Scientist Finds Early Coronavirus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted

By rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher says he recovered 13 early coronavirus sequences that had disappeared from a database last year.

#bats, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #genetics-and-heredity, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

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Scientist Finds Early Virus Sequences That Had Been Mysteriously Deleted

By rooting through files stored on Google Cloud, a researcher says he recovered 13 early coronavirus sequences that had disappeared from a database last year.

#bats, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #genetics-and-heredity, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

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No End to Whiplash in Meme Stocks, Crypto and More

With the pandemic starting to ease in the United States, many had expected a year of wild investments to slow. It hasn’t. Yet.

#amc-entertainment-holding-inc, #bitcoin-currency, #computers-and-the-internet, #dogecoin-project, #finances, #musk-elon, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #robinhood-financial-llc, #social-media, #special-purpose-acquisition-companies-spac, #stocks-and-bonds, #virtual-currency

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Tech Giants, Fearful of Proposals to Curb Them, Blitz Washington With Lobbying

Executives, lobbyists, and more than a dozen groups paid by Big Tech have tried to head off bipartisan support for six bills meant to undo the dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

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Google Facing Fresh E.U. Inquiry Over Ad Technology

The bloc’s investigation, which takes aim at the heart of Google’s business model, is part of a push to regulate the world’s largest technology companies.

#advertising-and-marketing, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #google-inc, #online-advertising

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Sundar Pichai Faces Internal Criticism at Google

Despite record profits, a number of them are worried that the company is suffering from both its size and leadership from its C.E.O., Sundar Pichai.

#alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #executives-and-management-theory, #fitbit, #gebru-timnit, #google-inc, #pichai-sundar, #prado-halimah-delaine, #shopify-inc

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Google’s Hidden Monopoly

The absence of stringent regulation has allowed the search giant to dominate the powerful market for online advertising. Here’s how to fix it.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #conflicts-of-interest, #doubleclick-inc, #gensler-gary-s, #google-inc, #jayapal-pramila, #law-and-legislation, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #texas

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E-Cards Are Back, Thanks to the Pandemic

The popularity of virtual cards has grown again as people sought ways to connect with loved ones and friends in the isolation and separation of Covid-19 restrictions.

#american-greetings-corp-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-cards, #greeting-cards, #hallmark-cards-inc, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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How New York City’s Law Department Got Hacked

Hackers used one worker’s login information to penetrate the Law Department’s network after officials failed to implement a simple security measure.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #de-blasio-bill, #law-department-nyc, #new-york-city, #software

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He Warned Apple About the Risks in China. Then They Became Reality.

Doug Guthrie, once one of America’s leading China bulls, rang the alarm on doing business there. He spoke about his time at Apple.

#apple-inc, #censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #factories-and-manufacturing, #foxconn-technology, #guthrie-doug-1969, #international-trade-and-world-market, #iphone, #ipod, #privacy, #xi-jinping

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An internet outage affects company websites in Australia and beyond.

Analysts said the glitch was caused by service disruptions at a hosting platform, Akamai, based in the United States.

#akamai-technologies-inc, #australia, #computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #hong-kong-stock-exchange, #national-australia-bank, #virgin-australia-airlines, #westpac

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Is This the Big Tech Breakup We’ve Been Waiting For?

Representative David Cicilline’s bipartisan package takes aim at tech companies and would be the biggest antitrust reform in decades. But is it too little, too fragmented and way too late?

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #law-and-legislation, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lina Khan Was One of Big Tech’s Biggest Critics. Now She’s Its Regulator.

Lina Khan is the most progressive chair of the Federal Trade Commission in at least a generation.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #federal-trade-commission, #khan-lina, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Southwest Airlines Delays and Cancels Hundreds of Flights a Third Day

The headaches began with problems with a weather data supplier on Monday, then technical issues on Tuesday, all of which spilled over into Wednesday.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airports, #computers-and-the-internet, #delays-transportation, #southwest-airlines-company, #travel-and-vacations

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Buyers of Amazon Devices Are Guinea Pigs. That’s a Problem.

Amazon’s experimental approach to product design can hurt your wallet and the environment. Why does it need our help to figure out what it’s doing?

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #behar-yves, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #cameras, #computers-and-the-internet, #electronics, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #speakers-audio, #television-sets-and-media-devices, #wearable-computing

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Serena Shahidi Is Redefining the ‘Girlboss’

The TikTok creator speaks frankly about dating and navigating life in New York City in your early 20s.

#computers-and-the-internet, #new-york-city, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

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What Are The Roadblocks to a Covid Vaccine Passport?

