Facebook

How Facebook Trains Content Moderators

Facebook's former head of training talks about how the company decides whether a person is cut out to look at hateful, violent, and graphic content all day.
Jason Koebler
2.25.19
apple ii

This Programmer Turned the 36-Year-Old Apple IIe into a Robot

Yet again the Apple II community has found something extremely cool to do with the vintage computer.
Jason Koebler
2.20.19
copyright law

How Kids YouTube Star Blippi Used Copyright Law to Hide His Harlem Shake Poop Video

Someone claiming to represent Blippi filed DMCA copyright takedown requests to Google in order to get an embarrassing viral video hidden.
Jason Koebler
2.15.19
amazon

Amazon Won't Build HQ2 in New York, But it Will Continue Grifting Taxpayers Elsewhere

It's a huge win for New Yorkers, but Amazon's practice of extracting subsidies from state and local governments is still hugely successful all over the country.
Jason Koebler
2.14.19
Apple

How Hackers and Scammers Break into iCloud-Locked iPhones

In a novel melding of physical and cybercrime, hackers, thieves, and even independent repair companies are finding ways to "unlock iCloud" from iPhones.
Joseph Cox
Jason Koebler
2.6.19
SURVEILLANCE

Data Broker That Sold Phone Locations Used by Bounty Hunters Lobbied FCC to Scrap User Consent

Zumigo, which sold the location data of American cell phone users, wanted the FCC to remove requirements around user consent.
Joseph Cox
Jason Koebler
1.23.19
CYBER

How the PewDiePie Printer Hacks Turned Toxic

This week on CYBER, Motherboard talks about how a PewDiePie superfan and hacker was burned by YouTubers.
Jason Koebler
1.15.19
SURVEILLANCE

Ajit Pai Refuses to Brief Congress About Why Bounty Hunters Can Buy Cell Phone Location Data

The Chairman's staff said the selling of location data is not a 'threat to the safety of human life or property that the FCC will address during the Trump shutdown.'
Jason Koebler
1.14.19
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Stop Using Third-Party Weather Apps

Time and time again, weather apps—including The Weather Channel, Accuweather, and WeatherBug—have shown that they share your location data.
Jason Koebler
1.4.19
Apple

Tim Cook to Investors: People Bought Fewer New iPhones Because They Repaired Their Old Ones

Apple finally says that repair hurts its bottom line.
Jason Koebler
1.2.19
engineering

Oregon Unconstitutionally Fined a Man $500 for Saying ‘I am an Engineer,’ Federal Judge Rules

Mats Järlström has won his First Amendment case against the state of Oregon: "This restriction clearly controls and suppresses protected speech."
Jason Koebler
1.2.19
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‘Black Mirror’ Bandersnatch Isn’t the Future of TV, It’s a Microcosm of Netflix’s Current Business Model

In the streaming age, all media is 'choose your own adventure.'
Jason Koebler
1.2.19
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