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Amazon Confirms Alexa Heard a Couple's Background Conversation as a Command to Record Them Amazon Confirms Alexa Heard a Couple's Background Conversation as a Command to Record Them

Two weeks ago, a woman in Portland learned that her Amazon Echo device had recorded and sent a private conversation between her and her husband to one of his employees in Seattle without their knowledge. “Unplug your Alexa devices right now,” she says the employee told them, “You’re being hacked.”

Scammer Threatens to Kill Happy the Dog Unless Owner Pays Bitcoin Ransom Scammer Threatens to Kill Happy the Dog Unless Owner Pays Bitcoin Ransom

It can be difficult to muster anger about every bitcoin scam out there, but when con artists go after our Very Good Dogs, consider me invested. This weekend, a basset hound named Happy went missing in North Carolina, and a scammer claiming to have the dog soon demanded hundreds of dollars in bitcoin for his return.

Report: Google Search Features Revealed the Legally Protected Names of Sex and Violent Crime Victims Report: Google Search Features Revealed the Legally Protected Names of Sex and Violent Crime Victims

For victims of sexual violence, many of whom are legally granted anonymity in the United Kingdom, all it might take is some simple Google sleuthing to dig up their protected personal information.

Silicon Valley Pastor Resigns From Church After Calling Palo Alto 'Elitist Shit Den' Silicon Valley Pastor Resigns From Church After Calling Palo Alto 'Elitist Shit Den'

A pastor in Silicon Valley stepped down from his church on Monday after locals spiraled into a frenzy over some of his tweets. The truth hurts.

Lawmakers Want To Know How Ridesharing Companies Are Dealing With Sexual Assault and Harassment Lawmakers Want To Know How Ridesharing Companies Are Dealing With Sexual Assault and Harassment

Ridesharing companies have been around for years now, but they still have failed to make a convincing case they know how to deal with their sexual assault and harassment problems. On Monday, lawmakers sent a letter to the CEOs of Uber, Lyft, Juno, Curb, and Via, calling on them to provide more information on their…

The Tattered Remains of Cambridge Analytica Just Filed for Bankruptcy in the U.S. The Tattered Remains of Cambridge Analytica Just Filed for Bankruptcy in the U.S.

Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm accused of misusing the data of millions of Facebook users, filed for bankruptcy in the U.S. late Thursday. The news is hardly shocking—the firm announced that it had filed for insolvency in the UK earlier this month with bankruptcy proceedings in the U.S. to soon follow.

Why Miss Your High School Graduation When You Can Dress Up a Robot in a Cap and Gown? Why Miss Your High School Graduation When You Can Dress Up a Robot in a Cap and Gown?

There’s a lot of talk about robots coming for our jobs (and into our nightmares), but let’s take a moment to appreciate the Very Good Robots. For instance, this telepresence robot that helped Cynthia Pettway, who was stuck in the hospital during her graduation ceremony, virtually walk across the stage to accept her…

This Lawsuit Against a Trendy Makeup Brand Highlights How the Web Is Broken for Millions This Lawsuit Against a Trendy Makeup Brand Highlights How the Web Is Broken for Millions

A woman who is legally blind has filed a class-action lawsuit against beauty brand Glossier for failing to create an accessible website. The woman, Kathleen Sypert, claims that she “encountered multiple access barriers” when visiting the website, denying her and other visually impaired and legally blind users equal…

Chinese Ride-Sharing Giant Removes Creepy Passenger Attractiveness Ratings After Woman's Murder  Chinese Ride-Sharing Giant Removes Creepy Passenger Attractiveness Ratings After Woman's Murder 

China’s ride-sharing behemoth Didi is trying to make its platform safer for users after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by one of its drivers.

Facebook Screwed Up So Hard, Nurses Are Protesting a Hospital Named After Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Screwed Up So Hard, Nurses Are Protesting a Hospital Named After Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg put his name on a hospital, and the act of hubris is predictably not boding well with those concerned with their privacy. About a dozen current and former nurses protested the name change over the weekend, in which they covered Zuckerberg’s name outside the hospital in blue tape.

