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You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It | TIME
First, the right to have personal data minimized. Companies should challenge themselves to strip identifying information from customer data or avoid collecting it in the first place. Second, the right to knowledge—to know what data is being collected and why. Third, the right to access. Companies should make it easy for you to access, correct and delete your personal data. And fourth, the right to data security, without which trust is impossible.
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19 hours ago by leolaporte
AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra has stepped down
Gundotra has been public about the fact that his wife is sick with cancer. He will remain on the board, which is expected to announce a replacement from within AliveCor's ranks in the coming weeks. The company has raised more than $40 million from investors including Qualcomm and the Mayo Clinic.
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19 hours ago by leolaporte
Transparency-seeking OPEN Government Data Act signed into law | TechCrunch
The act essentially requires federal agencies to default when possible to making data (and metadata) public, to publish that public data in a machine-readable format and catalog it online. It also mandates that chief data officers be appointed at those agencies to handle the process.
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yesterday by leolaporte
An Astonishing 773 Million Records Exposed in Monster Breach | WIRED
The silver lining in Collection #1 going public is that you can definitively find out if your email and password were among the impacted accounts. Hunt has already loaded them into Have I Been Pwned; just type in your email address and keep those fingers crossed. While you’re there you can also find out how many previous breaches you’ve been a victim of. Whatever password you’re using on those accounts, change it.
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yesterday by leolaporte
Huawei Targeted in U.S. Criminal Probe for Alleged Theft of Trade Secrets - WSJ
Federal prosecutors are pursuing a criminal investigation of China’s Huawei Technologies Co. for allegedly stealing trade secrets from U.S. business partners, including technology used by T-Mobile US Inc. to test smartphones, according to people familiar with the matter.

The investigation grew in part out of civil lawsuits against Huawei, including one in which a Seattle jury found Huawei liable for misappropriating robotic technology from T-Mobile’s Bellevue, Wash., lab, the people familiar with the matter said. The probe is at an advanced stage and could lead to an indictment soon, they said.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right? | WIRED
Of course they do. In various versions of the meme, people were instructed to post their first profile picture alongside their current profile picture, or a picture from 10 years ago alongside their current profile picture. So, yes: these profile pictures exist, they’ve got upload time stamps, many people have a lot of them, and for the most part they’re publicly accessible.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation - Motherboard
“As a result of recent events, we have decided to end our arrangements with data aggregators,” a Sprint spokesperson told Motherboard in an email.

Sprint did not provide a timeline of when this data access selling may end, but T-Mobile and AT&T have previously said their processes will be complete in March.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
G Suite Updates Blog: Material Design for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites on Web
Interface typography that uses Google’s custom-designed and highly-legible typefaces
Controls (like buttons, dialogs, and sidebars) that are updated and consistent
Iconography that is legible and crisp, with a fresh feel
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Nielsen: 16M U.S. homes now get TV over-the-air, a 48% increase over past 8 years | TechCrunch
The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using a digital antenna has jumped by nearly 50 percent over the past 8 years to reach 16 million homes, according to a new report from Nielsen. Today, 14 percent of all U.S. TV households are watching television over the air, it found.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
App economy expected to be $120 billion in 2019 as small screen leads digital transformation efforts | ZDNet
Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016.  Emerging markets are leading the growth. About 65 percent of total global downloads are non-game apps.
App store consumer spending topped $100 billion in 2018, up 75 percent from 2016.
Social and communications apps account for 50 percent of time spent in apps. Time spent in apps globally grew 45 percent from 2016 to 2018.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Roku Removes Infowars Channel Following Backlash – Variety
After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform. Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and will be completed shortly.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
T-Mobile announced a merger needing Trump administration approval. The next day, 9 executives had reservations at Trump’s hotel. - The Washington Post
By mid-June, seven weeks after the announcement of the merger, hotel records indicated that one T-Mobile executive was making his 10th visit to the hotel. Legere appears to have made at least four visits to the Trump hotel, walking the lobby in his T-Mobile gear.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
Most Facebook users still in the dark about its creepy ad practices, Pew finds | TechCrunch
Pew found three-quarters (74%) of Facebook users did not know the social networking behemoth maintains a list of their interests and traits to target them with ads, only discovering this when researchers directed them to view their Facebook ad preferences page.

A majority (51%) of Facebook users also told Pew they were uncomfortable with Facebook compiling the information.

