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Taxing digital advertising could help break up big tech
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Taxing digital advertising could help break up big tech

For the past several years, economists, and government leaders have regularly sounded alarms about the dangers of big tech monopolies. On her 2020 campaign website, for example, Senator Elizabeth Warren said “big tech companies have too much power, too much power over our economy, our society, our democracy.” In the months since the election, politicians on both the left and right have expressed concerns over how to encourage competition and innovation among the big tech leaders, and even how to hold onto democratic ideals in the face of digital misinformation and conspiracy theories. The challenge with a company like Facebook is that its business model actively encourages tribalism and anger, which is not the way markets usually work, says Paul Romer, an economics professor at Ne...
Hackers can mess with HTTPS connections by sending data to your email server
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Hackers can mess with HTTPS connections by sending data to your email server

When you visit an HTTPS-protected website, your browser doesn't exchange data with the webserver until it has ensured that the site's digital certificate is valid. That prevents hackers with the ability to monitor or modify data passing between you and the site from obtaining authentication cookies or executing malicious code on the visiting device. But what would happen if a man-in-the-middle attacker could confuse the browser into accidentally connecting to an email server or FTP server that uses a certificate that's compatible with the one used by the website? The perils of speaking HTTPS to an email server Because the domain name of the website matches the domain name in the email or FTP server certificate, the browser will, in many ...
Apple Says It Turned Over Data on Donald McGahn in 2018
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Apple Says It Turned Over Data on Donald McGahn in 2018

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department subpoenaed Apple for information in February 2018 about an account that belonged to Donald F. McGahn II, President Donald J. Trump’s White House counsel at the time, and barred the company from telling him about it, according to two people briefed on the matter.Apple told Mr. McGahn about the subpoena last month, said one of the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter. Mr. McGahn’s wife also received a similar notice from Apple, the person said.It is not clear what F.B.I. agents were investigating, whether Mr. McGahn was their specific focus or whether he was swept up in a larger net because he had communicated with someone who was under scrutiny. As the top lawyer for the 2016 Trump campaign and then the White House coun...
Pindrop: Only 34% of call centers are prepared to fight fraudsters
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Pindrop: Only 34% of call centers are prepared to fight fraudsters

Elevate your enterprise data technology and strategy at Transform 2021. During the pandemic, as in-person customer service interactions became impractical, consumers found they needed access beyond traditional service options, including online, mobile, and other self-service outlets. For call centers, this meant increasing call volumes — even as they, too, dealt with changes as a result of the pandemic, such as the shift to remote work. According to Pindrop’s recent 2021 Voice Intelligence & Security Report, for some businesses, call volumes grew over 800% in the second quarter of 2020, resulting in staffing challenges and increased hold times for customers. During this time, fraud attempts at the call center agent level shrank by 25%. Good news, right? Wrong. Above: Pa...
Tech firms use remote monitoring to help honey bees
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Tech firms use remote monitoring to help honey bees

The technology, she adds, marks a significant shift from traditional beekeeping practices, whereby beekeepers have to manually inspect hives. In the US, where some of the very largest beekeeping firms have more than 90,000 hives, that is a lot of work. Source link
Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing Yelp to punish bars that require vaccine proof
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Anti-vaxxers are weaponizing Yelp to punish bars that require vaccine proof

Smith’s Yelp reviews were shut down after the sudden flurry of activity on its page, which the company labels “unusual activity alerts,” a stopgap measure for both the business and Yelp to filter through a flood of reviews and pick out which are spam and which aren’t. Noorie Malik, Yelp’s vice president of user operations, said Yelp has a “team of moderators” that investigate pages that get an unusual amount of traffic. “After we’ve seen activity dramatically decrease or stop, we will then clean up the page so that only firsthand consumer experiences are reflected,” she said in a statement. It’s a practice that Yelp has had to deploy more often over the course of the pandemic: According to Yelp's 2020 Trust & Safety Report, the company saw a 206% increase over 2019 levels in unusu...
EA source code stolen by hacker claiming to sell it online
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EA source code stolen by hacker claiming to sell it online

Game-maker Electronic Arts and the Presque Isle Police Department in Maine are responding to an event they had both been dreading: the theft of gigabytes of private data by hackers who breached their Internet-connected networks. In EA's case, the theft included 780GB of source code and tools for FIFA 21, according to a post published earlier this week on an underground crime forum. The person who published the post, with the username Leakbook, was offering to sell the data. "You have full capability of exploiting on all EA services," the person wrote. The post looks like this: The post didn’t say how the source code was obtained, but in a statement, EA officials said the company experienced a network compromise that allowed an intruder t...
Flying Car Makers Want to Build ‘Uber Meets Tesla in the Air’
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Flying Car Makers Want to Build ‘Uber Meets Tesla in the Air’

It was sleek, cone-shaped, a little confusing — like something Hollywood would give a sci-fi villain for a quick getaway.It wasn’t a helicopter. And it wasn’t an airplane. It was a cross between the two, with a curved hull, two small wings, and eight spinning rotors lined up across its nose and tail.At the touch of a button on a computer screen under a nearby tent, it stirred to life, rising up from a grassy slope on a ranch in central California and speeding toward some cattle grazing under a tree — who did not react in the slightest.“It may look like a strange beast, but it will change the way transportation happens,” said Marcus Leng, the Canadian inventor who designed this aircraft, which he named BlackFly.BlackFly is what is often called a flying car. Engineers and entrepreneurs li...
Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope lights up Switch in 2022
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Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope lights up Switch in 2022

Elevate your enterprise data technology and strategy at Transform 2021. Ubisoft announced Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope today during its Ubisoft Forward event during the digital Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). It is coming in 2022 for Switch. The first Mario + Rabbids came out early in the Switch’s life back in August 2019. It was a surprising title in multiple ways. First off, it brought Mario and friends together with the Ubisoft’s rambunctious Rabbids. Secondly, it’s a turn-based tactics game, which may not seem like an obvious pick for Nintendo’s mascot. Also, all of the playable characters have guns. This unlikely game proved to be a hit, selling over 2 million copies by September 2018. A sequel always seemed possible, and now we know it’s hap...
Simulated robot performs realistic acrobatics and other news
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Simulated robot performs realistic acrobatics and other news

BBC Click's LJ Rich looks at the best tech news stories of the week including:In an Instagram post Jeff Bezos announces he is going to be onboard Blue Origin’s first human flight to space in July, but Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson is aiming to get there firstA massive internet outage temporarily brought down major websites around the worldResearchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) design a new robot to perform acrobatic behaviours in a realistic simulationSee more at Click's website and @BBCClick Source link
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