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Feb 08 15:16

Mark Zuckerberg's Big Problem Has Been Obvious for 17 Years, but Nobody Wants to Admit ItWhat if nobody could ever tell you that you're wrong?

Here's why this matters now. There are only a few forces on the planet powerful enough to take on Facebook. National governments might be among them, maybe. But otherwise, we're looking at the other tech behemoths.

As it happens, one of those behemoths, Apple, has all but declared war on Facebook, while another, Google, looks as if it's gearing up to join the fight. My colleague Jason Aten has done a great job recently chronicling the battle:

Apple is set to change its privacy rules so that app developers will have to request permission before tracking most users.
That runs squarely into Facebook, where the entire business model basically involves tracking users in order to sell "personalized ads."
Who tells you no?
Apple's move could be an existential threat; at least Facebook seems to think it is. I can't predict how it will all turn out.

Feb 08 12:05

9 scary revelations from 40 years of facial recognition research

In science fiction, facial recognition technology is a hallmark of a dystopian society. The truth of how it was created, and how it's used today, is just as freaky.

In a new study, researchers conduct a historical survey of over 100 data sets used to train facial recognition systems compiled over the last 43 years. The broadest revelation is that, as the need for more data (i.e. photos) increased, researchers stopped bothering to ask for the consent of the people in the photos they used as data.

Researchers Deborah Raji of Mozilla and Genevieve Fried of AI Now published the study on Cornell University's free distribution service, arXiv.org. The MIT Technology Review published its analysis of the paper Friday, describing it as "the largest ever study of facial-recognition data" that "shows how much the rise of deep learning has fueled a loss of privacy."

Feb 08 12:04

Starlink already has 10,000 users, according to a SpaceX FCC filing

Elon Musk's satellite internet experiment Starlink is still in the primordial stages of development, but apparently people are already using it.

That's the claim in SpaceX's latest FCC filing anyway. According to SpaceX, the user count in the United States and elsewhere totals more than 10,000 right now. That's obviously not a massive number, but considering Starlink's service offering is still in beta and the company is still actively launching satellites into space, it's a start.

What's perhaps even more interesting are the claims SpaceX makes about Starlink's performance. The filing says most Starlink customers can expect internet download speeds of at least 100Mbps with fewer than 31 milliseconds of latency. That download speed number is key, as it would put Starlink's service well above the average speed users get in several states.

Feb 08 11:52

Days After Blocking Facebook, Myanmar’s Military Government Has Now Blocked Instagram and Twitter

Myanmar’s new military-led government has blocked Instagram and Twitter in the country in an attempt to squash citizen resistance to the coup it staged earlier this week that ousted the country’s democratically elected government.

The new restrictions were announced on Friday by Telenor, an internet provider with headquarters in Norway, which stated that all mobile operators, international gateways, and internet service providers in Myanmar received a directive from the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications to block the social media networks until further notice.

The move comes just days after the new government blocked Facebook, which is estimated to be used by roughly half of the country’s 55 million people. It is one of the most popular forms of communication in Myanmar.

Feb 08 10:49

With one update, this malicious Android app hijacked millions of devices

With a single update, a popular barcode scanner app on Google Play transformed into malware and was able to hijack up to 10 million devices.

Lavabird Ltd.'s Barcode Scanner was an Android app that had been available on Google's official app repository for years. The app, accounting for over 10 million installs, offered a QR code reader and a barcode generator -- a useful utility for mobile devices.

The mobile application appeared to be legitimate, trustworthy software, with many users having installed the app years ago without any problems -- until recently.

According to Malwarebytes, users recently started to complain of adverts appearing unexpectedly on their Android devices. It is often the case that unwanted programs, ads, and malvertising are connected with new app installations, but in this example, users reported that they had not installed anything recently.

Upon investigation, the researchers pinpointed Barcode Scanner as the culprit.

Feb 08 09:35

The Semi Chip Shortage Is Turning Into A Crisis

For the better part of the last month we have been writing about how the shortage in semiconductors has wreaked havoc on the auto industry.

Now, it looks as though the shortage is going from being a nagging pain in the auto industry, to a full scale crisis that is also affecting consumer electronics like phones and gaming consoles.

It is now being referred to as the "most serious shortage in years", with Qualcomm's CEO saying last week that there were now shortages "across the board", according to Bloomberg.

Feb 08 06:59

The Semi Chip Shortage Is Turning Into A Crisis

For the better part of the last month we have been writing about how the shortage in semiconductors has wreaked havoc on the auto industry.

Now, it looks as though the shortage is going from being a nagging pain in the auto industry, to a full scale crisis that is also affecting consumer electronics like phones and gaming consoles.

It is now being referred to as the "most serious shortage in years", with Qualcomm's CEO saying last week that there were now shortages "across the board", according to Bloomberg.

Feb 08 06:40

They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them.

In 2019, a source came to us with a digital file containing the precise locations of more than 12 million individual smartphones for several months in 2016 and 2017. The data is supposed to be anonymous, but it isn’t. We found celebrities, Pentagon officials and average Americans.

It became clear that this data — collected by smartphone apps and then fed into a dizzyingly complex digital advertising ecosystem — was a liability to national security, to free assembly and to citizens living mundane lives. It provided an intimate record of people whether they were visiting drug treatment centers, strip clubs, casinos, abortion clinics or places of worship.

Surrendering our privacy to the government would be foolish enough. But what is more insidious is the Faustian bargain made with the marketing industry, which turns every location ping into currency as it is bought and sold in the marketplace of surveillance advertising.

Feb 07 06:53

Independent Media Under Fire : “Disinformation” for speaking up about the abuse

Big Tech is running scared now because Conservatives and other censored voices are beginning to unite and see their common enemy in broad daylight. Florida is one of the first states to give conservatives the power to sue Big Tech when they censor conservative’s political speech and impede their ability to participate in democracy. Right now, the authoritarian Democrats and the Big Tech elite look desperate and weak as they do everything in their power to manipulate their victims into thinking the censorship never actually happened to them, that they are going crazy, that the abuse is somehow justified.

