The Return of Anonymous
by Dale Beran on August 11, 2020 at 2:19 pm
The infamous hacker group reemerges from the shadows.
For Whom the Tok Tiks
by Ian Bogost on August 6, 2020 at 6:25 pm
TikTok could persist in many ways in America. None is good.
What a Doctor Learns From Watching You on Video Chat
by Marion Renault on August 6, 2020 at 1:21 pm
Patients and doctors are rediscovering the unexpected virtues and hidden pitfalls of homebound care.
The End of the Fictional Cop
by Stephen Kearse on July 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Television and film helped naturalize police violence. Noir offers a way out.
Facebook’s Looted-Artifact Problem
by Jenna Scatena on July 31, 2020 at 10:00 am
The Islamic State turned the social platform into a global marketplace for stolen relics—until a group of vigilante archaeologists took matters into their own hands.
Trump banned TikTok and WeChat. Are video games next?
by Sam Dean on August 7, 2020 at 11:20 pm
The executive order singling out WeChat and its parent company, Tencent, caused a furor in the gaming world Thursday night. Officials say the order is focused on WeChat, not Tencent's gaming holdings — but how long will that hold?
Prince Harry likens social media to lead poisoning, calling it harmful to children
by Christie D'Zurilla on August 7, 2020 at 6:44 pm
Prince Harry is calling on advertisers to seek change from social media platforms and heal the 'crisis of hate' they've created.
California labor commissioner sues Uber and Lyft, alleging wage theft
by Suhauna Hussain on August 5, 2020 at 10:30 pm
In a wage-theft lawsuit, California's top labor law enforcer says ride-hailing tech companies have "willfully" misclassified drivers as independent contractors.
Elon Musk says Tesla headquarters could still move out of California
by Russ Mitchell on August 4, 2020 at 9:30 pm
Elon Musk renews the threat to leave California he first made during a fight over the reopening of Tesla's Fremont plant during the coronavirus lockdown.
Promising a TikTok ban, Trump escalates tech war with China
by Russ Mitchell, Suhauna Hussain on August 1, 2020 at 12:47 am
In reportedly preparing an order to force TikTok's Chinese parent company to sell it off, the Trump administration chooses a peculiar cyberdefense beachhead in an emerging battle over information espionage.
LEGO Nintendo Entertainment System: A love letter to a retro gaming icon
by firstname.lastname@example.org (James Ide) on August 11, 2020 at 7:34 pm
The LEGO NES is the loving recreation of the original gaming powerhouse made of the much-loved bricks
Teens who vape are five times more likely to catch coronavirus, study claims
by email@example.com (Mark Waghorn, Shivali Best) on August 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Researchers from Stanford University have warned that teenagers who vape are five times more likely to catch Covid-19, while those who smoke cigarettes at seven times more likely
Why your hands and feet swell in hot weather - and how to soothe them
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Shivali Best) on August 11, 2020 at 1:58 pm
There are several physiological changes associated with hot weather, including the swelling of the hands and feet
Brits report strange effects of UK heatwave - including diarrhoea and exhaustion
by email@example.com (Shivali Best) on August 11, 2020 at 1:18 pm
From struggling to sleep to excessively sweating, there are several physiological effects associated with exposure to extreme heats
Drinking hot tea in summer really does cool you down - here's the science
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Shivali Best) on August 11, 2020 at 12:35 pm
During this week's heatwave you might be tempted to reach for a cold drink, but a cup of tea may be a better option
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Google is re-adding a Calendar app to Android Auto so you can see how to get to your next appointment
by Taylor Lyles on August 12, 2020 at 12:37 am
Google is releasing a new update to Android Auto that allows the car software to regain some of its smarts. This includes bringing back the Calendar app, which allows you to view information on your next appointment and get driving directions if you’d added a location to the calendar entry. Google previously removed the Calendar app from its last redesign in 2019, replacing it with a button that simply read your appointments out loud using the Google Assistant instead of showing you anything on the screen. The new update also adds relevant shortcuts to the Calendar app — so if you need to pick up a birthday cake, for instance, you will have the option to either call the bakery or pull up directions to get there. Apple introduced a s... Continue reading…
Pinterest’s former COO is suing for gender discrimination and retaliation
by Zoe Schiffer on August 11, 2020 at 11:56 pm
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images The former COO of Pinterest is suing the company for gender discrimination. Françoise Brougher says she was paid less than her male peers, repeatedly left out of important meetings, and given gendered feedback, according to her legal complaint. She was fired after speaking out about these concerns, the lawsuit says. Brougher, who previously worked as the Global Business Lead at Square and as a VP on the advertising team at Google, according to her LinkedIn, learned of the salary inequalities when Pinterest was preparing to go public in 2019. She made less than her male peers, and her equity vested at a slower rate. After bringing this to the attention of Pinterest CEO Ben Silbermann, she still had to fight to be fairly compensated. The... Continue reading…
Tesla’s planned five-way stock split will make its shares much more affordable
by Nick Statt on August 11, 2020 at 10:11 pm
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Tesla has announced a new five-way stock split to take effect on August 28th, which will make the company’s shares cheaper for buyers. The electric car maker’s stock closed on Tuesday at $1,374.39 a share, close to its July all-time high and at a total market valuation of more than $256 billion. But at prices that high, it’s difficult for individuals — especially retail traders using platforms like Robinhood — to own more than fractional shares of the company. If you own Tesla stock by August 21st, you’ll receive four additional shares of common stock on the date of the split. Starting August 31st, Tesla says it will begin trading on a split-adjusted basis. Tesla’s stock is nearly $1,400 a share right now Stock splits are typically... Continue reading…
How to get rid of that irritating Meet tab in Gmail for Android and iOS
by Barbara Krasnoff on August 11, 2020 at 10:02 pm
