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  • Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret

    12/11/2018 11:11:35 AM PST · by VanShuyten · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/10/2018 | JENNIFER VALENTINO-DeVRIES, NATASHA SINGER, MICHAEL H. KELLER and AARON KROLIK
    ... Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7 a.m. and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school day. Only one person makes that trip: Lisa Magrin, a 46-year-old math teacher. Her smartphone goes with her. An app on the device gathered her location information, which was then sold without her knowledge. It recorded her whereabouts as often as every two seconds, according to a database of more than a million phones in the New York area that was reviewed by The New York Times. While Ms. Magrin’s identity was...
  • Twitter locks the @USSArizona account

    12/07/2018 10:45:49 PM PST · by DesScorp · 14 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12-7-2018 | Doug P.
    On the morning of December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked, marking the beginning of the United States’ war against Japan. @USSArizona marked the occasion with a series of “as it happened” tweets... However, earlier in the day during the live “as it happened” tweets, there was a problem that’s being looked into.
  • Space station robot goes rogue: ISS’s artificial intelligence has turned belligerent

    12/06/2018 1:52:18 PM PST · by ETL · 121 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Dec 5, 2018 | news.com.au
    CIMON isn’t much to look at. It’s just a floating ball with a cartoonish face on its touch screen. It’s built to be a personal assistant for astronauts working on the International Space Station (ISS). CIMON stands for Crew Interactive MObile compinioN. It’s not supposed to be just a tool. It’s also supposed to be a friend. Yes, it’s a personality prototype. You can tell, can’t you? But, as numerous books and movies have clearly warned us — shortly after being switched on for the first time, CIMON has developed a mind of its own. And it appears CIMON wants...
  • Romney signals anti-warming push

    11/17/2018 4:31:50 PM PST · by House Atreides · 107 replies
    Ev&bE News ^ | Hannah Northey and Geof Koss
    Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney signaled he may focus on climate change when he's sworn in in January. In a brief interview with E&E News yesterday, the former Republican presidential nominee said he sees climate change as a "critical area." ....snip Last year, Romney told college students in St. Louis that he was "concerned about the anti-scientific attitude" expressed by some of his Republican colleagues and that he was convinced humanity has played a part in global warming (Climatewire, Oct. 3). "I happen to believe that there is climate change, and I think humans contribute to it in a substantial way,...
  • Gab, free speech social network, has been shut down by its host

    10/27/2018 8:11:22 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 324 replies
    Twitter ^ | 27 May 2018 | Gab
    Breaking: @joyent, Gab’s new hosting provider, has just pulled our hosting service. They have given us until 9am on Monday to find a solution. Gab will likely be down for weeks because of this. Working on solutions. We will never give up on defending free speech for all people.
  • Infectious Disease Rates Higher Among MSM Blood Donors Compared with Overall Blood Donor Population

    10/25/2018 8:42:32 AM PDT · by fwdude · 39 replies
    AABB ^ | October 15, 2018 | AABB Communications Kerri Wachter
    Boston, Mass. – The rate of infectious disease (ID) markers, such as those for HIV and hepatitis B and C viruses (HBV and HCV), in donated blood is higher for men who have sex with men (MSM) relative to blood donors overall, according to an analysis of data from more than 8.4 million blood donations collected from January 2017 through September 2018 by the American Red Cross. However, the ID marker rates for reinstated (1.44%) and newly eligible (2.0%) MSM donors were similar to those of first-time male donors (1.52%). The findings were presented at the 2018 AABB Annual Meeting,...
  • What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet’s New Favorite Insult?

    10/17/2018 9:47:35 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 30 replies
    nyt ^ | 10/16/2018 | Kevin Roose
    Last week, a trolling campaign organized by right-wing internet users spilled over onto Twitter. The campaign, which was born in the fever swamps of 4chan and Reddit message boards, involved creating hundreds of fictional personas with gray cartoon avatars, known as NPCs. These accounts posed as liberal activists and were used to spread — among other things — false information about November’s midterm elections.
  • Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the World Wide Web

    09/29/2018 7:01:04 PM PDT · by Paladin2 · 33 replies
    /www.fastcompany.com ^ | 09.29.18 12:01 am | Katrina Brooker
    This week, Berners-Lee will launch Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it. In other words, it’s game on for Facebook, Google, Amazon. For years now, Berners-Lee and other internet activists have been dreaming of a digital utopia where individuals control their own data and the internet remains free and open. But for Berners-Lee, the time for...
  • Social Media Platform Gab to Silicon Valley: ‘You Will Be Replaced’

    09/21/2018 7:37:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 20 Sep 2018 | Lucas Nolan
    Free speech social media platform Gab.ai has rebranded as Gab.com and aims to become a tech hub for “liberty-minded tech startups” that wish to avoid connections to leftist Silicon Valley groups. Gab.ai, the free-speech themed social media platform founded by CEO Andrew Torba, has long aimed to act as an alternative to sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Now Gab is rebranding as Gab.com and aims to provide an infrastructure for tech developers that wish to grow their own platforms and products without being forced to go through leftist companies based in Silicon Valley. Andrew Torba spoke to Breitbart News...
  • FEMA EAS TEST Postponed

    09/17/2018 9:53:19 AM PDT · by garyb · 19 replies
    FEMA Web Site ^ | 09/17/18 | Federal Emergency Managent Agency
    IPAWS National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) The national WEA test has been postponed to the backup date of October 3, 2018 at 2:18 p.m. EDT.
  • Today’s hearing at the Senate involving Facebook and Twitter.

