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  • Yahoo announces all content on Yahoo Groups will be permanently removed

    10/17/2019 3:14:40 AM PDT · by deks · 26 replies
    ZDNet ^ | October 16, 2019 | Aimee Chanthadavong
    Yahoo has announced it will be removing all content from its free long-running online discussion boards, Yahoo Groups. While Yahoo said in a statement that the Yahoo Groups site will continue to exist, users will no longer be able to upload any new content to the site as of October 21, and from December 14, all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. The content that will be affected include files, polls, links, photos, folders, database, calendar, attachments, conversations, email updates, message digest, and message history. "You'll have until that date to save anything you've uploaded," the...
  • Homeless In Seattle, Part 2: Tech Sucks The Soul Out Of The City

    10/11/2019 9:31:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | October 10, 2019 | iLANAMERMERCER
    Trust the late Anthony Bourdain, the Kerouac of cooking, to blurt out the truth when nobody else would. Following his Jack Kerouac wanderlust, Bourdain had arrived in Seattle to spotlight the manner in which high-tech was changing the city, draining it of its character and of the many quirky characters that made Seattle what it was.“Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Expedia, and Amazon are the big dogs in town,” mused  Bourdain. “A flood of them—tech industry workers … derisively referred to as tech boys or tech bros—is rapidly changing the DNA of the city, rewiring it to satisfy their own newly-empowered nerdly appetites.”That the “tech...
  • 40 state attorneys general to take part in Facebook antitrust probe: report

    10/07/2019 7:16:06 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/19 | Zack Budryk
    About 40 state attorneys general will participate in an antitrust investigation of Facebook led by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), The Washington Post reported on Monday, citing three people familiar with the matter. In September, James had announced an investigation with seven other states and the District of Columbia into whether the social media giant has endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers choices, or increased the price of advertising. The three people who spoke to the Post said the larger inquiry is still confidential, and that New York could enlist further states before the probe is...
  • Inside the new Uber: Weak coffee, vanishing perks and fast-deflating morale

    10/01/2019 9:11:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 30, 2019 | Faiz Siddiqui
    Tech IPOs have long been viewed as a boon for Silicon Valley workers, ushering in a new era of corporate stability and stock-driven wealth. Thats not been the case at Uber, where the stock price has fallen roughly 30 percent since going public in May and employees say theyve noticed cuts to amenities as basic as the brands of coffee available for brewing. Uber is changing as it shifts from a closely held unicorn start-up to a publicly traded company that appears to be losing investors confidence, according to interviews with current and former workers. Those changes include laying off...
  • Contract Employees At Pittsburgh's Google Campus Will Take Union Vote Tuesday

    09/24/2019 9:35:32 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 20 replies
    WESA ^ | 9/23/2019 | Kathleen J. Davis
    Contract employees at Google's Pittsburgh campus are voting on whether to unionize Tuesday. If successful, this will be the first union with the Pittsburgh Association of Tech Professionals, a new arm of the United Steelworkers. Renata Nelson, a Google contractor in Pittsburgh, said the main priorities are to improve wages and benefit, and to cement job security. "Our salaries are fairly low compared to industry average," Nelson said. "We've seen people being hired at lower and lower rates recently." Google contractors in Pittsburgh are employed through international consulting company HCL Technologies. According to United Steelworkers, HCL employees work at Google's...
  • Hundreds arrested worldwide in operation targeting cyber schemes

    09/10/2019 2:20:17 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/10/19 | Maggie Miller
    Hundreds of individuals were arrested over a four-month period around the world on as part of an operation to crack down on scams meant to hijack wire transfers from both businesses and individuals, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. In total, 281 individuals were arrested worldwide, with 74 of these arrests taking place in the United States, as part of Operation reWired. The operation also involved the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Homeland Security, State and Treasury departments. It was meant to disrupt business email compromise (BEC) schemes. This type of scheme typically targets employees of an...
  • O'Rourke presses tech companies to crack down on disinformation

    09/06/2019 9:26:20 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/06/19 | Harper Neidig
    Democratic presidential candidate Beto ORourke is demanding answers from major tech platforms following an unsubstantiated claim online that the gunman involved in last weekend's mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, was driving a vehicle with an O'Rourke campaign sticker. Jen OMalley Dillon, campaign manager for the former House lawmaker from Texas, sent letters to Facebook, Google and Twitter on Friday asking for greater transparency about how the companies respond to disinformation on their platforms and calling on them to take action against any fraudulent accounts involved in amplifying the claim. As a campaign, were almost entirely powerless to stop misinformation, OMalley...
  • Custom build you own modern computer (new Ryzen CPU) for under 400.00 (OS not incld.)

    08/22/2019 7:24:52 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 93 replies ^ | Thu, 08/22/19 | daniel1212
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.90 @ OutletPC) [with built-in Radeon Vega 8 graphics, pre-thermal-pasted, and includes heatsink & fan] Motherboard : MSI B450-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard ($84.89 @ OutletPC) [ATXform Factor] Memory : Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon) Storage : Team GX2 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($29.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply EVGA 400 W ATX Power Supply ($32.89 @ OutletPC) Case Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 Walmart Wireless Network Adapter : TP-Link TL-WN881ND PCIe x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter...
  • California Fostered Americas Tech Industry. It Is Becoming a Great Adversary.

    08/11/2019 1:23:31 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 11, 2019 | By Sebastian Herrera and Abigail Summerville
    California, the birthplace of the American tech industry, is emerging as a great foe. On Monday, the state legislature resumes and will consider a bill that, if passed, could classify drivers for ride-hailing companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. as employees, entitled to better wages and benefits. The bill, along with state laws pending or passed on issues ranging from privacy to net neutrality, could substantially reshape companies across the technology sector, many of which are based in the Silicon Valley area where local ordinances targeting tech are also taking hold. The push by policy makers against local...
  • Any 3D Printer Recommendations?

    08/08/2019 9:38:43 AM PDT · by amorphous · 58 replies
    8/8/2019 | Me
    Looking to upgrade from a XYZ Pro Printer to one that can reach a nozzle temp of 300 C. I've kind of settled on the QIDI Tech X-Max. Anyone have experience with them or other recommendations?
  • What Do the Oligachs Have in Mind For Us?

    06/29/2019 6:10:50 PM PDT · by gaijin · 18 replies ^ | June 27th, 2019 | Joel Kotkin
    The recent movement to investigate, and even break up, the current tech oligarchy has gained support on both sides of the Atlantic, and even leapt across the gaping divide in American politics. The immediate concerns relate to such things as the control of key markets by one or two firms, the huge concentration of wealth accruing to the tech elite and, increasingly, the oligarchys control over and manipulation of information pipelines. What has not been discussed nearly as much is the end game of the oligarchs. What kind of world do they have in mind for us? (snip) For an...
  • Can You Spot a Deepfake? Does It Matter?

    06/28/2019 8:17:22 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies ^ | 06-27-2019 | By Max Read
    Using a clip from a recent appearance on Conan, a YouTuber deepfaked Arnold Schwarzeneggers head onto comedian Bill Haders body. Photo: YouTube ============================================================ A shadow looms over the 2020 election: Deepfakes! The newish video-editing technology (or really, host of technologies) used to seamlessly paste one persons face on anothers body, has activated a panic among pundits and politicians. During an appearance on CBS This Morning this week, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri summed up the general attitude toward deepfakes, which his platform currently doesnt have a policy against: I dont feel good about it. Earlier this month, deepfaked and manipulated videos...
  • Tim Cook: Tech companies need to take responsibility for the 'chaos' they create

    06/16/2019 6:07:53 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/19 | Rachel Frazin
    Apple CEO Tim Cook said Sunday in a commencement address at Stanford University that technology companies need to take responsibility for the "chaos" they create. He did not name specific companies in his speech, but referenced several reasons that tech firms, particularly social media platforms, have come under scrutiny in recent months. He also made an apparent reference to embattled health startup Theranos. Lately it seems this industry is becoming better known for a less noble innovation the belief you can claim credit without accepting responsibility, Cook said, according to videos posted online of his speech. We see it...
  • Exclusive: Some big tech firms cut employees' access to Huawei, muddying 5G rollout

