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Thursday - July 25, 2019
the justice department announced it will review market competition among big tech platforms
The DoJ has announced an antitrust probe into big tech, following several months of rumors that it was about to do so. The DoJ plans to review how the leading online platforms achieved market power and whether they have engaged in practices that reduced competition, stifled innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers. The department will consider widespread concerns. [More...]

Wednesday - July 24, 2019
facebook's messenger app for children allows unapproved individuals to chat with kids online
A flaw in a Facebook app designed for children under 13 years old allows kids to chat online with people unapproved by their parents. The messaging app for kids is designed to give parents control over who their kids text and video chat with online, but a bug in the software lets a contact approved to chat with one child to talk to another without the approval of the second child's parents. [More...]

Tuesday - July 23, 2019
microsoft has committed $1 billion to accelerating advances in artificial intelligence
Microsoft wants to empower its Azure cloud computing service with yet-to-exist artificial general intelligence technologies to create new goals for supercomputing. It has announced a $1B investment through a partnership with OpenAI to build new AI technologies. The two companies hope to extend Microsoft Azure's capabilities in large-scale AI systems. [More...]

Monday - July 22, 2019
we should all behave as though we're on stage because smartphone cameras mean the whole world could be watching
I was struck by a recent video of a soldier who apparently took some woman's parking spot and then went off the rails when she objected. He bad-mouthed the U.S. military and the U.S., abused his wife, and put his child at risk. A decade ago we probably wouldn't have seen this incident, but now there is a good chance that anyone who misbehaves, as this guy clearly did, will be caught on camera. [More...]

Friday - July 19, 2019
50 years after the first moon landing astronaut mae jemison is plotting how to travel beyond the solar system
Earthlings have a natural inclination to gaze at the heavenly bodies. Many even dream of reaching for the stars. Mae C. Jemison actually is planning to get humans to other solar systems within the next century. Her goal is not an idle fancy. She has already been to space and back. Now her passion is to unite humanity to focus on traveling beyond our solar system. [More...]

Friday - July 19, 2019
50 years after the first man walked on the moon nasa is planning a mission to return
On July 20, 1969, astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered the now famous line, "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind," when he became the first person to set foot on the moon. It fulfilled the almost as famous "We choose to go to the moon" line delivered by President John F. Kennedy to a crowd at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sept. 12, 1962. [More...]

Wednesday - July 17, 2019
twitter has revamped its desktop website design to make it more like the mobile experience
Twitter has unveiled a fresh new look for its desktop website that mimics the look and feel of its mobile platforms. The company has been testing a new version of its desktop website since the beginning of the year. The most noticeable change is the organization and layout of the Twitter home screen itself. The upgraded design simplifies navigation with a new and larger left-hand sidebar. [More...]

Tuesday - July 16, 2019
british mathematician and computer pioneer alan turing was selected to appear on 50-pound notes
Alan Turing, the British mathematician known for his World War II code-breaking exploits and for a test to distinguish between human and machine intelligence, will be on 50-pound notes in the UK by the end of 2021. The Bank of England, which made the announcement, explained that Turing, who died in 1954, was chosen from a field of 989 eligible characters after a public nomination period. [More...]

Tuesday - July 16, 2019
Qualcomm Technologies aims to push the speed limits of mobile gaming with the added features in its Snapdragon Mobile Platform. The Snapdragon 855 Plus Mobile Platform, its newest processor, performs graphics functions 15 percent faster. It will show up in new devices later this year. Snapdragon 855 Plus is an update to the flagship Snapdragon 855, released earlier this year. [More...]

Monday - July 15, 2019
develop a strategy for shopping on amazon's prime day to make sure the deals you get are great
For Halloween, we buy all kinds of crap we shouldn't be eating and feed it to our kids. When Valentine's Day approaches, husbands and boyfriends live in fear of getting their significant other's gift wrong again. Fourth of July is when we buy expensive things we can burn and piss off our neighbors. Of course, there are the various gift-giving holidays that are linked to specific religious groups. [More...]

Friday - July 12, 2019
bans against online expressions of support for the trump administration have fueled a censorship debate
Ravelry, an online knitting community that has more than 8 million members, last month announced that it would ban forum posts, projects, patterns and even profiles from users who supported President Trump or his administration. "We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy," the administrators of Ravelry posted on the site. [More...]

Wednesday - July 10, 2019
a flaw in video conferencing app zoom could enable invasions of users' privacy
A security researcher has found a flaw in the popular video conferencing app Zoom that could be used to turn on the camera on a Macintosh computer without a user's permission. The vulnerability allows any website to forcibly join a user to a Zoom call, with their video camera activated, without a user's permission, explained Jonathan Leitschuh, a senior software engineer at Gradle. [More...]

Tuesday - July 9, 2019
fbi and ice's use of facial recognition tech to search drivers license databases raises privacy concerns
State motor vehicle departments have become a rich source of facial recognition data for and FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Researchers at Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy & Technology reportedly used public records requests to gather a cache of documents that show the agencies have turned state DMV databases into the foundation of a vast surveillance infrastructure. [More...]

Monday - July 8, 2019
an oracle apple merger would make sense as the companies combined could reduce each other's weaknesses
After reading about the departure of Jony Ive, I'm trying to wrap my head around Apple without a design focus. Now this isn't as hard as you might think, given the last truly successful Apple product came out around a decade ago and was called the "iPad." It is also somewhat ironic that Apple just effectively relaunched the iPod, the product that Steve Jobs rode to Apple's massive success. [More...]

Wednesday - July 3, 2019
prepare communication backup plans and workarounds in advance to respond effectively to a cybersecurity incident
While good communication is pretty much universally beneficial, there are times when it's more so than others. One such time? During a cybersecurity incident. Incident responders know that communication is paramount. Even a few minutes might mean the difference between closing an issue vs. allowing a risky situation to persist longer than it needs to. [More...]

What should be done to curb hate speech online?
Social media should crack down -- "free speech" is not an issue for private companies.
Laws should impose penalties on companies that allow incitements to violence.
Schools should do a better job educating students about the dangers of hate speech.
Public officials should exercise stronger leadership in rejecting all forms of hate speech.
Parents should do a better job fostering tolerance and respect at home.
Nothing -- any attempt to regulate hate speech could have unintended negative consequences.

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