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SUNDAY, 09 AUGUST 2020, 16:33


US Government Contractor Embedded Software in Apps To Track Phones

Friday at 19:25 PM, via Slashdot

A small U.S. company with ties to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities has embedded its software in numerous mobile apps, allowing it to track the movements of hundreds of millions of mobile phones world-wide, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter and documents it reviewed. From the report: Anomaly Six, a Virginia-based company founded by two...

YouTube Will Stop Emailing Subscribers About New Videos Next Week

Friday at 18:45 PM, via Slashdot

A lot happens on YouTube, and the Google video site has for ages emailed subscribers that opted into alerts about new uploads and livestreams. YouTube is getting rid of these emails next week as very few people opened alerts about new videos from their inbox. From a report: The rationale is “less than 0.1% of these emails are opened,” the company said. Messages about your “account, mandatory...

This Is Not a Desk Chair

Friday at 18:30 PM, via New York Times

The pandemic has put video game equipment in unusually high demand. The gaming chair is ascendant.

To Head Off Regulators, Google Makes Certain Words Taboo

Friday at 18:04 PM, via Slashdot

As Google faces at least four major antitrust investigations on two continents, internal documents obtained by The Markup show its parent company, Alphabet, has been preparing for this moment for years, telling employees across the massive enterprise that certain language is off limits in all written communications, no matter how casual. From a report: The taboo words include “market,”...

Canada’s Last Fully Intact Arctic Ice Shelf Collapses

Friday at 17:21 PM, via Slashdot

Iwastheone shares a report: The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July, researchers said on Thursday. The Milne Ice Shelf is at the fringe of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern Canadian territory of Nunavut. “Above normal air temperatures, offshore winds and open water in front of...

Security Researcher Troy Hunt is Open Sourcing the Have I Been Pwned Code Base

Friday at 16:42 PM, via Slashdot

Security researcher Troy Hunt: Let me just cut straight to it: I’m going to open source the Have I Been Pwned code base. The decision has been a while coming and it took a failed M&A process to get here, but the code will be turned over to the public for the betterment of the project and frankly, for the betterment of everyone who uses it. Let me explain why and how.

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‘Wishful thinking’: the dangers of UK hype during Covid-19

Friday at 16:14 PM, via The Guardian

From the UK government over-promising on testing to scientific spin on a vaccine, realism is in short supply

Revealed: UK’s rapid Covid test not yet approved by regulatorsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage

They were billed by health secretary Matt Hancock as “lifesaving” and “hugely beneficial”: two new coronavirus tests that claim to deliver results within 90...

Revealed: UK’s rapid Covid test not yet approved by regulators

Friday at 16:13 PM, via The Guardian

Exclusive: no data on accuracy of this and other test bought by government has been published

‘Wishful thinking’: dangers of UK hype during Covid-19Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage

One of two 90-minute rapid coronavirus tests bought by the UK government and announced on Monday has not yet been approved by regulators, while no data on the accuracy of either has been...

Facebook Criticizes Apple’s App Store Policies, Launches Gaming App on iOS Without Games

Friday at 16:00 PM, via Slashdot

Facebook has joined Microsoft in condemning Apple’s App Store policies, after the company was forced to remove the games feature from its Facebook Gaming app, which launches today on iOS. From a report: In a statement, Facebook said it has had its Gaming app rejected multiple times by Apple in recent months, but Apple cited its App Store guidelines to justify the rejections, claiming the...

SIU seeks R400m from SAP over dodgy contracts

Friday at 15:02 PM, via TechCentral

South African investigators are seeking to recover more than R400-million from German software giant SAP for two government contracts they allege were entered into unlawfully, court documents show.

Facebook Will Let Employees Work From Home Until July 2021

Friday at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Facebook is extending its work from home policy until July of next year, becoming the latest tech giant to commit to letting staff work remotely in response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Based on guidance from health and government experts, as well as decisions drawn from our internal discussions about these matters, we are allowing employees to...

How to disrupt with data in the technology era

Friday at 14:48 PM, via TechCentral

To achieve unique results in the technology era, you can’t keep thinking about data the same old way. Instead, you need to consider the unique ways you can harness it to provide equally unique solutions to your clients. By FNB’s Mark Nasila.

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