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Vulnerabilities in GPS fleet-tracking tools let attackers track and immobilize cars en masse

Itrack and Protrack are commercial devices for tracking fleets of commercial vehicles; they can be configured to allow for remote killswitching of the cars' engines, presumably as a theft-prevention measure. A hacker going by L&M used the fact that the Android apps for interacting with Itrack and Protrack have the same default password ("123456") that users are not forced to change to take control of thousands of cars equipped with the devices. L&M used a credential stuffing attack: using e...
Tags: Post, Android, Car Wars, Credential Stuffing, Infosec, Internet Of Shit, Iot, Itrack, Locational Privacy, Petard, Protrack, Security

Nest's "ease of use" imperative plus poor integration with Google security has turned it into a hacker's playground

40 years ago, antitrust law put strict limits on mergers and acquisitions, but since the Reagan era, these firewalls have been dismantled, and now the biggest companies grow primarily by snapping up nascent competitors and merging with rivals; Google is a poster-child for this, having only ever created two successful products in-house (search and Gmail), with all other growth coming from acquisitions and mergers. When companies grow this way, they experience "diseconomies of scale" -- dysfu...
Tags: Google, Security, Post, News, Yahoo, Passwords, Reagan, Infosec, Iot, Nest, Thomas, Novato Calif, Griefers, Internet Of Shit, Haveibeenpwned, Credential Stuffing

Recording studio magic: how Plate Echo works

Fran Blanche explains "the greatest effect ever created" in the recording studio: plate echo. Get out your good headphones and prepare to experience the awesome sound of plate echo through this 1980 vintage Ecoplate II! Thanks for watching and enjoy!
Tags: Post, Video, Music, Technology, News, History, Fran Blanche

Google walkout organizers say they're being retaliated against for demanding ethical standards

Meredith Whittaker (previously) and Claire Stapleton were two of the principal organizers of the mass googler walkouts over the company's coverup and rewarding of sexual assault and harassment, as well as other Google employee actions over the company's involvement in drone warfare and Chinese censorship; now, in a widely circulated letter to colleagues, they say that they have been targeted for retaliation by Google management. Whittaker says that she been tolkd that her "role would be cha...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Meredith, Stapleton, Whittaker, Meredith Whittaker, Ai Now, AI Now Institute, Claire Stapleton, Googler Uprising, Meredith Whittaker And Claire Stapleton, Retaliation Town Hall, Andy Amit, Sincerely Meredith Claire Google, Natasha Tiku

Mueller report: Inside the search for answers about Trump's alleged collusion with Russia

On a cloudy day in early November, the last of conservative writer Jerome Corsi's six marathon interviews with the office of special counsel Robert Mueller was about to begin. Sitting in a building in Washington, three prosecutors assigned to his case opened with a lecture.For more than two months, they had been chasing tantalising leads offered by Mr Corsi, an associate of Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, who had told them that the longtime Republican Party operative sought a back channe...
Tags: Google, Post, New York, Texas, London, News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Russia, US, Barack Obama, Dnc

A Week In Saint Louis, MO On A $25,000 Salary

Welcome to Money Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Calling all entrepreneurs: We want to hear from you! If you’re a freelancer or self-employed, we’d love to feature your Money Diary. Submit here.Travel Diaries: We're looking to get the inside scoop on when, where, and how our peers are using their vacation...
Tags: Google, Post, Fashion, Music, Youtube, America, Ikea, Burger King, Sam, Facetime, Denver, Joe, Tupperware, TJ, Saint Louis, Louis

FTC May Hold Zuckerberg Personally Responsible For Facebook Privacy Failures

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Federal Trade Commission officials are discussing whether to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook's privacy failures, according to reports by The Washington Post and NBC News. Facebook has been trying to protect Zuckerberg from that possibility in negotiations with the FTC, the Post wrote. Federal regulators investigating Facebook are "exploring his past statements on privacy and weighing whether to seek new,...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Nbc, Tech, The Washington Post, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zuckerberg, NBC News Facebook, Facebook Privacy Failures, NBC FTC

Millions of rehab records leak, including patient names – nearly 150,000 affected

Millions of patient records for drug and alcohol rehab were leaked, in a data breach that affects an estimated 150,000 individuals, CNET reports. “Records for potentially tens of thousands of patients seeking treatment at several addiction rehabilitation centers were exposed in an unsecured online database, an independent researcher revealed Friday.” Here's the security researcher's source material, from Here's an excerpt from CNET's report: The 4.91 million documents include...
Tags: Health, Security, Post, Technology, News, Privacy, Data Breach, Pennsylvania, Cnet, Rehab, Paine, Justin Paine, Steps To Recovery Addiction Treatment Center

