WIRTW #570 (the “unexpected” edition)

I always assumed my kids would out-achieve me. I just never imagined it would happen by the 8th grade.  Cleveland Magazine just named her band, Fake ID, Cleveland’s “Best Unexpected Rock Stars” in its 2019 Best of Cleveland issue. It’s not everyday you witness a band of 12- to 15-year-olds absolutely wail on Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.” Yet there’s Fake ID, chugging through the sinister heavy metal classic with style and skill to spare, cresting a wave of pummeling sound…. Yes, th...
Tags: Google, Law, Cleveland, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Harvard Business Review, Black Sabbath, US Appeals Court, Eric Meyer, FMLA, SHRM, FLSA, What I'm Reading, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Eugene Scalia, ABA Journal Daily News

Even VPN encryption has its limits

VPNs are perfect for protecting people on public Wi-Fi from the other folks that are on that Wi-Fi. But they do not provide end-to-end encryption. Other topics this week: Windows 10 compatibility and Malwarebytes premium. Patrick Marshall answers your personal technology questions each week.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Vpn, Patrick Marshall

How to set your Google data to self-destruct

Google has now given us an option to set search and location data to automatically disappear after a certain time. We should all use it.
Tags: Google, Business, Technology, News

The mindful lawyer: apps and other resources

Here is a recent Daily Record column. My past Daily Record articles can be accessed here. ***** The Mindful Lawyer: Apps and Other Resources It’s not easy being a lawyer. Lawyering can be a contentious, combative line of work. Your days are filled with constant and sometimes unexpected deadlines. The stress of practicing law is further compounded by the unrelenting pressure to bring in new books of business. And let’s not forget about billable hour requirements, which only add to the pressu...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, New York, Law, Thomson Reuters, Aba, ABA Journal, Alexa, HARRIS, Rochester New York, Dan Harris, Daily Record--Legal Currents Column, Law & Technology, NBlack, Jeena Cho, Karen Gifford

60 Amazon Workers Walked Out Over Warehouse Working Conditions

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Late Wednesday night, roughly 60 Amazon warehouse workers in yellow vests walked out of a delivery center in Eagan, Minnesota and stood outside in the near-freezing rain waving protest signs. The workers -- mostly women of Somali descent -- demanded increased wages on the night shift, weight restrictions on boxes, and the reversal of a 30-hour weekly workload cap from their managers. The strike arrives during a period of increased worker acti...
Tags: Amazon, Sacramento, Tech, Eagan, Eagan Minnesota, Amazon Workers, Amazonians United Sacramento

Facebook Removes Hundreds of Propaganda Accounts Targeting Iran and Qatar

According to BuzzFeed News, a network of websites and accounts have been using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social platforms to sow propaganda targeting Iran and Qatar. "The accounts, which have now been taken down, appear to have been professionally run by PR firms based in the Middle East and Africa," the report says. From the report: In August, Facebook announced the removal of more than 350 pages and accounts it said were engaged in coordinated inauthentic activity and operated by m...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Nigeria, Africa, Tech, Qatar, Iran, Egypt, Middle East, Facebook Groups, Uae, BuzzFeed News, UAE Egypt, Facebook Twitter YouTube, Indonesia Facebook

Apple drops $220 discounts on a refurbished iPhone X with 1-year warranty

If you're not looking to spend $1,000 on the latest iPhone, you can snag Apple's three-year-old former flagship phone for less than $700 through Apple.
Tags: Apple, Deals, Mobile, Trends, Apple iPhone X

$35M-funded Omni rentals in acqui-hire talks with Coinbase

Physical storage-turned-rentals startup Omni is dealing with layoffs today, two sources familiar with the situation tell TechCrunch. Omni just shed seven operations team members. The startup is in talks to sell its engineering team to Coinbase after also receiving interest from Thumbtack. Omni’s rental business was doing poorly without enough users paying a few bucks to borrow a tent, bike or power drill. Omni had planned to launch a white-labeled platform allowing brick-and-mortar merchan...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, M&a, Coinbase, Omni, TechCrunch Omni, Thumbtack Omni, May Omni

