Facebook algorithm found to ‘actively promote’ Holocaust denial

I think the headline should read, “Facebook algorithm found to actively promote anything that generates revenue regardless of how vile, fake, racist, homophobic, sexist, transphobic, etc.”

Last Wednesday Facebook announced it was banning conspiracy theories about Jewish people ‘controlling the world’.

Read the full article at www.theguardian.com.

These ‘Dark Patterns’ Trick You Into Spending More Money Online

Rather scary manipulation going on here. A new version of “read the fine print” is needed these days.

A 2019 study by researchers at Princeton and the University of Chicago shows that an overwhelming number of websites use deceptive design tactics, known as “dark patterns,” to coerce shoppers into spending more money.

Read the full article at www.popularmechanics.com.

Family hold ‘gayceañera’ to celebrate teen’s sexuality and it’s the antidote we we need for this dark world

Congratulations to Aiden on this special milestone and for having such an awesome family!

As tensions escalate over Iran and Australia burns, a cozy Italian restaurant in Maryland, US, was decorated with rainbow cakes and balloons. A refuge from the outside world.

Read the full article at www.pinknews.co.uk.

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

If the capabilities of this technology doesn’t scare you enough, the idea that Peter Thiel is helping finance it should.

A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says. Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow hair on their own photos.

Read the full article at www.nytimes.com.

Mobile Carrier Customer Service Ushers in SIM-Swap Fraud

It’s pretty ridiculous that you can do everything right to protect your account, but you cell carrier can’t ensure their staff are trained well enough to avoid social engineering. Or maybe they need to pay them enough so they’re not as open to bribes.

Weak challenge questions by customer service reps make it easy for fraudsters to hijack a phone line and bypass 2FA to breach accounts. Mobile carriers have left the door wide open to SIM-swap attacks, particularly when it comes to prepaid accounts, researchers have found.

Fun with Charts: Why Apple’s Services and Wearables are in the spotlight

Looks like the “iPhone company” is in trouble. 🤔

Every three months, we get to peer inside Apple’s business via the financial disclosures that are mandatory for American public corporations. (The company will reveal the specifics of its holiday quarter on January 28.)

Read the full article at sixcolors.com.

Scientists put 3D glasses on cuttlefish and showed them film clips. The results were surprising.

Following this study, animal rights activists insisted that the cuttlefish not be deprived of their newfound interest and will be getting 8K OLED TVs and 3D Blu-ray players. A new study planned for next year will assess the impact of 7.1 surround sound.

(CNN) — Cuttlefish have the ability to watch 3D movies and react to them much like they would if they saw the real thing out in the ocean. And when it comes to depth perception, they’re incredibly proficient.

Read the full article at www.cnn.com.

Downlink 2.0: Custom Views of Earth

As much as I love science and Macs, how have I not heard of this before?

It’s been a few months since I launched Downlink, and since then I’ve put out a few nice updates—better handling of Spaces, multiple displays, and so on. But there was one big feature on my list that I’m happy to announce is now available: custom views of Earth!

Read the full article at acolangelo.com.