Facebook admits it deleted messages Mark Zuckerberg sent, for ‘corporate security’

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TechCrunch reports that Facebook wiped messages that CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent to former employees, as well as people outside the company, from those recipients’ inboxes. The company cited ‘corporate security’ as its reasoning for the move, but it’s never publicly disclosed that it cleared Zuckerberg’s messages out of those conversations. In a statement which mentions the Sony Pictures hack that saw the film production company’s unreleased movies and confidential documents exposed, it explained: After Sony Pictures’ emails were hacked in 2014 we made a number of changes to protect our executives’ communications. These included limiting the retention period for Mark’s…

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Facebook Admits It Scans Your Conversations on Messenger

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Facebook’s automated systems scan the photos and links you send or receive via Messenger, the social media giant confirmed this week. The company confirmed the practice to Bloomberg on Thursday, after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hinted at the policy in a separate interview this week. To be clear, Facebook says Messenger conversations are still private, but it […]
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Microsoft admits Windows 10 S was confusing, new ‘S Mode’ upgrades will be free

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Microsoft confirmed yesterday it plans to move Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special “S Mode” for versions of Windows 10. In a new blog post, Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore admits that the original version of Windows 10 S, that locked a PC down to using just Windows Store apps, was confusing. “We have also heard feedback that the naming was a bit confusing for both customers and partners,” admits Befliore.

To avoid this confusion, Microsoft is now creating an S Mode for each version of Windows 10. “Starting with the next update to Windows 10, coming soon, customers can choose to buy a new Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro PC with S mode enabled,” says Belfiore. It’s not clear how simply moving this Windows Store lockdown…

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Organizer of disastrous Fyre Festival admits he misled investors

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Billy McFarland has admitted that he forged documents and lied to investors to convince them to pour a total of $ 26 million into his company and the now infamous Fyre Festival. He was arrested last year after what he touted as "the cultural experienc…
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Bank of America admits cryptocurrency is threatening its business model


One of the world’s largest financial institutions admitted in its annual report that cryptocurrency is a looming threat to its business model. According to a report filed with the SEC by Bank of America: Clients may choose to conduct business with other market participants who engage in business or offer products in areas we deem speculative or risky, such as cryptocurrencies. Increased competition may negatively affect our earnings by creating pressure to lower prices or credit standards on our products and services requiring additional investment to improve the quality and delivery of our technology and/or reducing our market share, or…

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Facebook admits SMS notifications sent using two-factor number was caused by bug

Facebook this evening clarified the situation around SMS notifications sent using the company’s two-factor authentication (2FA) system, admitting that the messages were indeed caused by a bug. In a blog post penned by Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, the company says the error led it to “send non-security-related SMS notifications to these phone numbers.”

Facebook uses the automated number 362-65, or “FBOOK,” as its two-factor authentication number, which is a secure way of confirming a user’s identity by sending a numeric code to a secondary device like a mobile phone. That same number ended up sending users Facebook notifications without their consent. When users would attempt to get the SMS notifications to stop, the…

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NYT reporter uses megaphone to decry ‘slow death’ of 5-year-old iPad mini running iOS 9, admits hardware still works fine

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An editorial in the New York Times complains about the slow death of the writer’s five-year-old iPad mini, while still noting that everything about it functions fine — if not in the eternally new fashion the author demands.
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Intel admits reboot issues in Spectre patch affects newer Skylake and Kaby Lake processors

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Following Intel’s release of patches to combat the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in its chips, the processor producer has confirmed that reports of PCs rebooting are not limited to just older chip generations, with newer releases also confirmed to be susceptible to rebooting when using the updated firmware.
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Twitter admits there were many more Russian trolls on its site during the 2016 U.S. presidential election

Congress isn’t going to be happy.

Twitter revealed on Friday that trolls tied to the Russian government spread far more disinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential election than the company first reported — and pledged to notify hundreds of thousands of users who had seen that content.

The update comes as Twitter continues to face criticism on Capitol Hill that it has failed to fully confront the scourge of Kremlin propaganda — and neglected to respond to the demands of lawmakers who are probing Russia’s meddling on popular social media sites.

Ahead of a series of congressional hearings last year, Twitter initially said it had discovered 2,200 accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency, a troll army connected to the Russian government. On Friday, though, Twitter said it had actually identified 3,814 accounts related to the IRA.

Also last year, Twitter calculated that there were roughly 36,000 bots originating out of Russia — and tweeting about the election — as Americans headed to the ballot box. By Friday, though, Twitter said it had found an additional 13,000 bots, bringing the total tally of automated accounts tweeting about the presidential race to more than 50,000.

And Twitter revealed for the first time on Friday that Russian propaganda — content that sought to stir social and political unrest in the United States — reached scores of its users. The company said it would notify 677,000 people in the United States who had followed one of these suspect accounts, or retweeted or liked their content. Twitter said it would do so by email.

In announcing its findings, Twitter sought to stress that Russian disinformation only amounted to a small portion of the tweets shared regularly on its platform. And it stressed that it had taken steps to prevent such abuse as another election — a 2018 race to determine the composition of Congress — fast approaches. That includes a series of previously announced changes to the way it displays political ads.

But the news is sure to infuriate federal lawmakers, who repeatedly have needled Twitter during the course of their investigation into Russian influence.

Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, for one, blasted Twitter in September for a “deeply disappointing” response to his questions about the election. When the company later appeared with its tech peers, Facebook and Google, at a series of congressional hearings on the issue, lawmakers from both parties demanded that Twitter take more aggressive steps to prevent such manipulation of its platform in the future.

This year, the company completely blew a deadline by which it was supposed to respond to written questions it was sent by congressional investigators. And for months, Twitter had ignored public demands by lawmakers like Sen. Richard Blumenthal that it notify users who had seen or interacted with such Russian propaganda. Only this week did Twitter finally acknowledge that it would take that step.

This time, Twitter might face additional criticism: It released its latest findings in a blog post published at 5 p.m. on a Friday — a news dump that comes as the U.S. Congress barrels toward a potential government shut down


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OnePlus admits some user credit cards were compromised

OnePlus has finished its investigation into credit card theft and concluded that some users have indeed been affected. Card number, expiry date and security code have been compromised. The company recommends that you check your credit card statements and alert your bank to any irregular charges which will help you initiate a chargeback. You can contact the OnePlus support team if you need further assistance. OnePlus is looking into providing a year of free credit monitoring for affected users. This will automatically monitor your card for any shady transactions. An email sent out…

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