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Signal Tried To Use Instagram Ads To Display the Data Facebook Collects and Sells. Facebook Banned Signal's Account. (slashdot)

Privacy-oriented messaging app Signal tried to run a very candid ad campaign on Facebook-owned Instagram, but it wasn't meant to be. From a report: Signal explained how it went down in a blog post Tuesday. The idea was to post ads on Instagram which use the data an online advertiser may have collected about users, and basically show the user what that data might be for them. "You got this ad because you're a teacher, but more importantly you're a Leo (and single). This ad used your location to s...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Moscow, Leo, Signal, Msmash, According to Signal


Signal Tried To Use Instagram Ads To Display the Data Facebook Collects and Sells. Facebook Banned Signal's Account.

Privacy-oriented messaging app Signal tried to run a very candid ad campaign on Facebook-owned Instagram, but it wasn't meant to be. From a report: Signal explained how it went down in a blog post Tuesday. The idea was to post ads on Instagram which use the data an online advertiser may have collected about users, and basically show the user what that data might be for them. "You got this ad because you're a teacher, but more importantly you're a Leo (and single). This ad used your location to s...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Moscow, Leo, Signal, According to Signal


Signal banned for booking obviously targeted ads? That story's too good to be true, Facebook claims

Antisocial giant dismisses chat app rival's 'stunt' in escalating war of words Encrypted messaging service Signal on Tuesday made a show of trolling Instagram and its parent company Facebook by creating ads that incorporated audience targeting categories into its ad copy.…
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Software, Signal


Signal posts the ads that Facebook banned it for trying to run on Instagram

Encrypted messaging service Signal wanted to run clever ads on Facebook's Instagram that revealed how specifically the ad itself was targeted. . It was evidently not OK with Signal exposing the barely-anonymized personal data that Facebook has for sale to promote its own more private alternative. —
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Instagram, Privacy, Internet, Signal


Signal’s smartass ad exposes Facebook’s creepy data collection

Facebook is notorious for generating creepily personal ads from reams of user data, but most people don’t understand how the system works. Now, an attack ad campaign by Signal has shone some light on the opaque surveillance dragnet. The privacy-focused messaging app tried to buy “multi-variant targeted” ads on Instagram to show what parent company Facebook knows about its users. The campaign aimed to expose how Facebook’s array of services harvest user information to personalize ads. Advertisers...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Signal, Insider, Neural


Signal said Facebook shut down its advertising account after the privacy-focused messaging app tried to buy Instagram ads showing how...

CEO Moxie Marlinspike tweeted an example that shows how occupation, location, dietary preferences, and fitness interests can be used to...
Tags: Facebook, Signal, Moxie Marlinspike


10 things in tech you need to know today

Elaine Thompson/AP Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. Bill and Melinda Gates reportedly didn't sign a prenup. With nearly $150 billion at stake, they will split their property according to a "separation contract" they've agreed to instead. Bill Gates is the fourth-richest person in the world; here are 11 facts that show just how wealthy he really is.2. A Silicon Valley realtor said the exodus from th...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Spacex, Elon Musk, Florida, Washington, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Bill Gates, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Toyota, Bill, Seattle


Signal Shares the Instagram Ads Facebook Doesn't Want You to See

Encrypted messaging app Signal has had a series of Instagram ads preemptively blocked from the social media platform, after it attempted to show users how much data the Facebook-owned company collects about them and how it's used to push targeted ads. In a , Signal described how it generated the ads to show users why they were seeing them, simply by declaring upfront the information that the advertising platform relies on to perform its targeting. "We created a multi-variant targeted ad de...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Edward Snowden, Signal, Opensignal, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Signal Shares the Instagram Ads Facebook Doesn, Instagram OpenSignal Signal This


Signal said Facebook shut down its advertising account after the privacy-focused messaging app tried to buy Instagram ads showing how the social media giant collects data

Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike. Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch Signal said it tried to buy Instagram ads that would show users how Facebook targets them. The ads would display personal information about users that Facebook uses when targeting ads. But Signal said Facebook responded by shutting its account down. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook blocked ads that Signal wanted to buy that would show Instagram users the data that Facebook collects from them, ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Elon Musk, Media, Instagram, Advertising, Trends, Social Media, Tesla, Data Privacy, Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, La Jolla, Tech Insider, Democratic Sen Elizabeth Warren, Katie Canales


Signal Tries to Run the Most Honest Facebook Ad Campaign Ever, Immediately Gets Banned

A series of Instagram ads run by the privacy-positive platform Signal got the messaging app booted from the former’s ad platform, according to a Signal published on Tuesday. The ads were meant to show users the bevy of data that Instagram and its parent company Facebook collects on users, by... targeting…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Software, Gizmodo, Signal, Operating Systems, Adtech, Targeted Advertising, Online Advertising, Market Segmentation, Entertainment Culture, Technology Internet


Uber launches new services, including in-app vaccine appointments, bundling meal and convenience store deliveries, and tacking on Uber Grocery to rides

Uber's new airport prompt Uber New Uber and Uber Eats products emphasize mobility and delivery needs in a post-pandemic world. Uber Eats customers in certain markets can now get two deliveries from one courier. Bundled orders can be made from 7-Eleven and Wawa, part of Uber's growing Uber Delivery division. See more stories on Insider's business page. Soon Uber Eats users might be able to get a Big Mac from McDonald's and beer and paper towels from 7-Eleven bundled into o...
Tags: Uber, US, Trends, Walgreens, Instacart, Signal, Ho, McDonald, Wawa, Singh, Florida Texas, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, Nancy Luna, Eleven Wawa Sainsbury, Shell Bundling


Security Vulnerabilities in Cellebrite

Moxie Marlinspike has an intriguing blog post about Cellebrite, a tool used by police and others to break into smartphones. Moxie got his hands on one of the devices, which seems to be a pair of Windows software packages and a whole lot of connecting cables. According to Moxie, the software is riddled with vulnerabilities. (The one example he gives is that it uses FFmpeg DLLs from 2012, and have not been patched with the 100+ security updates since then.) …we found that it’s possible to execute ...
Tags: UK, Police, Uncategorized, US, Intelligence, Smartphones, Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, Vulnerabilities, Bruce Schneier, Cellebrite, Moxie


Walmart significantly beats out Amazon when it comes to Black and Latino representation in upper management

Walmart employs a higher rate of Black and Latino executives relative to Amazon. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Black and Latino people are represented better within Walmart's upper management than Amazon. Black and Latino people made up 14% of US presidents and vice presidents at Walmart. Just 3.8% of senior leaders at Amazon are Black, and 3.9% are Latino. See more stories on Insider's business page. Diversity among underrepresented groups within Walmart's upper management slightly ...
Tags: Amazon, News, US, Trends, Diversity, Walmart, Analysis, United States, Retail, Signal, Black, Amazon Black, Amazon Walmart, Dei, Beth Galetti, Allana Akhtar


Women of color make up 1 in 4 hourly workers at Walmart, but less than a tenth of executives

People of color make up roughly half (47.3%) of all hourly workers at Walmart locations in the US. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Women of color made up 26.8% of all US hourly employees in 2020, Walmart said in a new report. Meanwhile, 74.5% of executives and 52.3% of hourly workers at Walmart are white. "We're investing in change," Ben Hasan, global chief of diversity and inclusion, said in a release. See more stories on Insider's business page. Women of color are doing much of Walmart...
Tags: News, US, Trends, Diversity, Walmart, United States, Retail, Signal, Hasan, Dei, Doug McMillan, Allana Akhtar, Walmart employees, Ben Hasan, Ben Hasan Walmart


Peloton slammed with class-action lawsuit that criticizes the fitness company for including a child in previous marketing for Tread Plus that has injured 39 so far

Former marketing for Tread Plus that features a child near the machine cited in the lawsuit. Peloton A class action lawsuit has been filed against Peloton for a spate of injuries tied to Tread Plus. Lobbyists and lawmakers are urging the company to recall the treadmill after it refused last week. The suit says "Peloton has known, or should have known, of the defective nature" of the Tread Plus. See more stories on Insider's business page. As Peloton deals with mounting criticism over...
Tags: Congress, US, Trends, US District Court, Signal, Northern California, Foley, John Foley, CPSC, Peloton, US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Peloton Tread, Tread, Bethany Biron, Shannon Albright


Detroit-based Signal Advisors raises $10m Series A led by General Catalyst

Signal Advisors is building a specialized financial platform for financial advisors, and the company is announcing it raised a $10 million Series A led by Brian Ru and Hemant Taneja at General Catalyst. This funding is on top of the $6 million seed round it raised in 2020 from Detroit Venture Partners, Ludlow Ventures, General Catalyst, and others. In a released statement, new board member and managing partner at Michigan-based Annox Capital Robert Mylod, puts it well: “We’ve seen a lot of capi...
Tags: TC, Tech, Michigan, Detroit, Signal, Patrick Kelly, Hemant Taneja, Signal Advisors, Brian Ru, Annox Capital Robert Mylod, Pat Kelly Co Founder


The rise and fall of Victoria's Secret, America's biggest lingerie retailer

Model Tyra Banks the Victoria's Secret fashion show Wednesday, Feb. 3, 1999 in New York. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Victoria's Secret is the largest lingerie retailer in the US and has been for several decades. It achieved explosive success in the late 1990s and 2000s but has struggled in more recent years and been accused of losing relevance. Here's the story of the rise, fall, and subsequent comeback of the brand. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You...
Tags: England, New York, Instagram, Australia, New York City, Time, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Ap, Canada, Vogue, Victoria, Terry Gilliam, Pink, New York Stock Exchange


10 things in tech you need to know today

SpaceX Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Let's get started.1. SpaceX is launching four astronauts into Earth's orbit today. From liftoff early this morning to an ocean splashdown six months later, here's how the journey will go.2. It's possible to turn on Tesla Autopilot with nobody behind the wheel, Consumer Reports showed. Following a crash that killed two men in Texas, the firm's engineers proved just how sim...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Texas, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Travis Kalanick, WeWork, Mars, Signal


Signal's CEO Just Hacked the Cops' Favorite Phone Cracking Tool and Became a Legend

Cellebrite, which is a favorite of law enforcement agencies across the U.S., sells software designed to unlock phones and extract their data. Police frequently use it to gather evidence from seized devices. In the past, the company has received criticism for its willingness to sell to pretty much any…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Software, Computing, Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, Mobile App, Secure Communication, Cellebrite, Cross Platform Software, Computer File, Application Software, Cryptographic Software, Technology Internet, Computer Security Software


Subway says it's 'not for sale' after franchisees ask for a cut of any potential deal and beg the owner to fix the business

"Subway is not for sale," according to Subway. Peter Summers/Getty Images "Subway is not for sale," a representative for the sandwich chain said on Wednesday. Rumors that Subway is trying to sell itself have intensified since the arrival of CEO John Chidsey. Subway denied sale rumors after franchisees asked for a cut of any potential deal in an open letter. See more stories on Insider's business page. Subway on Wednesday denied rumors that the sandwich chain is looking for a buyer."Su...
Tags: Post, New York Post, Subway, Trends, Connecticut, Miami, Signal, John Gordon, Arby, Kate Taylor, Deluca, Pacific Management Consulting Group, John Chidsey, Elisabeth DeLuca, Subway Peter Summers Getty Images Subway, John Chidsey Subway


Encrypted Chat App Signal Reveals Flaws in Cellebrite Equipment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Encrypted chat app Signal suggested in a blog post published on Wednesday that products sold to law enforcement from Israeli...
Tags: Washington, Signal, Reuters


Signal CEO Hacks Cellebrite iPhone Hacking Device Used By Cops

FlatEric521 shares a report: Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of the popular encrypted chat app Signal claims to have hacked devices made by the infamous phone unlocking company Cellebrite, which has famously worked with cops to circumvent encryption such as Signal's. In a blog post Wednesday, Marlinspike not only published details about the new exploits for Cellebrite devices but seemed to suggest that Signal's code could be theoretically altered to hack Cellebrite devices en masse. "We were surp...
Tags: Tech, Signal, Cellebrite, Marlinspike


More than 100 Subway franchisees call on the chain's 'multi-billionaire' owner to fix the 'nightmare' business

Subway franchisees are calling for changes. Andrew Winning/Reuters More than 100 Subway franchisees wrote a letter to Elisabeth DeLuca, one of the chain's owners. Franchisees wrote the dream of owning a Subway franchise "has turned into a nightmare." Subway said the letter is not representative of most franchisees. See more stories on Insider's business page. Subway franchisees are begging Elisabeth DeLuca, one of the company's owners, to fix a host of problems that they sai...
Tags: New York Post, California, Subway, US, Trends, Connecticut, Miami, West Coast, PPP, Signal, Reuters, John Gordon, Peter Buck, Arby, Kate Taylor, Fred DeLuca


Grocery startup Mercato spilled years of data, but didn’t tell its customers

A security lapse at online grocery delivery startup Mercato exposed tens of thousands of customer orders, TechCrunch has learned. A person with knowledge of the incident told TechCrunch that the incident happened in January after one of the company’s cloud storage buckets, hosted on Amazon’s cloud, was left open and unprotected. The company fixed the data spill, but has not yet alerted its customers. Mercato was founded in 2015 and helps over a thousand smaller grocers and specialty food stores ...
Tags: Amazon, Security, Food, Ecommerce, New York, Technology, California, Cloud Storage, Cloud Computing, Boston, Los Angeles, Tech, Data Breach, Chicago, United States, Computing


Gay dating site Manhunt hacked, thousands of accounts stolen

Manhunt, a gay dating app that claims to have 6 million male members, has confirmed it was hit by a data breach in February after a hacker gained access to the company’s accounts database. In a notice filed with the Washington attorney general’s office, Manhunt said the hacker “gained access to a database that stored account credentials for Manhunt users,” and “downloaded the usernames, email addresses and passwords for a subset of our users in early February 2021. The notice did not say how the...
Tags: Security, Apps, Washington, China, Articles, Tech, Cryptography, Password, Security Breaches, Computing, Jack, Grindr, Signal, Ashley Madison, Computer Security, Gdpr


Risk startup LogicGate confirms data breach

Risk and compliance startup LogicGate has confirmed a data breach. But unless you’re a customer, you probably didn’t hear about it. An email sent by LogicGate to customers earlier this month said on February 23 an unauthorized third-party obtained credentials to its Amazon Web Services-hosted cloud storage servers storing customer backup files for its flagship platform Risk Cloud, which helps companies to identify and manage their risk and compliance with data protection and security standards. ...
Tags: Europe, Tech, Kansas City, Signal, Amazon Web Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kunkel, LogicGate, Capco SoFi, Matt Kunkel


Amazon drivers describe the paranoia of working under the watchful eyes of new truck cameras that monitor them constantly and fire off 'rage-inducing' alerts if they make a wrong move

An Amazon delivery driver. Patrick Fallon/Getty Images Amazon drivers now have multiple cameras constantly filming them as part of the Driveri system. Drivers told Insider they are worried about privacy, with cameras monitoring every yawn. They fear they'll fail to keep up with Amazon's breakneck pace due to the new surveillance system. See more stories on Insider's business page. Many Amazon drivers say the solitude and independence of working on the road are big draws of the...
Tags: Amazon, California, Trends, Ap, Houston, Oklahoma, Signal, Don, Brigham, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Vic, Many Amazon, Netradyne, GETTY IMAGES Amazon, Driveri, Angel Rajal


US Arrests Suspect Who Wanted To Blow Up AWS Data Center

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Record: The FBI has arrested on Thursday a Texas man who planned to blow up one of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers in an attempt to "kill of about 70% of the internet." Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was arraigned in front of a Texas judge today and formally indicted with a malicious attempt to destroy a building with an explosive. The US Department of Justice said Pendley was arrested on Thursday after he tried to acquire...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Virginia, US, Tech, Fbi, United States, Signal, Fort Worth Texas, US Department of Justice, Amazon Web Services AWS, Wichita Falls Texas, Pendley, FBI CIA, Seth Aaron Pendley


3 helpful WhatsApp security tips for protecting your data on the voice and messaging service

WhatsApp has several security tools for protecting your data on and off the app. d3sign/Getty Images To improve your WhatsApp account's data security, you can enable two-step verification, disable cloud backups, and turn on security notifications. You can also change how much information you share through WhatsApp's Privacy menu, located in the messaging app's Settings section. Visit Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Most people who use social media and co...
Tags: Ios, Google, Android, Google Drive, Facebook, Trends, Smartphones, Whatsapp, Data Protection, Chat Apps, Signal, Messaging Apps, Jennifer, Tech Insider, Whatsapp security, Voice Calling


Education nonprofit Edraak ignored a student data leak for two months

Edraak, an online education nonprofit, exposed the private information of thousands of students after uploading student data to an unprotected cloud storage server, apparently by mistake. The nonprofit, founded by Jordan’s Queen Rania and headquartered in the kingdom’s capital, was set up in 2013 to promote education across the Arab region. The organization works with several partners, including the British Council and edX, a consortium set up by Harvard, Stanford and MIT. In February, researche...
Tags: Security, UK, Email, Education, Server, California, Stanford, Linkedin, Tech, Spokesperson, Mit, Harvard, United Kingdom, Computing, Jamaica, Jordan