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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday July 6, 2018. In LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|From the shores of Lake Erie, I'm Len Peralta|
|And from studio Hak5, I'm Shannon Morse|
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|SL||Samsung says it expects Q2 operating profit of 58 trillion won with 0.7% decline in sales and an 11% increase in profit. That would end its streak of four straight quarters of record profits. The Galaxy S9 is estimated to be the lowest-selling flagship phone for Samsung since the Galaxy S3. Sales of OLED panels later in the year could give Samsung a boost, though one of its main customers, Apple, is expected to shift some OLED orders to LG Display.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/6/17539290/samsung-galaxy-s9-sales-q2-earnings-guidance|
|sm||The Bank of England and the Financial Conduct Authority have given banks 3 months to detail how they would respond if their systems failed, after customers were locked out of online banking for more than a month following systems upgrade failure in April. The Bank of England and FCA say senior management at banks will be held accountable for future disruption to services, and that two days is an acceptable limit for disruption to service.||https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44742582|
|tm||Netflix notified users it will remove user reviews from its service. Netflix says usage of the written reviews has been declining. CNET reports Netflix will stop accepting new reviews on July 30 and remove them sometime in mid-August.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/06/netflix-website-reviews/|
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|:33||sm||Dutch YouTube music creator Paul Davids says YouTube flagged one of his videos for copyright infringement, but the copyright he had apparently infringed upon was his own. Davids claims "Someone took my track, added vocals and guitar to make their own track, and uploaded it to YouTube, but I got the copyright infringement notice!" YouTube's Content ID system is an automatic process which decides whether a video contains copyright infringement and flags content. Certain companies can 'claim' videos if they find copyrighted material in them, regardless of whether YouTube's Content ID detected it.||https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44726296|
|:35||sl||Friday, Sonos filed for an initial public offering of stock on the Nasdaq under the symbol SONO. The filing notes Sonos has sold 19 million products to 6.9 million households worldwide, almost 3 products per customer. Revenue was up 10% in 2017 for a net loss of $14.2 million. In the section on known risks, Sonos notes Amazon can terminate the license for use of Amazon Voice Services with limited notice. Sonos is valued between $2.5 and $3 billion.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/6/17539986/sonos-ipo-filing-public-offering-announced-smart-speaker|
|:38||tm||MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has developed an AI called PixelPlayer that can recognize instruments in a video and isolate the sounds they produce. You can select an instrument visible in a video and PixelPlayer will elevate that instrument's volume while lowering the volume of other instruments. PixelPlayer can identify 20 instruments though it has some trouble telling similar instruments apart. It could be helpful for audio editing and detecting environmental sounds like animals, vehicles or appliances.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/06/mit-csail-pixelplayer-music-ai/|
|:40||sm||Over the weekend, ZDNet's Zack Whittaker reported that the US Department of Homeland Security served Twitter with a subpoena for the account information of a New Zealand security researcher who goes by the name Flash Gordon. Us customs enforcement is involded as well. The EFF helped the researcher challenge the subpoena, but TechDirt now reports the challenge failed. Flash Gordon discovers and reports data breaches. Among the many he has exposed was a law enforcement database that was not password protected, exposing local and state police officers and federal agents who underwent active shooter training. Customs could be involved because the definition of export involves information.||https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180703/09014440164/dhs-subpoenas-twitter-new-zealand-security-researchers-info.shtml|
|:43||sl||Scientists at MIT have developed a robot called Cheetah 3 that can run, jump and climb stairs with obstacles, all without using visual sensors. An algorithm helps the robot decide what to do when it encounters an obstacle and another algorithm determine how much force to use in each action.||https://thenextweb.com/science/2018/07/06/watch-mits-blind-robot-run-jump-and-climb-stairs/|
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|:45||Will third-party plugins survive the tech backlash? - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/6/17538400/gmail-plugin-privacy-app-developers-google-facebook|
|Google tries to calm controversy over app developers having access to your Gmail - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/3/17533108/google-gmail-privacy-read-email-messages-response|
|Ensuring your security and privacy within Gmail||https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/ensuring-your-security-and-privacy-within-gmail/|
|Earlier this week the Wall Streeet Journal reported that some third-party developers have access to user's Gmail messages and in some cases use them to train machine learning. Often CRM apps, trip planners or even third-party email clients.|
- Users see permissions before giving access to non-Google apps
- Security checkup allows users to see what devices have logged into an account and which apps have access to Gmail with what permission
Tom thinks we are witnessing a switch from subculture to mainstream culture
- When the Internet was a subculture, it was accepted byt he members of that subculture that you were responsible for apps you installed. It was up to you to avoid malicious apps and in exchange the platforms gave you wide freedom to customize experiences
- As we move to mainstream, new users expect platforms to take responsibility for what they offer and for any risks. Platforms are expected to put up safety ropes to stop users from accidentally endangering their data.
