Ghostcat Bug Impacts All Apache Tomcat Versions Released in the Last 13 Years

Apache Tomcat servers released in the last 13 years are vulnerable to a bug named Ghostcat that can allow hackers to take over unpatched systems. From a report: Discovered by Chinese cybersecurity firm Chaitin Tech, Ghostcat is a flaw in the Tomcat AJP protocol. AJP stands for Apache JServ Protocol and is a performance-optimized version of the HTTP protocol in …

FCC Proposes Hefty Fines To Carriers for Not Protecting Consumer Location Data

The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday that it has proposed fining the nation’s four largest wireless carriers $200 million for selling access to their customers’ location information without taking reasonable measures to protect customers’ real-time location information. From a report: The agency is proposing T-Mobile face a fine of more than $91 million. AT&T will be fined more than $57 …

Microsoft’s Cortana Drops Consumer Skills as it Refocuses on Business Users

With the next version of Windows 10, coming this spring, Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant will lose a number of consumer skills around music and connected homes, as well as some third-party skills. From a report: That’s very much in line with Microsoft’s new focus for Cortana, but it may still come as a surprise to the dozens of loyal Cortana …

When AI Can’t Replace a Worker, It Watches Them Instead

Whether software that digitizes manual labor makes workers frowny or smiley will come down to how employers choose to use it. From a report: When Tony Huffman stepped away from the production line at the Denso auto part factory in Battle Creek, Michigan, to talk with WIRED earlier this month, the workers he supervised were still being watched — but …

Telescopes Detect ‘Biggest Explosion Since Big Bang’

Scientists have detected evidence of a colossal explosion in space — five times bigger than anything observed before. Iwastheone shares a report: The huge release of energy is thought to have emanated from a supermassive black hole some 390 million light years from Earth. The eruption is said to have left a giant dent in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster. Researchers …

FCC Approves Plan To Pay Satellite Companies To Give Up Airwaves

U.S. regulators approved a plan to pay Intelsat SA and other satellite providers to give up airwaves so they can be redeployed for the fast 5G mobile networks being rolled out. From a report: The Federal Communications Commission on a 3-2 vote Friday approved Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan for as much as $9.7 billion to clear the frequencies, with the …

Google’s Black Box Algorithm Controls Which Political Emails Land in Your Main Inbox

Adrianne Jeffries, Leon Yin, and Surya Mattu, reporting for The Markup: Pete Buttigieg is leading at 63 percent. Andrew Yang came in second at 46 percent. And Elizabeth Warren looks like she’s in trouble with 0 percent. These aren’t poll numbers for the U.S. 2020 Democratic presidential contest. Instead, they reflect which candidates were able to consistently land in Gmail’s …

IBM and Microsoft Sign Vatican Pledge For Ethical AI

IBM and Microsoft have signed an “ethical resolution” with the Vatican to develop AI in a way that will protect the planet and the rights of all people [Editor’s note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source]. From a report: The pledge, called the “Rome Call for AI Ethics,” will be presented on Friday morning to Pope Francis by Brad …

Cortana pivots away from home automation to focus on productivity

Enlarge / Pictured: a full set of Office 365 icons on the taskbar. Not pictured, for good reason: “Cortana, play Old Town Road.” (credit: Microsoft) Today, Microsoft announced a major shift in focus for its personal assistant, Cortana: she’s getting out of the consumer gadget business and focusing on productivity. The new version of Cortana will debut with the next …

Apple Has Blocked Clearview AI’s iPhone App for Violating Its Rules

An iPhone app built by controversial facial recognition startup Clearview AI has been blocked by Apple, effectively banning the app from use. From a report: Apple confirmed to TechCrunch that the startup “violated” the terms of its enterprise program. The app allows its users — which the company claims it serves only law enforcement officers — to use their phone …