’s system for $200 less.
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2 days ago
Mounds of Moto Mods: We'll see at least 12 per year - CNET
Moto is investing big in Mods, those magnetic, snap-on accessories -- like a battery pack and external speaker -- that enhance the Moto Z, Moto Z Force and Moto Z Play. In fact, Lenovo's Moto execs told a small group of journalists this week, the company itself will commit to releasing at least 12 new Moto Mods a year.
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2 days ago
Netflix Has Become the No. 1 Grossing iPhone App in the U.S.
Just over a year after Netflix began allowing iOS users to subscribe to its service via in-app purchases, the Netflix app has summited the Top Grossing Apps chart for iPhone on the U.S. App Store. The app had flirted with the No. 1 spot previously on November 14, 2016, when it ended the day at No. 2, and returned to second place yesterday before topping the chart for the first time today.
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2 days ago
Microsoft-LinkedIn deal cleared by regulators, opening new doors for people around the world - The Official Microsoft Blog
It was roughly six months ago, on June 13, that we announced that Microsoft would acquire LinkedIn.  At that time, we said that we aimed to close the deal by the end of the year. Today, the European Commission announced that it has cleared the acquisition. As a result, we’ve now obtained all of the regulatory approvals needed to complete the acquisition, and the deal will close in the coming days.
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2 days ago
We’re set to reach 100% renewable energy — and it’s just the beginning
I’m thrilled to announce that in 2017 Google will reach 100% renewable energy for our global operations — including both our data centers and offices. We were one of the first corporations to create large-scale, long-term contracts to buy renewable energy directly; we signed our first agreement to purchase all the electricity from a 114-megawatt wind farm in Iowa, in 2010. Today, we are the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable power, with commitments reaching 2.6 gigawatts (2,600 megawatts) of wind and solar energy. That’s bigger than many large utilities and more than twice as much as the 1.21 gigawatts it took to send Marty McFly back to the future.
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2 days ago
Supreme Court rules for Samsung in smartphone fight with Apple | Reuters
The court held that a patent violator does not always have to fork over its entire profits from the sales of products using stolen designs, if the designs covered only certain components and not the whole thing.
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2 days ago
Apple Watch sales to consumers set record in holiday week, says Apple's Cook | Reuters
"Sales growth is off the charts. In fact, during the first week of holiday shopping, our sell-through of Apple Watch was greater than any week in the product’s history. And as we expected, we’re on track for the best quarter ever for Apple Watch," he said.
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2 days ago
Tesco Bank cyber attack involved guesswork, study claims | Technology | The Guardian
In an academic paper, the team at Newcastle University claimed that working out the card number, expiry date and security code of any Visa credit or debit card could take a criminal “as little as six seconds” and involved nothing more than guesswork.

They said the so-called “distributed guessing attack” method they had identified was able to circumvent all the security features put in place to protect online payments from fraud, and exploited vulnerabilities at Visa – which has more than 500m cards in circulation in Europe alone – and hundreds of the world’s biggest and most popular retail websites. Some sites have changed their online security settings in response to the findings.
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3 days ago
Google’s new Trusted Contacts app lets you share your location during emergencies - The Verge
Trusted Contacts lets you add people with whom you want to share your whereabouts, whether it’s your GPS location or if you’re online. During a crisis, friends and family members can request your status to see if you’re safe, and you can respond with your location to let them know you’re okay, or deny the request. If you do not respond within five minutes, the app will automatically broadcast your location to the contact, or your last known location if your phone is offline.
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3 days ago
Amazon launches a beta of Go, a cashier-free, app-based food shopping experience | TechCrunch
Customers use the Go app to enter the store, and once inside, some combination of sensors, computer vision and deep learning keep track of what’s taken off and returned to shelves inside a virtual cart. Once finished, the shopper just walks out and the company charges their Amazon account, along with a receipt.
