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Thingpedia - Supported Operations
Tool or tip? Not sure which show. Maybe TWiG.
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yesterday by leolaporte
Broadcom plans to buy more large enterprise software companies
Broadcom, which announced on Wednesday that it's buying CA for almost $19 billion, is turning away from rolling up semiconductor companies and toward buying up mainframe and infrastructure software companies. Broadcom plans to use CA as a new software platform to buy and merge other, similar software companies, according to people familiar with the matter.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Your iPhone now does Morse code, thanks to Google's Gboard keyboard - CNET
Google announced that today it's rolling out Morse code on the Gboard keyboard for iOS. Gboard is Google's keyboard with Google search built in. Morse code is currently available for Gboard for Android, but Google says that it's adding improvements with today's update.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Why Influencers Use Their Kids in Instagram Ads - Racked
The reason Amazon sponsored an event that the host almost certainly could have afforded otherwise became clear when the party pictures were posted for Kardashian’s nearly 77 million Instagram followers, dotted with preapproved language and hashtags mandated by Amazon Baby Registry.
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5 days ago by leolaporte
Security — Timehop
Some data was breached. These include names, email addresses, and some phone numbers. This affects some 21 million of our users. No private/direct messages, financial data, or social media or photo content, or Timehop data including streaks were affected.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Facial recognition trial in London results in zero arrests, Metropolitan Police confirm | The Independent
Hannah Couchman, an advocacy and policy officer at Liberty who monitored Thursday’s trial and had access to the Met’s operations room, said she saw only one “match” in around two hours – a young black man.

“The alert came up on the computer screen and it seemed quite clear to me and my colleague that there wasn’t a great deal of similarity between the live image and the ‘probe’ image,” she told The Independent. 
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Exclusive: Twitter is suspending millions of bots and fake accounts every day to fight disinformation - The Washington Post
Twitter has sharply escalated its battle against fake and suspicious accounts, suspending more than 1 million a day in recent months, a major shift to lessen the flow of disinformation on the platform, according to data obtained by The Washington Post.

The rate of account suspensions, which Twitter confirmed to The Post, has more than doubled since October, when the company revealed under congressional pressure how Russia used fake accounts to interfere in the U.S. presidential election. Twitter suspended more than 70 million accounts in May and June, and the pace has continued in July, according to the data.
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8 days ago by leolaporte
The Complexity of Simply Searching For Medical Advice | WIRED
There’s an asymmetry of passion at work. Which is to say, there’s very little counter-content to surface because it simply doesn’t occur to regular people (or, in this case, actual medical experts) that there’s a need to produce counter-content. Instead, engaging blogs by real moms with adorable children living authentic natural lives rise to the top, stating that doctors are bought by pharma, or simply misinformed, and that the shot is risky and unnecessary. The persuasive writing sounds reasonable, worthy of a second look. And since so much of the information on the first few pages of search results repeats these claims, the message looks like it represents a widely-held point of view. But it doesn’t. It’s wrong, it’s dangerous, and it’s potentially deadly.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight - The New York Times
Samba TV has struck deals with roughly a dozen TV brands — including Sony, Sharp, TCL and Philips — to place its software on certain sets. When people set up their TVs, a screen urges them to enable a service called Samba Interactive TV, saying it recommends shows and provides special offers “by cleverly recognizing onscreen content.” But the screen, which contains the enable button, does not detail how much information Samba TV collects to make those recommendations.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
MEPs vote to reopen copyright debate over ‘censorship’ controversy | TechCrunch
A 318-278 majority of MEPs in the European Parliament has just voted to reopen debate around a controversial digital copyright reform proposal — meaning it will now face further debate and scrutiny, rather than be fast-tracked towards becoming law via the standard EU trilogue negotiation process.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
After More Than a Decade of Litigation, the Dancing Baby Has Done His Part to Strengthen Fair Use for Everyone | Electronic Frontier Foundation
It all started when Lenz posted a YouTube video of her then-toddler-aged son dancing while Prince’s song “Let's Go Crazy” played in the background, and Universal used copyright claims to get the link disabled. We brought the case hoping to get some clarity from the courts on a simple but important issue: can a rightsholder use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to take down an obvious fair use, without consequence?
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11 days ago by leolaporte
As mob lynchings fueled by WhatsApp messages sweep India, authorities struggle to combat fake news - The Washington Post
As India’s government weighs what to do, local authorities have been left to tackle fake news as best they can, issuing warnings and employing low-tech methods such as hiring street performers and “rumor busters” to visit villages to spread public awareness. One such “rumor buster” was killed by a mob Thursday in the eastern state of Tripura.

