Canadian manufacturer We-Vibe collected data about temperature and vibration intensity, revealing intimate information without customers’ knowledge
Fuente: Vibrator maker ordered to pay out C$4m for tracking users’ sexual activity | Technology | The Guardian
Conocida como el “Silicon Valley europeo”, Estonia fue el primer país del mundo en instaurar el voto por internet en unas elecciones generales. Y esa es sólo una de las razones por las que es considerada una de las sociedades digitales más avanzadas del planeta.
Fuente: Estonia, la diminuta república báltica que pasó de ser un satélite soviético a convertirse en la meca tecnológica de Europa – El Mostrador
The debate about “fake news” and the “post-truth” society we now supposedly inhabit has become the epistemological version of a feeding frenzy: so much heat, so little light. Two things about it are particularly infuriating. The first is the implicit assumption that “truth” is somehow a straightforward thing and our problem is that we just can’t be bothered any more to find it. The second is the failure to appreciate that the profitability, if not the entire business model, of both Google and Facebook depends critically on them not taking responsibility for what passes through their servers. So hoping that these companies will somehow fix the problem is like persuading turkeys to look forward to Christmas.
Fuente: Is technology smart enough to fix the fake news frenzy? | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian
With voice recognition software being used in household products, Dr Hannah Fry explores how it works – and what the future might bring.
Fuente: How much can I help you? Alexa’s voice recognition skills tested – video | Life and style | The Guardian
just as Apple has come to be seen as a warrior for digital protection and privacy against overreaching government surveillance, Cellebrite is emerging as its law-and-order counterpart, endeavoring to build tools to break through the barriers Apple and other phone makers erect to protect data.
Fuente: When the FBI Has a Phone It Can’t Crack, It Calls These Israeli Hackers
Restless consumers and technology are creating disruption
Fuente: Advertising needs a rethink in a brand new world
The cyber-attack that brought down much of America’s internet last week was caused by a new weapon called the Mirai botnet and was likely the largest of its kind in history, experts said.
Fuente: DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say | Technology | The Guardian
An enormous DDoS attack was a network of hacked Internet of Things devices, many of which were made by Xiongmai
Fuente: Chinese webcam maker recalls devices after cyberattack link | Technology | The Guardian
Contrary to a denial by Yahoo and a report by the New York Times, the company’s scanning program, revealed earlier this week by Reuters, provided the government with a custom-built back door into the company’s mail service — and it was so sloppily installed that it posed a privacy hazard for hundreds of millions of users, according to a former Yahoo employee with knowledge of the company’s security practices.
Fuente: Ex-Yahoo Employee: Government Spy Program Could Have Given a Hacker Access to All Email
Tech groups set the ball rolling for bots to replace apps but so far the results are underwhelming
Fuente: Overhyped bots not quite ready for service – FT.com
Recommendation engines help Amazon to suggest books you might like, LinkedIn to flag up jobs you could apply for and Facebook to suggest friends to contact. They also make proposals for the 125m hours of films and television that users of online streaming service Netflix watch every day.
Fuente: The algorithms using data to suggest your next purchase – FT.com
An Israeli technology company has been accused of creating and supplying an aggressive interception program capable of taking over Apple’s iPhones and turning them into remote spying devices, after it was allegedly used to target a Middle Eastern human rights activist and others.
Fuente: Israeli firm accused of creating iPhone spyware | World news | The Guardian
The tech giants thought they would beat old businesses but the health and finance industries are using data troves to become more, not less, resilient
Fuente: Silicon Valley was going to disrupt capitalism. Now it’s enhancing it | Opinion | The Guardian
Have you heard the good news? The blockchain is here – and it’s going to save everything.If you aren’t tied to the tech community, you might not have picked up on this salvation rhetoric. But you probably have heard of bitcoin, which burst into the public consciousness before imploding dramatically in 2014.
Fuente: Blockchain: the answer to life, the universe and everything? | World news | The Guardian
Augmented reality is here to stay. But what happens when physical space is all that human beings share?
Fuente: Why Pokémon Go is a game-changer for us all | Hari Kunzru | Opinion | The Guardian
Yahoo’s valuation grew to $128bn in spring 2000 because of investors’ faith that human curation could beat search engines — people browsing on slow dial-up lines needed a human interface. But technology triumphed over humanity. The internet was more powerful than they imagined and all that was left for Yahoo was likeability.
