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New Report Shows Phone Cracking Tech is Being Used to Target Journalists in Botswana

The willingness of digital forensics firms to sell to pretty much any paying law enforcement agency, regardless of the country’s human rights record, has stirred up no minor amount of controversy. These tools, critics say, allow bad governments expansive, invasive powers, and may be used in the course of…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Journalism, Human Behavior, Freedom Of The Press, Botswana, Moxie Marlinspike, Deception, Cellebrite, Observation, Fake News, Jonathan Rozen, Universal Forensic Extraction Device, Oratile Dikologang

Good Night, Meat Prince

Bryan Menegus is one of the most frustrating editors I’ve ever worked with, which is to say he had annoying feedback like ‘Do you have a source on this?’, ‘This paragraph is complete gibberish’, ‘Did you forget to end this sentence?’, or ‘This is just totally factually wrong’. He also changed the structure of…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Elon Musk, Science, Blogs, Blogging, Ferrari, Michael Caine, The Onion, Smash, Tumblr, Bob, Gizmodo, Gawker, Gawker Media, Hamilton Nolan

Biden’s NLRB to Google: Not So Fast on the Union Busting, Bub

Google maintains it is “very confident” it will face no consequences for firing three workers involved in unionization efforts, despite the acting top counsel of the National Labor Relations Board’s opinion that the tech giant may have violated labor law.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Lyft, Uber, Science, Labor, Articles, Joe Biden, Economy, Biden, Donald Trump, Instacart, National Labor Relations Board, Nlrb, Doordash, US Customs

Conservatives Demand Supreme Court Overrule Fake Facebook Court, Others Weigh In

On Wednesday, Facebook’s Oversight Board, the pseudo-legalistic, questionably independent body that the company claims has the power to review and potentially overrule official moderation decisions, issued its not-so-final proclamations regarding the status of Donald Trump’s account.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Instagram, Articles, Joe Biden, Software, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Trumpism, Breitbart, Jim Jordan, Tom Cotton, Clarence Thomas, Frank Pallone, David Segal

Watch “Degrees of Uncertainty,” an Animated Documentary about Climate Science, Uncertainty & Knowing When to Trust the Experts

We should just trust the experts. But wait: to identify true expertise requires its own kind of even more specialized expertise. Besides, experts disagree with each other, and over time disagree with themselves as well. This makes it challenging indeed for all of us non-experts — and we’re all non-experts in the fields to which we have not dedicated our lives — to understand phenomena of any complexity. As for grasping climate change, with its enormous historical scale and countless many...
Tags: Facebook, Science, College, Data, Current Affairs, Antarctica, New Orleans, Seoul, Halloran, Colin Marshall, Facebook Watch, 21st Century Los Angeles, Neil Halloran, Climate Science Uncertainty amp, Amsterdam Miami

Oversight Board Finds Facebook Took the Coward's Way Out With Trump Ban, Also Takes Coward's Way Out

America may have to wait another six months to find out whether Facebook has the capacity to make a good decision.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Science, America, Social Media, Joe Biden, Software, Computing, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Trumpism, Zuck, Coward, Cori Crider, Oversight Board

Area Man Wants You To Check Out His Blog

After threatening for months to disrupt social media with a bespoke platform that would allow him to bypass community guidelines (and the embarrassingly long list of platforms he’s been banned from), our big patriotic boy has finally made good on his promise. Folks, the wait is over — the future is now, and it’s a…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Instagram, Software, Computing, Mitt Romney, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Trumpism, Donald J Trump, Brad Parscale, Universal Windows Platform Apps, Far Right Politics In The United States, Internet Manipulation And Propaganda

Signal Tries to Run the Most Honest Facebook Ad Campaign Ever, Immediately Gets Banned

A series of Instagram ads run by the privacy-positive platform Signal got the messaging app booted from the former’s ad platform, according to a Signal published on Tuesday. The ads were meant to show users the bevy of data that Instagram and its parent company Facebook collects on users, by... targeting…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Software, Gizmodo, Signal, Operating Systems, Adtech, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Market Segmentation, Entertainment Culture, Technology Internet

60% of School Apps Are Sharing Your Kids' Data With Third Parties

Over the past year, we’ve seen schools shift to digital services at an unprecedented rate as a way to educate kids safely during the covid-19 pandemic. We’ve also seen these digital tools slurp up these kid’s data at a similarly unprecedented rate, suffer massive breaches, and generally handle student’s personal…Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Facebook, Science, Technology, Privacy, Computing, Software Development, App Store, Science and Technology, Mass Surveillance, Mobile App, Software Development Kit, Technology Internet, Identifier For Advertisers

Update to iOS 14.5.1 Right Now or Your iPhone Is a Sitting Duck for Hackers

Apple has rushed out fixes to two major vulnerabilities in iOS and iPadOS 14.5, last month’s update that implemented its App Tracking Transparency feature. Both bugs could have allowed malicious parties to remotely execute code, possibly leading to the takeover of an affected device. That means you need to update your…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ios, Google, Facebook, Science, Technology, Microsoft, Imessage, Ars Technica, Safari, Software, Computing, Atom, Apple Inc, Computer Security