Creating a digital certificate of vaccination against the coronavirus is one of the hottest debates right now. What’s keeping it from happening, and why are some people opposed?

#airlines-and-airplanes, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electronic-health-records, #european-commission, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #states-us, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

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Google’s Privacy Backpedal Shows Why It’s So Hard Not to Be Evil

Why Google thought twice about restoring your privacy.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-protection, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #privacy

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What Data About You Can the Government Get From Big Tech?

The revelations of a leak investigation started in the Trump administration are a reminder that Big Tech companies often hand over information about their users.

#apple-inc, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-mail, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #justice-department, #new-york-times, #text-messaging

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If You Ignore Pornography, You Aren’t Teaching Sex Ed

Refusing to discuss sexually explicit media won’t make it go away.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #dating-and-relationships, #education-k-12, #men-and-boys, #parenting, #pornography, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls

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Bitcoin’s Many Flaws

Its value is volatile. Its users aren’t as anonymous as they think. It might be a threat to the environment. And it could be exacerbating inequality.

#bitcoin-currency, #brookings-institution, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computers-and-the-internet, #dogecoin-project, #extortion-and-blackmail, #musk-elon, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #virtual-currency

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In Leak Investigation, Tech Giants Are Caught Between Courts and Customers

Apple, under fire for turning over the data of two lawmakers to the Trump Justice Dept., said it did so unknowingly, while Google fought a request for New York Times data because it related to a corporate client.

#apple-inc, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #enterprise-computing, #google-inc, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #justice-department, #news-and-news-media, #privacy, #subpoenas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Lawmakers, Taking Aim at Big Tech, Push Sweeping Overhaul of Antitrust

A bipartisan group of House members introduced five bills that take direct aim at Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Kim Jong-un Calls K-Pop a ‘Vicious Cancer’

South Korean music, movies and dramas are winning the hearts of young North Koreans. Their influence is seen as a threat to Mr. Kim’s grip on society.

#computers-and-the-internet, #k-pop, #kim-jong-un, #millennial-generation, #north-korea, #propaganda, #smuggling, #south-korea

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Dartmouth Medical School Drops Cheating Case Against Students

The Ivy League school said it was dismissing allegations that students had looked up online course materials during remote exams.

#cheating, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #dartmouth-college, #dartmouth-medical-school, #e-learning, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #medical-schools, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #school-discipline-students, #tests-and-examinations

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Netflix Online Shop to Sell Products Tied to Shows Like ‘Lupin’

You streamed it. Now you can buy it at Netflix.shop, a new site that will offer everything from a “Lupin” side table to a “Yasuke” clock.

#computers-and-the-internet, #movies, #netflix-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #web-original-programming

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How Microsoft Is Ditching the Video Game Console Wars

Known for the Xbox, Microsoft has been diversifying away from boxy hardware in favor of reaching millions more new gamers.

#cloud-computing, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #mojang-ab, #nadella-satya, #playstation-5-video-game-system, #software, #sony-corporation, #spencer-phil-technology-executive, #xbox-video-game-system

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Google Seeks to Break Vicious Cycle of Online Slander

In response to Times articles, the search giant is changing its algorithm, part of a major shift in how Google polices harmful content.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #google-inc, #libel-and-slander, #privacy, #search-engines

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Meet Big Tech’s Tormenter in Chief

Margrethe Vestager is the European regulator trying to do something audacious: get companies like Apple, Amazon and Facebook to play fair and pay taxes.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-taxes, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #vestager-margrethe

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Man Pleads Guilty to Plotting to Bomb Amazon Data Center

Prosecutors said that Seth Aaron Pendley, 28, of Wichita Falls, Texas, had also boasted that he was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 when Trump supporters stormed the building.

#amazon-com-inc, #ashburn-va, #bombs-and-explosives, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-centers, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fort-worth-tex, #justice-department, #pendley-seth-aaron, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Bitcoin Is Actually Traceable, Pipeline Investigation Shows

The F.B.I.’s recovery of Bitcoins paid in the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack showed cryptocurrencies are not as hard to track as it might seem.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computers-and-the-internet, #crime-and-criminals, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #justice-department, #search-and-seizure, #start-ups, #virtual-currency

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An Interview With Hito Steyerl About Her Pompidou Center Show

The German artist’s new exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris examines, with bitter humor, how digital technology shapes life offline.

#art, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pompidou-center, #steyerl-hito-1966

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How Facebook’s News Feed Changed the Internet

Before the News Feed, we navigated the internet at our leisure. But on one fateful day in 2006, it started organizing itself around us.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #social-media, #your-feed-opinionvideo

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Meditation Apps Want Us to Chill Out. Musicians Are Happy to Help.