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3 days ago
[Updated] Steve Kondik blames Kirt McMaster for Cyanogen Inc's failure, CyanogenMod to reorganize and regroup
What's next, apparently, is the question of reenergizing and reorganizing the CyanogenMod community effort. The problem with that is that Cyanogen Inc. has control over some of the brand and trademarks around Cyanogen and CyanogenMod, and so the whole thing will likely have to be forked and rebranded, at least according to Kondik.
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5 days ago
FCC says AT&T is violating net neutrality with DirecTV data cap exemption | Ars Technica
AT&T may not have much to worry about. President-elect Donald Trump, an opponent of net neutrality rules, can appoint a new FCC chairperson when he takes office on January 20. While the net neutrality rules would still be in effect, a Republican-led FCC could simply choose to drop the AT&T investigation and in the long run might overturn the rules entirely.
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5 days ago
TalkTalk and Post Office customers hit by Mirai worm attack
The attacks seemingly exploited a security vulnerability in at least two models of Deutsche Telekom’s customer routers and the routers of Post Office and TalkTalk customers, allowing a malicious virus to enter through an unsecured port. Deutsche Telekom issued a patch for two models affected by the hack (Speedport W 921V and Speedport W 723V Type B) and advised users to reboot their routers in order to clear the virus from their devices.
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5 days ago
A Key Apple Health Technology Executive Has Left the Company - Bloomberg
Before joining Apple, Matsuoka led technology efforts as a vice president at Alphabet Inc.’s Nest Labs. She is credited with developing the technology that helps Nest thermostats automatically adapt to things like environmental conditions and past usage. Matsuoka was a pioneer in robotics, having helped invent a lifelike robotic hand. She is also a co-founder of Google X, the lab that produced Google Glass.
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6 days ago
After Trump’s Win, Secure Messaging App Signal's Downloads Increase 400% - BuzzFeed News
“There has never been a single event that has resulted in this kind of sustained, day-over-day increase,” Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of Open Whisper Systems, the software nonprofit behind Signal, told BuzzFeed News. Marlinspike interpreted the jump as a reaction to Trump’s win, and anxiety over the future of US surveillance.
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6 days ago
Bug Allows Activation Lock Bypass on iPhone, iPad | SecurityWeek.Com
Researchers have found a bug that can be used to bypass Apple’s Activation Lock feature and gain access to the homescreen of locked iPhones and iPads running the latest version of iOS.

There seem to be at least two variations of the vulnerability – one of them works on iOS 10.1 and the second has also been reproduced on the latest 10.1.1 version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

The Find My iPhone service allows users to activate Lost Mode on their iPhone, iPad or iPod if the device is lost or stolen. When Lost Mode is used, it automatically enables Activation Lock, a feature that prevents reactivation of the device without the legitimate owner’s permission.
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6 days ago
Internet Archive Successfully Fends Off Secret FBI Order
Now, Kahle and the archive are notching another victory, one that underlines the progress their original fight helped set in motion. The archive, a nonprofit online library, has disclosed that it received another NSL in August, its first since the one it received and fought in 2007. Once again it pushed back, but this time events unfolded differently: The archive was able to challenge the NSL and gag order directly in a letter to the FBI, rather than through a secretive lawsuit. In November, the bureau again backed down and, without a protracted battle, has now allowed the archive to publish the NSL in redacted form.
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6 days ago
Moto pushes off smartwatches indefinitely - The Verge
Shakil Barkat, head of global product development at Moto, said the company doesn’t “see enough pull in the market to put [a new smartwatch] out at this time,” though it may revisit the market in the future should technologies for the wrist improve. “Wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year,” Barkat said, and indicated that smartwatches and other wearable devices will not be in Moto’s annual device roadmap.
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6 days ago
FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails | Reuters
The changes will allow judges to issue warrants in cases when a suspect uses anonymizing technology to conceal the location of his or her computer or for an investigation into a network of hacked or infected computers, such as a botnet.
