Security News This Week: Google Forgot To Mention the Nest Secure’s Hidden Mic

March 2, 2019

The Mueller investigation has lasted so long, it &# x27; s easy to forget that it &# x27; ll terminate at some degree. In fact, according to recent reports, it is likely to wrap up as early as next week. But what does that mean exactly? We took a look at seven distinct alternatives, from fizzle to fireworks. As though the border wall “national emergency” wasn &# x27; t enough…


Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?

February 14, 2019

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was noting in a personal ability, described it as” clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, even without Facebook being penalty a dime. The FCO’s decision instead censors the social…


Starting with data centers, Carbon Relay is slashing energy costs and emissions using AI

February 6, 2019

Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn International is backing Carbon Relay , a Boston-based startup originating from stealth today that’s harnessing the algorithms are exploited by corporations like Facebook and Google for artificial intelligence to kerb greenhouse gas emissions in these new technologies industry’s own backyard — the data center. Already, the calculating requirements of the technology industry are responsible for 3 percent of total power consumption — and the addition of…


Google phishing quiz will test your infosec prowess

January 25, 2019

Get those thumbs ready . Image: ambar Del Moral/ mashable So you fancy yourself something of a digital aborigine. The online scams, misinformation, and questionable investment possibilities that plague your parents’ generation are mere chaff to be brushed aside as you go about your business harvesting and ingesting that delicious internet content. But, and we know this is painful to even consider, what if you’re not the suave web-warrior you…


Facebook is not equipped to stop the spread of authoritarianism

January 6, 2019

Yael Grauer UNITED State- APRIL 10: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg witnesses during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee seam hearing on” Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data” on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.( Photo By Bill Clark/ CQ Roll Call) Protesters scrubbing Facebook the necessary data for anxiety of repercussion isn’t uncommon. Over and over again, authoritarian-leaning regimes have utilized low-tech…


Watch Google CEO Sundar Pichai testify in Congress on bias, China and more

January 3, 2019

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has managed to avoid the public political grillings that came here for tech commanders at Facebook and Twitter this year. But not today. Today he will be in front of the House Judiciary committee for a hearing entitled: Transparency& Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices . The hearing kickings off at 10:00 ET — and will be streamed live via our…


Facebooks got 99 problems but Trumps latest bias tweet aint one

January 3, 2019

By any measure, Facebook hasn’t had best available of years in 2018. But while toxic difficulties keep piling up and, well, raining acidly down on the social networking monster — from election intervention, to fake reports, faulty metrics, security shortcomings, ethics failures, privacy outrages and much more besides — the silver lining of having a core business now widely perceived as hostile to democratic processes and civilized feeling, and the…


Silicon Valleys year of reckoning

December 28, 2018

Tech companies have always labelled themselves as the good guys. But 2018 was its first year that the long-held ideology that Silicon Valley is on the right side of progress and all things good was been questioned by a critical mass. As startups grow bigger and richer, amassing more strength and affect outside of the Valley, a reckoning has played out in government and business. Mission proclamations like” connecting countries…


As Taiwan prepares to vote on LGBTQ issues, a homophobic group is running ads before kids videos on YouTube

December 20, 2018

This Saturday, several issues related to LGBTQ equality, including wedding, are up for referendum in Taiwan’s mid-term elections. A little more than a year after the country’s top tribunal ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, the LGBTQ community is once again fighting for their own rights due to tries by anti-gay groups. The combat has reached social media platforms including YouTube, where working group called 3 Yes is extending an…


Big tech must not reframe digital ethics in its image

November 20, 2018

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s visage loomed big over the European parliament the coming week, both literally and figuratively, as global privacy regulators gathered in Brussels to interrogate the human impacts of technologies that obtain their influence and persuasiveness from our data. The eponymous social network has been at the center of a privacy storm this year. And every fresh Facebook content concern — be it about discrimination or dislike speech…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…