While more than a quarter (27%) said the ad preference listing Facebook had generated did not very or at all accurately represent them.
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2 days ago by leolaporte
What's new with Google Fi in 2019
When you travel with Google Fi, you already have automatic data coverage for the same price you pay at home in 200+ countries and territories. Over the next few weeks we’ll upgrade 33 of these countries to faster 4G LTE coverage on phones designed for Fi. So whether you’re looking for directions to your grandma’s place in Hong Kong or sharing scenic photos of your adventures in Iceland with friends back home, you’ll enjoy even faster data speeds while you travel.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Pandora launches a personalized voice assistant on iOS and Android | TechCrunch
Pandora works with  Siri Shortcuts, too. That means you can now use voice to launch the app itself, then play a personalized selection of music without having to touch your phone at all.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Why SoftBank's Masayoshi Son is Silicon Valley's power broker
Son believes, will run the planet more intelligently than humans can. Futurist Ray Kurzweil coined the term “the singularity” to describe the moment when computers take over—and he predicts it will be here by 2040. The Vision Fund could move up this date. And Son is pouring unprecedented amounts of capital into the people and companies employing artificial intelligence and machine learning to optimize every industry that affects our lives—from real estate to food to transportation.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Doing More to Support Local News
We heard one consistent answer: people want more local news, and local newsrooms are looking for more support. That’s why today we’re announcing an expanded effort around local news in the years ahead.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules
But in a more significant part of the ruling, Judge Westmore declared that the government did not have the right, even with a warrant, to force suspects to incriminate themselves by unlocking their devices with their biological features. Previously, courts had decided biometric features, unlike passcodes, were not “testimonial.” That was because a suspect would have to willingly and verbally give up a passcode, which is not the case with biometrics. A password was therefore deemed testimony, but body parts were not, and so not granted Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Netflix raising prices for 58M US subscribers as costs rise
This marks the fourth time that Netflix has raised its U.S. prices; the last hike came in late 2017 . But this is the first time that higher prices will hit all 58 million U.S. subscribers, the number Netflix reported at the end of September.

Previously, Netflix had continued to offer a basic, $8-a-month streaming plan while raising rates on more comprehensive plans with better video quality and options to watch simultaneously on different devices.

This time, the price for the cheapest plan is going up to $9 per month. A premium plan offering ultra-high definition will jump to $16 per month from $14.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
The bacteria in your gut may reveal your true age | Science | AAAS
The scientists then used machine learning to analyze the data. First, they trained their computer program—a deep learning algorithm loosely modeled on how neurons work in the brain—on 95 different species of bacteria from 90% of the samples, along with the ages of the people they had come from. Then, they asked the algorithm to predict the ages of the people who provided the remaining 10%. Their program was able to accurately predict someone’s age within 4 years, they report on the preprint server bioRxiv. Out of the 95 species of bacteria, 39 were found to be most important in predicting age.
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6 days ago by leolaporte
Man says CES lidar’s laser was so powerful it wrecked his $1,998 camera | Ars Technica
Lidar is essential for self-driving cars; many experts believe that it won't be possible to reach full autonomy any time soon without it. So in the coming years, we can expect to see more and more lidar sensors atop cars on public streets.

Crucially, self-driving cars also rely on conventional cameras. So if those lidars are not camera-safe, it won't just create a headache for people snapping pictures with handheld cameras. Lidar sensors could also damage the cameras on other self-driving cars.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
For Owners of Amazon's Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching
At the time the Ukrainian access was provided, the video files were left unencrypted, the source said, because of Ring leadership’s “sense that encryption would make the company less valuable,” owing to the expense of implementing encryption and lost revenue opportunities due to restricted access. The Ukraine team was also provided with a corresponding database that linked each specific video file to corresponding specific Ring customers.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
VLC About to Surpass 3 Billion Downloads – Variety
Open source video player app VLC was mere hours away from surpassing 3 billion downloads Friday, and the Videolan team celebrated the occasion with a special download counter at their CES booth in Las Vegas.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
AT&T says it’ll stop selling your location data, amid calls for a federal investigation - The Washington Post
AT&T said Thursday it will stop selling its customers' location data to third-party service providers after a report this week said the information was winding up in the wrong hands.

