Technology

Twitter Deploys Draconian Shadowban Filter
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ZeroHedge | Conservative Twitter users are in an uproar over draconian new "behavioral filters" which will start hiding tweets that "detract from the conversation," and which CEO Jack Dorsey says are designed to "significantly...
Microchips get under the skin of technophile Swedes
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AFP | Stockholm (AFP) - It's the size of a grain of rice but could hold the key to many aspects of your life. A tiny microchip inserted under the skin can replace the need to carry keys, credit cards and train tickets. That...
You Can’t Handle the Truth About Facebook Ads, New Harvard Study Shows
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TheIntercept | After it emerged that Facebook user data was illicitly harvested to help elect Donald Trump, the company offered weeks of apologies, minor reforms to how it shares such information, and a pledge to make itself “more...
LaGuardia Airport’s security robot is giving women the creeps
NYPost | They paid for RoboCop — but got Bender. The Port Authority is paying thousands of dollars every month renting a security robot to patrol LaGuardia Airport — but the bot is creeping out women while the crooks look on and...
Facial Recognition Technology and What It Means for Data Privacy and Protection
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Medium.com | Imagine walking into a store, picking up a pint of milk, heading to the cash desk, shooting the cashier a smile, and going on your merry way. No card, no cash, no phone; just your face as a tool. This might not be a far...
Russia's new hypersonic weapon will likely be ready for war by 2020
CNBC | A Russian weapon the U.S. is currently unable to defend against will be ready for war by 2020, according to sources with direct knowledge of American intelligence reports. The sources, who spoke to CNBC on the condition...
Elon Musk Releases Video Of First Completed "Loop" Tunnel Under Los Angeles
ZeroHedge | Now that NHTSA has joined the NTSB in probing the "secret sauce" inside Tesla's unexpectedly inflammable batteries after the latest deadly Model S crash in which two teenagers were burned to death, trapped inside the...
Facial Recognition For ALL International Inbound and Outbound Passengers Begins at Orlando Airport — Data Retained for “75 Years”
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ActivistPost | It’s a trend that is quickly becoming accepted reality – biometric identification at U.S. airports.  However, until now, it has been marketed either as an elective measure for preferred travelers who wish to expedite...
Amazon Alexa bug let hackers turn Echo speakers into covert listening device
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The Telegraph | Amazon's Echo speakers featured a bug that could have allowed hackers eavesdrop on people in their homes.  Security researchers found a way to listen in on and transcribe conversations taking place near a speaker, ...
Robots greet customers at world's first personless bank branch
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Mirror.co.uk | A bank has opened a branch run entirely by robots, who greet customers and manage accounts, in a world first. The Shanghai branch of the China Construction Bank (CCB) is run purely by technology - with virtual reality,...
Amazon Has a Plan to Build Home Robots
Bloomberg | Ten years ago, Amazon introduced the Kindle and established the appeal of reading on a digital device. Four years ago, Jeff Bezos and company rolled out the Echo, prompting millions of people to start talking to a...
How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe
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TheNation | Things didn’t end well between George Carlo and Tom Wheeler; the last time the two met face-to-face, Wheeler had security guards escort Carlo off the premises. As president of the Cellular Telecommunications and...
Mozilla Launches Firefox Extension To Avoid Facebook's Spying Eyes
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ZeroHedge | In response to the Facebook data harvesting scandal, Mozilla has launched an extension for its Firefox Browser which helps you segregate your web activity from Facebook's prying eyes by isolating your identity into a...
Assange's communications with the outside world from Ecuador's London embassy
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DailyMail.co.uk | Ecuador's government is cutting off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's communications outside the nation's London embassy. Officials announced on Wednesday they were taking the measure in response to Mr Assange's recent...
Net-Neutrality Repeal Takes Effect
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NationalReview | Media outlets have raised the alarm about the repeal of net neutrality, which took effect on Monday. Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai initially introduced the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which...
Ex-Facebook Executive: “You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed”
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Medium | Several months ago, one of the early pioneers of Facebook and its first President Sean Parker, voiced his regret regarding helping create social media in the form we know it today, saying: “I don’t know if I really...
The Personal Data Google Has on You Is Shocking and Dwarfs that of Facebook, Here’s How to Stop It
FreeThoughtProject | As TFTP reported last week, it was revealed that both the Obama campaign and the Trump campaign used third-party integrations to collect private information on millions of unsuspecting Facebook users. The resultant...
The U.S. Government Is Finally Scrambling to Regulate Facebook
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TheIntercept | Washington and Big Tech are scrambling to keep up after revelations that the voter profiling firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data from 50 million Facebook users. The scandal has accelerated regulatory and oversight...