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Ethereum will replace Visa in a “couple of years” says founder

The mind behind Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, is matter-of-fact about the crypto. In short, he believes what interviewer Raval Navikant called “brain virus” is the true future of security and economics and, with the right incentives, Ethereum can replace things like credit card networks and even …

Bitcoin

Facebook’s open source React library is increasingly worrying devs

Facebook is in the middle of a fraught battle. No, it’s not over the pernicious tide of fake news surging onto our newsfeeds, nor is it about privacy issues on the platform. Rather, it pertains to how the social media giant deals with the open source community, the code it releases to the world, …

JavaScript

What your Facebook privacy settings mean -- and why you should care

It’s all fun and games on Facebook until you accidentally post something meant for “Friends only” to your public profile. How can you prevent something like that from happening?<p>Facebook offers some pretty in-depth privacy options, if you take advantage of them. In case you’ve never really looked at …

Facebook

Google’s new privacy dashboard makes it easier to see what Google knows about you

Also: how big is an exabyte?<p>Google will soon be rolling out design changes to its user-facing privacy and security dashboard, in an attempt to make it more touchscreen-friendly and more clear to users which Google products are storing their data.<p>In other words, Google is giving you a new spoon with …

Google

How to freeze your credit after a data breach

Or before<p>Yesterday, Equifax announced that hackers stole half of the US population's Social Security numbers in what will likely end up being one of the worst data breaches to ever affect the country. If you're one of the victims, you might consider freezing your credit. Here's information on how …

Identity Theft

Elon Musk says AI 'most likely cause' of World War III

Elon Musk is predicting the future again, like he does. This time, the eccentric billionaire and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and others, took to Twitter to wax poetic about our pending demise at the hands of artificial intelligence (AI).<p>The Twitter rant started with a <i>Verge</i> article. In the piece, Verge …

Elon Musk

Google made a tiny error and it broke half the internet in Japan

When an ISP makes a tiny mistake, the outcome could have immense repercussions – and this is precisely what happened in Japan last week.<p>Last Friday, half the internet in the country suddenly shut down after the Big G accidentally botched a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) around noon local time. The …

Internet

Bots Are Scraping Your Data For Cash Amid Murky Laws And Ethics

LinkedIn says a startup that scrapes its user profiles is like a hacker. Resolving the issue may fall to the Supreme Court, but larger questions linger.<p>Is the data you share publicly on social networking sites like an announcement in a public place, where speech and information gathering are …

Privacy

A sketchy Satoshi has popped up to promote his new blockchain

There’s no proof, but lots of bizarre claims<p>Last night, <i>The Verge</i> and at least three other outlets received an email from someone claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the mysterious inventor of bitcoin. The email we received was brief and to the point: “I met with the SEC yesterday. I am ready to …

Bitcoin

The future of your data could rest in the outcome of LinkedIn vs HiQ case

While you were worried about net neutrality this summer, an artificial intelligence company named HiQ got itself tangled up in a legal battle with LinkedIn. The Microsoft owned social media platform this June demanded HiQ, an AI startup, cease and desist scraping data from its website. HiQ took …

Privacy

U.S. judge says LinkedIn cannot block startup from public profile data

By | SAN FRANCISCO<p>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge on Monday ruled that Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) LinkedIn unit cannot prevent a …

LinkedIn loses legal right to protect user data from AI scraping

A Judge today ruled that an analytics company has the right to scrape data from LinkedIn (LI). HiQ, the data gatherer, has been processing publicly available data from LI and using it to train AI models, until May when LI demanded it stop.<p>Scraping is a data-gathering process that pulls relevant …

Copyright

UK citizens to get more rights over personal data under new laws

New legislation will give people right to force online traders and social media to delete personal data and will comply with EU data protection<p>People will get a new right to force social media companies and online traders to delete their personal data under laws to be brought forward by the …

Privacy

FaceApp removing 'ethnicity filters' after outrage

FaceApp, the popular photo-filter application, said it is removing new "ethnicity filters" after angry users condemned the update as racist.<p>The feature prompted users to alter selfies with "black," "Indian" and "Asian" filters. It gained widespread attention this week as social media lit up with …

Racism

Groep vrouwen dreigt met rechtszaak tegen Google om discriminatie | NU - Het laatste nieuws het eerst op NU.nl

Dat schrijft <i>The Guardian</i>. Advocaat James Finberg stelt dat zestig vrouwen die zich bij de zaak hebben aangesloten. Zij zeggen minder te verdienen dan …

Government to strengthen UK data protection law - GOV.UK

• Public to have greater control over personal data - including right to be forgotten<br>• New right to require social media platforms to delete information …

UK's tough new 'right to be forgotten' legislation protects users by imposing huge fines

Britain’s data protection legislation could soon see its most significant overhaul in years, under proposals outlined by the current May government.<p>The biggest feature is that citizens will be able to ask online services to delete their data — particularly if it was posted when they were children. …

Privacy

10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

How and to what extent the FCC should regulate internet access has been a hot question for years, and the present administration holds opposite views than the previous one, resulting in a proposal to eliminate 2015’s Open Internet Order. But Congress (or at least a few of its members) isn’t going …

Internet

Google starts testing Chrome's built-in ad blocker

Google is planning to introduce a built-in ad blocker for its Chrome browser next year. While Google has already warned publishers about the change, the ad blocker is now starting to show up in pre-release versions of the Chrome for Android app. <i>TechCrunch</i> reports that the ad blocker can be found in …

Google

The UK home secretary is wrong: 'real people' need end-to-end encryption

Today, Amber Rudd, the UK’s home secretary and MP for Hastings and Rye, published an op-ed in the <i>Daily Telegraph</i> newspaper that argued ‘real people’ don’t require end-to-end encryption, and terrorists are the only benefactors of the feature in WhatsApp.<p>Rudd acknowledges that encryption is a …

Encryption

Researchers Pull Plug on AI After It Invents Own Language

We haven't quite reached the terrifying sci-fi hellscape described by the Terminator franchise, but researchers at Facebook have brought us just a …

Artificial Intelligence

Thales: Retail Data Breaches Remain Unacceptably High as GDPR Approaches

Two in five retailers across the globe have experienced a data breach in the past year, according to the 2017 Thales Data Threat Report, Retail …

Facebook, Twitter, Google warned over EU consumer rights

U.S. social media giants have been warned by Europe’s consumer rights commissioner that she’s running out of patience with their failure to comply with the region’s consumer protection standards.<p>“I am becoming very impatient,” said commissioner Věra Jourová, speaking at a press briefing today in …

Privacy

Hackers are targeting hotel Wi-Fi with particularly evil malware

Just because your hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, it doesn’t mean you have to take it. Hackers may be lurking, looking to compromise your computer, …

Wi-Fi

Robots and AI are going to make social inequality even worse, says new report

Rich people are going to find it easier to adapt to automation<p>Most economists agree that advances in robotics and AI over the next few decades are likely to lead to significant job losses. But what’s less often considered is how these changes could also impact social mobility. A new report from UK …

Intelligence

Verizon partner data breach exposes millions of customer records

Accessed through an unprotected Amazon S3 storage server<p>Millions of Verizon customers have had their records exposed, <i>ZDNet</i> reported earlier today. Verizon confirmed that 6 million records were compromised by Nice Systems, a Verizon partner that facilitates customer service calls. The records, which …

Security

EU gets behind 'right to repair' to combat short product lifespans

The ever-shortening lifespan of our smart devices is getting ridiculous. Sometimes feels like products are specifically made to last just past their warranty. Organizations like GreenPeace have launched campaigns to fight planned obsolescence, and it seems that they might gain a powerful new ally: …

European Parliament

Google's next EU fine could be even bigger for Android violations

Google was hit with a record-breaking $2.7 billion fine last month by the European Commission for breaking antitrust laws. The EU says Google demoted rivals and unfairly promoted its own services in search results related to shopping. While the fine is the largest antitrust judgement ever, an even …

Google

Facebook fights gag barring it from telling users about US government requests for their private data

Facebook is challenging a court order preventing it from telling users about secret US government requests for their private account information, …

Privacy

Facebook can track your browsing even after you've logged out, judge says

Judge dismisses lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ activity, saying responsibility was on plaintiffs to keep browsing history private<p>A judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ web browsing activity even after they logged out of the social networking site.<p>The …

Privacy