Future of American Democracy Hangs in Balance and/or Doesn't

Facebook’s Oversight Board, the supposedly independent watchdog tasked with determining whether Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook after he incited a deadly neo-fascist riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 will be as permanent as his Twitter ban, has reached a decision. On Monday, it stated that it will be announcing its…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Articles, Software, Donald Trump, Operating Systems, Trumpism, Capitol, QAnon, Facebook 's Oversight Board, Social Media Use By Donald Trump

We're Not Ready for Smart Glasses Yet

After the original Google Glass crashed and burned, consumer smart glasses were put on the back burner for a while. There’s no shortage of reasons why, which makes it a little baffling that in 2021, high-tech glasses have made a mini-comeback. Facebook, , and even Samsung are all rumored to be working on a pair…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Glasses, Science, Clothing, Samsung, Articles, Siri, Equipment, Sunglasses, Eyewear, Google Glass, Razer

Sites That Ban Politicians May Soon Get Fined in Florida (Unless the Site Is Owned by Disney)

Florida’s really gone and done it. On Thursday, the House voted 77-38 to pass SB 7072, a bill that would dole out massive fines to companies like Twitter and Facebook for booting public officials from their sites. Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Science, Disney, House

The CDC is warning states to remove COVID-19 vaccine-card templates as pro-Trump forums spread tips on how to forge the document

EJ Hersom, Department of Defense EJ Hersom, Department of Defense The CDC has told states to remove COVID-19 vaccine card templates to prevent forgery. Anti-vaxxer and pro-Trump forums have spread instructions on how to create the cards. The FBI has said forging the cards is illegal and it puts others in harm's way. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned states to remove COVID-19 vaccine card templates from their sites...
Tags: Facebook, Science, News, Nbc, Cdc, Nbc News, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Fbi, Healthcare, Pfizer, Vaccines, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention

Computer vision inches towards ‘common sense’ with Facebook’s latest research

Machine learning is capable of doing all sorts of things as long as you have the data to teach it how. That’s not always easy, and researchers are always looking for a way to add a bit of “common sense” to AI so you don’t have to show it 500 pictures of a cat before it gets it. Facebook’s newest research takes a big step towards reducing the data bottleneck. The company’s formidable AI research division has been working on how to advance and scale things like advanced computer vision algorithms ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Wtf, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Facebook It, Facebook This

Computer vision inches toward ‘common sense’ with Facebook’s latest research

Machine learning is capable of doing all sorts of things as long as you have the data to teach it how. That’s not always easy, and researchers are always looking for a way to add a bit of “common sense” to AI so you don’t have to show it 500 pictures of a cat before it gets it. Facebook’s newest research takes a big step toward reducing the data bottleneck. The company’s formidable AI research division has been working for years now on how to advance and scale things like advanced computer visio...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Wtf, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Facebook It, Facebook This

Why You Should Use a Physical Key to Sign Into Your Accounts

The benefits of two-factor authentication (2FA) are clear: A person trying to get into your accounts will need something else besides your username and password, which makes it more difficult to hack you. That something else is often a code sent via SMS or through an app, but there’s another option: a physical…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Microsoft, Ebay, Cryptography, Dropbox, Kickstarter, Nintendo, Twitch, Dashlane, Trello, Computer Security, Yubico, Google Account, Yubikey

Scans revealed an Egyptian mummy was actually a pregnant woman, not a male priest

Engravings in a temple in Thebes in Egypt. KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images Scientists have uncovered the first known example of pregnant woman being mummified. The mummy was first thought to be a male priest because of an inscription on the sarcophagus. "We were really shocked," said one of the scientists who led to project in Warsaw, Poland. See more stories on Insider's business page. Scientists were "shocked" to find that a mummy they previously thought to be a male priest inst...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Science, Trends, Bbc, Egypt, News UK, Poland, Associated Press, Nile, Luxor, Warsaw Poland, Thebes, Mummy, University of Warsaw, Morgan McFall Johnsen

Targeting microbiome can help treat malnourished children

30 million children worldwide suffer from moderate acute malnutrition. Lifelong problems from undernourishment include increased risks of diabetes and heart problems.New research shows that targeting the microbiome could help malnourished children grow up healthy.According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 815 million people — nearly 11 percent of the global population — suffer from chronic undernourishment. While the predominant number of them live in poor c...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Children, Poverty, Medical Research, Innovation, Health Care, Derek, Dhaka Bangladesh, Mirpur, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Human body, MDCF

Instagram Realizes It Had a Clubhouse In Its Heart All Along

As more and more social media platforms start cooking up their own Clubhouse clones, Instagram is adding new features to its existing livestreaming service to get in on the voice chat craze. On Thursday, Instagram announced it’s rolling out the option to turn off your audio or video while using Instagram Live.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Social Media, Linkedin, Software, Facebook Messenger, Computing, Freeware, Operating Systems, Clubhouse, Mobile Applications, Business Finance, Adam Mosseri, Video Software

