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Pardon the Intrusion #16: Phishing in the time of COVID-19

Subscribe to this bi-weekly newsletter here! Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security. Since COVID-19 began spreading all over the world, governments have embraced a variety of invasive contact-tracing measures via smartphones. Now Apple and Google have teamed up in a rare joint effort to do just that while possibly still preserving the privacy of individuals who use them. A few weeks ago they proposed an opt...
Tags: Apple, Google, Security, Startups, Newsletter


This VPN offer gets you full online coverage for less than $3 a month

It’s infuriating to think of how much of our important, often sensitive personal information we just casually give away online. When you’re unprotected as you surf, you’re volunteering your IP address, which can help an experienced cyber snoop or web criminal identify you, your home, your family and more. They can also mine those details to ultimately crack your whole system wide open, exposing your financial details and anything else you don’t want the world to know. VPN protection with a trust...
Tags: Google, Post, News, China, Netflix, Vpn, Shop, Apple App Store, AES, Surfshark


Internet Governance Body RIPE Opposes China's Internet Protocols Upgrade Plan

EU-based Internet governance body RIPE is opposing a proposal to remodel core internet protocols, a proposal backed by the Chinese government, Chinese telecoms, and Chinese networking equipment vendor Huawei. From a report: Named "New IP," this proposal consists of a revamped version of the TCP/IP standards to accommodate new technologies, a "shutoff protocol" to cut off misbehaving parts of the internet, and a new "top-to-bottom" governance model that decentralizes the internet and puts it into...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, China, Tech, Eu, Ussr, Huawei, Financial Times, TCP, Iran Russia, International Telecommunication Union ITU, Europe West Asia, Marco Hogewoning


How to Get $1000 If You Are a Freelancer, Gig Worker or Independent Contractor

Under the CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020, independent contractors, gig workers, and freelancers affected by the coronavirus crisis are eligible to receive a government grant of $1000. The SBA sometimes refers to these grants as “advances,” but you are not required to repay this money to the government. The application process involves filling out a simple SBA form requesting an Economic Injury Disaster Recovery Loan (EIDL), which provides for the advance even if the loan is not granted. Init...
Tags: Google, Personal Finance, Government, Sales, Freelancers, Grant, PPP, Independent Contractors, Northern California, SBA, Richard D Harroch, SBDC, Your Career, Richard Harroch, Small Business Development Center SBDC, SOHO & Home Businesses


How to Get $1,000 If You Are a Freelancer, Gig Worker or Independent Contractor

Under the CARES Act passed on March 27, 2020, independent contractors, gig workers, and freelancers affected by the coronavirus crisis are eligible to receive a government grant of $1000. The SBA sometimes refers to these grants as “advances,” but you are not required to repay this money to the government. The application process involves filling out a simple SBA form requesting an Economic Injury Disaster Recovery Loan (EIDL), which provides for the advance even if the loan is not granted. Init...
Tags: Google, Personal Finance, Government, Sales, Freelancers, Grant, PPP, Independent Contractors, Northern California, SBA, Richard D Harroch, SBDC, Your Career, Richard Harroch, Small Business Development Center SBDC, SOHO & Home Businesses


First Human Trial In Europe of a Coronavirus Vaccine Has Begun In Oxford

An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The first human trial in Europe of a coronavirus vaccine has begun in Oxford. Two volunteers were injected, the first of more than 800 people recruited for the study. Half will receive the Covid-19 vaccine, and half a control vaccine which protects against meningitis but not coronavirus. The design of the trial means volunteers will not know which vaccine they are getting, though doctors will. The vaccine was developed in under three months by a ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Tech, Bbc, Oxford, Oxford University, Imperial College London, Sarah Gilbert, Jenner Institute


How to enable easy in-app purchases on an Android phone or tablet, so you don't have to enter payment information

