Friday, October 21, 2016

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    • NY Governor Signs Law Restricting Ads On AirbnbNew York Daily News

      New York Gov. Mario Cuomo Friday signed a bill that prohibits people from posting ads for illegal apartment rentals on Airbnb. The measure aims to enforce a 2010 law that generally made it illegal to rent apartments in New York City for fewer than 30 days. The law signed on Friday imposes fines of up to $7,500 on people who advertise illegal rentals. Airbnb has already said it will sue to block the law. ...Read the whole story

    • Google Can Now Create 'Complete Portrait Of A User By Name'Pro Publica

      This summer, Google revised its privacy policy to state that people's browsing activity "may be" combined with data from Gmail and other functions. The revised policy applies to new account holders by default, but only applies to existing users if they opt in. ProPublica looks at the implication of the move, writing that it could enable Google to "build a complete portrait of a user by name, based on everything they write in email, every website they visit and the searches they conduct." ...Read the whole story

    • Did Hackers Just Disrupt U.S. Web?Gizmodo

      Large numbers of U.S. Web users were unable to access their favorite sites early on Friday morning. “Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning,” Gizmodo reports. “This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host.” As such, “It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.” ...Read the whole story

    • 'Hyperpartisan' Facebook Pages Muddying Political WatersBuzzFeed

      Based on its analysis of three “hyperpartisan” right-wing Facebook pages, Buzzfeed found that 38% of all posts were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false -- compared to 19% of posts from three hyperpartisan left-wing pages that were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false. “These pages … represent a new and powerful force in American politics and society,” Buzzfeed writes. “Many have quickly grown to be as large as -- and often much larger than -- mainstream political news pages.” ...Read the whole story

    • WikiLeaks Publishes Obama's Personal Email AddressCNBC

      WikiLeaks has published President Barack Obama's personal email address in its latest dump. The email address,, was used by Obama during the presidential transition at the end of the 2008 campaign. The address was revealed as an email address that John Podesta communicated with. ...Read the whole story

    Security And Privacy Concerns Not Just A Yahoo Problem

    Yahoo: Time of death, oh about a week ago," said the headline in the IT Professionals newsletter I just got. The reason? The hacking that compromised up to a billion accounts. The secret backdoor access so ...More