The Panama Papers exposed a secretive world of offshore banks, and a recent report by Oxfam revealed how 50 of the biggest global companies based in the U.S. stash $1.3 trillion offshore. Many of those companies are in the tech world, and claim they’re committed to the public good.
The FBI insisted that if Apple unlocked the iPhone in the San Bernardino terrorism case that it would be a one-time deal. Now it’s been reported that they’ll help unlock an iPhone and iPod in an Arkansas murder case.
The streaming music service Spotify is expanding to take a bigger bite out of the entertainment apple. The company is adding podcasts, videos, and so-called smart features like music that adapts to the listener’s running pace. It’s looking to compete with new products from Apple and others, but will it work?
Xeni Jardin is an expert in all thing tech culture and has an offbeat taste in music, choosing everything from a romantic classical piece to punk for her Guest DJ set. She celebrates the curation of...
There’s a new source of internet outrage inspired by an old blog post from 2013: advice on how men should to talk to women wearing headphones. That and more web news in this week’s web roundup with Xeni Jardin.
Xeni Jardin has been saying for a long time that we need to be good guardians of our online privacy, and the recent news that Yahoo has been scanning every one of their users’ emails on behalf of the US government makes her case that much stronger.
Social media is a breeding ground for xenophobia, sexism, racism and all sorts of other unpleasantness, but there are times when it can spread a more positive message. Xeni Jardin has seen both sides of the digital coin, but she was reminded of the positive when her tweet condemning ISIS went viral.
Facebook invited a group of conservatives to their headquarters in Menlo Park after the web site Gizmodo claimed they were suppressing conservative news. Meanwhile, Google seems to have invited the rest of the world to the Googleplex for their developer conference. We’ll talk about that and more web news in our weekly chat with Xeni Jardin.
Facebook acknowledged on Monday before Congress that more than 126 million users potentially saw political ads bought by a Kremlin-linked company. Should the government regulate Facebook and Twitter, or should information on the internet roam free?
A massive ransomware attack started in Ukraine on Tuesday and then went global. And ProPublica published a big investigation into Facebook’s secret moderation methods this week, and the results aren’t pretty.
On Sunday night, as reports of the mass shooting in Las Vegas came out, so did false information about it. Fake victims, fake suspects, and conspiracy theories flooded YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Google. Some fake news videos and posts were ranked high in search results, alongside legitimate stories.
This week’s tech news was all about social media. We talk to Xeni Jardin about “The End of Twitter,” an article in The New Yorker magazine last week that proclaimed the death of Twitter was upon us. Social media users weren’t too happy about that.
The iPhone X boasts an edge-to-edge display, facial recognition technology, no home button, wireless charging, and a better camera. Should you be swayed by the hype and go for it? We also discuss the story of Instagram taking down a photo of a mom with her son, who has a facial disfigurement.
On Tuesday the LAUSD closed its schools because of an emailed threat, which has turned out to be a hoax. The email came from what Xeni Jardin calls an “Internet meme sewer.” She explains what that means and runs down other digital news in our regular Thursday web roundup.
Amazon dominates online retail in the U.S., and now it’ll own actual grocery stores, since its purchase of Whole Foods is a go. Amazon has also been opening up brick and mortar bookstores, and designing an algorithm for making apparel. To compete, Google is partnering with Walmart so you can do voice shopping from home.
Ann Dowd earned two Emmy nominations this year. In “The Handmaid’s Tale,” she plays Aunt Lydia, a religious zealot who indoctrinates the handmaids. In “The Leftovers,” she plays Patti Levin, a cult leader who wants the world to live in perpetual mourning.
Defcon, one of the world’s largest hacking conventions has kicked off. It includes Voting Village, a place where hackers can carry out attacks on various voting machines to show how vulnerable our elections are. Also, the little vacuum robot Roomba is mapping your house.
We speak with the director of the new documentary “Chasing Coral,” who witnessed firsthand how fast the world’s coral reefs are disappearing. If nothing’s done, they will all be gone within our lifetime.