#422 July 20th, 2015 – Reddit Cleans House

This week’s headline story: Reddit Cleans House

redditReddit, the self-proclaimed “front page of the internet,” is striving to clean up its reputation. The company’s new CEO Steve Huffman, has laid out a host of changes to the website’s content policy. Among content that will be no longer tolerated are spam, anything illegal, private and confidential information, anything that incites harm or violence against an individual or group, harassment and sexually suggestive content featuring minors. Adult content must now be flagged as NSFW (Not Safe For Work), and will require a login and an opt in. The new changes are clearly designed to address the rampant harassment spewed by certain groups within the larger community (especially recently), and will effectively shove the most offensive content as far away from that front page as possible.

more Technology Headlines..

  • Google Self-Driving Car Involved in First Injury Accident [NewsFactor]
    Google’s self-driving car was involved in an injury accident for the first time. The vehicle was rear-ended by a distracted driver. The three Google employees on board complained of minor whiplash, were checked out at a hospital and cleared to go back to work. The driver of the other car, who was at fault in the accident, also complained of neck and back pain. This was the 14th accident in six years and about 1.9 million miles of testing, according to the company. Google has said that its cars have not caused any of the collisions. “The clear theme is human error and inattention,” Chris Urmson, head of Google’s self-driving car program, wrote. “We’ll take all this as a signal that we’re starting to compare favorably with human drivers.”

in Information Security News…

  • Firefox Blocks Adobe Flash, Facebook Says Stick a Fork in It [NewsFactor]
    It may be the final nails in the coffin for Adobe Flash. Steve Jobs waged war on Adobe Flash before he died, banning it from iOS devices. Now, Mozilla and Facebook are picking up where Apple’s co-founder left off and are aiming to kill the software for good. Mozilla, the maker of the popular Firefox Web browser, is blocking Flash because of recently discovered bugs in the software that hackers are actively exploiting. Facebook security chief Alex Stamos is being especially vocal about the future of Flash. He made his opinion known in a tweet: “It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day.” This latest wave of criticism and the call to kill Flash comes in the wake of three new critical, zero-day vulnerabilities in the software that put all versions of the player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux at risk.
  • Turing Phone Claims To Be Unbreakable, Unhackable [NewsFactor]
    It’s been a while since there has been true innovation in the smartphone market. The new Turing Phone, developed by San Francisco-based Turing Robotic Industries, just might be unique enough to stand out from the pack. Engineers at Turing have developed an unusual smartphone that the company says is unhackable, unbreakable, and waterproof– it’s made out of a material that is stronger than titanium and steel. The 5.5-inch smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and starts at $610. It comes in three models, Pharaoh, Cardinal, and Beowulf, and has a curved, multi-colored shell and a patterned back borrowed from spaceship designs. The Turing phone is due out later this year, with pre-orders accepted later this month.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Comcast Unveils New Streaming TV Service [NewsFactor]
    Comcast has announced a beta test of a new Internet streaming cable service that doesn’t require a set-top box or a television. Dubbed Stream, the service lets Xfinity Internet customers watch live TV from over 10 networks on laptops, tablets and phones in the comfort of their homes. For now, the content partner list includes all major broadcast networks as well as HBO.

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