Today’s Tech Sightings:
If you are using the Evernote app to take notes, you might want to reconsider. Evernote’s latest update to its “privacy” policy lets some of the company’s employees read your notes in the interest of improving machine learning. It bears mentioning that Evernote employees always had the ability to read user content, but neglected to mention that to their customers. And since you can’t opt out of this feature, your only other option is to drop the service. The update has left Evernote users rightly furious and venting on Twitter.
A new IBM study found that approximately 40 percent of all spam sent to Americans in 2016 included ransomware attachments. September, in particular, saw as much as 62 percent of emailed spam carrying ransomware designed to lock users out of their computers until they pay ransom. The latest ransomware variety – Popcorn Time – conscripts its victims to infect others they know before they can get their hijacked files back.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced on Twitter Wednesday that his retail company made drone delivery history with a flight to England on December 7. The drone made the delivery, which included a bag of popcorn, to a customer in England within 13 minutes of receiving his online order. The delivery was made in a rural area where drone flights have been authorized.
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