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7 days ago
Tim Cook Says He Expects AirPods to Ship Over 'Next Few Weeks' in Email to Customer - Mac Rumors
Customer's comment: "Give us a release date. I really bought in to the wireless vision you painted. Now I'm stuck waiting with my EarPods but can't charge my 7 at the same time which I need to do at work. Let us know if it's a month or 6 months, because then I'll just buy some other wireless headphones."

Tim Cook's response: "Thanks for your note. Sorry for the delay---we are finalizing them and I anticipate we will begin to ship over the next few weeks."
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8 days ago
How Pebble Is Killing It on Kickstarter
This might be impressive for some companies, but for Pebble it’s old hat. Of the three Kickstarter campaigns currently ahead of it in the rankings, two of them were also for Pebble products: its first smart watch, the eponymously named Pebble, raised $10.3 million in 2012 after seeking $100,000, while the Pebble Time snagged $20.3 million last year with a goal of raising $500,000.
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Fitbit To Buy Pebble — The Information
The price couldn’t be learned but it is thought to be for a small amount. Pebble had been looking to sell, one of the people said. There have been signs over the past year or so that Pebble was facing financial challenges. Earlier this year it reportedly laid off about a quarter of its workforce.
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8 days ago
Firefox 0-day in the wild is being used to attack Tor users | Ars Technica
Word of the previously unknown Firefox vulnerability first surfaced in this post on the official Tor website. It included several hundred lines of JavaScript and an introduction that warned: "This is an [sic] JavaScript exploit actively used against TorBrowser NOW." Tor cofounder Roger Dingledine quickly confirmed the previously unknown vulnerability and said engineers from Mozilla were in the process of developing a patch.
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8 days ago
GoPro Cutting 15% of Workforce, Closes Entertainment Unit - Bloomberg
The company, which isn’t profitable, will cut more than 200 full-time positions, according to a company statement Wednesday. Tony Bates, who joined as GoPro’s president in June 2014, is stepping down by the end of the year. He was previously an executive vice president at Microsoft Corp. and the chief executive officer of Skype Technologies SA.
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8 days ago
CNN Acquires Social-Video Startup Beme, Co-Founded by YouTube Star Casey Neistat | Variety
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. CNN said the new venture that it’s forming out of the acquisition — aimed at reaching millennial viewers with the street cred of Neistat’s reporting and commentary — will launch in the summer of 2017. All 11 of Beme’s employees will join CNN; the cable news network will be shutting down Beme, which had garnered more than 1 million downloads.
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8 days ago
1 million Google accounts compromised by Android malware called Gooligan | Ars Technica
Gooligan, as researchers from security firm Check Point Software Technologies have dubbed the malware, has been found in at least 86 apps available in third-party marketplaces. Once installed, it uses a process known as rooting to gain highly privileged system access to devices running version 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, and KitKat) and version 5 (Lollipop) of Google's Android operating system. Together, the vulnerable versions account for about 74 percent of users.
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8 days ago
Win-Fu Official Blog: Every Windows 10 in-place Upgrade is a SEVERE Security risk
There is a small but CRAZY bug in the way the "Feature Update" (previously known as "Upgrade") is installed. The installation of a new build is done by reimaging the machine and the image installed by a small version of Windows called Windows PE (Preinstallation Environment). This has a feature for troubleshooting that allows you to press SHIFT+F10 to get a Command Prompt. This sadly allows for access to the hard disk as during the upgrade Microsoft disables BitLocker. I demonstrate this in the following video. This would take place when you take the following update paths:
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10 days ago
Google will generate $4 billion in 2017 from the Pixel - Business Insider
The estimate is based on the expectation that Google will sell around 5-6 million Pixels next year, which retail between $649 and $869.
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10 days ago
Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum - The New Yorker
“There will be a recognition that if we don’t have control of the nation state, we should reduce the nation state’s power over us.”
