Techmeme
January 12, 2021, 8:20 PM

Top News

Gizmodo:
GPS metadata from videos posted to Parler on Jan. 6 shows several users deep inside the Capitol; source: FBI has expressed interest in examining the data  —  At least several users of the far-right social network Parler appear to be among the hoard of rioters that managed to penetrate deep inside …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
After reports of all of Parler's data being downloaded by third parties, analysis shows Parler lacked basic security measures to prevent such a data breach  —  The “free speech” social network also allowed unlimited access to every public post, image, and video.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
WhatsApp clarifies its new data sharing policy with Facebook, which mostly concerns businesses, after recent backlash and surge in Telegram and Signal downloads  —  The company is trying to contain fallout over a privacy policy update  —  WhatsApp has published a new FAQ page …
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
A look at those unlucky enough to forget the password to access their bitcoin; Chainalysis says 20% of all bitcoin, or ~$140B, appears to be lost or stranded  —  Bitcoin owners are getting rich because the cryptocurrency has soared.  But what happens when you can't tap that wealth …
Sean O'Kane / The Verge:
Sources: Apple held talks with EV startup Canoo in 2020; Apple was largely interested in Canoo's unique scalable electric vehicle platform  —  As part of the Silicon Valley giant's secretive push into the automotive space  —  Apple held meetings with California EV startup Canoo in the first half …
Alex Heath / The Information:
Memo: following its Trump ban, Facebook has told employees to avoid wearing company-branded apparel in public as it might put staff at risk  —  Facebook on Monday told employees to avoid wearing or carrying company-branded clothing and other items in public following the company's suspension …
Wall Street Journal:
Visa is abandoning its $5.3B planned acquisition of fintech firm Plaid after the DOJ sued over antitrust concerns in November  —  Justice Department sued in November to challenge $5.3 billion deal  —  Visa Inc. is abandoning its $5.3 billion planned acquisition of Plaid Inc. …
Andrei Frumusanu / AnandTech:
Samsung unveils the Exynos 2100 flagship SoC, produced on a 5nm process node, touting 19% better single core and 33% better multi-core performance than last gen  —  Today, Samsung LSI took the virtual stage to announce the new Exynos 2100 flagship SoC.  The new chip is quite special …
Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:
CrowdStrike details Sunspot, a newly discovered malware strain that was the first to be used in the SolarWinds supply chain attack, beginning in September 2019  —  CrowdStrike, one of the two security firms formally investigating the hack, sheds some light on how hackers compromised the SolarWinds Orion app build process.
Jeff Stone / CyberScoop:
Europol says it has shut down DarkMarket, the largest online marketplace for illicit goods with 2,400+ vendors, and apprehended a suspect, an Australian man  —  German law enforcement has shut down an internet market where users bought and sold narcotics, stolen data and hacking tools, authorities said Tuesday.
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Nvidia unveils RTX 3060, 3070, and 3080 GPUs, suited for mobile gaming, and says laptops with the RTX 3070 and 3080 will start rolling out this month  —  Nvidia's Ampere architecture is going mobile.  The company revealed its plans and partnerships to bring GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs to more than 70 laptops throughout 2021.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Dave Nyczepir / FedScoop:
White House launches the National AI Initiative Office, which will implement national AI strategy and coordinate research across gov., industry, and academia  —  The White House on Tuesday fulfilled its requirement to establish an office responsible for coordinating artificial intelligence research …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook expands its Access Your Information tool, adding six new categories of data, a search tool, and more, available now on its Android and iOS apps  —  Facebook today is rolling out an update to its Access Your Information tool with the goal of making the tool easier to both use and navigate …
Pew Research Center:
Survey of 9,220 US adults: 53% get news from social media at least sometimes; 36% regularly get news from Facebook, 23% from YouTube, 15% from Twitter  —  Facebook stands out as a regular source of news for about a third of Americans … As social media companies struggle to deal …
Will Knight / Wired:
After an outcry, HireVue, which offers automated assessments of job applicants, will stop using facial analysis but will still analyze intonation and behavior  —  But it's still using intonation and behavior to assist with hiring decisions.  —  JOB HUNTERS MAY now need to impress …
Faiz Siddiqui / Washington Post:
Gig workers and unions sue in CA Supreme Court to have Prop 22 overturned, alleging it violates the state constitution and limits the power of legislators  —  The lawsuit alleges Prop 22 violated the state constitution, and limited the powers of legislators to provide labor protections they are authorized to grant.
Shibani Mahtani / Washington Post:
Chinese authorities are ramping up the use of digital tools to clamp down on Hong Kong activists, including website blocking, as some fear broader surveillance  —  HONG KONG — The police officers who came to take away Owen Chow on national security grounds last week left little to chance.

Sponsor Posts

Google Workspace:
See how it's done with Google Workspace  —  Whether you're a team of 10 or 10,000, Google Workspace has all the tools you need to connect, create and collaborate.
Tribe AI:
“Tribe AI got more done in 4 weeks than our in-house team did in a year.”  —  See why Tribe is a different kind of machine learning consultancy, built for speed, results, and impact.
Zoho:
Re-kindle the IPL enthusiasm with Zoho Calendar!  —  Hey there!  Remember seeing and subscribing to the Olympics 2020 calendar inside Zoho Calendar?  We're back again to celebrate the next big sporting event!
Mixing Board:
Build your Communications Dream Team  —  Mixing Board's community of 100+ top comms and marketing leaders can help with your story and strategy.
Modern Finance Podcast:
Modern Portfolio Construction (crypto+stocks) with Chris Hutchins
Kevin Rose covers all things cryptocurrency, DeFi, NFTs, stock picks, and more.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
Techmeme Ride Home:
(Bonus) World Cup Of Entrepreneurs Part 1
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm ET. Fifteen minutes and you're up to date.
Subscribe via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or RSS.
 

About This Page

This is a Techmeme archive page. It shows how the site appeared at 8:20 PM ET, January 12, 2021.

The most current version of the site as always is available at our home page. To view an earlier snapshot click here and then modify the date indicated.

More News

Reuters:

Earlier Picks