Russell Brandom at The Verge writes "Leaving the door open for third-party developers has done real damage to Facebook, and now possibly to Gmail as well. As big tech companies take on more responsibility for their products, they’ll have to either clean up those ecosystems or shut them down."
|Shannon has some helpful tis for dealing with third-party apps and plugins:|
-Last year, Unroll.me faced backlash for selling anonymized user data of rideshare receipts, collected from email, including Gmail, to Uber: https://nyti.ms/2pYH0Eb
-Third party plugins receive whatever data you've allowed them to be privvy to. While we're supposed to pay attention to the data they ask for, a lot of times it's either only accessible by a second click to another page where you can view and edit the data or the data it has access to is very vague (like "this app has access to your profile"). WTf does that mean?
Tip 1: Take your time when approving an app. Read all the info on the page and look for a link for "permissions or access" and edit them if you can. If you can't edit them and it asks for some really sketchy looking data, just don't use it (and warn your friends too).
Tip 2: Already signed up? No worries! All of the popular social networks have a profile setting that allows you to revoke access. It's called "Permissions, Access, Plugins or Applications" depending. Go in there and just Revoke access for any that you don't use anymore or any that may have had security breaches.
*Changing your password on your gmail or facebook will not revoke access for a third party plugin or app.
That means if someone gains access to your gmail or facebook through a third party plugin or app, they'll still have access even if you change your main acct pw. You have to revoke access through your settings and/or (if you have a user account on that plugin) log into the plugin too and change and update security settings. *TripIt example
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|tm||Let's check the mailbag Sarah|
|sl||I have been reading a book by one of the great Historical Writers, Simon Winchester entitled Perfectionists. It is a book that talks about how industry has grown due to those who have been able to apply precision to products and make them better, more accessible, or cheaper for all to be able to afford. The book touches briefly on the Luddities, but really looks at how industry has grown and eaten others due to applying precision. Think Ford versus Rolls Royce, and the development of modular manufacturing. |
Robotics Is just the next evolution in this development of technology precision and perfection.
If you love history read Winchester as he takes events in history and brings them forward in an incredible and interesting way.
He is a brilliant and engaging writer that many of your listeners would enjoy.
|tm||Recent story: Uber in talks to merge with Careem in the Middle East, which is nice if it works as in the rest of the world:|
I live in Palestine, and few months ago Careem tried launching the service in Ramallah, a major Palestinian city, but it was received badly by the taxi driver association, who immediately protested to the transportation ministry and the local police started suspending the driving licenses of drivers caught using the Careem service. The service was halted few days later.
A couple of months later the service was back but in a different form: the only drivers who could use the Careem app were the Taxi drivers themselves, instead of calling a private driver with a private car now you call an official taxi.
The taxi competition is so high that such services are not welcome.
Maybe a scooter service is easier to enter, and most probably easier to leave, as on day one all the scooters will disappear from the city.
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