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10 days ago
How the Trump Campaign Built an Identity Database and Used Facebook Ads to Win the Election – Medium
To start, Parscale uploaded the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of known Trump supporters into the Facebook advertising platform. Next, Parscale used Facebook’s “Custom Audiences from Customer Lists” to match these real people with their virtual Facebook profiles. With Facebook’s “Audience Targeting Options” feature, ads can be targeted to people based on their Facebook activity, ethic affinity, or “location and demographics like age, gender and interests. You can even target your ad to people based on what they do off of Facebook.”
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10 days ago
Hackers Hold SFMTA's Computer Network Hostage For $73K Ransom | Hoodline
According to the pseudonymous hacker, the agency's computers are being held ransom for more than $73,000 dollars with only one day left to pay—and nearly 25 percent of Muni's network has been compromised.

The severity of the attack still remains unknown to the public. However, documents released by one of the hackers suggest many vital agency functions have been compromised, including payroll, email servers, Quickbooks, NextBus operations, various MySQL database servers, staff training and personal computers for hundreds of employees.
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10 days ago
‘You Hacked,’ Cyber Attackers Crash Muni Computer System Across SF « CBS San Francisco
“There’s no impact to the transit service, but we have opened the fare gates as a precaution to minimize customer impact,” said Muni spokesperson Paul Rose. “Because this is an ongoing investigation it would not be appropriate to provide additional details at this point.”
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10 days ago
Samsung bets big on quantum dot TV, snaps up QD Vision | ZDNet
Lexington, MA-based QD Vision, previously known as Color IQ, is a specialist in quantum dot display technology. Developed for displays including PC monitors and television sets, quantum dot technology uses semiconductor nanoparticles to change the properties of quantum dots, improving color definition and sharpness.
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11 days ago
Black Friday online sales to hit a record-breaking $3 billion, over $1 billion from mobile | TechCrunch
[Update, 11/26/16: Adobe’s final numbers indicate that Black Friday surpassed estimates, with $3.34 billion – 21.6 percent growth, year-over-year. Mobile accounted for $1.2 billion, a 33 percent increase from the year before.]
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Amazon puts new limit on customer reviews: No more than 5 a week except for verified purchases - GeekWire
Amazon’s review system has been in the spotlight in recent days as the company reportedly suppressed some negative reviews and ratings of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly’s new memoir, politically motivated commentary submitted by people who hadn’t been verified to have purchased the book. That situation wouldn’t have been impacted by the new policy given the exception for books and other media.
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Thanksgiving online shoppers bought twice as much through phones as through tablets - Recode
More than a quarter of online sales on Thanksgiving — 27 percent, to be exact — took place via mobile phones compared with 22 percent last year, according to Adobe, which tracks $7.50 of every $10 spent online.
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13 days ago
Auto Safety Regulators Seek a Driver Mode to Block Apps - The New York Times
Now federal auto safety regulators want makers of these devices to add a driver mode to modify or block certain apps and features to keep a driver’s attention on the road.

The initiative comes in the form of voluntary guidelines that will be issued Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They arrive amid a spike in traffic fatalities in the last two years and increasing concerns about the distractions posed by smartphones and the many apps that Americans are using while behind the wheel.
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13 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg Is A Hypocrite – 10 Zen Monkeys
Note the lying advertisers to the right of his status update? (No, Hugh Hefner isn't dead, and no, Tiger Woods hasn't left the PGA forever.) Those ads don't even lead to news stories. The first one leads to a site selling cures for erectile dysfunction, and the second leads to a site selling testosterone booster.
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15 days ago
Most Students Don’t Know When News Is Fake, Stanford Study Finds - WSJ
Some 82% of middle-schoolers couldn’t distinguish between an ad labeled “sponsored content” and a real news story on a website, according to a Stanford University study of 7,804 students from middle school through college. The study, set for release Tuesday, is the biggest so far on how teens evaluate information they find online. Many students judged the credibility of newsy tweets based on how much detail they contained or whether a large photo was attached, rather than on the source.
