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Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Some hacked Instagram influencers who find its account recovery process cumbersome are turning to third-party experts and white hat hackers to regain access   —  Leaked internal documents and stories from influencers show that Instagram has an influencer-hacking problem.
Jan 17, 2019, 9:30 PMIn context
Matthew Gault / Motherboard:
DoD IG says the DoD faces challenges in managing cybersecurity risk, with 266 recommendations on cyber threats dating back to 2008 still open as of Sept. 2018   —  A new report from US military watchdogs outlines hundreds of cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  —  The Department of Defense is terrible at cybersecurity.
Jan 16, 2019, 12:20 PMIn context
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Following AT&T and T-Mobile, Sprint says it will stop selling customers' real-time location data to third-parties but didn't provide a timeframe   —  After AT&T and T-Mobile said they would stop selling their customers' phone location data to third parties, Sprint followed suit.
Jan 16, 2019, 11:35 AMIn context
Sinclair Target / Motherboard:
A look back at the evolution of RSS and why it lost out to centralized information silos on the web controlled by corporations, despite being an open format   —  Before the internet was consolidated into centralized information silos, RSS imagined a better way to let users control their online personas.
Jan 12, 2019, 1:55 AMIn context
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Investigation shows how easy and affordable it is to obtain cellphone customers' real-time location data, as T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T peddle it to middlemen   —  T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers' location data, and that data is ending up in the hands …
Jan 8, 2019, 12:56 PMIn context
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Lip-syncing app TikTok, which is popular with children and teens, struggles to remove blatant, violent white supremacy and Nazism   —  TikTok, which is mega popular with children and teens, has a problem with blatant, violent white supremacy and Nazism.  —  Users on mega popular children's …
Dec 18, 2018, 5:30 PMIn context
Daniel Oberhaus / Motherboard:
How Jolla's Sailfish has survived as an independent mobile OS by targeting government and enterprise sectors in Russia and China which are wary of Google   —  Alternative mobile operating systems have come and gone over the years, but only Sailfish has survived the iOS and Android duopoly.
Dec 15, 2018, 1:45 PMIn context
Owen Williams / Motherboard:
By putting Edge on Chromium and planning to invest in the engine, Microsoft is showing it is committed to the web as a platform for the future of apps   —  The move will allow deeper integration of Chromium and Chrome on Windows, which will lead to major improvements in performance and battery life.
Dec 9, 2018, 1:55 AMIn context
Daniel Oberhaus / Motherboard:
How Lenny, a chatbot made in 2009 to troll telemarketers, has gained a cult following and now gets ~300 calls/day, averaging almost ten minutes per call   —  Lenny is a decade-old chatbot designed to troll telemarketers that has developed a cult following online.  It's remarkably convincing, but is it actually effective?
Nov 26, 2018, 3:30 AMIn context
Karl Bode / Motherboard:
Study of developed markets: US has the 5th highest per-gigabyte prices in 4G smartphone plans and is the most expensive market in wireless home broadband plans   —  US consumers pay “excessive" prices for mobile data, research firm warns, adding that with looming mergers—it could soon get worse.
Nov 25, 2018, 7:30 PMIn context

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