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More Facebook Troubles; Angry Birds VR; NASA Hacked; Boring Tunnel


December 19 · Issue #127 · View online
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More Facebook Troubles; Angry Birds VR; NASA Hacked; Boring Tunnel

Facebook oversharing. Just days after we learned that Facebook’s system opened up private photos to third-party apps comes news that it also opened up user messages to partners like Netflix and Spotify. Before your head explodes, know that this wasn’t a bug, but an integration feature. In other words, there were times when services like Netflix offered users to message other Facebook friends who were also on Netflix without leaving the streaming app. I do have some questions: Why didn’t Facebook make this access clearer to users and their partners, some of which seemed unaware of the access? Did anyone’s private Facebook messages get read and somehow used? For now, it seems unlikely.
Facebook admits that it allowed Netflix and Spotify to access your private messages
Bird throwing. Remember all the hours we wasted playing Angry Birds and its sequels and spin-offs? Most of us have moved on to other casual and no-so-casual (looking at you Fortnite) games, but Angry Birds is still chugging along and, now, it’s heading to Virtual Reality. Developer Rovio says it plans a VR release next year, so get ready to stand up and slingshot birds at pigs in a much more immersive way.
Rovio reveals Angry Birds VR game is coming in 2019 | VentureBeat
Space Hack. Even one of the U.S.’s most forward-looking futuristic agencies isn’t immune to hackers. NASA recently reported that it was hacked back in October. While personal information of past and present NASA employees was compromised, the hackers didn’t get into any mission stuff. Honestly, that’s a relief as NASA and its partner SpaceX get closer to relaunching American astronauts back into space.
NASA Got Hacked | News & Opinion |
A not-so-boring tunnel. Late last night Billionaire Elon Musk and his Boring Company opened their Hawthorne Test Tunnel. The 1.14-mile-long tunnel, which starts in the backyard of a suburban home is a demonstration of the future Loop tunnels Boring wants to dig in L.A., Chicago and around the world to help decrease the nightmare of transportation in densely populated cities. To celebrate the tunnels completion, Musk and co. gave out test rides, which were conducted inside specially equipped Teslas. The rides were described as bumpy, feeling faster than just 35 mph, and like an amusement ride.
Elon Musk's first tunnel is finished. Here's what it's like to ride in it - CNN
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