    09/05/2018 8:31:55 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 1 replies
    Twitter thread by @nickmon1112 ^ | Sept. 5, 2018 | Nick Monroe
    The link goes to a Twitter thread by investigative citizen journalist Nick Monroe, who is following the hearing and providing much detail.
  • U.S. Army receives 3D mobile air-defense radar system from Ukraine

    09/03/2018 5:37:31 AM PDT · by tlozo · 5 replies
    Defence Blog ^ | Sep 2, 2018 | Army, News
    According to the ImportGenius website that tracks the import/export activity at shipping docks, the U.S. Army Contracting Command received the 3D mobile air-defense radar system from Ukraine. The notice by the ImportGenius said that the U.S. Army Contracting Command center in Orlando has received 3D mobile air-defense radar system, called the 36D6M1-1, from Ukraine through SFTC “Progress”. The 36D6M1-1is a mobile 3D airspace surveillance radar system that was developed by the SE “Scientific and Production Complex “Iskra” and is designed to be used as a part of modern automated Air Defense systems, Anti-Aircraft Missile Complexes and to detect low flying...
  • Net Neutrality Advocates Unintentionally ‘Made the Case’ for Regulating Google, Facebook

    09/02/2018 7:43:16 AM PDT · by PapaBear3625 · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 31, 2018 | Sean Moran
    Investor’s Business Daily charged in an editorial on Thursday that net neutrality advocates unintentionally “made the case” for regulating Google and Facebook. This week a coalition of large tech giants, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, urged a U.S. appeals court to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rule. The editorial board found regarding the agency’s Obama-era net neutrality, “Those 2015 rules were supposed to protect the ‘free and open’ internet by forbidding ISPs from, as the filing puts it, ‘engaging in discriminatory practices that limit consumer choice, competition, and innovation online.'” The business...
  • Twitter QFD shadow bans lifted

    09/01/2018 7:08:42 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 14 replies
    Yup, looks like the QFD has been removed just a few days before @jack testifies to Congress. Time to have some fun!
  • California State Assembly Passes Nation’s Toughest Net Neutrality Law

    08/30/2018 7:11:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    Variety ^ | Aug. 30, 2018 | Ted Johnson
    A net neutrality bill that would prohibit internet providers from a host of discriminatory practices cleared the California Assembly on Thursday, setting up a potential showdown with the Trump administration over the rules of the road for the internet. The legislation, which passed in a 59-18 vote, will now go to the Senate, where a vote is expected next week. It would then go to Governor Jerry Brown. California is also the largest state to pass net neutrality legislation in response to the Republican-led FCC’s move late last year to dismantle many of the existing rules. Democrats have seized on...
  • Online Bettors Can Sniff Out Weak Psychology Studies

    08/29/2018 3:03:32 PM PDT · by jonascord · 11 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Aug 27, 2018 | Ed Yong
    Must be linked...
  • 96 Percent of Google Search Results for 'Trump' News Are from Liberal Media Outlets

    08/28/2018 6:18:41 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2018-08-25 T00:48:07 | Paula Bolyard
    Is Google manipulating its algorithm to prioritize left-leaning news outlets in their coverage of President Trump? It sure looks that way based on recent search results for news on the president.Conservatives and Trump supporters have for the last several years questioned whether Google was deprioritizing conservative news sites, hiding them from users who utilize their search engine. Google has maintained that all outlets are treated fairly, but nevertheless, conservative sites have reported reduced search traffic and, in the case of Google-owned YouTube, content creators have been banned and demonetized. Google's high-profile firing of conservative James Damore, purportedly over his conservative...
  • Tech Companies Are Gathering For A Secret Meeting To Prepare A 2018 Election Strategy

    08/24/2018 3:59:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 8/23/18 | Kevin Collier
    Representatives from a host of the biggest US tech companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have scheduled a private meeting for Friday to share their tactics in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.
  • New Security Vulnerability Casts Shadow Over Intel

    08/21/2018 4:23:31 AM PDT · by jurroppi1 · 6 replies
    SourceToday ^ | Aug 17, 2018 | James Morra
    Intel has been scarred by another major security glitch that takes advantage of the same technology behind the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. The new set of vulnerabilities, labeled Foreshadow, allows passwords and other confidential information to be swiped from memory caches in Intel’s processors. On Tuesday, the Santa Clara, California-based company said it had released microcode to protect potentially vulnerable devices in personal computers and data centers. The company said that the changes, coupled with new updates for operating systems and hypervisor software made available on Tuesday, would protect most customers. “We are not aware of reports that any of...
  • The Case For #SMACA [Social Media Anti-Censorship Act]

    08/20/2018 7:21:11 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 3 replies
    Luke Ford Livestreams [YouTube channel] ^ | Aug 19, 2018 | Josh Smith
    Attorney Josh Smith discusses his proposal for a legislative fix for the social media censorship problem. An image of his working paper that summarizes the act can be seen here: https://twitter.com/HalenIndus/status/1027328349176180736 (The text is in a JPEG image. For reasons unknown, FR cannot display it.)