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Twitter updates policy on sharing hacked data after 'NY Post' mess

Twitter updates policy on sharing hacked data after 'NY Post' mess

We're using cookies to improve your experience.The New York Post story about Democratic nominee Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, may be a , but that doesn't mean it didn't hit Twitter hard. Twitter's decision Wednesday to and direct messaging the URL to a controversial story about the former vice president's son forced an apparent reckoning at the social media giant. As the United States barrels toward a presidential election that's just over two weeks away, Twitter announced Thursday evening that it's overhauling its governing the sharing of hacked materials. The big takeaway? Twitter will...

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How to blur your house on Google Street View (and why you should)

How to blur your house on Google Street View (and why you should)

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Google offers up a window to the world in all its , , and glory. That window just so happens to peek into your home, as well. What that peek reveals may be more than you've bargained for — think views into bedroom windows, potential , and more. Thankfully, there is something you can do about it. Specifically, you can ask Google to permanently blur your house out — leaving only a smeared suggestion of a building in its place. The entire process is surprisingly easy. As the name would suggest, Street View, launched , provides a street-level view...

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Ex-Apple engineer recounts helping defense contractor build a secret iPod

Ex-Apple engineer recounts helping defense contractor build a secret iPod

We're using cookies to improve your experience.When is an iPod not really an iPod? If that sounds like the opening line to some kind of riddle, well, that's because it sort of is. As an Apple for 18 years, David Shayer played an integral part in the development of the iPod's code. In , he recounted in detail how, back in 2005, he helped two non-Apple software engineers create a custom iPod operating system that would allow a functioning 5th generation iPod to operate mysterious hardware hidden inside. Shayer says that not only did he not know what exactly he was working on, but that only a...

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ISIS allegedly used Facebook in bid to scam people desperate for face masks

ISIS allegedly used Facebook in bid to scam people desperate for face masks

We're using cookies to improve your experience.In mid-March, as the first were issued across the U.S. and desperate public health officials for medical grade face masks, an online store by the name of FaceMaskCenter.com offered hope. Despite the global shortage, it claimed to have hundreds of thousands of FDA-approved N95 masks, and would be delighted to sell them to businesses in need. Unfortunately, as the on Thursday, FaceMaskCenter.com was in fact a scam. Not only were the masks it listed for sale not FDA approved, but according to the DOJ the entire operation was run by a known "ISIS...

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Why you should absolutely worry about the anti-privacy EARN IT Act

Why you should absolutely worry about the anti-privacy EARN IT Act

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Because the internet is a strange and complicated place, the fate of your digital privacy is, at this very moment, intertwined with that of online message boards and comment sections. And things, we're sorry to report, aren't looking so hot.At issue is the seemingly unrelated . Pushed by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and a host of bipartisan co-sponsors, and voted on by the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, the measure ostensibly aims to combat online child sexual abuse material. However, according to privacy and security experts who...

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Facebook criticized for toothless 'PR exercise' following ad boycott

Facebook criticized for toothless 'PR exercise' following ad boycott

We're using cookies to improve your experience.In the face of mounting advertiser pressure over its , Mark Zuckerberg today met with the leaders of the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, the Free Press, and the Color Of Change. It did not go well. With an number of business pulling advertising dollars from Facebook as part the #StopHateForProfit boycott, the social media behemoth's COO, Sheryl Sandberg, Tuesday the "need to take action." Unfortunately, according to the group behind the campaign that has grown to encompass massive brands like and , that action consisted of a meaningless "PR...

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Boston bans most city use of facial-recognition tech in privacy win

Boston bans most city use of facial-recognition tech in privacy win

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Boston on Wednesday joined the still small, but growing, number of U.S. cities that have for the most part banned city officials' use of technology.   The , sponsored by Councilor Michelle Wu and Councilor Ricardo Arroyo, passed by a unanimous vote . The new measure prohibits both the city of Boston and any official in the city of Boston from using "face surveillance" and "information derived from a face surveillance system."There are, importantly, a few key exceptions. One such exception, allowing city employees to still use technology like to...

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Talkspace bails on Facebook deal, CEO cites 'violence, racism, and lies'

Talkspace bails on Facebook deal, CEO cites 'violence, racism, and lies'

We're using cookies to improve your experience.Feeling empowered to walk away when things go bad is key to all healthy relationships. On Monday, the CEO of the online therapy app provided a perfect example of that very behavior by ending his company's planned partnership with . According to shared online, CEO Oren Frank was sick of all the racism — not to mention violence and lies — Facebook incites. As the country reels from the police killing of and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Donald Trump to threaten Black Lives Matter protesters with death, Frank appears to have made the reasonable...

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