Information Technology

Guru announces new AI and Sync features for knowledge sharing platform
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It’s one thing to have a great business idea, but connecting all of the disparate pieces of information and people needed to build it can be a frustrating growing pain — and one that the internal knowledge sharing company Guru is trying to fix. Guru launched in 2015 as a Chrome extension to help revenue […]

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Facebook loophole let marketers easily harvest data from your 'private' groups, report says     – CNET
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Members of a closed group discovered a Chrome extension let people download their personal information, according to CNBC.

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New Spectre-like attack uses speculative execution to overflow buffers
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Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty Images) When the Spectre and Meltdown attacks were disclosed earlier this year, the expectation was that these attacks would be the first of many, as researchers took a closer look at the way that the speculative execution in modern processors could be used to leak sensitive information and undermine […]

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Top Communications Union Joins Group Pushing for Facebook's Breakup
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The top U.S. communications union is joining a coalition calling for the Federal Trade Commission to break up Facebook, as the social media company faces growing government scrutiny and public pressure. From a report: “We should all be deeply concerned by Facebook’s power over our lives and democracy,” said Brian Thorn, a researcher for the […]

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Can Hackers Crack the Ivory Towers?
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Just like leaders in every other field you can imagine, academics have been hard at work studying information security. Most fields aren’t as replete with hackers as information security, though, and their contributions are felt much more strongly in the private sector than in academia. The differing motives and professional cultures of the two groups […]

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Twitter’s efforts to suspend fake accounts have doubled since last year
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Bots, your days of tweeting politically divisive nonsense might be numbered. The Washington Post reported Friday that in the last few months Twitter has aggressively suspended accounts in an effort to stem the spread of disinformation running rampant on its platform. The Washington Post reports that Twitter suspended as many as 70 million accounts between […]

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All charges against ex-Vungle CEO Zain Jaffer, including lewd act on a child, dismissed by judge
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All charges against former Vungle CEO Zain Jaffer, including sexual abuse of a child, have been dropped. According to a statement from Jaffer’s representatives, San Mateo County Judge Stephanie Garratt dismissed the charges today. Jaffer was arrested last October and charged with several serious offenses, including a lewd act on one of his children, child […]

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Facebook Acknowledges It Shared User Data With Dozens of Companies
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Facebook has admitted providing dozens of tech companies with special access to user data after publicly saying it restricted such access in 2015. Facebook continued sharing information with 61 hardware and software makers after it said it discontinued the practice in May 2015, the social networking giant […]

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Watch the John Oliver segment that got Oliver’s name banned in China
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Enlarge / Rumors say Chinese president Xi Jinping really really doesn’t like this comparison. (credit: The Internet) China has begun censoring mentions of HBO comedian John Oliver on social media and restricting access to the HBO website. The crackdown began late last week after Oliver ran a scathing 20-minute segment on his HBO show, Last Week […]

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