"The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a 'Google-like' search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept." Ryan Gallagher has more.
Timnit Gebru, an AI ethics researcher at Google, was fired this week after sending an internal email complaining that marginalized voices at the company were being silenced. Google, for its part, claims that Gebru failed to follow Google's requirements for a paper submission and that she subsequently threatened to resign. Ms Gebru is a well-respected… READ THE REST
Scotty H created this spectrographic animation of a classic dial-up modem's startup noise. Here's a breakdown, by Oona Räisänen, of what each section concerns: READ THE REST
Apple's Chief Security Officer Thomas Moyer was charged with bribery Tuesday after allegedly giving 200 iPads to local officials in exchange for concealed-carry gun licenses for Apple's security team. The Morgan Hill Times reports that others indicted included Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Rick Sung, Capt. James Jensen, and local businessman Harpreet Chadha, also… READ THE REST
If you watched The Queen's Gambit on Netflix this year…congratulations, you're a citizen of Earth with a Netflix subscription. It seems like literally everybody with streaming access watched the story of Beth Harmon ruthlessly laying waste to the entire 1950s and '60s international chess scene. While it was a blast watching Anya Taylor-Joy's character crush… READ THE REST
Adulting is one of those life skills that quietly sneaks up on you when you're not paying attention. A young adult might start a career, get married, buy a house, have a kid or two — and before they realize it, they're suddenly hit with some thoughts they likely never considered before. One of the… READ THE REST
Even in the age of COVID and working from home, your world is likely still spinning 100 miles an hour at all times. That's rough enough for the ultra-organized planner, but it's just murder on those of us who might be considered…how can we say this gracefully…and little less focused. You know…the people who can… READ THE REST