350 Fake Social Media Accounts Found Pushing Pro-China Propaganda

Slashdot reader Thelasko quotes the BBC: A sprawling network of more than 350 fake social media profiles is pushing pro-China narratives and attempting to discredit those seen as opponents of China's government, according to a new study. The aim is to delegitimise the West and boost China's influence and image overseas, the report by the Centre for Information Resilience (CIR) suggests... Some of the accounts — spread across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube — use fake AI-generated prof...
Tags: Facebook, China, US, Tech, Bbc, United States, Xinjiang, Twitter Facebook Instagram, Cir, Thelasko, Centre for Information Resilience CIR

SEO for Affiliate Marketing (Ultimate Guide)

This article has been contributed by Diana Ford. SEO for affiliate marketing is not just important, it’s essential. And it’s not just doing SEO more often – there are certain SEO activities that will specifically benefit affiliate marketers. Affiliate marketing is exploding as a source of passive income for website owners. According to Statista, the US affiliate marketing market will reach $8.2 billion by 2022. Something else that website owners often focus on, and for good cause, is SEO. Chance...
Tags: Google, Post, Design, US, Affiliate Marketing, Seo, Content Marketing, Google Analytics, United States, Diana, Cpc, Guest Articles, Cps, Ctr, Statista, Passive Income

Why a Waste-Coal Power Plant is 'Burning for Bitcoin'

While some bitcoin mining operations are now looking to nuclear power, the Associated Press reports, Bill Spence (and his company Stronghold Digital Mining) is creating crypto-mining hubs out of waste coal power plants. (Text-only version here): The plant he had bought was in trouble. It was competing with cheap natural gas on the power grid and losing — endangering the 35 jobs at Scrubgrass Generating Station along with the effort to clean up millions of tons of leaching coal waste left behind...
Tags: Tech, Associated Press, Luzerne County, Spence, Carbon County, Beaver County, Bill Spence, Stronghold, Energy Harbor, Waste Coal Power Plant, Stronghold Digital Mining, Scrubgrass Generating Station, Beaver Valley Nuclear Plant, Ohio Talen Energy, Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, Scrubgrass Township

Russia May Be Spreading Vaccine Misinformation to Undermine Efforts to Immunize People

The New York Times reports on what's apparently a new Russia-aligned disinformation campaign to "undermine the effort to immunize people" — and more. (Alternate URL here) Both Russia and China have worked to promote their own vaccines through messaging that undermines American and European vaccination programs, according to the State Department's Global Engagement Center. But in addition to overt messaging promoting their own vaccines, Moscow has also spread conspiracy theories. Last year, the ...
Tags: Europe, China, Russia, Tech, United States, New York Times, Moscow, State Department, Biden, Vladimir V Putin

Google Is Signing Out Free Hangouts Users on Mobile, Gets Closer to Finally Killing the Thing

It’s been nearly an entire year since we started talking about how Google Hangouts was officially set to disappear. Since then, it seems like we’ve been repeating the same thing every few months, only for Hangouts to stubbornly persist living. If apps could talk, Hangouts would probably declare, “what is dead may…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Gmail, Software, Telecommunications, Computing, Messages, Google Hangouts, Google Meet, Google Chat, Google Workspace, Cross Platform Software, Technology Internet, Comparison Of User Features Of Messaging Platforms

FCC Finally Debuts an Up-to-Date Mobile Broadband Map of the U.S.

The Federal Communications Commission has finally released an up-to-date mobile broadband coverage map, giving consumers a long-needed tool to find out what kind of cellular coverage they can expect in any given area across the U.S. Read more...
Tags: Verizon, Internet Of Things, Science, Technology, Fcc, Broadband, Telecommunications, Federal Communications Commission, Att, 4G, Friday, Science and Technology, Mobile telecommunications, 5g, T Mobile, Jessica Rosenworcel

Are the Ultra-Wealthy Renouncing US Citizenship to Avoid Taxes?

"In 2017, it emerged that Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel had been able to gain New Zealand citizenship six years earlier," reports the Associated Press, "despite never having lived in the country." Thiel was approved after a top lawmaker decided his entrepreneurial skills and philanthropy were valuable to the nation. Thiel didn't even have to leave California for the ceremony — he was granted citizenship during a private ceremony held at the New Zealand Consulate in Santa Monica. But h...
Tags: California, US, America, Tech, New Zealand, Peter Thiel, Eritrea, Silicon Valley, Boris Johnson, Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Eric Schmidt, Irs, Thiel, Axios, New Zealand Consulate

Linux Trace Toolkit Next Generation 2.13 Facilitates Quick Reaction To Kernel/User-space Instrumentation Hits

LTTng has been called "the killer app for system-level debugging and performance tuning." And now long-time Slashdot reader compudj writes: It's the official release of LTTng 2.13 — Nordicité! LTTng is a kernel and user-space tracer for Linux. The most notable features of this release are: - Event-rule matches condition triggers and new actions, allowing internal actions or external monitoring applications to quickly react when kernel or user-space instrumentation is hit - Notification paylo...
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Building vulnerability into your workflow

