Amazon changed search results to boost profits despite internal dissent
5 months ago by john | 3 facts | 0 comments | 3 votes

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

MoviePass will shut down for good on Sept. 14
5 months 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. -
  • MoviePass announced on Friday it’s shutting down the discount ticketing service on Sept. 14. -
  • The company informed subscribers that it was ending the service because its “efforts to recapitalize MoviePass have not been successful to date.” -

Pixel 3/3XL discounted $200 on Google Store
7 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'
7 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" -
  • Wozniak says he does not think using Facebook is worth the trade-off when it comes to personal privacy. -
  • 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. -
  • 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. -
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook also recently called online privacy "a crisis" -

Over 1,000 apps found to circumvent Android permission system
7 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. -
  • Google said it would be addressing the issues in Android Q. -

Malformed iMessage bricks iPhones
7 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. -
  • 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. -
  • 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. -
  • A update fix has been issued by Apple -

Ford and Volkswagen to cooperate in developing self-driving cars
7 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. -
  • Previously BMW and Daimler signed an agreement to jointly develop autonomous driving technology. -

john - 7 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.

Canonical GitHub account hacked
7 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. -
  • According to a mirror of the hacked Canonical GitHub account, the hacker created 11 new GitHub repositories in the official Canonical account. -
  • 11 new repos sequentially named CAN_GOT_HAXXD_1, with no existing data being changed or deleted. -

john - 7 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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