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Facebook scraped call, text message data for years from Android phones

If you granted permission to read contacts during Facebook's installation on Android a few versions ago—specifically before Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)—that permission also granted Facebook access to call and message logs by default. The permission structure was changed in the Android API in version 16. But Android applications could bypass this change if they were written to earlier versions of the API, so Facebook API could continue to gain access to call and SMS data by specifying an earlier Android SDK version. Google deprecated version 4.0 of the Android API in October 2017—the point at which the latest call metadata in Facebook user's data was found. Apple iOS has never allowed silent access to call data

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Behold the majesty of Chris Majestic's midrange home theater

Pool table and snack bar area in the back of the room. The flag on the wall is the Ghanian flag (Chris' wife is from Ghana). The TV is a 55-inch 4K TCL Roku TV. This TV was placed here since it can be difficult to see the theater screen from the back of the room. The TV is connected to Zone2 of the Denon Home Theater Receiver and can mirror the home theater screen or show an independent source. The Klipsch RP-150M bookshelf speakers are used as rear-surround channels.

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​South Korea to fund 10Gb internet push | ZDNet

The Ministry of Science and ICT kicked off a public order on Monday for projects related to 10Gb internet. The ministry will choose up to two consortia to give up to 940 million won ($877,000) in financial support. The deadline for the order is April 10.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook wants "well-crafted" privacy regulations after latest Facebook scandal

“I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary,” he said. “The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life — from my own point of view, it shouldn’t exist.” Cook didn’t specify what he wants to see in any potential legislation, but he made it a point to underline that lawmakers should take care in creating it. In an astonishing moment during an otherwise on-message CNN interview earlier this week, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg didn’t oppose the idea of outside regulation .

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Apple's next iPhone (aka iPhone 11): Specs, pricing, rumors, release date, more | ZDNet

This pricing structure looks aggressive to me, because it bumps up the price of the cheapest new iPhone by yet another $50, following a similar bump this year. The gap between $699 for "last year's" model with a 5.5-inch display and the cheapest "new" iPhone also feels like quite a leap. Pricing the 6.1-inch LCD model at $799 and perhaps rejigging the prices of the handsets below that by $50 or so might make everything look more palatable to price-conscious buyers.

7 The people owned the web, tech giants stole it. This is how we take it back | Jonathan Freedland

This week’s revelations are not exactly a loss of innocence: many shed their turn-of-the-century illusions about the internet years ago. And there will be more disenchantment to come. It can’t be only political campaigners who used the likes of Cambridge Analytica to pickpocket our personal data; surely we’ll learn soon of the major corporations that similarly played on our online hopes and fears to sell us stuff. But we don’t have to have the full picture to know that we have to act. It could be regulation; it could be anti-trust legislation to break up those tech giants that act as virtual monopolies. I like Derakhshan’s idea of obliging Facebook and others to open up a marketplace of algorithms: if you don’t like the current social media preference for popularity (retweets) and novelty (“latest”), you should be free to choose a different algorithm that acts on different values.

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Dawn of the New Everything, book review: VR, and decisions that cast long shadows | ZDNet

In an engaging memoir, virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier recounts an unusual childhood, charts the history of his company VPL, and offers opinions on the tech-driven world he helped to shape.

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Nintendo's next batch of Indie games are fun, creative and weird

The classic puzzle game by Rez designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi and his company, Q Games, originally was the best thing the Sony PSP had to offer. The remastered version is everything I remember: Hypnotic music, simple but addictive Tetris-like block-matching gaming. Even crazier, the Switch version supports rumble effects, much like Rez's famous vibrator-enhanced trance mode. I stuck two Joy-Cons in my pockets and wore a belt with two more Joy-Cons... and ended up buzzing and rumbling as I played with two more Joy-Cons. Yes, that's six buzzing Joy-Cons spread all over my body. I have nothing more to add.

