Geekly Update - 06 December 2018
What well-known company is the winner of the December Data Breach contest? Is the Microsoft tech support scam finally finished? Why are lawyers for Apple acting like a bunch of blockheads? And do you need proof that image recognition isn't ready for prime time? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
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Online florist 1-800-Flowers announced that their website was breached four years ago, revealing the names and credit card data of 75,000 customers over that timespan. Not to be outdone, Q&A website Quora revealed that hackers obtained 100 million user names, email addresses, encrypted passwords and other customer information. But the big winner in the December Data Breach contest is Marriott Corp, which revealed a breach that may involve 600 million hotel guests’ records and may also date back to 2014.
Facial recognition flagged a woman for jaywalking. Only problem: she’s an ad on a bus. Another indication that artificial intelligence still has a ways to go. British police want to use AI to spot online p*rn, but the tech keeps mistaking sand dunes for human flesh. In related news, microblogging site Tumblr made news by announcing their ban on naughty bits. But their image recognition tech is equally flawed, flagging pictures of Jesus, superheroes and a man with no socks.
Starbucks will also begin filtering p*rn from its WiFi networks in an effort to fill seats with paying customers. Let's hope their content filters work better than their coffee filters. (I have to filter too. Many spam filters will zap emails with "objectionable" words.)
The world’s largest collection of scientific wildlife audio and video recordings is now available online for free. Let's hope it doesn't ban birds and bees.
In the near future, your first job interview may be with an AI bot that assesses your personality.
Indian police raided 26 call centers and arrested hundreds of people following “tech support scam” complaints file by Microsoft.
The low-cost, no-contract, multi-carrier cellular service from Google, previously called Project Fi, is now Google Fi. One cool feature is the ability to seamlessly switch between T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular networks. Until recently, it only supported a few phones (Google Pixel, Moto G6 and X4, and LG's G7 and V35). You no longer need a special phone to use Google Fi, if you can live with T-Mobile service.
Elon Musk is no longer boring. His plans for a hyperspeed tunnel under Los Angeles have been canceled, or changes, or pivoted, or something. Who knows what Elon is doing?
Rivals are embracing -- it must be Christmas in the air. Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo speakers starting December 17.
YouTube is pulling back on its push of subscription services, making original content available for free on its ad-supported service.
Hundreds of Google employees signed an open letter to the company demanding that it stop developing a censored search product for the Chinese government. Really, the Chinese need help with censorship?
Apple is arguing that consumers who buy from its App Store have no standing to sue Apple for antitrust violations because of a 40 year-old Supreme Court ruling about concrete blocks. Associate Justice Sotomeyer, for one, is not impressed.
Scientists have mapped history going back to the 4th century in the labyrinth of tunnels beneath the world’s oldest cathedral in Rome.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 6 Dec 2018
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