Thanks for reading Startups Weekly. Want the weekly digest in your inbox every Saturday? Sign up here.  I spoke to my editor this week about the usual: upcoming stories, the future of the podcast and the existential dread of imposter syndrome amid a year-and-a-half of extreme change. The last bit took up the majority of the conversation. Go figure! Our conversation was helpful because it put words to stresses that often sit in between the lines and gave weight to small things that get hidden dur...
Tags: TC, Congress, Africa, Tech, Paypal, Square, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, EC, Ryan Lawler, Shopify, Greylock, Bain Capital Ventures, Alex Wilhelm, ATV, Newsletters

Researchers Discover Three-Way Cyberattack by Chinese Military Actors against Southeast Asian Telcos

wiredmikey shares a report from SecurityWeek: Researchers have discovered three separate Chinese military affiliated advanced threat groups simultaneously targeting and compromising the same Southeast Asian telcos. The attack groups concerned are Soft Cell, Naikon, and a third group, possibly Emissary Panda (also known as APT27)... Cybereason released details of a triple-pronged attack by Chinese military-affiliated groups against cellular network providers in southeast Asia. Disturbingly, Yo...
Tags: Asia, China, Tech, Cto, Cybereason, Chinese Military Actors, Emissary Panda, Yonatan Striem Amit, Striem Amit

How a Security Researcher Took Over a Hotel's IoT Devices

"The moment you network IoT and hand over control to third parties, you may also give individuals the keys to a digital kingdom — and the ability to cause mischief, or worse," writes ZDNet. For example, at a hotel where guests control the devices in their room with an iPod Touch... Speaking at Black Hat USA, Las Vegas, security consultant Kya Supa from LEXFO explained how a chain of security weaknesses were combined and exploited to gain control of rooms at a capsule hotel, a budget-friendly ...
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US Developer's Workstation Exposed State Department's Network Data, Researchers Find

Long-time Slashdot reader chicksdaddy writes: Sensitive systems and data for the U.S. Department of State could have been exposed by a third party development workstation running the eXide software, according to researchers for the hacking crew Sakura Samurai. According to a report in Forbes, the researchers took advantage of a new State Department Vulnerability Disclosure Program to look for security flaws in one of 8 wild-carded State Department domains included in the program. Using automated...
Tags: US, Tech, State Department, Executive Branch, Forbes, Henry, Slashdot, U S Department of State, Sakura Samurai, Jackson Henry, Workstation Exposed State Department, Sakura Samurai According, State Department Vulnerability Disclosure Program

China roundup: Games are opium, algorithms need scrutiny

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The question for the tech news cycle in China these days has become: Who is Beijing’s next target? Regulatory clampdowns are common in China’s tech industry but the breadth of the recent moves has been unprecedented. No major tech giant is exempted and everyone is being attacked from a slightly different angle, but Beijing’s mes...
Tags: Google, TC, Gaming, Asia, Government, China, Tech, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, Chinese communist party, Wall Street Journal, Duolingo, Online Education, Department Of Education, Xinhua

NASA's Mars Rover Fails to Collect Its First Sample

Friday the Perseverance rover on Mars made its first attempt to collect a rock sample and seal it in a tube, reports NASA. But unfortunately, the data "indicate that no rock was collected during the initial sampling activity..." "The sampling process is autonomous from beginning to end," said Jessica Samuels, the surface mission manager for Perseverance at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California. "One of the steps that occurs after placing a probe into the collection tube is to...
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Jennifer Trosper, JPL Mars, Jessica Samuels, Sampling and Caching System

ElasticSearch Keeps Fighting Open Source Fork by Amazon AWS

In January ElasticSearch made what it calls "an incredibly hard decision" — to change the licensing on its scalable data-search solution. They called this an effort to "stand up to" Amazon's AWS for offering ElasticSearch functionality as a service "without collaborating with us... after years of what we believe to be Amazon/AWS misleading and confusing the community." Amazon then forked ElasticSearch, releasing a new "OpenSearch" product under the original Apache 2.0 licensing. Last month AWS's...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Aws, Elasticsearch, Amazon AWS, Mike Melanson, This Week in Programming

A Critical Ocean System May Be Heading For Collapse Due to Climate Change

The Washington Post reports: Human-caused warming has led to an "almost complete loss of stability" in the system that drives Atlantic Ocean currents, a new study has found — raising the worrying prospect that this critical aquatic "conveyer belt" could be close to collapse. In recent years, scientists have warned about a weakening of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which transports warm, salty water from the tropics to northern Europe and then sends colder water back...
Tags: Europe, Washington Post, Germany, Tech, United States, Greenland, North America, Atlantic Ocean, Caesar, Gulf Stream, Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation AMOC, Nature Climate Change, AMOC, Maynooth University, Boers, Niklas Boers

Samsung CB4 11.6″ Celeron 4GB/32GB Chromebook only $129 Shipped (reg. $229.99) at Walmart!