Fuente: Yahoo was all too human for the internet — FT.com
German challenger bank N26 has been granted a full German banking licence, in a sign of the maturity of Berlin’s fast-growing fintech industry and a vote of confidence in one of its rising stars.
Fuente: German challenger bank receives full banking licence — FT.com
With smartphone use and web penetration soaring, Africa is set for a tech revolution – but only if its infrastructure can support it
Fuente: Can the internet reboot Africa? | World news | The Guardian
The “open data” movement has produced a deluge of publicly available information this decade, as governments like those in the UK and US have released large volumes of data for general use.But the flood has left researchers and data scientists with a problem: how do they find the best data sets, ensure these are accurate and up to date, and combine them with other sources of information?
Fuente: US start-up aims to steer through flood of data – FT.com
The new feature is just the latest move towards more widespread encryption in consumer technology products following Apple’s standoff with the FBI earlier in 2016, in which it refused to help the agency weaken its own security processes to access information on an iPhone belonging to a terrorist. Facebook and Google both pledged support for Apple during the fight, and both are subsequently reported to be planning encrypted versions of their messaging apps.
Fuente: Take that, FBI: Apple goes all in on encryption | Technology | The Guardian
Hace casi una década que el ex director del SII y presidente de Banco Estado, junto a Sonda, Consorcio y otros socios, quería entrar a competirles a los bancos. Multicaja se sumará a la red de medios de pago en Chile. En una primera etapa aceptará tarjetas de crédito y prepago (en comercio físico y online) emitidas tanto local como internacionalmente y, en el futuro, también las tarjetas de débito.
Fuente: Se acaba el monopolio de Transbank: Andrés Navarro y Javier Etcheberry entran con Multicaja a darle competencia – El Mostrador
It’s a mind-bending concept with the potential to change the world, and Canadian tech company D-Wave claims to have cracked the code
Fuente: Has the age of quantum computing arrived? | Technology | The Guardian
Mientras los dólares de publicidad se trasladan de los viejos medios a la web y las compañías tratan de modernizarse para evitar verse afectadas, la distinción entre marketing y tecnología se está desdibujando.
Fuente: Los nerds: el nuevo desafío para las empresas publicitarias – El Mostrador
Encryption is finally mainstream.Government officials and technologists have been debating since the early 1990s whether to limit the strength of encryption to help the law-enforcement and intelligence communities monitor suspects’ communications. But until early 2016, this was a mostly esoteric fight, relegated to academic conferences, security agencies’ C-suites, and the back rooms of Capitol Hill.Everything changed in mid-February, when President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, investigating the terrorists who carried out the San Bernardino, California, shooting, asked a federal judge to force Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock one attacker’s iPhone.What followed was an unexpectedly rancorous and unprecedentedly public fight over how far the government should go to pierce and degrade commercial security technology in its quest to protect Americans from terrorism.
Fuente: ‘Crypto Wars’ timeline: A history of the new encryption debate
Con la mirada puesta en la anhelada meta de la privacidad, la universalización del cifrado para la seguridad de las telecomunicaciones en internet se perfila ya como un camino sin retorno, avalado por los últimos movimientos de populares plataformas en el sector, aunque teñido de sombras.
Fuente: ¿Hasta qué punto son seguras las telecomunicaciones cifradas? – El Mostrador
Back in July of last year, the controversial government spying and hacking tool seller Hacking Team was hacked itself by an outside attacker. The breach made headlines worldwide, but no one knew much about the perpetrator or how he did it.That mystery has finally been revealed.
Fuente: The Vigilante Who Hacked Hacking Team Explains How He Did It | Motherboard
Spurred on by Apple’s battles against the FBI, some of tech’s biggest names are to expand encryption of user data in their services, the Guardian can reveal
Fuente: Facebook, Google and WhatsApp plan to increase encryption of user data | Technology | The Guardian
FireEye, a cyber security company, has bought threat intelligence start-up iSight Partners, as it seeks to compliment its machine learning with data gathered by humans who watch hackers in the darkest corners of the internet. With the acquisition,
Fuente: FireEye bulks up for ‘cyber arms race’ – FT.com