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Tech Hangover: Twitter might do something good for once

They’ll find a way to mess it up somehow. I’m sure of it.

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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).

Twitter is testing new ways to fight misinformation – including a community-based points system

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Twitter is doing something Facebook can’t – calling politicians out on their bullshit.

Twitter is experimenting with adding brightly colored labels directly beneath lies and misinformation posted by politicians and public figures, according to a leaked demo of new features sent to NBC News. Twitter confirmed that the leaked demo, which was accessible on a publicly available site, is one possible iteration of a new policy to target misinformation it plans to roll out March 5. – NBC News

Microsoft plans antivirus software for Android and iOS devices 

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Does it even work? I can’t remember the last time I’ve ever used this.

Microsoft will soon offer its Defender antivirus software for phones and other devices running Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS mobile operating systems, the company announced Thursday. – CNBC

Google Has Banned Almost 600 Apps For Pushing “Disruptive” Ads

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As a regular KnowTechie reader, you’ve probably heard me say this a thousand times, but I’ll repeat it again for the newbies: Android is malware. Ok, not seriously, but you get the gist.

Google has removed close to 600 Android apps and banned their developers from the Play store and its ad networks as part of a massive crackdown on ad fraud and “disruptive” mobile ads. – BuzzFeed News

A Viral Email About Coronavirus Had People Smashing Buses And Blocking Hospitals

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Let this be a warning. Don’t believe everything you read. Especially in a freaking email.

A dangerous mix of fear and fake news about the coronavirus has sparked violent protests in Ukraine, despite there being no confirmed cases in the country. Protests and clashes with riot police have broken out in several places after a mass email claiming to be from Ukraine’s health ministry spread false information that there were five cases of coronavirus in the country, on the same day a plane carrying evacuees from China arrived.

Celeb Shout-Out App Cameo Exposes Private Videos and User Data 

Honestly, if you launch a hot new app and it isn’t exposing your users’ private data, what are you even doing with your life.

Cameo, the increasingly popular app for paying celebrities to record short personal videos, exposed a wealth of user data including email addresses, hashed and salted passwords and phone numbers, and messages via a misconfiguration in its app. – Motherboard

And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:

Notable Mentions

Google AI no longer uses gender binary tags on images of people 

Sweden starts testing world’s first central bank digital currency 

‘Project Magnum’: Flywheel’s Alleged Plot to Steal Peloton’s Technology 

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