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September 8, 2022

1_TOP NEWS

Apple Unveils iPhone 14


Apple announced the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus on Wednesday, as part of its September media event. 9to5Mac reports that the iPhone 14 features upgraded cameras, better battery life, and satellite connectivity while the iPhone 14 Plus has a new large 6.7-inch screen size. The launch comes as data compiled by Counterpoint Research shows the iPhone’s active install base for the first time ever represents over 50 percent of the U.S. market, Android Authority reports. iPhone growth has skyrocketed since the launch of the iPhone 13.

2_PRIVACY

A Little-Known Tool for Mass Surveillance

Local law enforcement agencies nationwide have been using an obscure cellphone tracking tool, at times without search warrants, AP reports. Police have used Fog Reveal, sold by Fog Data Science, to search hundreds of billions of records from 250 million mobile devices, and create location analyses known as “patterns of life.” What distinguishes Fog Reveal from other cellphone location tech used by police is that it follows the devices through their advertising IDs, unique numbers assigned to each device.

3_ENTREPRENEURS

A Cybersecurity Legend's Wild Life


John McAfee was a cybersecurity pioneer who amassed a $100 million fortune before his life ran off the rails—he became a "person of interest" in a Belizean murder, faced tax evasion charges and died in July 2021 in a Spanish prison. Business Insider profiles the eccentric entrepreneur who claimed to have 47 children and a yacht from the Wolf of Wall Street.

4_STARTUPS

A Rochester Firm Reaches Grow-NY Finals 

Rochester’s Sweet Pea Plant-Based Kitchen, which combines a plant-centric food meal service and nutrition coaching, is one of 20 finalists competing for a total of $3 million in prizes at Grow-NY, a food and agriculture business competition, the Rochester Beacon reports. This is the fourth year of the contest, which drew 385 applications from 52 countries.

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5_SOCIAL MEDIA

How TikTok Is Disrupting the Music Biz 


TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, is turning the music business on its head by increasingly becoming a hit-making machine, CNBC reports. Artists can go from obscurity to global superstardom via TikTok, whose main influence lies in its ability to push listeners to services like Apple Music and Spotify.

6_AI

Could Artificial Superintelligence Delete Us?


Experts surveyed in 2014 said there’s a 50 percent chance “human-level machine intelligence” will be reached by 2050, and a 90 percent chance by 2075. Could artificial superintelligence cause humanity great harm—even our extinction? Emile P. Torres, a philosopher and historian of global catastrophic risk, writes in the Washington Post that if we’re all wiped out by an ASI, it will almost certainly be on accident.  

7_TECHNOLOGY

Japan’s War Against Floppy Disks

Japan's digital minister, Taro Kono, has "declared war" on floppy disks and other retro tech used by the country's bureaucrats, the BBC reports. A Japanese government committee has discovered about 1,900 areas in which businesses are required to use storage media like floppy disks when making applications or holding data. Kono says he's also "looking to get rid of the fax machine."

8_BROWSERS

The Key Security Fix in Chrome’s Next Update


Google Chrome users on Windows, Mac, and Linux need to install the latest update to the browser to protect themselves from a serious security vulnerability that hackers are actively exploiting, The Verge reports. An anonymous tipster reported the problem on Aug. 30. Google expects the update to roll out to all users in the coming days or weeks.   

9_INTERNET

Russia Goes to War Against Wikipedia


Wikipedia, which has more than 1,800 Russian-speaking volunteer editors, has long been a thorn in the Russian government’s side. Now, with their country's invasion of Ukraine, these editors are being doxxed, threatened, and arrested as the Russian government pushes a pro-war propaganda drive, Rest of World reports.

10_SAY WHAT?

Crab Power 


Researchers say the world could create more sustainable batteries with an unusual source: crustaceans. In a paper published recently in the journal Matter, they write that they have made a biodegradable battery with a substance called chitin found in crab and lobster shells, Gizmodo reports. Unlike traditional battery electrolytes, chitin will break down in soil in about five months, leaving only zinc—which can be recycled.

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