Oct 8th 2017
This Week in Tech 635
Benji's Bag of Dongles
Addictive algorithms, filter bubbles, voice assistant war, Kaspersky spying, and more.
The guy who created the like button now says it's dangerously addictive. Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos says press doesn't understand how hard it is to prevent voter manipulation. Yahoo admits that hack perpetrated under Yahoo Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos impacted all 3 billion Yahoo users. Google heats up the home voice assistant war, but can it catch up with Alexa? And does Apple even have a chance as Siri turns 6? Google puts another stake in the headphone jack. Equifax gets a $7.5 million contract with the IRS. Kaspersky antivirus, the NSA, and the Russian government. Slashdot turns 20. AOL Instant Messenger is finally dead.
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- The guy who created the like button now says it's dangerously addictive
- Facebook security chief rants about misguided “algorithm” backlash
- How Facebook ads helped elect Trump, from the Trump Campaign's digital director
- Facebook’s latest idea to combat fake news is a ‘more info’ button
- Patel explains why the loss of the headphone jack is bad for everyone but Apple
- Google’s Pixel Buds could finally bring the real-time translating Babel Fish to life
- Google debuts Pixelbook, a tablet-laptop hybrid Chromebook with Assistant, available for $999-$1649
- Apple's Siri Turns Six: AI Assistant Announced Alongside iPhone 4s on October 4, 2011
- Google debuts Home Mini with four LED lights under fabric exterior in three colors, available as $49 preorder
- Google debuts larger version of Home, called Home Max, with better speakers, two colors, coming in Dec. for $399
- Sonos announces it is rolling out Alexa support for all its current models in a public beta
- Sonos announces Alexa-powered Sonos One smart speaker for $199
- Sonos says AirPlay 2 and Siri control coming next year
- Why is it American tech journalists are so quick to defend Kaspersky?
- Equifax now says 145.5M were impacted by breach, not 143M
- Former Equifax CEO says breach boiled down to one person not doing their job
- IRS awards Equifax no-bid, $7.25 million contract after hack
- Puerto Rico's governor says 'let's talk' after Elon Musk says Tesla can rebuild the island's power grid
- California deals a blow to taxis, says fingerprints are unnecessary for Lyft and Uber drivers
- It's the end of the AIM era
- Yahoo admits 2013 hack impacted all 3 billion of its accounts