News Net:2020

By C.J. McEleavy | Current, informative and possibly very useful news!

Facebook can't hide behind algorithms

<b>If Facebook’s algorithms were executives, the public would be demanding their heads on a stick, such was the ugly incompetence on display this week.</b><p>First, the company admitted a “fail” when its advertising algorithm allowed for the targeting of anti-Semitic users.<p>Then on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg …

Mark Zuckerberg

Manchester police still relies on Windows XP

<b>England's second biggest police force has revealed that more than one in five of its computers were still running Windows XP as of July.</b><p>Greater Manchester Police told the BBC that 1,518 of its PCs ran the ageing operating system, representing 20.3% of all the office computers it used.<p>Microsoft …

Greater Manchester Police

Chatbot lets you sue Equifax for up to $25,000 without a lawyer

Equifax’s security failure affected 143 million US consumers, or 44 percent of the US population. To add insult to injury, Equifax waited over a month before revealing the security breach it had suffered. If you’re one of the millions affected by the breach, a chatbot can now help you sue Equifax …

Chatbots

Apple suffers 'major iPhone X leak'

<b>Details of new iPhones and other forthcoming Apple devices have been revealed via an apparent leak.</b><p>Two news sites were given access to an as-yet-unreleased version of the iOS operating system.<p>The code refers to an iPhone X in addition to two new iPhone 8 handsets. It also details facial recognition …

John Gruber

300 Google Play Store Apps Are Discovered to Contain Malware

Unwitting Android users became part of a giant botnet launching DDoS and ransomware attacks.<p>They looked like storage managers, video players, and ringtones, among other things. If you downloaded them from the Google Play store, they would indeed do whatever they were supposed to. But in the …

NYPD will scrap 36,000 Windows Phones for iPhones

The New York Police Department will scrap the 36,000 Windows Phones it bought for cops over the past two years and replace them with iPhones, a new report claims.<p>The first iPhones will be introduced just two months after the last Windows Phone was handed out, the <i>New York Post</i> reports. The Windows …

Apple sets $1 billion budget for original TV shows

Apple is finally putting its money where its mouth is, setting aside $1 billion to pursue the original programming agenda it's been making so much noise about it recent times. In June, the company poached Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg -- the TV execs behind <i>Breaking Bad</i> and <i>The Crown --</i> from …

Wall Street Journal

Google Will Pay $3 Billion to Remain Default iOS Search Engine

Google is slated to pay $3 billion to Apple to remain the default search engine for its mobile operating system this year, according to the estimates …

Google

An engineer said men were better at tech jobs than women. Google decided he wasn't good for a tech job at all

Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo …

Bail of $30,000 set for UK cyber expert Marcus Hutchins

<b>US prosecutors say a British computer expert has admitted to creating software that harvests bank details.</b><p>But Marcus Hutchins' own lawyer says he denies six charges of creating and distributing the Kronos malware.<p>The 23-year-old from Ilfracombe, Devon, who helped stall the WannaCry cyber-attack …

Security

Google employee anti-diversity memo causes row

<b>A Google employee's opinion criticising the firm's diversity initiatives is causing a furore at the firm.</b><p>In an internal memo, a male software engineer argued the lack of women in top tech jobs was due to biological differences between men and women.<p>"We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply …

Diversity

BT profits dive by 40% after £225m payout over Italian scandal

Telecoms giant forced to pay Deutsche Telekom and Orange to settle claim relating to the sale of EE<p>BT’s profits fell more than 40% in the first quarter of its new financial year after it was forced to pay out £225m to two shareholders following the accounting scandal at its Italian …

Accounting

Alphabet keeps printing money despite a hefty $2.7B fine from the EU

Alphabet’s advertising business continues to grow at a mammoth pace despite a very hefty setback from the EU in the form of a massive fine — but all the signs might not be pointing to a perfect future for Google.<p>The EU slapped Google with a $2.7 billion fine at the end of June for antitrust …

Google

iOS 10.3.3 update eliminates serious Wi-Fi vulnerability

Apple rolled out its latest iOS 10.3.3 update on Wednesday, and you should install it as quickly as possible if you haven’t already.<p>This release fixes a serious vulnerability in the Wi-Fi chips used in iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which allows an attacker to remotely take control of your device …

