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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday March 23rd, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
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|Let's start with a few tech things you should know ...|
|t||Users of Instagram can now turn on two-factor authentication, which uses SMS to send a code every time you log in from a new device.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/23/15035722/instagram-two-factor-authentication-security|
|j||Apple acquired iOS automation app Workflow, and has made the app free. Workflow won a design award from Apple in 2015 in part because of its use of accessibility features.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/22/apple-has-acquired-workflow-a-powerful-automation-tool-for-ipad-and-iphone/|
|t||Wikileaks released more documents in its Vault 7 collection which appear to reveal CIA methods for cracking MacBooks and iPhones. Most of the documents are more than seven years old.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/23/15035988/wikileaks-cia-hacking-macbook-iphone-vault-7|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||AT&T, Verizon and Johnson and Johnson have halted non-search ad spending on Google’s ad networks due to concerns over ads appearing next to offensive content. After a Times report last week of ads next to extremist content several European ad agencies and media companies including Havas, the world’s sixth-largest ad agency, pulled their ads as well. Google announced new tools and policies Monday but advertisers say they want more details.||https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/03/big-us-companies-pull-youtube-ads-after-extremist-content-sparks-uncertainty/|
|j||Medium launched a subscription service for $5 a month. All revenue in the first few months will go directly to writers and publishers. Eventually, subscribers will gain access to exclusive stories, early access to interface changes, offline reading, and curated reading lists, although none of these feaures are available at launch. In January, the company laid off 50 employees and announced a move away from ad-supported business.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/22/15028310/medium-membership-subscriptions-launch|
|t||After a successful trial, Wells Fargo will roll out cardless withdrawals to its 13,000 US ATMs on March 27th. Customers can use the Wells Fargo smartphone app to get a one-time 8-digit code to enter, along with their standard PIN. Some ATMs will still require a card to gain access after business hours.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/23/wells-fargo-cardless-withdrawals-for-all-atms/|
|j||The first story containing a “Disputed” label meant to alert users to fake news, has showed up on Facebook. Links to an article entitled “The Irish Slave Trade” comes with a “Disputed by Snopes.com and Associated Press” warning. The Guardian reported it was able to trigger the warning when attempting to publish the story in San Francisco, but not in Sydney or London, meaning the feature may not be rolled out worldwide.||https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/22/facebook-fact-checking-tool-fake-news|
|t||In a statement accompanying Canada's new national budget, the government plans to amend the Excise Tax Act to redefine ride-sharing companies as taxi services. This would require a goods and services tax be collected on every ride. Currently drivers use a small-supplier provision to exempt the first $30,000 of sales. It is estimated this change would cost companies $3 million.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-budget-uber-idUSKBN16U00W|
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|j||The US Senate voted 50-48 to eliminate privacy rules approved by the FCC in October. Those rules required ISPs to get customer consent before selling or sharing browser history, geo-location, financial and health information, children’s information, Social Security numbers, app usage history, and the content of communications. The bill goes to the US House for approval after which it would need the President’s signature. Proponents of the change say it keeps privacy rules consistent between Web companies like Google and internet providers like Comcast.||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/senate-votes-to-let-isps-sell-your-web-browsing-history-to-advertisers/|
|t||One of the differences between a web company and an ISP in the US is choice. I can easily decide to use another search engine, email provider, browser etc. if I don’t like Google’s policies. Very few US residents have a choice of high-speed Internet provider. |
Which brings us to a our next story which I’d RATHER focus on because it’s a bipartisan move to solve this underlying issue.
Jon Brodkin, who does the lord’s work covering all this stuff for Ars Technica has an article up about a “dig once” proposal. The idea would be to have fiber conduits installed in things like new or upgraded roads and sidewalks. The don’t even have to put the cable in. Just leave the space for it.
And it has bipartisan support. Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee supports wiping out the current net neutrality guidelines and restricting municipal broadband, put California Representative Anna Eshoo’s dig once proposal on the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing agenda Wednesday. Dig Once is supported by former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and current FCC Chairman Ajit Pai as well as the CTIA and CenturyLink.
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|t||I wanted to respond to Joe's request on DTNS 2992 regarding projects in Africa working on bringing Internet to frontier markets. All the way on the other side of the continent, BRCK (pronounced "brick") -- https://www.brck.com/ -- , a company headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya is doing some really innovative stuff. The team's original product caused quite a stir in African tech scene. It can switch among different types of connections such as Ethernet, Wi-Fi and 3G or 4G with an eight hour battery.|
Since then they've expanded to enterprise and IoT solutions.
If you could kindly pass this along to Joe, that would be fantastic.
Thank you for broadcasting the best tech show on any medium.
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|j||LastPass can do biometrics, through Yubico|
I use this on my PW manager, Dashlane, and feel reasonably secure. - ronny
Listened to Wednesday's show on my way to work this morning and it brought to mind the article below about Tesla testing their powerpacks.
A colleague sent me this link as we are looking to deliver a battery solution on one of our assets and this article should go a way towards calming any fears about fires in the powerpacks.
Thanks for a great show
Ian from snowy Tuesday but sunny Wednesday and who knows what Thursday Scotland.
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