Amazon Says Police Demands For Customer Data Have Gone Up

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Amazon has said the number of demands for user data made by U.S. federal and local law enforcement have increased more during the first half of 2020 than during the same period a year earlier. The disclosure came in the company’s latest transparency report, published Thursday. The figures show that Amazon received …

COVID-19 Hospital Data Is a Hot Mess After Feds Take Control

slack_justyb shares a report from Ars Technica: As COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US approach the highest levels seen in the pandemic so far, national efforts to track patients and hospital resources remain in shambles after the federal government abruptly seized control of data collection earlier this month. Watchdogs and public health experts were immediately aghast by the switch to the …

Spotify CEO: Musicians Can No Longer Release Music Only ‘Once Every 3-4 Years’

In a recent interview with Music Ally, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek denied criticisms that Spotify pays insufficient royalties to artists, and insisted that the role of the musician had changed in today’s “future landscape.” The FADER reports: Ek claimed that a “narrative fallacy” had been created and caused music fans to believe that Spotify doesn’t pay musicians enough for streams …

Facebook Says Apple’s iOS 14 Changes Could Hurt Its Ad Targeting

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Wehner said on Thursday that upcoming changes to Apple’s iOS 14 operating system could hurt the social network’s ability to target ads to users. With the update to its mobile devices, Apple will ask users if they want to let app developers track their activity across other …

Red Hat and CentOS systems aren’t booting due to BootHole patches

Enlarge / Security updates intended to patch the BootHole UEFI vulnerability are rendering some Linux systems unable to boot at all. (credit: Aurich Lawson) Early this morning, an urgent bug showed up at Red Hat’s bugzilla bug tracker—a user discovered that the RHSA_2020:3216 grub2 security update and RHSA-2020:3218 kernel security update rendered an RHEL 8.2 system unbootable. The bug was …

Florida teen arrested, charged with being “mastermind” of Twitter hack

Enlarge (credit: Tom Raftery / Flickr) A Florida teen has been arrested and charged with 30 felony counts related to the high-profile hijacking of more than 100 Twitter accounts earlier this month. Federal law enforcement arrested Graham Ivan Clark, 17, in Tampa earlier today, the Office of Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said. The arrest followed an investigation spearheaded by …

A Florida Teen Just Got Arrested for Twitter’s Huge Hack

In a press conference on Friday, US authorities announced they arrested the main suspect behind this month’s major Twitter hack. From a report: The suspected hacker was identified as Graham Ivan Clark, a 17-year-old teen from Hillsborough County, Florida. According to Florida news outlet WFLA-TV, which first reported on the arrest, Clark was arrested earlier this morning, following a nationwide …

Microsoft in Talks To Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App

Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, the Chinese-owned video app, New York Times reported Friday, citing a person with knowledge of the discussions, as President Trump said on Friday that he was considering taking steps that would effectively ban the app from the United States. From a report: It’s unclear how advanced the talks between Microsoft and TikTok are, …

Emails Detail Amazon’s Plan To Crush a Startup Rival With Price Cuts

An anonymous reader shares a report: Quidsi’s (parent company of Diapers.com) founders didn’t want to sell their company, but Amazon’s diaper price war was starting to hurt Quidsi. Growth was slowing, and Quidsi was having trouble raising additional capital to continue expanding. On September 14, the founders of Quidsi flew to Seattle to meet with Amazon and discuss a possible …