Facebook Says Posts Criticizing India's Prime Minister Were 'Mistakenly' Blocked

Facebook posts criticizing India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi were being blocked on Wednesday, the tech giant confirmed to Gizmodo, adding that it was a “mistake.” But why was Facebook content with the hashtag #ResignModi being censored in the first place? Facebook is being incredibly cagey about the specifics.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, India, Narendra Modi, Articles, Software, Gizmodo, Contemporary history, Covid 19 Vaccine, Covid 19 Pandemic, Health Medical Pharma, Narendra Modi Ministry, Facebook Says Posts Criticizing India

Australia Says Apple and Google's Default Phone Apps Stifle Competition

Google and Apple should give consumers more control over which apps they have on their phones right out of the box, according to a new interim report from Australia’s top consumer watchdog. The report is Australia’s latest attempt to pick a fight with Big Tech, and if the past is any guide, Google and Apple will…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Science, Technology, Australia, Companies, Computing, App Store, Apple Inc, Apple News, Mobile App, Alphabet Inc, Rod Sims, Technology Internet, Apple Inc Litigation

Scam Theater: Inside an Online Trading Crime Ring That Grifted Millions from Mom-and-Pop Investors

It was supposed to be an easy gig. Jason Glick had been acting for more than 30 years, mostly in stage productions, but the occasional on-screen commercial work helped cover the bills, and the shoot for the Quantum Code paid too well to pass up. In a half-hour pitch video with more than 4 million views on Facebook,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Jason Glick

Scientists at Purdue University Create the “Whitest White” Paint Ever Seen: It Reflects 98% of the Sun’s Light

Xiulin Ruan, a Purdue University professor of mechanical engineering, holds up his lab’s sample of the whitest paint on record. Purdue University/Jared Pike Surely, you’ve heard of Vantablack, the high-tech coating invented by UK company Surrey NanoSystems that absorbs over 99 percent of light and makes three-dimensional objects look like black holes? Aside from its controversially exclusive use by artist Anish Kapoor, the blackest of black paints has so far proven to be most effective in spac...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Science, Greece, Washington Post, College, Earth, Chicago, Harvard, Egypt, Anish Kapoor, Purdue, Josh Jones, Purdue University, ACS Applied Materials Interfaces, Durham NC Follow

Read Facebook's Internal Report on How Badly It Screwed Up Stopping 'Stop the Steal'

BuzzFeed has posted the entirety of internal Facebook documents outlining in detail the results of the company’s investigation into its role in the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol, during and after which at least five people died.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Buzzfeed, Articles, Donald Trump, Trumpism, Capitol, QAnon, Amy Kremer, Joan Donovan, Ali Alexander, Politics Of The United States, Right Wing Populism In The United States, Far Right Politics In The United States, Storming Of The United States Capitol

How to Block Apps From Tracking Your Activity in iOS 14.5

iOS 14.5 is finally here, baby! And with it comes much-anticipated Apple’s App Tracking Transparency feature, which allows users to grant or deny apps permission to track their activity for targeted advertising. (This feature has been in the works for awhile, and it’s got companies like Facebook shaking in their boots…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Science

India Cracks Down on Social Media Posts Criticizing Its Pandemic Response Amid Brutal Second Wave

India’s government reportedly ordered Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to censor dozens of posts criticizing the administration’s response to the pandemic, arguing that they were misleading or could hinder emergency response efforts. The crackdown comes amid an unprecedented surge in covid-19 cases and deaths in India…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Instagram, India, Social Media, Software, Computing, Operating Systems, Real Time Web, Text Messaging, Trumpism, Facebook Instagram and Twitter, South of Market San Francisco, Universal Windows Platform Apps

How bots like 'TurboVax' boosted states in the rush to vaccinate America

Vaccine bots on Twitter share news of available vaccination appointments. Screenshots/Twitter Twitter accounts sharing vaccination appointments have popped up across the US. The accounts are bots run by software engineers who helped Americans find appointments. Bots like TurboVax in New York City have courted thousands of followers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Kenneth Hsu's parents-in-law were desperate to find a vaccine appointment. In February, both over the age ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Florida, Texas, Science, News, Mississippi, California, New York City, US, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Georgia, New Jersey

Policy Executives at Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to Testify at Senate Hearing on Algorithms

Next week, policy executives from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter will testify at a Senate Judiciary hearing on algorithmic amplification, Politico reports. Social media recommendation algorithms have come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, and Democratic lawmakers have voiced concerns about how they can fuel…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Politics, Science, Senate, Politico, Software, Computing, Jack Dorsey, Operating Systems, Misinformation, Democratic, Deception, Anna Eshoo, Tom Malinowski

Ben Shapiro Finally Manages to Get Wood

Today in people exhibiting tremendous, just absolutely off-the-charts LDE: Imp-like right-wing pundit Ben Shapiro is asking fellow patriots to go to their local Home Depot and buy a board or something to show their support for voter suppression laws.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Home Depot, Science, Activism, Hasbro, Keurig, Human Behavior, Boycott, Cardi, Shapiro, Pinochet, Ben Shapiro, The Home Depot, Consumer Behaviour, Depot, Occupations

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