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Some Believe the US Has Been Hit By Large-Scale DDoS Attack — Others Are Skeptical

Forbes reports major internet outages across many companies including T-Mobile, Fortnite, Instagram, Comcast, and Chase Bank. Some experts believe it is the result of a coordinated attack, others not so much. Slashdot reader bobthesungeek76036 shares the report: On June 15, a flurry of reports on a number of different services in the U.S. have indicated that the country may be experiencing a coordinated DDoS, or "distributed denial of service" attack. These attacks are malicious attempts to disr...
Tags: Google, Verizon, North Korea, China, US, Tech, Ddos, Doordash, Forbes, Slashdot, Chase Bank, Marcus Hutchins, T Mobile Fortnite Instagram Comcast, Facebook Instagram Twitter Snapchat Twitter, Netflix Hulu HBO Now Twitch, Chase Bank Bank of America


Five women, five inspirational stories

Last August, Tan Thi Shu walked onto the stage of the Hanoi Opera House and told her story. Part of Vietnam’s minority Hmong tribe, she’s the founder of Sapa O’Chau: a trekking company that offers tours of the beautiful Sapa region. After initially struggling to find people interested in her service, Shu took Google’s Digital 4.0 training, moved her venture online, and saw business increase, creating income for her local community. Now she’s a trainer herself, passing on the lessons she’s learne...
Tags: Google, Saudi Arabia, India, Nigeria, Digital, United States, Brazil, Vietnam, Sapa, Jenny, Krav Maga, Shu, Hmong, Hanoi Opera House, Diversity and Inclusion, Jenny Doan


Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

Plus: Google guide rejects 'ableist language' such as 'sanity check' – and others wonder if ‘blocklists’ could offend ex-Soviet nations Splunk has joined the ranks of software makers pledging to remove objectionable terms like "master" and "slave" from their code.…
Tags: Google, Software, Splunk


Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee sanity-checks replacements

Plus: Google guide rejects 'ableist language' such as 'sanity check' – and others wonder if ‘blocklists’ could offend ex-Soviet nations Splunk has joined the ranks of software makers pledging to remove objectionable terms like “master” and “slave” from their code.…
Tags: Google, Software, Splunk


A new Silicon Valley venture report shocks — because of how little the pandemic has impacted dealmaking

The law firm Fenwick & West has published some new data to highlight how Covid-19 has impacted the world of venture capital in Silicon Valley. The biggest surprise? It’s how little impact the global pandemic seems to have had on dealmaking this spring. Consider first that valuations in April were actually higher than in March, and that despite massive layoffs in the tech sector, so-called up-rounds only declined modestly, from 72% in March to 70% in April. In fact, though you’d think the massive...
Tags: Ipo, Tech, Silicon Valley, WeWork, Fenwick West, Fenwick, Barry Kramer


Australia’s contact-tracing app still basically borked on iOS, says new bug report – and GAPPLE API version tested

On the upside, it's been used to trace contacts about 30 times and downloaded six million times Australia’s “COVIDSafe” contact-tracing app appears still to have problems with Apple’s iOS.…
Tags: Apple, Australia, Software


Australia’s contact-tracing app still basically borked on iOS, says new bug report, but GAPPLE API is being tested

On the upside, it's been used to trace contacts about 30 times and downloaded six million times Australia’s “COVIDSafe” contact-tracing app appears still to have problems with Apple’s iOS.…
Tags: Apple, Australia, Software


Rumor: Apple working on foldable iPhone with separate but ‘seamless’ screens

As if a supposed leak of iPhone 12 molds today wasn’t enough, another big rumor about upcoming Apple devices has surfaced: The company apparently is apparently working on a foldable iPhone with two separate but ‘fairly continuos’ panels. The rumor comes courtesy of leaker Jon Prosser, who claims the current prototype device has not a single bendable display but rather two panels on a hinge: The memes are funny — but it doesn’t look like they just stuck two phones together. Even though they’re tw...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Insider, Plugged, Jon Prosser


Yes, Apple Will Eventually Make a Foldable Phone, But Dear God, No, It Will Not Be This One