I have nothing against Google’s Meet videoconferencing platform — I’ve even used it a couple of times with relatives — but I can’t help being annoyed when the feature is pushed at me via other apps. Specifically, Gmail. Meet first appeared on the desktop Gmail app last spring, but it did not take up much space and was reasonably easy to ignore (or remove from your screen, if you so wished). Now, however, Meet is making its way onto the mobile Gmail app via two tabs which will eventually appear (if they haven’t already) at the bottom of your screen: one labeled “Mail” and one labeled “Meet.” The problem here isn’t only that you’re being pushed to use a particular videoconferencing app while all you want to do is check your email, but it... Continue reading…
Watch Steve Wozniak’s celebrity-packed 70th birthday celebration tonight at 8PM ET
by Jay Peters on August 11, 2020 at 10:00 pm
Photo by Sonia Recchia/WireImage Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak turns 70 years old today, and you can celebrate by attending his celebrity-studded virtual birthday party that’s happening in just a few hours at 8PM ET. Today’s party also kicks off an “11 Days of Wozdom” social media contest offering Woz-autographed Apple products as prizes. The party isn’t just an excuse to celebrate an important figure in American technology history, however. It’s also a fundraiser to support Jewel’s Inspiring Children Foundation (yes, as in the Grammy-nominated singer Jewel). She will be hosting tonight’s festivities, which will feature a huge number of singers, actors, comedians, and other notable celebrities. It’s a seriously impressive (and honestly, rather eclectic) mix, of which... Continue reading…
THE SMART SPEAKER REPORT: Smart speakers could be the fastest-growing digital platform ever — here's how to engage with customers through the devices
by Peter Newman on August 12, 2020 at 2:00 am
This is a preview of The Smart Speaker research report from Business Insider Intelligence. Purchase this report. Business Insider Intelligence offers even more technology coverage with Connectivity & Tech Pro. Subscribe today to receive industry-changing connectivity news and analysis to your inbox. The smart speaker has been a runaway success in the handful of years since it hit the market, catapulting from obscurity to the peak of sales lists and cementing itself in the public consciousness. According to primary survey data from Business Insider Intelligence, as many as half of US respondents reported living in a home with a voice-enabled AI device. The prevalence of smart speakers is changing how companies in a range of spaces — media, e-commerce, smart home, banking, and more — interact with consumers. For companies looking to sell these speakers and brands looking to engage with their customers through the now-critical medium, it's important to understand how the voice ecosystem works in practice and how it's being used. To learn more about adoption and habits, we surveyed 2,000 US consumers regarding factors like smart speaker ownership, what brands consumers use, and what they use the devices to do. Our survey data offers critical insights for key stakeholders at companies aiming to promote and use the smart speaker to reach customers. In The Smart Speaker Report, Business Insider Intelligence examines the fast-evolving smart speaker market. First, we provide a glimpse into smart speaker adoption in the US, both overall and by particular demographics. Then, we look at the characteristics of device owners, including how many speakers they own, which types, how often they use them, and what they use them to do. We also break down the top smart speaker use cases and the reasons why they are or aren't resonating with consumers, and advise brands looking to reach their users via this medium how best to do so. The companies mentioned in this report are: Amazon, American Express, Apple, Deezer, Google, Nest, Pandora, Samsung, Spotify, and TuneIn. Here are some key takeaways from the report: 5 years since the first device in its category launched, the smart speaker may be demonstrating one of the fastest rates of consumer adoption of any technology device in history, outpacing even the smartphone, per our data. More than half of US respondents who said that they live in households with a smart speaker reported having multiple speakers in their household, and nearly all living in households with speakers use them at least once a week. Media playback, general information, and communication are among the most commonly used features of smart speakers for device users. In full, the report: Provides a snapshot of the current state of smart speaker adoption. Highlights the most important ways that consumers are using the devices and looks at what will come next in key segments. Identifies key trends in smart speaker and voice assistant design and usage and offers guidance for companies and brands looking to use the platform moving forward. Interested in getting the full report? Here's how to get access: Purchase & download the full report from our research store. >> Purchase & Download Now Join thousands of top companies worldwide who trust Business Insider Intelligence for their competitive research needs. >> Inquire About Our Enterprise Memberships Current subscribers can read the report here. Join the conversation about this story »
A broken cable smashed a hole 100 feet wide in the Arecibo Observatory, which searches for aliens and tracks dangerous asteroids
by Morgan McFall-Johnsen on August 12, 2020 at 12:08 am
A cable broke and tore a hole in the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico on Monday. The telescope had just reopened to study a potentially dangerous asteroid, shortly after Tropical Storm Isaias passed over the island. It's unclear why the cable broke, but the facility is closed again as engineers assess the damage. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One of the world's most prominent astronomical observatories has a hole. On Monday, a 3-inch-thick cable at the Arecibo Observatory broke, tearing a gash 100 feet long in the reflector dish of the 20-acre radio telescope in Puerto Rico. The observatory had just reopened after a temporary closure due to Tropical Storm Isaias when the cable, which helped support a metal platform, snapped at about 2:45 a.m. ET. Now the facility is closed again as engineers assess the damage, according to the University of Central Florida, a co-operator of the telescope. It was not immediately clear how the cable broke or whether the damage was related to Isaias. Astronomers use the telescope to study hazardous asteroids as they fly past Earth, in hopes of identifying space rocks on a collusion course early enough to intervene before they strike. Scientists have also used Arecibo to search for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life. In 1974, Arecibo beamed out the most powerful broadcast Earth has ever sent to communicate with potential aliens. Then in 2016, the telescope detected the first repeating fast radio bursts — mysterious space signals of unknown origin. The cable's fall also damaged six to eight panels in the telescope's Gregorian Dome: the part that focuses its radiation to the points in space that astronomers want to study. It twisted the platform used to access the dome as well. "We have a team of experts assessing the situation," Francisco Cordova, the director of the observatory, said in a statement. "Our focus is assuring the safety of our staff, protecting the facilities and equipment, and restoring the facility to full operations as soon as possible, so it can continue to assist scientists around the world." Tropical Storm Isaias passed over Puerto Rico on July 30, before it developed into a hurricane, leading observatory operators to shutter the facility for a few days. They turned it back on earlier this month to study a potentially dangerous asteroid the size of five football fields, which was passing Earth at an optimal distance for the observatory to check it out. NASA had previously calculated a 1 in 70,000 chance that the space rock could impact our planet between 2086 and 2101, so astronomers wanted to track it more closely to better calculate the odds of an impact. But when a team at Arecibo trained the telescope at the asteroid to determine its shape and orbit, they discovered that it likely won't pass close enough to Earth to pose a threat in the future. During those observations, the telescope was functioning well. "Fortunately, the storm passed quickly without damage to the telescope or the radar system, and the maintenance and electronics teams were able to activate the telescope from hurricane lockdown in time for the observations," Sean Marshall, an observatory scientist who led the team doing those radar observations, said at the time.SEE ALSO: A handful of new telescopes are about to transform the hunt for alien life and our understanding of the universe itself DON'T MISS: SpaceX and NASA plan to launch astronauts on the Crew Dragon spaceship again next month, with at least 4 major changes Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's how astronomers took the first image of a black hole that's located 55 million light years away
Pinterest's former COO Francoise Brougher has filed a gender discrimination suit against the company
by Julie Bort on August 12, 2020 at 12:02 am
Pinterest's high-profile former COO Françoise Brougher has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company, New York Times' Erin Griffith reports. The lawsuit explains why Brougher left the company suddenly in April without explanation after two years in the No. 2 role. The suit comes after the explosive exit of two Black Pinterest employees, Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks, and Business Insider's full investigative report. Read the full story: Former Pinterest employees describe a traumatic workplace where managers humiliate employees until they cry, Black people feel alienated, and the toxic culture 'eats away at your soul' Pinterest's high-profile former COO Françoise Brougher has filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against the company. The lawsuit explains why Brougher left the company suddenly in April without explanation after two years in the No. 2 role. Brougher says in the suit that she was fired after she had a heated exchange with Pinterest's chief financial officer, Todd Morgenfeld, after he allegedly made disparaging comments about her in front of peers and gave her feedback that she viewed as sexist, complaining she wasn't "collaborative enough," the lawsuit claims. "I believed Pinterest would judge me based on my job performance. But instead I was treated unfairly because of my gender," Brougher said in a statement emailed to Business Insider. She also claims that she was left out of important meetings, not invited to go on the corporate road show in the runup to Pinterest's IPO in 2019, and that she discovered she was paid less than the male executives only after the company filed paperwork to go public. (Although she was the COO, Pinterest did not reveal her salary in its prospectus documents.) And she said that, unlike her male peers, her stock options were backloaded, meaning most of them vested over the last two years of a four-year vesting schedule. She said that after she complained, the company adjusted her compensation. Brougher says she complained about Morgenfeld's comments to the head of human resources and to CEO Ben Silbermann, and Silbermann fired her over a video call. She says she was asked to announce her departure to the staff as a resignation and she refused. Prior to Pinterest, Brougher was well-known in the tech industry for her executives roles at Charles Schwab, Google and Square. "I'm speaking out because I want to be part of the hard work of dismantling systems of gender bias that punish women for the type of strong leadership rewarded in men and that impedes female leaders' ability to be successful," Brougher said in her statement. Pinterest did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment but told the New York Times it was reviewing the lawsuit, a company spokesperson said. "Our employees are incredibly important to us," the spokesperson said. This lawsuit comes after the explosive exit of two Black Pinterest employees, Ifeoma Ozoma and Aerica Shimizu Banks, Pinterest's former managers of Public Policy & Social Impact. After the two publicly quit in May, they discussed their struggles with the company with Business Insider from fighting for pay, to fielding internet threats. Business Insider talked to nearly a dozen former employees who described being fired or "pushed out" of the company with no real explanation, managers that humiliated employees until they cried, and the particular alienation that Black people felt, the company. Since then, the CEO of the company, Ben Silbermann, has apologized and has promised to conduct a full investigation into its culture and policies. Now read: Former Pinterest employees describe a traumatic workplace where managers humiliate employees until they cry, Black people feel alienated, and the toxic culture 'eats away at your soul' The inside story of Pinterest's toxic workplace that caused CEO Ben Silbermann to admit to employees, 'I'm embarrassed' The two Black employees who took on Pinterest explain why they quit, their fight for pay, the death threats, the private investigator: 'It was a torturous experience' SEE ALSO: The 17 major IT certifications that you can take to help you land a gig that pays over $100,000 Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
TikTok reportedly violated Google's data collection policies by tracking the individual identifiers of Android users' smartphones (GOOG, GOOGL)
by Tyler Sonnemaker on August 11, 2020 at 9:58 pm
