Geekly Update - 10 May 2017

Category: Tech-News

Have you applied this week's batch of Microsoft fixes for 55 vulnerabilities in Windows? One of the bugs could allow hackers to remotely control your computer. Can you get in trouble just for clicking the Like button on your favorite social media site? And why does Facebook have 7,500 'content monitors' on their Community Operations team? Oh, and Banana Phone, anyone? 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!

The AskBobRankin Geekly Update

China announced new rules for online news publishers and aggregators. Reading this, you’d think they’d never heard of the First Amendment over there.

School kids have to be careful what they do on social media, even outside of school. 7th-grader Zachary Bowlin was suspended after he "liked" an Instagram photo of a Airsoft gun. School officials felt that his action posed a potential threat to student safety.

Carter Wilkerson just got a year's supply of free chicken nuggets from Wendy's, and broke the Guinness World Record for the most retweeted message on Twitter. The restaurant chain challenged him to get 18 million retweets as part of a campaign to raise funds for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

Geekly Update 05-10-2017

Facebook is hiring 3,000 new “content monitors” to review images, videos, and posts that their users report as objectionable. They will join the 4,500 existing employees on Facebook's community operations team. The hope is that they can quickly act to take down stuff posted when someone "live streams" a horrific act like the Robert Goodwin murder.

The last Patch Tuesday, May 9, saw Microsoft release fixes for 55 vulnerabilities, 15 of them “critical.” So if you haven’t updated Windows this week, get busy.

Here's an actual profile of a guy on dating app Tinder: "I perform well under pressure. I like to eat grass and chill in the mud. No problems. 6 ft tall and 5,000 pounds if it matters." But this "guy" is actually "Sudan," the world's last white northern rhino, who lives in Kenya and needs a mate.

Uber is facing a criminal investigation of how the company used its “Grayball” software to identify and evade local authorities who tried to learn if Uber operated illegally in their cities.

"Ring, ring, ring, ring, ring!" Children of the 90s can now pre-order a real, functional Banana Phone. That means you can bet $40 that some guys you’ve never heard of will deliver a product that no one knows they want.

The last time HBO’s John Oliver went off on Net Neutrality, we got Net Neutrality. Nows that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to take it away, Oliver is going off again, hilariously.

Amazon’s new $229 Echo Show is bigger than ever before, including a larger speaker and a touchscreen for commands you don’t want to talk about.

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Glen Cowgill
10 May 2017

There is a Google Ad covering 3/4 of your article which I can find no way of getting rid of it. Help

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Glen Cowgill
10 May 2017

Ad is now gone, Google replaced it with another ad which gave me the delete box.

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Sharon Fleming
10 May 2017 we or do we NOT apply the update? I'm confused. I thought you first said I'm not so sure.

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Jack Anderson
10 May 2017

Purchased the IDrive One that you were offering @ a steal price. Wasted my money. Doesn't work. Went on Chat with them no luck there. Sent email to them 1 week ago and no response.
Won't respond to any future "bargains" here.

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10 May 2017

BANANA PHONE - YES! I NEVER look at sites that offer experimental/gofundme/indiegogo stuff, but I LOVED the Banana Phone song, as did my kids. I ordered three and hope that they come through. Thanks for sharing this major technological breakthrough! I always learn something new from the Geekly Update. Thanks, Bob!

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10 May 2017

The link in the Uber article results in Page Not Found on my computer. It seems to be a typo - the link has the url duplicated back-to-back.

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10 May 2017

Here is the Uber article link:

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Terry Hollett
10 May 2017

This is the link for the Uber story:

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10 May 2017

Same here - Uber article is not found.
Try this one

Uber has also been accused of other scams.
Adding fake cars on the user display to make it look like a ride is closer than it is.
Using three different map routes: Long for calculating the customer charge, real for driving instructions to the driver, and short for paying the driver.

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10 May 2017

Jack Anderson...... call your credit card company, many offer a warranty that your purchases will work. Or they may offer to help you get a refund from iDrive for the defective item.

Also, make sure you cancel on the iDrive website the automatic annual re-up of the "cloud service" you may not realize you have signed up for.

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10 May 2017

Glen Cowgill ... Try an ad blocker to block ads on websites.

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Dave Fox
11 May 2017

Gotta have one of those bannana phones !

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David Baker
11 May 2017

Please comment on TVFrog. Is this a scam?

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11 May 2017

Thank you for the heads-up on the new threats to the Net Neutrality law by the new regime.
All your readers SHOULD go and "express" their displeasure with this new attempt to revoke this law (under FCC Docket 17-108: Restoring Internet Freedom). website shortcut is

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11 May 2017

School Kids & Social Media: That's just wrong. Multiple posts/likes, etc., maybe, if they are actually EXCESSIVE, but a SINGLE incident simply shows interest, not obsession.

Uber: Ha Ha Ha. Go Uber! Using "illegal?" software to "identify and evade local authorities" trying to determine if Uber is OPERATING illegal. Too funny for words. Yes, I realize that this is WRONG, but it IS funny.

John Oliver: Typo, "NOWS that FCC Chairman...", should be "NOW that FCC Chairman...".

Thanks, Bob, for another great article!

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13 May 2017

Bob, better be careful... Facebook 'cops' might come after you! [Just kidding (of course)]

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