Apple says some iPhone 6S and 6S Plus devices have a problem that makes it so they can't turn on, but it says it will fix them for free (AAPL)

Apple says that some iPhone 6S and 6S Plus models have a problem where a component can fail and prevent the phone from turning on.  It only affects devices that were manufactured between October 2018 and August 2019, Apple says. Here's the website where you can plug in your iPhone's serial number and see if you were affected by the issue — and where you can get set up with your repair. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're still rocking the four-year-old iPhone 6S or ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Trends

Tesla Is Being Investigated For a Software Update Meant To Limit Fire Risk

The NHTSA is investigating a software update Tesla shipped earlier this year that was meant to address a few reports of battery fires. "Some owners have said the update, released in May, noticeably decreased the ultimate range of their Teslas," reports The Verge. "A few have even sued the company for alleged fraud over the issue." From the report: The NHTSA received a "defect petition" in September from a lawyer who represents some of these customers. He requested that the NHTSA investigate the ...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Nhtsa

Report: WeWork co-founder Adam Neumann may have to unload property to pay off a giant loan

Adam Neumann may be out of the daily flow of WeWork, but he seemingly remains top of mind to some of the company’s bankers. According to a new Business Insider piece, Neumann is working with JPMorgan, UBS and Credit Suisse to consider new terms for a $500 million loan that he took out before WeWork filed to go public, and from which Neumann has already drawn down $380 million. Because he can no longer pay the loan with proceeds from selling WeWork shares publicly (it yanked its S-1 filing ear...
Tags: Startups, TC, Tech, Credit Suisse, Jp Morgan, WeWork, WSJ, Hamptons, Bay Area, Jpmorgan, Neumann, Greenwich Village, Adam Neumann, Westchester New York, JPMorgan UBS, WeWork WeWork

And the winner of Startup Battlefield at Disrupt SF 2019 is… Render

At the very beginning, there were 20 startups. After two days of incredibly fierce competition, we now have a winner. Startups participating in the Startup Battlefield have all been hand-picked to participate in our highly competitive startup competition. They all presented in front of multiple groups of VCs and tech leaders serving as judges for a chance to win $100,000 and the coveted Disrupt Cup. After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the li...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Ashton Kutcher, Render, Matthew Panzarino, Disrupt, Alfred Lin, Startup Battlefield, GCP, Disrupt Sf, Mamoon Hamid, Ann Miura-Ko, OmniVis, Disrupt SF 2019

NASA calls for input on Moon spacesuits and plans to source them commercially in future

NASA issues a new formal request for info from industry specifically around spacesuits. The agency is hoping to gather information in order to help it figure out a future path for acquisition of spacesuit production and services from external industry sources. That doesn’t mean it’s outsourcing its spacesuit design and production immediately – NASA will build and certify its own spacesuits for use in the first Artemis missions, including Artemis III which is the one that’ll see the next Ameri...
Tags: TC, Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Iss, Spaceflight, Aerospace, Artemis, Spacecraft, Space Technology, Outer Space, RFI

Hong Kong Announces Ban On Masks, Face Paint That Helps Protesters Evade Facial Recognition

The Hong Kong government is banning masks and face paint in an attempt to stop the pro-democracy protests that have been raging since June. "The new 'emergency' order was announced by Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam at a press conference today and will go into effect at midnight local time, 12:00 pm ET," reports Gizmodo. From the report: The new law bans "any facial covering that is likely to prevent identification," during public demonstrations. Anyone arrested under the new rule will face up to a ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Tech, Beijing, Carrie Lam, Lam

Signal Messenger Bug Lets Callers Auto-Connect Calls Without Receivers' Interaction

Almost every application contains security vulnerabilities, some of which you may find today, but others would remain invisible until someone else finds and exploits them—which is the harsh reality of cybersecurity and its current state. And when we say this, Signal Private Messenger—promoted as one of the most secure messengers in the world—isn't any exception. Google Project Zero [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Tech, Hacking News, Vulnerability, Android Vulnerability, Swati Khandelwal, Secure Messenger, Private Chat, Signal Messaging App, Call Hacking, Signal Messenger Bug

