FTC eyes security and privacy
The headline du jour for the Federal Trade Commission’s report on the Internet of Things is that the agency recommends Congress should…
New game: Spot the changes
Vox recently ran an experiment in which it got writers to update or re-write old posts and then published them again, and pulled in many new readers — but should it be more open about what was changed in the original?
Microsoft released a statement Friday that said it will amend its policies regarding its search of private email — but the practice won’t end.
Reporters and bloggers writing about a company are supposed to disclose any stock they own in that firm. With currencies, that’s not the case. But what about Bitcoin?
A group of researchers has developed a machine learning model that can detect tweets relating to bullying, and even identify bullies, victims and witnesses. Next, it wants to add sentiment analysis to determine individuals’ emotional states. But if they see trouble, how do they intervene?
Facebook is working on new, more-personal methods for letting users alert members of their social networks to content they find offensive or potentially embarrassing. It’s a good start in the quest to make social media — and perhaps the people who use them — more civil.
By becoming an underwriter for some of the world’s largest banks and credit card companies, ZestFinance might actually be able to achieve its goal of using big data to supply the underbanked with needed credit. It’s not altruism by any means, but here’s how it works.
ZestCash, the startup co-founded by former Google CIO and VP of Engineering Douglas Merrill to provide short-term loans to the underserved, has changed its name to ZestFinance and its business model, as well. Now essentially an underwriting service for lenders, can ZestFinance remain ethical?
It’s 2023, and here you are, 13 years old and finally ready for your own Facebook page! I’m sorry if my decision not to digitally document your life up to this point makes it tougher for you to be successful. But I hope you’ll thank me.
Taking money to plug a company is a cardinal sin of journalism and can even be against the law. Yet, astro-turfing — spinning paid opinion as popular sentiment — remains a thriving trade all the same.
Apple released its latest Supplier Responsibility Progress Report on Friday, detailing efforts it made during 2011 to improve conditions at its supplier facilities, and to make sure its standards for labor, health and safety, and impact on the environment were being met.
If asked to imagine the drawbacks of connecting online via social networks, most of us would probably suggest something like the time-wasting attractions of the likes of FarmVille. But a new survey suggests another surprising possible drawback of heavy social network use: lower ethical standards.
A growing problem as the web becomes more central to how we share and work is that an average person doesn’t know how abstract laws can affect their lives and the media doesn’t expose how well (or poorly) politicians understand technology. These questions are a start.
However it’s defined, the concept of big data ultimately boils down to money. But I think there’s a line we shouldn’t cross when it comes to using analytics to squeeze every last dollar out of an operation. It’s between things we want and things we need.
When News Corporation (NSDQ: NWS) ran an ad in multiple newspapers across the UK this weekend, it promised “further concrete steps” to right…
Internet payment firm VeriFone found that you can easily create an app that uses the payment dongle employed by its competitor Square to skim financial and personal info from a user’s credit card, so it went ahead and created one and released it to the public.
Apple (s aapl) has been criticized in the past for not doing enough to ensure that labor conditions in its supplier factories…
It can sometimes be easy to forget that Apple’s (s aapl) primary purpose as a company is to make money, not to…
This morning, Apple (s aapl) had a little more to worry about than the usual leaks, rumors and lawsuits. Protesters in Taipei,…