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Uber’s Harassment Reality Check; Slack Bug Puts User Accounts at Risk

Posted March 1st, 2017 at 12:56 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Uber Case Could Be Watershed for Women in Tech The recent allegations of Uber’s culture of sexism and sexual harassment have put the tech sector and its diversity problems in the spotlight – again. But writer Farhad Manjoo argues the Uber case feels like a watershed that could trigger innovation and new […]

Inside Uber’s Workplace Culture; Google Renews Fight for Racial Justice

Posted February 23rd, 2017 at 12:16 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Inside Uber’s Aggressive, Unrestrained Workplace Culture Ride-hailing app Uber, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful ventures, is in full damage control after engineer Susan Fowler, who left Uber in December, recently described a long-standing culture of gender discrimination and harassment. In an in-depth look, the New York Times says that includes groping, […]

‘Invisible’ Malware Circulating Globally; China to Control Citizens’ Apps

Posted February 8th, 2017 at 10:46 am (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: ‘Invisible’ Memory-based Malware Is Infiltrating Organizations Worldwide Kaspersky Lab’s cybersecurity researchers have discovered that hackers are using legitimate software and tools to hide malware in the memory of targeted computers to infiltrate organizations. The attacks are thought to have targeted 140 organizations, including banks, telecommunications companies and government organizations as criminals search for […]

The Dilemma of Defining ‘Electronic Persons’; Facebook Turns 13

Posted February 2nd, 2017 at 12:46 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Should Robots Be Treated Like Pets or People? If a robot makes a mistake, who is accountable for any resulting harm or damage? The answer may appear simple, but experts are still divided on the matter. Some argue robot owners are accountable in the same way pet owners are accountable for the […]

Reaching Out to Nepal; Robots Rising; the Tweeting Pope; WordPress Woes

Posted April 28th, 2015 at 2:12 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Earthquake Rocks Internet in Nepal The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday claimed more than 4,000 lives and affected more than eight million people. It also took a toll on Internet connectivity. While international links survived, the same cannot be said for connectivity on the ground in areas where underground fiber […]

Facebook, YouTube Changes; Internet Trolls; Uganda’s Digital Migration

Posted April 22nd, 2015 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Facebook Shifts News Feed, Gives Priority to Friends Facebook has announced that it is reconfiguring its News Feed to help people learn more about what is happening to the friends they care about. Changes will decrease emphasis on sharing and referral traffic and show people only the content that matters to them. […]

WordPress Infected; TorrentLocker; Sony’s Nightmare

Posted December 18th, 2014 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Technology Trends For 2015: Part One What will the 2015 tech landscape look like? Expect more wearable tech, more encryption and more space ventures. Who Really Hacked Sony Pictures? (It Probably Wasn’t North Korea) Did North Korea orchestrate the destructive hack attack that targeted Sony Pictures a few weeks ago? U.S. officials […]

Tech Sightings, July 24, 2014

Posted July 24th, 2014 at 1:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Could Food Waste Power Our Cities? Florida’s Harvest Power, a group that first started by collecting food waste from Walt Disney World, has found a new way to produce energy. Quadrillions of microorganisms, feeding on discarded food, consume the waste much faster than it would take for it to decompose and produce biogas – a […]