Apple has long been rumored to be working on a flexible smartphone that would rival some of the experimental devices we’ve seen from Samsung and Motorola—though presumably more refined, one would hope. But today in Apple rumors that make you go “...what the fuck?” the foldable iPhone might have two displays separated…Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Motorola, Science, Samsung, Gotta Know When To Fold Em


Inside Ellevest: How a female-focused wealth firm founded by one of the most powerful women on Wall Street with $80 million in funding faces an uphill battle standing out in the crowded world of wealth

Four years after its public launch and nearly $80 million in outside funding later, women-focused digital wealth manager Ellevest's $635 million in assets trails rival robo-advisers. That Ellevest, co-founded by wealth management industry veteran Sallie Krawcheck, hasn't had more traction highlights the ultra-competitive nature of managing money. Its growth is further complicated by marketing to women whose tastes vary wildly between generations.  For more stories like this, sign up here for o...
Tags: Google, Post, Valerie Jarrett, New York City, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Ubs, Merrill Lynch, SEC, Goldman Sachs, Connor, Morgan Stanley, Melinda Gates, Eric Schmidt, Black


FDA Ends Emergency Use Authorization For Hydroxychloroquine To Treat COVID-19

The Food and Drug Administration has ended its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, drugs the president touted in the fight against coronavirus. Mr. Trump took a 14-day regimen of hydroxychloroquine himself. CBS News reports: Based on the FDA's continued review of the available scientific evidence, it determined the drug is "unlikely to be effective in treating COVID-19 for the authorized uses," the FDA said. The agency added that "in light of ongoing serious cardi...
Tags: Cbs News, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Trump, Jon LaPook


Apple lifts the lid on how its App Store generated $500B in 2019

Its 30% cut from the sales of products came to $61B of the total
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Mobile, Apps, News, Trends, Computing, App Store


Apple lifts the lid on how its App Store generated $500BN in 2019

Sales of products from which Apple takes a 30% cut came to $61BN of the total.
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Ipad, Mobile, Apps, News, Trends, Computing, App Store


Worthy adversaries and useful allies

Change happens more efficiently when we have both. Often, they’re not individuals. It could be a status quo or a system. In the early days of the Mac, Jobs chose Microsoft to be Apple’s adversary. But keeping the focus on them too long was an expensive and distracting mistake. An adversary focuses the mission, but it also gives agency and leverage to the opponent. It helps to have accomplices, leverage and a focus for the long haul as well.
Tags: Apple, Microsoft, Uncategorized, Branding, Mac Jobs


Stockwell, the AI-vending machine startup formerly known as Bodega, is shutting down July 1

Stockwell AI entered the world with a bang but it is leaving with a whimper. Founded in 2017 by ex-Googlers, the AI vending machine startup formerly known as Bodega first raised blood pressures — people hated how it referenced and poorly ‘disrupted’ mom-and-pop shops in one fell swoop — and then raised a lot of money. But ultimately, it was no match for COVID-19 and the hit it has had on how we live. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Stockwell will be shutting down at the end of this ...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Deadpool, Computer Vision, Vending Machines, McDonald, Pepsi, Bodega, Mondelez, Stockwell, Paul McDonald, Ashwath Rajan


South African Bank To Replace 12 Million Cards After Employees Stole Master Key

Postbank, the banking division of South Africa's Post Office, has lost more than $3.2 million from fraudulent transactions and will now have to replace more than 12 million cards for its customers after employees printed and then stole its master key. ZDNet reports: The Sunday Times of South Africa, the local news outlet that broke the story, said the incident took place in December 2018 when someone printed the bank's master key on a piece of paper at its old data center in the city of Pretoria...
Tags: Tech, South Africa, Sunday Times, Postbank, Zdnet, South Africa s Post Office, Pretoria The bank


Research Shows These 5 COVID-19 Changes Really Can Help Brands Grow Market Share

by Anne E. Beall, PhD, CEO and Founder of Beall Research, Inc and author of “Strategic Market Research: A Guide to Conducting Research that Drives Businesses“ “We’re all in this together.” “We’ll get through this and emerge stronger.” By now, the entire nation is familiar with these COVID-19 era mantras that brands are repeating on the airwaves, social media and in stores. But have consumers had enough of COVID-19 communications? And are these messages really helping brands – not just in the mo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, Cdc, Chicago, Coca Cola, Market Share, Branding, Yale University, Anne, Hershey, Elmo, Boston Consulting Group, Quest Diagnostics, Professionalisms, Brand Messaging


