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Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Emissions-free cement, a women-only spacewalk, Soviet-era train stations, a very rare diamond and more from around the web Google Maps Adds Vocal Guidance for Visually Impaired Users Now available on Google Maps iOS and Android apps (one day after World Sight Day), a more detailed voice feature will now update and guide visually impaired people more effectively. To turn on the feature, access the settings …
Tags: Travel, Apps, Space, Music, Science, Design, News, Internet, Trains, Russia, Environment, Los Angeles, Tech, Nasa, Cities, Diamonds


Amazon Music arrives on Apple TV

Amazon Music is now available on the Apple TV, including both the Apple TV 4K and the Apple TV HD running tvOS 12.0 or later, Amazon announced this morning. The launch is yet another example of the eased tensions between the two rivals, who finally came to an agreement to support each other’s streaming media services on their respective platforms. With the new Amazon Music app for Fire TV, customers will gain access to millions of songs and thousands of playlists and stations, including Am...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Apps, Spotify, Media, Russia, Tech, Apple TV, Streaming, Streaming Music, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Amazon Prime Video, U S Spotify


Russia’s Yandex introduces an Echo Dot-style smart speaker

In May of last year, Yandex launched the Yandex.Station. The $160 smart speaker was a clear logical step for the so-called “Google of Russia.” This week, the company is back with the next-next logical step. The Yandex.Station Mini is essentially its take on the Echo Dot/Google Home Mini. At 3,990 rubles (around $61), it’s clearly aimed at getting more users on board with its smart assistant. Though Alice has already seen solid growth, with 45 million actively monthly users, per Yandex’s numb...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hardware, Russia, Tech, Alice, Yandex, Yandex Station Mini


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Business Insider's Tech 100 is out, its annual list of the 100 most influential people shaping technology in the UK today. Rockstar engineers, ambitious politicians, fearless campaigners and rising TikTok stars all made the list in 2019. Some Blizzard employees reportedly walked out to protest the punishment of a 'Hearthstone' competitor who spoke up in support of the Hong Kong protests. About 30 Activision Blizzard employees ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Hong Kong, UK, Instagram, Washington Post, Steve Jobs, China, Russia, US, Trends, Marco Rubio, Silicon Valley, OECD, Github


YouTube got roasted by US senators as being the 'vehicle of choice' for Russian state-sponsored propaganda

The US Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday published a report on Russian election interference. The report accused Google's YouTube of being the "propaganda vehicle of choice" for RT, the Russian state-sponsored news organization. But lawmakers also wrote that YouTube was less popular than Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter as the platform of choice for large-scale Russian propaganda operations. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A panel of US lawmakers published a report T...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Senate, China, Russia, US, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Hillary Clinton, Ira, Donald Trump, Senate Intelligence Committee, Sundar Pichai


YouTube got roasted by US senators for being the 'vehicle of choice' for Russian state-sponsored propaganda

The US Senate Intelligence Committee published a report on Russian election interference on Tuesday. The report accused Google's YouTube of being the "propaganda vehicle of choice" for RT, Russia's state-sponsored news organisation. But lawmakers also wrote that YouTube was less popular than Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter as the platform of choice for large-scale Russian propaganda operations. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A panel of US lawmakers published a report on T...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Youtube, Senate, China, Russia, US, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Trends, Joe Biden, Ukraine, Hillary Clinton, Ira, Donald Trump


Bipartisan Senate Report Calls For Sweeping Effort To Prevent Russian Interference in 2020 Election

A bipartisan panel of U.S. senators Tuesday called for sweeping action by Congress, the White House and Silicon Valley to ensure social media sites aren't used to interfere in the coming presidential election, delivering a sobering assessment about the weaknesses that Russian operatives exploited in the 2016 campaign. From a report: The Senate Intelligence Committee, a Republican-led panel that has been investigating foreign electoral interference for more than two and a half years, said in blun...
Tags: Congress, White House, Russia, Tech, Hillary Clinton, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen Richard Burr, Congress The White House


The career rise and life of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's billionaire chief operating officer and one of tech's most powerful people

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer for Facebook, and is worth an estimated $1.7 billion. Sandberg has made headlines in her nearly 10 years at Facebook, from pioneering a controversial feminist movement with her book "Lean In," to responding to criticism over the social media giant's handing of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Here's everything you need to know about Sandberg, who is one of the most powerful people in Silicon Valley. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Florida, Washington, Mexico, Russia, India, Adele, Trends, Cnn, Getty Images, Larry Page, Dave, David, Harvard