“We are trying to counter the misinformation by aggressive campaigning on social media, WhatsApp and local TV channels,” said M. Ramkumar, the superintendent of police in Dhule, a district in western India. It was there that five nomadic beggars were beaten to death Sunday by villagers, who thought they were child kidnappers.
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12 days ago by leolaporte
AT&T promised lower prices after Time Warner merger—it’s raising them instead | Ars Technica
Just two months ago, AT&T said in a court filing that buying Time Warner would allow it to lower TV prices. The US Department of Justice tried to stop the merger, arguing that it would raise prices for consumers, but a federal judge sided with AT&T. The merger was completed on June 15.

AT&T scoffed at the Justice Department's argument that the merger would raise prices. The telecomm giant wrote in its post-trial brief that the merger will "enabl[e] AT&T and Time Warner to reduce consumer prices."
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12 days ago by leolaporte
Facebook’s disclosures under scrutiny as federal agencies join probe of tech giant’s role in sharing data with Cambridge Analytica - The Washington Post
Representatives for the FBI, the SEC and the Federal Trade Commission have joined the Department of Justice in its inquiries about the two companies and the sharing of personal information of 71 million Americans, suggesting the wide-ranging nature of the investigation, said five people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a probe that remains incomplete.
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12 days ago by leolaporte
Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: The App Developers Sifting Through Your Gmail - WSJ
One of those companies is Return Path Inc., which collects data for marketers by scanning the inboxes of more than two million people who have signed up for one of the free apps in Return Path’s partner network using a Gmail, Microsoft Corp. or Yahoo email address. Computers normally do the scanning, analyzing about 100 million emails a day. At one point about two years ago, Return Path employees read about 8,000 unredacted emails to help train the company’s software, people familiar with the episode say.