Music and mindfulness have become increasingly linked during the pandemic, and artists like Erykah Badu, Grimes and Arcade Fire are teaming with tech companies to make it happen.

#anxiety-and-stress, #badu-erykah, #calm-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #endel-sound-gmbh, #headspace-inc, #legend-john, #meditation, #mobile-applications, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Who is Hacking the U.S. Economy?

In the past few weeks, cyberattacks have taken major industries hostage. Who are the perpetrators and why are the infiltrations becoming so common?

#audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #darkside-hacking-group, #east-coast-us, #extortion-and-blackmail, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #pipelines, #russia, #united-states-politics-and-government

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F.B.I. Investigates Cyber Attack That Targeted N.Y.C. Law Department

City lawyers’ computer network was disabled after the attack, which the police and federal officials believe was the work of hackers.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #law-department-nyc, #new-york-city

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Apple unveils new privacy features, digital IDs and changes to FaceTime.

Apple’s privacy push has put the company at odds with rivals. Despite protests from some corners of Silicon Valley, Monday’s announcements show that Apple has doubled down on privacy features.

#apple-inc, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #identification-devices, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #software, #text-messaging

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Amazon Battles Mukesh Ambani for India’s E-Commerce Future

The American company sees big potential in the country’s nascent e-commerce market. Both sides view a troubled grocery store chain as the key to success.

#amazon-com-inc, #ambani-mukesh-d, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #big-bazaar-future-retail-ltd, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #foreign-investments, #future-group, #india, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #reliance-industries, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

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Silicon Valley’s Thin Skins and Giant Egos

Ellen Pao, the former C.E.O. of Reddit, talks Big Tech boys clubs, content moderation and workplace culture.

#audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #pinterest, #reddit-inc, #silicon-valley-calif, #twitter, #venture-capital, #women-and-girls, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Thousands Descend on Miami to Glorify Bitcoin

It was the largest Bitcoin event in the world and the first major in-person crypto conference since the pandemic started. The jargon, the liquor and the millionaire talk flowed.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dorsey-jack, #high-net-worth-individuals, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #suarez-francis-x-1977, #twitter, #virtual-currency, #winklevoss-cameron, #wynwood-miami-fla, #zed-run-digital-platform

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Microsoft’s Bing Briefly Blocked ‘Tank Man’ on Tiananmen Anniversary

Users outside China said the site had failed to call up videos and images of the iconic figure from the 1989 crackdown.

#censorship, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #microsoft-corp, #tiananmen-square-beijing

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Are We Waiting for Everyone to Get Hacked?

It’s been almost a decade since Leon Panetta, then the secretary of defense, warned of an impending “Cyber Pearl Harbor.” He didn’t want to be right.

#china, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #extortion-and-blackmail, #infrastructure-public-works, #iran, #panetta-leon-v, #russia, #saudi-aramco, #united-states, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

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Zuckerberg’s Trusted Facebook Users to Fix His Trump Problem.

The CEO — and the rest of us — are paying the price.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #politics-and-government, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Says Trump’s Ban Will Last at Least 2 Years

The decision puts a time frame on the former president’s suspension, which was put in place after the Capitol riots in January.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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India’s ‘Ugliest’ Language? Google’s Answer, Kannada, Drew a Backlash

A Google fact box singled out Kannada, a language spoken in the country’s south. The faux pas highlights the algorithm’s fallibility.

#computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #india, #language-and-languages, #search-engines

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In Hong Kong, Short-Lived Censorship Hints at a Deeper Standoff

Authorities succeeded in shuttering an activist site for three days. The takedown, and its reversal, presage a battle over internet freedoms.

#censorship, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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Facebook Plans to End Hands-Off Approach to Politicians’ Posts

The social network, under pressure since barring former President Donald J. Trump, will no longer automatically give world leaders special treatment.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Michael Flynn’s ‘coup’ comments, and not his denial, spread widely online.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #flynn-michael-t, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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India and Israel Inflame Facebook’s Fights With Its Own Employees

The social network wrongly bowed to government demands to take down content in the countries, employees said, in more signs of internal dissent.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #instagram-inc, #israel, #mobile-applications, #modi-narendra, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Modern Love Podcast: Catfished and Trapped in a Romance Scam

They fell for his selfies, tattoos and fluffy dog. But it wasn’t really him on the other side.

#catfish, #computers-and-the-internet, #dating-and-relationships, #frauds-and-swindling, #impostors-criminal, #love-emotion, #online-dating, #podcasts

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