    06/10/2019 7:39:18 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/10/19 | Paresh Dave, Chris Prentice
    Some of the worlds biggest tech companies have told their employees to stop talking about technology and technical standards with counterparts at Huawei Technologies Co Ltd in response to the recent U.S. blacklisting of the Chinese tech firm, according to people familiar with the matter. Chipmakers Intel Corp and Qualcomm Inc, mobile research firm InterDigital Wireless Inc and South Korean carrier LG Uplus have restricted employees from informal conversations with Huawei, the worlds largest telecommunications equipment maker, the sources said. The U.S. Department of Commerce has not banned contact between companies and Huawei. On May 16, the agency put Huawei...
  • World View reaches new milestone in Stratollite development

    06/06/2019 7:55:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 2 replies ^ | June 6, 2019 | by Jeff Foust
    WASHINGTON World View announced June 5 it performed the longest flight to date of its stratospheric balloon, demonstrating its ability to carry out missions traditionally reserved for satellites. The company said its Stratollite balloon system recently completed a 16-day test flight, taking off May 18 from the companys headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, and landing June 3 in Nevada. Prior to this flight, the longest flight by a Stratollite was five days. In addition to proving its ability for extended flights, the Stratollite also demonstrated its ability to maintain position. That included multiple tests where the balloon stayed within an...
  • Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State

    06/06/2019 5:32:16 AM PDT · by vannrox · 11 replies
    The daily bell ^ | 30may19 | By John W. Whitehead -
    Red pill or blue pill? You decide.Twenty years after the Wachowskis iconic 1999 film,The Matrix, introduced us toa futuristic world in which humans exist in a computer-simulated non-reality powered by authoritarian machinesa world where the choice between existing in a denial-ridden virtual dream-state or facing up to the harsh, difficult realities of life comes down to a red pill or a blue pillwe stand at the precipice of a technologically-dominated matrix of our own making.We are living the prequel toThe Matrixwith each passing day, falling further under the spell of technologically-driven virtual communities, virtual realities and virtual conveniences managed by...
  • TO INFINITY & BEYOND From young blood transfusions to apocalypse insurance weird ways tech

    06/03/2019 7:23:21 AM PDT · by bitt · 12 replies
    the sun ^ | 6/2/2019 | Sun reporter
    IT'S simply not enough for billionaires to have everything they've ever wanted they need eternity to enjoy it, too. At least a dozen of the world's richest men have ploughed millions into bizarre ways to live forever. Here are five of the weirdest. 1) Cure for ageing A number of billionaires are putting their cash to good use by trying to find a "cure" for ageing. They include Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, who has pumped money into Unity, a California company that hopes to stop the ageing process. It's already raised over $116 million in funding and...
  • Top 10 Company Market Cap Ranking History (1998-2018) [Invisible Hand vs Justice Dept/Anti-Trust]

    06/01/2019 6:33:11 PM PDT · by DoodleBob · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | September 15, 2018 | WaWamuStats
    This video shows the Top 10 companies by market capitalization worldwide from 1998 to 2018. It includes American companies such as, Apple, Exxon Mobil, Microsoft, Walmart, General Electric, Amazon, as well as companies from other countries, such as Tencent, BP, Alibaba, Royal Dutch Shell, etc.
  • When Fairness Becomes Censorship

    06/01/2019 6:16:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | May 24, 2019 | Billy Easley II
    On April 10, 2018, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz grilled Facebook Chairman and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg over the social media platforms content moderation policies. Citing examples of Facebook censoring pro-conservative accounts and articles, Sen. Cruz explained to Zuckerberg, to a great many Americans, that appears to be a pervasive pattern of political bias. Sen. Ted Cruz then pressed the Facebook chairman on whether his organization was a neutral public forum, arguing that neutrality is necessary to enjoy the protections guaranteed by Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. A willingness to consider modifying Section 230 to weaken protections enjoyed by...
  • Deepfake porn and the ethics of being able to watch whatever your imagination desires

    05/31/2019 6:20:47 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 39 replies ^ | Friday 31 May 2019 8:22 am | Jessica Lindsay
    Pornography online attracts millions of erotica-hungry people ready to see sex on-demand. You can simply ask your phone to show you anything you desire and there it is: any time, any place. With the advent of deepfake porn, the possibilities have expanded even further, with people who have never starred in adult films looking as though theyre doing sexual acts on camera. Experts have warned that these videos enable all sorts of bad things to happen, from paedophilia to fabricated revenge porn. What are deepfakes? Deepfakes are videos and images that use deep learning AI to forge something not actually...