Uber Will Let Users Take Sexual Assault Claims to Court, But Still Prohibits Collective Action Uber Will Let Users Take Sexual Assault Claims to Court, But Still Prohibits Collective Action

Women who say they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Uber drivers have been fighting with the ridesharing company to have their cases heard by a jury. The company has pushed back against this demand for months, but on Tuesday, it finally freed them from mandatory arbitration, enabling them to have their cases…

Ahead of Ireland's Abortion Referendum Vote, Anti-Choice Group Pushes Propaganda DVD on Students Ahead of Ireland's Abortion Referendum Vote, Anti-Choice Group Pushes Propaganda DVD on Students

A pro-life group emailed schools in Ireland urging principals and religion teachers to show students a DVD that included excerpts from a 1980s anti-abortion propaganda video.

Ring's Smart Doorbell Let a Man Spy on His Ex-Boyfriend—Even After the Password Was Changed [Updated] Ring's Smart Doorbell Let a Man Spy on His Ex-Boyfriend—Even After the Password Was Changed [Updated]

After breaking up with his boyfriend, Jesus Echezarreta changed the password on his Ring smart doorbell—twice. Still, his ex-boyfriend was able to download video from the home security device as well as remotely ring the doorbell in the middle of the night. The company says it fixed the security flaw that made this…

Elon Musk Says the Boring Company Is About to Offer Free Tunnel Rides Elon Musk Says the Boring Company Is About to Offer Free Tunnel Rides

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been busy digging a giant tunnel under Los Angeles, and it’s reportedly nearly done and ready for some human passengers. Musk announced on Thursday that the company “will be offering free rides to the public in a few months.” That is, if they get government approval.

Inside Cambridge Analytica, Few Knew How Soon the End Would Come Inside Cambridge Analytica, Few Knew How Soon the End Would Come

Sitting with a friend in a bar in mid-March, a former Cambridge Analytica employee said he was having a beer when someone texted him Facebook’s announcement that it was kicking the data firm off its platform “pending further information.” “I just remember thinking, ‘Oh my God,’” he told Gizmodo. “This is going to be…

Google Joins Facebook in Banning All Ads Related to Ireland's Big Abortion Vote  Google Joins Facebook in Banning All Ads Related to Ireland's Big Abortion Vote 

Ireland is less than two weeks out from a historic vote on its abortion referendum, and anti-choice groups have been trying to manipulate people online in order to sway their decision. And tech companies are just now restricting some of these efforts. Most recently, Google announced that it would suspend all ads…

Why Abortion Access Organizations Are Suing Anti-Choice Internet Trolls  Why Abortion Access Organizations Are Suing Anti-Choice Internet Trolls 

For grassroots pro-choice organizations, visibility is a double-edged sword. This was especially clear during the National Abortion Access Bowl-a-Thon cyberattack two years ago. For the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), which led the event, more visibility meant the potential to raise more money to help those…

Activists Gather at Google's Developer Conference to Protest Maps Results for Sham Abortion Clinics Activists Gather at Google's Developer Conference to Protest Maps Results for Sham Abortion Clinics

Google will kick off its annual developer conference on Tuesday, showing off its latest and greatest to the people building things for its platforms. But a group of activists want to hold the tech giant accountable for how these very platforms are manipulating some of its most vulnerable users. On Tuesday morning, two…

These Giant Scrolls Are the Hellish User Agreements You Probably Should Have Read (But Didn't) These Giant Scrolls Are the Hellish User Agreements You Probably Should Have Read (But Didn't)

Made up of colorful scrolls cascading down a wall, artist Dima Yarovinsky’s installation “I Agree” is beautiful—at face value. If you read the fine print, however, you’ll learn that it’s a statement against our blind compliance with tech giants.

Cambridge Analytica Is Shutting Down [Updated] Cambridge Analytica Is Shutting Down [Updated]

On Wednesday, Cambridge Analytica employees learned that its parent company, the SCL Group, was shuttering the business, with American-based workers directed to return their keycards immediately, according to documentation reviewed by Gizmodo.

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