HTC’s new CEO discusses the phonemaker’s future

On September 17, HTC announced that cofounder Cher Wang would be stepping down as CEO. In her place, Yves Maitre stepped into the role of Chief Executive, after more than a decade at French telecom giant, Orange. It’s a tough job at an even tougher time. The move comes on the tail of five consecutive quarterly losses and major layoffs, including a quarter of the company’s staff, which were let go in July of last year. It’s a far fall for a company that comprised roughly 11 percent of global s...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Verizon, Facebook, Internet Of Things, Hardware, China, Nokia, Tech, Smartphones, Telecommunications, Sprint, T-mobile, AT&T, Deutsche Telekom

Apple reverses ban on app tracking Hong Kong protests & police

A bit of good news for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, and the app developers trying to help them not get injured or killed by police. Apple has reportedly reversed its decision to ban the app, which allows users to track protests and police activity in Hong Kong. The earlier move to ban the app was seen by many as acquiescence to China's foreign policy, over the urgent needs of Apple users. Thanks everyone, @Apple finally made the right decision. Will update later as th...
Tags: Apple, Ios, Google, Hong Kong, Post, News, China, Dmca, Waze, 1201, Mark Gurman, Cory Doctorow, HK, Bloomberg News, Cory, Sukey

Report: WeWork cofounder Adam Neumann may have to unload property to pay off a giant loan

Adam Neumann may be out of the daily flow of WeWork, but he seemingly remains top of mind to some of the company’s bankers. According to a new Business Insider piece, Neumann is working with JPMorgan, UBS, and Credit Suisse to consider new terms for a $500 loan that he took out before WeWork filed to go public, and from which Neumann has already drawn down $380 million. Since he can no longer pay the loan with proceeds from selling WeWork shares publicly (it yanked its S-1 earlier this week),...
Tags: TC, Tech, Credit Suisse, Jp Morgan, WeWork, WSJ, Hamptons, Bay Area, Jpmorgan, Neumann, Greenwich Village, Adam Neumann, Westchester New York, JPMorgan UBS, WeWork WeWork, NYTimes JPMorgan

macOS Systems Can Be Abused In DDoS Attacks

An anonymous reader writes: "DDoS-for-hire services, also known as DDoS booters, or DDoS stressors, are abusing macOS systems to launch DDoS attacks," reports ZDNet. "These attacks are leveraging macOS systems where the Apple Remote Desktop feature has been enabled, and the computer is accessible from the internet, without being located inside a local network, or protected by a firewall. More specifically, the attackers are leveraging the Apple Remote Management Service (ARMS) that is a part of ...
Tags: Tech

Montreal Law Firm Looks To Launch Class-Action Lawsuit Against Fortnite Developer

Dave Knott writes: A Montreal legal firm has requested authorization to launch a class-action lawsuit against Epic Games, makers of the widely-popular video game Fortnite. The legal notice, filed on behalf of two minors, likens the effect of the game to cocaine, saying it releases the chemical dopamine to the brain of vulnerable young people who can become dependent on playing. Much of the suit is based on a 2015 Quebec Superior Court ruling that determined tobacco companies didn't warn their cu...
Tags: Tech, World Health Organization, Montreal, Dave Knott, Quebec Superior Court, Jean Philippe Caron, Calex, Caron Fortnite

How ‘the Internet broke America’ with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz

When Elizabeth Warren took on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook earlier this week, it was a low moment for what New Yorker writer Andrew Marantz calls “techno-utopianism.” That the progressive, populist Massachusetts Senator and leading Democratic Presidential candidate wants to #BreakUpBigTech is not surprising. But Warren’s choice to spotlight regulating and trust-busting Facebook was nonetheless noteworthy, because of what it represents on a philosophical level. Warren, along with like-minde...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Government, Massachusetts, Religion, Elizabeth Warren, America, San Francisco, Tech, Policy, Culture, Brooklyn

The best laptop deals for October 2019

Whether you need a new laptop for school or work, we have you covered. We've put together a list of the best laptop deals going right now, from discounted MacBooks to on-the-go gaming PCs.
Tags: Deals, Trends, Computing, Acer, Lenovo, Chromebooks, Macbooks

