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Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Play-by-play account of how iFixit planned for and executed its iPhone X teardown   —  We went to Australia to learn how—and why—iFixit does its electronics teardowns.  —  “Just so we're both completely clear: We've spent most of the week flying to Australia to stand in line to buy …
Nov 4, 2017, 2:10 AMIn context
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Lobbying records in New York state show Apple, Verizon, and tech trade orgs oppose the Fair Repair Act that would prohibit software locks that restrict repairs   —  Behind the scenes, Apple is trying to kill legislation that would make it easier for normal people to fix iPhones.
May 19, 2017, 8:15 AMIn context
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Stanford and Princeton researchers create ad-blocker that uses computer vision and evades all known anti ad-blockers, available as a proof of concept on Chrome   —  A team of Princeton and Stanford University researchers has fundamentally reinvented how ad-blocking works …
Apr 15, 2017, 12:00 PMIn context
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Nebraska state senator warns that Apple is opposing the state's proposed “right to repair” bill; similar bills are making their way through 7 other states   —  Apple is inventing new and interesting arguments to prevent you from fixing your iPhone: It's lobbying Nebraska lawmakers to kill …
Feb 18, 2017, 8:20 PMIn context
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Samsung says it won't refurbish Note7s, choosing to “safely dispose” of them, which creates waste, loses rare earth elements, and could harm the environment   —  Lost in the hype about Samsung permanently pulling the plug on its exploding phone is this: The failure of the Galaxy Note 7 …
Oct 12, 2016, 4:00 PMIn context
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
President Obama announces the Cyber Incident Severity Schema, a new way the feds will codify the threat level of hacking attacks, but it lacks specifics   —  George W. Bush's Homeland Security Advisory System—the color-coded terrorism “threat level” indicator that became a symbol of post-9/11 fear mongering …
Jul 26, 2016, 3:05 PMIn context
Motherboard:
Controversial livestreams become more frequent on Facebook Live, putting the company's rules and judgment under scrutiny   —  A video of the aftermath of a fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer was temporarily removed from Facebook.  The company has said the removal was due to a “technical glitch.”
Jul 7, 2016, 12:15 PMIn context
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
In Angola, Wikipedia Zero and Facebook Free Basics are being used to create a clandestine file sharing network   —  Angola's Wikipedia Pirates Are Exposing the Problems With Digital Colonialism  —  Wikimedia and Facebook have given Angolans free access to their websites, but not to the rest of the internet.
Mar 26, 2016, 6:05 AMIn context
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Lila Tretikov resigns amid concerns foundation wasn't transparent about plans for a search engine   —  Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Resigns Amid a Community Revolt  —  Many Wikipedia editors finally got what they wanted Thursday.
Feb 25, 2016, 6:05 PMIn context
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Profile of iFixit, the company helping us continue doing DIY repairs on modern electronics   —  How to Fix Everything  —  It happened suddenly, like most of these stories do.  My alarm went off.  I kicked my leg out as I jolted awake, making solid contact with my new laptop …
Nov 29, 2015, 11:55 PMIn context

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