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Facebook’s staunchest privacy advocates are disappearing

As Facebook continues to struggle with its image post-Cambridge Analytica, another one of the company’s most public privacy advocates has left the company.  Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos formalized his departure Wednesday, when he announced that he had accepted a teaching position at Stanford and will leave Facebook later this month. SEE ALSO: John Oliver...CONTINUE READING
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iHeartRadio wants AI to solve awkward transitions between songs

What’s been missing from streaming services? The DJ — the person who can smoothly navigate the delicate transition between songs. Well, iHeartRadio thinks the fix for this is artificial intelligence. Yes, the company believes that software will fix those awkward, disruptive transitions between songs when you’re listening to a playlist or personalized radio station. SEE...CONTINUE READING
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Lisa Brennan-Jobs shares tangled memories of her imperfect father, Steve Jobs

Growing up, Lisa Brennan-Jobs felt that, to her father, Steve Jobs, she was a “blot on a spectacular ascent.”  The memories she shares in an excerpt from her new memoir, Small Fry, paint a complicated, but still tender, picture of the evolving relationship between restrained father, and desirous, at times estranged daughter. SEE ALSO: RIP...CONTINUE READING
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23andMe has pledged to follow new guidelines on how they handle people’s DNA

Home DNA testing company 23andMe alongside a host of other companies have pledged new guidelines regarding the use of genetic data. The guidelines, dubbed Privacy Best Practices for Consumer Genetic Testing Services, was developed by the Future of Privacy Forum, alongside 23andMe as well as similar firms like Ancestry, Helix, MyHeritage, and Habit. SEE ALSO:...CONTINUE READING
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RED’s holographic Hydrogen One phone will have a massive battery, FCC filing shows

RED’s radically different phone, the Hydrogen One, has been approved by the FCC, which probably means it’s getting ready for launch.  The phone, which RED claims will be the first-ever phone with a “holographic display,” was originally scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2018, but that has later been changed to “this summer.”...CONTINUE READING
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Ransomware attack forces town’s employees to go back to typewriters

A borough and a town in Alaska have been hit by a devastating ransomware attack, forcing employees to completely forego computers and go back to typewriters and hand receipts.  Matanuska-Susitna (Mat-Su), a borough in the Anchorage Metropolitan Statistical Area, has declared disaster on Tuesday after being hit by several different strains of malware that crippled...CONTINUE READING
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