Republican FCC Commissioner Has 'Deep Reservations' on Whether Trump's Social Media Order Is Bullshit

Donald Trump’s ridiculous and likely unenforceable executive order demanding the Federal Communications Commission begin punishing internet companies insufficiently subservient to conservatives is drawing skepticism from his own side.Read more...
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, Fcc, Social Media, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, First Amendment, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Ajit Pai, Tech Policy, Section 230, Brendan Carr, Michael Orielly, Mike Orielly


Why People Are More Honest When Writing on Their Smartphones

The restaurant review that divulges distressing family dynamics. The Facebook post that rehashes an embarrassing encounter. The tweet that reveals a phobia few people know about. On our smartphones, we are quick to reveal private emotions and highly personal experiences to faceless strangers. From a report: Building on her earlier research that equated smartphones with adult pacifiers, Shiri Melumad, an assistant professor of marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, set...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Tripadvisor, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Shiri Melumad, Melumad


After a century of speculation, a new liquid phase has been discovered

Researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder confirm that a new liquid phase has been discovered.This liquid phase was first speculated about over a century ago by physicists Peter Debye and Max Born. Liquid crystals are used in many technologies, including LCD televisions. Your television may soon be getting an upgrade, thanks to new research that confirms a scientific speculation from over a century ago.Botanical physiologist Friedrich Reinitzer noticed that an organic chemical, choles...
Tags: Technology, Chemistry, Innovation, Electricity, Lehmann, Derek, National Academy of Sciences PNAS, Twitter Facebook, University of York, University of Colorado Boulder, Max Born, Material Sciences, Peter Debye, Friedrich Reinitzer, Otto Lehmann, Reinitzer


100 days that changed Microsoft: How Satya Nadella led the $1.4 trillion tech giant through the coronavirus pandemic (MSFT)

The coronavirus crisis forced companies around the world to act fast as they suddenly had to figure out how to operate remotely. Microsoft, the $1.4 trillion tech giant, was one of the first to go through this process. The early epicenter of the coronavirus in the US was just 10 miles from its front door in Redmond, Washington.  A lot was at stake. Millions rely on services like Microsoft Teams, Office 365, and Xbox Live to stay connected, productive, and entertained. Experts say the quick dec...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Minneapolis, Satya Nadella, US, NFL, America, San Francisco, Trends, Linkedin, United States, Manhattan, Seattle, Voice, Cherry, Business Insider


Meet the Big Tech Critic Behind Hey, Basecamp's Radical New Email Platform

The Basecamp cofounder and creator of web application framework Ruby on Rails David Heinemeier Hansson has become increasingly outspoken about Big Tech's privacy violations and monopolistic tendencies. Now he's inviting you to join the cause -- by switching your email provider. From a report: Two years ago, he and fellow Basecamp cofounder and CEO Jason Fried decided to do something about it. The culmination of that work is a paid, $99-per-year email service called Hey, which launches today. Alo...
Tags: Gmail, Tech, Silicon Valley, Jason Fried, Hansson, David Heinemeier Hansson


More Than 7 In 10 Americans Won't Use Contact-Tracing Apps, Data Shows

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Because of the lag between infection and the onset of symptoms, people can contract the SARS-CoV-2 virus and then pass it on, potentially to many others, before they know they're infected and have to isolate. So being able to identify and warn individuals who have been exposed to an infected person -- known as contact tracing -- is widely acknowledged to be a vital part of any effective strategy to beat COVID-19. Which is why it is extremely...
Tags: US, Tech, United States, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID


T-Mobile hit with cell phone outage, voice and text down for thousands of users throughout U.S.