Congress antitrust probe asks Spotify for Apple abuse info

Lawmakers in Congress want Spotify to detail its allegations of abuses by digital rival Apple as part of a federal antitrust probe, reports Reuters late on Friday citing two anonymous sources. The investigation seeks to determine if Apple engages in anti-competitive behavior to give its own Apple apps an unfair advantage in the Apple Store marketplace. Spotify has been gunning for a federal antitrust probe into Apple for several years now. Excerpt from Reuters: The U.S. House of Representativ...
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Post, Business, Technology, News, Congress, European Union, Monopolies, Antitrust, Reuters, U S House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Spotify Technology SA, Digital Monopolies, Diane Bartz Stephen Nellis

Google sounds the alarm over Android flaw being exploited in the wild, possibly by NSO

Pixel, S-Series, Moto Z3 among vulnerable gear Google is warning owners of some popular Android devices to keep a close eye on their gear following the release of an exploit for an unpatched flaw.…
Tags: Google, Software, NSO

CGV 4DX Celebrates Decade of High Tech Cinema Equipment

“We plan to consolidate our position as the world’s leading cinema technology company by operating 750 screens by end of 2019, capable of hosting 150 million moviegoers a year,” said JongRyul Kim, CEO of CJ 4DPLEX at a press event held in Seoul in September. The company has been in business for a decade now. 4DX is […]
Tags: Asia, Hardware, News, Global, Spotlight, Seoul, CGV, Busan International Film Festival, 4DX, ScreenX, JongRyul Kim

Theranos founder accused of bilking lawyers in civil case

PHOENIX (AP) — The lawyers representing the founder of scandalized blood-testing startup Theranos against fraud charges in a civil lawsuit want to quit because they say they haven’t been paid. Palo Alto, California, attorney John Dwyer informed a federal court in Phoenix that Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes hasn’t been paying bills owed to him and […]
Tags: Health, Business, Technology, News, Ap, Nation, Elizabeth Holmes, Phoenix, John Dwyer, Palo Alto California

PayPal drops out of Libra, Facebook’s payments project

NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal is pulling out of Facebook’s digital currency project, known as Libra, a blow to the social media company that has faced stronger-than-expected scrutiny over its proposed creation of an alternative payments system. The digital payments company said Friday it is withdrawing from the Libra Association and focus on its existing […]
Tags: Facebook, Business, New York, Technology, News, Paypal, Ap, Libra, Libra Association, Libra Facebook

Disney Bans Netflix Ads As Streaming's Marketing Wars Intensify

Disney is banning advertising from Netflix across its entertainment TV networks, according the The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. It's "a sign that the marketing wars over streaming-video are escalating as media giants battle each other for subscribers," the report says. From the report: Disney, Comcast and AT&T are set to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising over the next year to attract consumers to their new streaming-video services as they look t...
Tags: Hollywood, Abc, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Wall Street Journal, Netflix Netflix, Disney Comcast, Disney Bans Netflix

PayPal is the first company to drop out of the Facebook-led Libra Association

PayPal is the first company to walk away from Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency. PayPal’s decision to take its ball and go home was first reported by The Wall Street Journal . “PayPal has made the decision to forgo further participation in the Libra Association at this time and to continue to focus on advancing our existing mission and business priorities as we strive to democratize access to financial services for underserved populations,” PayPal said in an emailed statement. “We remai...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Uber, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, E-commerce, Economy, Paypal, Companies, Venture Capital, The Wall Street Journal, Andreessen Horowitz, Financial Services, Cryptocurrencies, Libra, Mastercard

Annual Extra Crunch members can receive $1,000 in AWS credits

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Amazon Web Services for annual members of Extra Crunch. Starting today, qualified annual members can receive $1,000 in AWS credits. You also must be a startup founder to claim this Extra Crunch community perk. AWS is the premier service for your application hosting needs, and we want to make sure our community is well-resourced to build. We understand that hosting and infrastructure costs can be a major hurdle for tech startups, and we’re hopin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Developer, Tech, Aws, Amazon Web Services, Extra Crunch

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