In another case, employees of Edison Software, another Gmail developer that makes a mobile app for reading and organizing email, personally reviewed the emails of hundreds of users to build a new feature, says Mikael Berner, the company’s CEO.
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12 days ago by leolaporte
A Bug in Samsung's Default Texting App Is Sending Random Pics to Other People
According to user reports, the problem stems from Samsung Messages, the default texting app on Galaxy devices, which (for reasons that haven’t been determined), is erroneously sending pictures stored on the devices to random contacts via SMS. One user on Reddit even claims that instead of sending one pic, Samsung Messages sent out their entire photo gallery to a contact in the middle of the night.
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12 days ago by leolaporte
Patreon Is Suspending Adult Content Creators Because of Its Payment Partners - Motherboard
“This is bigger than us & Patreon. It’s a world wide crack down on freedom of expression, on women, on marginalised people, on sex and sex work, on non conventional forms of labour that counter the status quo: the domination of corporations and patriarchy. On dissent,” Ashley wrote. “Just to be clear what is at stake, this is my whole income, my livelihood.”
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14 days ago by leolaporte
Rep. Massie Introduces New Legislation to Restore America’s Patent System – Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Section 4 abolishes Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Post-Grant Review (PGR). In addition to covered business method review, which was created with a sunset provision, these procedures allow the Patent Office to cancel at patent it has previously issued. Numerous scholars have identified the substantial harms caused by the PTAB. The problems have been so extensive that other legislation focused on trying to fix these procedures has been introduced. This bill goes the necessary next step. Because these procedures fundamentally undermine the status of patents as private property, the bill eliminates IPR and PGR entirely.
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14 days ago by leolaporte
Is the “Netflix of podcasts” moment finally here?
“It’s all just starting to happen,” he says. Indeed it is. And part of what’s happening are new efforts to get listeners to pay for premium podcasts. That’s not a new effort: The podcast business has been wringing its hands for years about when a “Netflix for podcasts” would emerge to generate subscription revenue for contact creators–either in place of or in addition to advertising revenue. Now CastBox is introducing a paid-podcast platform similar to Stitcher’s Stitcher Premium–though, technically speaking, both resemble Hulu—allowing subscribers to pay a little bit extra to ditch the ads—more than Netflix.
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14 days ago by leolaporte
DARPA Unveils $100M EDA Project | EE Times
Together, they aim to combat the growing complexity and cost of designing chips, now approaching $500 million for a bleeding-edge SoC. Essentially, POSH aims to create an open-source library of silicon blocks, and IDEAS hopes to spawn a variety of open-source and commercial tools to automate testing of those blocks and knitting them into SoCs and printed circuit boards.
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14 days ago by leolaporte
Manipulative Social Media Practices - Schneier on Security
The popups from Facebook, Google and Windows 10 have design, symbols and wording that nudge users away from the privacy friendly choices. Choices are worded to compel users to make certain choices, while key information is omitted or downplayed. None of them lets the user freely postpone decisions. Also, Facebook and Google threaten users with loss of functionality or deletion of the user account if the user does not choose the privacy intrusive option.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
EFF sues to kill FOSTA, calling it “unconstitutional Internet censorship law” | Ars Technica
"In our lawsuit, two human rights organizations, an individual advocate for sex workers, a certified non-sexual massage therapist, and the Internet Archive, are challenging the law as an unconstitutional violation of the First and Fifth Amendments," EFF Civil Liberties Director David Greene wrote. "Although the law was passed by Congress for the worthy purpose of fighting sex trafficking, its broad language makes criminals of those who advocate for and provide resources to adult, consensual sex workers and actually hinders efforts to prosecute sex traffickers and aid victims."
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15 days ago by leolaporte
N.S.A. Purges Hundreds of Millions of Call and Text Records - The New York Times
The agency began destroying the records on May 23, it said in a statement. Officials had discovered “technical irregularities” this year in its collection from phone companies of so-called call record details, or metadata showing who called or texted whom and when, but not what they said.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Space is full of dirty, toxic grease, scientists reveal | Science | The Guardian
Until now there has been uncertainty over how much carbon is drifting between the stars. About half is expected to be found in its pure form. The rest is chemically bound with hydrogen in either a grease-like form, known as aliphatic carbon, or as a gaseous version of naphthalene, the main chemical component of mothballs.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
This popular Facebook app publicly exposed your data for years
One of the basic principles of javascript is that it can be shared with other websites. Since NameTests displayed their user’s personal data in javascript file, virtually any website could access it when they would request it.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
California just passed one of the toughest data privacy laws in the country - The Verge
The legislation, which is similar to Europe’s new GDPR protections, is the result of a last-minute attempt to head off a ballot measure that would have brought a slightly different set of privacy rules to the state. The just-passed bill does not fully reproduce the initiative — it would, among other differences, require the disclosure of only the “category” of a third-party that receives personal information, instead of the identity of the third-party itself. But the legislation was close enough that the campaign for the ballot measure agreed to pull its proposal if the bill was signed into law by the deadline to withdraw today.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
Amazon to acquire online pharmacy PillPack
The move is the strongest indication yet of Amazon's intent to push further into the health-care industry. It threatens to remove one of the few distinguishing factors pharmacy chains have relied on to fend off Amazon, the sale of prescription drugs. Retailers like Walgreens Boots Alliance, CVS Health and Rite Aid have seen their so-called front of store sales threatened as shoppers increasingly buy household staples online or from convenience stores.
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17 days ago by leolaporte
Fortnite generated a record $318 million in revenue in May - Recode
Fortnite: Battle Royale has brought in more revenue in a single month than any other game of its kind. The free-to-play game hit a new revenue record of $318 million in May, according to SuperData Research.
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18 days ago by leolaporte
AIM Has Been Resurrected - Motherboard
Sadly, after 20 years, AOL shut down the service on December 15 of last year. Now, a small team of developers has resurrected it with a private server. The new chat service is called AIM Phoenix, and it works by running the messages through a private Dynamic DNS run by Wildman Productions, a non-profit group of hobbyist programers. This isn’t a new AIM client, it literally uses the old software running on a new server, so it looks and feels exactly like AIM.
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19 days ago by leolaporte
T-Mobile introduces new FamilyMode app and base station for monitoring kid’s internet use - The Verge
The service starts at $10 a month, and it works on iOS and Android. Essentially, the parent account or whoever owns access to the overall T-Mobile cellular plan can register with T-Mobile and have FamilyMode added to their account. From there, the mobile app will work with the same login and provide access to every device on the plan. It looks like parents will have to make sure the app is downloaded on every phone they’d like to monitor, at least for real-time location updates.
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19 days ago by leolaporte
A month after GDPR takes effect, programmatic ad spend has started to recover - Digiday
Programmatic spend was down for two reasons: First, some publishers lacked the technology to secure consent for targeted advertising, which limited the number of sites that advertisers could buy from. Second, advertisers were cautious about pumping money into supply chains that they weren’t sure could target their ads safely or legally.