The announcement follows sharp demands by federal lawmakers for an investigation into the alleged misuse of data, which came to light when Motherboard revealed a complex chain of unauthorized information-sharing that ended with a bounty hunter successfully tracking down a reporter’s device.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown - The New York Times
The Chinese police, in a sharp escalation of the country’s online censorship efforts, are questioning and detaining a growing number of Twitter users even though the social media platform is blocked in China and the vast majority of people in the country cannot see it.

The crackdown is the latest front in President Xi Jinping’s campaign to suppress internet activity. In effect, the authorities are extending their control over Chinese citizens’ online lives, even if what they post is unlikely to be seen in the country.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
U.S. Blocks Some Exports From Huawei’s Silicon Valley Unit - WSJ
The Chinese telecommunications giant has been unable to send home certain technologies from its Silicon Valley research-and-development unit, Futurewei Technologies Inc., after the Commerce Department signaled it wouldn’t renew a Futurewei export license, according to people familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Amazon Dash buttons judged to breach consumer rules in Germany | TechCrunch
It complains that Amazon’s terms allow the company to substitute a product of a higher price or even a different product in place of what the consumer originally selected for a Dash push purchase.

It argues consumers are also not provided with enough information on the purchase triggered when the button is pressed — which might be months after an original selection was made.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Hacker 'BestBuy' sentenced to prison for operating Mirai DDoS botnet | ZDNet
Cellcom instructed Kaye to use his skills and botnet to attack rival Liberian ISP Lonestar MTN. The attacks, which ZDNet reported at the time, were so massive that it took out internet connectivity for the entire country. The NCA says said today that damages from these attacks reached tens of millions of US dollars.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Poland: Huawei exec, Polish security expert spied for China
The two men — one a Chinese citizen who was a former envoy in Poland before moving over to a senior position at Huawei and the other a Pole who held several top government cybersecurity positions — were arrested Tuesday, according to Poland’s Internal Security Agency.

Polish security agents searched the Warsaw offices of Huawei and Orange, Poland’s leading communications provider, where the former Polish security expert recently worked, seizing documents and electronic data. The homes of both men, also in Warsaw, were also searched, according to agency spokesman Stanislaw Zaryn.

It’s the latest setback for Huawei in Europe, wh
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7 days ago by leolaporte
AR Startup Meta Company Shuts Down Amid Asset Foreclosure Sale, Patent Fight, & Executive Departures « Next Reality
Founded in late 2012, Meta got funding of around $73 million over the years. But one look at some of the polished, cheaper, more powerful AR devices being launched at CES 2019 indicates that Meta's big idea was primed for the future, but they got to market just a few years too soon to sustain their vision.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Apple considered Samsung, MediaTek to supply 5G modems for 2019 iPhones | Reuters
On the stand at a federal courthouse in San Jose, California, Blevins testified that Apple has long sought multiple suppliers for modem chips but signed an agreement with Qualcomm to exclusively supply the chips because the chip supplier offered deep rebates on patent license costs in exchange for exclusivity.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Chromecast Audio Is Being Discontinued, Google Confirms – Variety
“Our product portfolio continues to evolve, and now we have a variety of products for users to enjoy audio. We have therefore stopped manufacturing our Chromecast Audio products. We will continue to offer assistance for Chromecast Audio devices, so users can continue to enjoy their music, podcasts and more.”
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Bird Rides Inc. Demands Takedown of News Report on Lawful Re-use of Scooters | Electronic Frontier Foundation
To turn a Bird scooter into a regular personal scooter, you just open it up and replace the motherboard that contains Bird code with a different motherboard (you could even use the official stock motherboard for this model of scooter, the Xiaomi Mijia m365). You literally throw away the copy of the Bird code residing on the unwanted motherboard, rather than accessing or copying or modifying it. We have long had serious concerns that Section 1201 can be abused to block repair and tinkering. But while the law is overbroad, it is not so broad that it prohibits you from simply replacing a motherboard.
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7 days ago by leolaporte
Google lets users see their related search history with new card - Search Engine Land
Google is now rolling out a new feature in search named “your related activity.” This feature lets signed in Google users pick up on previous searches they’ve done related to the query they just added. So if they searched for cooking tips, then got pulled away for something and then came back later and did a related search, Google may show you this related activity card.
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8 days ago by leolaporte
Google Nears Win in Europe Over ‘Right to Be Forgotten’ - WSJ
Google and other search engines shouldn’t be forced to apply the European Union’s “right to be forgotten” beyond the bloc’s borders, an adviser to the EU’s top court argued Thursday.

