Parler’s amateur coding could come back to haunt Capitol Hill rioters
Getty Images By now, you may have heard of the hacker who says she scraped 99 percent of posts from Parler, the Twitter-wannabe site used by Trump supporters to help organize last Wednesday’s violent insurrection on Capitol Hill. What you may not know yet is the abysmal coding and... Read more
Best checking accounts for January 2021
A checking account is likely to be your fundamental — and most frequently used — bank account and financial tool. As the primary vehicle for collecting deposits, funding payments and initiating transactions, it’s nothing less than the gateway to your personal finances. To help you choose the best checking... Read more
Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Adi Robertson, and Casey Newton chronicle the week since the Capitol riot: Trump gets deplatformed and Parler is removed from app stores. Further reading: It’s 2021, and the pandemic is still here  FDA tells US health providers not to modify COVID-19 vaccine dose schedule Florida... Read more
A Startup Will Nix Algorithms Built on Ill-Gotten Facial Data
Late last year, San Francisco face-recognition startup Everalbum won a $2 million contract with the Air Force to provide “AI-driven access control.” Monday, another arm of the US government dealt the company a setback. The Federal Trade Commission said Everalbum had agreed to settle charges that it had applied... Read more
IMVU launches VCoin transferable digital currency
Social avatar platform IMVU is launching its VCoin transferable digital currency that will allow users to buy, gift, hold, earn, and convert earnings to real money. The launch comes after a November ruling by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that approved IMVU’s plan to enable payments in its... Read more
Amazon employees want Oath Keepers, Three Percenters merch taken down
In the weeks leading up the January 6 storming of the US Capitol, Amazon employees questioned the company about apparel featuring the logos of two right-wing militia groups — The Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters — available for sale on Amazon. And in the wake of the insurrection,... Read more
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9T is an affordable 5G phone… if you can find one
Redmi Note 9T Xiaomi The Redmi Note series is one of Xiaomi’s most successful family of devices, best known for offering plenty of fancy features in an affordable package. And the next-gen Redmi Note 9T, launched on Friday, appears to be no different.  The hefty budget handset has several... Read more
Listening to Black Women: The Innovation Tech Can’t Crack
In her new personal history of the internet, Lurking, Joanne McNeil argues that the mess Big Tech is in is largely due to its insistence on designing and making for users rather than for people. The problem is especially conspicuous with Black people. Computational narratives of existence, where metrics... Read more
CES day one gaming roundup: Extra-large TCL TVs, Intel CPUs, and more
The Consumer Electronics Show has gone virtual this year, but it’s still the same broad trade gathering as always. You’re more likely to find a refrigerator with feelings than a lot of gaming-specific news buried in the headlines of the event. But that doesn’t mean CES is devoid of... Read more
Capitol riot: Why bans on political donations from Facebook and corporate America are misleading
Corporate America on Monday raced to talk tough about how it would punish Republican politicians who sowed the insurrection at the Capitol last week. A diverse set of companies said they would not donate any more money from their corporate political action committees (PACs) to GOP officeholders involved in... Read more