Google just dunked on cryptocurrency

October 13, 2018

Yup.Image: s-cphoto / getty Google thinks your crypto is a joke.   The search and advertising giant released a new tool on Tuesday known as Call Screen, which helps Pixel owners screen unwanted calls. In a seemingly out of place move, the company used the product’s announcement as an opportunity to dunk on cryptocurrency.  SEE ALSO: Now any idiot can apply to list their altcoin on Coinbase To promote the…

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Exposing Cambridge Analytica: ‘It’s been exhausting, exhilarating, and slightly terrifying’

October 9, 2018

Observer reporter Carole Cadwalladr on her investigation into the firm at the centre of a data breach that shamed Facebook and exposed foul play in the EU referendum campaign and US presidential election Earlier this year, The Observer and The Guardian broke the story that became the Mark Zuckerberg who was forced to testify before congress. Facebook has since lost $120 billion from its share price. She won the British…

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Presidential alerts we really hope Trump wont send

October 8, 2018

Move over Twitter, President Trump now has the power to send every phone in the land a simultaneous message — thanks to the new “presidential alert”, tested by FEMA yesterday. What’s it for? The idea is to enable the president of the United States to warn the nation of major threats — such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack. FEMA did already have the power to mass text US phones,…

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Cheese lovers will obsess over these solar-powered products

October 2, 2018

Image: Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Google Search is 20 years old today. Judging by the Google Doodle and recent feature upgrades, Google would like the day to be a celebration of how the company’s algorithms have evolved over the years, cementing its position as the dominant player in the space. But, more than ever, tech doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Google Search is turning 20 in a time where the…

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Why Google Is the Perfect Target for Trump

September 26, 2018

A full hour before the sun rose in Washington, DC, Tuesday, President Donald Trump fired off a pair of tweets claiming that Google had “rigged” search results against conservatives. Like so many Trump grievances, the argument seems steeped less in fact than in a roiling stew of personal animus. But in Google News, the latest subject of his ire, Trump may have found the perfect target. In Trump’s tweets—which he…

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Trump rage-tweets Google alleging search bias

September 24, 2018

While several tech giants have found themselves in President Trump’s crosshairs since he took office, he has just loosed what seems to be his most maintained attack on Google to date — firing off a couple of tweets at~ 5.30 am Washington DC time to rail against what he claims is algorithmic bias in the results the search engine serves up when a person is types in “Trump News”. No,…

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Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter

September 21, 2018

Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as bearded wiseman CEO Jack Dorsey (whose experimental word of the month appears to be “cadence” — as in he frequently said he would like a greater “cadence” of meetings with intelligence tips from law enforcement). But…

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Yes, Silicon Valley needs regulation. But Trumps reason why is misguided | Dipayan Ghosh

September 17, 2018

Trump claimed that Google and Facebook suppress conservative content. The reason why is simple: we realise what they think we want to, because its in their business interest In a head-turning move that has pitted him squarely against Silicon Valley’s most revered companies, Donald Trump searches for” Trump news “ on Google will see links to report stories that are produced and published by what Trump regards as ” fake…

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Russian police arrest hundreds protesting against Putin pension plan

September 15, 2018

Unrest breaks out as Google pulls YouTube ads by Putin critic Alexei Navalny Police detained more than 800 people across Russia during protests against government plans to raise the national retirement age that have resulted in President Vladimir Putins approval ratings slumping to a four-year low. Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Sunday in dozens of towns and cities after Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin critic, called for nationwide…

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What you need to know ahead of the EU copyright vote

September 13, 2018

European Union lawmakers are facing a major voting time digital copyright reform proposals on Wednesday — a process that has set the Internet’s hair fully on fire. Here’s a run down of the issues and what’s at stake… Article 13 The most contentious constituent of the proposals concerns user-generated content platforms such as YouTube, and the relevant recommendations they should be made liable for copyright infringements committed by their customers…

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Googles snooping proves big tech will not change unless governments step in | Arwa Mahdawi