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15 days ago
The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz - The New York Times
For several years, a data firm eventually hired by the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, has been using Facebook as a tool to build psychological profiles that represent some 230 million adult Americans. A spinoff of a British consulting company and sometime-defense contractor known for its counterterrorism “psy ops” work in Afghanistan, the firm does so by seeding the social network with personality quizzes. Respondents — by now hundreds of thousands of us, mostly female and mostly young but enough male and older for the firm to make inferences about others with similar behaviors and demographics — get a free look at their Ocean scores. Cambridge Analytica also gets a look at their scores and, thanks to Facebook, gains access to their profiles and real names.
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15 days ago
Google’s redesigned Google Sites goes live | TechCrunch
With this update, any pages you create in Sites will also automatically scale according to the screen size you are using — and its preview mode makes it easy to see what a site will look like on a phone, tablet and desktop. In order to make those sites look halfway professional, Google added six new themes to get you started. All of these themes come with customizable font and color settings, but I hope Google will add a few more options over time.
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15 days ago
Strategy Analytics: Apple Captures Record 91 Percent Share of Global Smartphone Profits in Q3 2016
Boston, MA - November 22, 2016 -- According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone profits reached US$9 billion in total during the third quarter of 2016. Apple dominated and captured a record 91 percent share of all smartphone profits worldwide.
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15 days ago
Microsoft offers EU an Outlook deal to secure LinkedIn acquisition - The Verge
Microsoft originally released its social connector for Outlook as a separate add-on around seven years ago, allowing Facebook, LinkedIn, and Windows Live contact integration into Outlook. The connector is now built into recent copies of Outlook, and it largely serves as a way to integrate LinkedIn data. It’s this data that is at the center of the European Union’s antitrust approval, and it's a key part of Microsoft's acquisition.
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15 days ago
Exclusive Interview: How Jared Kushner Won Trump The White House
At first Kushner dabbled, engaging in what amounted to a beta test using Trump merchandise. “I called somebody who works for one of the technology companies that I work with, and I had them give me a tutorial on how to use Facebook micro-targeting,” Kushner says. Synched with Trump’s blunt, simple messaging, it worked. The Trump campaign went from selling $8,000 worth of hats and other items a day to $80,000, generating revenue, expanding the number of human billboards–and proving a concept. In another test, Kushner spent $160,000 to promote a series of low-tech policy videos of Trump talking straight into the camera that collectively generated more than 74 million views.
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16 days ago
There’s another malicious link floating around that will cause any iOS device to freeze & require a hard reset | 9to5Mac
As you’ll see in the video below from EverythingApplePro, viewing a certain video in Safari will cause iOS to essentially overload and gradually become unusable. We won’t link the infectious video here for obvious reasons, but you can take our word for it when we say that it really does render your device unusable.
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16 days ago
Symantec to Buy Identity Theft Protection Company LifeLock - WSJ
The deal will value LifeLock at $24 a share, a 16% premium to its Friday price of $20.75, near its 52-week high.

The deal broadens Symantec’s portfolio at a time when the 34-year-old company is looking to break out beyond its traditional strength in antivirus software. Symantec hopes to integrate LifeLock with its Norton antivirus businesses into a single product line after the acquisition closes, expected early next year.
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17 days ago
Apple Abandons Development of Wireless Routers - Bloomberg
Apple began shutting down the wireless router team over the past year, dispersing engineers to other product development groups, including the one handling the Apple TV, said the people, who asked not to be named because the decision hasn’t been publicly announced.
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17 days ago
For the ‘new yellow journalists,’ opportunity comes in clicks and bucks - The Washington Post
Now settled into the career that has grown from that revelation, Wade turns the television to Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist with nearly 1.4 million followers on Facebook, who is the opportunist they would most like to become. Wade clicks on the LibertyWritersNews site, which says at the bottom, “You Can Count On Liberty Writers News,” begins typing a new story, and looks up to watch Jones yell into the camera. But it isn’t Jones’s monologue that Wade notices. It’s his setup. “We want to start filming in a studio like that,” Wade says. “That stuff works on Facebook.”
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17 days ago
The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz - The New York Times
In this election, dark posts were used to try to suppress the African-American vote. According to Bloomberg, the Trump campaign sent ads reminding certain selected black voters of Hillary Clinton’s infamous “super predator” line. It targeted Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood with messages about the Clinton Foundation’s troubles in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Federal Election Commission rules are unclear when it comes to Facebook posts, but even if they do apply and the facts are skewed and the dog whistles loud, the already weakening power of social opprobrium is gone when no one else sees the ad you see — and no one else sees “I’m Donald Trump, and I approved this message.”
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18 days ago
Pixel phone resellers banned from using Google accounts | Technology | The Guardian
Google has suspended the accounts of hundreds of people who took advantage of a loophole in US sales tax to make a small profit on Pixel phones.

The Google customers had all bought the phones from the company’s Project Fi mobile carrier, and had them shipped directly to a reseller in New Hampshire, a US state with no sales tax. In return, the reseller split the profit with the customers.
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Stratechery by Ben Thompson – Fake News
In truth, though, you and I know that few users will bother. And that, seemingly, is what bothers many of Facebook’s critics the most. If users won’t seek out the “right” news sources, well, then someone ought to make them see them. It all sounds great — and, without question, a far more convenient solution to winning elections than actually making the changes necessary to do so — until you remember that that someone you just entrusted with such awesome power could disagree with you, and that the very notion of controlling what people read is the hallmark of totalitarianism.
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18 days ago
Woman, prosecuted for selling $12 of ceviche on Facebook, now faces trial | Ars Technica
Ruelas has been assigned a December 2 trial date, and she faces additional charges for allegedly thwarting the law. Ruelas could face a maximum penalty of two years in prison, but District Attorney Kelly McDaniel has repeatedly said she is not seeking jail time. (According to the FBI, Stockton, a city of about 300,000 people approximately 80 miles east of San Francisco, has one of the highest rates of violent crime in California.)
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18 days ago
It only took 17 years: Metallica’s full catalog is now on Napster | Ars Technica
Earlier this week, the band and company announced that Metallica's entire catalog would finally launch on the Napster service on Friday. The $10/£10 a month music service currently resembles all-you-can-stream subscription services like Spotify and Google Play Music, and Napster's fee now includes every published song by Hetfield and Co., from 1983's Kill 'Em All to this week's Hardwired... To Self-Destruct.
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18 days ago
Why the MacBook Pro is limited to 16GB of RAM -
Apple have been using LPDDR for several generations of their notebooks, and it’s part of the way that they get very long standby time on them. Switching to DDR4 would drastically decrease it from the 30 days of standby time that they get now to less than one week. With DDR4 they’d have produced a notebook that would have a completely drained battery if it was at 50% charge and you closed the lid and left it for a few days. Not only would that be annoying, but by running the battery flat often it would end up damaging a percentage of their batteries because they’d frequently get 100% discharged, which puts a lot of stress on them, and sometimes even kills them.
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18 days ago
Stop Being Trump’s Twitter Fool - POLITICO Magazine
Meanwhile, in the villainous golden lair he maintains in Trump Tower, Baby Donald laughed his best Dr. Evil laugh. Got ‘em again, he thought. Yesterday’s settlement of the Trump University lawsuit is the real news, but my Twitter incitement will dominate all else for at least 12 hours as people tweet, “How could he?”, “Oh, now he’s for safe spaces?” and “Don’t tell artists what to say or do!”
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18 days ago
Biggest Spike in Traffic Deaths in 50 Years? Blame Apps - The New York Times
After steady declines over the last four decades, highway fatalities last year recorded the largest annual percentage increase in 50 years. And the numbers so far this year are even worse. In the first six months of 2016, highway deaths jumped 10.4 percent, to 17,775, from the comparable period of 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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