As those issues eased over the last month, spending has returned. Two media sources said that publishers saw opt-in consent rates gradually hit around 75 percent since the regulation arrived, which convinced advertisers to buy more programmatic ads. Jon Slade, global chief commercial officer at the Financial Times, said on the Digiday Podcast that the FT’s demand recovered after five days. Deutsche Telekom stopped some buys immediately after the law took effect, but Gerhard Louw, the company’s head of international media management, said its programmatic spend has returned to pre-GDPR levels.
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19 days ago by leolaporte
Top Tech Companies Met With Intelligence Officials to Discuss Midterms - The New York Times
But the people who attended described a tense atmosphere in which the tech companies repeatedly pressed federal officials for information, only to be told — repeatedly — that no specific intelligence would be shared.

The tech companies shared details about disinformation campaigns they were witnessing on their platforms, but neither the F.B.I. nor the Department of Homeland Security was willing or able to share specific information about threats the tech companies should anticipate, the people said.
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19 days ago by leolaporte
Facial recognition software is not ready for use by law enforcement | TechCrunch
Having the privilege of a comprehensive understanding of how the software works gives me a unique perspective that has shaped my positions about its uses. As a result, I (and my company) have come to believe that the use of commercial facial recognition in law enforcement or in government surveillance of any kind is wrong — and that it opens the door for gross misconduct by the morally corrupt.

To be truly effective, the algorithms powering facial recognition software require a massive amount of information. The more images of people of color it sees, the more likely it is to properly identify them. The problem is, existing software has not been exposed to enough images of people of color to be confidently relied upon to identify them.
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19 days ago by leolaporte
Google Updates File Signature Checks for Android Apps
Apps previously didn't include this field because they didn't need it, as Google-approved apps could be installed only via the official Play Store app, which handled all these checks in the background, before the app's installation.

With the addition of an app file signature to the APK itself, Google is now allowing users to download official apps from the Play Store and distribute them via other channels, lest they not modify the apps in any way.
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20 days ago by leolaporte
Gadget makers are bracing for Trump’s trade war - The Verge
“Overall, I’m not sure how these tariffs do much other than hurt American technology manufacturing and make things harder for the smaller startups and hobbyist hackers,” Bhagat says.
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20 days ago by leolaporte
Twitter ‘smytes’ customers | TechCrunch
Twitter today announced it was acquiring the “trust and safety as a service” startup Smyte to help it better address issues related to online abuse, harassment, spam, and security on its platform. But it also decided to immediately shut down access to Smyte’s API without warning, leaving Smyte’s existing customers no time to transition to a new service provider.
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21 days ago by leolaporte
Can the Border Patrol ask for your papers? This tool shows if you’re in the ‘border zone.’ - The Washington Post
Everyone in New York City lives in the border zone and can be asked to show identification to Border Patrol agents. Everyone in Los Angeles. Everyone in Seattle, Houston, Chicago and the District. Every single person in Florida. An extensive look at the border zone by CityLab determined that more than 7 in 10 nonwhite Americans live in the border zone.

Curious if you’re in the border zone? We made a tool that can tell you. Using data from the Census Bureau defining the country’s border, the tool below will geolocate you — you have to click a button to allow access — and then tell you about how far you are from the border. Bear in mind that there is naturally a degree of uncertainty to the calculation, given the imprecise nature of the calculations, the geolocation and the resolution of the boundary map.

Nonetheless, it should give you a sense of where the boundary lies.


Most of you will find that you’re in the border zone. Authorities can set a smaller boundary; our tool doesn’t reflect places where that might be the case.