Feb 06 14:47

'See Something, Say Something Online Act' Punishes Big Tech for Not Snitching

A new bill revitalizes the war on terror's favorite slogan in service of forcing tech companies to turn over more user data to the government. The "See Something, Say Something Online Act," introduced by Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W.Va.) and co-sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn (R–Texas), is the latest attack on the federal communications law known as Section 230 as well as freedom of speech and online privacy.

The legislation says any interactive computer service provider—that means social media giants, small blogs, podcast hosting services, app stores, consumer review platforms, independent political forums, crowdfunding and Patreon-style sites, dating apps, newsletter services, and much more—will lose Section 230 protections if they fail to report any known user activity that might be deemed "suspicious."

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Feb 06 05:55

Hacker Refuses to Hand Police Password for Seized Wallet With $6.5M in Bitcoin

German authorities who seized a convicted hacker’s wallet containing over 1,700 bitcoin – worth at least $64.7 million at today’s prices – have hit a brick wall when trying to access the coins.

  • According to a German prosecutor cited by Reuters Friday, the convicted criminal is refusing to share the password that would allow the authorities to access the bitcoin.
  • The hacker was sentenced to an over two-year prison term for installing software on other people’s computers without permission in order to mine cryptocurrency.
  • He has now served the sentence and has consistently refused hand over the wallet password, despite multiple requests.
  • “We asked him but he didn’t say,” prosecutor Sebastian Murer told Reuters. “Perhaps he doesn’t know.”
  • Prosecutors have made sure the man cannot access the bitcoin trove after release, Reuters said without providing any further detail
Feb 05 11:41

Google patches an actively exploited Chrome zero-day

Google has released today version 88.0.4324.150 of the Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Today's release contains only one bugfix for a zero-day vulnerability that was exploited in the wild.

The zero-day, which was assigned the identifier of CVE-2021-21148, was described as a "heap overflow" memory corruption bug in the V8 JavaScript engine.

Google said the bug was exploited in attacks in the wild before a security researcher named Mattias Buelens reported the issue to its engineers on January 24.

Two days after Buelens' report, Google's security team published a report about attacks carried out by North Korean hackers against the cyber-security community.

Feb 05 07:33

Millions of Android devices threatened by botnet malware — what to do

Millions of Android devices threatened by botnet malware — what to do
By Paul Wagenseil 17 hours ago

But there's an easy way to avoid infection

Chinese researchers say millions of Android devices, including smartphones, tablets, TVs and set-top boxes, are threatened by new malware that wants to draft the devices into a giant botnet.

The botnet malware, which the researchers at Qihoo 360's Netlab are calling "Matryosh" because its functions are layered like a Russian matryoshka nesting doll, using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) interface to infect devices.

Feb 05 07:15

Meet The Robot Designed To Replace Forklifts 

San Jose-based robotics company Fetch unveiled the latest robot to replace human forklift drivers in warehouses, called PalletTransport1500, according to a company press release.

The PalletTransport1500 is a square-like robot capable of lifting pallets weighing up to 2,500 pounds. The robot is powered by Honeywell Intelligrated's Momentum software suite designed to automate warehouses.

Fetch claims that forklifts are the most significant safety risks in warehouses, resulting in 100,000 injuries every year. Here's a tweet from the company showing how the robot works.

Feb 05 07:07

Amazon Plans To Install AI Surveillance Cameras In Delivery Vans 

Amazon is preparing to install high-tech video cameras inside its fleet of delivery vehicles to better monitor drivers' behavior, according to The Verge.

The Information first uncovered an instructional video sent out to employees and contract workers about Amazon's new partnership with Netradyne, a California-based company developing video cameras inside fleet vehicles to monitor drivers. The device will tell the driver: "Distracted driving," "No stop detected," and "Please slow down."

The video was first uploaded to Vimeo a week ago and is titled "Amazon Netradyne Driver Information." A link to the video can be found here. Amazon's senior manager for last-mile safety, Karolina Haraldsdottir, narrates the video and explains the new technology will improve safety among its fleet drivers.

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Remember when the Post Office started over-managing their employees?

Feb 05 06:59

Samsung, Apple, Google or OnePlus: Surprising data shows which smartphones retain the most value

A new smartphone can cost hundreds of dollars and many people choose to upgrade within a few years. A better understanding of a brand or model's depreciation could help consumers make more cost-effective purchasing decisions. Decluttr published its biannual report in January that focused on phone depreciation for many of the top makes and models. The report compares popular smartphone models from Apple, Samsung, Google, OnePlus, and Huawei.

The report states that all data related to the "Phone 12 and all Samsung models, excluding the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Samsung Galaxy Flip, is accurate as of January 2021" and that "all other models are accurate as of August 2020."

Feb 05 06:49

Pompeo Says China Will Use Artificial Intelligence to Harm US

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview aired on Feb. 4 that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will use artificial intelligence to comb through troves of personal data on U.S. citizens recovered from Chinese technology and apps and use the intelligence as a weapon to strong-arm the United States.

“They will use that information. They will use artificial intelligence to gather it up. And then they will turn around and tell us that if we don’t act in a way that’s consistent with what the Chinese Communist Party wants, they will impose real costs on the United States,” Pompeo told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo.

Pompeo was responding to a question on whether the administration of President Joe Biden should keep in place the sanctions and other restrictions imposed on Chinese companies by former President Donald Trump.

Feb 04 13:41

What a picture of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a bikini tells us about the disturbing future of AI

Want to see a half-naked woman? Well, you’re in luck! The internet is full of pictures of scantily clad women. There are so many of these pictures online, in fact, that artificial intelligence (AI) now seems to assume that women just don’t like wearing clothes.

