Facebook’s former chief of security says its privacy pivot is ‘punting’ on its hardest issues

Facebook’s former chief of security says its privacy pivot is ‘punting’ on its hardest issues

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a bombshell announcement earlier this week that his company would pivot to a “privacy-focused communications platform” that prioritizes encrypted private messaging and groups over the public-facing posts and the algorithm-driven News Feed. According to the company’s former security chief, Alex Stamos, the move could mean that some of Facebook’s toughest issues around moderating speech and curbing bad behavior effectively disappear. “Mark Zuckerberg decided he can’t be in the middle anymore….

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Google patent shows possible controller design for its game streaming service

Google patent shows possible controller design for its game streaming service

Earlier this year, word broke that Google is exploring a game streaming service powered by Chromecast, and a newly-discovered patent shows off what could be the controller that service would rely on. Later this month, Google is hosting a mysterious event during the Game Developers Conference that very well could revolve around its the rumored streaming service, which in past reports has been likened to a “Netflix for games” and is said to be built…

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New brand, same culture. Wells Fargo workers say the company is still toxic

New brand, same culture. Wells Fargo workers say the company is still toxic

A New York Times report found widespread internal concern about the bank’s priorities. Wells Fargo lost so much public trust for the bank’s shady business practices, which came to light in the aftermath of the Great Recession, that it spent much of last year apologizing with its Wells Fargo “Re-established” campaign. But according to a new report from the New York Times, the nation’s fourth-largest bank hasn’t been reformed as much as it’s been rebranded….

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Maryland Court reinstates Adnan Syed’s conviction

Maryland Court reinstates Adnan Syed’s conviction

A court in Maryland has overturned a ruling that would have granted Adnan Syed, the subject of the podcast Serial, a new trial, The Baltimore Sun reports. The ruling is a setback for Syed and his legal team, who had hoped that a new trial would potentially lead to his freedom. In 2000, a jury convicted Syed of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee, who had been found dead in a Baltimore park the year…

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Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data

Amy Klobuchar suggests taxing companies making money off user data

Minnesota senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has floated the idea of taxing tech companies when they exploit user data. Platforms like Facebook “use us, and we’re their commodity, and we’re not getting anything out of it,” Klobuchar said today during a SXSW interview with Recode co-founder Kara Swisher. “When they sell our data to someone else, well, maybe they’re going to have to tell us so we can put some kind of a tax…

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Slack is rolling out a dark mode to iOS and Android beta users

Slack is rolling out a dark mode to iOS and Android beta users

Workplace collaboration app Slack is starting to test a dark mode for users, joining others, like the mail app for Windows 10 and Facebook Messenger. It’s not available to everyone just yet, but it is rolling out to beta testers. 9to5Mac and 9to5Google spotted the iOS and Android updates, noting that the feature is currently being tested, and helpfully points out how to activate it for yourself. To get it now, you have to be…

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New EU travel requirements mean (slightly) more paperwork for American visitors

New EU travel requirements mean (slightly) more paperwork for American visitors

US travelers still don’t need a visa. Starting in 2021, Americans will no longer be able to hop across the pond for a spur-of-the-moment visit to Europe without completing pre-authorization paperwork. But they still won’t need a visa. On Friday, multiple outlets reported that the European Union had announced that Americans would be required to complete a new visa to visit member countries — a shift away from the current policy which allows US citizens…

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