It’s worth noting that while the Border Patrol can operate checkpoints, it cannot simply search your car (for example) without a warrant. Within 25 miles of the border, though, the Border Patrol has even broader powers, including the right to enter private property (except houses) without a warrant.
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21 days ago by leolaporte
Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse - The New York Times
In more than 30 interviews with The New York Times, domestic abuse victims, their lawyers, shelter workers and emergency responders described how the technology was becoming an alarming new tool. Abusers — using apps on their smartphones, which are connected to the internet-enabled devices — would remotely control everyday objects in the home, sometimes to watch and listen, other times to scare or show power. Even after a partner had left the home, the devices often stayed and continued to be used to intimidate and confuse.
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21 days ago by leolaporte
Bill Could Give Californians Unprecedented Control Over Data | WIRED
Introduced by State Assembly member Ed Chau and state senator Robert Hertzberg, the bill would allow California residents to find out what information businesses and data brokers collect about them, where that information comes from, and how it's shared. It would give people the power to ask for their data to be deleted and to order businesses to stop selling their personal information. It places limits on selling data on users younger than 16 years of age, and prohibits businesses from denying service to users for exercising their rights under the bill.
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21 days ago by leolaporte
Young people still love Twitter — as screenshots on Instagram - The Verge
“Facebook is dead. Tumblr is for people stuck in 2011 and Warped Tour (sorry). Snapchat is irrelevant to the point that I don’t even know why I’m mentioning it,” Cori Amato Hartwig, a New York-based 22-year-old who runs an account called @manicpixiememequeen, tells The Verge. “Instagram and Twitter are the only social media platforms that matter, especially to millennials.” For Hartwig, Instagram’s image-first identity is suited to meme culture, which she says thrives and connects more easily. “Memes lend themselves to be shared as a full image, with the text of the meme actually attached to the image itself,” she says.
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21 days ago by leolaporte
Instagram Forgot the Lessons of Internet Abuses - Bloomberg
“We have a responsibility to not just build tools, but to make sure that they’re used for good,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the U.S. Senate in April. Making sure that technology is used for good also means that companies need to prepare and communicate to the public in advance how they’re preventing their tools from being misused and how they will balance freedom of expression with protecting society. Instagram failed in that mission.
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21 days ago by leolaporte
Brookings survey finds 52 percent believe robots will perform most human activities in 30 years
Fifty-two percent of adult internet users believe within 30 years, robots will have advanced to the point where they can perform most of the activities currently done by humans, according to a survey undertaken by researchers at the Brookings Institution. The poll also found people divided 32 to 29 percent regarding whether the U.S. government should set up a Federal Robotics Commission to regulate robot development and usage.
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21 days ago by leolaporte
Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide... • The Register
In that capacity, we would like to formally apologize to both Atari and Michael Arzt for digging out a recording of the interview – and for the following article in which we highlight that Atari is so full of crap that it should be designated a hazardous waste zone.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Amazon, the Brand Buster - The New York Times
Anyone who spends much time on the Amazon site can see the answer to that question. The company now has roughly 100 private label brands for sale on its huge online marketplace, of which more than five dozen have been introduced in the past year alone. But few of those are sold under the Amazon brand. Instead, they have been given a variety of anodyne, disposable names like Spotted Zebra (kids clothes), Good Brief (men’s underwear), Wag (dog food) and Rivet (home furnishings). Want to buy a stylish but affordable cap-sleeve dress? A flared version from Lark & Ro ($39), maybe in millennial pink, might be just what you’re looking for.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Bitcoins Worth $1 Billion Lost by Mt. Gox to Be Refunded | Fortune
That changed this week when the Tokyo District Court halted Mt. Gox’s bankruptcy proceedings and commenced a legal process known as civil rehabilitation, allowing it to distribute the remaining Mt. Gox assets to ex-customers and debtors. The estate include nearly 170,000 each of Bitcoins and its offshoot Bitcoin Cash, worth roughly $1.2 billion at today’s prices.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
The Supreme Court’s Carpenter case is being hailed as a big victory for digital privacy. It’s not. - Vox
From now on, the police will usually have to get a warrant before seeking such information. But that offers limited protection. One reason: In other Fourth Amendment cases, the Court has held that it is not just life-tenured federal judges who can issue warrants. A warrant can also be obtained from a range of other officials, including municipal court clerks who have no law training and no tenure protection. Such clerical staff lack the skills and incentives to examine warrant applications closely to determine compliance with the law. Still, they are allowed to issue warrants.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
U.S. Supreme Court Bolsters Mobile-Phone Privacy Rights - Bloomberg
Writing for the court, Roberts pointed to the "depth, breadth and comprehensive reach" of the location data held by wireless companies.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
California lawmakers gut net neutrality bill - CNET
California's bill was considered the "gold standard" in net neutrality protections, because it went beyond the FCC's 2015 net neutrality "bright line" rules by including provisions like a ban on zero-rating, a business practice that allows broadband providers like AT&T to exempt their own services from their monthly wireless data caps, while services from competitors are counted against those limits. The result is a market controlled by internet service providers like AT&T, who can shut out the competition by creating an economic disadvantage for those competitors through its wireless service plans.
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24 days ago by leolaporte
Car Consortium That Includes Apple Announces Digital Car Key Specification for Smartphones - Mac Rumors
The new Digital Key specification, which uses NFC, was developed to create a "robust ecosystem" around interoperable digital key use cases. It will let drivers lock, unlock, start the engine, and share access to their cars using smart devices like the iPhone with reliable user authentication methods.