Feb 04 13:03

5 apps you should delete right now

You probably have more than enough space on your phone to hold whatever you want. The bad news: Your phone is probably full of junk you never think to remove.

Take your photo gallery. How many duplicates, screenshots, and memes are clogging things up? Cleaning it up isn’t so bad if you have the right tools. Tap or click here for my top picks to easily organize your photos.

Then it’s time to tackle your apps. Don’t make the mistake of uninstalling apps without first deleting the associated account. Tap or click for easy steps on identifying apps you no longer use and removing them.

When you’re ready to start deleting, tackle these apps first:

Feb 04 12:03

The Digital Police State Is Being Institutionalized Throughout the Western World

Alarming News. In Germany the Parliament (Bundestag) ratified on 29 January 2021, the implementation of Agenda ID2020.

This is a centralized general electronic data collection of every citizen to which every government agency, police – and possibly also the private sector would have access.

It covers all that is known about an individual citizen, now up to 200 points of in formation and possibly more as time goes on, from your bank account to your shopping habits, health records (vaccination records, of course), your political inclinations, and probably even your dating habits and other entries into your private sphere.

Agenda ID2020 was designed by Bill Gates as part of the “vaccination package”. It is backed by the Rockefeller Foundation, Accenture, the WEF and GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, now simply called the Vaccine Alliance), also a Gates creation (2001), with HQ in Geneva, Switzerland.

Feb 03 13:56

That notice about a package you didn’t order? It’s a scam

Pat and Chris recently reported the following problem: they received an email informing them their delivery package had been delayed. It included a request to log on and confirm receipt of the notice. But neither could remember what they had ordered so they deleted the email. Smart!

Their computer and emails could have been jeopardized by logging on to this notice. They contacted our office for advice on how to handle such notices. Here is what we advise should a similar occurrence happen to you.

Feb 03 10:54

Microsoft Defender ATP is detecting yesterday's Chrome update as a backdoor

Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), the commercial version of the ubiquitous Defender antivirus and Microsoft's top enterprise security solution, is currently having a bad day and labeling yesterday's Google Chrome browser update as a backdoor trojan.

The detections, as can be seen in a screenshot above shared with ZDNet by one of our readers, are for Google Chrome 88.0.4324.146, the latest version of the Chrome browser, which Google released last night.

As per the screenshot above, but also based on reports shared on Twitter by other dismayed system administrators, Defender ATP is currently detecting multiple files part of the Chrome v88.0.4324.146 update package as containing a generic backdoor trojan named "PHP/Funvalget.A."

Feb 03 08:42

China Suspected In Hack Of US Federal Payroll Agency Using SolarWind Exploit

Just days after China sent a not-so-subtle warning to Taiwan regarding independence (and by extension, to US President Joe Biden), inside sources at the FBI are leaking details about another cyberattack linked to Solarwind, which made headlines in December after operatives believed to be sponsored by the Russian government used an exploit to compromise classified systems.

This time, however, the villain is China - which federal agents believe used the same SolarWinds exploit as the suspected Russians to break into US government computers and access an unknown quantity of data, according to "five people familiar with the matter."

One of the agencies believed to have been hacked by China is the National Finance Center, an obscure agency in the federal government that handles payroll and other sensitive data. It's housed within the Department of Agriculture, but contains information from employees across the federal government.

Feb 03 06:30

Huawei Struggles in Smartphone Market as Sanctions Bite, Apple Profits

Chinese telecom giant Huawei saw a substantial drop in both smartphone shipments and market share in China market in 2020, following a tough year of US government’s strangle on semiconductors supply, allowing US rival Apple to rise to fill up the void.

Under the US’ relentless assault, Huawei saw a drop in market share in China from 38.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2019 to 25.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, the only one of the top five smartphone makers in China whose share declined, an International Data Corp (IDC) report showed on Tuesday.

Industry experts said that Huawei’s rare market share decline reflected the US block on chips that affected the supply chain of the company’s high-end mobile series.

There were 86.4 million smartphones shipped in China in the fourth quarter of 2020, almost flat year-on-year, with Huawei being the only smartphone maker among the top five that did not grow. The others were Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo and Apple.

Feb 02 15:29

EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter flagged with facial recognition technology at airport, interrogated by DHS, FBI

A Trump supporter who attended the peaceful rally that preceded the Capitol Hill riot revealed to The Post Millennial that she was flagged with facial recognition technology and interrogated by Homeland Security while flying home from vacation last week. Then FBI agents appeared at her house.

When 54-year-old Dana Kurtbek of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, travelled to Mexico with her daughter, the conservative woman was held at Philadelphia Airport for intensive screening conducted by the Transportation Security Administration—even though she is enrolled in the expedited TSA PreCheck program—and missed her American Airlines flight.

"I thought it was just random bad luck," she told The Post Millennial, emphasizing that she's a taxpaying, law-abiding American citizen with no criminal record. Fortunately, she was placed on a later flight.

Feb 02 11:12

Robinhood plummets back down to a one-star rating on Google Play

Investment app Robinhood has plummeted back down to a one-star rating on Google Play, thanks to a flood of thousands of new negative reviews.

The latest low rating comes just days after Google salvaged the app’s rating by removing nearly 100,000 reviews, following a flood of negative ratings after the Robinhood blocked purchases of popular stocks from Reddit’s /r/WallStreetBets like GameStop or AMC last week.

Feb 02 09:52

New ‘cryogenic’ computer chip heralds ‘transformational’ breakthrough in quantum computing

Researchers in Australia have developed a new kind of cryogenic quantum computer chip which operates at close to the theoretical coldest temperature in the universe and may spark a new technological revolution.
The system, called Gooseberry, runs at a temperature 40 times colder than deep space – a 20-fold increase over what's possible with quantum computers today.

