Amazon Prime Day will reportedly start on October 13th
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Amazon Prime Day will reportedly start on October 13th

After it was delayed earlier in the year, Prime Day 2020 will kick off partway through next month, according to The Verge. The website says it obtained an internal Amazon email that states the two-day shopping event will start on October 13th. The co… Continue Reading…

Twitter has 'more analysis to do' after algorithm shows possible racial bias
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Twitter has ‘more analysis to do’ after algorithm shows possible racial bias

Twitter is learning first-hand about the challenges of eliminating racial bias in algorithms. The social network’s Liz Kelley said the company had “more analysis” to do after cryptographic engineer Tony Arcieri conducted an experiment suggesting Twit… Continue Reading…

Homeland Security warns of a 'critical' security flaw in Windows servers
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Homeland Security warns of a ‘critical’ security flaw in Windows servers

The US government has a major server security headache on its hands. Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has delivered a rare emergency directive (via TechCrunch) urging government agencies to install a patch f… Continue Reading…

Judge blocks US ban on WeChat app downloads
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Judge blocks US ban on WeChat app downloads

TikTok isn’t alone in avoiding a US ban, at least for now. Reuters reports that Judge Laurel Beeler has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a Commerce Department order that would remove WeChat from US app stores by the end of September 20th. Use… Continue Reading…

Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart 'in concept'
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Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart ‘in concept’

TikTok appears to have avoided a US ban at the last minute… probably. President Trump has agreed to a deal “in concept” (via CNBC) that theoretically allays US security issues while letting it operate in the country. True to earlier discussions, Or… Continue Reading…

Six people face charges for allegedly bribing Amazon staff to help sellers
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Six people face charges for allegedly bribing Amazon staff to help sellers

The US is cracking down on an elaborate scheme to boost some third-party Amazon sellers at the expense of others. A Grand Jury in Washington has indicted six people (via The Verge) for allegedly bribing Amazon staff and contractors to gain an edge in… Continue Reading…

Deezer's country selector lets you listen to music and podcasts like a local
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Deezer’s country selector lets you listen to music and podcasts like a local

You may not get a chance to physically travel anytime soon, but if you’re Deezer subscriber, the music streaming service is giving you an alternative way to experience the music and culture of another country. The platform has introduced a country se… Continue Reading…

Twitter steps up account security for politicians ahead of the election
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Twitter steps up account security for politicians ahead of the election

Twitter is stepping up security for accounts belonging to elected officials and other “high profile” figures ahead of the election. With the update, Twitter will require users with weak passwords to update their logins, and will encourage them to ena… Continue Reading…

Facebook will no longer recommend health groups
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Facebook will no longer recommend health groups

Facebook says that groups dedicated to health-related topics are no longer eligible to appear in recommendations. The update is part of the company’s latest effort to fight misinformation. “To prioritize connecting people with accurate health informa… Continue Reading…

Mozilla is shutting down Firefox Send and Notes
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Mozilla is shutting down Firefox Send and Notes

Mozilla plans to say goodbye to two of its lesser-known products this year. The first is Firefox Send, a tool the company introduced in 2017 to allow users to share encrypted files. Send was generally well-liked by the Firefox community, so it might… Continue Reading…