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The year social networks were no longer social
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The term “social network” has become a meaningless association of words. Pair those two words and it becomes a tech category, the equivalent of a single term to define a group of products. But are social networks even social anymore? If you have a feeling of tech fatigue when you open the Facebook app, you’re […]

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Civil unrest: How a blockchain-based journalism startup bumbled its launch
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Enlarge / Civil CEO Matthew Iles, as seen in this promo video. (credit: Freethink / YouTube) In March 2018, Matthew Iles—the head of Civil, an ambitious blockchain-for-journalism startup—stood in a tiny New York conference room with a few colleagues seated around him. Wearing a peach-colored sweater, Iles looked up at a mounted camera to speak […]

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Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything
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Enlarge (credit: Benno Hansen) What makes some people radical and prone to taking extreme views on topics? Radical, violent political movements have received a lot of attention in the news cycle, while non-violent radicalism is a significant impediment to the compromises that are necessary to build a functional society. At the same time some things […]

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Cydia shuts down purchasing mechanism for its jailbreak app store
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Years after becoming one of the go-to destinations for iOS jailbreaks, Cydia’s app store is disabling purchases. Users will be able to access existing downloads through the store and access purchases via third-parties, but beginning this week, they’ll no longer be able to buy apps through the store. Founder Jay “Saurik “ Freeman revealed the […]

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The Morning After: Facebook's latest data leak
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Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to your weekend! We regret to report there's more bad news to share about Facebook and how it's protecting your privacy. Some of the highlights from earlier this week include an incredible tech demo, tec…

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Google, Apple, Adobe make your phone photos better by boosting raw format     – CNET
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Outgrowing JPEG’s limits? Here’s good news.

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A Corporate-issued Laptop Stolen From a Lenovo Employee in September Contained Unencrypted Payroll Data on APAC Staff
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A corporate-issued laptop lifted from a Lenovo employee in Singapore contained a cornucopia of unencrypted payroll data on staff based in the Asia Pacific region, news outlet The Register reports. From the report: Details of the massive screw-up reached us from Lenovo staffers, who are simply bewildered at the monumental mistake. Lenovo has sent letters […]

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China To Force Changes To 20 Popular Games, Ban 9 Including Fortnite and PUBG
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: A panel of censors set up to vet mobile video games in China has signaled it will be hard to please. State media reports that of the first 20 titles it assessed, nine were refused permission to go on sale. The Xinhua news agency added that […]

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Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret
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Dozens of companies use smartphone locations to help advertisers and even hedge funds. They say it’s anonymous, but the data shows how personal it is. From a report: The millions of dots on the map trace highways, side streets and bike trails — each one following the path of an anonymous cellphone user. One path […]

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