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Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark

At this point Uber should best be described not as a business or startup, but as a racket, a criminal enterprise. ?

The iOS Economy, Updated

Horace Dediu, on the latest figures from Apple on App Store revenue: A few observations: Developer payment rate is now above $25 billion/yr. I’ve been notified via Twitter that this is higher than the revenue of McDonald’s Corporation in 2016. During this year iOS users will be spending about $100 million per day for Apps. Show More Summary

Peter Valdes-Dapena Reviews the Tesla Model 3

Perhaps unsurprisingly for a review for CNN, the video seems like the “real” review, and the written article seems like an afterthought extracted from the video review. He makes three main points: The car drives and performs well, about...Show More Summary

Facebook Purportedly Changes News Feed to Make It ‘Good for People’

Laura Hazard Owen, writing for the Nieman Journalism Lab: Facebook is making big, immediate changes to News Feed. The company will now prioritize content from friends, family, and groups over “public content like posts from businesses, brands, and media,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a post Thursday night. Show More Summary

Confide Popular With Republican Politicians

I thought that Confide rang a bell. I hadn’t tried it personally until yesterday, but now I remember where I’d heard of it: in the early days of the Trump White House, there were reports like this one from Axios that leaking staff members were using it to communicate privately. ?

Ben Apple’s Indirect Presence Fades From CES

Ben Bajarin, writing from CES 2018: We would go to CES and remark at how Apple’s dominance loomed over he show. Vendors of all shapes and sizes were rushing to be a part of the Apple ecosystem. Apple’s ecosystem was front and centerShow More Summary

? ScreenShield — iOS Screenshot-Prevention SDK

From an announcement for a new version of Confide, a “confidential messenger” app: ScreenShield is a patent-pending technology that allows you to view an app’s content on your screen but prevents you from taking a screenshot of it. If you...

Wired: ‘How Outlier, the Underground Fashion Label for Nerds, Got Cool’

Adam Rogers, writing for Wired on indie menswear maker Outlier (a former DF sponsor): Pants tough enough to deal with anything became Outlier’s signature play — trousers “for the end of the world,” as the folks at GQ put it. “We were trying to solve a specific cycling problem,” Burmeister says. Show More Summary

Android Central: ‘Essential Phone Review, Four Months Later: The Sun Is Setting on This Experiment’

Andrew Martonik, writing for Android Central two weeks ago: It all starts with just general app instability. Apps crash — a lot. More than I’ve experienced on any other phone. They freeze, stutter, lock up and force close. Sometimes you tap an app to open it, and nothing happens for multiple seconds. Show More Summary

‘The Good War’

Thought-provoking graphic essay by Mike Dawson and Chris Hayes. ?

MacOS 10.13 High Sierra’s App Store System Prefs Panel Can Be Unlocked With Any Password

This one is relatively low stakes: These settings are unlocked by default for admin users. Entering a bogus password only works if you’re logged in as an admin user. The settings in this panel aren’t particularly sensitive. It’s apparently...Show More Summary

Pop-Up Mobile Ads Surge as Sites Scramble to Stop Them

Lily Hay Newman, reporting for Wired: These redirects can show up seemingly out of the blue when you’re in a mobile browser like Chrome, or even when you’re using a service like Facebook or Twitter and navigating to a page through one of their in-app browsers. Show More Summary

Google Announces Plan to Improve URLs for AMP Pages, But Even If It Happens, Which Remains Uncertain, AMP Will Still Suck

Malte Ubl, tech lead for the AMP Project at Google Based on this web standard AMP navigations from Google Search can ake advantage of privacy-preserving preloading and the performance of Google’s servers, while URLs remain as the publisher intended and the primary security context of the web, he origin, remains intact. Show More Summary

North Carolina Congressional Map Ruled Unconstitutionally Gerrymandered

Alan Blinder, reporting for The New York Times: A panel of federal judges struck down North Carolina’s congressional map on Tuesday, declaring it unconstitutionally gerrymandered and demanding that the Republican-controlled General Assembly...Show More Summary

New Bill Aims to Eliminate Paperless Voting Machines

Timothy B. Lee, writing for Ars Technica: “With the 2018 elections just around the corner, Russia will be back to interfere again,” said co-sponsor Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). So a group of senators led by James Lankford (R-Okla.) wants to shore up the security of American voting systems ahead of the 2018 and 2020 elections. Show More Summary

Regarding This Open Letter From Two Investor Groups to Apple Regarding Kids’ Use of Devices

David Gelles, reporting for The New York Times: Now, two of the biggest investors on Wall Street have asked Apple to study the health effects of its products and to make it easier for parents to limit their children’s use of iPhones and iPads. Show More Summary

AT&T Drops Huawei’s New Smartphone Amid Security Worries

Paul Mozur, reporting for The New York Times: AT&T walked away from a deal to sell the Huawei smartphone, the Mate 10, to customers in the United States just before the partnership was set to be unveiled, said two people on Tuesday familiar with the plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the discussions were not public. Show More Summary

Ad Tracking Companies Complain About Safari’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention

Alex Hern, in a decidedly-pro-ad-industry report for The Guardian: Internet advertising firms are losing hundreds of millions of dollars following the introduction of a new privacy feature from Apple that prevents users from being tracked...Show More Summary

What Spectre and Meltdown Mean for WebKit

Great explanation from Filip Pizlo on the Spectre and Meltdown-related changes that have shipped (and will ship) in WebKit. Includes a pretty good overview of how the Spectre exploit works. ?

How Meltdown and Spectre Were Independently Discovered by Four Research Teams at Once

Great piece by Andy Greenberg for Wired: Yet when Intel responded to the trio’s warning — after a long week of silence — the company gave them a surprising response. Though Intel was indeed working on a fix, the Graz team wasn’t the first to tell the chip giant about the vulnerability. Show More Summary

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