Batmobile With Tank Engine Put Up For Sale In Russia

One of the Russian websites published a sale advert for the replica of the car from the famous movie. The text says that the vehicle has a thermal viewer and a gun imitation on the bumper. h/t: englishrussia The length of the car is about four meters, total mass – 1,5 tons. It is announced that the “Batmobile” has a 502 hp engine V8 – such an engine was used by WWII American tanks. Source
Tags: Comics, Design, Technology, Russia, Sale, Batman, Batmobile


Fortune 500 Companies and Government Agencies Still Using Vulnerable Anti-Virus Products

Fortune 500 Companies and Government Agencies Still Using Vulnerable Anti-Virus Products It has been two years since a Binding Operational Directive was issued by the Department of Homeland Security to all Federal executive branch departments and agencies directing them to identify and remove Kas...
Tags: Business, Technology, US Government, Government, Russia, Sem, Malware, Dhs, Cybersecurity, Vulnerability, Spying, Cybercrime, Hacking, Hackers, Applications, Anti-virus


Section 230 Helps Search Engine Defeat “Right to Be Forgotten” Lawsuit–Mosha v. Yandex

Looking holistically at the broad arc of Internet Law history, I could make a good case that the EU’s Right to Be Forgotten marked the beginning of the end of the modern Internet. It was the first time that a major democracy (the EU) affirmatively required Internet technology to be “dumber” for legal reasons rather than technical limits. Despite its deep anti-technology and pro-censorious motivations, the EU’s RTBF has been a popular policy innovation among other regulators. It has proliferated...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, Law, Russia, US, Eu, Search Engines, United States, Rtbf, Force, Yandex, Ecj, Shah, Merritt, Google Inc


Man sues Apple after he claims his iPhone made him gay

A Russian man identified only as D. Razumilov has just filed lawsuit for “moral suffering and harm to mental health” after he claims his iPhone tricked him into downloading an app that made him gay. Really. Razmuliov claims he received a payment of 69 GayCoins (a form of cryptocurrency) on his iPhone in 2017. According to The Moscow Times, the payment from an unknown sender also came with the message “don’t judge without trying.” “I thought, indeed, how can I judge something without trying it?”...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Feature, Technology, Life, Russia, Lifestyle, Moscow, Ad Friendly, Rammstein, Razumilov, Razmuliov


Russian APT Map Reveals 22,000 Connections Between 2000 Malware Samples

Though Russia still has an undiversified and stagnant economy, it was one of the early countries in the world to realize the value of remotely conducted cyber intrusions. In recent years, many Russia hacking groups have emerged as one of the most sophisticated nation-state actors in cyberspace, producing highly specialized hacking techniques and toolkits for cyber espionage. Over the past [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
Tags: Russia, Tech, Cyber Security, Cyber Espionage, Hacking Group, Russian hackers, Cyber Criminal, Wang Wei, Russian Hacking Group, Russian APT Map


Nancy Pelosi condemns Facebook as 'willing enablers of Russian interference'

House speaker says ‘I can take it’ after site keeps doctored video up, but criticizes their role in spread of false informationHouse speaker Nancy Pelosi has strongly criticised Facebook for failing to tackle misinformation after the social media network refused to take down a video that had been doctored to make her appear drunk or ill.Pelosi, the highest ranking woman in Congress, is the most senior US politician to have accused Facebook of “wittingly” allowing the spread of misinformation pro...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Congress, Russia, US, US news, House, House Of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi


Nancy Pelosi calls Facebook 'willing enablers of Russian interference'

House speaker says ‘I can take it’ after site keeps doctored video up, but criticizes their role in spread of false informationHouse speaker Nancy Pelosi has strongly criticised Facebook for failing to tackle misinformation after the social media giant refused to take down a video that had been doctored to make her appear drunk or ill.Pelosi, the highest ranking woman in Congress, is the most senior US politician to have accused Facebook of “wittingly” allowing the spread of misinformation promo...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, Congress, Russia, US, US news, House, House Of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi


The Splinternet Is Growing

"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it," said Internet pioneer John Gilmore in a 1993 Time magazine article about a then-ungoverned place called "cyberspace." How times have changed. From a report: In April, Sri Lankan authorities blocked its citizens' access to social media sites like Facebook and YouTube following a major terrorist attack. Such censorship, once considered all but inconceivable, is now commonplace in a growing number of countries. Russia, for instance, ap...
Tags: Facebook, China, Russia, Southeast Asia, Tech, New York Times, Time Magazine, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Tiananmen Square, Danny O Brien, John Gilmore, Venkat Balasubramani, Seattle Technology


Bill Gates Recommends Five Books to Read This Summer

It's becoming an annual ritual. Every summer Bill Gates offers us a reading list--5-books to take on vacation. As you'll see, his list assumes that even if you're physically on vacation, your mind isn't. The curious mind takes no breaks. Bill writes: Upheaval, by Jared Diamond. I’m a big fan of everything Jared has written, and his latest is no exception. The book explores how societies react during moments of crisis. He uses a series of fascinating case studies to show how nations manag...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Books, College, Russia, Moscow, Bill, Vietnam, Jared, Facebook Twitter, Dostoyevsky, Rose George, Towles, Jared Diamond, Michael Beschloss, Amor Towles


Notes on Nha Trang – stopover edition

Nha Trang is a provincial coastal city of Vietnam that feels like a resort. Like Danang in central Vietnam, the city is right on the beach. While Danang has been grabbing international headlines with it’s Golden Bridge and listing of top places to visit by the NY Times, Nha Trang has been quietly getting on with becoming an international beach destination in its own right. My most recent visit was on a stopover as part of a cheap flight I cobbled together from Saigon to Hong Kong. I found a c...
Tags: Travel, Google, South Korea, Hong Kong, China, Russia, Beijing, Korea, Moscow, Vietnam, Bangkok, Hangzhou, Travel Blog, Airasia, Chiang Mai, Saigon


National security journalism just became a national security threat

Six years ago, British intelligence officers walked into the offices of The Guardian newspaper in London and demanded its staff destroy computers they believed stored highly classified documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. In the basement of the newspaper’s officers, editors used angle-grinders and drills to destroy the computers in an effort to render its data unusable after “weeks of tense negotiations” between the newspaper and the British government, itself under pressure fro...
Tags: Security, Politics, London, Media, Obama, Washington Post, Nsa, Russia, Tech, Bloomberg, Hillary Clinton, United States, Edward Snowden, Army, The Guardian, Guardian


Deepfakes Can Now Be Made From a Single Photo

Samsung has developed a new artificial intelligence system for creating deepfakes -- fabricated clips that make people appear to do or say things they never did -- that only needs as little as one photo. CNET reports: The technology, of course, can be used for fun, like bringing a classic portrait to life. The Mona Lisa, whose enigmatic smile is animated in three different videos to demonstrate the new technology, exists solely as a single still image. A Samsung artificial intelligence lab in Ru...
Tags: New York, Russia, Samsung, Tech, University, Dartmouth, Marilyn Monroe, Albany, Cnet, Mona Lisa, Facebook Read, Hany Farid, Siwei Lyu


Mark Zuckerberg personally made the decision that Facebook would keep running political ads, even though the ads were weaponized in 2016 (FB)

As the US gears up for its next presidential election in 2020, citizens can expect to keep seeing political ads on Facebook.  Internally the company is dealing with the fallout from reports that its platforms were used to manipulate voters in elections around the world. The latest big change is that Facebook will no longer pay commissions to salespeople for selling political ads. But political advertising is a multibillion business, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself decided that Facebook should ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, London, Russia, Digital, US, Trends, Dublin, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Clinton, Trump, The Journal, Menlo Park California


Mark Zuckerberg personally made the decision that Facebook will keep running political ads, even though the ads were weaponized in 2016 (FB)

As the US gears up for its next presidential election in 2020, citizens can expect to keep seeing political ads on Facebook.  Internally the company is dealing with the fallout from reports that its platforms were used to manipulate voters in elections around the world. The latest big change is that Facebook will no longer pay commissions to sales people for selling political ads. But political advertising is a multibillion business, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself decided that Facebook should...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Russia, Digital, US, Trends, Dublin, Huawei, Wall Street Journal, Journal, WSJ, Clinton, Trump, Menlo Park California, Brad Parscale


A Buchla synth repair turned into an LSD trip, and made the evening news

It seems the legends are true – there really was LSD added to vintage synths. A Bay Area, California Buchla 100 reportedly triggered an acid trip decades later. The equipment in question is a Buchla Model 100, 1960s vintage – the modular that defined what now some people call the “West Coast synthesis” style. I learned on one of these, too, though don’t recall any particular hallucinations. The report comes from a local CBS television affiliate in San Francisco, KPIX, and their broadcast o...
Tags: Music, TV, Congress, Drugs, Russia, US, San-francisco, Tech, History, Gear, Stories, Cbs, University Of Chicago, West Coast, East Coast, Grateful Dead


