Facebook doesn’t want to be an “arbiter of truth,” but will verify the identities of people behind popular Pages

This week President Trump signed an executive order meant to limit the legal protections that have prevented social media platforms from being held liable for user-generated content. The move came right after Twitter started labeling some of his tweets with … Read more…

Trading standards agency goes after $346 “anti-5G” USB stick that’s really a $6 thumb drive

A firm called BioShield Distribution is offering a product called the 5GBioShield, which “provides protection for your home and family, thanks to the wearable holographic nano-layer catalyser, which can be worn or placed near to a smartphone or any other … Read more…

Coronavirus Contact-Tracing Apps Face Another Challenge: Designing a Great User Experience

Health officials consider tracing the contacts of people who test positive for the coronavirus an essential tool for controlling its spread, particularly as states across the U.S. loosen their lockdowns. Developers have rushed to answer the need with apps meant to … Read more…

Twitter is testing feature that restricts who can reply to tweets, and it could spell trouble for politicians

Back in January, Twitter said it would be introducing a new tool that would allow users to select who can reply to their tweets. Now, the company is testing the feature with a “limited group of people globally” on Android, … Read more…

Plan to use coronavirus-detecting drones in US abandoned after residents complain of privacy concerns

Last week, it was reported that drone-maker Draganfly’s drones were being tested in the US. The devices use specialized onboard thermal sensors and a smart computer vision system to monitor people’s temperature, heart and respiratory rates from a distance of … Read more…

Israeli researchers show you can steal data from a PC using fan vibrations and a smartphone

Hackers who want to steal sensitive data from computers can sometimes get very creative with their methods, but most of the time they exploit bad security practices and software vulnerabilities to achieve their goals. Sometimes, hackers use popular tools of … Read more…

Apple, Google mobility trends reports show how Covid-19 has impacted travel and activities

To help visualize what stay-at-home orders actually look like, Apple has published daily reports based on requests for directions in Apple Maps. With fewer people venturing outside the confines of their homes, requests for directions have predictably dropped. The suddenness … Read more…

Bill Gates withdraws from Microsoft board to become a full-time philanthropist

In a statement, Bill Gates says it’s his wish to focus on philanthropic priorities “including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate change.” This will likely manifest as an uptick of activity from the Bill … Read more…

Trump: Google is working with the US government to develop a COVID-19 screening website; Google: Wait a minute

Update: Not long after President Trump claimed that Google was working with over a thousand engineers on developing a website for Coronavirus self-screening at home, the company was forced to issue a statement that essentially contradicts everything Trump announced. Verily, … Read more…

Intel’s 10th-gen processors haven’t been announced, but they are for sale

Intel’s tenth generation processors aren’t confirmed, yet there’s little mystery surrounding them. In late December, Informatica Cero obtained slides detailing the entire lineup, and their information has been almost confirmed by about a dozen online sightings. TechSpot BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand proposes new government agency for internet privacy

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced legislation called the Data Protection Act. This act establishes the creation of a new government agency called the Data Protection Agency (DPA). This new agency would be responsible for protecting consumer data and investigating possible … Read more…