The recommendation—if followed by the EU’s Luxembourg-based Court of Justice—would be a major victory for Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., which has for three years been fighting an order from France’s privacy regulator to apply the EU principle globally.
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8 days ago by leolaporte
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is coming on February 20th - The Verge
Samsung has announced the date of its next Unpacked event, at which it’s widely expected to announce the latest Galaxy S flagship phones. The event is happening on Wednesday February 20th at 11AM PT at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Samsung notes that 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Galaxy series, and the invitation prominently features the number 10.
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8 days ago by leolaporte
Everything Google Assistant at CES: new features, new devices, and a Trojan horse - The Verge
Google is going big. In an interview with The Verge, Manuel Bronstein, VP of product for Google Assistant, made the case that Google is building an entire ecosystem for Assistant that’s akin to the ecosystem it’s built for Android. It’s a platform play, basically, just like Alexa. And Google wants to ensure it’s everywhere.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
Designing an audio adblocker for radio and podcasts
Few people enjoy listening to ads on the radio. I built AdblockRadio.com to enable listeners to skip ads interruptions on their favorite webradios. The algorithm is open source and this article describes how it works.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
Coinbase Suspends Ethereum Classic After Blockchain History Rewrites - CoinDesk
Ethereum classic saw more than 100 blocks “reorganized” during a potential 51 percent attack late Sunday, according to at least two different block explorers – Bitfly (Etherchain) and Blockscout. Coinbase said in its blog post that it detected some 88,500 ETC being double-spent (totaling some $460,000).
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10 days ago by leolaporte
AT&T decides 4G is now “5G,” starts issuing icon-changing software updates | Ars Technica
Welcome to AT&T's 5G plan, where perception and marketing is all that matters. AT&T is just going to start calling 4G LTE "5G E." The company started rolling out a software update to several Android phones over the weekend, and what was called "4G" yesterday is now called "5G" today. Through the power of marketing, AT&T now has "5G" in over 400 markets!
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11 days ago by leolaporte
The Complete List of 140 Things You Can’t Say About Assange or WikiLeaks – Emma Best
It is false and defamatory to suggest that Julian Assange filed a lawsuit or any other measure against Ecuador over his pet cat, laundry or cleaning [in fact, his cat is not at the embassy since before the protection case was even filed, see https://defend.wikileaks.org/about-julian/].
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11 days ago by leolaporte
Google apps are coming to Bixby | TechCrunch
Third-party partners have been a long promised addition, and the company just announced a pretty big one.  Sure Google’s pushing its own assistant, but the company will also be bringing some of its top apps to Bixby. The list includes Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps and Google Play.
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11 days ago by leolaporte
Google Assistant will soon be on a billion devices, and feature phones are next - The Verge
By the end of the month, it expects that Google Assistant will be on 1 billion devices — up from 500 million this past May.

That’s 900 million more than the number Amazon just gave us for Alexa. But just like Amazon, Google’s number comes with caveats. In an interview with The Verge, Manuel Bronstein, the company’s vice president of Google Assistant, copped to it. “The largest footprint right now is on phones. On Android devices, we have a very very large footprint,” he says. He characterizes the ratio of phones as “the vast majority” of that billion number, but he won’t specify it more than that. Though he does argue that smart speakers and other connected home devices comprise a notable and growing portion.
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11 days ago by leolaporte
Procter & Gamble shows off surprisingly cool tech in ordinary products | VentureBeat
Oral-B Genius X with artificial intelligence is a toothbrush that combines the knowledge of thousands of human brushing behaviors to assess individual brushing styles and coach users to achieve better brushing habits. The AI technology tracks where people are brushing in their mouth and offers personalized feedback on the areas that require additional attention.
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11 days ago by leolaporte
Netflix released over 1,500 hours of original series and movies in 2018 — Quartz
Netflix released a ridiculous amount of original programming in 2018. How ridiculous? By Quartz’s measure, the streaming-video giant put out nearly 90,000 minutes—close to 1,500 hours—of original series, movies, and other productions this year. That’s nearly nine consecutive weeks of binge-watching. It would have taken more than four hours of streaming per day, every day of 2018, to watch all of it.
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12 days ago by leolaporte
Pokémon GO Caught Nearly $800 Million in Global Revenue Last Year, Growing 35% Over 2017
Niantic has officially put to rest any concerns that Pokémon GO isn’t a sustainable sensation, growing revenue from the title 35 percent over 2017 last year to an estimated $795 million worldwide, Sensor Tower Store Intelligence data shows. The game was pushed across the 2018 finish line by a strong December that saw global player spending on the App Store and Google Play exceed $75 million, an increase of 32 percent over the $57.2 million spent during the same month in 2017.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
DoorDash and GM's Cruise team up to pilot food delivery via self-driving cars | VentureBeat
General Motors (GM) is partnering with DoorDash to enable on-demand food deliveries via driverless cars.