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Microshocks give robo-rehab unprecedented healing powers - Video | ZDNet

Swiss researchers have now observed how damaged neurons reorganize with new therapies, giving more hope to those living with spinal cord injury

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Victor made internet-connected mousetraps -- because why not? - Video | ZDNet

Victor and its parent company, Woodstream, is building out a connected mouse- and pest-trap network on Comcast's machineQ platform. Read more: http://zd.net/2HNt346

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Data analytics to save our most valuable resource: Water - Video | ZDNet

Data and water do mix apparently. Using data and analytics can lead to great benefits in water preservation.

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Scale: API For Human Intelligence

Matt grew up all around the tri-state area (NY/NJ/CT) before settling in Boston for undergrad & PhD (MIT). His winding career path has taken him from semiconductors (IBM Research) to consulting (McKinsey & Co.) to SaaS (Dropbox) to marketplaces (ClassPass) — and now to API's (Scale)! Matt likes exploring cities & eating out, and is an Instagram husband in training.

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The Tesla Semi: What you need to know - Video | ZDNet

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8 impressive Chinese smartphones you've never heard of | ZDNet

I've had hands-on experience with some amazing smartphones from China that you may not have heard about before. Here is a selection of my favourites.

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David Bowie fans, you can't miss this space oddity of a show

The "David Bowie Is" exhibition, currently at the Brooklyn Museum, is a spectacle befitting an artist of Bowie's stature. I'm happy to report sound plays a huge part in the show, so every visitor dons a pair of Sennheiser Momentum headphones and a player that automatically plays music or sound for each installation at the show. Nice.

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Dropbox updates its vulnerability disclosure policy to protect researchers | ZDNet

The cloud-based company aims to set an example for other businesses after realizing security researchers have faced "decades of abuse, threats, and bullying"

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Volume, velocity, and variety: Understanding the three V's of big data | ZDNet

You may have noticed that I've talked about photographs, sensor data, tweets, encrypted packets, and so on. Each of these are very different from each other. This data isn't the old rows and columns and database joins of our forefathers. It's very different from application to application, and much of it is unstructured. That means it doesn't easily fit into fields on a spreadsheet or a database application.

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'Black Panther' now reigns as top-grossing superhero film ever

"Black Panther" has won the weekend box-office race every week since opening Feb. 16. It looks like this week that crown will fall to "Pacific Rim Uprising." But don't feel sorry for director Ryan Coogler, star Chadwick Boseman and the rest. "Black Panther' has earned $1.2 billion worldwide , only the 14th film ever to do so. It enjoyed the second-biggest opening weekend for a Marvel Studios film, after "The Avengers."  It's also only the fourth film to  top $100 million  in each of its first two weekends.

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What features does the smartphone of the future need? | ZDNet

Smartphone sales have plateaued now that everyone has a mobile device. So, what is next for mobile phone makers and service providers in the post-app, post-smartphone era?

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Sick of Facebook? These are your alternatives

To that end, Path invites you to share not only updates, photos and the like, but also thoughts, shopping finds and the latest media you're consuming: books, movies, music and TV. You can even let your circle know when you're going to bed and waking up. (Just be prepared for accusations of oversharing.)

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How Calls for Privacy May Upend Business for Facebook and Google

Now, the consumer surveillance model underlying Facebook and Google’s free services is under siege from users, regulators and legislators on both sides of the Atlantic. It amounts to a crisis for an internet industry that up until now had taken a reactive, whack-a-mole approach to problems like the spread of fraudulent news and misuse of personal data.

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What to expect from Apple’s education event

Apple surprised everyone when it announced an education-focused event about “creative new ideas for teachers and students” in Chicago on March 27th at 10AM CT / 11AM ET. But in traditional Apple form, the company isn’t giving many hints as to what to expect aside from the phrase “let’s take a field trip.”

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Whirlpool's washer will look nice in your laundry room

Whirlpool's WTW7500GC top-load washer in gray costs $999 (the white model costs $899).

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M1 taps Keppel Electric partnership as Singapore readies open market | ZDNet

Singapore telco ties up with Keppel Electric to offer bundled price packages that include electricity and mobile services, joining others looking to enter Singapore's soon-to-be open power market.

