A curated list of interesting links with an emphasis on news, technology, and more by ldstephens Apple CEO Tim Cook requests and receives a 40% pay cut after shareholder vote “Apple CEO Tim Cook will receive a pay cut in 2023 to $49 million in total compensation, the company said in a filing with the … Continue reading Web Finds for January 13, 2023
Category: Tech News
T2 a legitimate Twitter rival?
Reporting by TechCrunch: “Twitter rival 'T2' raises its first outside funding, $1.1M from a group of high profile angels.” “It hasn’t decided on a name, it’s still on the hunt to fill some important roles and its early alpha has less than 100 users as of today. But, riding the wave of interest in the … Continue reading T2 a legitimate Twitter rival?
PSA: Cybercriminals stole LastPass customer password vaults
Reporting by TechCrunch’s Zack Whittaker on December 22, 2022, LastPass says hackers stole customers' password vaults. Password manager giant LastPass has confirmed that cybercriminals stole its customers’ encrypted password vaults, which store its customers’ passwords and other secrets, in a data breach earlier this year. […] LastPass said customers’ password vaults are encrypted and can … Continue reading PSA: Cybercriminals stole LastPass customer password vaults
Using TikTok? Read this, it will alarm you!
New York Times by Cecilia Kang, ByteDance Inquiry Finds Employees Obtained User Data of 2 Journalists ByteDance, the China-based parent company of TikTok, said on Thursday that an internal investigation found that employees had inappropriately obtained the data of U.S. TikTok users, including two reporters. […] The investigation was initiated after an article was published by … Continue reading Using TikTok? Read this, it will alarm you!
ChatGPT, what the fuck is it?
This last week I kept seeing news articles about ChatGPT in my RSS feed. Yesterday I decided it must be something big to get that much press so I checked it out. So I ask ChatGPT: write a 200 word explanation for how ChatGPT works and here's the result: ChatGPT is a natural language processing … Continue reading ChatGPT, what the fuck is it?
🖇 Surprising no one, survey finds Facebook/Meta is the worst company of 2021
Ethan Wolff-Mann, writing at finance.yahoo.com Every December, Yahoo Finance selects a Company of the Year, based on its market performance and its achievements that particular year. In 2021, Microsoft (MSFT) took home the crown, smashing through the $2 trillion market capitalization mark and seeing a 53% surge in its stock price as of Dec. 16, … Continue reading 🖇 Surprising no one, survey finds Facebook/Meta is the worst company of 2021
Journaling app Day One is now part of Automattic
Day One joins WordPress.com, Tumblr, Simplenote, and Longreads as part of Automattic. Paul Mayne, writing for Day One Blog: Today, I’m thrilled to announce that Day One is being acquired by Automattic Inc. This is incredibly exciting news. For the past 10 years since I started Day One, I’ve worked to not only create the … Continue reading Journaling app Day One is now part of Automattic
LastPass Free is changing and users aren’t going to be happy
Here’s what you need to know LastPass is making some changes to LastPass Free that will most likely piss-off users who rely on LastPass as their primary password manager. The big difference is that LastPass Free users will have to choose between mobile or desktop for their unlimited device access, rather than getting the system … Continue reading LastPass Free is changing and users aren’t going to be happy
Google apps will stop certain tracking to avoid the iOS “Allow Tracking” prompt
With iOS 14, Apple is requiring app developers to tell users about and have them opt-in to tracking. Google today announced that “when Apple’s policy goes into effect, it will no longer use information (such as IDFA) that falls under ATT for the handful of our iOS apps that currently use it for advertising purposes. As … Continue reading Google apps will stop certain tracking to avoid the iOS “Allow Tracking” prompt
Firefox 85 adds supercookie protection. What about Safari?
In technology news today Mozilla announced that it has added built-in protection from supercookies to Firefox 85. “Firefox now protects you from supercookies, a type of tracker that can stay hidden in your browser and track you online, even after you clear cookies,” Mozilla explains in a blog post. “By isolating supercookies, Firefox prevents them … Continue reading Firefox 85 adds supercookie protection. What about Safari?
What I’ve read recently – December 18, 2020
Each week I post links to a few articles that I've read and found deserving of sharing. Links My Hunt for the Original McDonald's French-Fry Recipe | Atlas Obscura This is a fun read especially if you’re old enough to have eaten the original McDonald’s French-Fry as I did. From Julia Child to Paul Bocuse … Continue reading What I’ve read recently – December 18, 2020
Epic and Apple
I’m guessing you’re aware of what’s going on between Epic and Apple. It’s been the big story in tech news for a few weeks. Yesterday Apple terminated Epic’s App Store account, as threatened, following a legal dispute between the companies. This is headed for the courts and is going to be playing out over the … Continue reading Epic and Apple
Sling TV holding prices while YouTube TV raises prices
Yesterday I was reading M.G. Siegler’s article about YouTube TV’s June 30th, 2020 30% price increase. He also speaks to how streaming tv is becoming bundled just like cable tv. Coincidentally, that same day I got an email from Sling TV telling its users that our price is not going up and that our current … Continue reading Sling TV holding prices while YouTube TV raises prices
My thoughts on Apple & Google’s COVID-19 contact tracing
From what I’ve read Apple and Google’s COVID-19 contact tracing seems like a good idea and one that I’ll most likely use. It appears to be the best technological solution to date for governmental authorities to partially lift the lockdown orders that are currently in place. That said I do have privacy concerns. According to … Continue reading My thoughts on Apple & Google’s COVID-19 contact tracing
Web Finds for October 2, 2018
Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique and informative news, apps and websites that you may have never known existed. Enjoy! Apple, Firefox tools aim to thwart Facebook, Google tracking New protections in Apple’s Safari and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers aim to prevent companies from turning “cookie” data files used to … Continue reading Web Finds for October 2, 2018
Facebook gets hacked again. 50 Million users personal information put at risk.
I’m sure you’ve already read or heard about the latest Facebook hack involving the personal information of at least 50 million users. The hack was revealed in a Facebook blog post yesterday. If you haven’t here are the details. Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel, writing for the New York Times Facebook, already facing scrutiny over … Continue reading Facebook gets hacked again. 50 Million users personal information put at risk.
Facebook is using your 2FA phone number to target you with ads
Facebook has stooped to the lowest possible level. TechCrunch has exposed the fact that Facebook is using 2FA phone numbers to target users with ads. Zuckerberg and his gang are taking the number users are using to additionally secure their accounts and using it for ad targeting. Some months ago Facebook did say that users … Continue reading Facebook is using your 2FA phone number to target you with ads
Worth reading today – Instagram’s CEO resignations
I found this to be an interesting take on the resignations of Instagram’s co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Ben Thompson, writing at Stratechery Technically speaking, Instagram was a company. In practice, though, Instagram was a product, and its business model was venture capital funding. To be sure, this wouldn’t be the case forever, but … Continue reading Worth reading today – Instagram’s CEO resignations
Web Finds for February 1, 2018
Web Finds are from my web surfing travels. You’ll find some unique and informative news, apps and websites that you may have never known existed. Enjoy! Agenda – A new take on Notes Agenda for Mac is a date-focused note taking app for planning and documenting your projects. With its unique timeline, Agenda gives you … Continue reading Web Finds for February 1, 2018
“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral
Nick Bilton, writing for Vanity Fair There’s another theory floating around as to why Facebook cares so much about the way it’s impacting the world, and it’s one that I happen to agree with. When Zuckerberg looks into his big-data crystal ball, he can see a troublesome trend occurring. A few years ago, for example, … Continue reading “This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral