Posts

Showing posts with the label BITS.

The New York Times | Bits: Zuckerberg’s Answers to Privacy Scandal Raise More Questions

Image
Zuckerberg’s Answers to Privacy Scandal Raise More Questions Mark Zuckerberg in Barcelona, Spain, in 2016. Switching to a subscription model wouldn’t fix all of Facebook’s problems overnight, but it would make Mr. Zuckerberg’s network harder to exploit. Manu Fernandez/Associated Press Each week, Kevin Roose, technology columnist at The New York Times, discusses  developments in the tech industry , offering analysis and maybe a joke or two.  You know those weeks when crazy things happen at work, your entire schedule goes haywire and the concept of a good night’s sleep starts to resemble a hazy and futile dream, like full employment or healthy pizza? Well, folks, this was one of those weeks. On Friday night, when Facebook published a  blog post  saying that it had suspended Cambridge Analytica for misappropriating user data — a post that was intended to pre-empt articles by The New York Times and The Observer of London about that very subject

Bits | The Business of Technology - November 26, 2014: Symantec Discovers 'Regin' Spy Code Lurking on Computer Networks.

Image
Technology  |   Business Day   |   Personal Tech Tuesday, November 25, 2014 For the latest updates, go to  nytimes.com/bits » Morning Report Symantec Discovers 'Regin' Spy Code Lurking on Computer Networks |   Security researchers say they have discovered a sophisticated piece of malicious code spying on researchers, governments, businesses, and critical telecommunications infrastructure since 2008,  Nicole Perlroth reports . The malware, called Regin, was first discovered by Symantec, the antivirus company, which released a white paper describing its findings  on Sunday . On Monday, The Intercept, a digital magazine started by the journalist Glenn Greenwald, reported that the Regin malware is part of a decade-long joint operation by the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, or G.C.H.Q. The Intercept report is based in part on disclosures from former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowde

Bits | The Business of Technology - November 20, 2014: College Applicants Scrub Their Social Media Profiles as More Schools Pry.

Image
Thursday, November 20, 2014 For the latest updates, go to  nytimes.com/bits » Morning Report College Applicants Scrub Their Social Media Profiles as More Schools Pry   |   Admissions officers at Morehouse College in Atlanta were shocked several years ago when a number of high school seniors submitted applications using email addresses containing provocative language, Natasha Singer reports . Some of the addresses made sexual innuendos while others invoked gangster rap songs or drug use, said Darryl D. Isom, Morehouse's director of admissions and recruitment. But last year, he and his staff noticed a striking reversal: Nearly every applicant to Morehouse, an all-male historically black college, used his real name, or some variation, as his email address. Morehouse admissions officials, who occasionally dip into applicants' public social media profiles looking for additional details about them, also found fewer provocative posts. "Student