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  • Current Event
    3 weeks ago
    by spacepopper
    +22 +1

    Facebook will pull its data-collecting VPN app from the App Store over privacy concerns

    Facebook will soon pull a mobile VPN app called Onavo Protect from Apple’s App Store, after the iPhone maker declared it violated the store’s guidelines on data collection, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Onavo, which began as an Israeli analytics startup focused on helping users monitor their data usage, was acquired by Facebook in 2013. Its VPN provider then became a data collection tool for Facebook to monitor smartphone users’ behavior outside its core apps, helping inform Facebook’s live video strategy, competition from other social apps, and its decision to acquire companies including WhatsApp.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by hxxp
    +7 +1

    Zuckerberg: If someone gets fired for data abuse 'it should be me'

    Mark Zuckerberg isn't planning to fire himself. At least, not at the moment. During an interview with Recode's Kara Swisher published Wednesday, the Facebook CEO touched on Russians interfering with US elections, misinformation, data breaches, the company's business model and more. When asked by Swisher who's to blame for the Cambridge Analytica scandal and related data misuse, Zuckerberg said he "designed the platform, so if someone's going to get fired for this, it should be me." Swisher followed up by asking if he was going to fire himself. "Not on this podcast right now," he said.

  • Expression
    1 month ago
    by TentativePrince
    +17 +1

    Stop Using WhatsApp If You Care About Your Privacy

    Privacy has always been a key feature and popular selling point for the messaging app WhatsApp. Company co-founder Jan Koum grew up in the Soviet Union under heavy government surveillance, and he promised to keep user data protected after Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014. Now, with Koum on the way out, it may be time to ditch WhatsApp before that promise leaves with him.

  • How-to
    4 years ago
    by TriconInfotech
    +1 +1

    Opportunities in data management with Hadoop

    Being the latest sensation, media giants like Google, Facebook and Yahoo have decided to choose Hadoop for their data management predicaments.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by trails
    +1 +1

    How we scaled data science to all sides of Airbnb over 5 years of hypergrowth

    Data is the (aggregated) voice of our customers. And wherever we go next -- wherever we belong next -- will be driven by those voices.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by Cobbydaler
    +15 +1

    The Data or the Hunch?

    More and more decisions, from the music business to the sports field, are being delegated to data. But where does that leave our intuition? Ian Leslie figures it out

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by spacepopper
    +18 +1

    Google loses data as lightning strikes

    Google says data has been wiped from discs at one of its data centres in Belgium - after the local power grid was struck by lightning four times. Some people have permanently lost access to the files on the affected disks as a result. A number of disks damaged following the lightning strikes did, however, later became accessible. Generally, data centres require more lightning protection than most other buildings.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by trails
    +2 +1

    Inside the Zestimate: Data Science at Zillow

    If you're like most homeowners, you probably sneak a peek at your 'Zestimate' from time to time to see how your home's value might have changed. Here's a glimpse at the data science behind the curtain.

  • Analysis
    3 years ago
    by imokruok
    +21 +1

    Data-shamed, economists are turning an influential email into an experiment about bias

    Meta!

  • Interactive
    3 years ago
    by massani
    +20 +1

    [Survey] Alcohol and Demographics

    I created a survey to help me better understand my target audience for a "hypothetical" mobile app I'm creating. This data is research for a case study for my portfolio. It's a quick 10 question survey and I hope you'll help me out and take it!

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +23 +1

    Vanishing Canada

    It’s not just the census. Ottawa’s been destroying research, wiping clean websites and deleting government records. How the attack on information threatens our economy, our reputation and what we know about ourselves. Records deleted, burned, tossed in Dumpsters. A Maclean’s investigation on the crisis in government data.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +38 +1

    This Glass Disc Can Store 360 TB of Your Photos for 13.8 Billion Years

    If you back up your photos on optical disks or storage drives, there’s a good chance your data won’t last as long as you do due to things known as “disc rot” and “data rot“. But what if you want to ensure that your precious photos live longer than you? Good news: a new “eternal” storage technology may be on the horizon. Scientists have created nanostructured glass discs that can storage digital data for billions of years.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by wildcard
    +27 +1

    Apple’s ‘Differential Privacy’ Is About Collecting Your Data—But Not ​Your Data

    Apple, like practically every mega-corporation, wants to know as much as possible about its customers. But it’s also marketed itself as Silicon Valley’s privacy champion, one that—unlike so many of its advertising-driven competitors—wants to know as little as possible about you. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the company has now publicly boasted about its work in an obscure branch of mathematics that deals with exactly that paradox.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +29 +1

    Data Storage Breakthrough Could Store the Library of Congress on a Dust Mite

    Using this new data storage technique, you could fit the entire Library of Congress on a cube smaller than a dust mite—or the size of George Washington's pupil on a one dollar bill. A team of nanoscientists led by Sander Otte at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has just unveiled the densest method ever developed to store re-writable digital data. By scooting around individual chlorine atoms on a flat sheet of copper, the scientists could write a 1 kilobyte message at 500 terabits per square inch.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by justan
    Analysis
    +1 +1

    What to do if your data is taken hostage

    There are many options you have in how to respond to a ransomware threat. It all depends on your risk appetite.