TikTok collected data from Android users for at least a year in apparent violation of Google's policies, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The app tracked users' MAC addresses, an identifier unique to every smartphone that would allow TikTok to track users even if they tightened their privacy settings, according to the report. Google and Apple have both banned apps from collecting MAC addresses, but researchers told The Wall Street Journal that TikTok did so until November last year by exploiting a bug. TikTok told The Journal that it doesn't currently collect the information, and Google told Business Insider it's "investigating these claims." The report follows President Donald Trump's executive order last week that aims to ban American companies from doing business with TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, which would effectively halt its US operations. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. TikTok surreptitiously collected information from users' Android smartphones without their consent, an apparent violation of Google's app store policies, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The app logged users' MAC addresses — unique digital identifiers attached to all smartphones that cannot be reset — allowing TikTok parent company ByteDance to track people even if they changed their privacy settings to opt out of certain ad-tracking practices, The Wall Street Journal found. TikTok installs from the Google Play store in the US currently total around 89 million, according to app analytics firm Sensor Tower. The Journal's analysis, which was based on a past version of TikTok, found that the app collected MAC addresses for at least 15 months, but ended the practice with an update to the app last November. "We are committed to protecting the privacy and safety of the TikTok community. We constantly update our app to keep up with evolving security challenges, and the current version of TikTok does not collect MAC addresses," a TikTok spokesperson told Business Insider. "We always encourage our users to download the most current version of TikTok." Google banned app developers from collecting users' MAC addresses in 2015, while Apple did the same two years earlier. But smartphone security experts told The Wall Street Journal that TikTok circumvented the policy by exploiting a bug and hid its tracks with an atypical extra layer of encryption. "We're investigating these claims," a Google spokesperson told Business Insider, while declining to comment specifically on the bug that TikTok reportedly exploited. The Wall Street Journal's report comes on the heels of President Donald Trump's executive order Thursday seeking to ban TikTok from operating in the US by prohibiting American companies from doing business with ByteDance. Trump issued a similar order aimed at messaging app WeChat, which is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. Trump's orders cited concerns about the apps' ownership by Chinese-based firms, claiming that both are subject to pressure from the Chinese government that could force them to censor content it finds objectionable or help it spy on Americans using data collected by the apps. "We have never given any US user data to the Chinese government nor would we do so if asked," TikTok's spokesperson told Business Insider. Experts told Business Insider's Isobel Asher Hamilton that TikTok no more intrusive in its data collection practices than competitors like Facebook, and the CIA has reportedly told the White House that there is "no evidence" that the Chinese government has accessed American user data from TikTok. Experts have also expressed doubt about the legality of Trump's orders, arguing they violate the First Amendment's ban on government censorship. TikTok reportedly plans to challenge the order in court as early as this week. Paige Leskin and Katie Canales contributed reporting to this story.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why you don't see brilliantly blue fireworks
Tesla announces 5-for-1 stock split as shares continue to rip higher (TSLA)
by Graham Rapier on August 11, 2020 at 9:29 pm
Tesla on Tuesday announced a five-for-one stock split effective August 31. At the close of trading on August 28, shareholders will receive five shares for every one they own. At Tuesday's prices, the new stock price would be about $274 per share. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla said Tuesday that it was pursuing a five-for-one stock split following a massive rally in its share price this year. At the end of trading on August 28, Tesla said in a press release, each shareholder will receive four additional shares for every share they own. Those shares will begin trading on August 31. At Tuesday's prices, that would value shares at about $274. Stock splits do not affect a company's market value, only the individual share prices. Tesla's stock has been on a tear for most of 2020, as excitement around growing electric-vehicle sales and possible inclusion in the S&P 500 index entice new investors despite a global slump in equities prices amid the coronavirus pandemic. The rally has left Tesla as one of the most valuable automakers, despite the company making a tiny fraction of the industry's total output. Shares rose as much as 6% in late trading Tuesday after the split was announced. CEO Elon Musk appeared to get the idea from Twitter in late June, when a user suggested it as a way for more fans to buy single shares. Worth discussing at annual shareholders meeting — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 1, 2020 Tesla's move follows one from Apple, which on July 31 announced a similar stock split, the fifth in its history. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why you don't see brilliantly blue fireworks
Facebook Launches New TikTok Clone, Instagram Reels
on August 5, 2020 at 6:47 pm
The new feature will let Instagrammers record 15-second videos with audio and visual effects.
TikTok's Chinese Owner Offers To Forego Stake To Secure U.S. Deal: Sources
on August 1, 2020 at 11:14 pm
ByteDance agreed to divest from U.S. operations of the app after President Trump said he planned to ban it entirely, according to sources.
Twitter Bans Thousands Of QAnon Accounts As Part Of Crackdown On Conspiracy Movement
on July 22, 2020 at 2:35 am
Citing "an escalating degree of harm associated with the conspiracy theory," the company says it's limited the QAnon-related activity of about 150,000 accounts.
Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Bill Gates And Others Hacked In 'Coordinated' Bitcoin Scam
on July 15, 2020 at 9:54 pm
Barack Obama, Jeff Bezos, Kanye West, Michael Bloomberg, Apple and Uber were also targeted in the massive cryptocurrency scheme.
AI Responsible For Wrongful Arrest In First Known U.S. Case
on June 24, 2020 at 12:29 pm
A man was wrongfully arrested after facial recognition software mismatched his driver’s license photo to surveillance video of someone shoplifting, according to an ACLU complaint.
