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Google bans politics, aka embarrassing stuff that gets leaked, from internal message boards

Google bans politics, aka embarrassing stuff that gets leaked, from internal message boards

Chocolate Factory sees some benefits in a censorship model Google may be lax in policing policy violating videos on YouTube, but at least it’s adding oversight where it’s needed – to mute overly opinionated employees. The ad biz, having weathered employee walkouts over payouts to execs accused of sexual harassment, protests over a censor-friendly search...

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Chrome add-on warns netizens when they use a leaked password. Sometimes, they even bother to change it

Alerted to exposed credentials, users do something about it roughly a quarter of the time Between February and March this year, after Google released a Chrome extension called Password Checkup to check whether people’s username and password combinations had been stolen and leaked from website databases, computer scientists at the biz and Stanford University gathered...

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HTTP/2, Brute! Then fall, server. Admin! Ops! The server is dead

Beware the denials of service: Netflix warns of eight networking bugs On Tuesday, Netflix, working in conjunction with Google and CERT/CC, published a security advisory covering a series of vulnerabilities that enable denial of service attacks against servers running HTTP/2 services. HTTP/2, like earlier versions, governs the application layer of the internet stack; it runs...

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Check your repos… Crypto-coin-stealing code sneaks into fairly popular NPM lib (2m downloads per week)

Node.js package tried to plunder Bitcoin wallets A widely used Node.js code library listed in NPM’s warehouse of repositories was altered to include crypto-coin-stealing malware. The lib in question, event-stream, is downloaded roughly two million times a week by application programmers. This vandalism is a stark reminder of the dangers of relying on deep and...

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Facebook’s CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

Mark promises independent oversight and AI as Sheryl leans far, far away Analysis Facebook on Thursday (again) reiterated its commitment to fighting misinformation, following a report that the data gathering biz hired a public relations firm, Definers Public Affairs, to promote content that undermine company critics. After announcing that it has ended its relationship with...