Bleeping Computer: Botched Firmware Update Bricks Hundreds of Smart Door Locks. “On Tuesday, August 8, smart locks manufacturer LockState botched an over-the-air firmware update for its WiFi enabled smart locks, causing the devices to lose connectivity to the vendor’s servers and the ability to open doors for its users.”
Techdirt: Twitter Suspends Popehat For Writing About Violent Threats He Received From Another Twitter User . “Ken White’s Popehat account has been temporarily suspended from Twitter. Why? Because he posted a threat he had received from someone else on Twitter to Twitter. Update: after this story started getting some attention, Twitter reversed the suspension and publicly apologized, saying that it was an error.” An error like when Twitter confirmed the Miss Piggy account but wouldn’t confirm Ellen Pao’s? How much credibility does Twitter have left?
Portland Press Herald (Maine): State budget error costs heavily used mapping agency its funding. “The accidental defunding of the Maine Office of Geographical Information Systems, or MEGIS, threatens services widely used by towns and cities, other state agencies, real estate professionals, developers, conservationists, foresters, planners and surveyors.”
Search Engine Roundtable: Google’s Top Result For Cure For Cancer Says Carrot Juice Is The Cure. “If you go to Google and search for [cure for cancer] the top organic result basically says doctors are lying and the cure to cancer is drinking carrot juice.”
BetaNews: Prepare to get pissed at Google as autoplaying videos arrive in search results . “When Twitter and Facebook introduced autoplaying videos, many users were annoyed by their intrusive nature. Subsequent tweaks and the introduction of autoplay settings calmed the mood a little, but now Google has decided to stir things up a bit.” So I should just turn my speakers off, yeah?
BBC: Amazon and eBay images broken by Photobucket’s ‘ransom demand’. “Thousands of images promoting goods sold on Amazon and other shopping sites have been removed after a photo-sharing service changed its terms. Ebay and Etsy have also been affected, in addition to many forums and blogs. The problem has been caused by Photobucket introducing a charge for allowing images hosted on its platform to be embedded into third-party sites.”
The Register: UK.gov leaves data dashboard users’ details on publicly accessible site. “Users of the government’s data dashboard have been asked to change their passwords after their information was made public. According to an email seen by The Register, a file containing the names, emails and hashed passwords for the data.gov.uk site was left on a third-party system.”