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Facebook Denies Mood-based Ad Tools; ‘Minecraft’ to Teach Coding

Posted May 2nd, 2017 at 1:09 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Denies Selling Ad-targeting Based on Users’ Emotions Facebook has denied a report from The Australian that claimed the social media giant gives advertisers tools to target users whenever they are in emotionally-vulnerable moods. The newspaper claimed that includes insecure teenagers as young as 14. A Facebook spokesman called the claims “misleading” […]

Brexit Vote Site May Have Been Hacked; Net Neutrality Fight Begins

Posted April 12th, 2017 at 1:44 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: UK Lawmakers: Brexit Referendum Website Might Have Been Hacked Rumors of possible manipulations swirled early on in last year’s Brexit referendum saga. But now, a UK legislative committee says the website that allowed more than a million potential voters to register for the referendum might have been hacked. Last June, the British […]

Twitter Eyes India Expansion; Facebook Goes After Fake News – Again

Posted April 6th, 2017 at 1:52 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Twitter Pushes Into Countries With Poor Connectivity Twitter’s latest “Twitter Lite” mobile service, a faster, more data-efficient version of the microblogging service, will target parts of the world where connectivity is spotty in an effort to add new users. Twitter Lite will be rolled out globally, but is primarily aimed at India, […]

Amazon Offerings Irk India; Americans Split on Encryption

Posted January 26th, 2017 at 11:03 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Amazon Has an India Problem Amazon, looking to expand in one of the world’s fastest-growing markets, has run into trouble with Indian officials on ‘sensitivity’ issues, for lack of a better word. First, it angered a lot of people a couple of weeks ago with a doormat bearing the Indian flag, for […]

Google Hacked; Trump Mobile Alerts Are Coming to Your Phone

Posted November 30th, 2016 at 2:28 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: At Least 1 Million Google Accounts Breached by Gooligan Android Malware An Android-based malware dubbed Gooligan has compromised up to one million Google accounts. Researchers from security firm Check Point Software Technologies found the strain in at least 86 apps available in third-party marketplaces. When the apps are installed, they gain high-level access to […]

Google Search Points Out US Election Polls; Twitter Bot Tracks Dictators

Posted October 13th, 2016 at 1:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Google Now Will Tell You Where You Can Vote in US Election The clock is ticking ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November, and Google is offering to point you in the direction of the nearest polling station. Starting Thursday, searching in English or Spanish for “where to vote” will yield […]

Robot Surgeons Are Coming; Pokemon GO’s Security Risks

Posted July 28th, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: New Crop of Robots to Vie for Space in the Operating Room One in three surgeries in the United States are likely to be performed by robotics systems within the next five years, which is more than double the current levels. The approach will have surgeons sitting at computer consoles to guide […]

Ransomware Bosses Earn Big Bucks; N. Korea Hacks 140,000 PCs

Posted June 14th, 2016 at 12:02 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Ransomware Bosses Make $90K Annually A recent study found that Russian ransomware bosses “earn” US$90,000 a year. That’s 13 times the average income of people who were taught that crime doesn’t pay. The availability of Ransomware as a Service (RaaS) business model is saving hackers a lot of money and accelerating the […]

Floppy Disks Control US Nukes; Microsoft Retracts Malware-like Ploys

Posted May 26th, 2016 at 12:15 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Floppy Disks Control US Nukes and Missiles? An IBM Series/1 computer introduced in 1976 controls some of the United States’ ballistic missiles and nuclear bombers, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The 40-year-old machine, which sends and receives emergency action alerts, still stores data on nearly-obsolete […]

Tech Sightings, September 9, 2014

Posted September 9th, 2014 at 2:31 pm (UTC-4)
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The Great Internet Slowdown: Tomorrow’s Protest Against the FCC’s New Net Neutrality Rules The first great Internet Slowdown on September 10 is a concerted effort by some of the Web’s largest companies to protest the FCC and the U.S. government’s handling of net neutrality. A spinning, loading wheel will appear on many websites to remind […]

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