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net neutrality

Senators Question Wireless Carriers Over YouTube, Netflix Throttling

Research suggests wireless carriers routinely throttle video to sell more expensive plans—the kind of financially-motivated restrictions net neutrality was supposed to prevent.
Karl Bode
11.16.18
LEGAL WEED

Canada's Post Office Leaked Personal Data of Legal Weed Customers

The rollout of legal weed in Ontario has been a disaster, and now it can add a privacy breach to its growing list of woes.
Jordan Pearson
11.7.18
AI

Watch an AI Modeled After a Worm's Brain Park a Tiny Car Like a Pro

Researchers created a machine learning model loosely inspired by the brain of C. elegans to create a more interpretable kind of AI.
Jordan Pearson
11.5.18
piracy

Canada Eyes Ban On Shady Piracy Warnings That Demand Payment

Bill C-86 would end the obligation for ISPs to forward misleading copyright infringement notices that ask for a settlement payment to customers accused of pirating media.
Karl Bode
11.1.18
spyware

‘Stalkerware’ Website Let Anyone Intercept Texts of Tens of Thousands of People

A hacker exposes the awful security of two companies that sell spyware for consumers. By simply viewing the HTML of a particular website, anyone could log in and rummage through Facebook messages, texts, and phone call data.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.31.18
Video Games

Ambitious 'Fallout' Mod 6 Years In the Making Has the Story You're Missing In 'Fallout: 76'

'Fallout: New California' is a mod that's also a whole new game—and it captures the magic of the original games.
Matthew Gault
10.30.18
AI

An AI-Generated Artwork Just Sold for $432,500 at Christie’s

Far from being the sole creation of an AI, 'Edmond de Belamy' was the result of months of work by three people using a machine learning algorithm from 2014.
Jordan Pearson
10.25.18
driverless cars

Driverless Cars Should Spare Young People Over Old in Unavoidable Accidents, Massive Survey Finds

In the Moral Machine Experiment, a survey of more than two million people from 233 countries, people preferred to save humans over animals, young over old, and more people over fewer.
Tracey Lindeman
10.24.18
State of Surveillance

Government Spyware Vendor Left Customer, Victim Data Online for Everyone to See

The Germany-based spyware startup Wolf Intelligence exposed its own data, including surveillance target’s information, passports scans of its founder and family, and recordings of meetings.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.24.18
Hacking

Russian Malware Was Apparently Used in an Attempt to Sabotage a Saudi Petrol Plant

Cybersecurity firm FireEye points the finger at the Russian government and a government-linked facility for creating a destructive malware.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.23.18
jeff bezos

Spend All of Jeff Bezos’ Money In This Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Game

'You Are Jeff Bezos' puts the wealth of the world's richest into dizzying perspective as you try to spend every penny.
Jordan Pearson
10.22.18
Sidewalk Labs

Why Does Google Want to Hand Its Smart City Data to a Third Party 'Civic Data Trust?'

Sidewalk Labs says nobody should own data collected from residents in Toronto's Quayside "smart city," but critics say the tech giant shouldn't be driving the conversation.
Jordan Pearson
10.16.18
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