Here's how much an iPhone XS costs in 25 different countries

Deutsche Bank released its annual " Mapping the World's Prices " report earlier this month. The bank analyzed how much the prices of an iPhone XS varies across the globe.  The popular smartphone costs the most in Brazil, Turkey, and Argentina. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're planning a trip to Rio next month, keep your phone safe — or it'll cost you. Deutsche Bank released its annual " Mapping the World's Prices " report, which breaks down cost differences...
Tags: Apple, Sweden, Greece, Mexico, France, Russia, India, Nigeria, US, America, Trends, Spain, Turkey, Czech Republic, Austria, Egypt


Russia's Anti-5G Propaganda Campaign Is Spreading Across Social Media

An anonymous reader quotes Fierce Wireless: Earlier this week, the New York Times published a story with the headline "Your 5G Phone Won't Hurt You. But Russia Wants You to Think Otherwise." [Non-paywalled MSN version here.] The story outlined how RT, the Russia-backed and U.S.-based television network, has been peddling 5G cancer fear-mongering stories, making claims that 5G causes brain cancer, infertility, autism, Alzheimer's and other health disorders. The Times reports RT has run seven suc...
Tags: Russia, America, Tech, New York Times, The Times, Moscow, Kremlin, Times, VentureBeat, Facebook YouTube, RT, Spreading Across Social Media, Humanity The Times, Anna Belkina


America can’t ignore the economic threat of a rising China

In the aftermath of the Communist victory in the late 1940s, the question often asked in Washington was: “Who lost China?” That fueled the McCarthyite inquisition that followed. The question our children might ask is: “Who lost America?” The long-running side-show around Russian “collusion” focused on the nasty but largely inconsequential ties between some of Donald Trump’s more sleazy aides and their equally disreputable Russian or Ukrainian counterparts. Yet, compared to China, Russia represen...
Tags: Apple, South Korea, California, Opinion, Washington, Mexico, China, Russia, America, Sport, European Union, Joe Biden, Beijing, Atlantic, Soccer, Gop


Europol, DOJ announce the takedown of the GozNym banking malware

Europol and the U.S. Justice Department, with help from six other countries, have disrupted and dismantled the GozNym malware, which they say stole more than $100 million from bank accounts since it first emerged. In a press conference in The Hague, prosecutors said 10 defendants in five countries are accused of using the malware to steal money from more than 41,000 victims, mostly businesses and financial institutions. Five defendants were arrested in Moldova, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Russia. ...
Tags: Security, Germany, Russia, Tech, Georgia, Banking, Malware, Hack, Fbi, Canada, United States, Poland, Justice Department, Europol, Web Browser, Triton


Firms That Promised High-Tech Ransomware Solutions Almost Always Just Pay the Hackers

As ransomware attacks crippled businesses and law enforcement agencies, two U.S. data recovery firms claimed to offer an ethical way out. Instead, they typically paid the ransom and charged victims extra. From a report: Proven Data promised to help ransomware victims by unlocking their data with the "latest technology," according to company emails and former clients. Instead, it obtained decryption tools from cyberattackers by paying ransoms, according to Storfer and an FBI affidavit obtained b...
Tags: Florida, Russia, Tech, Iran, Fbi, Proven Data, Storfer, ProPublica Another U S, MonsterCloud


EV startup Rimac scores $90M investment from Hyundai and Kia

Rimac Automobili, the European EV startup that landed an investment from Porsche last year, has again gained the backing of traditional automakers after Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors jointly invested €80 million, or around $90 million. Beyond the significant cash infusion, the three parties said the deal includes “a strategic partnership to collaborate on the development of high-performance electric vehicles.” In other words, Hyundai and Kia — both of which fall under the ownership of ...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, Uber, Russia, Southeast Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Automotive, Porsche, Electric Vehicles, Transport, Croatia, Fuel Cell, Hyundai, Kia


Saudi Ships Attacked – Brain Scans Reveal A Pokemon Region on NH Today WGIR-AM: [05/13/2019]

Saudi Ships Attacked – Brain Scans Reveal A Pokemon Region on NH Today WGIR-AM: [05/13/2019] document.createElement('audio'); http://traffic.libsyn.com/cptt/2019-00-00-AS_HEARD-2019-05-13-wgir-saudi_ships_attacked-brain_scans_reveal_a_pokemon_region.mp3 DOWNLOAD TRANSCRIPT Subscribe to iTunes ...
Tags: Apple, Technology, North Korea, Mexico, China, Russia, US, Sem, Brain, Middle East, Pokemon, Venezuela, Jack, Nicolás Maduro, Central America, Craig



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