Immensely complex mathematical equations that would take traditional supercomputers hundreds if not thousands of years to calculate can take a quantum computer a matter of seconds to finish.

“This is going to be transformational in the next few years,” said Andrew White, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

Feb 02 09:45

YouTube censors over 500,000 videos to protect globalist COVID-19 hysteria narrative

Wojcicki made it clear that pushing Big Pharma’s experimental vaccines is a driving force behind her censorship agenda. This is part of the mad rush to stick as many people with the shots as quickly as possible before the many negative side-effects can be fully understood.

Feb 02 09:36

Microsoft tracked a system sending a million malware emails a month. Here's what it discovered

Microsoft has posted an extensive account of its investigation of the systems used to fire out millions of emails distributing at least seven different types of malware.

Microsoft identifies two elements of the new email infrastructure it discovered in March and April, and then tracked for the rest of the year. It calls the first segment StrangeU because of it often using the word "strange" in new domains. The second segment used a domain generation algorithm, a technique for creating domain names randomly, and was thus dubbed RandomU.

"The emergence of this infrastructure in March dovetailed with the disruption of the Necurs botnet that resulted in the reduction of service," security researchers from the Microsoft 365 Defender Threat Intelligence Team said.

Necurs was a large and long-running botnet with a history in delivering the Dridex banking trojan, but it's also been used to distribute ransomware, remote access trojans, and information-stealing trojans.

Feb 02 09:02

New ‘cryogenic’ computer chip heralds ‘transformational’ breakthrough in quantum computing

Researchers in Australia have developed a new kind of cryogenic quantum computer chip which operates at close to the theoretical coldest temperature in the universe and may spark a new technological revolution.

The system, called Gooseberry, runs at a temperature 40 times colder than deep space – a 20-fold increase over what's possible with quantum computers today.

Immensely complex mathematical equations that would take traditional supercomputers hundreds if not thousands of years to calculate can take a quantum computer a matter of seconds to finish.

“This is going to be transformational in the next few years,” said Andrew White, the director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems.

Feb 02 08:46

How Amazon’s Ring, the privacy-busting doorbell surveillance tool, is extending its influence with police across the US

The number of police forces joining Ring’s partnership program across America more than doubled in 2020, despite there being little evidence that it’s an effective crimefighting device. The rise is sparking major privacy concerns.

Newly released figures indicate that nearly 2,000 police departments across the US are partnered with Amazon’s Ring, in the process expanding the reach of the highly controversial civilian surveillance network yet further.

Ring, bought by the e-commerce giant in February 2018 for a fee that could be as much as US$1.8 billion, is best-known for producing a range of ‘smart’ doorbells, which house high-definition cameras, motion sensors, microphones, and speakers.

Not long after its purchase, the partnership program was launched – under its auspices, Ring offers authorities access to video footage recorded by the millions of internet-connected devices its customers have mounted to their homes.

Feb 01 11:46

Reddit Outages Reported As r/WallStreetBets Experiences Surge In Web Traffic  

Reddit users are reporting issues with the website on Sunday morning, according to Downdector. The outage map appears widespread.

Redditors began reporting issues around 0930 ET and appear heavily concentrated in the Northeast.

While there is no official confirmation from the website of what is causing issues and outages for users, people on Downdector who are reporting the problems suggest "WSB (r/WallStreetBets) has bogged the server down."

Others said, "reddit down again lol."

Someone else said, "This is the second time in less than 24 hours."

Feb 01 11:13

Testing

Feb 01 11:04

Beware: Malicious Home Depot ad gets top spot in Google Search

A malicious Home Depot advertising campaign is redirect Google search visitors to tech support scams.

Malicious Google search ads are nothing new, with campaigns for Amazon Prime, PayPal, and eBay seen in the past. As these ads look like legitimate campaigns for the company, including showing their standard URL when you hover over them, it is common for people to be tricked into clicking on them.

Yesterday, BleepingComputer was notified by someone who fell for a malicious Home Depot advertisement currently displayed in the top spot of a Google search.

As a test, BleepingComputer searched for 'home depot' and was shown the malicious advertisement on our first try. Even worse, the ad is the top spot in the research result, making it more likely to be clicked.

Feb 01 09:28

Major Security Issues w/ Hillary Clinton's Email Server--SCOTUS Fight Soon?

Feb 01 09:27

SHOCK: Biden in DANGER after SHOCKING reveal over Hunter’s laptop scandal: ‘Things get worse’

Feb 01 08:43

Bing there, done that: Microsoft could step in if Google exits Australia over content licensing row, PM Morrison says

Microsoft is ready to bolster its presence in Australia if Google follows through with a threat to pull its search engine from the country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.
Australia is mulling legislation that would require Google and Facebook to pay domestic media outlets for using their content on their platforms, a move that the two tech giants strenuously oppose. Google has claimed that the licensing fees would make their services financially unviable, warning last month that the company would stop offering its popular search engine in Australia if the law goes through.

Feb 01 08:34

Don’t Let Apple’s ‘Privacy’ Fight With Facebook Fool You For A Second

War is brewing in Silicon Valley. A long-simmering fight between Apple and Facebook — two of the architects of Big Tech — spilled into the avenue this past week, with commercial and legal threats hitting the pages of both tech publications and broader media.

To read the Cult of Mac journalists who dominate Big Tech reporting, you’d think America had flipped the calendar back 10 years to a simpler time when Apple, Inc. was seen as some white knight fighting for innovation, user privacy, and a freer, cooler future. Facebook, on the other hand, you might read, stands for old-fashioned corporate greed.

It’s garbage,(see: https://slate.com/technology/2020/01/against-the-cult-of-apple.html) of course — the good guy part, anyways.

