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Apple Safari browser sends some user IP addresses to Chinese conglomerate Tencent by default
Apple admits that it sends some user IP addresses to Tencent in the “About Safari & Privacy” section of its Safari settings which can be accessed on an iOS device by opening the Settings app and then selecting “Safari > About Privacy & Security.” Under the title “Fraudulent Website Warning,” Apple says:
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Chinese propaganda app doubles as new spying tool for authorities, report says - The Washington Post
“The [Chinese Communist Party] essentially has access to over 100 million users’ data,” said Sarah Aoun, director of technology at the Open Technology Fund, an initiative funded by the U.S. government under Radio Free Asia. “That’s coming from the top of a government that is expanding its surveillance into citizens’ day-to-day lives.”
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3 days ago by leolaporte
What To Do When You Get Sherlocked By Apple - Astroblog
We admittedly got swept up in a false romance with Apple. Over the past few years, Apple routinely invited us to demo our products at their headquarters, and offered to help us out with whatever business and engineering challenges we faced. They also ordered thousands of dollars’ worth of our hardware, and we naively thought it was because they were interested in our product. It turns out that they were… just not in the way we were thinking.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
EBay, Visa, Mastercard, Stripe abandon Facebook's libra cryptocurrency
EBay, Stripe, Mastercard and Visa are all dropping out of Facebook’s libra cryptocurrency project, the companies announced Friday. The news comes one week after PayPal announced its withdrawal as government regulators continue to scrutinize the plans.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Is Amazon Unstoppable? | The New Yorker
If Amazon sold a streaming device, it could collect more data on popular shows; if Amazon had that data, it could begin profitably producing its own premium movies and television series; if Amazon made that content free for Prime members—customers who already paid ninety-nine dollars per year for two-day delivery—then more people would sign up for Prime; if more people signed up for Prime, the company would have greater leverage in negotiating with UPS and FedEx; lower shipping costs would mean bigger profits every time Amazon sold anything on its site.
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4 days ago by leolaporte
Apple Adds Option to Delete Siri History and Opt Out of Sharing Audio Recordings in iOS 13.2 - MacRumors
In the Privacy section of the Settings app, there is indeed an option to turn off the "Improve ‌Siri‌ & Dictation" setting, plus there's a new setting in the ‌Siri‌ section of the Settings app that lets recordings be deleted entirely.

Delete ‌Siri‌ & Dictation interactions currently associated with this iPhone from Apple servers. Data that has been sampled to help improve ‌Siri‌ and Dictation is no longer associated with this iPhone and will not be deleted.

In addition to these new ‌Siri‌ and Dictation-related privacy features added in iOS 13.2, Apple also says that it is making further changes to its human grading process that will minimize the amount of data that reviewers have access to.
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5 days ago by leolaporte
Newsrooms, let’s talk about G Suite
Documents within your G Suite domain are not end-to-end encrypted, meaning that Google has everything they need to read your data. This insight into user data means that U.S. agencies have the ability to compel Google to hand over relevant user data to aid in investigations. G Suite also offers organizations powerful tools to monitor and retain information about their employees’ activities.
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5 days ago by leolaporte
China’s Global Reach: Surveillance and Censorship Beyond the Great Firewall | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Unless lawmakers, corporations, and individual users are as brave in standing up to authoritarian acts as the people of Hong Kong, we can expect to see these tactics adopted by every state, against every user of the Internet.
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5 days ago by leolaporte
Daring Fireball: Tim Cook's Company-Wide Memo on HKmap.live Doesn't Add Up
I can’t recall an Apple memo or statement that crumbles so quickly under scrutiny. For a company that usually measures umpteen times before cutting anything, it’s both sad and startling.
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5 days ago by leolaporte
Andy Rubin’s Essential Gem Isn’t Just a New Phone | WIRED
in an era of heightened scrutiny of the technology sector, it is possible to divorce new gadgets from the people who make them and the ethos of the corporations that fund them. And even if it’s possible, should we compartmentalize these factors? Or should we just accept new products as new products?
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Nobel prize in chemistry awarded for work on lithium-ion batteries | Science | The Guardian
John B Goodenough of the University of Texas at Austin, M Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University and Akira Yoshino of Meijo University will receive equal shares of the 9m Swedish kronor (£74o,000) prize, which was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm on Wednesday.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Tech issues: The myth of inevitable technological progress - Vox
In some situations, even if we can’t literally put a technological genie back in a bottle, we can artificially intervene to make sure the genie plays by specific rules.
"Evolution is driven by mistakes, not plans"

