The Tech Industry’s War On Kids

Long-time Slashdot reader RoccamOccam summarizes an article now circulating on the web sites of several schools: Child and adolescent psychologist Richard Freed writes, “…parents have no idea that lurking behind their kids’ screens and phones are a multitude of psychologists, neuroscientists, and social science experts who use their knowledge of psychological vulnerabilities to devise products that capture kids’ attention for the sake of industry profit. What these parents and most…

July 21, 2018
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Lawmakers Call On Amazon and Google To Reconsider Ban On Domain Fronting

An anonymous reader quotes CyberScoop: Amazon and Google face sharp questions from a bipartisan pair of U.S. senators over the tech giants’ decisions to ban domain fronting, a technique used to circumvent censorship and surveillance around the world. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., sent a letter on Tuesday to Google CEO Larry Page and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos over decisions by both companies in April to…

July 21, 2018
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Uber and Lyft driver in St. Louis has live-streamed hundreds of rides on Twitch without passenger consent; Uber and Lyft say the practice is legal in Missouri (The Verge)

July 21, 2018

The Verge: Uber and Lyft driver in St. Louis has live-streamed hundreds of rides on Twitch without passenger consent; Uber and Lyft say the practice is legal in Missouri  —  It’s legal  —  An Uber and Lyft driver in St. Louis, Missouri has given around 700 rides since March 2018 … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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LambdaMOO, MUDs, and ‘When the Internet Was Young’

Slashdot reader travers_r shares “a peek into the early days of internet culture and multiplayer gaming.” (Apparently this MOO has been running continuously for 28 years.) “From the looks of it, squatters run it now…” LambdaMOO was different from the earliest MUDs, which were Tolkienesque fantasies — hack-and-slash games for Dungeons & Dragons types with computer access, mostly college students. LambdaMOO was one of the first social MUDs, where people…

July 21, 2018
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Bing Now Provides Exact Snippets of Code for Developers’ Queries

“Bing has launched a new intelligent search feature which provides the exact piece of code a developer is looking for,” writes Search Engine Journal. An anonymous reader quotes their report: The code snippet will appear right on the search results page itself, which means users will not have to skim through long threads and articles to find the one thing they’re looking for. Bing calls this new feature a “Code…

July 21, 2018
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Coinbase’s Federal Election Commission filing says it has formed a political action committee (PAC) to raise money to spend on U.S. elections (Jackie Wattles/CNNMoney)

July 21, 2018

Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney: Coinbase’s Federal Election Commission filing says it has formed a political action committee (PAC) to raise money to spend on U.S. elections  —  Coinbase, the popular cryptocurrency exchange, formed its own political action committee.  —  It’s a sign Coinbase is angling for more sway … Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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State Senator Wants A Law Forcing Bots To Admit They’re Not Human

An anonymous reader writes: Several commentators are calling for a law that requires bots to admit they are not human. There is a bill in California that would do just that. A new paper argues that these laws may look Constitutional but actually raise First Amendment issues. The New York Times reports: Bots are easy to make and widely employed, and social media companies are under no legal obligation to…

July 21, 2018
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Sources: Alibaba and Tencent are in early-stage discussions about buying roughly 20% of WPP China, valuing the business between $2B and $2.5B (Mark Kleinman/Sky News)

July 21, 2018

Mark Kleinman / Sky News: Sources: Alibaba and Tencent are in early-stage discussions about buying roughly 20% of WPP China, valuing the business between $2B and $2.5B  —  Alibaba Group and Tencent Holdings, the two biggest names in China’s technology industry, are in talks to buy a stake in the $2.5bn (£1.9bn) Chinese operations of WPP Group. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Venmo says user transaction history is public by default because it’s fun to share info with friends and the option to go private is clearly marked in the app (Marrian Zhou/CNET)

July 21, 2018

Marrian Zhou / CNET: Venmo says user transaction history is public by default because it’s fun to share info with friends and the option to go private is clearly marked in the app  —  If you haven’t noticed, your Venmo transaction history is public by default.  Unless you change the settings, people can see when you buy things. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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