The duo announced that a pilot delivery program will kick off in San Francisco in “early 2019,” and will involve both meals from restaurants and groceries.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Stop scaremongering about kids spending time on their phones
The problem is that, while the headlines are really, really stark, the evidence is really, really weak. Those headlines, which one psychologist I spoke to described as “scaremongering”, are based on studies that show small, ambiguous effects; they suggest that social media is the disease, when the research cannot show that it’s anything but a symptom; and almost all the studies are weak and badly designed, so even what little they do show we can’t take very seriously.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
The WELL: State of the World 2019
It's gray, it's becalmed. It's not a fatal gloom, but it is a
kind of learned-helplessness, a malaise and bewilderment. It's very
much the attitude of people who sign onto Facebook 'cause they can't
yet figure out any other way to live. They do that, because they
must conform to the apparent need, despite their vague oxlike
awareness that they're being spied on, tricked, and defrauded.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
DNA-testing companies like 23andMe sell your data. How to delete it. - Business Insider
Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline announced it was acquiring a $300 million stake in 23andMe. As part of a four-year deal between the two companies, GlaxoSmithKline will comb 23andMe's genetic data to look for new drugs to develop, also referred to as drug targets. It will also use the genetic data to inform how patients are selected for clinical trials.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Pokémon GO creator Niantic closes $190M funding round | TechCrunch
The new influx of cash comes as the creator of Pokémon GO prepares to release its next major title, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. The augmented reality game does not have a release date yet, but is expected to launch this year.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Chinese phone maker Huawei punishes employees for iPhone tweet blunder | Reuters
The mistake occurred when outsourced social media handler Sapient experienced “VPN problems” with a desktop computer so used an iPhone with a roaming SIM card in order to send the message on time at midnight, Huawei said in the memo.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
PepsiCo is rolling out a fleet of robots to bring snacks to college students - The Verge
The robots — or “snackbots” — carry snacks and beverages from the company’s Hello Goodness portfolio, which includes choices like Smartfood Delight popcorn, Baked Lays, Pure Leaf Tea, and Starbucks Cold Brew drinks. Students can place their orders on the iOS app and have them delivered to select locations around the 175-acre campus between 9AM and 5PM.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Marriott Says Hackers Swiped Millions of Passport Numbers - WSJ
Marriott said a total of about 383 million records was “the upper limit” for the number potentially compromised in the incident. That figure includes passport numbers, email addresses and payment-card data of some guests, the company said.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Hackers Dump Data on Merkel, Politicians in Giant German Leak - Bloomberg
It looks like the hackers got the passwords to Facebook accounts and Twitter profiles and worked their way up from there, said Simon Hegelich, a political scientist at Munich’s Technical University who has studied the manipulation of social networks.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Microsoft is privately testing 'Bali,' a way to give users control of data collected about them | ZDNet
According to the About page, Bali is based on the concept of "Inverse Privacy," the subject of a paper authored in 2014 by Yuri Gurevich, Efim Hudis and Jeannette Wing, who all worked for Microsoft Research at that time. An item of personal information is inversely private if some party has access to it, but the creator/user of it does not. Health providers, police, toll-road operators, grocery chains and employers all create inversely private data, which, in many cases, users could benefit from owning, the authors noted.

