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Alex Cranz / Gizmodo:
Google's mixed 2017 hardware launches, from the stellar Pixelbook to the average Pixel 2 and awful Pixel Buds, highlight why it's not gaining on rivals   —  Compiling the best and worst gadgets list this year I took note of a very sad fact: Google was on both lists.
Dec 28, 2017, 2:50 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
After slipping an unexplained promotional plugin for the TV show Mr. Robot into Firefox and angering users, Mozilla will move the extension to its add-on store   —  This week, Mozilla slipped a browser extension that promoted Mr. Robot into Firefox.  The goal was to give Firefox users access …
Dec 16, 2017, 3:40 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Sources and court documents shed light on Uber's massive data scraping program to monitor its competitors, spearheaded by its Marketplace Analytics team   —  For years, Uber systemically scraped data from competing ride-hailing companies all over the world, harvesting information about their technology, drivers, and executives.
Dec 12, 2017, 2:30 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Uber: whistleblower whose letter was entered as evidence in Waymo case tried to extort firm, settled for $4.5M, now works as consultant for Uber's investigation   —  The drama surrounding an explosive letter written by former Uber employee Richard Jacobs keeps heating up …
Nov 29, 2017, 3:05 PMIn context
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Tumblr founder David Karp announces resignation from the company in email to staff, said decision came “after months of reflection on my personal ambitions”   —  After 11 years, Tumblr's founder and public face David Karp announced his resignation from the company in a staff email this afternoon.
Nov 27, 2017, 1:50 PMIn context
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Amazon Flex workers, who are self-employed “last-mile” delivery drivers, describe the job and how the Uber-like Flex app coordinates deliveries   —  Who delivers Amazon orders?  Increasingly, it's plainclothes contractors with few labor protections, driving their own cars …
Nov 18, 2017, 2:10 AMIn context
Sidney Fussell / Gizmodo:
Researchers exploit Tinder, OkCupid, and other dating apps, find vulnerabilities that gives them access to users' real names, location, login info, more   —  Security researchers have uncovered numerous exploits in popular dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and OK Cupid.
Oct 25, 2017, 7:50 AMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
US judge orders DreamHost to redact information identifying users of anti-Trump website, ruling DoJ must provide details on why it needs the data   —  A judge ordered the web hosting company DreamHost to redact identifying information about visitors to a website used to coordinate …
Oct 10, 2017, 9:35 PMIn context
Melanie Ehrenkranz / Gizmodo:
In the wake of Las Vegas shooting, YouTube has blocked some videos showing how to modify guns to fire more rapidly and updated its guidelines   —  Fifty-eight people were killed in the Las Vegas massacre last week, the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.
Oct 9, 2017, 5:20 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Researchers: Apple granted Uber now-removed “entitlement” that let app record iPhone screen, even in background; Uber says it was to improve Watch performance   —  To improve functionality between Uber's app and the Apple Watch, Apple allowed Uber to use a powerful tool that could record …
Oct 5, 2017, 4:30 PMIn context

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