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Facebook Notification Spam Has Crossed the Line

Friday at 20:40 PM, via Slashdot

Facebook has always nudged truant users back to its platform though emails and notifications. But recently, those prods have evolved beyond comments related to activity on your own profile. From a report: Now Facebook will nag you when an acquaintance comments on someone else’s photo, or when a distant family member updates their status. The spamming has even extended to those who sign up for...

Why London’s Heathrow Airport Sometimes Hosts ‘Ghost Flights’ With No One on Them

Friday at 20:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader writes: Six times per week, an empty plane used to fly from London’s Heathrow Airport to Cardiff, Wales. The next day, the plane would make the return trip without a single passenger. Half As Interesting, the second channel from Planelopnik-approved Wendover Productions, details why ghost flights like this sometimes operate from Britain’s biggest airport in his new video....

Venmo Refuses To Say Why Transactions Are Public By Default

Friday at 19:10 PM, via Slashdot

Venmo, the mobile payments app, won’t say why it exposes users’ data to the world whenever they make a transaction. ZDNet: Hang Do Thi Duc, a Berlin-based privacy researcher found that every time someone sent or received money using the PayPal-owned mobile app (which had over seven million users in 2017), the transaction was “public” by default and was broadcast on Venmo’s API. In other words,...

Google, Which Owns Duck.com, Confuses Users Searching For Its Rival DuckDuckGo and Redirects Them Back To Google

Friday at 18:35 PM, via Slashdot

Commenting on the record $5 billion fine on Google by the European Commission, privacy focused search engine DuckDuckGo said this week it welcomes the decision as it has “felt [Google’s] effects first hand for many years and has led directly to us having less market share on Android vs iOS and in general mobile vs desktop.” The company said: Up until just last year, it was impossible to add...

Hashflare, One of the Largest Cloud Bitcoin Mining Companies, Abruptly Disables SHA-256 Mining Contracts, Leaving Customers Furious

Friday at 17:55 PM, via Slashdot

Hashflare, one of the largest bitcoin mining companies, said on Friday it is disabling its SHA-256 hardware and also discontinuing support for mining services on the active SHA-256 contracts. The move comes as Hashflare continues to struggle with generating revenues, the company said, putting the blame on market fluctuations. In an email to active customers, the company added: For over a month...

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter Launch the Data Transfer Project

Friday at 16:40 PM, via Slashdot

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter have teamed up for a new open source project that strives to make it easier to transfer your data between online services. From a report: The Data Transfer Project (DTP) was officially founded last year, and there have been whisperings about it on the likes of GitHub, but the initiative was officially unveiled today with its first four members. The DTP...

Personal Info of 1.5m SingHealth Patients, Including PM Lee, Stolen in Singapore’s Worst Cyber Attack

Friday at 15:51 PM, via Slashdot

In Singapore’s worst cyber attack, hackers have stolen the personal particulars of 1.5 million patients. Of these, 160,000 people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and a few ministers, had their outpatient prescriptions stolen as well. From a report: The hackers infiltrated the computers of SingHealth, Singapore’s largest group of healthcare institutions with four hospitals, five...

New Zealand Firm’s Four-Day Week an ‘Unmitigated Success’

Friday at 15:00 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The New Zealand company behind a landmark trial of a four-day working week has concluded it an unmitigated success, with 78% of employees feeling they were able to successfully manage their work-life balance, an increase of 24 percentage points. Two-hundred-and-forty staff at Perpetual Guardian, a company which manages trusts, wills and...

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