Tech Hangover: Facebook, Facebook, and more Facebook
Make it stop.
We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.
There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover.
Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).
someone at Boeing is in DEEP shit https://t.co/oMxjOKHHB9
— Kevin Rapsauce (@Kevin_Raposo) December 20, 2019
Boeing really fucked up on this one. Like, imagine messing up this bad?! Well, as it turns out, it happens way more often than you think. Follow this thread.
We covered this yesterday on the site as well in yesterday’s Tech Hangover, but this is part two of the series where they were able to track the President of the United States. Read it, it’s absolutely bonkers.
IF you own a mobile phone, its every move is logged and tracked by dozens of companies. No one is beyond the reach of this constant digital surveillance. Not even the president of the United States. –NYT
If you need some further reading, Curtis has some strong opinions about it.
Facebook said on Friday that it had removed hundreds of accounts with ties to the Epoch Media Group, parent company of the Falun Gong-related publication and conservative news outlet The Epoch Times. The accounts, including pages, groups and Instagram feeds meant to be seen in both the United States and Vietnam, presented a new wrinkle to researchers: fake profile photos generated with the help of artificial intelligence. – NYT
If you need a blast from the past, read this. It’s really good and it brought back some great memories.
The world never changes quite the way you expect. But at The Verge, we’ve had a front-row seat while technology has permeated every aspect of our lives over the past decade. Some of the resulting moments — and gadgets — arguably defined the decade and the world we live in now. But others we ate up with popcorn in hand, marveling at just how incredibly hard they flopped. – The Verge
Burn it all down.
More than 267 million Facebook users allegedly had their user IDs, phone numbers and names exposed online, according to a report from Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko. That info was found in a database that could be accessed without a password or any other authentication, and the researchers believe it was gathered as part of an illegal scraping operation or Facebook API abuse. – Engadget
And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:
- KnowTechie Roundtable: What are some of your favorite tech memories from the past decade
- Uber wants to launch its air taxi service by 2023 and now there’s a new partner to help make it happen
- This portable monitor clips right onto your laptop and right now it’s just $180
- Review: Mission Critical Tactical Baby Carrier – Does this baby make me look bad ass?
- PSA: Update your Twitter app like right now
- Snag a refurbished 11-inch MacBook Air right now for under $500
- Instagram now hides ‘like counts’ – this Chrome extension brings them back
- Apple is secretly working on wireless tech that uses satellites to beam data directly to its devices
- The New York Times discovered that random companies track you and honestly, who the hell cares
- Somehow the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is down to just $129 (normally $249)
- If you shopped at Wawa in the last 9 months, chances are your credit card details have been breached
- I don’t get it either, but soon you’ll be able to play Stardew Valley in your Tesla
- The PlayStation Store just launched a massive sale on over 1,500 games
- Tech Hangover: RIP privacy
- Tech Hangover: Apple, Amazon, and Google are teaming up to make the smart home smarter
- Tech Hangover: Google continues to be a horrible company to its employees