Facebook says it has taken down 7 million posts for spreading coronavirus misinformation
by Rachel Lerman on August 11, 2020 at 7:31 pm
The company also said it labeled 98 million posts with warning notices about coronavirus misinformation between March and June.
Shroud is returning to Twitch
by Gene Park on August 11, 2020 at 6:11 pm
The popular FPS streamer hit the market after a short-lived exclusivity deal with Microsoft's now-defunct Mixer platform.
Disinformation for profit: How a Florida ‘dealmaker’ turns conservative outrage into cash
by Isaac Stanley-Becker on August 11, 2020 at 11:00 am
An investigation linking a network of right-wing sites to a digital marketing venture illuminates the financial motives behind the spread of hyperpartisan, low-quality news.
Uber and Lyft must make their drivers in California full employees, judge rules
by Faiz Siddiqui on August 10, 2020 at 10:24 pm
Uber plans to appeal Monday’s ruling, arguing it adversely affects workers.
Amazon is re-branding Twitch Prime as Prime Gaming
by Elise Favis on August 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Amazon is dropping the Twitch name in an effort to broaden the Prime service appeal.
Alphabet's Verily builds COVID-19 testing lab focused on 'rapid turnaround' of results - CNET
by Richard Nieva on August 12, 2020 at 2:23 am
The lab is in-house at the Google sibling company's South San Francisco headquarters.
30 of the best TV shows to watch on Hulu - CNET
by Jennifer Bisset on August 12, 2020 at 1:22 am
Hulu has a ton of brilliant shows to keep you entertained. Let's round them up.
15 best TV shows on Amazon Prime Video - CNET
by Jennifer Bisset on August 12, 2020 at 1:16 am
Amazon has stacked up loads of great shows to watch. Here are some of the best.
Ram's Raptor-fighting 1500 TRX will debut on Aug. 17 - Roadshow
by Kyle Hyatt on August 12, 2020 at 1:15 am
The whole thing will be livestreamed too, so you can be a part of it all.
15 best movies on Amazon Prime Video - CNET
by Jennifer Bisset on August 12, 2020 at 1:12 am
Amazon has a fair few gems worth watching. Let's round them up.
A Bible Burning, a Russian News Agency and a Story Too Good to Check Out
by Matthew Rosenberg and Julian E. Barnes on August 12, 2020 at 2:21 am
A story about protesters burning Bibles drew condemnation from conservatives. It now appears to have been wildly exaggerated — and the first viral hit in Russia’s 2020 disinformation campaign.
Why Do People Think Scott Borgerson is Married to Ghislaine Maxwell?
by Jacob Bernstein on August 12, 2020 at 1:03 am
A maritime expert surfaces in the proceedings against the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein.
Pinterest Accused of Gender Bias in Suit by Former No. 2 Executive
by Erin Griffith on August 11, 2020 at 10:01 pm
Françoise Brougher, Pinterest’s former chief operating officer, said she was fired after speaking up about mistreatment.
In Victory for Qualcomm, Appeals Court Throws Out Antitrust Ruling
by Don Clark on August 11, 2020 at 8:01 pm
A three-judge panel reversed a 2019 ruling that found that Qualcomm had abused its monopoly position in wireless chips.
Facial Recognition Start-Up Mounts a First Amendment Defense
by Kashmir Hill on August 11, 2020 at 4:46 pm
Clearview AI has hired Floyd Abrams, a top lawyer, to help fight claims that selling its data to law enforcement agencies violates privacy laws.
Facial recognition use by South Wales Police ruled unlawful
on August 11, 2020 at 3:19 pm
Ed Bridges, 37, from Cardiff, brought a legal challenge after having his image captured twice.
Eurostar blames Covid-19 for premium seat only wi-fi
on August 11, 2020 at 2:35 pm
The rail firm said free wi-fi was removed from standard-class carriages because of coronavirus.
Xbox xCloud: How does Game Pass streaming work?
on August 11, 2020 at 1:47 pm
Microsoft's game streaming service is set to launch in beta - including in the UK and US.
Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, says US judge
on August 11, 2020 at 1:12 pm
The California court gives the two ride-hailing firms 10 days to challenge the ruling.
Missing Cryptoqueen: Why did the FCA drop its warning about the OneCoin scam?
on August 11, 2020 at 11:56 am
A decision to delete an online alert was exploited by those promoting the multi-billion-pound crime.
The Xbox Series X Is Being Released in November
by Simon Batt on August 11, 2020 at 9:40 pm
If you’re a keen gamer, the wait for Microsoft’s next-gen console is almost over. On the official Xbox Wire, the company has finally confirmed that the Xbox Series X release date is set for November 2020. The Details of the Xbox Series X Release Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t revealed on which day the console will be released. However, the company has gone into more detail as to what you can expect from the Xbox Series X release. Firstly, there are plans to optimize some upcoming Xbox One releases for the new console. The list of games includes Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla and...Read the full article: The Xbox Series X Is Being Released in November
Your Android Phone Can Now Help With Earthquake Detection
by Dave LeClair on August 11, 2020 at 8:35 pm
Google is using the massive install base of Android to help with earthquake detection. The company is setting out to build the world’s largest earthquake detection network. To accomplish this, it intends to harness the power of Android to help sense earthquakes as they happen. The company is calling its massive earthquake detection system the Android Earthquake Alerts System, and it could be a game-changer for anyone who lives in an area that frequently deals with earthquakes. What Is the Android Earthquake Alerts System? Basically, Google’s new system turns your Android phone into a mini seismometer. It’s using the accelerometer...Read the full article: Your Android Phone Can Now Help With Earthquake Detection
Google Adds Real-Time Voice Translation to Gboard
by Dave LeClair on August 11, 2020 at 4:25 pm
Google has been on a tear lately when it comes to adding new features to Gboard. Just recently the company rolled out smart completion across just about every Android app. Now, Google is pushing out a new feature that adds real-time voice translation to Gboard. That means you can speak to your phone in one language and have your message sent in another. How to Use the New Gboard Voice Translation Feature As reported by Android Police, Google is combining two of the most useful features of Gboard—dictation and translation. Both have existed within Gboard for some time, but they...Read the full article: Google Adds Real-Time Voice Translation to Gboard
What Is Instagram Reels and Can It Compete With TikTok?