There are clear laws about what companies can and can’t do in the realm of biological weapons. The FDA ensures drugs are tested for efficacy and safety before they can be sold. The USDA ensures new food research is done with care. We don’t let anybody frack or drill for oil or build nuclear power plants wherever they like. We don’t let just anybody make and sell cars or airplanes or guns.

So the assertion that technology companies can’t possibly be shaped or restrained with the public’s interest in mind is to argue that they are fundamentally different from any other industry. They’re not.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Americans and Digital Knowledge | Pew Research Center
a majority of U.S. adults can correctly answer questions about phishing scams or website cookies, other items are more challenging. For example, just 28% of adults can identify an example of two-factor authentication – one of the most important ways experts say people can protect their personal information on sensitive accounts. Additionally, about one-quarter of Americans (24%) know that private browsing only hides browser history from other users of that computer, while roughly half (49%) say they are unsure what private browsing does.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress on Facebook's libra cryptocurrency
Zuckerberg will be the only witness at a hearing, which is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. ET, entitled “An Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing Sectors.” House members had been pushing for Zuckerberg to testify on Facebook’s cryptocurrency plans as the committee had been in talks with his COO, Sheryl Sandberg, about testifying, CNBC reported last week.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Why Facebook can’t stop politicians from lying - The Verge
like Facebook, the FTC also declines to weigh in on the truth of political advertising. And in a case earlier this decade where a state attempted to mandate truth in political advertising, the law was struck down by a federal judge.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
The IRS Just Issued Its First Cryptocurrency Tax Guidance in 5 Years - CoinDesk
“If your cryptocurrency went through a hard fork, but you did not receive any new cryptocurrency, whether through an airdrop (a distribution of cryptocurrency to multiple taxpayers’ distributed ledger addresses) or some other kind of transfer, you don’t have taxable income.”
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6 days ago by leolaporte
'Protecting rioters': China warns Apple over app that tracks Hong Kong police | World news | The Guardian
Without specifically naming the app, the People’s Daily commentary said it allowed “Hong Kong rioters to openly commit crime while openly escaping arrests”. It said Apple’s approval of the app made it an “accomplice” in the protests because it “blatantly protects and endorses the rioters”. It questioned what the company’s intentions were.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Apple, Google Pull Hong Kong Protest Apps After China Uproar - WSJ
removed from its Google Play store a mobile game that allowed players to role-play as a Hong Kong protester. According to the developer, Google said the app, called “The Revolution of Our Times,” violated rules related to “sensitive events.”
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Apple Removes App That Tracked Hong Kong Police - The New York Times
In a statement on Wednesday, Apple said, “The app displays police locations and we have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement. This app violates our guidelines and local laws.”
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Kuo: New iPad Pro and iPhone SE 2 in early 2020, followed by Apple AR headset collaboration with 'third-party brands' - 9to5Mac
Intriguingly, this timeline also suggests that a MacBook with scissor switch keys is also coming in the second quarter of 2020. It’s not clear if Kuo is referring to the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro (which he has previously pitted as coming before the end of 2019) or a different MacBook model. The analyst previously said that Apple would transition all MacBooks to the new scissor switch keyboard design across 2020, starting with the MacBook Pro in the fall of 2019.
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6 days ago by leolaporte

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