Facebook’s AMBER Alerts tool is transforming how we find missing children

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Since it launched 21 years ago after the tragic death of 9-year-old Amber Hagerman in Arlington, Texas, the AMBER Alert system has helped families and authorities successfully recover 868 missing children.

But more than 460,000 children — runaways, abductions, lost or injured kids — go missing every year in the U.S., plus many more around the world. Facebook, whose user base is now nearly 2 billion-strong, wants to leverage its expansive network to help get more children back home.

In honor of International Missing Children's Day on Thursday, Facebook released a new video explaining how its AMBER Alerts feature, which first launched in the U.S. in 2015, can help amplify the right information about missing children to the right people at the right time. Read more...

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VMware and Google extend partnership to include Chrome OS management in Workspace One

 One of the beautiful things about owning a Google Chromebook laptop is the surprising lack of maintenance involved. The browser is essentially the OS and you connect to applications via the cloud. Everything gets updated automatically. Easy, peasy right? Well, it gets a bit more complicated when you bring a device into a mixed environment in the enterprise, and VMware announced a partnership… Read More

UK wants tech firms to build tools to block terrorist content

 UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd is holding talks with several major Internet companies today to urge them to be more proactive about tackling the spread of extremist content online. Companies in attendance include Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook, along with some smaller Internet companies. Read More

A big challenger is about to change the way you use Facebook to log in on websites

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There are two ways to log in on websites: try to recall the email address and password you registered with —  or simply hit the "Facebook Login" button. 

The convenience of the latter underscores the popularity of social authentication options. You'll see Facebook and Google login buttons on popular sites including Netflix, Uber, Spotify, Imgur and Linkedin, just to name some.

Facebook itself estimates that some 350 million people log into a new app or site with their Facebook credentials every month. 

Olga Kuznetsova, Engineering Manager at Facebook told us that the Facebook Login button ranks in the top three of consumer account creation and sign-in preferences worldwide. Read more...

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Google is fighting with Symantec over encrypting the internet

 Google, which has accused Symantec and its partners of misissuing tens of thousands of certificates for encrypted web connections, quietly announced Thursday that it’s downgrading the level and length of trust Chrome will place in certificates issued by Symantec. Encrypted web connections — HTTPS connections like those on banking sites, login pages or news sites like this one… Read More

Social media firms facing fresh political pressure after London terror attack

 Yesterday UK government ministers once again called for social media companies to do more to combat terrorism. “There should be no place for terrorists to hide,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr program. Read More

What to do about those ‘government-backed attack’ warnings from Google

 TOTALLY PANIC. Just kidding; please don’t do that. Google regularly issues warnings to people whose accounts are or have been targeted by state-sponsored attackers, and every time it does, users get really nervous that their emails are going to wind up on Wikileaks. Don’t freak out if you get one of these notices — it doesn’t necessarily mean that your account has… Read More

Android plans to improve security update speed this year

 Google has spent the past year working with third party manufacturers and phone carriers to improve its update system for Android, which is often criticized for not being fast enough to protect users from known vulnerabilities. And while Google says it has made some progress in this area — Android issued security updates to 735 million devices from over 200 manufacturers in 2016… Read More

This creepy Facebook stalking app was a hoax—but it should still scare the hell out of you

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Earlier this week, sketchy-looking app  Facezam caught the internet's attention, and whipped up some controversy. It was all just a hoax engineered by a marketing company looking to score some viral gold. But that doesn't mean you still shouldn't be watching this story.   

The app was touted as "Shazam for faces," with its "makers" claiming it'd let users upload photos of strangers, then, leverage Facebook's repository of profile pictures to identify the people in those photos. 

Facezam raised red flags immediately. The scant marketing materials made it even worse. They declared that "privacy is over" and used a sexualized image of a woman to show how the bogus product supposedly worked: Just take a picture of an innocent person, let the app find their profile on Facebook and "the rest is up to you."   Read more...

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DoJ accuses two Russian spies and two criminals of 2014 Yahoo hack

 The U.S. Department of Justice has confirmed earlier reports and accused two Russian FSB officers and two criminal hackers of being behind the hacking of at least 500 million Yahoo accounts. Read More
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