Texas abortion: Judge temporarily blocks enforcement of law

A US judge has temporarily blocked a new law in Texas that effectively bans women from having an abortion. District Judge Robert Pitman granted a request by the Biden administration to prevent any enforcement of the law while its legality is being challenged. The law, which prohibits women in Texas from obtaining an abortion after Read more about Texas abortion: Judge temporarily blocks enforcement of law[…]

WHO Endorses ‘Breakthrough’ Childhood Vaccine For Malaria

The fight against malaria, one of the world’s worst diseases for decades, is likely to get much easier as the World Health Organization has endorsed the wide use of a malaria vaccine developed by GlaxoSmithKline, the first ever to win such approval. The vaccine will be recommended for children in sub-Saharan Africa and other high-risk Read more about WHO Endorses ‘Breakthrough’ Childhood Vaccine For Malaria[…]

EU to file NFC antitrust charges against Apple Pay

Apple’s decision to only allow Apple Pay to access the NFC chip in iPhones could result in the Silicon Valley giant paying hefty anti-monopoly fines in Europe. The EU is set to file anti-competitive charges against Cupertino regarding its tap-to-pay system, Reuters reported, citing sources. Euro antitrust watchdogs are apparently not happy that the NFC Read more about EU to file NFC antitrust charges against Apple Pay[…]

The International Energy Agency publishes the detailed, global energy data we all need, but its funders force it behind paywalls. Let’s ask them to change it.

To make the transition to low-carbon energy sources and address climate change we need open data on the global energy system. High-quality data already exists; it is published by the International Energy Agency. But despite being an international institution that is largely publicly funded, most IEA data is locked behind paywalls. This makes it unusable Read more about The International Energy Agency publishes the detailed, global energy data we all need, but its funders force it behind paywalls. Let’s ask them to change it.[…]

World Of Warcraft Update Removes Suggestive Flirts & Jokes – cancel culture wins against humor

Blizzard’s work on cleaning up World of Warcraft in the wake of historical allegations of harassment at the company continues, with the latest round targeting a series of suggestive jokes and flirts that are being removed as part of update 9.1.5. As detailed by Wowhead, there are a lot of changes, some of them leaving Read more about World Of Warcraft Update Removes Suggestive Flirts & Jokes – cancel culture wins against humor[…]

GitHub Removes GTA Fan Projects re3 and reVC Following New Take-Two DMCA Notice

After Take-Two Interactive sent a legal letter to Github referencing a copyright infringement lawsuit against the people behind the popular re3 and reVC Grand Theft Auto fan projects, Github has now removed the repositories for a second time. Take-Two has also demanded the removal of many project forks and wants Github to take action under Read more about GitHub Removes GTA Fan Projects re3 and reVC Following New Take-Two DMCA Notice[…]

MEPs support curbing police use of facial recognition, border biometric data trawling drastically

Police should be banned from using blanket facial-recognition surveillance to identify people not suspected of crimes. Certain private databases of people’s faces for identification systems ought to be outlawed, too. That’s the feeling of the majority of members in the European Parliament this week. In a vote on Wednesday, 377 MEPs backed a resolution restricting Read more about MEPs support curbing police use of facial recognition, border biometric data trawling drastically[…]

A French company is using enzymes to recycle one of the most common single-use plastics – PET

In late September, Carbios, a French startup, opened a demonstration plant in central France to test this idea. The facility will use enzymes to recycle PET, one of the most common single-use plastics and the material used to make most beverage bottles. […] Carbios’s new reactor measures 20 cubic meters—around the size of a cargo Read more about A French company is using enzymes to recycle one of the most common single-use plastics – PET[…]

How Apple Can Read Your Encrypted iMessages

If you have an iPhone, and your friends mostly have iPhones, you probably use Apple’s Messages app to communicate with them. That’s the nature of things. And aside from the platform’s convenience and ubiquity, one of the iMessage platform’s selling points is that its end-to-end encryption should theoretically ensure that only you and those you Read more about How Apple Can Read Your Encrypted iMessages[…]

Search providers compaining that EU Google antitrust measures didn’t achieve anything

Four search providers – DuckDuckGo, Ecosia, Qwant, and Lilo – have penned an open letter to the European Commission claiming that Google is suppressing search engine competition. The EU has made a number of efforts to counter Google’s search monopoly, including a July 2018 fine and ruling that the company engaged in “illegal tying of Read more about Search providers compaining that EU Google antitrust measures didn’t achieve anything[…]

The entirety of Twitch has reportedly been leaked – change your password!

An anonymous hacker claims to have leaked the entirety of Twitch, including its source code and user payout information. The user posted a 125GB torrent link to 4chan on Wednesday, stating that the leak was intended to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space” because “their community is a disgusting toxic Read more about The entirety of Twitch has reportedly been leaked – change your password![…]

BMW’s New Factory Robots Can Paint Complex Designs on Cars

[…] BMW is taking the next step with customization with a newly developed robot that can quickly paint vehicles with complex designs like a giant inkjet printer. […] BMW worked with another German company, Duerr, to create a new factory robot that can paint two-tone finishes, or create elaborate designs on a vehicle, without any Read more about BMW’s New Factory Robots Can Paint Complex Designs on Cars[…]

Telegraph newspaper exposes 10TB of server, user data online

The Telegraph newspaper managed to leak 10TB of subscriber data and server logs after leaving an Elasticsearch cluster unsecured for most of September, according to the researcher who found it online. The blunder was uncovered by well-known security researcher Bob Diachenko, who said that the cluster had been freely accessible “without a password or any Read more about Telegraph newspaper exposes 10TB of server, user data online[…]

