Plug In All of the Things With This $24 Power Tower

August 14, 2018 Editor 0

What were they thinking inventing this surge protector and not calling it the Power Tower? Missed marketing opportunities aside, it comes with a whopping 18 outlets, four USB ports, and its own 6.5' retractable power cord. Plus, it rotates for maximum flexibility. Get it for $24 today with promo code 6TSP4BEC. Read more…

What It Means To Buy A Video Game

August 14, 2018 Editor 0

Videos games are an expensive hobby, often demanding a great deal of trust whenever you buy a new one. Buying a game winds up being a number of things. A purchase is a gamble. It’s an encouragement. It’s a participation in exploitation. And it’s a conversation with the many people who brought you the game. Read more…

Revcontent is trying to get rid of misinformation with help from Poynter Institute

August 14, 2018 Editor 0

CEO John Lemp recently said that thanks to a new policy, publishers in Revcontent‘s content recommendation network “won’t ever make a cent” on false and misleading stories — at least, not from the network. To achieve this, the company is relying on fact-checking provided by the Poynter Institute’s International Fact Checking Network. If any two independent fact checkers from International Fact Checking flag a story from the Revcontent network as false, the company’s widget will be removed, and Revcontent will not […]

Intel discloses another set of processor vulnerabilities

August 14, 2018 Editor 0

Intel disclosed another set of processor flaws today that could let attackers steal information stored on computers or third party clouds. Discovered by a number of researchers and reported to Intel in January, the vulnerability includes three variet…

Techdirt Podcast Episode 178: Old Tweets & Your Permanent Record

August 14, 2018 Editor 0

There has long been anxiety around the “permanent record” of the internet, and recent public shamings based on old tweets have brought that fear to the forefront for many people. But the mass deletion of old tweets also means throwing out huge amounts of potentially valuable information. Is there a technological solution? A cultural one? This week, we’re joined by returning guests Cathy Gellis and Parker Higgins to discuss a proposal for fixing the problem without sacrificing the permanent record. […]

How a few activists, concerned by the lack of regulation of US internet firms’ data collection practices, led an effort that resulted in CA’s new privacy bill (Nicholas Confessore/New York Times)

August 14, 2018 Editor 0

Nicholas Confessore / New York Times: How a few activists, concerned by the lack of regulation of US internet firms’ data collection practices, led an effort that resulted in CA’s new privacy bill  —  Facebook and Google made billions mining personal data, and fought off anyone who threatened to stop them.  Then came a challenge in their own backyard.