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These Apps Reportedly Shared Sensitive Personal Information With Facebook These Apps Reportedly Shared Sensitive Personal Information With Facebook

Sometimes, Facebook isn’t the one you should blame for privacy violations involving Facebook. For example, an investigation by the Wall Street Journal found 11 popular apps that routinely transmit potentially sensitive personal data like body weight and menstrual cycles to Facebook—sometimes in violation of the social…

Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Sneaky, Data-Harvesting VPN Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Sneaky, Data-Harvesting VPN

Facebook’s Onavo VPN app has been dying a slow death since it was exposed as a clandestine data collection monster last year. The app was pulled from the iOS app store for violating Apple’s rules and now Facebook has voluntarily decided to remove it from Google Play. At the very least, the move seems to signal that…

Of Course Of Course

What if I told you Facebook allowed advertisers to target users who were interested in Nazis?

What Does Trump's Weird Tweet About '6G Technology' Even Mean? (Update) What Does Trump's Weird Tweet About '6G Technology' Even Mean? (Update)

Sometimes a leader comes along who inspires us to push harder, go farther, and dream big. On Thursday, President Donald J. Trump tried to become that kind of leader, calling on Americans to develop “6G” technology. We think. The message wasn’t particularly clear. We’re all working through it.

Lawsuit Claims Florida Prisoners Got Screwed Out of Music and MP3 Players They Paid Millions to Buy Lawsuit Claims Florida Prisoners Got Screwed Out of Music and MP3 Players They Paid Millions to Buy

On Tuesday, a lawsuit seeking class-action status was filed on behalf of prisoners who accuse the Florida Department of Corrections of ripping off inmates by selling them digital media players and MP3s that they were assured they’d be able to keep for life. When the FDOC ended its contract with the device providers,…

Pinterest Quietly Blocks All Vaccine-Related Searches, Which Is One Solution, I Guess Pinterest Quietly Blocks All Vaccine-Related Searches, Which Is One Solution, I Guess

The anti-vaccination movement has become so widespread that the World Health Organization added it to its list of the top threats to global health in 2019. Social media companies are drawing criticism for not doing more to prevent the spread of misinformation about vaccines and Pinterest has come up with a novel…

Disturbing Bill Would Force Arizonans to Pay $250 to Have Their DNA Added to a Database Disturbing Bill Would Force Arizonans to Pay $250 to Have Their DNA Added to a Database

In case low salaries and thankless work weren’t enough to keep you from seeking a public service job in Arizona, a new bill seeks to force applicants to hand over a sample of their DNA and pay a $250 processing fee. The proposed legislation would apply to anyone in Arizona who is required to be fingerprinted for a job.

Huawei CEO Says U.S. Just Isn't That Important, Pinky-Swears Not to Spy on 5G Network Huawei CEO Says U.S. Just Isn't That Important, Pinky-Swears Not to Spy on 5G Network

Amid a firestorm of legal and political salvoes fired at Huawei by the U.S. government, Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei insisted this week that “there’s no way the U.S. can crush us” while denying that his company will give China’s government backdoor access to its next-generation 5G network.

Chrome OS Users Find That Checking CPU Usage Overwhelms CPU Usage Chrome OS Users Find That Checking CPU Usage Overwhelms CPU Usage

Chrome OS users are reporting an alarming bug in the latest stable version of the operating system. Something in the most recent update is causing the CPU usage to sky rocket to 50-100 percent capacity on certain systems. Amusingly, developers believe it may be related to checking the CPU usage in the task manager…

Southwest Airlines Reportedly Under Investigation for Miscalculating Baggage Weight Southwest Airlines Reportedly Under Investigation for Miscalculating Baggage Weight

For the last year, the Federal Aviation Administration has been conducting an investigation into Southwest Airlines’ practices for tracking the weight of baggage loaded onto its jets, according to documents seen by the Wall Street Journal. The regulator has reportedly considered these weight inaccuracies to be a…

UK Parliament Says 'Digital Gangsters' at Facebook Can't Police Themselves UK Parliament Says 'Digital Gangsters' at Facebook Can't Police Themselves

A British parliamentary committee concluded its 18-month investigation into social media practices and issued its report on Monday. Facebook received particular focus in the report with lawmakers accusing the company of intentionally breaking the law and claiming that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has failed in his leadership…

Elon Musk-backed AI Company Claims It Made a Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Release Elon Musk-backed AI Company Claims It Made a Text Generator That's Too Dangerous to Release

Researchers at the non-profit AI research group OpenAI just wanted to train their new text generation software to predict the next word in a sentence. It blew away all of their expectations and was so good at mimicking writing by humans they’ve decided to pump the brakes on the research while they explore the damage…

The EU Just Finalized Copyright Legislation That Rewrites the Rules of the Web The EU Just Finalized Copyright Legislation That Rewrites the Rules of the Web

For two years, the European Union has been mulling over a serious overhaul of its copyright laws. But last year, it became increasingly clear that key provisions in the looming copyright directive pose a serious threat to the free exchange of information online, the culture of fair use, and the ability of startups to…

Delta Flight Delayed After Vape Battery Reportedly Bursts Into Flames Delta Flight Delayed After Vape Battery Reportedly Bursts Into Flames

On Wednesday, a flight from LaGuardia airport to Texas turn unexpectedly smoky when a vape battery reportedly stored in an overhead bin overheated and burst into flames.

The One Choice You Weren't Given In Black Mirror: Bandersnatch  The One Choice You Weren't Given In Black Mirror: Bandersnatch 

When Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was released on Netflix last December, it was fairly obvious that the choose-your-own-adventure experiment represented a fresh step in data collection for the streaming service. Now, a researcher has offered proof that Netflix is storing and mining your choices. Surprisingly, that’s…

Google Is Adding Excellent Right-Click Features to Gmail Google Is Adding Excellent Right-Click Features to Gmail

“Google is making changes to Gmail” is not a phrase we’re used to hearing without a shudder going up our spine. But this time around, we’re feeling pretty good about it.

Video of India's Fastest Train Zipping by at 'Lightening Speed' Actually Just Sped Up Video of India's Fastest Train Zipping by at 'Lightening Speed' Actually Just Sped Up

It’s a hell of a time to spread misinformation in India—especially if you’re a member of parliament and a government minister.

Maybe Connecting Hospital and Grocery Store Freezers to the Internet Was a Bad Idea Maybe Connecting Hospital and Grocery Store Freezers to the Internet Was a Bad Idea

Security researchers revealed on Friday that the temperature control systems used in freezers at thousands of locations ranging from grocery stores to hospitals to pharmaceutical companies are subject to simple sabotage. To raise hell, all anyone would need to know is where to look and the systems’ stupidly guessable…

Seal Poop Thumb Drive Mystery (Partially) Solved as Owner Steps Forward Seal Poop Thumb Drive Mystery (Partially) Solved as Owner Steps Forward

On Tuesday, scientists in New Zealand announced they’d discovered a working USB drive in a sample of leopard seal poop that they hoped to return to its owner. In a surprise twist, the drive contained photos and videos of frolicking sea lions. Now, the owner of the fecal flash drive has come forward to tell her story.

Don't Fall for This New Google Translate Phishing Attack Don't Fall for This New Google Translate Phishing Attack

Sometimes, the most effective hacks are the simplest hacks. The technique of targeting users’ email accounts with malicious links that gather personal data is one of the oldest and most successful hacks around. And now, you should be on the lookout for phishing emails that are using Google translate to mask their…

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