Cyrus Farivar, Forbes

Cyrus Farivar


Oakland, CA, United States

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Past articles by Cyrus:

GPT-4 Can Ace Standardized Tests, Do Your Taxes, And More, Says OpenAI

However, the new version of ChatGPT could have been a lot more contentious, the company admits and has instituted substantive new guardrails to prevent malicious answers. → Read More

TikTok’s In-App Browser Monitoring Violates Wiretap Law, Slew Of Lawsuits Claim

Earlier research found that TikTok is able to log keystrokes when users visit websites through its in-app browser, which could allow it to ingest vast amounts of information about a user’s behavior. → Read More

These Companies Say They Can Recover Stolen Crypto. That Rarely Happens.

After being scammed for over $500,000, one man paid one such company $6,500 to recover his stolen savings. A year later, he’s received nothing — and he’s not alone. → Read More

They Lost Millions To Crypto Scammers. This Prosecutor Is Helping Them Get It Back.

A deputy district attorney in California has emerged as one of the country’s experts in successfully recouping money swindled by crypto criminals. → Read More

Twitter Still Hasn’t Sent Severance Agreements, And Ex-Workers Are Demanding Answers

Former employees say they have no clue when to expect final payment. → Read More

Elon Musk Has Outfitted Twitter’s Headquarters With Bedrooms For Employees

“It’s not a good look,” one source said. “It’s yet another unspoken sign of disrespect." → Read More

Ex-Twitter Employees Begin Lawyering Up To Face Elon Musk

Musk may be attempting to save millions in severance and other payouts, say multiple lawyers who are representing former Twitter workers. → Read More

After Thousands Of Layoffs At Meta, Contract Workers Worry That They’re Next

“There’s been this giant submerged iceberg of blue collar workers that makes the entire thing go.” → Read More

Twitter Engineer Fired On Twitter Calls Musk’s Team “A Bunch Of Cowards”

The Android developer frets over Twitter’s near-future: “No one trusts anyone within the company anymore.” → Read More

Victims Claim Coinbase Didn't Protect Them From $21 Million Crypto Scam

Scam enables “trojan horse” tactic, facilitating “wholesale permission” to access crypto wallet → Read More

Apple Removes A Trading App Linked To Crypto Scams From The App Store

The foreign exchange brokerage app MetaTrader has been used by “pig butchering” cryptocurrency scammers. → Read More

Cambodia Is Cracking Down On ‘Fraud Factories,’ Where People Are Forced To Scam Others

“This has become a foreign relations nightmare for Cambodia,” said one expert. → Read More

How One Man Lost $1 Million To A Crypto ‘Super Scam’ Called Pig Butchering

A 271,000-word WhatsApp conversation between a Bay Area man and his scammer reveals the heartbreaking mechanics of a new breed of investment racket. Experts believe the global losses are in the billions. → Read More

Can AI Predict If Your House Is Going To Burn To The Ground?

As summer fire season looms in California, is using machine learning to help insurers and homeowners to make realistic risk assessments—and reduce damage to homes and property. → Read More

‘Pig Butchering’ Crypto Scam Victim To Get Money Back From Binance, Law Enforcement Says

Silicon Valley prosecutor says her office has been flooded with with reports of similar scams, in which cybercriminals use dating sites to meet romantic partners they later entice to invest in fake crypto companies. → Read More

Bay Area Investors Laud Recall Of San Francisco DA

“Recalling Chesa Boudin tonight represents the beginning of a new chapter,” one VC tweets → Read More

Crowdfunded Dashcam Startup Fails To Deliver Promised Product, Three Years Later

Deluge of investor complaints about South Korean company’s $2.5 million campaign shows risk of crowdsourcing platforms, which say they don’t have to get involved in disputes between creators and funders. → Read More

Why Silicon Valley Investors Are Injecting Millions Into San Francisco’s DA Recall Election

In June 2022, voters will decide: Should “progressive” District Attorney Chesa Boudin stay or go? → Read More

In Silicon Valley, tiny homes are part of plan to end homelessness by 2025

Sixty-two people, including 40 children, are living in prefabricated tiny homes on land owned by Santa Clara County in California. → Read More

Amazon worker deaths in tornados raise questions about tornado training and cellphone policy

After tornadoes killed six workers at an Amazon distribution center in Edwardsville, Illinois, some Amazon workers have raised concerns about how the company → Read More