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Saturday
May202017

Google, Not the Government, Is Building the Future

[NyTimes] : "One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas. Every few months, a dumb start-up will make the news — most recently the one selling a $700 juicer — and folks outside the tech industry will begin singing I-told-you-sos.<p>But don't be fooled by …"

Saturday
May202017

‘The Internet Is Broken’: @ev Is Trying to Salvage It

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Williams is the guy who opened up Pandora's box. Until he came along, people had few places to go with their overflowing emotions and wild opinions, other than writing a letter to the newspaper or haranguing the neighbors.<p>Mr. Williams — a Twitter founder, a co-creator of …"

Saturday
May202017

Netflix Defends Strategy at Cannes: ‘The Culture Is Changing’

[NyTimes] : "CANNES, France — As controversy continued to swirl here over the presence of two Netflix titles that are playing in the Cannes Film Festival's main competition but won't appear in any French theaters, the streaming giant finally broke its silence with a message that could be summed up as: The …"

Saturday
May202017

Washington Post, Breaking News, Is Also Breaking New Ground

[NyTimes] : "Since The Washington Post's Watergate-era glory days, my need to read that paper has waxed and waned. I already pay for and scour The New York Times (of course), The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker, which is a lot to manage before I even get to the books on my night stand and Kindle. So I …"

Friday
May192017

How San Francisco Chronicled Its Own Tech Boom

[Link] : For 152 years, the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> has reported on—and photographed—every aspect of the city, including, of course, the evolution of Silicon …
Friday
May192017

Google wants AI to manage my relationships, and that might be a good thing

[Link] : When Google said that not sharing photographs of your friends made you “kind of a terrible person” at this year’s I/O keynote, I bristled. The idea that its new Google Photos app would automatically suggest I share pictures with specific people sounded dystopian, especially because so much of the …
Thursday
May182017

The Technical Advisor for Silicon Valley on HBO: Ed McManus

[Link] : Transcript<p>Craig Cannon [00:00] – Hey, this is Craig Cannon, and you’re listening to Y Combinators podcast. Our guest today is Ed McManus. Ed was a …
Thursday
May182017

Hot Stocks Can Make You Rich. But They Probably Won’t.

[NyTimes] : "Individual stocks can be hazardous to your financial health.<p>You may not want to hear that right now, with the stock market regularly hitting new highs.<p>The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index set another record on Wednesday after reaching a new high on Monday. It set records on two days the previous …"

Wednesday
May172017

Twitter gives you more control over how it uses your data

[Link] : Ever seen Twitter ads that were a little too relevant to your personal tastes? You now have better tools for dealing with them. Twitter has expanded both the control you have over your data inside its mobile apps as well as the amount of insight into how the social network uses that data. Venture …
Wednesday
May172017

A Canadian Town Wanted a Transit System. It Hired Uber.

[NyTimes] : "Uber, the global car-hailing service, has fought its way into resistant cities around the world, despite being hit by raw eggs and rush-hour roadblocks in Montreal and Toronto, fires in Paris and smashed windshields in Mexico City.<p>But in Innisfil, a small yet sprawling Canadian town north of …"

Wednesday
May172017

Malware Case Is Major Blow for the N.S.A.

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — Since August, when a mysterious group calling itself the Shadow Brokers announced that it was auctioning off highly classified National Security Agency hacking tools, a low-grade panic has seized the nation's largest intelligence agency.<p>In April, when the Shadow Brokers dumped dozens …"

Tuesday
May162017

What this Mac malware actually does

[Link] : Post by: Amit Serper<p>Over the weekend I downloaded a sample of the trojaned HandBrake software (Thanks Patrick Wardle at Objective-See). In case you …
Tuesday
May162017

The Republican’s Guide to Presidential Behavior

[NyTimes] : "It wasn't so long ago that Republicans in Congress cared about how a president comported himself in office. They cared a lot! The president is, after all, commander in chief of the armed forces, steward of the most powerful nation on earth, role model for America's children — and he should act at …"

Tuesday
May162017

China, Addicted to Bootleg Software, Reels From Ransomware Attack

[NyTimes] : "HONG KONG — China is home to the world's largest group of internet users, a thriving online technology scene and rampant software piracy that encapsulates its determination to play by its own set of digital rules.<p>But as the country scrambles to recover from a global hacking attack that hit its …"

Tuesday
May162017

With New Digital Tools, Even Nonexperts Can Wage Cyberattacks

[NyTimes] : "SAN FRANCISCO — Hackers are discovering that it is more profitable to hold your important data hostage than it is to steal it.<p>A decade-old internet scourge called ransomware went mainstream on Friday when cybercriminals seized control of computers around the world, from the delivery giant FedEx in …"

Tuesday
May162017

Under DeVos, Crackdown on Fraud at For-Profit Schools Is Said to Go Idle

[NyTimes] : "The Education Department's sweeping crackdown on fraudulent practices at for-profit colleges has stalled under the Trump administration's appointees, several current and former department employees say.<p>Current and former employees, who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation, said tight …"

Tuesday
May162017

WannaCry: Mass Ransomware Worm Campaign - What to do.

[Link] : First before you start reading this, if you are a network admin or in security – block this domain right now: …
Tuesday
May162017

NHS hospitals across England hit by large-scale cyber-attack

[Link] : Many hospitals having to divert emergency patients, with doctors reporting messages demanding money<p>Hospitals across England have been hit by a large-scale cyber-attack, the NHS has confirmed, which has locked staff out of their computers and forced many trusts to divert emergency patients.<p>The IT …
Thursday
May112017

Robocalls Flooding Your Cellphone? Here’s How to Stop Them

[NyTimes] : "An unfamiliar number appears on your cellphone. It's from your area code, so you answer it, thinking it might be important.<p>There is an unnatural pause after you say hello, and what follows is a recording telling you how you can reduce your credit card interest rates or electric bill or prescription …"

Wednesday
May102017

The reign of the $100 graphing calculator required by every US math class is finally ending

[Link] : If you took a math class at some point in the US, there is likely a bulky $100 calculator gathering dust somewhere in your closet.<p>That would be the Texas Instruments 84—or the TI 84-Plus, or the TI-89, or any of the other even more expensive variants—a shoe-sized graphing calculator released in …
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