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The Phony Patriots of Silicon Valley

Not long ago, many leading technologists considered themselves too lofty and idealistic to concern themselves with the petty affairs of government. John Perry Barlow, a lion of the early internet, addressed his “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” to the “governments of the industrial world,” saying that for him and his fellow netizens, these creaky […]

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Russia Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into App Restriction at Apple

SAN FRANCISCO — Russian officials opened an antitrust investigation into Apple for restricting and removing parental control apps from its App Store shortly after the company released its own competing service, the latest sign of the growing scrutiny of Silicon Valley’s power. Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service said late Thursday that it would investigate whether Apple […]

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Gadgets can be hacked to produce ‘dangerous’ sounds, says researcher

Many modern gadgets can be hacked to produce deafening and disorienting sounds, research has revealed. Security researcher Matt Wixey found a range of devices had little protection to stop themselves being turned into “offensive” low-grade, cyber-weapons. Mr Wixey tested laptops, mobile phones, headphones, a PA system and several types of speakers. The weaknesses could cause […]

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Apple has strange, entrancing ASMR videos on its YouTube channel that have nothing to do with Apple

Apple/YouTubeApple/YouTube Apple posted four “ASMR” videos to its YouTube channel without any explanation. ASMR audio and videos are hyper-focused on gentle, quiet, sometimes repetitive motions or audio that’s designed to mesmerize, entrance, and relax.  Perhaps Apple wants everyone to chill out, or it’s advertising that its iPhones can produce great ASMR videos. You can check […]

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U.S. senators call on Google, Amazon and eBay to halt online gun accessory sales

Demonstrators hold signs during an El Paso Strong Community Action event in Texas. (Luke E. Montavon/Bloomberg News) Greg Bensinger Reporter covering algorithms and artificial intelligence August 9 at 5:00 PM Eight Democratic U.S. senators signed letters on Friday to the chief executives of Google, Amazon and eBay demanding they close the loopholes allowing the sale […]

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White House questions tech giants on ways to predict shootings from social media

Donald Trump left Washington before Friday’s meeting at the White House on online extremism for two fundraisers in New York and his resort in Bedminster, N.J. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) August 9 at 5:21 PM Top officials in the Trump administration expressed interest in tools that might anticipate mass shootings or predict attackers by scanning social […]