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Instagram Has a Massive Harassment Problem

The platform has cast itself as the internet’s kindest place. But users argue harassment is rampant, and employees say efforts to stem it aren’t funded well or prioritized. When Brandon Farbstein first joined Instagram in 2014, he was 14 and optimistic. Farbstein was born with a rare form of dwarfism, and he wanted to use the photo-sharing  Continue Reading…

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No one’s ready for GDPR

‘Very few companies are going to be 100 percent compliant on May 25th’ The General Data Protection Regulation will go into effect on May 25th, and no one is ready — not the companies and not even the regulators. After four years of deliberation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was officially adopted by the  Continue Reading…

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What do we even mean when we say ‘Android’?

One word, a multiplicity of meanings The thing that’s given me greatest amusement at this year’s Google I/O has been the number of iPhone users raising an eyebrow at Google’s new focus on digital well-being and openly declaring that Android has leapfrogged iOS. As an avid Android acolyte, my reflexive response has been to say that Android has  Continue Reading…

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Chinese police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan travelers

Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province. The eyewear, which looks similar to the original Google Glass, was unveiled earlier this year and has already helped identify seven alleged criminals, according to the Communist Party’s official newspaper People’s Daily . The glasses are  Continue Reading…

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Warning: Your Child May Be Able to Unlock Your iPhone Simply by Looking at It

Your child may be able to unlock your new iPhone X simply by looking at it. Seriously. If you use Apple’s Face ID technology – which unlocks iPhones by recognizing the user looking at the device – you may be at risk of having your child, parent, or other close family member being able to unlock your  Continue Reading…

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The end of the cloud is coming

We’re facing the end of the cloud. It’s a bold statement, I know, and maybe it even sounds a little mad. But bear with me. The conventional wisdom about running server applications, be it web apps or mobile app backends, is that the future is in the cloud. Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are adding layers  Continue Reading…

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