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Free Over-the-Air TV Is Going to Get Better James K. Willcox, Consumer Reports Thanks to a new standard known as ATSC 3.0, over-the-air TV broadcasts will include all the newfangled tech like 4K and HDR. Consumer Reports has the run down on what that means for OTA, including whether or not you may have to pay for it. Who Are the Shadow Brokers? Bruce Schneier, The Atlantic If you need to catch up on the group that's leaking the NSA's cyber efforts, The Atlantic has you covered. Facebook is dealing with fake news, violent videos and more, but Bloomberg offers some thoughts on how the social network can deter hate speech and extremist content. The Explore tab on Instagram may know you better than your know yourself.

Instagram: from Facebook's 'best hope' to Russian propaganda campaign tool

The Guardian

This January, as Mark Zuckerberg was embarking on his quest to "fix" Facebook, one writer proposed a bold idea: make Facebook more like Instagram, "the Facebook-owned app that isn't destabilizing society". Instagram was no panacea, according to the New York Times tech columnist, but the downsides of the largely visual network – making "some of its users feel ugly and unpopular" – were insignificant compared to those of a highly politicized Facebook that could "undermine democracies and promote misinformation around the world". The idea that Instagram was a safe harbor for social media users in a sea of propaganda and political divisiveness caught on, both among users who didn't realize the app was owned by scandal-ridden Facebook and with the tech press. An April Bloomberg Businessweek cover story framed Instagram as "Facebook's best hope" and "Mark Zuckerberg's way out of the latest data scandal". Even Elon Musk, who publicly ordered the deletion of Tesla's and SpaceX's Facebook pages amid the #DeleteFacebook Cambridge Analytica backlash, stamped Instagram with his imprimatur, tweeting that it was "probably OK" in his opinion, "so long as it stays fairly independent".

Facebook employees given access to hundreds of millions of users' passwords

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

When it comes to Facebook and security, it seems there is one potentially damaging lapse after another. The latest was uncovered by the KrebsOnSecurity security news site, flagging hundreds of millions of Facebook users who had their account passwords stored in plain text that could be searched by more than 20,000 Facebook employees – in some cases dating to 2012. The author of the report, Brian Krebs, says Facebook told him that none of the employees, to the company's knowledge, abused the data. A group of 31 activist organizations has called on Facebook Chairman Mark Zuckerberg to step down following new reports on Russian interference in U.S. politics. Facebook later admitted as much publicly, in a newsroom blog posted by vice president of engineering for security and privacy Pedro Canahuati.

This Canadian Genius Created Modern AI


For nearly 40 years, Geoff Hinton has been trying to get computers to learn like people do, a quest almost everyone thought was crazy or at least hopeless - right up until the moment it revolutionized the field. In this Hello World video, Bloomberg Businessweek's Ashlee Vance meets the Godfather of AI. #BloombergHelloWorld -------- Like this video? Subscribe to Bloomberg on YouTube: Bloomberg is the First Word in business news, delivering breaking news & analysis, up-to-the-minute market data, features, profiles and more:

Facebook, Netflix trigger password resets in wake of recent hacks


Fearing for the worst, some tech companies are actively resetting some user passwords, amid concerns hackers might be using hacked data to get access to accounts. Spotted by security reporter Brian Krebs, Facebook and Netflix are resetting the credentials of those whose usernames, and emails and passwords have been found in other leaked sets of breach data -- usually from other hacks. According to Krebs, Netflix sent out an email, which said "just to be safe, we've reset your password as a precautionary measure," because "we believe that your Netflix account credentials may have been included in a recent release of email addresses and passwords at another company." Facebook said that some accounts are "at risk because you were using the same password" on a different site, unrelated to Facebook. It comes in the wake of massive breaches at MySpace, LinkedIn, and Tumblr, which collectively made up over 600 million user accounts.