by James Hirtz on August 11, 2020 at 3:30 pm
Are you already sharing photos and videos on Instagram? If so, you should check out Instagram Reels. And as Reels is integrated into Instagram, you don’t even need to download a new app to do so. In this article, we explain what Instagram Reels is, offer a few tips to help you get started, and explore whether Instagram Reels can compete with TikTok. What Is Instagram Reels? Instagram Reels is Instagram’s attempt to take on the behemoth that is TikTok. Reels gives you a new option for Instagram’s camera. You can now record and edit short videos of up to 15...Read the full article: What Is Instagram Reels and Can It Compete With TikTok?
Microsoft Kills Windows 10’s Automatic Driver Search
by Simon Batt on August 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm
The May 2020 update for Windows 10 brought in a few documented additions, but not every change made the patch notes. The Device Manager had one such change, as Microsoft has quietly removed the ability to automatically find driver updates. How Did the May 2020 Update Change the Device Manager? Before the May 2020 update, you had the choice to let Windows 10 automatically search for device drivers online. You could find this option during the driver update process, labeled “search automatically for updated driver software.” However, after the May 2020 update, this option is now labeled “search automatically for...Read the full article: Microsoft Kills Windows 10’s Automatic Driver Search
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Mozilla lays off 250, says pandemic 'significantly impacted revenue'
by Gregg Keizer on August 12, 2020 at 2:01 am
Mozilla, the maker of Firefox, on Tuesday began cutting about 25% of its global workforce, saying that the coronavirus pandemic's impact on economies "significantly impacted our revenue."The organization will also go through a restructuring that will reduce some current efforts – developer tools was one example cited – and create a new products group outside of the one responsible for Firefox."Our pre-COVID plan is no longer workable," Mitchell Baker, CEO of Mozilla Corp., the for-profit firm that manages Firefox, and the chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation, wrote in an email to employees. "We have talked about the need for change – including the likelihood of layoffs – since the spring. Today these changes become real."To read this article in full, please click here
Office 365: A guide to the updates
by Preston Gralla on August 11, 2020 at 10:27 pm
Office 365 and Microsoft 365 subscribers always have the latest version of Microsoft Office — currently Office 2019. They also get more frequent software updates than those who have purchased Office 2019 without a subscription, which means subscribers have access to the latest features, security patches and bug fixes. But it can be hard to keep track of the changes in each update and know when they’re available. We’re doing this for you, so you don’t have to.Following are summaries of the updates to Office 365/Microsoft 365 for Windows, with the latest releases shown first. We’ll add info about new updates as they’re rolled out.Note: This story covers updates released to regular Office 365/Microsoft 365 for Windows subscribers. If you’re a member of Microsoft’s Office Insider preview program or want to get a sneak peek at upcoming features, see the company’s “Release notes for Office for Windows Desktop (Beta builds)” page.To read this article in full, please click here
Windows 10: A guide to the updates
by Preston Gralla on August 11, 2020 at 10:18 pm
The launch of a major Windows 10 update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates is released, the company quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.Here we’ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the latest version of Windows 10 — version 2004, known as the May 2020 Update — with the most recent updates on top.To read this article in full, please click here
Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds
by Preston Gralla on August 11, 2020 at 9:40 pm
Microsoft never sleeps. Even before Microsoft made the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004) generally available to users, the company began working on upcoming feature updates to Windows 10. As it did with version 2004, Microsoft has been releasing a series of public preview builds to members of Microsoft's Windows Insider Program.After years of using “Redstone” in its code names for upcoming releases, Microsoft switched to a new format with version 1903, released in May 2019. The code names now use a YYH1/YYH2 format, with the YY standing for the last two numbers of the year and H1 or H2 referring to the first or second half of the year. So Windows 10 version 2004, which was released in May 2020, was code-named “20H1” (for first half of 2020). The next feature update, due in the fall of 2020, is code-named 20H2.To read this article in full, please click here
Yes, you can now run Windows on Big Sur
by Jonny Evans on August 11, 2020 at 4:08 pm
Parallels has introduced the latest edition of Parallels Desktop, its solution that lets you run Windows and Linux virtual machines on the Mac, including on macoS 11, Big Sur. There’s no news yet on Apple Silicon support, however.The good companion Apple used Parallels Desktop to run Linux on a Big Sur Mac when it announced the new operating system at WWDC online in June. A stray Dock icon suggested that Windows support – at least on Intel-based Macs – would follow. Now it has arrived: Parallels Desktop lets you run both Windows and Linux on your Mac.To read this article in full, please click here
New Google Classroom and Google Meet Updates to Note
by email@example.com (Richard Byrne) on August 12, 2020 at 12:38 am
This afternoon Google announced the launch of some helpful new Google Classroom features. Some of these were teased back in June. A couple of the new features will require some work by your domain...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com » Related StoriesAn Easy Way to Loop Videos in Google SlidesHow to Check the Accessibility of Your Google SlidesAnonymous Users Blocked from Google Meet in G Suite EDU