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So finally, Mark Zuckerberg answers some key questions

In interviews with a few media outlets, including  CNN , the New York Times and  Wired  later in the day, Zuckerberg talked about things it seemed Facebook would never talk about. Asked about government regulation , Zuckerberg said he'd be open to it, particularly regulation related to ad transparency. "I'm not sure we shouldn't be regulated," he said. He also said he'd consider testifying before Congress -- if he was the person at Facebook with the most information about the topic in question. Prominent senators, including Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner, have called for him to testify. (Facebook already testified before Congress last November over its role in the presidential election, but the company sent its top lawyer, and not Zuckerberg.)

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Huawei Parks Ad Vans in Front of Apple and Samsung Stores Ahead of P20 Unveiling

Huawei is taking the marketing of its upcoming flagship, the P20, to the next level. The company has started putting up ad vans in front of Apple and Samsung Stores in the UK, asking users to “Wait” and “Be Patient”. The alphabets AI are highlighted to indicate the technology it will be running on.

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TechRepublic on Twitter

"I think that the leading figures in Silicon Valley...need to take responsibility and fix the problems that they've broken," said author Andrew Keen in a conversation with TechRepublic. https://tek.io/2GkRNns 

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

Studying Indian genomes could uncover unique genetic risk factors for diseases and explain why some ailments occur more or less often in Indian populations than in Westerners. https://trib.al/x7SLvm6 

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TechRepublic on Twitter

"We believe as does the CTO of New York City, that the future of ubiquitous connectivity is through wireless, coming off of fiber," said Louis Slaughter, chairman and CEO of Fiberless Networks. https://tek.io/2GlEhzF 

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MIT Tech Review on Twitter

Increasingly powerful climate models are helping scientists state the odds that human actions caused or exacerbated specific droughts and hurricanes. https://trib.al/icnnNam 

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WIRED Business on Twitter

The Facebook and Cambridge Analytica story hasn't stopped unfolding all week. Here's what we know happened, from the very beginning through today https://trib.al/PAWRtXr 

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Facebook was warned of risk to users' data two years before Cambridge Analytica breach

F acebook was warned that its users were at risk two years before the data of 50 million people was accessed by a controversial political firm, the Telegraph can disclose.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Read a WSJ article this morning about a lady doesn't want to use Facebook anymore because of data privacy concerns so instead she is using Instagram... Facebook owns Instagram for anyone who doesn't get the irony. I really wanted to comment but it was a physical newspaper.

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Data Caper: How Cambridge Analytica hoarded voters' personal details - Video | ZDNet

The Russian-linked Cambridge Analytica scammed 50 million US Facebook users for their data. The right-wing, voter-profiling company then used their information to target Americans with personalized anti-Clinton and pro-Trump propaganda.

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New data leak hits India's national ID card database Aadhaar: ZDNet

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s biometric ID program, Aadhaar, has been hit by another major security lapse, allowing access to private information, business technology news website ZDNet reported on Saturday.

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WhatsApp co-founder tells everyone to delete Facebook • r/Android

Did that 4 years ago and I wasn't invited to parties anymore, it was as if I had ceased to exist. On the regular at the time people would hardly ever text me, after that I was lonely as hell. Reactivated my account and realised that people reached out due to the lack of news, a girl I had a crush on even sent me a couple flirtatious messages and then moved on. I'm not gettin rid of Facebook because it enables me to have a social life and it's super convenient to ask class notes on the uni page. Facebook can sell my data to whoever the fuck they want my profile has been dead empty with fake name and no profile picture from day one.

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Forbes Tech News on Twitter

Waymo CEO on Uber crash: Our self-driving car would have avoided a pedestrian https://bit.ly/2pCIUfk  pic.twitter.com/fYUqUlbAhM

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How to opt out of Facebook’s Platform data sharing

Of course, you could choose to leave Facebook entirely, but for many that is not a viable solution , unfortunately. For now, if you’d like keep your data from going through Facebook’s API, you can take control of your privacy settings. Keep in mind that this disables ALL platform apps (like Farmville, Twitter, or Instagram) and you will not be able to log into sites using your Facebook login.