In-app purchases are enabled in Android apps by default, but you can change your settings so they don't require authentication. When you turn off authentication for in-app purchases on your Android device, users will be able to make purchases without needing to enter payment information. You can re-enable in-app purchase authentication at any time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you've ever played games on your Android device, you might have noticed that many mobile ga...
Tags: Google, Samsung, Trends, Walmart


WD talks about its affected Red-series SMR HDDs, provides changes and support

WD finally addressed the issue specific to NAS-specific Red series SMR HDDs.  As reported earlier, WD switched to CMR (conventional magnetic recording) with the second variation of the Red series NAS HDDs. Despite this issue only affecting the CMR-based HDDs, some company personnel said this is not a problem and affected users should just talk to customer care. The lack of information and communication brought heavy criticism and outrage. The lack of information in its detailed specification did...
Tags: Nas, All News, Hardware News, Reddit, Wd, Network Storage, WD Red, SMR HDDs


2021 Lexus LC 500: A Brief Look & The Updates & “Logical Changes”

The 2021 Lexus LC 500 receives key refinements and updates for the new model year to further cement the connection between driver and machine. It has lost 22 lbs. of unsprung weight thanks to aluminum lower suspension arms; lighter and hollow stabilizers for the suspension; and lighter 21-inch rear wheels. The LC’s Vehicle Stability Control system is also enhanced with Active Cornering Assist, a feature that provides brake control to the inner wheels when G-force demands are higher. In other ...
Tags: Google, Spotify, Pandora, Lexus, Autos, Epa, Amazon Alexa, Car News, Lexus LC, Automatic Emergency Braking, Tony Borroz, Lexus Enform, LC s Vehicle Stability Control, Lexus Enform Service Connect, Frontal Collision Warning, Nori Green Pearl


Google Will Make All Advertisers Prove They Are Who They Say They Are

Google will soon begin vetting all advertisers with the same identity verification requirements that previously only applied to political advertisers, John Canfield, Google’s director of product management for ads integrity, announced in .Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Advertising, Advertisements, Advertisement, Online Advertising, John Canfield, Coronavirus, Sars Cov 2


How do we “unscare” people?

It’s easy to scare people. It’s harder to “unscare” them (in fact unscare is not a word). Customers will need more than permission to return to restaurants and other businesses that were closed because of a virus they know is still circulating. In a Gallup poll, only 20% said they would return back to normal activities immediately after restrictions are lifted.The goal of this post is to encourage Austin to implement a system that makes it practical to test everyone each day when they arrive at ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, News, Stanford, Israel, US, Austin, Fda, Tsa, Federal Reserve, Wuhan, Transportation Security Administration, Gallup, Rutgers, Yale School of Medicine


Choose a Brand Name Like You’re Hiring a High-Level Employee.

A brand name has a job to do.  So create a job description for it. Finding the perfect name should be approached like you’re hiring a Global Director of Branding, Marketing & Advertising. Because that’s exactly what you’re doing. So it’s natural to put together a list of asks for your name that includes things like credibility, trust, reliability, honesty, transparency, quality, yada yada yada.But a name is a specialist, and these types of foundational brand positioning qualities are common t...
Tags: Apple, Uncategorized, Godzilla, Branding, Don, Hotwire, Trillium, Megagon, Igor Bad, Truist Slack


Choose a Brand Name Like You’re Hiring a CMO.

A brand name has a job to do.  So create a job description for it. Finding the perfect name should be approached like you’re hiring a Global Director of Branding, Marketing & Advertising. Because that’s exactly what you’re doing. So it’s natural to put together a list of asks for your name that includes things like credibility, trust, reliability, honesty, transparency, quality, yada yada yada.But a name is a specialist, and these types of foundational brand positioning qualities are common t...
Tags: Apple, Uncategorized, Godzilla, Branding, Don, Hotwire, Trillium, Megagon, Igor Bad, Truist Slack


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Google Reportedly Set to Halve Marketing Budget

As Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on the global economy, Alphabet-owned Google is poised make significant cuts to its marketing spend according to a report from CNBC. According to documents seen by the news outlet a memo addressed to the company's marketing team earlier this week informed employees of budget cuts and a marketing hiring...
Tags: Google, Advertising, Cnbc, Social Pro Daily, Halve Marketing Budget


How to watch The Avengers movies in order

All the information you need to assemble for an Avengers movie marathon
Tags: Android, Trends, Streaming, Avengers, The Avengers, Marvel Cinematic Universe, MCU, Movies & TV


Instacart Plans To Hire 250,000 More Shoppers

Instacart hired 300,000 workers in recent weeks to meet surging demand for grocery deliveries spurred by the pandemic. Now, the startup is seeking to hire another 250,000 workers over the next two months. CNN reports: The on-demand grocery delivery company said Thursday that it is seeking to hire the additional "full-service shoppers," who are treated as independent contractors, in areas with the highest demand with the aim to "get back to same-day delivery." Some customers have struggled in rec...
Tags: Tech, Cnn, Instacart


Facebook Pulls Down 'Interested in Pseudoscience' Ad Category With Over 78 Million Users

Facebook has removed an ad targeting category for users it has identified as interested in “pseudoscience” after a report in the Markup highlighting how it was being used to market to conspiracy theorists.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Technology, Advertising, Pseudoscience, Ads, Conspiracy Theories, 5g, Whoops, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Sars Cov 2, Facebook Pulls Down Interested


How to Suspend a Google Script to Avoid Limits

Google Script imposes quotas around different services. If your script exceeds the specified quota, it throws an exception and terminates execution until the quota is reset.For instance, a Google Script can read 20,000 email messages from Gmail per 24 hours before it throws an exception like Service invoked too many times.The Save Gmail addon downloads email messages from Gmail and writes them as PDF files to your Google Drive. It uses a time-based trigger to run the script in the background or ...
Tags: Google, Seo, Service, Google Apps Script


Facebook Gets Rid of 'Pseudoscience' Ad-Targeting Category

Facebook has removed "pseudoscience" as an option for advertisers that want to target audiences, a category available until this week even as the world's largest social media network vowed to curb misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. Reuters reports: The company has also paused the availability of some other interest categories while it evaluates its list, a Facebook spokeswoman confirmed in an email after Reuters found "conspiracy theory" was no longer an ad-targeting option. The company...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Reuters, Markup


IBM is testing an opt-in mobile app to track the location of its employees in India to help curb the spread of COVID-19 (IBM)

IBM is testing an opt-in mobile app in India that will track employees' locations to help monitor the spread of the coronavirus, Protocol reported Thursday. The app will identify and notify employees who might have "come in close contact with a person affected in the last 14 days," a spokesperson told Business Insider in a statement. IBM joins major tech companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft that are leveraging location data to track COVID-19, raising concerns about how users' privacy wi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Missouri, Ibm, Associated Press, Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg, Watson Health, Kelly, University of Washington, Apple Google


Boston Dynamics Open-Sources Health Care Robotics Toolkit, Sends 'Spot' Robot To Help Hospitals Remotely Treat COVID-19 Patients

watha2020 writes: Spot, the four-legged robot made famous by its YouTube dance video, is being tested as a remote triage system at Boston's Brigham Women's Hospital. A Spot robot carrying an iPad allows doctors to interview possibly infected patients at a safe distance. [Spot is also carrying a pouch near the robot's "tail," which allows it to deliver small items such as bottled water to infected patients, without the need to send in a nurse. The report adds that an upgraded model will add camer...
Tags: Boston, Tech, Boston Dynamics, Slashdot, Brigham, Boston Dynamics Open Sources Health Care Robotics


Monitoring Tool Watches Tirelessly to Ensure Maximum Social Distancing

New privacy-invading technology may start being adopted as a result of the Coronavirus as one company has manufactured a monitoring tool that detects when people are not effectively employing social distancing, a device that resembles something China would utilize to limit freedom and stifle dissent. Landing AI is a startup company made by Andrew Ng […]
Tags: Health, Politics, Technology, Privacy, China, International, Cameras, Anime, Ai, Andrew Ng, Coronavirus