Feb 01 08:18

Microsoft Update Forces Outlook Users to Pay a Fee to Keep Emails, Causes Outrage

Microsoft Imposes a 15GB Email Storage Limit for Outlook Users
According to Express Co UK, back in 2013, Microsoft automatically switched accounts with hotmail.com or hotmail.co.uk into Microsoft outlook without repercussion. Since then, Outlook was the new hotmail. Thus, it was not possible to create a new Hotmail address anymore since it was rebranded to be Microsoft's outlook. Despite the change being implemented, a new update has once again shocked users as Micorosoft is now imposing a 15-GB email account limit, unless users want to pay for a subscription fee to keep their accounts.

Moreover, Microsoft has been sending warning emails that users are almost reaching their storage limit. By upgrading to the Premium account versions through a subscription fee, Micorosft will allow users to have an extra storage capacity. Anyone who wants to do so will have to pay £59.99 a year to upgrade to Microsoft's new Office 365 service.

Feb 01 08:12

Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Microsoft Edge: Which browser gobbles up the most RAM?

A few years ago, gaming company Corsair put out an amusing advertisement that quickly went viral. In it, a man wearing a Google Chrome shirt greedily devours a plate of RAM-shaped cookies, while another man in an Adobe Photoshop shirt takes a dainty bite of one, then puts the rest back.

It was a damning indictment of Chrome — even if it was missing some important context. For the record, Google Chrome really does go to town on your computer’s memory, and I had a good laugh along with everyone else. But it also got me thinking: Does Chrome really gobble up more than its fair share of RAM? And, if so, do other popular Internet browsers take a more conservative approach?

Feb 01 07:18

Project Veritas Exposes Mark Zuckerberg And Other Facebook Executives In New Leaked Video

Project Veritas has exposed darkness once again.

Project Veritas led by James O’ Keefe recently released a new leaked conference call between Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives.

In the call Zuckerberg and other executives were quoted saying “Facebook has too much power” and Facebook “wants to work with Biden”.

Leaders from Facebook also openly bashed President Trump in their January 7th call.

Watch a snippet of the leaked video here before it’s taken down:

The Gateway Pundit gave these interesting details:

Project Veritas on Sunday night released insider leaked videos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other FB execs admitting Facebook has “too much power.”

James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas team have obtained hours of leaked video from a brave insider at Facebook.

Jan 31 14:20

Samsung Considers $10 Billion Texas Chipmaking Plant, Sources Say

Samsung Electronics Co. is considering spending more than $10 billion building its most advanced logic chipmaking plant in the U.S., a major investment it hopes will win more American clients and help it catch up with industry leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.

The world’s largest memory chip and smartphone maker is in discussions to locate a facility in Austin, Texas, capable of fabricating chips as advanced as 3 nanometers in the future, people familiar with the matter said. Plans are preliminary and subject to change but for now the aim is to kick off construction this year, install major equipment from 2022, then begin operations as early as 2023, they said. While the investment amount could fluctuate, Samsung’s plans would mean upwards of $10 billion to bankroll the project, one of the people said.

Jan 30 22:54

Tim Cook May Have Just Ended Facebook

(Article quoted in full as it may be behind a paywall.)
What happens when an unstoppable force hits an immovable object?

In a recent speech at Brussels' International Data Privacy Day, Apple CEO Tim Cook went on the offensive against Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. Cook's speech seems to be a direct response to Facebook's recent attack on Apple, in which the world's largest social network took out full-page ads in several newspapers attacking Apple's new privacy changes.

But what's most fascinating is that Cook took direct aim at Facebook without ever mentioning the company by name.

Just check out the following excerpt:

"Technology does not need vast troves of personal data stitched together across dozens of websites and apps in order to succeed. Advertising existed and thrived for decades without it, and we're here today because the path of least resistance is rarely the path of wisdom.

Jan 30 17:29

Has The Robinhood Exodus Begun?

There's no telling how many Robinhood users are infuriated with the discount brokerage after last week's GameStop snafu following trading restrictions and forced liquidations. Still, the evidence is mounting of a possible mass exodus.

First, Google spent late last week removing nearly 100,000 negative reviews from the Robinhood app in the Google Play Store. Disgruntled Robinhood users, many of whom were restricted in buying GameStop shares or options or were forced to liquidate after the "mother of all short squeezes."

Here's a screenshot from the Google Play store when Robinhood had a one-star rating and nearly 275,000 reviews:

Meanwhile, internet searches for "delete Robinhood" have gone parabolic in recent days, with other search queries including "how to delete Robinhood," "delete my Robinhood account," and, "how to delete a Robinhood account" surging across the country.

Jan 30 15:34

SIGNAL, THE ‘ENCRYPTED MESSENGER OF THE FUTURE,’ HAS SHADY LINKS TO US NATIONAL SECURITY INTERESTS

If the sudden popularity of the encrypted messenger Signal has seemed suspicious to you, you may be onto something – the app is at least partially funded through American foreign influence cutouts.
On January 4, WhatsApp announced sweeping changes to its privacy policies, affecting the vast bulk of its approximately two billion users globally.

The poorly explained rules were interpreted by many as proof that the messaging service was about to commence sharing users’ private data, including their conversations, with parent company Facebook, and in response millions the world over began flocking to alternative messaging services that offered end-to-end encryption.

The most common destinations for WhatsApp exiles were, and remain, Signal and Telegram. For reasons unclear, while available figures suggest the latter has to date received many orders of magnitude more fresh arrivals than the former, corporate news outlets have overwhelmingly focused on Signal’s surging intake.

Jan 30 11:04

Signal is blocked in Iran and no one will admit to ordering it

Like many people across the globe, Iranians have been spooked by WhatsApp's recent announcement that it would be sharing data with parent company Facebook. In response, they have been flooding to the messaging app's rival, Signal.

