Data From Open-Source Ancestry Site Leads to More Arrests

schwit1 tipped us off to new arrests made with genealogical evidence — and growing interest in open source genealogy databases. Fast Company reports: In the last week, police have arrested two suspects in unrelated cold cases thanks to data gleaned from open-source ancestry site GEDMatch, reports the New York Times. That’s the same open-source ancestry site that was used to track down the alleged Golden State Killer earlier this year….

July 1, 2018
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A look at the efforts of podcast platforms like Stitcher and Castbox to supplement their free ad supported offerings with premium content (Scott Porch/Fast Company)

July 1, 2018

Scott Porch / Fast Company: A look at the efforts of podcast platforms like Stitcher and Castbox to supplement their free ad supported offerings with premium content  —  Your favorite free podcast probably won’t charge you anytime soon.  But CastBox’s premium-content platform is among the new ways podcasters are getting paid. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Is Google’s Promotion of HTTPS Misguided?

Long-time software guru Dave Winer is criticizing Google’s plans to deprecate HTTP (by, for example, penalizing sites that use HTTP instead of HTTPS in search results and flagging them as “insecure” in Chrome). Winer writes: A lot of the web consists of archives. Files put in places that no one maintains. They just work. There’s no one there to do the work that Google wants all sites to do. And…

July 1, 2018
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One Misplaced Line of JavaScript Caused the Ticketmaster Breach

An anonymous reader quotes ITWire: Well-known British security researcher Kevin Beaumont says the breach of the British operations of American multinational ticket sales and distribution company Ticketmaster, that has led to the possible leak of tens of thousands of credit card details, was caused by the incorrect placement of a single line of code… Beaumont said Inbenta was providing a chat bot for website developers “by providing a single line…

July 1, 2018
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A profile of Alastair MacTaggart, a semi-retired real estate developer who spent $3M on the ballot measure that led to California’s tough data privacy bill (Wall Street Journal)

July 1, 2018

Wall Street Journal: A profile of Alastair MacTaggart, a semi-retired real estate developer who spent $3M on the ballot measure that led to California’s tough data privacy bill  —  After a disturbing cocktail party chat, Alastair MacTaggart bankrolled the push that led to California’s landmark data-privacy bill Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Thousands of Uber Drivers Scammed Out of Millions of Dollars

CNET reports on what happened when a new Uber driver received a call from Uber telling him to cancel the trip and verify his account: The caller asked for his email. He gave it. The caller asked for his Uber account password. He gave him that, too, after a brief hesitation. Then the caller said to tell him the confirmation code he’d be receiving shortly via text. The driver told…

July 1, 2018
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We’ve Reached ‘Peak Screen’. So What Comes Next?

An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times: We’ve hit what I call Peak Screen. For much of the last decade, a technology industry ruled by smartphones has pursued a singular goal of completely conquering our eyes. It has given us phones with ever-bigger screens and phones with unbelievable cameras, not to mention virtual reality goggles and several attempts at camera-glasses. Tech has now captured pretty much all visual capacity….

July 1, 2018
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