Novels on Location and an Ocean of Books
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Byrne) on August 11, 2020 at 11:52 am
On Monday I featured three ways to explore the news through maps. I like the idea of using maps to give students some geographic context for the stories that they read. That idea isn't limited to news...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com » Related StoriesNew Google Classroom and Google Meet Updates to NoteHow to Make a Whiteboard Video in FlipgridThree Ways to Explore the News Through Maps
How to Make a Whiteboard Video in Flipgrid
by email@example.com (Richard Byrne) on August 11, 2020 at 11:13 am
Last week Flipgrid introduced a bunch of updates and changes. If you haven't logged into your Flipgrid account since the end of the last school year, you might find some things have changed since you...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com » Related StoriesSciShow Kids Returns Next Week!A Few Short Lessons About Sharks for Shark WeekWebinar Recording - Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions & Share Cool Stuff
Three Ways to Explore the News Through Maps
by firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Byrne) on August 10, 2020 at 9:06 pm
One of the things that I liked about the old version of CNN Student News is that it almost always included a map to show students where a story is taking place in the world. I tried to do the same...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com » Related StoriesHow to Create Labeling Activities With Google Drawings and ClassroomNovels on Location and an Ocean of BooksLessons on Map Projections
Get Organized With Google Classroom, Meet, and Calendar
by email@example.com (Richard Byrne) on August 10, 2020 at 9:03 pm
Like a lot of you, I’ll be using Google Classroom, Google Meet and Google Calendar more than ever before this fall. I’ve been using these tools for years, but I know that many of you will be using...Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers.com » Related StoriesNew Google Classroom and Google Meet Updates to NoteHow to Make a Whiteboard Video in FlipgridWebinar Recording - Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions & Share Cool Stuff
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The EU is launching a market for personal data. Here’s what that means for privacy.
by Amy Nordrum on August 11, 2020 at 7:20 pm
The European Union has long been a trendsetter in privacy regulation. Its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and stringent antitrust laws have inspired new legislation around the world. For decades, the EU has codified protections on personal data and fought against what it viewed as commercial exploitation of private information, proudly positioning its regulations in…
Population immunity is slowing down the pandemic in parts of the US
by David Rotman on August 11, 2020 at 6:50 pm
The large number of people already infected with the coronavirus in the US has begun to act as a brake on the spread of the disease in hard-hit states. Millions of US residents have been infected by the virus that causes covid-19, and at least 160,000 are dead. One effect is that the pool of…
Russia says it has a covid vaccine called “Sputnik-V”
by Antonio Regalado on August 11, 2020 at 1:03 pm
Russia has cleared a vaccine against covid-19 for emergency use on health-care workers this fall. Fast advance: Russian president Vladimir Putin said during a meeting on Tuesday that the newly registered vaccine “has passed all the necessary tests” and that one of his daughters had received the inoculation. “She has taken part in the…
The dwarf planet Ceres might be home to an underground ocean of water
by Neel Patel on August 11, 2020 at 9:00 am
Ceres, the largest asteroid in the solar system, seems to have liquid water seeping onto its surface, according to a new paper in Nature Astronomy. Data from NASA’s Dawn orbiter, the study suggests, show signs that it may be harboring an ocean deep underground. The background: Ceres, a dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt…
Is a successful contact tracing app possible? These countries think so.
by Charlotte Jee on August 10, 2020 at 10:00 am
If contact tracing apps are following Gartner’s famous hype cycle, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion they are now firmly in the “trough of disillusionment.” Initial excitement that they could be a crucial part of the arsenal against covid-19 has given way to fears it could all come to nothing, despite large investments of money…
What Kamala Harris’ record says about major AI policy issues
by Khari Johnson on August 12, 2020 at 3:04 am
Sen. Kamala Harris is joining Joe Biden on the Democratic Party's presidential ticket; in the past she's taken positions on issues like algorithmic bias.
WordPress 5.5 arrives with lazy loading, sitemap, automatic updates for plugins and themes
by Emil Protalinski on August 11, 2020 at 9:10 pm
WordPress.org launched WordPress 5.5 with lazy loading, sitemap, automatic plugin/theme updates, plus block editor, accessibility, and developer updates.
Rocket League details how cross-platform progression will work
by Jeff Grubb on August 11, 2020 at 7:06 pm
Rocket League gets cross-platform progression with its latest update, and Epic is detailing what that means for your Rocket Pass, items, and more.
Halo: Infinite delayed into 2021 — Xbox Series X still launching in November
by Jeff Grubb on August 11, 2020 at 7:01 pm
Halo: Infinite is not launching this year. Microsoft and developer 343 Industries is pushing the launch into 2021 to give the game more polish.
Google details 50 new Classroom and Meet features for the pandemic school year
by Emil Protalinski on August 11, 2020 at 6:40 pm
Google is giving educators new Google Classroom and Google Meet features, plus Assignments, a tech toolkit for families, and a Chrome OS update.
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Mozilla lays off 250 employees due to the pandemic | The move will see its Taiwanese offices close, too.
