KnowTechie: Green message bubbles on Apple devices are turning teens away from Android

KnowTechie: Green message bubbles on Apple devices are turning teens away from Android. “Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal released an article looking offering some insight into why young people want to stay away from the dreaded green text bubble on iMessage. Apparently, today’s peer pressure leads young people to prefer Apple devices so they can have that sweet, blue text bubble.”

UVA Today: Americans Are Less Likely To Answer Emails Sent By African Americans, Study Finds

UVA Today: Americans Are Less Likely To Answer Emails Sent By African Americans, Study Finds. “African Americans are less likely to receive responses to the emails they send, according to new research from a team that included John Holbein, a professor of public policy, politics and education at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.”

BBC: Italian man tries to dodge Covid jab using fake arm

BBC: Italian man tries to dodge Covid jab using fake arm. “An Italian man who wanted a Covid vaccination certificate without getting the jab turned up for his vaccine with a fake arm, officials say. The man, in his 50s, arrived for his shot with a silicone mould covering his real arm, hoping it would go unnoticed. But a nurse was not fooled and the man has now been reported to the police.”

VICE: A Hacker Got All My Texts for $16

VICE: A Hacker Got All My Texts for $16. “While I was on a Google Hangouts call with a colleague, the hacker sent me screenshots of my Bumble and Postmates accounts, which he had broken into. Then he showed he had received texts that were meant for me that he had intercepted. Later he took over my WhatsApp account, too, and texted a friend pretending to be me. Looking down at my phone, there was no sign it had been hacked. I still had reception; the phone said I was still connected to the T-Mobile network. Nothing was unusual there. But the hacker had swiftly, stealthily, and largely effortlessly redirected my text messages to themselves. And all for just $16.”

Rolling Stone: Trump Official Planned to Give Santa Claus Performers Early Access to Covid-19 Vaccine

Rolling Stone: Trump Official Planned to Give Santa Claus Performers Early Access to Covid-19 Vaccine. “You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why. Santa Claus has early access to the Covid-19 vaccine. At least, that’s how it would be if Michael Caputo, one of Trump’s HHS assistant secretaries, had his way. In perhaps one of the strangest plans to come out of this White House, Caputo proposed a $250 million campaign that would give Santa Claus performers access to the coronavirus vaccine before the general public. In exchange, the performers would agree to promote the vaccine to all the boys and girls who came to sit on their lap at Christmastime. And don’t fret about Mrs. Claus and the elves, because this hair-brained plan included giving them the vaccine, too.”

Wired: Google Offers to Help Others With the Tricky Ethics of AI

Oh my word. Wired: Google Offers to Help Others With the Tricky Ethics of AI. “The company plans to launch new AI ethics services before the end of the year. Initially, Google will offer others advice on tasks such as spotting racial bias in computer vision systems, or developing ethical guidelines that govern AI projects. Longer term, the company may offer to audit customers’ AI systems for ethical integrity, and charge for ethics advice.”

Business Insider: Kiddie pools are the new Instagram status symbol and are being resold on eBay for over 300% their original value

Business Insider: Kiddie pools are the new Instagram status symbol and are being resold on eBay for over 300% their original value. “Unfortunately, it may be slim pickings for those just starting to look for an inflatable pool for the summer. Amazon’s selection is limited. Many of Walmart’s options are sold out or nearly sold out. Home Depot is completely out of stock of all its aboveground pools. eBay, however, has become home to a flourishing resale market for aboveground pools.”

Ubergizmo: This 3D Printer Lets Preschoolers 3D Print Their Own Toys

Ubergizmo: This 3D Printer Lets Preschoolers 3D Print Their Own Toys. “If 3D printing has always come across as being more of an “adult” hobby, think again because the folks at 3Doodler have recently announced the launch of a new 3D printer that is being aimed at preschoolers. This will allow kids to 3D print their own little toys in a fun and safer way, while encouraging the development of motor skills.”

Boing Boing: Teespring removes Techdirt’s “Copying is Not Theft” tees for copyright infringement, and won’t discuss the matter any further

Boing Boing: Teespring removes Techdirt’s “Copying is Not Theft” tees for copyright infringement, and won’t discuss the matter any further. “As pranksters target skeezy t-shirt sellers that mine Twitter for replies containing ‘I want that on a t-shirt’ and then put the original Tweet on a t-shirt and shame online t-shirt sellers for underpolicing copyright, let’s not lose sight of what happens when they overpolice copyright.”

Press Release: Open Privacy discovers unencrypted patient medical information broadcast across Vancouver (Open Privacy)

Open Privacy: Press Release: Open Privacy discovers unencrypted patient medical information broadcast across Vancouver. “The Open Privacy Research Society has discovered that the sensitive medical information of patients being admitted to certain hospitals across the Greater Vancouver Area is being broadcast, unencrypted, by hospital paging systems, and that these broadcasts are trivially interceptable by anyone in the Greater Vancouver Area.”

CNET: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey meets with President Trump

CNET: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey meets with President Trump. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The meeting happened on the same day Trump criticized Twitter, accusing the social media company of being ‘very discriminatory,’ playing ‘political games’ and not treating him ‘well as a Republican.’ Twitter has denied suppressing conservative speech in the past.”

CNN: FEMA shared 2.3 million disaster survivors’ personal information with contractor

CNN: FEMA shared 2.3 million disaster survivors’ personal information with contractor . “Millions of hurricane and wildfire survivors are learning that they’re at ‘increased risk of identity theft and fraud’ because the Federal Emergency Management Agency shared their banking and other private information. The Department of Homeland Security inspector general said Friday that FEMA had unlawfully disclosed the private data of 2.3 million survivors with a federal contractor that was helping them find temporary housing.”

BetaNews: Facebook has been paying people to install a VPN that harvests data about them

BetaNews: Facebook has been paying people to install a VPN that harvests data about them. “An investigation has revealed that Facebook has been paying people aged between 13 and 35 to install a data harvesting VPN tool. The ‘Facebook Research’ VPN was offered to iOS and Android users who were paid up to $20 per month — plus referral commissions — to provide the social network with near-unfettered access to phone, app and web usage data (a Root Certificate is installed to give a terrifying level of access).”