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Broken down by NBN technology: ACMA wants to publish telco complaints data | ZDNet

The rules proposed by the ACMA would see providers make complaint mechanisms available to users, and advise of a time frame for handling their complaint as soon as practicable. It would also see service providers limited to five working days for informing a disgruntled user of a complaint escalation process, informing a user in writing of being unable to resolve a complaint, and forcing providers to write to customers if they cannot get in contact with them for the same time period.

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Cutting through the noise and defining the value of the digital twin for your business | ZDNet

The same applies to the digital twin -- it's a virtual representation of a single machine as it operates in the real world. This machine might have siblings from the same factory, with the same core design and components, but there are undoubtedly important differences as well. These differences are incredibly relevant when managing machines is core to your business, like maintenance history, wear and tear from operations, and enterprise software that interacts with the machine.

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The Best PC Games

The first requirement is to ensure that we can give you more insight into a game. Yes, this guide goes into some depth on each game entry, but the ability to link to a full review benefits those looking for a deeper cut. The second point we've already covered. The third point required a bit of pondering. We didn't want to set the star rating so low that nearly all PC games qualified for the guide, yet we didn't want to set the star rating so high that we exclude quality B-tier games, such as Axiom Verge and Split/Second. For now, three stars is the happy medium, but, as we review more games, we may have to be choosier, to keep the list at a manageable size.

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Apple proposes accessibility emojis to better represent disabilities | ZDNet

At Apple, we believe that technology should be accessible to everyone and should provide an experience that serves individual needs. Adding emoji emblematic to users' life experiences helps foster a diverse culture that is inclusive of disability. Emoji are a universal language and a powerful tool for communication, as well as a form of self-expression, and can be used not only to represent one's own personal experience, but also to show support for a loved one.

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Gizmodo on Twitter

Chris Evans says he probably won't return as Captain America after Avengers 4 http://gizmo.do/wlcgE2I  pic.twitter.com/4WVR3xNsDo

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Creating spaces and worlds in VR - Video | ZDNet

Jessica Brillhart, founder & director of Vray Pictures and immersive director of m ss ng p eces, discusses the challenges behind creating immersive and engaging VR content.

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Lifehacker on Twitter

You can add location information to your Tweets, such as your city or precise location, from the web and via third-party applications. You always have the option to delete your Tweet location history. Learn more

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NBA testing 99-cent stream that lets you watch the final quarter of a live game

The NBA has a plethora of streaming options for basketball fans. If you want the whole season-long, league-wide package, there’s League Pass. But NBA Digital (a joint effort between the league and Turner) has also broken out additional offerings that cost less money, like team-specific subscriptions and the option to pay for individual games. Now the NBA is testing another, obvious-when-you-think-about-it idea: letting fans watch the 4th quarter of a live, in-progress game for just 99 cents.

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These 5 Speaking Habits Make People Want To Collaborate With You

People who are good at making others want to work with them tend to continuously reemphasize the goals and outcomes they share with their team. For example: “This strategy needs to work for all of us” or, “Let’s look at how we can find a solution together.” If you’re a manager, you can also ask your direct reports, “What can I do to assist you?” At every turn, speak in terms of common objectives. You might rally your troops at a retreat with, “It’s great to have all of you here. Our dialogue over the next few days will help us develop a clear, shared understanding of just who we are and what our goals should be over the rest of the year.”

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TechRepublic on Twitter

Strategist and election tech pioneer Joe Trippi shares the history of political data modeling, what business and politics have in common, and why the future of both depends on machine learning. https://tek.io/2pHQwMX 

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The 10 Most Pirated Movies

Looking for a new musical, something like La La Land meets Moulin Rouge! ? Perhaps a highly fictionalized retelling of the launch of P.T. Barnum's career will do? Movie Bob at Geek.com did not like it, saying of the notorious con artist and sociopath that "Hugh Jackman plays him as a starry-eyed dreamer who’s enlightened ahead of his time about 'different people' ranging from his Human Oddities to interracial couples, and posits that his exploitation of them as attractions was a good thing because he helped them learn to love themselves by becoming famous." (The most fictional aspect of all: the real Barnum never came close to having Hugh Jackman's cheekbones and dance moves.)

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