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +19 +1

    Alaska's big telecoms say they won't sell consumer data after Senate internet privacy vote

    Consumer privacy advocates are concerned after the U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a resolution that will roll back privacy rules the Federal Communications Commission approved last year, but the two largest Alaska-based telecommunications companies say their customers won't be affected. A win for the telecommunications industry, the measure would undo rules not yet in effect that would have provided "heightened protection for sensitive consumer information" and require...

  • Expression
    1 year ago
    by Apolatia
    +14 +1

    I Bought A Report On Everything That's Known About Me Online

    On a recent Thursday, I waited for an email that was supposed to contain every personal detail the internet knows about me. The message would be from an online data broker — a company that collects and sells information that many people would hope is private. This includes browsing history, online purchases, and any information about you that’s publicly available: property records, court cases, marital status, social-media connections, and more. Facebook collaborates with data brokers for targeting advertisements.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by geoleo
    +1 +1

    How to recover deleted files from USB (USB data recovery)

    USB data recovery guide: A USB flash drive stores all of its data in the memory which is similar to a hard drive. The operating system can fetch all this data when required to be accessed or used. There can also be various issues that may turn your all USB drive data inaccessible. Like, if the drive is unmounted improperly from the USB port then it can lead to the data corruption. Another cause for the stores’ data corruption can also be any type of invalid data in the (MBR) Master Boot Record / (PBR) Partition Boot Record / Directory structure on that USB drive.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by geoleo
    +29 +1

    How websites watch your every move and ignore privacy settings

    Hundreds of the world’s top websites routinely track a user’s every keystroke, mouse movement and input into a web form – even before it’s submitted or later abandoned, according to the results of a study from researchers at Princeton University.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by socialiguana
    +19 +1

    Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook’s Vampiric VPN Service

    Facebook is not a privacy company; it’s Big Brother on PCP. It does not want to anonymize and protect you; it wants to drain you of your privacy, sucking up every bit of personal data. You should resist the urge to let it, at every turn. There’s a new menu item in the Facebook app, first reported by TechCrunch on Monday, labeled “Protect.” Clicking it will send you to the App Store and prompt you to download a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service called Onavo.

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by larylin
    +16 +1

    Are ‘you’ just inside your skin or is your smartphone part of you?

    In November 2017, a gunman entered a church in Sutherland Springs in Texas, where he killed 26 people and wounded 20 others. He escaped in his car, with police and residents in hot pursuit, before losing control of the vehicle and flipping it into a ditch. When the police got to the car, he was dead. The episode is horrifying enough without its unsettling epilogue. In the course of their investigations, the FBI reportedly pressed the gunman’s finger to the fingerprint-recognition feature on his iPhone in an attempt to unlock it.

  • Current Event
    5 months ago
    by zyery
    +15 +1

    Facebook scans the contents of ALL your private Messenger texts

    Facebook scans the contents of messages that people send each other on its Messenger app blocking any that contravene its guidelines, it has emerged. The scandal-hit firm, still reeling from revelations surrounding Cambridge Analytica, checks images and texts to ensure they are in line with its community standards. While the intentions behind the practice may be well-meaning, the news is likely to add to users' concerns over what the social network knows about them.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by zyery
    +16 +1

    Google sued for 'clandestine tracking' of 4.4m UK iPhone users' browsing data

    Google is being sued in the high court for as much as £3.2bn for the alleged “clandestine tracking and collation” of personal information from 4.4 million iPhone users in the UK. The collective action is being led by former Which? director Richard Lloyd over claims Google bypassed the privacy settings of Apple’s Safari browser on iPhones between August 2011 and February 2012 in order to divide people into categories for advertisers.

  • Current Event
    3 months ago
    by spacepopper
    +4 +1

    Apple will update iOS to block police hacking tool

    For months, police across the country have been using a device called a GrayKey to unlock dormant iPhones, using an undisclosed technique to sidestep Apple’s default disk encryption. The devices are currently in use in at least five states and five federal agencies, seen as a breakthrough in collecting evidence from encrypted devices.