Technews Pinboard 495 – March 25, 2017

Senate Votes To Undo Privacy Rules that Protect User Data | NewsFactor Network
The Republican-led Senate moved Thursday to undo Obama-era regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers’ permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

The Robots Are Coming: 38% of U.S. Jobs Soon To Be Automated | NewsFactor Network
Up to 38 percent of jobs in the U.S. are at a high risk of being eliminated due to advances in automation, according to a new report by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The risk is highest in sectors such as transportation and storage (56 percent), manufacturing (46 percent), and wholesale and retail (44 percent) and lower in sectors such as health and social work (17 percent), according to the study.

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language | WIRED
Born in Ukraine and raised in Toronto, the 31-year-old is now a visiting researcher at OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab started by Tesla founder Elon Musk and Y combinator president Sam Altman. There, Mordatch is exploring a new path to machines that can not only converse with humans, but with each other. He’s building virtual worlds where software bots learn to create their own language out of necessity.

Google Maps Already Tracks You; Now Other People Can, Too | NewsFactor Network
Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family — the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing.

Apple Disputes Hacker Group’s Claim of Massive iCloud Breach | NewsFactor Network
According to a report Tuesday in Motherboard, a group calling itself the “Turkish Crime Family” claimed it could remotely access hundreds of millions of Apple accounts and could use that access to wipe users’ devices. The hacker(s) said they would do so on April 7 unless Apple paid a ransom of $75,000 to $100,000.

WikiLeaks: CIA Hacked Apple Devices in Ways Users Can’t Fix | NewsFactor Network
New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple’s iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn’t disable by resetting their devices

Not My Laptop! New Ban Troubles Airline Passengers | NewsFactor Network
As the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between having to take off your ratty shoes at the security checkpoint and having your baby food and milk tested for bomb residue.
It’s yet another inconvenience in the name of security for weary travelers, especially those from or passing through the 10 mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries covered by new U.S. and British policies. While it’s not quite as disruptive as an outright ban on smartphones — much less a travel ban based on nationality — the laptop limitation loomed large for some people as they prepared to travel.

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