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Tuesday
Sep272016

Facebook Ordered to Stop Collecting Data on WhatsApp Users in Germany

[NyTimes] : "When WhatsApp, the internet messaging app, announced last month that it was starting to share some of its users' online information with Facebook, its parent company, many users expressed anger that their digital privacy could be put at risk.<p>Now, a German regulator thinks so, too.<p>The city of …"

Sunday
Sep252016

Making Video Ads That Work on Facebook’s Silent Screen

[NyTimes] : "THE GEICO commercial that made its premiere this summer seemed like a standard 30-second television ad. It features two men building sand castles on a pristine beach with their children. “Guess what I just did?” one of the men asks. “Built a sand castle?” the other responds. “Ha — no. I switched to …"

Sunday
Sep252016

Swiss vote in referendum on new surveillance law

[Link] : <b>Swiss voters are deciding in a referendum whether to back new surveillance powers for the country's intelligence agencies.</b><p>The new law would allow the …
Sunday
Sep252016

Two years spamming spammers back

[Link] : I created a bot to respond to these types of emails…<p>Sarah: My husband dead two years ago and the family members wants to kill me and my children and …
Sunday
Sep252016

Can Tesla’s Autopilot Be Trusted? Not Always

[NyTimes] : "LOS ANGELES — Driving a Tesla Model S with Autopilot technology can be frightening and exhilarating.<p>Exhilarating, because when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle that can steer itself and will brake and accelerate when necessary, it's easy to glimpse the future of transport, when fully …"

Sunday
Sep252016

GoPro takes to the sky with new Karma Drone, gimbal, and Hero 5 & Hero 5 Session Cameras

[Link] : The fact that GoPro has been working on a drone was not a very well kept secret. After years at the top, the company synonymous with action sports …
Sunday
Sep252016

Snapchat to release $130 camera-equipped Spectacles this fall

[Link] : The company has also been renamed to Snap Inc.<p>Yes, the Snapchat Spectacles are real, and company chief Evan Spiegel presented them to a small group of people today. That's where he also revealed that the company has been rebranded and renamed to Snap Inc. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, Snap …
Sunday
Sep252016

Driven in the Valley: The Startup Founders Fueling GM’s Future

[Link] : Cruise Automation founders are racing to bring a self-driving car to the masses.<p>Driven in the Valley: The Startup Founders Fueling GM’s Future<p>Cruise Automation sold to GM for $1 billion; now its founders are racing to bring a self-driving car to the masses.<p>Statistically speaking, most of us will …
Sunday
Sep252016

Tesla Upgrades Autopilot in Cars on the Road

[NyTimes] : "Tesla Motors, always ahead of the automotive curve, is conducting a remarkable technological feat.<p>Starting this week and continuing in the coming days, the company is using the cellular network to beam new software to update the Autopilot driver-assistance system on approximately 70,000 of its …"

Friday
Sep232016

How Many Times Has Your Personal Information Been Exposed to Hackers?

[NyTimes] : "Half of American adults had their personal information exposed to hackers last year alone. In a recent attack at the federal Office of Personnel Management, hackers stole the most sensitive personal data for 21.5 million people.<p><b>Answer the questions below</b> to learn which parts of your identity may …"

Thursday
Sep222016

Flywheel's phone-based taxi meter arrives in NYC

[Link] : It only used to be available in select cities on the West Coast.<p>Flywheel is giving taxis in New York City the modern touch. The company is bringing its software meter and app-based hailing system to the Big Apple after its initial release in a handful of cities last year. TaxiOS puts a cab's …
Thursday
Sep222016

Facebook Messenger calls look like regular calls on iOS 10

[Link] : Facebook Messenger has harnessed Apple's Callkit to drive another nail in the coffin of your mobile network.<p>It won't be long before mobile networks become just another dumb pipe through which services are handed down from internet companies. Don't believe us? Then receive a call via the updated …
Thursday
Sep222016

Apple Opens the iMessage Door, and the Ephemera Rushes In

[NyTimes] : "Apple built an empire on hermetically sealed systems with sleek, minimalist designs. Nowhere was its strategy more evident than in iMessage, the company's instant messaging system that offered a free, elegant chatting solution exclusive to Apple devices. Until last week, that is, when Apple updated …"

Tuesday
Sep202016

When Blind People Do Algebra, The Brain's Visual Areas Light Up

[Link] : People born without sight appear to solve math problems using visual areas of the brain.<p>A functional MRI study of 17 people blind since birth found that areas of visual cortex became active when the participants were asked to solve algebra problems, a team from Johns Hopkins reports in the</i> …
Tuesday
Sep202016

U.S. Signals Backing for Self-Driving Cars

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — Federal auto safety regulators on Monday made it official: They are betting the nation's highways will be safer with more cars driven by machines and not people.<p>In long-awaited guidelines for the booming industry of automated vehicles, the Obama administration promised strong safety …"

Monday
Sep192016

Adblock Plus, Created to Protect Users From Ads, Opens the Door

[NyTimes] : "Adblock Plus, an ad blocker now used on more than 100 million devices, started out as an almost utopian idea a decade ago. Wladimir Palant, a 20-something developer who was annoyed with intrusive ads online, created it as an open-source project and quickly built it up with the help of volunteers …"

Monday
Sep192016

‘Trust Your Gut’ Might Actually Be Profitable Advice on Wall Street, Study Says

[NyTimes] : "What attributes make for a successful trader? Is it comprehensive knowledge of an industry? The ability to read the markets? Luck?<p>Or might it be something subtler and seemingly unrelated — namely, an awareness of one's own heartbeat?<p>In a study published on Monday in the journal Scientific Reports, …"

Saturday
Sep172016

What I Learned From Executing Two Men

[NyTimes] : "SALEM, Ore. — As superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary, I planned and carried out that state's only two executions in the last 54 years. I used to support the death penalty. I don't anymore.<p>I was born and raised in the segregated South. I was 13 when Emmett Till was lynched for “flirting” …"

Saturday
Sep172016

Get Your Children Good and Dirty

[Link] : Our friend Julia moved to a small free-range pig and poultry farm when her first child, Jedd, was a preschooler. When her second baby was born, she would strap him on her back every morning so that she could go to the chicken coop to pick up eggs. Jedd would chase and ride the chickens—and …
Saturday
Sep172016

A Sour Surprise for Public Pensions: Two Sets of Books

[NyTimes] : "When one of the tiniest pension funds imaginable — for Citrus Pest Control District No. 2, serving just six people in California — decided last year to convert itself to a 401(k) plan, it seemed like a no-brainer.<p>After all, the little fund held far more money than it needed, according to its …"