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Friday - August 15, 2014
A deluge of hateful tweets after the suicide of actor Robin Williams earlier this week forced his daughter Zelda to publicly quit Twitter and Instagram. "We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter," Del Harvey, the company's vice president of trust and safety, said in a prepared statement. Twitter has suspended "a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules." [More...]

Thursday - August 14, 2014
Apple on Thursday reiterated its commitment to safe working conditions in its supply chain, and announced stricter rules for the use of benzene and n-hexane, two toxic chemicals. It also published its Regulated Substances Specification, pointing out that it sets occupational exposure limits for the two toxic chemicals that follow standards bodies' recommendations. [More...]

Thursday - August 14, 2014
Millions of users were unable to access the Web Tuesday, according to reports. The websites of eBay, Amazon, Autotrader, LinkedIn, Time Warner and Verizon were among those hit. The problem is due to a combination of factors: router configuration; the explosive growth of connected devices; and IPv4 running out of addresses. "The industry faces many limitations," said tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

Thursday - August 14, 2014
Apple is firing on all cylinders. The company is excelling in so many ways, it's hard to keep track of it all. It's building an amazing new "spaceship" headquarters. It's building solar farms to power its data centers. It's cleaning up its supply chain, both environmentally and through better labor practices. Apple produces the best-selling MacBook Air and MacBook Pro with Retina display. [More...]

Wednesday - August 13, 2014
Edward Snowden Wired NSA
In an interview conducted in Moscow, Edward Snowden revealed yet more NSA secrets. Among them is a program called "MonsterMind" that could be a major violation of U.S. citizens' constitutional rights. "Mass collection of personal information is a violation of privacy rights even if it might be used to stop cyberattacks," said Hudson B. Kingston, legal director of the Center for Digital Democracy. [More...]

Wednesday - August 13, 2014
Microsoft Researcher Johannes Kopf
Microsoft Researcher Johannes Kopf climbed Mount Shuksan in the North Cascades with a GoPro, capturing five hours of video footage. His desire to share the experience with others led to the development of Hyperlapse -- a technology that smooths time-lapse video and makes it watchable. The tech could have wider applications, such as in training, surveillance, unmanned exploration and film-making. [More...]

Wednesday - August 13, 2014
The inventors of Apple's Siri personal assistant have launched an independent effort that could make their first offspring look kind of dumb. Billed as "the global brain," Viv aims to provide an intelligent interface to everything. "They are trying to abstract Siri's [natural-language processing] interface so you could apply it into other applications and domains," said Tempo AI CEO Raj Singh. [More...]

Tuesday - August 12, 2014
A grassroots group calling itself "I Am The Cavalry" has published an open letter to the automotive industry offering its services in ensuring security and safety. "Modern vehicles are computers on wheels and are increasingly connected and controlled by software and embedded devices," the letter reads. New technology "introduces new classes of accidents and adversaries," the group pointed out. [More...]

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