This month, Signal became the most-downloaded app in Iran. On Monday, it was suddenly blocked and removed from local Android markets.

Signal is an encrypted end-to-end messaging app used by journalists and activists worldwide and considered the most secure app of its kind.

The huge rise in its popularity clearly troubled Iranian authorities. But amid the outcry over Signal's restriction, no one in Tehran's government or judiciary has taken responsibility for blocking the app, with a blame game rumbling on as Iranians bypass restrictions through VPNs.

Jan 30 09:42

Twitter rolls out Stasi-like “snitch” feature that mirrors what tyrannical bootlickers want for all of society: SECRET POLICE everywhere

People who still use Twitter and believe that elections should be fair and free; that vaccines are unsafe and ineffective; and that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) “pandemic” has been blown way out of proportion will now have to face a new “feature” known as “Birdwatch” that allows leftists to flag content deemed as “misinformation.”

Jan 29 12:00

Android warning: Malicious text can install a WORM on your phone - and it infects any friends who message you on WhatsApp too

Android users are being targeted by a piece of malicious software which tricks users into downloading a fake app that also targets the devices of friends via WhatsApp.

The so-called 'worm' can only infect a person's phone if they receive the message themselves and click on the link it contains.

It then requests the user enables a variety of functions and permissions. These activate a hidden capability which means when the phone receives a WhatsApp message it will instantly reply with a link to the dodgy site.

The intention of the scam is to bombard people with ads, which creates revenue for criminals, or to dupe people into signing up for a subscription service.

However, the tech could also be easily adapted to become more sinister and steal personal information as well as bank details, experts warn.

Jan 29 10:50

Apple CEO sounds warning of algorithms pushing society towards catastrophe

Apple CEO Tim Cook has said it is time to face the consequences of having algorithms push users towards more engagement at any cost.

Speaking at the Computers, Privacy, and Data Protection conference on Thursday, Cook said too many companies are asking what they can get away with, rather than what happens if they follow through on boosting metrics.

"At a moment of rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms, we can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all engagement is good engagement -- the longer the better -- and all with the goal of collecting as much data as possible," he said.

"What are the consequences of seeing thousands of users join extremist groups, and then perpetuating an algorithm that recommends even more?"

Jan 29 09:29

Apple CEO links Facebook’s business model to real-world violence

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday linked Facebook’s business model, which used data to serve targeted ads, with real-world consequences like violence or reducing public trust in vaccines.

Cook’s speech at a data privacy conference in Brussels did not mention Facebook by name, but the social media company was clearly a target of the Apple CEO’s warning.

“If a business is built on misleading users, on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, it does not deserve our praise. It deserves scorn,” Cook said.

Cook also criticized recommendation algorithms that suggest extremist groups to users, as Facebook has been under fire for doing. On Wednesday, Facebook said it will no longer automatically recommend political groups.

Jan 29 08:46

Apple CEO escalates battle with Facebook over online privacy

Apple CEO Tim Cook has fired off a series of thinly veiled shots at Facebook and other social media companies

Apple CEO escalates battle with Facebook over online privacyBy MICHAEL LIEDTKEAP Technology WriterThe Associated PressSAN RAMON, Calif.

SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook fired off a series of thinly veiled shots at Facebook and other social media companies Thursday, escalating an online privacy battle pitting the iPhone maker against digital services that depend on tracking people to help sell ads.

“Too many are still asking the question ‘how much can we get away with?’ when we should be asking ‘what are the consequences?'” Cook said. “What are the consequences of not just tolerating but rewarding content that undermines public trust in life-saving vaccinations? What are the consequences of seeing thousands of users join extremist groups and then perpetuating an algorithm that recommends more?”

Jan 28 16:18

The Constitution Is Not For Sale (Admission Of Violating The Constitution)

Last week, Joseph R. Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. The federal government began arresting those it claims attempted to interfere violently with Congress’ constitutional duties to authenticate Electoral College votes on Jan. 6. The Senate announced it would go forward with a second impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump, even though he is no longer in office. And the Defense Intelligence Agency sent a two-page memo to Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore. -- Guess which of these events never made it to the front pages? If you guessed the DIA memo, then you’d be correct. In that memo, the government acknowledged for the first time that it willingly and knowingly has violated the Constitution by using commercially available software to track the movements of innocent people in America without search warrants.

Jan 28 12:59

World's Biggest Malware Botnet Taken Down

Law enforcement agencies around the globe have teamed up to take control of Emotet, one of the world's most prolific malware botnets.

The FBI, Europol, the UK's National Crime Agency and other authorities say they worked for two years to map the infrastructure of Emotet and track the money behind it.

First spotted as a banking Trojan in 2014, Emotet subsequently evolved to become a point of entry for other types of malware and ransomware.

"Emotet was instrumental in some of the worst cyber attacks in recent times and enabled up to seventy per cent of the world’s malwares including the likes of Trickbot and RYUK," says Nigel Leary, deputy director of the UK's National Cyber Crime Unit.

Jan 28 12:58

Apple says its big privacy change is coming in ‘early spring’ as conflict with Facebook heats up

The long-awaited privacy update to Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating systems that could dramatically hurt mobile advertising is coming in “early spring,” Apple told CNBC on Wednesday.

To target mobile ads and measure how effective they are, app developers and other industry players currently often use Apple’s (IDFA), or a string of letters and numbers that’s different on every Apple device. But once this update rolls out, app makers will be forced to ask permission to access a user’s IDFA through a prompt. A significant portion of users are expected to say no, reducing the effectiveness of targeted ads.

Apple first announced the change last summer, giving advertisers and app makers ample time to prepare. But it’s become a major point of contention for ad-supported companies, who could lose revenue from the change.

Jan 28 12:05

Apple's new privacy tool lets you choose which apps can see and share your data. Here's what you need to know

Apple's long-awaited "app tracking transparency" tool, which lets users decide whether they agree to their data being tracked across various different apps and websites, will be rolling out in a matter of months.

