Scraping the Web Is a Powerful Tool. Clearview AI Abused It. By WIRED
"The facial recognition startup claims it collected billions of photos from sites like Facebook and Twitter. What does the practice mean for the open web?"

The decline of social media: Facebook and Twitter leave us wanting
"The capable of substantiating whatever information that we believe to be, or that we wish to be, facts. If a reputable publication presents a fact or makes an assertion, its reputation does not have to be called into question for that assertion to be disputed. Someone, or something, on social media can simply deny that such reputation exists.... Nothing is real, to borrow a Beatles phrase...."

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It
"A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says."

If you're running Windows 10, you should install today's update from Microsoft immediately. It fixes a serious security issue.

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#Signal messenger has introduced stickers. You will either love or hate this feature. Anyway...

Best sources for sticker packs are Twitter and a thread in the unofficial Signal community forum:


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Would you be prepared to have your face scanned to be able to buy a mobile phone? That's the new reality for Chinese citizens.

"It's connected to a very centralised push to try to keep tabs on everyone, or that's at least the ambition."

For the Holidays, the Gift of Self-Care - The New York Times
"When we regard our difficult emotions as a problem and try to overcome them, we only struggle more. In contrast, when we accept them, strangely enough our mind stops struggling and suddenly grows quiet. Rather than trying to change or control difficult emotions from the inside, allow them to be there, and your mind will rest."

The “Great Cannon” has been deployed again | Alien Labs
"The Great Cannon is a distributed denial of service tool (DDoS) that operates by injecting malicious Javascript into pages served from behind [China's] Great Firewall... The Great Cannon is currently attempting to take the website LIHKG offline. LIHKG has been used to organize protests in Hong Kong."

Former Go champion beaten by DeepMind retires after declaring AI invincible - The Verge
"For years, Go was considered beyond the reach of even the most sophisticated computer programs. The ancient board game is famously complex, with more possible configurations for pieces than atoms in the observable universe."

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Instead of a Generational Culture War, Let’s Fight the Rich | The New York Times (opinion)
"This is the sort of coalition we need to build a better future — not Gen Z fighting boomers, but a coalition of 16-year-olds and 30-year-olds and 78-year-olds joining together to demolish the rich who run the world today. The stakes are too great; we can’t afford to have any generation sit this one out."

Activists’ phones targeted by one of the world’s most advanced spyware apps
"Mobile phones of two prominent human rights activists were repeatedly targeted with Pegasus, the highly advanced spyware made by Israel-based NSO, researchers from Amnesty International reported this week."

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