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Stolen Tumblr Data Up for Sale; US, Vietnam World’s Biggest Spammers

Posted May 31st, 2016 at 12:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: 65 Million Tumblr Account Records Up for sale on Underground Market A few week after Tumblr notified users it suffered a data breach, 65 million records showed up for sale on the dark web. The information is on offer on a dark market site called TheRealDeal, owned by the same person who […]

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 […]

Microsoft’s Mobile Dreams Unravel; Foxconn Robots Replace Humans

Posted May 25th, 2016 at 12:05 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Microsoft Retreats in Smartphone Battle, 1,850 Jobs Could Go Microsoft’s foray into the mobile smartphone market appears to be at an end. The tech giant’s smartphone business has been in its death throes in recent months. And now, Microsoft just announced it will cut about 1,850 jobs, mostly in Finland, and write […]

Twitter Eases 140-Character Limit; Google Toys With Killing Passwords

Posted May 24th, 2016 at 11:49 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Twitter Makes Important Changes to Its 140-character Limit, Ditching ‘@mention’ Twitter is moving forward with changes to its 140-character limit that take links and @replies out of the word count. Pictures and other attachments will no longer count toward the 140-character count. A retweet button will also be added to personal tweets. […]

China’s Fake Online Posts; Shenzhen’s Bright High-tech Future

Posted May 19th, 2016 at 11:38 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Study: China Fakes 488 Million Social Media Comments a Year A Harvard University study says the Chinese government fabricates up to 488 million social media comments every year – the equivalent of a day of global tweets – to distract its citizens from sensitive political issues. Harvard scholars started their study with […]

Foxconn Nabs Nokia Dumbphone Brand; LinkedIn Data Posted for Sale

Posted May 18th, 2016 at 11:48 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Why a Taiwanese Company Is Paying $350 Million to Build Nokia Dumbphones Microsoft announced Wednesday it is selling its featurephone Nokia brand to Foxconn, a Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer best known as the manufacturer of iPhones. Old fashioned featurephones, also known as dumbphones, are still very popular around the world and show no […]

Drones to Take Over More Human Jobs; FBI Eyes Messaging Encryption

Posted May 12th, 2016 at 12:00 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Drones Could Replace $127 Billion Worth of Human Labor Drones could take over human jobs in infrastructure, agriculture and services sectors by 2030. A new report from PwC predicts drones, already on the job in some fields, could replace $127 billion worth of human labor. Evidence suggests robots could replace about 50 […]

Facebook Reassures Thai Users After Arrests; UK Hospital Hires Watson

Posted May 11th, 2016 at 12:36 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Tells Thai Users Their Data Not Given to Government Recent arrests for violations of Thailand’s Computer Crime Act have sparked fears Facebook might have failed to protect user privacy from the country’s military government. But Facebook issued a statement to reassure users it has not shared their information with the government […]

US Congress Targeted With Ransomware; Facebook Denies Censoring Content

Posted May 10th, 2016 at 12:45 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Congress Warned About Cybersecurity After Attempted Ransomware Attack on House The U.S. House of Representatives’ technology staff warned legislators that their third-party email apps were increasingly being targeted by malware attacks. In an internal email obtained by TechCrunch, the staff advised legislators that access to YahooMail and Gmail will be blocked on […]

Spy Hacking Group Targets Asia; Elderly Find Refuge in Technology

Posted May 5th, 2016 at 11:08 am (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Spy Hacking Group Targeting Asian Governments Spotted Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report says hackers have been spying on Asian governments since 2009. Dubbed PLATINUM, this particular hacking group has carried out a number of cyber espionage campaigns against government and private targets in Asia, according to Tim Rains, security editor of the […]