«The Uber HQ team overseeing Ripley could remotely change passwords and otherwise lock up data on company-owned smartphones, laptops, and desktops as well as shut down the devices. This routine was initially called the unexpected visitor protocol. Employees aware of its existence eventually took to calling it Ripley, after Sigourney Weaver’s flamethrower-wielding hero in the Alien movies. The nickname was inspired by a Ripley line in Aliens, after the acid-blooded extraterrestrials easily best a squad of ground troops. ‘Nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.’»
Source : Uber’s Secret Tool for Keeping the Cops in the Dark – Bloomberg
«Mr. Chordia said that Alphonso has a deal with the music-listening app Shazam, which has microphone access on many phones. Alphonso is able to provide the snippets it picks up to Shazam, he said, which can use its own content-recognition technology to identify users and then sell that information to Alphonso».
Source : That Game on Your Phone May Be Tracking What You’re Watching on TV – The New York Times
«Alphabet Inc.’s Google moved 15.9 billion euros ($19.2 billion) to a Bermuda shell company in 2016, regulatory filings in the Netherlands show — saving the company billions of dollars in taxes that year. Google uses two structures, known as a “Double Irish” and a “Dutch Sandwich,” to shield the majority of its international profits from taxation. The setup involves shifting revenue from one Irish subsidiary to a Dutch company with no employees, and then on to a Bermuda mailbox owned by another Ireland-registered company».
Source : Google’s ‘Dutch Sandwich’ Shielded 16 Billion Euros From Tax – Bloomberg
«The Trump administration has stepped up its assault on environmental protections by halting a US$1-million study on the health risks of coal mining — casting a pall on academic freedom».
Source : Closure of US coal study marks an alarming precedent : Nature News & Comment
With less than 24 hours before the release of the album on Friday, the major digital music services were informed that “25” would not be available for streaming, according to three people with direct knowledge of the plans. A spokesman for Adele declined to comment.
Source : Adele Is Said to Reject Streaming for ‘25’ – The New York Times
Le ministre de l’intérieur peut prendre toute mesure pour assurer l’interruption de tout service de communication au public en ligne provoquant à la commission d’actes de terrorisme ou en faisant l’apologie.
Source : Assemblée nationale ~ PROROGATION DE L’ÉTAT D’URGENCE (no 3237) – Amendement no 57
SilverPush’s company policy is to not « divulge the names of the apps the technology is embedded, » meaning that users have no knowledge of which apps are using this technology and no way to opt-out of this practice. As of April of 2015, SilverPush’s software is used by 67 apps and the company monitors 18 million smartphones.
SilverPush’s ultrasonic cross-device tracking was publicly reported as long ago as July 2014. More recently, the company received a new round of publicity when it obtained $1.25 million in venture capital. The CDT letter appears to be the first time the privacy-invading potential of the company’s product has been discussed in detail. SilverPush officials didn’t respond to e-mail seeking comment for this article.
Source : Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your phone, TV, tablet, and PC | Ars Technica
The digital privacy of Australians ends from Tuesday, October 13.
Source : Data retention and the end of Australians’ digital privacy