Oculus Quest VR Goggles Becomes a Paperweight When Facebook Goes Down

When Facebook went down yesterday for nearly six hours, so did Oculus’ services. Since Facebook owns VR headset maker Oculus, and controversially requires Oculus Quest users to log in with a Facebook account, many Quest owners reported not being able to load their Oculus libraries. “[A]nd those who just took a Quest 2 out of Read more about Oculus Quest VR Goggles Becomes a Paperweight When Facebook Goes Down[…]

Scientists Have Successfully Recorded Data to DNA in Minutes not hours

[…] researchers at Northwestern University have devised a new method for recording information to DNA that takes minutes rather than hours or days. The researchers utilized a novel enzymatic system to synthesize DNA that records rapidly changing environmental signals straight into its sequences, and this method could revolutionize how scientists examine and record neurons inside Read more about Scientists Have Successfully Recorded Data to DNA in Minutes not hours[…]

Millions of AMD PCs affected by new CPU driver flaw need to be patched ASAP

After finding several security flaws in Intel’s System Guard Extensions (SGX), security researchers have now revealed a flaw in AMD’s Platform Security Processor (PSP) chipset driver that makes it easy for attackers to steal sensitive data from Ryzen-powered systems. On the upside, there’s already patches available from both Microsoft and AMD to shut the exploit. Read more about Millions of AMD PCs affected by new CPU driver flaw need to be patched ASAP[…]

Pandora Papers: World leaders deny wrongdoing after leaks

Several world leaders have denied wrongdoing after featuring in a huge leak of financial documents from offshore companies. Dubbed the Pandora Papers, the 12 million files constitute the biggest such leak in history. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Jordan’s King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein are among some 35 current and former leaders linked to the Read more about Pandora Papers: World leaders deny wrongdoing after leaks[…]

There’s a Murky Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone’s Location Data

Companies that you likely have never heard of are hawking access to the location history on your mobile phone. An estimated $12 billion market, the location data industry has many players: collectors, aggregators, marketplaces, and location intelligence firms, all of which boast about the scale and precision of the data that they’ve amassed. Location firm Read more about There’s a Murky Multibillion-Dollar Market for Your Phone’s Location Data[…]

Chinese AI gets ethical guidelines for the first time

[…] Humans should have full decision-making power, the guidelines state, and have the right to choose whether to accept AI services, exit an interaction with an AI system or discontinue its operation at any time. The document was published by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) last Sunday. The goal is to “make sure Read more about Chinese AI gets ethical guidelines for the first time[…]

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp hit by 6 hr + global outage, stock tanks

Facebook offered “sincere apologies” Monday afternoon as a sweeping outage of its site and various other properties, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, stretched for more than six hours and helped to wipe more than $50 billion off Facebook’s market cap — the stock’s worst day of trading in almost a year. The issues started around Read more about Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp hit by 6 hr + global outage, stock tanks[…]

Company That Routes Billions of Text Messages Quietly Says It Was Hacked – for years (you know, the messages we now use for 2FA)

A company that is a critical part of the global telecommunications infrastructure used by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and several others around the world such as Vodafone and China Mobile, quietly disclosed that hackers were inside its systems for years, impacting more than 200 of its clients and potentially millions of cellphone users worldwide. The company, Read more about Company That Routes Billions of Text Messages Quietly Says It Was Hacked – for years (you know, the messages we now use for 2FA)[…]

Clearview AI Says It Can Do the ‘Computer Enhance’ Thing – wait, this evil has not yet been purged?

Sketchy face recognition company Clearview AI has inflated its stockpile of scraped images to over 10 billion, according to its co-founder and CEO Hoan Ton-That. What’s more, he says the company has new tricks up its sleeve, like using AI to draw in the details of blurry or partial images of faces. Clearview AI has Read more about Clearview AI Says It Can Do the ‘Computer Enhance’ Thing – wait, this evil has not yet been purged?[…]

9 Horrifying Facts From the Facebook Whistleblower Interview

Last week, the Wall Street Journal published internal research from Facebook showing that the social media company knows precisely how toxic its own product is for the people who use it. But tonight, we learned how the Journal obtained those documents: A whistleblower named Frances Haugen, who spoke with CBS News’ 60 Minutes about the Read more about 9 Horrifying Facts From the Facebook Whistleblower Interview[…]

Millions Experience Browser Problems After Long-Anticipated Expiration of IdentTrust DST Root CA X3 SSL Certificate

“The expiration of a key digital encryption service on Thursday sent major tech companies nationwide scrambling to deal with internet outages that affected millions of online users,” reports the Washington Examiner. The expiring certificate was issued by Let’s Encrypt — though ZDNet notes there’s been lots of warnings about its pending expiration: Digital Shadows senior Read more about Millions Experience Browser Problems After Long-Anticipated Expiration of IdentTrust DST Root CA X3 SSL Certificate[…]

Just How Much Time Do We Spend On Our Phones?

Just How Much Time Do We Spend On Our Phones? Phones have become so essential that it’s become tough to imagine our lives without them. What’s funny about this is that most people alive today can remember a time when we didn’t have cell phones, let alone smartphones. Even so, it’s difficult to recall exactly Read more about Just How Much Time Do We Spend On Our Phones?[…]