Technology

Billionaire LA Times owner calls 'fake news' and how it spreads on social media the 'cancer of our time'
Soon
CNBC | Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong on Wednesday advocated for a change in how people consume news on social media, calling misinformation and how it's spread the "cancer of our time." "The short attention span we're...
Google dodges questions about China during Senate privacy hearing
Google
CNBC | Google's chief privacy officer Keith Enright dodged multiple questions about the company's plans to launch a censored search app in China during a senate hearing on data privacy on Wednesday. Senators pressed Enright on...
Linux developers threaten to pull “kill switch”
Penguin
Lulz | Update (September 24): new response from Richard M. Stallman, and Eric S. Raymond (ESR) says the license revocation “threat has teeth.” Linux powers the internet, the Android in your pocket, and perhaps even some of...
Former Google CEO predicts the internet will split in two by 2028 — and one part will be led by China
Eric Schmidt
CNBC | Eric Schmidt, who has been the CEO of Google and executive chairman of its parent company, Alphabet, predicts that within the next decade there will be two distinct internets: one led by the U.S. and the other by China...
QAnon Is Trying to Trick Facebook’s Meme-Reading AI
Facebook
Wired | Spammers, hackers, political propagandists, and other nefarious users have always tried to game the systems that social media sites put in place to protect their platforms. It’s a never-ending battle; as companies like...
Kristinn Hrafnsson replaces Julian Assange as WikiLeaks editor-in-chief
Kristinn Hrafnsson
DailyDot | Icelandic investigative journalist and former WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson is set to become the whistleblowing organization’s new editor-in-chief, replacing isolated founder Julian Assange in the role....
Can you fall in love with a scripted robot? A growing number of app gamers are
Guardian | I recently met a young woman named Wild Rose on an online chat forum. We struck up a conversation and within the first five minutes, Wild Rose – who is married, has a daughter, and lives in Texas with her in-laws –...
Bill Would Permit Feds to Shoot Down, Hack & Surveil Consumer Drones
NewsWars | A bipartisan bill is raising concerns among civil liberties groups over provisions that would allow the U.S. government to surveil, hack and shoot down consumer drones deemed a threat. The Preventing Emerging Threats...
Scams will make up nearly half of all cellphone calls by 2019
MercuryNews | Nearly half of all cellphone calls next year will come from scammers, according to First Orion, a company that provides phone carriers and their customers caller ID. . .
Google's prototype Chinese search engine links searches to phone numbers
Google
Guardian | Google’s secret prototype search engine for China reportedly links users’ mobile phone numbers to what search terms they’ve used. This feature would allow the Chinese government to simply associate searches with...
UK is increasingly using Minority Report-type predictive analytics or "child-abuse algorithms" to identify which children to take into care
Minority Report
Guardian | In an age of austerity, and a climate of fear about child abuse, perhaps it is unsurprising that social workers have turned to new technology for help. Local authorities – which face spiralling demand and an £800m...
A Popular Mac App Stole Users' Browsing History
BuzzFeed | Apple has removed a top Mac app called Adware Doctor, designed to "prevent malware and malicious files from infecting your Mac," which, according to security researchers Patrick Wardle and Privacy 1st, was collecting...
Alex Jones in DC to Face His Accusers at Social Media Censorship Hearings
NewsWars | Alex Jones is in Washington DC to face his accusers during hearings where Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will be grilled on social media censorship of conservatives. Last month, Alex Jones and...
Twitter Blocks Some Conservatives Including VP Mike Pence from ‘Moments’ Feature
Twitter
Breitbart | Twitter has begun blocking certain conservative accounts from being featured in the platform’s “Twitter Moments” section. Accounts affected include Candace Owens, Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv, and the official account...
Facebook BANS founder of #WalkAway movement to silence those who choose to leave the Democrat gulag
NaturalNews | (Natural News) Brandon Straka, founder of the #WalkAway movement is Facebook’s latest target. The social media giant just suspended his account for daring to even mention the word “InfoWars” on his public Facebook page...
Google admits changing phone settings remotely
BBC | Google has apologised after Android phone users noticed that the battery saver setting was remotely activated last week without their consent. The battery saver affects how often apps update and work in the background....
Twitter Suspends Benghazi Hero After He Excoriates Obama
ZeroHedge | Former US Army Ranger and CIA contractor Kris "Tanto" Paronto was suspended by Twitter over the weekend after several dust-ups with other users in the wake of former President Obama's speech last week in which he...
Twitter permanently bans Alex Jones and Infowars accounts
CNBC | Twitter has permanently banned the accounts of right-wing conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones and InfoWars for violating the company's abusive behavior policies, the company said Thursday. The ban appears to...