Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Play Points, which rewards Android users with store credit or discounts for buying content like apps and movies, expands to the US from Japan and S.Korea — Google Play is launching a new rewards program, Googe Play Points, that will allow you to earn points for everything …
Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Researchers show that they can use lasers to inject commands to smart speakers, tablets, and phones via Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant from far away — By pointing lasers tuned to a precise frequency at a smart assistant, researchers could force it to unlock cars, open garage doors, and more.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Microsoft announces “Project Cortex,” a knowledge-management service, the first major new Office 365 cloud service that it has introduced since Teams in 2017 — Microsoft is adding a new, Microsoft-Graph-powered knowledge-management service to Office 365. Here´s what ‘Project Cortex’ is and how it will work.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Interview with Micron Technology VP Steve Pawlowski about the recent acquisition of AI startup FWDNXT and why the memory chip maker is moving into AI processing — I did a double-take last week when Micron Technology, one of the world´s largest memory chip makers, acquired artificial intelligence hardware and software startup Fwdnxt.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Unprotected database for popular “camgirl” sites run by Spain-based VTS Media exposed months worth of user activity logs and chats, details about sex workers — A number of popular “camgirl” sites have exposed millions of sex workers and users after the company running the sites left the back-end database unprotected.
David Nield / Gizmodo:
A look at six apps that Google has released as part of its Digital Wellbeing initiative: Paper Phone, Post Box, Desert Island, Morph, We Flip, and Unlock Clock — We know that we´re all spending too much time glued to our phones, rather than looking at the person we´re talking to …
Emotion recognition systems, which have been installed in Xinjiang, have started rolling out across China even as experts say the tech does not work very well — Emotion recognition was the crime prevention buzz-phrase on everyone´s lips this week at China´s largest surveillance tech expo, held in the southern tech hub of Shenzhen.
Erica Portnoy / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
A technical critique on why even a well-intentioned effort to build a client-side scanning system for messaging will break key promises of end-to-end encryption — Recent attacks on encryption have diverged. On the one hand, we´ve seen Attorney General William Barr call for “lawful access” …
Siva Vaidhyanathan / New York Times:
Vetting political ads effectively and consistently at global scale is impossible; Congress should restrict ad targeting to the level of an electoral district — It´s not about free speech. — Siva Vaidhyanathan is a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia.
New York Times:
Trump has integrated Twitter into the very fabric of his administration, and, via more than 11,000 tweets, has reshaped the presidency — With a single tweet last fall, Mr. Trump sent his administration into a tailspin. “I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught …