Facebook Blocks Ad Blockers; Delta Outage a Taste of What’s Coming?

Posted August 9th, 2016 at 2:24 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings:

File - The icon of a Facebook app for iPhones is shown in New York. The app, which rolls out on April 5, 2016, uses artificial intelligence to describe photos, faces and objects for blind and viually-impaired users. (AP)

File – The icon of a Facebook app for iPhones is shown in New York. The app, which rolls out on April 5, 2016, uses artificial intelligence to describe photos, faces and objects for blind and viually-impaired users. (AP)

Facebook to Block Ad Blockers

In an effort to render ad blockers useless, social media giant Facebook says it has found a way around the popular software. The move will allow Facebook to serve up advertisements to its desktop site even if a user is running an ad blocker. The move will certainly fuel the debate about ad blockers, with some saying ads are needed for revenue and other believing removing ads makes for a better, smoother and faster experience online.

Delta Computer Outage Reveals Bigger Problem

When Delta Airlines’ computers went down Monday because of a power outage in Atlanta, the ripple effects were felt around the world. It serves as a reminder that in an interconnected world, technological issues can cause major problems for companies and their customers.

‘Sauron’ Malware Goes Unnoticed for 5 Years

Researchers say they’ve detected a kind of malware that has been quietly on the computers at several organizations for at least five years. The BBC reports the malware, called “Project Sauron,” could have been developed by a state-sponsored group. The malware reportedly can steal files, log keystrokes and even allow remote access, according to the Internet security firm Symantec.
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