Review units of Samsung's $2000 folding phone are failing after hours of use

Samsung's folding phone, which will ding buyers about two grand after tax, is already in deep trouble: the review units sent to journalists are dying after hours of use. CNBC's Todd Haselton writes that it was "a tantalizing glimpse of the future — before it broke." During my second day of testing, the screen began flickering and would turn off and on at a rapid pace. It became completely unusable and at times wouldn’t turn on at all. Samsung had said not to remove a thin layer that sits on top ...
Tags: Gadgets, Post, News, Samsung, Mistakes, Wall Street Journal, Charlie Chaplin, Cnbc, Joanna Stern, Steve Kovach, Todd Haselton

The Google Cemetery

The Google Cemetery is an online collection of the useful stuff Google has made (or replicated) and then destroyed. An elegy to things we should never have given over to it in the first place, a lament for the lessons never learned.
Tags: Google, Post, News, Mistakes, Big Tech, Google Cemetery

The Antitrust Case Against Facebook: a turning point in the debate over Big Tech and monopoly

In 2017, a 28-year-old law student named Lina Kahn turned the antitrust world on its ear with her Yale Law Review paper, Amazon's Antitrust Paradox, which showed how Ronald Reagan's antitrust policies, inspired by ideological extremists at the University of Chicago's economics department, had created a space for abusive monopolists who could crush innovation, workers' rights, and competition without ever falling afoul of orthodox antitrust law. Now, Dina Srinivasan, a self-described technol...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Post, News, Law, Reagan, Competition, Fox, Ronald Reagan, Scholarship, Antitrust, University Of Chicago, News Corp, Srinivasan, Kahn

Facebook working on creepy new voice assistant nobody wants or needs

Since early 2018, Facebook's artificial intelligence team has been developing an AI voice assistant to compete with the likes of Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri, reports Salvador Rodriguez of CNBC/NBC News. “The effort is coming out of the company’s division that works on long-term tech projects and hardware, including the company’s virtual reality Oculus headsets. A team based out of Redmond, Washington, has been spearheading the effort to build the new AI assistant.” Excerpt: The tech comp...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Post, Technology, News, Siri, Tech, Faceboook, Alexa, Josh Constine, Amazon Alexa, AR VR, Redmond Washington, CNBC NBC News

Canadian Civil Liberties Association sues Toronto, Ontario, and Canada over the plan for a Google Sidewalk Labs "smart city" in Toronto

Sidewalk Labs is the division of Alphabet/Google that builds "smart city" technology; their most ambitious project to date is a massive privatised city-within-a-city planned for Toronto's lakeshore -- a project that received secretly approval to be much larger than was announced, a fact that Sidewalk lied about. Now, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has filed suit against all three levels of government -- the city, the province and the country -- over the Toronto Sidewalk Labs proje...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Privacy, Toronto, Surveillance, Canada, Smart Cities, Sidewalk Labs, Alexa, Alphabet, Toronto Ontario, Alphabet Google, Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Surveillance Capitalism, Michael Bryant

Visualization of the most popular memes in the last 15 years

The metric is dubious — traffic to Know Your Meme entries normalized by Google Trends — but what a journey it's been.
Tags: Google, Post, News, Memes

Facebook slashes price of its creepy Portal home surveillance telescreen

Who wouldn't want to buy a telescreen from Facebook, the least-trusted privacy merchant on Earth, so that they may be placed around the house? The obviously despised Facebook Portal will now be half-price, reports Matt Navarra. Details: No, you’re not misremembering the details from that young adult dystopian fiction you’re reading — Facebook really does sell a video chat camera adept at tracking the faces of you and your loved ones. Now, you too can own Facebook’s poorly timed foray into social...
Tags: Gadgets, Facebook, Post, News, Earth, Mistakes, Matt Navarra, Facebook Portal

Male tech execs accused of sexual misconduct now getting second chances

Second chances are hard to come by in America, but not for these high-profile male technology executives who were accused of sexual misconduct and are now getting second chances. Davey Alba and Ryan Mac of Buzzfeed News report that since mid-2017, when #meToo stormed Silicon Valley, a number of of high-profile tech industry men accused of doing very bad things to women lost their jobs. All those dudes who lost their jobs now have new jobs. Former Social Finance CEO Mike Cagney, ex-Google-X Di...
Tags: Google, Post, Business, Technology, News, America, Accountability, Tech, Silicon Valley, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Robert Scoble, SoFi, Cto, Dave Mcclure, Steve Jurvetson

