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FCC Chief Cites Concerns on Spy Threats From Chinese Telecoms Firms

Yesterday at 22:50 PM, via Slashdot

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai, in a letter sent to lawmakers earlier this week (but released just now), said he shares the concerns of U.S. lawmakers about espionage threats from Chinese smartphone maker Huawei and plans to take “proactive steps” to ensure the integrity of the U.S. communications supply chain. From a report: Pai said he shares concerns over the “security...

Craigslist Personals, Some Subreddits Disappear After FOSTA Passage

Yesterday at 22:10 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In the wake of this week’s passage of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) bill in both houses of Congress on Wednesday, Craigslist has removed its “Personals” section entirely, and Reddit has removed some related subreddits, likely out of fear of future lawsuits. FOSTA, which awaits the signature of...

MoviePass’ Low Subscription Price Just Got Lower

Yesterday at 21:25 PM, via Slashdot

In a move to lure new subscribers, MoviePass has dropped the price of its monthly subscription service from about $10 per month to just under $7. From a report: The company said for $6.95 per month, new subscribers will get one movie ticket per day, a minor catch being that users must pay for a year up-front. There is also a one-time $6.55 processing fee. It’s the umpteenth time that MoviePass...

Linux Mint Ditches AMD For Intel With New Mintbox Mini 2

Yesterday at 20:48 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: Makers of Mint Box, a diminutive desktop which runs Linux Mint — an Ubuntu-based OS, on Friday announced the Mintbox Mini 2. While the new model has several new aspects, the most significant is that the Linux Mint Team has switched from AMD to Intel (the original Mini used an A4-Micro 6400T). For $299, the Mintbox Mini 2 comes with a quad-core Intel Celeron J3455...

My Cow Game Extracted Your Facebook Data

Yesterday at 20:12 PM, via Slashdot

Ian Bogost, writing for The Atlantic: Already in 2010, it felt like a malicious attention market where people treated friends as latent resources to be optimized. Compulsion rather than choice devoured people’s time. Apps like FarmVille sold relief for the artificial inconveniences they themselves had imposed. In response, I made a satirical social game called Cow Clicker. Players clicked a...

‘What’s Facebook?’, Elon Musk Asks, As He Deletes SpaceX and Tesla Facebook Pages

Yesterday at 19:14 PM, via Slashdot

It is unlikely that Facebook will see a significant drop in its mammoth userbase following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. But on Friday, the #DeleteFacebook campaign, which is seeing an increasingly growing number of people call it quits on the world’s largest social network, found its biggest backer: Elon Musk. Responding to WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton’s “#DeleteFacebook” tweet, Musk...

CDs, Vinyl Are Outselling Digital Downloads For the First Time Since 2011

Yesterday at 18:51 PM, via Slashdot

Digital downloads had a short run as the top-selling format in the music industry. It took until 2011, a decade after the original iPod came out, for their sales surpass those of CDs and vinyl records, and they were overtaken by music streaming services just a few years later. Now, digital downloads are once again being outsold by CDs and vinyl, according to the Recording Industry Association...

John Bolton worked with Cambridge Analytica on YouTube voter experiment

Yesterday at 18:42 PM, via The Guardian

Trump’s new national security adviser appeared in videos for experiment targeting videos to different ‘psychographic’ profiles

Donald Trump’s new national security adviser John Bolton collaborated with the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica on an experiment to target YouTube videos to different “psychographic” profiles of US voters, the Guardian can reveal.

Related: Who is John Bolton,...

China Regulator Bans TV Parodies Amid Content Crackdown

Yesterday at 18:10 PM, via Slashdot

China’s media regulator is cracking down on video spoofs, the official Xinhua new agency reported, amid an intensified crackdown on any content that is deemed to be in violation of socialist core values under President Xi Jinping. From a report: The decision comes after Xi cemented his power at a recent meeting of parliament by having presidential term limits scrapped, and the ruling Communist...

US Charges Iranians For Global Cyber Attacks on Behalf of Tehran

Yesterday at 17:30 PM, via Slashdot

The United States on Friday charged nine Iranians and an Iranian company with attempting to hack into hundreds of U.S. and international universities, dozens of companies and parts of the U.S. government on behalf of the Tehran government. From a report: The cyber attack pilfered more than 31 terabytes of academic data and intellectual property from 144 U.S. universities and 176 universities in...

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