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The EU’s new copyright laws threaten to destroy the internet

Can the law stop fake news and hoax-spreading bots? These politicians think so With federal elections scheduled for late September in Germany, momentum is building behind using anti-botnet laws against automated social-media accounts that churn out disinformation. Read More Do you like sharing your favorite music videos like Old Crow Medicine Show’s Wagon Wheel? Do you use Twitter to track… Read more →

Architects anticipate robots on construction sites

(Image: Screenshot via Perkins + Will) Here’s a good sign that robots are moving beyond academia and into the real world: Architects are using robots to get ready for the future of construction. The automotive industry has already proven how helpful robots can be for industrial settings where they can do the heavy lifting, but construction sites are messier and… Read more →

GAO gives Congress go-ahead for a GDPR-like privacy legislation

An independent report authored by a US government auditing agency has recommended that Congress develop internet data privacy legislation to enhance consumer protections, similar to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The 56-page report was put together by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), a bi-partisan government agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for Congress. Its reports… Read more →

Thousands of Android apps permanently record your online activity for ad targeting

At least 17,000 Android applications are creating permanent records of your online activity for advertising purposes even when you ask for such information to be forgotten. New research published by the International Computer Science Institute in California suggests that these apps are using your Advertising ID, alongside persistent identifiers which can be used for the purposes of ad personalization and… Read more →

Apple upgrades older iPhones to bypass sales ban in Germany

Back in late 2018, Apple was forced to cease selling the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany following a patent infringement ruling, which itself was part of a much larger and longer running series of legal spats between the Cupertino giant and Qualcomm. According to the ruling, Apple used chips that infringed on Qualcomm’s power savings technology in the… Read more →

Tableau tangos with the enterprise

Tableau’s first quarterly release for this year, 2019.1, fleshes out the directions that it disclosed back at its TC18 conference last fall. Check out Larry Dignan’s account for a blow-by-blow description of the headline of the release, focusing on the new Ask Data natural language query capability, followed by the new parity for Android with iOS in Tableau’s mobile client…. Read more →

Facebook tackles developer databases leaking at least one million user records

Facebook has tackled two serious security issues disclosed through the social networking giant’s bug bounty programs including an external data leak potentially impacting over one million users. In light of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in April 2018, the company expanded its bug bounty scope to include the misuse of user data by developers. The program, known as the Data Abuse… Read more →

Weird but super useful gadgets

Crowdfunding projects that left backers jilted at the altar Crowdfunding offers products such as smartwatches, smartphone accessories, and smart printers. Backing them, however, may not always be a smart move. Whether it be to malice, or … Source Article from https://www.zdnet.com/pictures/weird-but-super-useful-gadgets/#ftag=RSSbaffb68Weird but super useful gadgetshttps://www.zdnet.com/pictures/weird-but-super-useful-gadgets/#ftag=RSSbaffb68http://www.zdnet.com/blog/rss.xmlLatest blogs for ZDNetLatest blogs for ZDNethttps://zdnet3.cbsistatic.com/fly/bundles/zdnetcore/images/logos/zdnet-144×144.png

Facebook prefers to recruit from Google over Twitter employees

Mountain View, Calif.-based AI start-up Diffbot has released a report using its Knowledge Graph. The Knowledge Graph is an AI-curated and structured database of all of the public knowledge on the web which is over one trillion facts and 10 billion entities. For this exercise, It analysed all of the web’s publicly available information about approximately 22,000 members of Facebook’s… Read more →