'It was just mayhem': The flagship Apple Store on Fifth Avenue reportedly has a bed bug problem (AAPL)

The Apple Store on Fifth Avenue reportedly has a bed bug problem, according to a report from the New York Post. The issue is said to have persisted in the store for nearly a month. Employees were recently told the issue is over and that it was an isolated incident.  Visit for more stories. Apple's 24-hour flagship retail location on Fifth Avenue in New York City reportedly has a bed bug issue that's existed for nearly a month, according to a report from the New York Post. ...
Tags: Apple, Post, New York Post, New York City, Trends, Canada, United States, Fifth Avenue, Apple Store, Aapl, Post Apple, Post One

A Virtual Time-Lapse Recreation of the Building of Notre Dame (1160)

Hundreds of gothic cathedrals dotted all over Europe have faced decimation and destruction, whether through sackings, revolutions, natural decay, or bombing raids. But since World War II, at least, the most extraordinary examples that remain have seen restoration and constant upkeep, and none of them is as well-known and as culturally and architecturally significant as Paris’s Notre Dame. One cannot imagine the city without it, which made the scenes of Parisians watching the cathedral bu...
Tags: Google, Art, Europe, Post, Greece, Washington Post, College, France, Architecture, Current Affairs, Paris, Notre Dame, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Victor Hugo, Durham NC Follow

Silicon Valley's techie uprisings reveal growing support for socialism in tech

As workers at companies from Kickstarter to Gimlet to Vox vote to unionize, and as traditional labor organizers call on game devs and others to organize, Silicon Valley is a lot more friendly to pro-labor policies than ever before. That's partly because tech companies can be terrible places to work, and party because their leaders keep trying to pad their quarterly numbers by selling some truly evil shit to some truly evil organizations, governments and people. And as monopoly has set in, ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, Business, Technology, News, Labor, New York City, America, Kickstarter, Silicon Valley, Vox, Gimlet, Ahmad, DSA, Late Stage Capitalism

Learn how to build chatbots, voice apps, and more machine learning projects

There's an unimaginable amount of data out there on the web today, more than any IT team could possibly manage. That's the real, nuts-and-bolts purpose of machine learning: Enabling AI to do the heavy lifting, sifting through the data to find out what's important - and valuable. If you're looking to break into this field, there's a number of ways in, and the Complete Machine Learning A to Z Bundle covers most of them. After an overview that allows you to understand AI and deep learning through t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, News, Siri, Tesla, Shop, Alexa, Amazon Lex, Complete Machine Learning

Illinois almost passed a bill that banned devices that record you without your consent -- and then Big Tech stepped in

This week, Keep Internet Devices Safe Act was gutted by the Illinois senate: it would have allowed people sue manufacturers if they determined that a device had engaged in remote recording without notifying its owner. The Senate was heavily lobbied by trade groups led by the Internet Association, groups that represented Microsoft, Google and Amazon (all of whom make creepy, surveillance "smart speakers" that sport networked, always-on microphones that the manufacturers claim are under user ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Business, Corruption, News, Microsoft, Law, Senate, Cortana, Surveillance, Internet Association, Illinois, Alexa, Microsoft Google, Big Tech

Amazon stores recordings of Alexa interactions and turns them over to internal staff and outside contractors for review

Bloomberg reporters learned that -- despite public pronouncements to the contrary -- Amazon has an "annotation team" of thousands of people all over the world, charged with reviewing recordings made by Alexa devices in the field, with both staffers and contractors listening to conversations that Alexa owners have had with and near their devices. The annotation team's goal is to improve Alexa voice recognition and command parsing. The team has sometimes encountered evidence of criminal cond...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Post, Business, News, Privacy, Boston, Bloomberg, Surveillance, Romania, Machine Learning, Ai, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Bucharest

Good deal on the 42mm Apple Watch Series 3

When my father upgraded to the latest Apple Watch, he gave me his old Series 3 model. I wasn't sure if I'd use it, but after a few months, I've decided it is a net plus in my life. The best thing about it is responding to text messages by simply holding the phone up to my mouth and talking. The natural language processing is excellent. This feature saves me a lot of time every day. I also like getting alerts about upcoming appointments, turn-by-turn directions (with vibration) when I'm walking i...
Tags: Apple, Post, News, Starbucks, Useful Stuff, Right now Amazon

