Tag: computing

Robocall blocking apps caught sending your private data without permission

Robocall-blocking apps promise to rid your life of spoofed and spam phone calls. But are they as trustworthy as they claim to be? One security researcher said many of these apps can violate your privacy as soon as they are opened. Dan Hastings, a senior security consultant at cybersecurity firm NCC Group, analyzed some of […]

Week in Review: Regulation boogaloo

Hello, weekenders. This is Week-in-Review, where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how services like Instagram had moved beyond letting […]

Higher Ground Labs is betting tech can help sway the 2020 elections for Democrats

When Shomik Dutta and Betsy Hoover first met in 2007, he was coordinating fundraising and get-out-the-vote efforts for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign and she was a deputy field director for the campaign. Over the next two election cycles the two would become parts of an organizing and fundraising team that transformed the business of […]

Apollo raises $22M for its GraphQL platform

Apollo, a San Francisco-based startup that provides a number of developer and operator tools and services around the GraphQL query language, today announced that it has raised a $22 million growth funding round co-led by Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners. Existing investors Trinity Ventures and Webb Investment Network also participated in this round. Today, Apollo […]

The Slack origin story

Let’s rewind a decade. It’s 2009. Vancouver, Canada. Stewart Butterfield, known already for his part in building Flickr, a photo-sharing service acquired by Yahoo in 2005, decided to try his hand — again — at building a game. Flickr had been a failed attempt at a game called Game Neverending followed by a big pivot. […]

Asus was warned of hacking risks months ago, thanks to leaky passwords

A security researcher warned Asus two months ago that employees were improperly publishing passwords in their GitHub repositories that could be used to access the company’s corporate network. One password, found in an employee repo on the code sharing, allowed the researcher to access an email account used by internal developers and engineers to share […]

Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

Security researchers have found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records sitting on an inadvertently public storage server. The two batches of user records were collected and exposed from two third-party companies, according to researchers at security firm UpGuard, who found the data. In the researchers’ write-up, Mexico-based digital media company Cultura Colectiva left more […]

Popsugar’s Twinning app was leaking everyone’s uploaded photos

I figured the worst factor about Popsugar&#8217s Twinning tool was it matched me with James Corden. Ends up, the thousands and thousands of selfies submitted towards the tool were easily downloadable by anybody who understood where you can look. The popular photo-matching tool is rather simple. &#8220It analyzes a selfie or submitted photo, compares it […]

Google’s year in search 2018: the World Cup, Fortnite GIFs and Bitcoin

Google’s annual Year in Search is greater than a digital record from the occasions, tales and phenomena that taken our attention over 12 several weeks. It&#8217s a reckoning, or computation, on which mattered to society in almost any given year &mdash or even signal where it&#8217s headed. And 2018 demonstrated a global transfixed on a […]