Amazon changed search results to boost profits despite internal dissent
5 days, 20 hours ago by john | 3 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • When contacted by Ars, Amazon said it does not optimize the ranking of its search results for profitability. - arstechnica.com
  • Amazon changed its search algorithm in ways that boost its own products despite concerns raised by employees who opposed the move - www.wsj.com
  • Instead of adding profitability into the algorithm itself, Amazon changed the algorithm to prioritize factors that correlate with profitability. - arstechnica.com

MoviePass will shut down for good on Sept. 14
1 week, 1 day ago by john | 3 facts | 0 comments | 2 votes

  • Shares of MoviePass parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics dropped 10% Friday afternoon, though the stock trades for a fraction of a penny. - www.cnbc.com
  • MoviePass announced on Friday it’s shutting down the discount ticketing service on Sept. 14. - www.cnbc.com
  • The company informed subscribers that it was ending the service because its “efforts to recapitalize MoviePass have not been successful to date.” - www.cnbc.com

Pixel 3/3XL discounted $200 on Google Store
2 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 6 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes


Steve Wozniak says most people should 'figure out a way to get off Facebook'
2 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 5 facts | 0 comments | 9 votes

  • Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak advised that most people "find a way to get off Facebook" - www.tmz.com
  • Wozniak says he does not think using Facebook is worth the trade-off when it comes to personal privacy. - www.insider.com
  • Last year he left Facebook over privacy concerns, also adding that he would rather pay for Facebook then have his personal data shared with advertisers. - www.usatoday.com
  • It's not the first time Wozniak, who famously cofounded Apple in a garage with Steve Jobs, has spoken publicly about the topic of social media and privacy. - www.insider.com
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook also recently called online privacy "a crisis" - abcnews.go.com

Over 1,000 apps found to circumvent Android permission system
2 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 2 facts | 0 comments | 8 votes

  • Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute 1,325 Android apps that were gathering data from devices even after people denied them permission. - www.cnet.com
  • Google said it would be addressing the issues in Android Q. - www.cnet.com

Malformed iMessage bricks iPhones
2 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 4 facts | 0 comments | 0 votes

  • On a Mac, this causes soagent to crash and respawn, but on an iPhone, this code is in Springboard. - bugs.chromium.org
  • Receiving this message will case Springboard to crash and respawn repeatedly, causing the UI not to be displayed and the phone to stop responding to input. - bugs.chromium.org
  • This condition survives a hard reset, and causes the phone to be unusable as soon as it is unlocked requring a system restore to stop. - bugs.chromium.org
  • A update fix has been issued by Apple - appleinsider.com

Ford and Volkswagen to cooperate in developing self-driving cars
2 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 2 facts | 0 comments | 4 votes

  • Ford and Volkswagen are expected to sign an agreement as soon as next week to share the cost of developing autonomous vehicles and producing electric cars. - www.nytimes.com
  • Previously BMW and Daimler signed an agreement to jointly develop autonomous driving technology. - www.press.bmwgroup.com


john - 2 months, 2 weeks ago
> Facebook, Airbnb, and other service-oriented startups fund an app to instantly begin small-claims lawsuits
Honestly, this seems like something for the betterment of society. Small claims court is an excellent tool in the average Joe's legal arsenal that is vastly underutilized.

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Canonical GitHub account hacked
2 months, 2 weeks ago by john | 3 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

  • The GitHub account of Canonical Ltd., the company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, was hacked on Saturday, July 6. - www.zdnet.com
  • According to a mirror of the hacked Canonical GitHub account, the hacker created 11 new GitHub repositories in the official Canonical account. - www.zdnet.com
  • 11 new repos sequentially named CAN_GOT_HAXXD_1, with no existing data being changed or deleted. - www.itnews.com.au


john - 2 months, 2 weeks ago
I think this is great news for Africa. I wonder if South America already has their own unified trade agreement or if they'll be the last continent to get one.
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