Security keys are "transformative" and "revolutionary" for information security

Mark Risher adapts his viral Twitter thread about the security advantages of security keys like Ubikey and Google's Titan Security Key, and how they are game-changers for information security. As Risher tells it, two factor authentication is supposed to require "something you know" (like a passphrase) and something you have (like a dongle, or a phone, etc). The problem is that most 2FA systems are actually about two things you know: your passphrase, and the six- or eight-digit code generate...
Tags: Google, Security, Post, News, Identity, Infosec, Social Engineering, FIDO Alliance, 2FA, Risher, Mark Risher, Advanced Protection Program, Security Keys, Something You Have, Ubikey, Federated Identity

Learn a second language fast and fluently with this app

Learning a new language was never meant to be about rote memorization. If you want to speak in a different tongue, first and foremost you need to speak - and when possible, interact with other native speakers. But if you can't afford that trip abroad, the Mondly app offers plenty of interactivity on its own. This language learning app was voted Editor's Choice in the category by Google Play and Best of 2016 in the App Store, with good reason. It offers a curriculum in one of 33 different languag...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Shop, Mondly

The Chinafication of the internet continues as the UK proposes blocking any service that hosts "illegal" or "harmful" material

Last year the US Congress passed SESTA/FOSTA, an "anti-sex-trafficking bill" that has resulted in the shuttering of all the services formerly used by sex workers to vet their johns, massively increasing the personal physical risk borne by sex-workers and reinvigorating the dying pimping industry, as sex workers seek out protectors. Not incidentally, SESTA/FOSTA has led to an overall hair-trigger on the part of platform operators, who -- facing massive liability for allowing a single prosti...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Europe, Post, UK, Craigslist, News, Congress, Australia, China, US, Eu, Antitrust, Eff, Gwot

Facebook and Google will be grilled by Congress today on white nationalism as they struggle to silence hate speech

Facebook and Google will be grilled on Tuesday about white nationalism on their platforms. Policy executives from both firms will face questions from the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing at 10 a.m. in Washington. It follows Facebook banning white nationalism and YouTube grappling with the issue. Visit for more stories. Facebook and Google are back in Congress this week facing tough questions. The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee is going to grill exe...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, UK, Congress, Washington Post, Youtube, Washington, Trends, Britain, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Apple Google, Senate Committee, House Judiciary Committee, Facebook Google

Amazon shareholders to vote on proposal to stop selling racially biased facial surveillance software to governments

“BIG DEAL,” says the ACLU's Matt Cagle about this story. “Amazon shareholders will vote on whether the Board must reconsider company sales of face surveillance to governments. The SEC rejected Amazon's attempt to prevent this proposal from moving forward.” Amazon's facial recognition technology is branded 'Rekognition.' The fact that Amazon shareholders now get to vote on this *is* a big deal. Remember also that Amazon is one of the companies identified as providing services to Trump's “lock u...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Post, Business, News, Microsoft, Privacy, Tech, Surveillance, Aclu, New York Times, SEC, Jeff Bezos, Times, Department Of Homeland Security, Facial Recognition

Gizmodo to be acquired for second time in 4 years

“Private equity firm Great Hill Partners has agreed to acquire Gizmodo Media Group from Univision, forming a new company led by digital media exec Jim Spanfeller,” reports the Wall Street Journal's Benjamin Mullin. Here's the story: The new boss of GMG, Jim Spanfeller, plans to invest in paid content and e-commerce. — Ben Mullin (@BenMullin) April 8, 2019 Excerpt: For the second time in four years, the former Gizmodo Media Group — home to both the eponymous t...
Tags: Post, Business, Technology, News, Boston, Journalism, Gizmodo, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Univision, Joshua Benton, Rafat Ali, Picks, Great Hill Partners, Madison Malone Kircher, Gizmodo Media Group

Mar-a-Lago mystery Chinese malware lady to stay in jail for another week

COURT SKETCH: WILLIAM HENNESSY. Yujing Zhang, the Chinese woman who was arrested for illegally entering the president's Mar-a-Lago resort, appeared in court Monday. Yujing Zhang was arrested in March for lying to Secret Service agents at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, to gain access to the private club. According to investigators, the 32-year-old Chinese national had malware on her person, and behaved more like a bumbling spy than anything else. So who is she? Looks like we're ...
Tags: Post, Business, Florida, Politics, Technology, News, Bloomberg, Secret Service, Donald Trump, Trump, Garcia, West Palm Beach, Bloomberg News, Zhang, Adler, Picks

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