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YouTube algorithm could be manipulated by 'bad actors,' used for 'fraudulent content,' senator warns

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Kurt the 'CyberGuy' comments on new services and apps that do. YouTube's powerful recommendation algorithm may be "optimizing for outrageous, salacious and often fraudulent content" or easily manipulated by "bad actors, including foreign intelligence entities," a top-ranking Democrat on the Senate'...


Huge, deadly I-44 pile-up in Missouri seen in stunning drone footage

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Raw video: 50-100 vehicles involved in chain-reaction crash on Interstate 44. A Missouri fire department shared incredible drone video Monday showing the aftermath of a huge, deadly pileup on Interstate-44 that happened during a snowstorm Sunday. The crash near Springfield involved several vehicles and tractor trailers and resulted in the death of a 63-year-old woman, according to local TV station, KY3 News and other local media. Missouri state police said more than 100 vehicles were involved in a series of accidents on I-44 Sunday that left the woman dead and 11 other people injured. The snow and icy conditions made driving treacherous on Missouri highways Sunday. The drone video was posted to the Facebook page of the Conway Volunteer Fire Department late Sunday. "Here's an aerial view from the multiple vehicle accident at the MM 106 on I-44," the post said. "Most roads are clearing up, but there is still coverage in some areas," the Missouri Department of Transportation tweeted Monday, while urging drivers to use extra caution.


Tech Q&A: Dueling assistants, outsmarting hackers, blocking texts, and more

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Want to know how to choose the best virtual assistant, outsmart hackers, and block texts? Q: I read that hackers are going after routers and when they do, they can record keystrokes and steal from you. How can I make sure hackers are not in my router? A: You've described one of the most terrifying scenarios in the cyber security world, right after ransomware or identity theft: The hackers' ability to covertly track the precise characters you type, and thereby deducing all your passwords and private messages. The threat is real and it could happen to anyone who doesn't take the proper precautions.


Tech Q&A: Eavesdropping Echo, flammable laptops, switching to Android and more

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Want to know more about Amazon Echo, the HP laptop battery recall, ransomware, web printing and switching to Android? I have an Amazon Echo. I am really concerned it is listening all the time. Does it have any privacy settings? A: The fact remains that Echo records all of your commands, and the microphone is always active because the device is always listening for a "wake phrase."


Facebook 'Portal' to compete with Echo Show, report says

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File photo: People stand in front of a logo at Facebook's headquarters in London, Britain, December 4, 2017. Step aside, Amazon Echo Show: Word has it that Facebook is developing its own home video chat device. According to a report from streaming news service Cheddar, the new voice-controlled device, dubbed Portal, may be priced at $499. Cheddar's sources say Facebook is planning to unveil the device in early May and begin selling it via pop-up stores and online in the second half of the year. It will reportedly feature a screen on the front like Amazon's Echo Show and Lenovo's new Android Assistant-equipped Smart Display, plus a camera with a wide-angle lens and facial-recognition technology that will help users connect with their Facebook accounts.


Amazon sold 'tens of millions' of Alexa devices this holiday season

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'The Cyber Guy' Kurt Knutsson explains on'Fox & Friends' Amazon's smallest smart speaker turned out to be its biggest hit this holiday season, selling more than any other product among all manufacturers. The diminutive Dot sold in its "millions," the ecommerce giant revealed on Tuesday, though as usual the company declined to offer a specific number. It's sold out, too, and won't be in stock again until January 2, according to its product page. "Echo devices have been an extremely popular gift this year," Amazon said in reference to its growing line-up of smart speakers that besides the Dot also includes the updated Amazon Echo, the larger Echo Plus, and the Echo Spot. The hands-free, voice-controlled devices let you communicate with Alexa, the built-in virtual assistant that allows you to request information, play music from your library, make calls, listen to audiobooks, control smart home devices, and more.


Facebook wants your face data--to benefit your privacy, of course

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Should you allow Facebook to access and store your face data? That's a question users will be asking as Facebook rolls out new tools this week to help users better manage their identity using face recognition. Powered by the same technology the tech giant is already using to suggest friends that you may want to tag in photos or videos, Facebook said in a blog post that the new tools will help you prevent someone from impersonating you on the site. The company described the features, which can be activated or deactivated with an on/off switch, in a post on Tuesday. When photos of you are uploaded, even if you aren't friends with the person adding them, Facebook will notify you.


Accused serial predator had 'devil' in eyes, woman says

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She met him on a dating site, where Seth Mull's profile said he was "serious about finding the perfect match." She found him attractive: Mull was fit, with huge biceps and ripped abs. He was kind, too, quickly gaining her trust. The couple met at a Pennsylvania hotel, where they drank and listened to music. She said she'd made it clear to him ahead of time: No sex.


Google drops YouTube from Amazon's Fire TV, Echo Show

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File photo: People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. Google is pulling YouTube from Amazon's Echo Show and Fire TV devices over the online retailer's refusal to carry certain products from the search company. In pulling the YouTube support, Google said its own products, Google Home and Chromecast, are not available for sale on Amazon. Last month, the e-commerce giant also stopped selling certain products from Nest, a company under Google's parent Alphabet. "Given this lack of reciprocity, we are no longer supporting YouTube on Echo Show and Fire TV," Google said in an email on Tuesday.