The Bali About page says that the Bali project is in "initial stage," meaning the developers are focused on helping users aggregate personal data from various websites and have an ability to view the data." 
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Los Angeles Accuses Weather Channel App of Covertly Mining User Data - The New York Times
The government said the Weather Company, the business behind the app, unfairly manipulated users into turning on location tracking by implying that the information would be used only to localize weather reports. Yet the company, which is owned by IBM, also used the data for unrelated commercial purposes, like targeted marketing and analysis for hedge funds, according to the lawsuit.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Google’s AI Guru Wants Computers to Think More Like Brains | WIRED
GH: No, there's not going to be an AI winter, because it drives your cellphone. In the old AI winters, AI wasn't actually part of your everyday life. Now it is.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Artificial Intelligence Can Detect Alzheimer’s Disease in Brain Scans Six Years Before a Diagnosis | UC San Francisco
“This is an ideal application of deep learning because it is particularly strong at finding very subtle but diffuse processes. Human radiologists are really strong at identifying tiny focal finding like a brain tumor, but we struggle at detecting more slow, global changes,” says Sohn. “Given the strength of deep learning in this type of application, especially compared to humans, it seemed like a natural application.”
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Ninja and Fortnite are making millions together - CNN
And who could argue? Ninja is, literally, killing it. The 94,958 Fornite kills he had racked up at last check have helped him earn what he says is close to $10 million this year. Blevins and his colorful hair (neon red at the time of this interview) have become a cultural phenomenon, and his skills and personality have helped make Fortnite the behemoth that it is — one that drove its company, Epic Games, to a reported profit of $3 billion this year.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Fortnite developer Tim Sweeney made $7 billion this year — Quartz
Fortnite reportedly generates $2.5 million a day in revenue, which helped Epic Games rake in $3 billion in profits in 2018. According to Bloomberg, Fortnite’s success also propelled Sweeney into the Bloomberg Billionaires Index after he amassed a $7.2 billion fortune this year. The index tracks the world’s 500 richest people, and Sweeney now ranks 194th. Business Insider notes that this valuation is based on the presumed sale of Epic Games stock during a venture fundraising round announced in October.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
BING CROSBY AND THE TAPE REVOLUTION - The Audiophile Man
Each radio programme was assembled from the different sources according to the script. Once the music segments were edited and put into one continuous programme, the voice segments were added and the show was cut to the proper time. This cutting involved the editing of verses, refrains or portions of them so that the piece was the correct length to be broadcast. The audience reactions were then added. That involved listening to the show and deciding what type of reaction was required. Bad jokes got bad responses and good ones got good ones. However, the process involved the ear of the beholder and arguments occurred between the editors. McKenzie made the final decision. He sat on a bar stool behind the editors with an old Paris taxi horn attached to its side. To get the editors attention he would squeeze its large bulb. We had the speakers turned up so loud, it was difficult to hear him. Besides the standard reactions to the banter between the parties on the show, other reactions were injected where it appeared that something was happening with the orchestra or on the stage.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
Mickey Mouse will be public domain soon—here’s what that means | Ars Technica
On January 1, 2024, we'll see the expiration of the copyright for Steamboat Willie—and with it Disney's claim to the film's star, Mickey Mouse. The copyrights to Superman, Batman, Disney's Snow White, and early Looney Tunes characters will all fall into the public domain between 2031 and 2035.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge - The New York Times
In November, the Commerce Department released a list of technologies, including artificial intelligence, that are under consideration for new export rules because of their importance to national security.

Technology experts worry that blocking the export of A.I. to other countries, or tying it up in red tape, will help A.I. industries flourish in those nations — China, in particular — and compete with American companies.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
Cafe opens in Tokyo staffed by robots controlled by paralyzed people | SoraNews24
During this time a staff of ten people, with conditions such as ALS or spinal cord injuries and working from home, are paid 1,000 yen (US$8.80) an hour (a standard wage for part-time work in Japan) to serve up coffee and interact with the clientele. But more importantly than money, these people are also given a newfound independence.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
The Chinese takeover of Indian app ecosystem | FactorDaily
2018 is likely to be remembered as the year when the Chinese took over Indian smartphones. In December 2017, the top 10 mobile apps on Google Playstore looked a lot different than what they look from a year later. The Playstore rankings for India in 2018 have China written all over it. Five out of the top 10 mobile apps in India are Chinese — versus two at the end of 2017.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2019 - WSJ
The coming year brings the cleanup and a return to the optimism that technology is really good for the world. By that of course we mean finally playing the much hyped, much delayed Harry Potter augmented-reality game. Also eagerly awaited: 5G arriving in cities, Apple’s iOS getting a facelift and Disney launching its own streaming service. We’re predicting a year of fulfilled promises—including a possibly forced change in companies’ data-collection practices.
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16 days ago by leolaporte
Federal judge finds state law governing who is an ‘engineer’ violates free speech | oregonlive.com
Jarlstrom, who holds a bachelors of science degree in engineering from Sweden, has repeatedly challenged Oregon’s timing of yellow traffic lights as too short. He was investigated by the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying for the “unlicensed practice of engineering,’’ after he sent his traffic light calculations to the state board, and identified himself as an engineer to local media and the “60 Minutes” TV news program, and in discussions with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
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17 days ago by leolaporte
How Much of the Internet Is Fake?
How much of the internet is fake? Studies generally suggest that, year after year, less than 60 percent of web traffic is human; some years, according to some researchers, a healthy majority of it is bot. For a period of time in 2013, the Times reported this year, a full half of YouTube traffic was “bots masquerading as people,” a portion so high that employees feared an inflection point after which YouTube’s systems for detecting fraudulent traffic would begin to regard bot traffic as real and human traffic as fake. They called this hypothetical event “the Inversion.”
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19 days ago by leolaporte
911 emergency services go down across the US after CenturyLink outage | TechCrunch
After 8pm on Friday, more than a day later, CenturyLink confirmed that “all consumer services impacted by this event, including voice and 911, have been restored.”