It is a secure system that lets vehicle manufacturers transfer a digital key implementation to a smart device using a Trusted Service Manager infrastructure that leverages NFC distance bounding and a direct link to the secure element of the device. This kind of technology has a wide range of uses, such as car sharing and car rentals, along with key-free operation.
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24 days ago by leolaporte
Google turns on ‘Continued Conversation’ in the Google Assistant - Search Engine Land
Continued Conversation, which is launching today in the US, allows users to have “a natural back-and-forth conversation” with the device without using the wake word trigger each time. The company says this has been one of its top requests from users. Amazon launched something similar, called “Follow-up Mode,” in March.

It appears that users will be able to keep asking or talking with the Assistant for an extended period as long as there isn’t an extended pause. It’s not entirely clear how many follow-ups you can ask.

Google also says that the Assistant will recognize when you’re talking to it versus someone else such as a family member in the same room. The company says Continued Conversation will be available on Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max (but it doesn’t appear it’s available yet for Android handsets).
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24 days ago by leolaporte
U.S. top court lets states force online retailers to collect sales tax | Reuters
In a 5-4 ruling upholding a South Dakota law challenged by Wayfair Inc, Overstock.com Inc and Newegg Inc, the justices overturned a 1992 high court precedent that had barred states from requiring businesses with no “physical presence” there, like out-of-state online retailers, to collect sales taxes.

Shares of online retailers fell sharply following the ruling, which opened the door to a new revenue stream to fill state coffers - up to $13 billion annually, according to a federal report. Because many e-commerce companies do not collect state sales taxes on purchases, they have had an advantage over brick-and-mortar businesses that do collect it.
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24 days ago by leolaporte
Amazon’s “Alexa Everywhere” strategy is brilliant, helping maintain its digital assistance leadership - Stacey on IoT | Internet of Things news and analysis
With first mover status, broader developer support and development kits, a range of Alexa devices at various price points and positive consumer sentiments, Alexa isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, she’s coming to the Marriott line of hotels through the just announced Alexa for Hospitality program. As much as Google is pushing its Assistant, Amazon is still the queen of voice commands and will be in the near future.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
Introducing IGTV | Instagram for Business
Five years after the launch of video on Instagram, we are excited to introduce IGTV which brings audiences closer to the creators they love. We are re-envisioning mobile video with a new standalone surface that features longer videos and easy discoverability through channels, all in a vertical format that sits upright, in the palm of your hand.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
Welcome to IGTV – Instagram
Today, we have two big announcements to share. First, Instagram is now a global community of one billion! Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown. This is a major accomplishment — so from all of us at Instagram, thank you!

Second, we’re announcing our most exciting feature to date: IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators, like LaurDIY posting her newest project or King Bach sharing his latest comedy skit. While there’s a stand-alone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so the entire community of one billion can use it from the very start.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
Professional Videogamers Get Their Own Stadiums - WSJ
Late last year, Arlington officials decided to pursue the next big thing in sports—whatever that might be—and asked New York University’s Tisch Institute for Global Sport to recommend an area of investment. The program had what amounted to a one-word answer: Esports, otherwise known as competitive videogaming.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
BitTorrent is selling for $140M to Justin Sun and his blockchain startup Tron | TechCrunch
BitTorrent, an early mover (and currently the largest player) in decentralised computing architecture to distribute and store data, is being sold for $140 million in cash to Justin Sun and his blockchain media startup Tron, according to multiple sources close to the deal, who spoke to TechCrunch.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
VirusTotal now protects developers from becoming false positives | TechCrunch
Today, the company is expanding on its core services by launching a new tool that allows developers to scan new code against the systems of its antivirus partners to help ensure that those partners don’t mistakenly identify their code as malware. These kind of false positives are surprisingly common and can obviously create massive headaches for developers who aren’t in the malware business.

