Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

Facebook Says It’s Your Fault That Hackers Got Half a Billion User Phone Numbers

A blog post titled “The Facts on News Reports About Facebook Data,” published Tuesday evening, is designed to silence the growing criticism the company is facing for failing to protect the phone numbers and other personal information of 533 million users after a database containing that information was shared for free in low level hacking forums over the weekend, as first reported by Business Insider.

Make Amazon Pay

Make Amazon Pay

The growth of CEO Jeff Bezos’s astronomical wealth — up $100 billion since March, now surpassing that of any other human in history — is directly proportional to Amazon’s human and environmental costs: his corporation mistreats its workers, wrecks the climate, and undermines the public institutions underpinning our democracies along the way.

Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

Stopping the Google-Fitbit Merger: Your Stories Needed!

A poster child for what's wrong with merger-driven growth is the Google-Fitbit acquisition, which would see the dominant wearable fitness tracker company disappear into the Googleplex, along with its massive trove of sensitive user data.

EXCLUSIVE: This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works

EXCLUSIVE: This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works

These contracts, combined with revelations surrounding the military’s massive biometric database initiatives, paint an alarming picture: A large and quickly growing network of surveillance systems operated by the U.S. military and present anywhere the U.S. has deployed troops, vacuuming up biometric data on millions of unsuspecting individuals.

Amazon’s annual product launch fails to address privacy and surveillance concerns

Amazon’s annual product launch fails to address privacy and surveillance concerns

Amazon statements on privacy do not address growing privacy and civil liberties concerns surrounding controversial Ring-police partnerships.Today, Amazon held their annual product launch amid growing concerns about the company’s internal privacy practices, as well as controversial surveillance partnerships between Amazon Ring and local police departments.

The case against behavioral advertising is stacking up

The case against behavioral advertising is stacking up

We have not been impacted from a revenue standpoint, and, on the contrary, our digital advertising business continues to grow nicely.” So while (of course) not every publisher is the NYT, publishers that have or can build brand cachet, and pull in a community of engaged readers, must and should pause for thought — and ask who is the real winner from the notion that digitally served ads must creep on consumers to work?

Why Silicon Valley’s “growth at any cost“ is the new ”unsafe at any speed“

Why Silicon Valley’s “growth at any cost“ is the new ”unsafe at any speed“

Ars Technica Live View more stories Months earlier, Soltani had given similar Months earlier, Soltani had given similar testimony before a US Senate subcommittee, where he unequivocally said : "No other single company has done more to erode consumer privacy than Facebook." Earlier in 2018, Soltani also helped author the new California Consumer Privacy Act, which was signed into law last June, just a few years after being named as the chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission.

Tumblr will start blocking adult content on December 17th

Tumblr will start blocking adult content on December 17th

"As Tumblr continues to grow and evolve, and our understanding of our impact on our world becomes clearer, we have a responsibility to consider that impact across different age groups, demographics, cultures and mindsets," the company said in a statement about its decision to ban adult content.

How Instagram hides behind Facebook – and rakes in billions

How Instagram hides behind Facebook – and rakes in billions

The app was growing quickly, becoming more relevant each day, eating into rival Snapchat’s audience and threatening Facebook itself – just a few reasons why the tech giant dished out 10 figures for a company with no revenue.

Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind

Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind

He’s going to investigate how technology can help diagnose and treat mental health conditions . A growing number of people choose to track their own physical condition using FitBits, Jawbones and other activity trackers, tiny wearable devices that monitor your movements, pulse rate, sleep patterns and more.