Infrastructure Bill Could Enable Government To Track Drivers’ Travel Data

Presto Vivace shares a report from The Intercept: The Senate’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill proposes a national test program that would allow the government to collect drivers’ data in order to charge them per-mile travel fees. The new revenue would help finance the Highway Trust Fund, which currently depends mostly on fuel taxes to support roads and mass transit …

Scammer Servie Will Ban Anyone From Instagram For $60

Scammers are abusing Instagram’s protections against suicide, self-harm, and impersonation to purposefully target and ban Instagram accounts at will, with some people even advertising professionalized ban-as-a-service offerings so anyone can harass or censor others, according to screenshots, interviews, and other material reviewed by Motherboard. From the report: It appears that in some cases, the same scammers who offer ban-as-a-service also …

Wealthy People Are Renouncing American Citizenship

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios: The number of Americans who renounced their citizenship in favor of a foreign country hit an all-time high in 2020: 6,707, a 237% increase over 2019. While the numbers are down this year, that’s probably because many U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed for COVID-19, and taking this grave step requires taking …

Apple explains how iPhones will scan photos for child-sexual-abuse images

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Oscar Wong) Shortly after reports today that Apple will start scanning iPhones for child-abuse images, the company confirmed its plan and provided details in a news release and technical summary. “Apple’s method of detecting known CSAM (child sexual abuse material) is designed with user privacy in mind,” Apple’s announcement said. “Instead of scanning images in …

US Intel Agencies Are Reviewing Genetic Data From Wuhan Lab

ytene writes: CNN is claiming an exclusive scoop, with an article reporting that U.S. intelligence agencies have scored a massive trove of Covid-19 genetic data, which, CNN suggests, comes from the Wuhan research lab. More than the complex challenge of absorbing and understanding the “mountain” of raw data, U.S. researchers are going to have to translate the material from native …

EIP-1559 Has Already Burned $1 Million Worth of ETH

$1 million worth of ether (ETH) has been removed from circulation, or “burned,” in under three hours since the London hardfork and the implementation of EIP-1559 earlier today. Crypto Briefing reports: With the new update, the base fee from each Ethereum transaction gets burned, deflating the supply of ETH. In the meantime, the price of ETH has jumped more than …

Vudu and FandangoNow Merge Into a Single Streaming Service

Fandango has revealed that Vudu is merging with its parent company’s own streaming service, FandangoNow, to form a single platform that’ll take on Vudu’s name. The change comes more than a year after it purchased the streaming platform from Walmart. New submitter echopulse writes: The new Vudu service will have more than 200,00 movies and TV shows available to buy, …

Developers complain that Apple promotes scam apps on the App Store

Enlarge / The front of the iPhone 12. (credit: Samuel Axon) Developers are once again publicly highlighting instances in which Apple has failed to keep scam apps off of the app store. The apps in question charge users unusual fees and siphon revenue from legitimate or higher-quality apps. While Apple has previously come under fire for failing to block apps …

The CDC Needs To Stop Confusing the Public

Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, writing at The New York Times: The C.D.C. faces three major problems. The first is reality: a sustained campaign of misinformation against vaccines and other public health measures, originating mostly with right-wing commentators and politicians, and a new media environment that has upended traditional information flows. Second, the …