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The Department of Justice sues Google over antitrust concerns | Engadget

We all knew it was coming. Today, the US government’s Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. The company, which is a part of Alphabet, is accused of having an unfair monopoly over search and search-related advertising. In addition, the department disagrees with the terms around Android, the most widely-used mobile operating system, Read more about The Department of Justice sues Google over antitrust concerns | Engadget[…]

eBay makes a dedicated portal for officially refurbished gear

eBay is taking on Amazon Warehouse with a new destination called Certified Refurbished, selling used goods from brands like Lenovo, Microsoft and Makita. The idea is that you can buy second-hand products at significant discounts over new, but still get a two-year warranty (from Allstate), a money-back guarantee and 30-day “hassle-free” returns, along with new Read more about eBay makes a dedicated portal for officially refurbished gear[…]

Climate change and flying: what share of global CO2 emissions come from aviation?

Flying is a highly controversial topic in climate debates. There are a few reasons for this. The first is the disconnect between its role in our personal and collective carbon emissions. Air travel dominates frequent travellers’ individual contributions to climate change. Yet aviation overall accounts for only 2.5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This Read more about Climate change and flying: what share of global CO2 emissions come from aviation?[…]

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube

Google exempts its own websites from Chrome’s automatic data-scrubbing feature, allowing the ads giant to potentially track you even when you’ve told it not to. Programmer Jeff Johnson noticed the unusual behavior, and this month documented the issue with screenshots. In his assessment of the situation, he noted that if you set up Chrome, on Read more about When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube[…]

Announcing: Graph-Native Machine Learning in Neo4j!

We’re delighted to announce you can now take advantage of graph-native machine learning (ML) inside of Neo4j! We’ve just released a preview of Neo4j’s Graph Data Science™ Library version 1.4, which includes graph embeddings and an ML model catalog. Together, these enable you to create representations of your graph and make graph predictions – all Read more about Announcing: Graph-Native Machine Learning in Neo4j![…]

Amazon’s Stops Pretending and launches anticompetitive New Panel Program

After spending years promising Congress that the data it collected from third-party sellers wasn’t used to beef up its private-label products, today Amazon decided to roll out a product meant to do exactly that. The Amazon Shopper Panel, as it’s called, promises to pay Amazon customers that offer intel to the ecommerce giant about where Read more about Amazon’s Stops Pretending and launches anticompetitive New Panel Program[…]

Thought the FBI were the only ones able to unlock encrypted phones? Pretty much every US cop can get the job done – and does

Never mind the Feds. American police forces routinely “circumvent most security features” in smartphones to extract mountains of personal information, according to a report that details the massive, ubiquitous cracking of devices by cops. Two years of public records requests by Upturn, a Washington DC non-profit, has revealed that every one of the United States’ Read more about Thought the FBI were the only ones able to unlock encrypted phones? Pretty much every US cop can get the job done – and does[…]

Do algorithms make us even more radical? Filter bubbles and echo chambers

‘Technology ensures that we’re all served our own personalised news cycle. As a result, we only get to hear the opinions that correspond to our own. The result is polarisation’. Or so the oft-heard theory goes. But in practice, it seems this isn’t really true, or at least not for the average Dutch person. However, Read more about Do algorithms make us even more radical? Filter bubbles and echo chambers[…]

Trying to change the Dutch home copy tax

The representatives of producers and importers of consumer electronics (NLdigital, NLconnect, TechniekNederland, FIAR CE and STOBI) have asked Minister Dekker to take a closer look at the current home copying system. The trade associations believe that the protection of copyright through this regulation is increasingly out of step with the technical and economic reality. NLdigital Read more about Trying to change the Dutch home copy tax[…]

FreedomFi – open source 5G MAGMA software on a hardware gateway

FreedomFi Gateway is the easiest path towards your open source Private LTE or 5G network. Be it for Fixed Wireless Access, Enterprise Cellular or Mobile Broadband, just plug in any commodity small cell into a FreedomFi Gateway and start managing your private cellular network via a SaaS-hosted portal. Project sponsorship options start at $300.   Read more about FreedomFi – open source 5G MAGMA software on a hardware gateway[…]

UK test and trace data can be handed to police, reveals memorandum – that mission crept quickly

As if things were not going badly enough for the UK’s COVID-19 test and trace service, it now seems police will be able to access some test data, prompting fear that the disclosure could deter people who should have tests from coming forward. As revealed in the Health Service Journal (paywalled), Department for Health and Read more about UK test and trace data can be handed to police, reveals memorandum – that mission crept quickly[…]

‘Classified knots’: Researchers create optical framed knots to encode information

In a world first, researchers from the University of Ottawa in collaboration with Israeli scientists have been able to create optical framed knots in the laboratory that could potentially be applied in modern technologies. Their work opens the door to new methods of distributing secret cryptographic keys—used to encrypt and decrypt data, ensure secure communication Read more about ‘Classified knots’: Researchers create optical framed knots to encode information[…]

Google’s breast cancer-predicting AI research is useless without transparency, critics say

Back in January, Google Health, the branch of Google focused on health-related research, clinical tools, and partnerships for health care services, released an AI model trained on over 90,000 mammogram X-rays that the company said achieved better results than human radiologists. Google claimed that the algorithm could recognize more false negatives — the kind of Read more about Google’s breast cancer-predicting AI research is useless without transparency, critics say[…]

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Hackers May Have 3M Stolen Credit Cards

Hackers are currently selling a trove of 3 million credit card numbers and customer records apparently stolen from Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, one of the biggest barbecue chains in the United States. The company made a statement today about the hack, suggesting that charges made to the stolen cards will be reversed. […] Security firm Gemini Read more about Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Hackers May Have 3M Stolen Credit Cards[…]

British Airways fined £20m over data breach

British Airways has been fined £20m ($26m) by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a data breach which affected more than 400,000 customers. The breach took place in 2018 and affected both personal and credit card data. The fine is considerably smaller than the £183m that the ICO originally said it intended to issue back Read more about British Airways fined £20m over data breach[…]

Judge Rules Trump Must Say Himself If His Tweets Are True or Bullshit. It can be one or the other.

On Friday, a federal judge decided that he’s had enough of reading the tea leaves when it comes to exactly what the fuck Trump is talking about. The president’s tweets have become more central to his tenure in office than ever before as he’s been recovering from covid-19 infection and lashing out in every direction Read more about Judge Rules Trump Must Say Himself If His Tweets Are True or Bullshit. It can be one or the other.[…]

Facebook Login Issues Are Locking Oculus Quest 2 Owners Out of Their Devices, turning them into paperweights

Owners of the brand-new Oculus Quest 2—the first VR headset which requires a Facebook account to use—are finding themselves screwed out of their new purchases by Facebook’s account verification system. As first reported by UploadVR this week, some Oculus 2 owners are finding that Facebook’s reportedly AI-powered account verification system is demanding some users upload Read more about Facebook Login Issues Are Locking Oculus Quest 2 Owners Out of Their Devices, turning them into paperweights[…]

Come on, Amazon: If you’re going to copy open-source code for a new product, at least credit the creator – FOSS problems

On Thursday, Amazon Web Services launched CloudWatch Synthetics Recorder, a Chrome browser extension for recording browser interactions that it copied from the Headless Recorder project created by developer Tim Nolet. It broke no law in doing so – the software is published under the permissive Apache License v2 – and developers expect such open-source projects Read more about Come on, Amazon: If you’re going to copy open-source code for a new product, at least credit the creator – FOSS problems[…]

Confirmed: Barnes & Noble hacked, systems taken offline for days, miscreants may have swiped personal info

Barnes and Noble tonight confirmed it was hacked, and that its customers’ personal information may have been accessed by the intruders. The cyber-break-in forced the bookseller to take its systems offline this week to clean up the mess. See our update at the end of this piece. Our original report follows. Bookseller Barnes and Noble’s Read more about Confirmed: Barnes & Noble hacked, systems taken offline for days, miscreants may have swiped personal info[…]

Physicists successfully carry out controlled transport of stored light

A team of physicists led by Professor Patrick Windpassinger at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has successfully transported light stored in a quantum memory over a distance of 1.2 millimeters. They have demonstrated that the controlled transport process and its dynamics has only little impact on the properties of the stored light. The researchers used Read more about Physicists successfully carry out controlled transport of stored light[…]

Remember when Zoom was rumbled for lousy crypto? Six months later it says end-to-end is ready – but it’s not

The world’s plague-time video meeting tool of choice, Zoom, says it’s figured out how to do end-to-end encryption sufficiently well to offer users a tech preview. News of the trial comes after April 2020 awkwardness that followed the revelation that Zoom was fibbing about its service using end-to-end encryption. As we reported at the time, Read more about Remember when Zoom was rumbled for lousy crypto? Six months later it says end-to-end is ready – but it’s not[…]

Your Edge Browser Installed Microsoft Office Without Asking. NO!

Edge Chromium started out as a respectable alternative to Google Chrome on Windows, but it didn’t take long for Microsoft to turn it into a nuisance. To top it off, it looks like Edge is now a vector for installing (even more) Microsoft stuff on your PC—without you asking for it, of course. We don’t Read more about Your Edge Browser Installed Microsoft Office Without Asking. NO![…]