  Great Deal at Walmart  for Back to School! Hurry, these will sell out! Get this Samsung CB4 11.6″ Celeron 4GB/32GB Chromebook for only $129 Shipped (reg. $229.99) at Walmart! Can be delivered as soon as tomorrow. Description: Google Classroom Compatible! The quality of Samsung meets the accessibility of Chrome OS. Its all-new light and compact design... Read More
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Cities can have flying cars if they start working on infrastructure today

Nimrod Golan-Yanay Contributor Share on Twitter Nimrod Golan-Yanay is the CEO of Urban Aeronautics, the Israel-based aerospace company behind the world’s first wingless, eco-friendly and compact aircraft fleet designed specifically for dense urban environments. Nearly everyone knows the pain of sitting in traffic watching valuable minutes tick by. Just as bad is the maddening search for a parking spot, or even just a safe plac...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Uber, Column, Opinion, Senate, Israel, Tech, Nasa, Aircraft, Transport, Mobility, Flying Car, Emerging-technologies, Vtol, U S House

Trouble at Google's DeepMind and tech workers not going back to the office

Mustafa Suleyman. DeepMind Hello, and welcome to this week's edition of the Insider Tech newsletter, where we break down the biggest news in tech, including:An investigation of a Google VP after years of internal complaints. Tech workers saying no to coming back to the office.Frustration among Amazon's ecosystem.Did someone forward this newsletter to you? Sign up here. This week: Trouble at Google's DeepMind Insider learned that an investigation of DeepMind founder and Googl...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Enterprise, Media, Microsoft, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Cisco, Aws, Silicon Valley, Mountain View, Amazon Web Services, Deepmind, Amazon Amazon, Mustafa Suleyman

How to get a Dépraz mouse working on a modern computer

André Guignard's Dépraz mouse was Logitech's breakthrough hit, a three-buttoned hemispherical ergonomic pain dome. But the forty-year-old clicker has its aficionados, and John Floren has published detailed instructions on wiring one up to USB. I opened the mouse up several times over the course of my experimentation. — Read the rest
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, History, Logitech, Howto, André Guignard, John Floren

Princess Shuri gives girls a science boost

The smart, fun and easy-going warrior scientist in the film ‘Wakanda’ challenges gender stereotypes The post Princess Shuri gives girls a science boost appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Science, Technology, Education, Women, Stem, Girls, Representation, Shuri, Engineering And Maths

Synthetic Brain Cells That Store 'Memories' Are Possible, New Model Reveals

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Live Science: Scientists have created key parts of synthetic brain cells that can hold cellular "memories" for milliseconds. The achievement could one day lead to computers that work like the human brain. In the new study, published in the journal Science on Aug. 6, researchers at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris, France created a computer model of artificial neurons that could produce the same sort of electrical signals neurons u...
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Top Stories: Magic Keyboard With Touch ID, New MacBook Pro and Apple Watches Incoming, and More

It was another surprise Apple product launch week, with Apple opening up sales of the new Magic Keyboard with built-in Touch ID on a standalone basis after its debut earlier this year as part of the new 24-inch iMac. Now, users of other M1 Macs can get their hands on the accessory for easy fingerprint authorization. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Apple this week also released some new high-end graphics options for the Mac Pro, while the company brought back a...
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Google says Pixel 6, 6 Pro coming this year with custom AI acceleration

For now, tedious Apple-grade teasing. Google says the latest iteration of its Android smartphones, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, are coming this fall.…
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Larry Page: Google co-founder granted New Zealand residency

The country's immigration services say he had applied under a category for wealthy investors.
Tags: Google, News, Larry Page, New Zealand

Apple will scan iPhones for child sex abuse images, winning praise and raising concerns

The head of WhatsApp called it "a setback for people's privacy all over the world."
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WhatsApp CEO calls out Apple over Child Safety tools announcement

WhatsApp CEO Will Cathcart is the latest to join those who think the new Child Safety tools from Apple could be bad for all users.
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Password of three random words better than complex variation, experts say

UK National Cyber Security Centre recommends approach for improved combination of usability and safetyIt is far better to concoct passwords made up of three random words than to use more complex variations involving streams of letters, numbers and symbols, UK government experts have said.The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of Government Communications Headquarters, highlighted its “three random words” recommendation in a new blogpost. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Technology, Internet, Gchq, UK News, Cybercrime, Data and computer security, Government Communications Headquarters, NCSC

PSA: Apple Can't Run CSAM Checks On Devices With iCloud Photos Turned Off (slashdot)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from iMore: Apple announced new on-device CSAM detection techniques yesterday and there has been a lot of confusion over what the feature can and cannot do. Contrary to what some people believe, Apple cannot check images when users have iCloud Photos disabled. Apple's confirmation of the new CSAM change did attempt to make this clear, but perhaps didn't make as good a job of it as it could. With millions upon millions of iPhone users around the world, it's to ...
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New Zealand Grants Residency to Google's Co-Founder Page

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Larry Page, Google's co-founder and one of the world's richest men, has become a New Zealand resident, with immigration...
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