Say Goodbye to Passwords?

1_TOP NEWS

Will WebAuthn Kill the Password?

The World Wide Web Consortium this week approved WebAuthn, a new authentication standard that aims to replace the password as a way of securing your online accounts, The Verge reports. First announced last year, WebAuthn is already supported by most browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari. Here’s a look at how it works.


2_BUSINESS

How Amazon Might Pay No Federal Income Taxes

A report that Amazon is unlikely to pay federal income tax for 2018 recently set off a firestorm. How could a company with record U.S. profits for the year avoid paying up while most Americans can’t? Fortune explains.


3_ENTREPRENEURS

Square Co-Founder Tristan O’Tierney, an RIT Grad, Dies


Tristan O’Tierney, who co-founded payments company Square, died Feb. 23 in Ocala, Fla., of causes related to addiction, his family told the San Francisco Chronicle. He was 35. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology from 2001 to 2008 and graduated with a degree in computer science.


4_WORK

A Google Wage Study Surprise: It Has Underpaid Men

In its annual study to determine if women are getting paid less to perform the same job as their male colleagues, Google found something it didn't expect — men were the ones getting underpaid, Business Insider reports. As part of its 2018 equity-wage analysis, 10,677 Google employees had their salaries adjusted, a majority of which were men.


5_PODCASTING

Luminary Media Now Has Raised $100 Million

Luminary Media, a Chicago-based subscription podcast network with exclusive content, reportedly raised around $60 million in new funding. The company has now raised nearly $100 million in total, from backers like NEA, Axios reports. This comes just weeks after Spotify acquired a pair of large podcast networks, with its own ambitions of becoming Netflix for podcasts.


6_INNOVATION

Bill Gates Picks 10 Breakthrough Technologies for 2019

MIT Technology Review invited Bill Gates to be the first guest curator of its 10 Breakthrough Technologies. What technologies made his list? Robot dexterity, new-wave nuclear power and custom cancer vaccines are among them.


7_DESIGN

All the UX Clichés You’ll Ever Need to Know

UX has spawned dozens of cliches, from “people don’t scroll” to “never underestimate the stupidity of the user." Fabricio Teixeira, design director at Work & Co and founder of UX Collective, attempted to compile a comprehensive list. Did he miss anything?


8_TECHNOLOGY

Can You Tell Which Face Is Real?


Can you tell a fake face from a real one? Researchers at University of Washington created a website, whichfaceisreal.com, to quiz people on whether they can tell a real person’s face from a computer-generated one. The key is to look for imperfections like water splotches and asymmetries, BuzzFeed reports.


9_CODE

An Unlikely Match: a Spy Agency and Open Source


The NSA will release an agency-designed tool to research malware as a free-to-the-public, open source program, Axios reports. The NSA program, known as GHIDRA, is a reverse engineering tool that takes malware and returns the source code used to make it; that enables researchers and security pros to understand, attribute and even counter the malware.


10_SAY WHAT?

Flippin’ Crazy

It's not as practical a skill as unloading your dishwasher, but a springy, 20-pound robot developed by MIT researchers can perform a physical feat that evades all but the most athletic among us: a backflip (see video). The vaguely canine-like machine—dubbed “Mini Cheetah”—is also capable of walking either right-side up or upside down, the Washington Post reports.