CenturyLink, one of the largest telecommunications providers in the U.S., provides internet and phone backbone services to major cell carriers, including AT&T and Verizon. Data center or fiber issues can have a knock-on effect to other companies, cutting out service and causing cell site blackouts.

In this case, the outage affected only cellular calls to 911, and not landline calls.
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19 days ago by leolaporte
Malware attack disrupts delivery of L.A. Times and Tribune papers across the U.S. - Los Angeles Times
The Times and the San Diego paper became aware of the problem near midnight on Thursday. Programmers worked to isolate the bug, which Tribune Publishing identified as a malware attack, but at every turn the programmers ran into additional issues trying to access a myriad of files, including advertisements that needed to be added to the pages or paid obituaries.
After identifying the server outage as a virus, technology teams made progress Friday quarantining it and bringing back servers, but some of their security patches didn’t hold and the virus began to reinfect the network, impacting a series of servers used for news production and manufacturing processes.
By late Friday, the attack was hindering the transmission of pages from offices across Southern California to printing presses as publication deadlines approached.
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19 days ago by leolaporte
One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine - The New York Times
What is frustrating about machine learning, however, is that the algorithms can’t articulate what they’re thinking. We don’t know why they work, so we don’t know if they can be trusted. AlphaZero gives every appearance of having discovered some important principles about chess, but it can’t share that understanding with us. Not yet, at least. As human beings, we want more than answers. We want insight. This is going to be a source of tension in our interactions with computers from now on.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Athletes Don’t Own Their Tattoos. That’s a Problem for Video Game Developers. - The New York Times
Any creative illustration “fixed in a tangible medium” is eligible for copyright, and, according to the United States Copyright Office, that includes the ink displayed on someone’s skin. What many people don’t realize, legal experts said, is that the copyright is inherently owned by the tattoo artist, not the person with the tattoos.

For most people, that is not a cause for concern. Lawyers generally agree that an implied license allows people to freely display their tattoos in public, including on television broadcasts or magazine covers. But when tattoos are digitally recreated on avatars in sports video games, copyright infringement can become an issue.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Opinion | Our Cellphones Aren’t Safe - The New York Times
According to intelligence reports, spies are eavesdropping on President Trump’s cellphone conversations and using fake cellular towers in Washington to intercept phone calls. Cellular communication infrastructure, the system at the heart of modern communication, commerce and governance, is woefully insecure. And we are doing nothing to fix it.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Amazon Alexa Shopping Tripled as Bose, Nerf Topped Holiday Sales | Fortune
via its virtual personal assistant Alexa were three times greater during the 2018 holiday season than they were in the last year.

Meanwhile, Alexa was also called on “hundreds of thousands” of times to help folks find cocktail recipes: eggnog and Moscow Mules topped the list of most-requested drinks during the holidays.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
Hospital to post the costs of medical services — Quartz
The surprise factor, at least, may soon be changing. On Jan. 1, a new regulation takes effect requiring hospitals to post the prices of their services online. Announced by health and human services secretary Alex Azar in April, the provision is called Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule. Under it, hospitals will have to share the prices of standard services online, as well as make medical records more easily accessible by patients themselves, and shareable between medical practices.
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22 days ago by leolaporte
UK police release airport drone suspects and admit there may not have been any drones after all | TechCrunch
The Guardian reports that police released and exonerated a couple who had been detained as suspects, while a senior police spokesperson said that there is “always a possibility that there may not have been any genuine drone activity in the first place.”
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25 days ago by leolaporte
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