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Recent articles by Adam:

Viral Chinese Deepfake App Zao Sparks Privacy Concerns

The just-launched app Zao lets users slap their own faces onto movie clips, letting them cosplay as Leonard DiCaprio or Wolverine within seconds. → Read More

One Google Play Malware App Saw Over 100 Million Downloads

A malicious app has been downloaded more than 100 million times directly from the Google Play app store. Is anything really safe? → Read More

Youtube Won't Meet the Youtubers Union

YouTube won't negotiate with the YouTubers Union, a group pushing for creator-friendly changes. The tech industry has a rocky relationship with unions. → Read More

Apple's Newest iOS Update Has a Big Security Flaw

The newest iOS update, iOS 12.4, has accidentally unpatched an old security flaw that it had previously addressed, researchers have found. → Read More

YouTube Admits Defeat, Will End Targeted Ads in Kids Videos

YouTube has revealed plans to stop running targeted ads on its videos aimed at child audiences. So why isn't anyone happy about it? → Read More

Facebook Accused of Grilling Trauma Counselors for Staff Information

An internal letter has accused Facebook of pressuring its moderators' onsite trauma counselors to divulge confidential information. → Read More

Kaspersky Reports Malware That Can Steal Your Browser's Autofill Data

There's a new type of malware on the internet: "Stealers." They're aimed at swiping the autofill information stashed in your browser window. → Read More

Robocall Blocking Apps Found to Share Data

A new report took a dive into the most popular anti-robocall apps to uncover a lot of privacy violations. Here's what you can do to stay safe. → Read More

How the Press Covered the Fortnite World Cup

The first Fortnite World Cup Finals just ended. Kids earned $30 million in prizes. That's just the start: Here's what to know about the biggest game ever. → Read More

How the Plain View Project Got 13 Police Officers Fired for Online Racism

The Philadelphia police department plans to fire 13 officers for advocating violence through prejudiced social media posts. Thank the Plain View Project. → Read More

FaceApp's Russian Ties Spur Fears of Online Photo Privacy

FaceApp's viral images come with a policy offering little data privacy, a company based in Russia, and 80 million users' photos. Should we be worried? → Read More

Facebook AI Beats Professional Poker Players

An AI has just smashed through the "major remaining milestone in computer poker," according to a new research paper. Here's what that means for the future. → Read More

Marriott and British Airways Hit With Millions in Data Breach Fines

The UK has just levied a record-setting £183.39 million fine against British Airways for a 2018 data breach – the cybersecurity industry is watching closely → Read More

Amazon Keeps Alexa Voice Recordings Indefinitely

In a new letter, Amazon says it keeps its Alexa records indefinitely, deleting them only when a user makes the first move to delete the data first. → Read More

Google Filed a Weird Multiple-Page Smartbook Patent

Google has filed a new patent for a book-like device with as many as five foldable screen "pages" to flip through. It's the weirdest foldable phone yet. → Read More

Illegal Bitcoin Farms in Iran Cause Energy Spike

Iran's government electricity saw a 7% spike in consumption in June, destabilizing the country's power grid. Why? 1,000 illegal bitcoin mining machines. → Read More

US Tech Giants Are Reportedly Selling to Huawei Despite Ban

US tech companies recently made millions selling to Huawei despite a May 2019 ban aimed at preventing them. Here's what to know about the situation. → Read More

Florida Town Pays $600,000 to Ransomware Hackers

Riviera Beach has paid $600,000 in ransom to hackers who breached its system and encrypted the city's records. Will it solve their problem? → Read More

Russia Taunts US with Threat of Cyber War

The United States is allegedly hacking Russia's electric power grid, and Russia has issued threats in return. Here's what cyber war could look like. → Read More

Study: LA Is Leaking Talent Faster Than Every Other Top Tech Hub

72% of LA's software engineering grads on AngelList left the area for their first job, compared to just 34% of Bay Area grads. Here's how LA can recover. → Read More