Mozilla asks YouTube users to ‘donate’ their recommendations
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Mozilla asks YouTube users to ‘donate’ their recommendations

YouTube has long been criticized for its opaque recommendations algorithm. Some researchers have warned that the video app’s algorithmic suggestions too often gravitate toward conspiracy theories, which can be especially dangerous to younger users. T… Continue Reading…

Joe Biden's campaign app had a bug that made it too easy to access voter info
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Joe Biden’s campaign app had a bug that made it too easy to access voter info

A bug in Joe Biden’s official campaign app may have exposed the personal information of millions of Americans, according to security researcher the App Analyst. One of the features of the Vote Joe app allows users to sync their phone’s contact list w… Continue Reading…

TikTok's owner might refuse to sell its algorithm to a US buyer
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TikTok’s owner might refuse to sell its algorithm to a US buyer

If TikTok wants to sell itself to a US company and avoid a potential ban, it might have to leave behind one of its most important pieces of code. South China Morning Post sources claim TikTok’s parent, ByteDance, won’t sell or transfer the social vid… Continue Reading…

Facebook takes down false claims of extremists starting Oregon wildfires
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Facebook takes down false claims of extremists starting Oregon wildfires

Facebook has once again found itself stamping out false information that could foster violence, if not on a topic where it’s normally an issue. Policy communications lead Andy Stone has revealed (via Gizmodo) that Facebook removed false claims extrem… Continue Reading…

Wink's smart home platform faces a days-long outage
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Wink’s smart home platform faces a days-long outage

Wink’s switch to a subscription service for its smart home platform hasn’t had the best start. The company has confirmed reports (via Android Police and The Verge) of a wide-ranging outage affecting its services, including integration with Amazon Ale… Continue Reading…

A dozen states might join the DOJ's antitrust lawsuit against Google
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A dozen states might join the DOJ’s antitrust lawsuit against Google

The Justice Department’s expected antitrust lawsuit against Google could have added momentum behind it. Bloomberg sources claim that “about” a dozen states are poised to join the case. The tipsters didn’t provide a full list, but Texas is believed to… Continue Reading…

'Console Wars' documentary arrives on CBS All Access on September 23rd
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‘Console Wars’ documentary arrives on CBS All Access on September 23rd

Console Wars, the documentary based on the 2014 non-fiction novel of the same name, will premiere on CBS All Access on September 23rd, CBS Interactive announced on Friday. The company also shared a new trailer for the doc.Console Wars details the bat… Continue Reading…

It’s time to better identify the cost of cybersecurity risks in M&A deals
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It’s time to better identify the cost of cybersecurity risks in M&A deals

Rob Gurzeev Contributor Share on Twitter Rob Gurzeev is CEO and co-founder of CyCognito, a company focused on giving CISOs the advantage over attackers. Over the past decade, a number of high-profile cybersecurity issues have arisen during mega-M&A deals, heightening concerns among corporate executives. In 2017, Yahoo disclosed three data …

Google’s latest experimental app lets influencers host paid online events
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Google’s latest experimental app lets influencers host paid online events

Area 120, Google’s internal startup incubator, wants to give YouTubers and other influencers a platform to host paid online events. Fundo, its new app, allows those individuals to set up internet meet and greets and workshops with their fans. It give… Continue Reading…

TikTok is trying to stop a suicide video from spreading
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TikTok is trying to stop a suicide video from spreading

Since Sunday evening, TikTok has been trying to stop the spread of a graphic video showing a man committing suicide with a gun (via The Verge). The clip opens with an image of a grey-bearded man sitting in front of his desk. The seemingly innocuous n… Continue Reading…