Technews Pinboard 494 – March 22, 2017

WikiLeaks: CIA Has Targeted Everyday Gadgets for Snooping | NewsFactor Network
Maybe the CIA is spying on you through your television set after all. Documents released by WikiLeaks allege a CIA surveillance program that targets everyday gadgets ranging from smart TVs to smartphones to cars. Such snooping, WikiLeaks said, could turn some of these devices into recorders of everyday conversations — and could also circumvent data-scrambling encryption on communications apps such as Facebook’s

How Can I Stop My Laptop and TV from Spying On Me? | NewsFactor Network
The publication by WikiLeaks of documents it says are from the CIA’s secret hacking program describe tools that can turn a world of increasingly networked, camera- and microphone-equipped devices into eavesdroppers

Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045
“By 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence,” Kurzweil said in an interview with SXSW.

New Facebook Policy Bars Use of Site Data for Surveillance | NewsFactor Network
Developers who build apps based on Facebook and Instagram user data cannot use that information to create surveillance tools, according to a policy update announced yesterday. Facebook, which also owns Instagram, made the changes after months of discussions with civil rights groups.

U.S. Charges Russian Hackers for Attacks on Yahoo | NewsFactor Network
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) yesterday announced the indictment of two officers with Russia’s FSB security agency in connection with the hacks of some 500 million Yahoo user accounts between 2014 and last year. U.S. officials also charged two other men, a Russian national and a Canadian/Kazakh national, for participating in the major Yahoo security breaches.

McDonald’s Tests Mobile Ordering Before National Rollout | NewsFactor Network
The company says it will gather feedback from the test before launching the option nationally toward the end of the year. It says mobile order-and-pay is now available at 29 stores in Monterey and Salinas, California, and will expand to 51 more locations in Spokane, Washington, next week.

Google Hopes To Improve Search Quality with ‘Offensive’ Flag | NewsFactor Network
Google is trying to improve the quality of its search results by directing review teams to flag content that might come across as upsetting or offensive.

Google lets antisemitic videos stay on YouTube | News | The Times & The Sunday Times
Google is failing to remove virulent antisemitic content from its YouTube video platform in an apparent breach of its own guidelines and the law. Havas, one of the world’s biggest advertising agencies, pulled hundreds of UK clients out of Google’s advertising network yesterday after revelations in The Times that taxpayers and big brands were unwittingly funding extremists through adverts. Dozens of other brands have also withdrawn their business.

McDonald’s Puts Mobile Ordering to the Test | Customer Experience | E-Commerce Times
McDonald’s on Wednesday began testing new mobile ordering and payment functionality at 29 of its restaurants in Monterey and Salinas, California. It will expand the pilot to another 51 restaurants in Spokane, Washington, on March 20.

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