Coming in early spring as part of a new release of iOS 14, iPadOS14 and tvOS14, the feature will require apps to get users' permission before tracking their data across other companies' apps or websites for advertising purposes. When asked by users not to track their data, apps will also have to refrain from sharing information with data brokers.

Data brokers collect information or buy it from other companies, including social media platforms, and aggregate thousands of pieces of data to create consumer profiles that can be used for targeted advertising. A new privacy report published by Apple mentions one broker that is currently collecting data on 700 million consumers worldwide, building up profiles that include as many as 5,000 characteristics.

Jan 27 08:11

SolarWinds – Targeted By Massive Cyberattack – Hires Kamala Harris’s Husband’s Former CCP-Linked Law Firm As Lobbyists

SolarWinds, a software vendor used by the U.S. government and recently a target of a massive cyberattack, has retained the former law firm of Vice President Kamala Harris’s husband as its lobbyist.

Emhoff previously served as a Partner in DLA Piper’s Intellectual Property and Technology practice and its Media, Sport, and Entertainment sector. Emhoff, however, departed the firm on November 10th in an effort to “work with the Biden-Harris transition team to develop the portfolio he will focus on to support the work of the administration.”

While Emhoff may have professed to sever ties with DLA Piper, the law firm has continued its government-focused lobbying and legal practice.

On December 16th, 2020, SolarWinds retained DLA Piper’s Washington D.C. office as its lobbyist.

Jan 27 07:29

Gartner: The future of AI is not as rosy as some might think

Gartner has released a series of Predicts 2021 research reports, including one that outlines the serious, wide-reaching ethical and social problems it predicts artificial intelligence (AI) to cause in the next several years. In Predicts 2021: Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on People and Society, five Gartner analysts report on different predictions it believes will come to fruition by 2025. The report calls particular attention to what it calls second-order consequences of artificial intelligence that arise as unintended results of new technologies.

Generative AI, for example, is now able to create amazingly realistic photographs of people and objects that don't actually exist; Gartner predicts that by 2023, 20% of account takeovers will use deepfakes generated by this type of AI. "AI capabilities that can create and generate hyper-realistic content will have a transformational effect on the extent to which people can trust their own eyes," the report said.

Jan 26 14:04

Massive Internet Outage Hits East Coast Due To Fiber Cut In Brooklyn, No ETA On Recovery

Reuters reports the massive outage of various web services this morning could be due to a fiber line that was cut in Brooklyn.

Users of Zoom, YouTube, Google, Gmail, Google Meet, Robinhood, Slack, Spotify, and Amazon Web Services are reporting issues or outages on Tuesday morning, according to Downdetector.

Jan 26 11:17

Python remains most popular programming language to learn

With so many programming languages in use, professional developers and potential developers alike face a challenge in deciding where to focus their efforts. This is especially true when it comes to learning and studying a particular language to direct your career. A report released Monday by technology trainer O'Reilly looks at which languages triggered the greatest interest among developers.

Among all languages, Python registered as the most popular one for people to learn, with interest rising by 27% last year from the previous year. Python is also desired for its machine learning (ML) aspects. The language's scikit-learn ML library saw an 11% increase in use, while the PyTorch ML framework used for deep learning jumped in use by 159%.

Jan 26 07:06

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been permanently barred from Twitter

Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and close friend of former President Trump, has been banned from Twitter. He was cited for violating the platform's "civic integrity policy." Lindell tweeted for Trump to impose "martial law" in several states and repeatedly made baseless election fraud claims.

Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow and fervent supporter of former President Donald Trump, has been permanently suspended by Twitter.

Jan 25 10:04

Hacker leaks data of 2.28 million dating site users

A well-known hacker has leaked the details of more than 2.28 million users registered on MeetMindful.com, a dating website founded in 2014, ZDNet has learned this week from a security researcher.

The dating site's data has been shared as a free download on a publicly accessible hacking forum known for its trade in hacked databases.

The leaked data, a 1.2 GB file, appears to be a dump of the site's users database.

Jan 25 08:33

Microsoft: Our free tool helps to improve your websites

Once you've instrumented your website you can start to get details of what your users are doing and how they're doing it. Part of that process is recording and playing back user sessions, watching interactions and paths through a site. Another is getting a heatmap overlay on a page, displaying where users interacted most with a page. Together the two techniques show what works for site navigation, and what reduces impact. Are users spending time trying to click on a page element that isn't interactive, or are they going down a path that causes them to simply abandon their transactions?

Currently free-to-use, it's easy to add Microsoft's Clarity to an existing website. There's minimal overhead, and all sizes of site are supported, with no traffic caps. It's important to note that Clarity is not recommended for sites that work with sensitive data, as session recordings could capture that information and store it on Microsoft's Clarity servers.

Jan 25 07:46

China Catching Up to US in Artificial Intelligence, Brexit to Hit EU's AI Capabilities, Report Says

The study explored 30 individual metrics such as research activity, business development, investment and human talent and found that China was steadily rising against the United States in the emerging technology, adding Brexit would also impact Europe's AI capacity, a report from a leading think tank on technology based in Washington found.

China is catching up to the United States in the ongoing rivalry for the top spot as the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI), research from a top think tank on science and technology revealed on Monday.

Despite the US leading in the development and implementation of AI, China is quickly rising and the European Union is lagging behind the former two, the report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation found.

Jan 24 11:59

Instagram Is Forcing Users to Follow Biden White House Account So That It’s Not So Pathetic Even When Users Repeatedly Un-Follow the Page

Tech giants keep pushing the BIG LIE.

Instagram is forcing users to follow the Joe Biden White House account because the page had less than a million followers.

Remember: This is the guy who allegedly had 81 million votes and exponentially more popular than Barack Obama!