With VirusTotal Monitor, which is now available to all developers, developers can upload their code, have VirusTotal check it and if it’s mistakenly flagged as malware by one of the company’s partners, VirusTotal notifies both its partners and the developers– and connects them to make sure they can figure out a solution.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
Atul Gawande, the doctor and writer, named CEO of Amazon’s employee healthcare JV | TechCrunch
“I’m thrilled to be named CEO of this healthcare initiative,” said Gawande in a statement. “I have devoted my public health career to building scalable solutions for better healthcare delivery that are saving lives, reducing suffering, and eliminating wasteful spending both in the US and across the world. Now I have the backing of these remarkable organizations to pursue this mission with even greater impact for more than a million people, and in doing so incubate better models of care for all. This work will take time but must be done. The system is broken, and better is possible.”
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25 days ago by leolaporte
Meet Microsoft News: A new way to stay informed across the Web, Windows 10, iOS and Android - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog
You can experience the best of what Microsoft News has to offer in our newly redesigned Microsoft News app for iOS and Android, available today. The app makes it easy to get news wherever you are, focused on the topics you care about most – like having your own portable newsroom.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
Europe takes another step towards copyright pre-filters for user generated content | TechCrunch
MEPs critical of the proposals have vowed to continue to oppose the measures, and the EU parliament will eventually need to vote as a whole.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
Oppo’s Find X ditches the notch for pop-up cameras - The Verge
If there’s a singular trend to point to for phones in 2018, it’s the effort to cram as much screen into a device as possible. Oppo’s new Find X, which is being officially announced at a live streamed event in Paris today, combines a number of trendy design ideas, plus some even newer tricks, to fit an extremely large 6.4-inch display into a phone that you can still hold in one hand. The Find X’s design is so space efficient that Oppo claims it has a screen to body ratio of 93.8 percent. And it does this without utilizing a notch, which should make at least some people happy.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile stop sharing real-time cell phone location data | ZDNet
"Verizon did the responsible thing and promptly announced it was cutting these companies off," said Wyden in a statement Tuesday, following an investigation by his office.

"In contrast, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint seem content to continuing to sell their customers' private information to these shady middle men, Americans' privacy be damned," he said.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
New IBM robot holds its own in a debate with a human
IBM’s Project Debater made its public debut in San Francisco Monday afternoon, where it squared off against Noa Ovadia, the 2016 Israeli debate champion, and in a second debate against Dan Zafrir, a nationally renowned debater in Israel. The new AI system is the latest grand challenge from IBM, which previously created Deep Blue, the program that beat chess champion Garry Kasparov, and Watson, which bested humans on the game show Jeopardy.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
Google Has A New Podcast App. It Also Hopes To Diversify Podcasting.
“Releasing Google Podcasts is really about making audio a first-class citizen within Google, in line with our mission to organise the world’s information,” said Zack Reneau-Wedeen, product manager for Google Podcasts, in an interview with BuzzFeed News. “In the last few years, we’ve seen a huge explosion in the creativity, variety, and the quality of podcasts available."
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25 days ago by leolaporte
China-based campaign breached satellite, defense companies: Symantec
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A sophisticated hacking campaign launched from computers in China burrowed deeply into satellite operators, defense contractors and telecommunications companies in the United States and southeast Asia, security researchers at Symantec Corp said on Tuesday.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
AT&T, Time Warner, and the Need for Neutrality – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
What was both unsurprising and yet odd about this case was the degree to which it was fought over point number two, with minimal acknowledgement of point number three. That is, it seems clear to me that AT&T made this acquisition with an eye on point number three, yet the government’s case was predicated on point number two; to that end, the government, in my eyes, rightly lost given the case they made. Whether they should have lost a better case is another question entirely.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
Ajit Pai Now Trying To Pretend That Everybody Supported Net Neutrality Repeal | Techdirt
Marketplace....this is not a popular decision. Millions of people have written in opposition to it. Public opinion polling shows most Americans favor net neutrality, not your open internet rule. And I wonder why you're doing this then? If public opinion is against you, what are you doing?

Pai: First of all, public opinion is not against us. If you look at some of the polls —

Marketplace: No, it is, sir, come on.

Pai: If you look at some of the polling, if you dig down and see how these polls were constructed, it was clearly designed to reach a particular result. But even beyond that —

Marketplace: It's not just one, there are many surveys, sir.

Pai: The FCC’s job is not to put a finger in the wind and decide which way the winds are blowing, it's to look at the facts and make a sober judgment based on what the law is. And that is exactly what we've done here. Moreover, the long-term interest is in building better, faster, cheaper internet access. That is what consumers say when I travel around the country, and I’ve have spoken to consumers in Los Angeles to the reservation in South Dakota, places like Dahlonega, Georgia. That is what is on consumers’ minds. That is what this regulatory framework is going to deliver.
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25 days ago by leolaporte
The EU's bizarre war on memes is totally unwinnable | WIRED UK
On June 20, the European Parliament will set in motion a process that could force online platforms like Facebook, Reddit and even 4chan to censor their users' content before it ever gets online.