Six Virtual Tours to Escape the Coronavirus Lockdown

You’ve exhausted Netflix, condensed more reading into the last three weeks than you have during four years of college and become a Michelin star chef. And, for much of the country, there’s still at least another month of sheltering at home to go. If you’re starting to climb the walls during the coronavirus lockdown you […]
Tags: Tech, Netflix, Michelin, More Dirt


LA County’s coronavirus testing capacity finally catches up with demand but now unfilled slots worry officials

Officials say they’ve attained the ability to test more than 11,000 people for coronavirus a day at more than 30 buslting drive-up sites around Los Angeles County. But county health officials acknowledged this week that far fewer people than that are actually being tested. The concern has grown from being unable to meet the demand to test people with symptoms — to seeing appointments for testing unfilled each day. The centers got off to a sluggish start, marred by a lack of supplies and federal...
Tags: Google, News, California, La, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Jackson, Gavin Newsom, Department of Public Health, Ferrer, LA County, Barbara Ferrer, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories Breeze


Upgrade your Ride with Jumpi, the 3-in-1 Car Vacuum, Power Bank, and Jumper Cables

Jumpi is a cordless and lightweight car vacuum with a few tricks up its sleeve. Not only will… The post Upgrade your Ride with Jumpi, the 3-in-1 Car Vacuum, Power Bank, and Jumper Cables appeared first on Gadget Advisor.
Tags: Gadgets, Jumper, Power Bank, Jumpi, Car Vacuum Power Bank


Covid 19 coronavirus: Faafoi hints at Facebook/Google crackdown in phase 2 of media support package

A crackdown on Facebook and Google could be looming "phase two" of the Goverment's media industry support package. READ MORE:• Covid 19: Peter Griffin: Time to join Australia's media bubble on Google, Facebook regulation... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Australia, Google Facebook, Facebook Google, Peter Griffin


Google is slashing its marketing budget by about 50% for the second half of 2020, with hiring freezes already underway in some departments (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google is slashing its marketing budget by as much as half for the second half of 2020, it has been reported. It also has implemented a hiring freeze in certain areas of the company. The freeze will affect both full-time employees and contractors, but it's unclear how widespread the freeze actually is. One source told Business Insider the company has also started informing some interviewees in line for jobs that their roles have been cut. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Go...
Tags: Google, Trends, Canada, Sundar Pichai, Cnbc, Business Insider, Business Insider Google


Scientists Explore Underwater Quantum Links For Submarines

An anonymous reader quotes a report from IEEE Spectrum: Underwater quantum links are possible across 30 meters (100 feet) of turbulent water, scientists have shown. Such findings could help to one day secure quantum communications for submarines. [...] In the new study, researchers experimented with quantum communications in a "flume tank," a water tank in which scientists can generate waves to mimic the ocean. They also tried two different strategies for quantum communications -- one involving ...
Tags: Tech, Canada, University of Ottawa, Felix Hufnagel


The CEO of Intel says that the 'disruptions' of the pandemic aren't going to change its focus on the lucrative data center business: 'The environment is uncertain, but our priorities are unwavering' (INTC)

Intel posted strong first quarter results, but its weak outlook sent its shares sliding late Thursday. But the company's results also showed that Intel's focus on markets related to the data center was paying off, as these business segments posted strong gains and now make up more than 50% of Intel total revenue. CEO Bob Swan also reaffirmed the company's long term strategy telling analysts in an earnings call: "Even as COVID-19 drives significant disruptions across the globe, our long term st...
Tags: Google, Trends, Intel, Silicon Valley, Amazon Microsoft, Swan, Bob Swan, Intel the world, Internet of Things Swan, SecureDrop Claim



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