Tech Hangover: YouTube finally did something right for a change
It’s about damn time.
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 funding research into a decentralized version of its platform
Hey Jack, ever hear of this other decentralized social platform called Mastodon? I’m sure they can help.
Twitter is funding a small team of researchers to build an “open and decentralized standard for social media,” with the goal of making Twitter a client for that standard. CEO Jack Dorsey announced the news and laid out his reasoning in a tweet thread this morning, although he acknowledged that the process could take years. – The Verge
Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments
Whoa. This is an investigation on how the world’s biggest companies got millions of people to let temps analyze some very sensitive recordings.
Ruthy Hope Slatis couldn’t believe what she was hearing. She’d been hired by a temp agency outside Boston for a vague job: transcribing audio files for Amazon.com Inc. For $12 an hour, she and her fellow contractors, or “data associates,” listened to snippets of random conversations and jotted down every word on their laptops. – Bloomberg
Facebook no longer among Glassdoor’s top 10 workplaces
Not only did they fall out of the top 10 places to work, now they’re at the 23rd spot. Ouch, that’s a rough hit. I dunno, maybe try to be a better company with better morals.
Facebook dropped to the 23rd spot in Glassdoor’s list of “Best Places to Work” in 2020 from the seventh it secured last year, amid heightened regulatory scrutiny of the world’s largest social network. – NBC News
World’s first fully electric commercial aircraft takes flight in Canada
The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft has taken its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver and flying for 15 minutes. “This proves that commercial aviation in all-electric form can work,” said Roei Ganzarski, chief executive of Australian engineering firm magniX. – The Guardian
How Hackers Are Breaking Into Ring Cameras
Yup, this isn’t frightening at all.
Hackers have created dedicated software for breaking into Ring security cameras, according to posts on hacking forums reviewed by Motherboard. The camera company is owned by Amazon, which has hundreds of partnerships with police departments around the country. – Motherboard
And in just case you missed some of our stuff earlier, here’s what you may have missed:
- YouTube will now ban videos that “maliciously insult” people based on race, gender, or sex
- This simple trick shows you how much money you’ve wasted shopping on Amazon
- Amazon is offering an Echo Dot and one month of Amazon Music Unlimited for just $9
- A Bitcoin mining startup scammed people out of $720M by exploiting potential returns of investment
- Toys “R” Us can’t make money selling toys so it is selling children’s data
- Gosu.ai raises $2.8 million to spur its AI-based coaching for gamers
- A Facebook contractor was caught accepting a ton of money to restore banned accounts
- How to change the language on an iPad if it’s in a language that you can’t read
- Google Chrome has a new feature that tells you when your password has been stolen
- Sony’s latest noise-canceling headphones are down to just $123 right now
- PSA: These are the dates Amazon needs your orders in if you want them in time for the holidays
- Score a Nintendo Switch Pro controller for just $55
- A fully-loaded Mac Pro costs more than a Tesla Model 3
- Are tech companies growing “too big to fail?” [Infographic]
- MacOS Catalina broke a bunch of Adobe products – here are the best alternatives to check out
- The best headphones to gift this holiday season
Uber Delivery Workers in Mexico Track Thieves Through a Secret WhatsApp Network
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