Internet providers block sites that host Christchurch terror attack video

It’s been a struggle for internet companies to contain a live streamed video of the Christchurch terror attack.
In light of this, internet service providers are teaming up to block sites which refuse to take down the video, echoing calls by police and government for people to stop sharing it.
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A Vodafone New Zealand spokesperson said it was working alongside other large internet service providers in the country, such as Spark, 2Degrees and Vocus to “identify and block access to sites” distributing the video. Read more…More about New Zealand, Christchurch, Internet…

Internet providers block sites that host Christchurch terror attack video

Reddit waits until it’s too late to ban violence-glorifying subreddits

Another day, another internet giant belatedly deciding to apply its own policies in the face of a tragedy. 
Following the tragic Christchurch terrorist attack in New Zealand that left 49 people dead and scores more injured, and the subsequent sharing online of a livestream from the killer, Reddit has banned two subreddits that it now says glorified or celebrated violence. 
SEE ALSO: Police urge people to stop sharing that Christchurch shooter video online
The first, r/watchpeopledie, was pretty much exactly what it sounds like — a place where people shared and commented on grisly videos of real deaths. The second, r/gore, was less specific…

Reddit waits until it’s too late to ban violence-glorifying subreddits

Alexa can do a lot more in your car with Echo Auto skills

Amazon’s Echo Auto just skilled up. 
Developers can now make skills just for the Auto, which works with your phone or with some in-car infotainment systems. What’s it for? It’s basically an Alexa digital assistant device made specifically for the car. 
Amazon announced on Wednesday the new customizable skill-making for the car, which it argues is different from developing skills for a living room or kitchen space. Car skills will determine how each is designed and works, whether it’s a game or a news-reading app. 
SEE ALSO: Amazon’s Echo Auto is finally here
Amazon doled out advice for those looking to create skills for the…

Alexa can do a lot more in your car with Echo Auto skills

The trailer for ‘CRYPTO’ just dropped, and cryptocurrency is good now

With all the exit scams, weird meat obsessions, and cantankerous fan-boy culture, the world of cryptocurrency is kind of a drag. And that’s without even touching on the current and persistent bear market. 
But all that has changed, denizens of the internet. Cryptocurrency is good now, and we owe it all to the trailer for the upcoming crypto-themed action flick starring none other than Snake Plissken himself. Say hello to CRYPTO, the film that, like its eponymous subject matter, features a bunch of idiots fighting over bullshit and terrible security practices. 
SEE ALSO: One of the most popular Ethereum apps sure looks like…

The trailer for ‘CRYPTO’ just dropped, and cryptocurrency is good now

Mark Zuckerberg promises to rebuild Facebook as ‘privacy-focused’ social network

Mark Zuckerberg has a plan to fix Facebook, and all it will take is completely rebuilding Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram. 
The Facebook CEO published a lengthy post laying out “our vision and principles around building a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform.” The post explains more about the company’s plans to merge WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram’s messaging features, as well as a broader shift to encrypted and ephemeral content across its services. 
“As I think about the future of the internet, I believe a privacy-focused communications platform will become even more important than today’s open platforms,” Zuckerberg writes, noting that private messaging and…

Mark Zuckerberg promises to rebuild Facebook as ‘privacy-focused’ social network

Galaxy S10, S10+ will come with pre-installed screen protector

Those who purchase a Galaxy S10 or S10+ shouldn’t have to worry about paying extra for a screen protector. Samsung this week confirmed that its upcoming flagship smartphones will come with one pre-installed.
“This decision was made to increase overall customer experiences with the improved screen durability and full functionality of the ultrasonic fingerprint sensoron Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+,” Samsung wrote.
If, however, the pre-installed screen protector gets scratched up and you need a new one, you’ll have to pay for it yourself. While other in-box accessories such as the Travel Adapter, USB Connector, and AKG headset are covered under a one-year…

Galaxy S10, S10+ will come with pre-installed screen protector

Nokia’s crazy 5-camera phone comes to the U.S. on March 3

At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia (now owned by HMD Global) has done something it hasn’t done in a long time: It innovated. 
The company’s PureView 9 flagship is the first-ever phone to feature five rear cameras, and now it has a U.S. launch date: March 3. 
SEE ALSO: The best tech of Mobile World Congress 2019
Nokia PureView 9 uses its 5-camera array in a pretty novel way. All of the sensors have a 12-megapixel resolution and an f/1.8 aperture; two shoot in color and three in monochrome, and the resulting photos should have a huge dynamic range and tons…

Nokia’s crazy 5-camera phone comes to the U.S. on March 3

Huawei’s P30 flagship now has a launch date

Huawei has officially announced the launch date and place for its P30 flagship phone: March 26, Paris. 
The event was announced on Twitter with the tagline, “Rules were made to be rewritten.”