Google's fine is big news but the company faces a far bigger threat

The Canadian supreme court ruled that Google can be forced to pull results worldwide, not just the Canadian version of its search engine<p>Google has come face to face with two of its greatest nightmares this week. The first garnered enormous attention worldwide, and will be an expensive period …

Google

Google fine: EU is not waging underhand trade war against ​​US tech firms

The European commission is not showing signs of anti-American bias – its actions will benefit consumers worldwide<p>Let’s start by laying one falsehood to rest. In fining Google €2.42bn (£2.14bn), the European commission is not engaged in a form of underhand trade warfare against US technology …

Margrethe Vestager

Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service

<b>Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results.</b><p>The amount is the regulator's largest penalty to date against a company accused of distorting …

Margrethe Vestager

Microsoft briefly disables anti-virus software for Windows 10

<b>Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following a competition complaint to the European Commission by a security company.</b><p>In early June, Kaspersky Lab filed the complaint against Microsoft.<p>The security company claims the software giant is abusing …

Microsoft

Google 'faces €1bn-plus fine' from EU over market dominance

Tech giant could receive record penalty for favouring its comparison shopping service in its search result pages<p>Google is reportedly facing a record-breaking fine from Brussels of more than €1bn (£875m) over alleged abuse of its market dominance.<p>EU officials are expected to announce in the coming …

Google

EU roaming charges scrapped – so what’s the catch?

<b>From 15 June anyone can use their bundled texts, minutes and mobile data anywhere in the EU for no extra charge.</b><p>The new ruling is an EU regulation, …

Phones

Windows 10: Microsoft accidentally releases dodgy build that forces users to wipe data

Microsoft has apologised for accidentally releasing a pair of Windows builds that caused serious problems for customers.<p>The company has admitted it …

Yale/UC study finds extensive Facebook usage decreases health & happiness

A large-scale study jointly carried out by academics from Yale University and the University of California has concluded that greater than average use of Facebook decreases both mental health and happiness …<p>The <i>WSJ</i> reports that the study was a rigorous one, tracking the Facebook habits of more than …

Research

British Airways: Thousands disrupted as flights axed amid IT crash

<b>Serious problems with British Airways' IT systems have led to thousands of passengers having their plans disrupted, after all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick were cancelled.</b><p>Passengers described "chaotic" scenes at the airports, with some criticising BA for a lack of information.<p>The airline has …

Aviation

Apple's Jonathan Ive says immigration vital for UK firms

<b>The UK must keep its doors open to top talent from around the world if its technology firms are to thrive, Apple's chief designer has told the BBC.</b><p>Sir Jonathan Ive, who has just been appointed Chancellor of the Royal College of Art, also said that technology hubs like Silicon Valley had a …

Brexit

Microsoft held back a free WannaCry patch, report says

The repair would have slowed down the ransomware, but customers running older software were charged for protection.<p>Microsoft could have slowed the devastating spread of ransomware WannaCry to businesses, the Financial Times reports. Instead, it held back a free repair update on machines running …

Microsoft

Facebook fined $122 million by EU for ‘misleading information’ about WhatsApp acquisition

European Commission says social network misled regulators when it said it would not be able to link accounts across WhatsApp and Facebook<p>The European Commission has fined Facebook €110 million ($122 million) for “providing incorrect or misleading information” about its 2014 acquisition of …

Privacy

What to do if your Google account was phished in today’s ‘Google Docs’ attack

Revoke access immediately.<p>The massive phishing campaign targeting Gmail users that spread across the internet today has been disabled by Google.<p>The hack was carried out by sending an email that posed as an invitation to join a Google Doc by someone in your contact list.<p>When users clicked on the …

Google

Hacker holds Netflix to ransom over new season of Orange Is The New Black

The Dark Overlord claims to have stolen and posted episodes from the forthcoming season of the hit show, after demanding unspecified sum<p>A hacker who claimed to have stolen the forthcoming season of Netflix’s hit series Orange is the New Black and demanded a ransom payment claimed on Saturday to …

Netflix

Spotify job listings hint at hardware ambitions

Apple’s biggest competition in the music streaming business may be preparing to become a hardware rival, too.<p>Jobs listings posted by Spotify indicate the company is planning to make a hardware play. Spotify says it’s working on a “category defining product,” but based on what the company compares …