Send us your naked photos to help block revenge porn, Facebook invites users

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Facebook wants its users to send them their naked photos. The social network is rolling out the measure to crack down on revenge porn, the non-consensual sharing of explicit images. The catch is you need to share those photos with the company first. Source: CBC News Date: June 6th, 2018 Link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/facebook-revenge-porn-measures-1.4687659 Discussion 1) Here’s how this works: “Using a form… Read more »

University of Toronto researchers developing tool to jam facial recognition software

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While your selfie might get lots of “likes” on social media, companies and perhaps even fraudsters may like your face even more — because they can profit from it. But a University of Toronto researcher has found a way for internet users to opt out by very slightly distorting images, and he’s working on an app that will help them do just… Read more »

Facebook Discloses It Shared Data With Chinese Device Makers

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Facebook Inc. said it had data-sharing partnerships with four Chinese consumer-device makers, including Huawei Technologies Co., escalating concerns that the social network has consistently failed to tell users how their personal information flows beyond Facebook. The disclosure came after Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said earlier Tuesday that he saw… Read more »

Technology consultants reduce risk as businesses adapt, grow

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ATG  Missoula, a technology consulting firm, recently announced in the Missoula Current that it is moving to the Old Sawmill District. ATG Missoula started a little over seven years ago with just two employees in a conference room near Red’s Bar. Today, it has over 135 employees who need their own building. A recent search of LinkedIn showed… Read more »

A Swiss weedkiller robot could curb our dependence on herbicides

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  Some $26 billion is spent on herbicides each year. These chemicals are often indiscriminately sprayed over entire fields of crops that have been genetically modified to resist the chemical onslaught. And it’s agrochemical giants like Bayer, DowDuPont, and Syngenta that usually create both the genetically modified seeds and the chemicals that are sprayed on them.  The… Read more »

How to make sure your Amazon Echo doesn’t send secret recordings

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It was Alexa’s equivalent of a pocket dial. A woman in Portland, Oregon, claimed her Amazon Echo smart-speaker secretly recorded a private conversation, then sent the audio file to an acquaintance. She told her story to a local news outlet and it spread, stoking fears about always listening devices invading privacy. Amazon confirmed the incident and claimed it was… Read more »

YouTube stars’ fury over algorithm tests

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Some of YouTube’s most popular stars have criticised the website for “experimenting” with how their videos are delivered to their fans. Unannounced, YouTube started testing an algorithm that changed the order videos appeared in users’ subscription feeds. The experiment came to light when some users complained on social media. One YouTube star said it was… Read more »

BlackBerry only accounted for 3% of Canadian smartphones last year, firm says

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According to online measurement firm comScore, there aren’t many holdouts left in Canada still using a BlackBerry. BlackBerrys accounted for only 3 per cent of the smartphones used in Canada at the end of last year, comScore says. Source: Toronto Star Date: May 22nd, 2018 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2018/05/16/blackberry-only-accounted-for-3-of-canadian-smartphones-last-year-firm-says.html Discussion 1) Does it matter that Blackberry is no longer a… Read more »