The short video accompanying the announcement indicates the P30 will have enhanced zoom capabilities, which is unsurprising given that the P20 was the first phone with three rear cameras and one of the best cameraphones around. 
SEE ALSO: Smartphones will get a lot more interesting next week
Previous rumors said that Huawei’s new flagship will come in two flavors: P30 and P30 Pro, both with a “waterdrop” notch for the selfie camera and…

Huawei’s P30 flagship now has a launch date

Why the Tesla Model 3 isn’t branded as a Model 3

Look at the back of your car or the next car passing by. Unless it’s an ultraluxury Lamborghini or something similar, you likely just saw which car company made the car (maybe a Honda) as well as which model it is (probably a Civic). 
Now look at the backside of a Tesla Model 3, the electric car company’s newest sedan.
It’s almost entirely bare, save for the Tesla logo above the license plate. (The dual motor version is badged and says “Dual Motor,” so there are exceptions.) Its predecessors, Models X and S, out in 2015 and 2012, respectively, didn’t get this same…

Why the Tesla Model 3 isn’t branded as a Model 3

Tesla’s new ‘dog mode’ tells people that your pet is OK in the car

Tesla owners can feel less bad about leaving their pooch in their car.
On Wednesday, the carmaker rolled out “dog mode” through a software update, a feature which keeps the air-conditioning running and tells passersby that your pet is OK through the centre screen.
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When in “dog mode,” the car’s centre screen will display the cabin temperature, as well as a message informing people that “my owner will be back soon.”
The idea comes from a Twitter user last year, who asked Elon Musk if he could implement the feature in future cars. It’s pretty neat,…

Tesla’s new ‘dog mode’ tells people that your pet is OK in the car

Paris is suing Airbnb for illegal listings

Paris is one of the most popular destinations for Airbnb, but the city’s authorities are at odds with the company.
The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announced on Sunday the city would be suing Airbnb to the tune of $14 million, due to the alleged listing of 1,000 illegal rentals.
SEE ALSO: No, you can’t hide a security camera in your Airbnb rental photos and call that ‘disclosure’
Hidalgo made the announcement in French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche, and said she didn’t take issue with Parisians who rent their home “a few days a year,” but those who treat it like a business.
“The…

Paris is suing Airbnb for illegal listings

Amazon’s QVC-style shopping channel is a monument to sadness

Even in these dark online times, there are places on the internet that manage to shine through and offer us some form of digital redemption; places where we yearn to stay and build new forms of community.
Amazon Live is not one of those places. 
The QVC-like streaming media service — soft-launched on Amazon’s mobile apps, in stealth mode on the web, and first discovered by TechCrunch — offers a carousel of teeth-whitened enthusiasts detailing all the ways a featured product will improve their lives. 
SEE ALSO: Tesla launches Amazon store filled with every 40-year-old child’s dreams
But wait, there’s more.  Read more…More about Amazon,…

Jeff Bezos chose Medium for possibly the most important blog post of his life

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos dropped a bombshell blog post saying the National Enquirer was attempting to blackmail him with nude photos, it immediately set the internet ablaze.
The lengthy post is full of scandalous details: not only does the National Enquirer have Bezos’ nudes (which are described in excruciatingly vivid detail), but the company allegedly used said photos to blackmail him into ending a Washington Post investigation into the tabloid. Bezos’ post also notes the connections between Enquirer-publisher David Pecker, Donald Trump, and the Saudi government.
It’s enough to make anyone’s head explode. Read more…More about Tech, Amazon, Jeff Bezos, Medium, and…

Jeff Bezos chose Medium for possibly the most important blog post of his life

E-scooter injuries keep piling up

E-scooters can cause way more than a few scrapes and bruises.
A UC Los Angeles study from last month looked at two Southern California hospitals and the number of electric scooter injuries reported there for about a year. It totaled 250 people sent to the ER and 100 with head injuries. Now Consumer Reports has found throughout the country more than 1,500 scooter-related injuries that can be blamed on the two-wheeled vehicles.
SEE ALSO: Yup, e-scooters are dangerous, study confirms – especially since nobody wears helmets
In a report released this week looking at e-scooter crashes since the end of 2017 when the motorized…

E-scooter injuries keep piling up

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s 15th anniversary: critics are too ‘negative’

Facebook is officially 15 years old and Mark Zuckerberg would really love it if all the haters could just, like, stop being so negative already.
The Facebook CEO published a note to commemorate Facebook’s 15th anniversary and, in the words of Facebook’s official Twitter account, reflect “on how the world has changed, the challenges we’ve faced, the progress we’ve made, and where we’re going.” 
In the note, Zuckerberg once again recounts his dorm room decision to create “a simple website organized around people,” which eventually grew to more than 2 billion users.
The CEO also notes the “new social and ethical issues” Facebook is…

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s 15th anniversary: critics are too ‘negative’