A proposed new European copyright law wants large websites to use "content recognition technologies" to scan for copyrighted videos, music, photos, text and code in a move that that could impact everyone from the open source software community to remixers, livestreamers and teenage meme creators.
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26 days ago by leolaporte
Amazon made a special version of Alexa for hotels with Echo speakers in their rooms - The Verge
The Alexa experience will be customized and tailored to each individual hospitality location, so guests will be able to do things like order room service, request a housekeeping visit, or adjust room controls (thermostat, blinds, lights, etc.) using an Echo in their room. They can also ask location-specific questions such as what time the hotel pool closes or where the fitness center is.

Marriott International plans to integrate Alexa for Hospitality at select Marriott Hotels, Westin Hotels & Resorts, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, Aloft Hotels, and Autograph Collection Hotels starting this summer. Some upscale hotels like the Wynn Las Vegas have already put Echos in rooms — even before Amazon optimized Alexa for the purpose and interacting with a new guest every day.
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26 days ago by leolaporte
You can no longer book Uber rides inside Google Maps
Google has removed the ability to book an Uber ride from inside Google Maps. You can still look up the route in Maps and then “request the ride from the Uber app,” Google suggests, but it has removed direct Uber booking without providing a reason.
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26 days ago by leolaporte
Five new features to try in Messages
Today and over the next week, we’ll begin rolling out Messages for web, one of our top-requested features that lets you send and receive texts from your computer. To get started, select “Messages for web” in the menu of your Messages mobile app. On Messages for web, you can send stickers, emoji, and attach images in addition to sending text.
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26 days ago by leolaporte
Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict - The New York Times
But in the spring, as the Pentagon elevated the command’s status, it opened the door to nearly daily raids on foreign networks, seeking to disable cyberweapons before they can be unleashed, according to strategy documents and military and intelligence officials.
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27 days ago by leolaporte
Sony's PS5 will reportedly launch in 2020 powered by AMD's Navi GPU
"Here is a fun fact: Vega was designed primarily for Apple and Navi is being designed for Sony - the PS5 to be precise," the report states, right before going on to explain AMD's roadmap for Navi and how it's dependent on Sony.
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27 days ago by leolaporte
Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters
The app is intended to collect information about the source of new game installs, and details about the gamer. Following a massive user outcry in the past two weeks, several game makers have given in to pressure and are removing this SDK. Game makers and games who announced they were removing RedShell include Bethesda (Elder Scrolls), All Total War games, Warhammer games, Magic the Gathering Arena, and more. [This Google Docs spreadsheet and Reddit thread have a list of games containing RedShell. ]
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27 days ago by leolaporte
Nuclear Power Won’t Survive Without A Government Handout | FiveThirtyEight
There are 99 nuclear reactors producing electricity in the United States today. Collectively, they’re responsible for producing about 20 percent of the electricity we use each year. But those reactors are, to put it delicately, of a certain age. The average age of a nuclear power plant in this country is 38 years old (compared with 24 years old for a natural gas power plant). Some are shutting down. New ones aren’t being built. And the ones still operational can’t compete with other sources of power on price
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27 days ago by leolaporte
Nigerian Prince scam victim in Kansas getting back $110K | The Kansas City Star
From 2005 to 2008, swindlers hoodwinked Haines, a self-employed handyman in Wichita, into spending thousands in pursuit of an imaginary inheritance from a Nigerian government official — a con known as the Nigerian Prince Scam. Haines re-mortgaged his house three times in the process.
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27 days ago by leolaporte
CryptoKitties sales plummet in popularity months after raising $12 million - Business Insider
The number of CryptoKitties transactions decreased in June by 98.4% compared to its peak of 80,500 transactions back in December 2017, according to data from Bloxy. The game is still among the most popular options for ethereum-related gaming, but public interest in buying and selling them seems to have waned significantly in recent months.
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28 days ago by leolaporte
Europe's GDPR Is Killing Email Marketing, to the Disappointment of No One
Under GDPR, companies are still free to send emails to customers who have purchased a product from them in the past, but they can’t continue to solicit the attention of non-customers without first asking for permission. That’s a bit of a killer for marketers, who collect email addresses in all sorts of ways beyond just making sales. Emails acquired through those annoying little pop-up messages for mailing lists, promises of special offers, or purchased from another marketer—those all have to stop unless the recipient opts in to continue getting them.
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29 days ago by leolaporte
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