Mon. Aug. 20

Google location history tracks even when turned off,
so man sues, seeking class action
Ars Technica
>The lawsuit seeks class-action status, and it would include both an “Android Class” and “iPhone Class” for the potential millions of people in the United States with such phones who turned off their Location History and nonetheless had it recorded by Google. It will likely take months or longer for the judge to determine whether there is a sufficient class.

TSA tracks Americans because … because they can?
Reason
> Visit Turkey recently? If you have, air marshals may be snooping on you during your domestic travels.
>Among the travelers followed under a secret Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program recently exposed by the Boston Globe were a professional basketball player and a social media manager for an arts and crafts company.
>Neither of these women was actually suspected of any sort of criminal or terrorist activity. Nor, apparently, were thousands of others surveilled and trailed under the TSA’s Quiet Skies program, which launched in 2012 and expanded significantly this year. But Courtney Vandersloot, the basketball player, and Taylor Usry, the social media manager, were tracked by air marshals and were subjected to heightened security screening, all because they had gone to Turkey.

HERE ARE OUR TOP FIVE TODAY
1] Broke neighbors paying Amazon’s bills …
2] Asia Argento is totally screwed …
3] China hates apps, so Apple kills ’em …
4] Is advertising in its end times? …
5] Internet spoofing gets more dangerous …simpleline

 

Advertising is obsolete — here’s why
The Conversation
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> Imagine a world wiped clean of advertising of all kinds – from the sponsored links at the top of the Google search results page and the banner ads on your favorite websites or mobile apps to the sponsored posts in your Facebook feed and the TV commercials and billboards in the offline world.
> Would you still be able to find all the information you could ever want about products in this alternative world?
> Of course you would. Your friends, family and the host of complete strangers you follow on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and half a dozen other sites would continue to bombard you with information about their lives, including all the products they are using. And if you want to go out and learn more about a particular product, or find something new, a thousand little blue links optimized to meet your search criteria are just a Google search away.

Amazon’s hard-up neighbors paying its whopper of an electric bill
Bloomberg
> For a little while earlier this year, it seemed as though 87-year-old Rosie Thomas and her neighbors in the small town of Gainesville, Va., had beaten Amazon. Virginia’s largest utility, Dominion Energy Inc., had planned to run an aboveground power line straight through a Civil War battlefield—and Thomas’s property—to reach a nearby data center run by an Amazon.com Inc. subsidiary. After three years of petitions and protests in front of the gated data center, skirmishes punctuated by barking dogs and shooing police, Dominion agreed to bury that part of the line along a nearby highway, at an estimated cost of $172 million.
> Within a month, however, the utility and state legislators had passed on the cost to Thomas and her fellow Virginians.

Harvey Weinstein Accuser Asia Argento Agreed to Pay $380,000 to an Actor Who Accused Her of Sexual Assault

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(Slate) — The New York Times reported Sunday that actress and director Asia Argento, who became one of the leading faces of the #MeToo movement after accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser in the months after the Weinstein story broke.
> Actor and musician Jimmy Bennett, who appeared as a child in Argento’s 2004 film adaptation of J.T. LeRoy’s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, claimed in documents leaked to the Times that the director sexually assaulted him in the spring of 2013, when he was 17 and she was 37.
> Through her lawyer, Carrie Goldberg, Argento agreed to pay Bennett $380,000 in exchange for an settlement that barred Bennett from suing and transferred the copyright of a photograph Bennett took that showed the two of them together in bed with “unclothed torsos exposed.”
> The Times received documents about Argento and Bennett’s agreement via an anonymous encrypted email, but was able to authenticate them.

As internet ‘spoofing’ gets better, you may surf into a sea of sharks
McCalatchy
>Inserting exotic characters into a link is one technique criminals employ to send users to look-alike sites that may appear to be a bank website, a Gmail troubleshooting page or some other page that asks for a username and password. Other techniques are also used.
> In some cases, adversaries target employees of a corporation, nuclear plant, military unit or other high-value facility where they seek a digital foothold. The hackers send the targets tailored emails with the malicious links.
> “It’s easy(and) it’s cheap,” said Tom Richards, co-founder and chief strategy officer for GroupSense, a Virginia cyber threat intelligence firm.
> As a hacker, Richards said, “All I need to do is register a website that looks like my target and then send that to a handful of employees or people affiliated with the organization or potentially even customers. And then I can trap them. I can send them malware. I can get them to fill out a form.”
> “It’s embarrassingly effective.”

Apple kills thousands of apps that piss off China’s leaders
Wall Street Journal
> Under fire from Chinese state media, Apple Inc. AAPL -0.83% said it removed illegal gambling apps from its App Store in China—a move that could help quell the latest challenge for the American tech giant in its most important market outside of the U.S.
> “Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China,” Apple said in a statement Monday. “We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store.”
> Apple had been criticized by Chinese news outlets for not doing enough to filter banned content and applications. State broadcaster CCTV, which last month reported that Apple’s app store allowed illegal gambling apps disguised as official lottery apps, said Sunday that 25,000 apps had been removed.

Art of the Deal: Michael Cohen faces $20 million bank fraud charge
Vox
… investigation into Cohen, which is being handled by the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, is entering its final stages, and prosecutors are considering filing charges by the end of August — that is, of course, if Cohen doesn’t reach an agreement with prosecutors first. Cohen could reach some sort of plea deal in which he provides information — including to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation — in exchange for leniency.

Texas doctor raped sedated patient, but only gets probation
Vice News
> Shafeeq Sheikh was convicted of the attack, which took place at a Houston hospital, on Thursday. The next day, a jury sentenced him to 10 years of probation and a $10,000 suspended fine, as well as ordered to register as a sex offender.

South Africa test case: Seizure of white-owned game farms
City Press
> Government has begun unilaterally expropriating farms against which land claims have been lodged and where price negotiations with owners have stalled.
> Two game farms in Limpopo appear to be the first properties that will be expropriated without following a court process. The owners, who dispute the validity of the land claims lodged against their property, want R200m for the land, while government has offered them R20m.

Report: E-cigarettes damage DNA
Medical Xpress
> The popularity of electronic cigarettes continues to grow worldwide, as many people view them as a safer alternative to smoking. But the long-term effects of e-cigarette usage, commonly called “vaping,” are unknown. Today, researchers report that vaping may modify the genetic material, or DNA, in the oral cells of users, which could increase their cancer risk.
> The researchers will present their results today at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

Video game developers making it harder to quit playing
Wall Street Journal
> Many games today are free, available on multiple devices and double as social networks. Where once games were played and put away for a while, now game companies are routinely delivering new content aimed at keeping players constantly engaged. Some new content is available only for a limited time, a maneuver that tugs at people’s fears of missing out, psychologists say.

Miami Herald endorses GOP candidate who claims aliens abducted her
Raw Story
Kinda looks like the Joker, no?
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Cruise ship passenger falls into sea … sings, treads water for 10 hours
USA Today
> The 46-year-old British woman, Kay Longstaff, fell off a Norwegian Cruise Line around midnight Saturday, plunging into the Adriatic Sea. She told Croatian news channel HRT that she was sitting at the back of the deck before the fall. She was roughly 60 miles away from the Croatian coast.

Giuliani tries in vain to explain his “truth isn’t truth” gaffe
Newser
After a consultation with spin-doctors, the patient’s feeling much better.giuliani-truth

And then there’s Tomi Lahren, Fox News idiot. Yes, she really did tweet these words:
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