September 8, 2018

News that the company lines customers even when they prevent it shows that technology giants do not take our privacy earnestly. They must be regulated Every move you induce, every step you take, Google is watching you. Even, apparently, when you have explicitly told it not to. Google’s support page on the issue nations:” With site record off, the places you go “re no longer” stored .” While it would…

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SIM swap hacker caught in Florida

August 18, 2018

Florida police have arrested a 25 -year-old called Ricky Joseph Handschumacher. The young man is suspected of grand steal and money laundering. Handschumacher use SIM swapping techniques to steal thousands in Bitcoin and to” drainage bank accounts ,” according to security researcher Brian Krebs. Handschumacher’s scam was simple: He called telecom operators and asked them to swap his SIM card for the victim’s SIM card. This, in turn, committed him…

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Facebook is now a major mobile browser in U.S., with 10%+ market share in many states

August 17, 2018

Most of the data around web browser the shares throws Google Chrome or Safari at the top- with their percentage of the market change by platform and region. But brand-new experiment from analytics provider Mixpanel finds that many sources are overlooking a main contributor of mobile web browser events here in the U.S .: Facebook. According the firm’s brand-new learn involving millions of users and millions of occurrences across its…

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Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

August 11, 2018

When we gratified in early March, Jonathan Albright was still shrugging off a sleepless weekend. It was a few weeks after the carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had killed 17 people, most of them adolescents, and promptly turned the internet into a cesspool of finger pointing and plot slinging. Within periods, ultraconservative YouTube superstars like Alex Jones had rallied their advocates behind the bogus assert that the students…

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How to Secure Your Accounts With Better Two-Factor Authentication

August 3, 2018

Hopefully by now you’ve heeded the repeated warns from your best friend and loved ones( and friendly, beloved internet columnists) to use two-factor authentication to secure your digital accounts. That’s where better access to Facebook or Twitter or your online bank–anything that supports it, really–requires not just a password but also a special code. Not all two-factor is created equal, however. For better protection, you’re going to want an authenticator…

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Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google

July 12, 2018

At 6:40 in the morning, a klaxon horn sounds three times. “Gas! ” a mortal in a hard hat and fluorescent vest screams out. There’s a hissing noise, and the helium starts flowing. From the containers stacked like cordwood on a nearby truck, the gas moves through a series of hoses until it’s 55 feet up, then through a copper pipe and into the top of a plastic tube that…

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Encyclopdia Britannica Wants to Fix False Google Results

June 24, 2018

In January 2014, Google made a fundamental change to its investigation product: It started demonstrating answers to user queries directly in so-called snippets , no farther clicks expected. But what started out as a time-saver has morphed into a repeated informant of misleading and outright false information, thanks to Google’s frequent reliance on untrusted sources. The product has, among other things, declared that Barack Obama is the “king” of the…

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A friendly reminder: Dont put passwords in Trello

June 14, 2018

A brand-new chip of studies from David Shear at security firm Flashpoint found that there are hundreds if not thousands of open Trello committees containing passwords, login credentials, and other potentially sensitive stuff including employee on-boarding documents. He and Brian Krebs reported the members of the security council to Trello although some folks have already been notified by well-meaning hackers who wrote” Change your password” on some of these public…

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Google is banning Irish abortion referendum ads ahead of vote

June 7, 2018

Google is suspending adverts related to adequate referendum in Ireland on whether or not to overrule a constitutional clause censoring abortion. The election is due to take place in a little over 2 week time. ” Following our update around election integrity endeavors globally, we chose to pause all ads related to the Irish referendum on the eighth amendment, ” a Google spokesperson told us. The spokesperson replied enforcement of…

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Google and the Rise of ‘Digital Well-Being’

May 16, 2018

On a recent vacation, Sameer Samat was settling into his hotel when his partner asked to see his telephone. As he handed it over, she promptly marched to the inn safe and locked it inside. Then she appeared him straight-shooting in the eyes. “You get this back when we leave in seven days.” At first, Samat experienced indignant. Is person or persons without telephone calls even a person, or only…

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