From a Gateway Pundit reader: Hoping you pick up this story. If you unfollow or block the White House Instagram account, hours later you are forced to follow it again. More than half of the followers are being forced to follow the page. Seems like Instagram is trying to avoid the mainstream media picking up on Biden having less than a million followers.

Jan 24 08:37

Alphabet cancels Loon, project to beam internet to earth from balloons

Google parent-company Alphabet is saying goodbye to another one of its long-term experimental bets — this time, it's Loon, the gigantic balloons the company had hoped to beam internet to rural areas of the world.

"While we've found a number of willing partners along the way, we haven't found a way to get the costs low enough to build a long-term, sustainable business," said Loon CEO Alastair Westgarth said in a blog post Thursday. "Developing radical new technology is inherently risky, but that doesn't make breaking this news any easier. Today, I'm sad to share that Loon will be winding down."

Jan 23 11:50

Real-life dystopia? Microsoft’s patent to reanimate dead as ‘chatbots’ has Black Mirror fans worried

Microsoft has been granted a patent to “revive” the dead as chatbots, recreating their personality from social postings, writings, and videos to keep their grieving loved ones company. Assuming it doesn’t totally freak them out.

Jan 23 08:05

Big Brother meets Big Tech: Memo reveals military spies can just BUY personal data with tax money – no need for warrant

Using smartphone information bought from data brokers enabled the US Defense Intelligence Agency to spy on people without a warrant, including some Americans, the DIA admitted in a memo to a senator that’s now been made public.

The Defense Intelligence Agency focuses on foreign threats, but has searched for movements of American citizens at least five times over the past two and a half years, using cell phone data collected and sold by commercial brokers, according to an unclassified memo sent this week to Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon).

Jan 22 22:54

Facebook spent more on lobbying than any other Big Tech company in 2020

In a year when examining the power of the Big Tech companies became a major theme across the federal government, the top five major players spent millions of dollars lobbying Congress on issues ranging from election integrity to immigration.

Tech companies disclosed their lobbying spending for the fourth quarter of 2020 late Thursday night, revealing big swings in spending from 2019 to 2020. Combined, however, the five Big Tech companies (Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft) spent slightly less in 2020 than in the year before at $61.09 million, a 1.8% decrease.

Jan 22 09:11

The new Raspberry Pi Pico is an incredibly powerful little chip for just $4

Raspberry Pi has entered the microcontroller market with the $4 Raspberry Pi Pico, a brand-new piece of hardware based on the company's own custom silicon.

Whereas traditional Pi boards need to be paired with a microcontroller in order to control a physical device – say, a robot or a weather balloon – the Pico bridges this gap between hardware and software by providing a direct analogue connection to the end device.

Jan 22 08:46

Huge Interest In Pizza-Making Robot As COVID Accelerates "Social Distancing Kitchens"

COVID-19 will accelerate technological change that will bring the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence to many industries.

In particular, the restaurant industry, and how one Seattle startup is automating pizza kitchens.

The Picnic Pizza System was rolled out at 2019's CES technology conference in Las Vegas. The robotic pizza-maker fully automates the process of making a pizza. It can make hundreds of customized pizzas, each with different toppings, along with different sizes.

Jan 22 08:36

Aurora And PACCAR Team Up In Autonomous Truck Push

Just last month Uber unloaded its self-driving unit, Advanced Technologies Group, to Aurora to accelerate the development of the Aurora Driver, which is hoping to become the autonomous driving platform powering everything from passenger vehicles to heavy-duty trucks.

Aurora is backed by names such as Amazon and Sequoia with Uber now reportedly holding a more than 25% stake in the company following last month's deal. Aurora was co-founded by Chris Urmson, who headed Google's self-driving division for nearly eight years and is one of the most widely regarded names in the self-driving vehicle space.

Aurora didn't take long to announce its next move following the acquisition of ATG as the company signed a global strategic partnership with trucking giant PACCAR to bring a self-driving trucks powered by the Aurora Driver to market in the coming years.

Jan 22 06:37

Another Mega Group Spy Scandal? Samanage, Sabotage, and the SolarWinds Hack

The devastating hack on SolarWinds was quickly pinned on Russia by US intelligence. A more likely culprit, Samanage, a company whose software was integrated into SolarWinds’ software just as the “back door” was inserted, is deeply tied to Israeli intelligence and intelligence-linked families such as the Maxwells.

In mid-December of 2020, a massive hack compromised the networks of numerous US federal agencies, major corporations, the top five accounting firms in the country, and the military, among others. Despite most US media attention now focusing on election-related chaos, the fallout from the hack continues to make headlines day after day.

The hack, which affected Texas-based software provider SolarWinds, was blamed on Russia on January 5 by the US government’s Cyber Unified Coordination Group. Their statement asserted that the attackers were “likely Russian in origin,” but they failed to provide evidence to back up that claim.

Jan 21 13:30

Tim Cook gifted Trump the 'first' Mac Pro built in the U.S.

Former President Donald Trump once waged war with Apple over tariffs for products made in China. At one point, he said Apple would not be given tariff waivers on Mac Pro parts unless Apple produced them in the U.S.

Now, thanks to Trump's final financial disclosure report as president (via The New York Times' David Enrich), we know that Trump actually owns one of those U.S.-made Macs, as Apple CEO Tim Cook gifted the ex-President a $5,999 Mac Pro.

Jan 21 10:47

Does Your Android Phone Need Antivirus or Malware Protection?

Perhaps when it comes to your precious smartphone, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Your smartphone is indeed a powerful computing device, and there are potential thieves out there who want access to that information for obvious financial reasons. Evidence suggests that more than 350,000 new pieces of malware are generated each and every day—and smartphones are increasingly becoming the target of choice.

For those who let their guard down even for a moment, here are a few examples of what can happen:

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