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WSJ: TikTok used a loophole to track MAC addresses on Android
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Victory! Court Orders CA Prisons to Release Race of Parole Candidates
by /u/MyNameIsGriffon on August 12, 2020 at 12:02 am
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Tesla announces a five-for-one split of its stock
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Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules
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Charter tries to convince FCC that broadband customers want data caps
by Jon Brodkin on August 11, 2020 at 6:55 pm
Charter petitioned FCC to eliminate merger condition that forbids data caps.
Why movie theaters are in trouble after DOJ nixes 70-year-old case
by Kate Cox on August 11, 2020 at 10:30 am
The end of Paramount could eventually make your local theater a Disneyplex.
AT&T to lay off 600 at HBO and Warner Bros. after revenue decline
by Jon Brodkin on August 10, 2020 at 5:50 pm
AT&T’s WarnerMedia suffered across-the-board revenue drops in Q2.
Chinese hackers have pillaged Taiwan’s semiconductor industry
by WIRED on August 9, 2020 at 10:56 am
Operation Skeleton Key has stolen source code, SDKs, chip designs, and more.
Snapdragon chip flaws put >1 billion Android phones at risk of data theft
by Dan Goodin on August 8, 2020 at 2:30 pm
There’s no word on when Google and phone makers will incorporate fix from Qualcomm.
Rivian fires back at Tesla in lawsuit, accuses automaker of attempting to ‘malign its reputation’
by Kirsten Korosec on August 12, 2020 at 12:57 am
Rivian has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Tesla, arguing that two of the three claims in the case fail to state sufficient allegations of trade-secret theft and poaching talent and instead was an attempt to malign its reputation and hurt its own recruiting efforts. One remaining claim of breach of contract
Kamala Harris brings a view from tech’s epicenter to the presidential race
by Taylor Hatmaker on August 12, 2020 at 12:18 am
Joe Biden’s decision to name California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate in the quest to unseat President Trump means that the next vice president could be not only the first Black and Asian American woman on a presidential ticket in the U.S — historic milestones by any account — but also a Californian
Court dismisses Genius lawsuit over lyrics-scraping by Google
by Devin Coldewey on August 11, 2020 at 11:10 pm
A state court has dismissed a high-profile case showing unsportsmanlike conduct by Google, which was caught red-handed using lyrics obviously scraped from Genius. Unfortunately for the latter, the complaints amount to a copyright violation — which wasn’t what the plaintiffs alleged, sinking the case. The lawsuit, filed in December, accused Google of violating Genius’s terms
Daily Crunch: Android phones become earthquake detectors
by Anthony Ha on August 11, 2020 at 10:07 pm
Google is using accelerometers in an interesting new way, Twitter allows everyone to limit tweet replies and Mozilla announces major layoffs. This is your Daily Crunch for August 11, 2020. The big story: Android phones become earthquake detectors Google said that smartphone accelerometers are sensitive enough to detect P-waves, which are the first waves to
The next-gen Xbox will ship in November
by Greg Kumparak on August 11, 2020 at 9:22 pm
The last few months have provided a steady trickle of information about the next Xbox console — or the Xbox Series X, as it’s known. We know what it looks like. We know a lot about what’s inside. We know about more than a dozen titles currently being built for it. One thing we didn’t
Biden's VP pick Kamala Harris, who has close ties with tech execs and has dodged questions about breaking up Big Tech, is likely to generate excitement in SV (Theodore Schleifer/Vox)
on August 12, 2020 at 3:15 am
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:Biden's VP pick Kamala Harris, who has close ties with tech execs and has dodged questions about breaking up Big Tech, is likely to generate excitement in SV — The California senator has glad-handed with tech elites for decades. — For months, Silicon Valley hasn't been quite sure what to make of Joe Biden.
Simpplr, which develops AI-powered intranet software for employee directories, raised $10M Series B led by Norwest Venture Partners (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)
on August 12, 2020 at 2:35 am
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:Simpplr, which develops AI-powered intranet software for employee directories, raised $10M Series B led by Norwest Venture Partners — Simpplr today raised $10 million for its AI-powered intranet platform that is designed to streamline communications. CEO Dhiraj Sharma says the funds …
While US adoption of the Google-Apple Exposure Notification API has been slow, 16 nations have used it in apps; Ireland's has 1.4M downloads since early July (Sara Harrison/The Markup)
on August 12, 2020 at 12:55 am
Sara Harrison / The Markup:While US adoption of the Google-Apple Exposure Notification API has been slow, 16 nations have used it in apps; Ireland's has 1.4M downloads since early July — Contact tracing—monitoring who's getting COVID-19 and tracking down anyone who might have been in contact with that person so they can quarantine …
Samsung Display reveals new generation of variable refresh rate mobile display panels, making its debut in the Note20 Ultra, helping lower device power usage (Andrei Frumusanu/AnandTech)
on August 11, 2020 at 11:45 pm
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:Samsung Display reveals new generation of variable refresh rate mobile display panels, making its debut in the Note20 Ultra, helping lower device power usage — By now we've become quite familiar with high refresh-rate displays in the mobile space, as the first pioneering 90Hz devices …
CuriosityStream, a streaming service for documentaries on science and history, has agreed to go public through a ~$330M merger with Software Acquisition Group (Bloomberg)
on August 11, 2020 at 11:30 pm
Bloomberg:CuriosityStream, a streaming service for documentaries on science and history, has agreed to go public through a ~$330M merger with Software Acquisition Group — CuriosityStream, a streaming platform for documentaries on science, history and other topics, has agreed to go public through …