UPDATE, 6:50pm PT: AT&T tells Boing Boing, “We do not have an issue with our network,” and points us to this @ATTNEWS tweet: “Our network is operating normally, but it’s possible some customers are unable to reach people on other carriers’ networks.” Cellular provider T-Mobile has been having a very large service outage today, Monday June 15. The service interruptions were reported by Verizon users starting around 10amPT/1pm ET. It's affecting thousands of customers in several states. T-Mo...
Tags: Verizon, Post, Business, New York, Technology, News, US, Tech News, United States, Sprint, T Mobile, Telecoms, Seattle, TechCrunch, Outage, Boing Boing


T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon hit with cell phone outage, voice and text down for hundreds of thousands

Cellular provider T-Mobile and other U.S. carriers have been having a very large service outage today, Monday June 15. The service interruptions were reported by Verizon users starting around 10amPT/1pm ET. It's affecting thousands of customers in several states. T-Mobile said it's working to fix the situation, and blames a widespread "voice and data issue." There is no evidence, and despite rumormongers there are no credible reports, of a DDoS attack or other cyberattack being the cause fo...
Tags: Verizon, Post, Business, New York, Technology, News, US, Tech News, United States, Sprint, T Mobile, Telecoms, Seattle, TechCrunch, Outage, Neville


T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon hit by major outage, halting phone and text service for hundreds of thousands

Cellular provider T-Mobile and other U.S. carriers have been having a very large service outage today, Monday June 15. The service interruptions started around 10amPT/1pm ET. As of 430pm PT, the outage is ongoing. It's affecting thousands of customers in several states. No evidence of cyberattack, say providers, at this time. T-Mobile's president of technology said some users are still having problems with calls and texts, and recommended customers using WhatsApp, iMessage and other communicat...
Tags: Verizon, Post, Business, New York, Technology, News, Tech News, United States, Sprint, T Mobile, Telecoms, Seattle, TechCrunch, Outage, Neville, AT T


Chrome Criticized Over 'Senseless Attack on the URL Bar' (slashdot)

The site Android Police is calling out new feature flags in Chrome's early-release Dev and Canary channels (V85) "which modify the appearance and behavior of web addresses in the address bar." The main flag is called "Omnibox UI Hide Steady-State URL Path, Query, and Ref" which hides everything in the current web address except the domain name... There are two additional flags that modify this behavior. One reveals the full address once you hover over the address bar (instead of having to click...
Tags: Google, News, AMP, Accelerated Mobile Pages AMP, EditorDavid, Livvie Lin


On Twitter, President Trump Tries -- and Fails -- To Target Comcast (slashdot)

"President Trump on Saturday told his Twitter and Facebook followers to drop Comcast..." reports CNN -- adding that "For the most part, people just shrugged." Comcast executives barely batted any eyelashes. The company didn't bother to comment. And Google searches for "Comcast customer service" trended lower than in recent days... Saturday's anti-Comcast post received fewer than 10,000 retweets in 10 hours. On Facebook, where it was reposted, it received fewer than 7,500 comments. One of the c...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, News, Cnn, Comcast, Arkansas, Fox News, Mike Huckabee, Trump, Huckabee, EditorDavid


GitHub, Android, Python, Go: More Software Adopts Race-Neutral Terminology (slashdot)

"The terms 'allowlist' and 'blocklist' describe their purpose, while the other words use metaphors to describe their purpose," reads a change description on the source code for Android -- from over a year ago. 9to5Mac calls it "a shortened version of Google's (internal-only) explanation" for terminology changes which are now becoming more widespread. And Thursday GitHub's CEO said they were also "already working on" renaming the default branches of code from "master" to a more neutral term like...
Tags: Google, News, Microsoft, Linkedin, Drupal, Zdnet, EditorDavid, Chrome Microsoft, Gabriel Csapo


Rocket Lab’s next mission could launch just weeks after the last one

Rocket Lab is creeping closer to its goal of weekly launches with its 13th commercial mission, nicknamed “Pics Or It Didn’t Happen,” which, if all goes well, will take off only three weeks after the last one. “Don’t Stop Me Now” got to orbit successfully over the weekend, on June 13, and the next one is scheduled for July 3 — weather and other factors permitting. “Rocket Lab has eliminated the small sat waiting room for orbit. We’ve focused heavily on shoring up our rapid launch capability in...
Tags: Space, Tech, Nasa, Canon, Faraday, Launches, Don, Rocket Lab, Peter Beck



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