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Bad Facebook; Samsung's New Tablet; Flat Earthers; Space Matter


February 18 · Issue #148 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Bad Facebook; Samsung’s New Tablet; Flat Earthers; Space Matter

A Breach of Trust. Facebook has owned up to the data and privacy mistakes it’s made over the past 18 months, but that’s definitely not enough for British lawmakers. They released a report today that says Facebook intentionally breached data privacy and competition law. Facebook disagrees. However, the lawmakers and Facebook, which is also worried about bad actors manipulating its service, do appear to agree on one point: regulation is needed. Expect to hear a lot more about that in the U.S. and in Europe in the coming months.
Facebook broke rules, should be regulated: UK lawmakers | Reuters
A familiar look. Samsung’s latest tablets are, according to the company designed to attract millennials. However, with their thin profiles and unibody, metal chassis, they are starting to look more and more like Apple’s iPads. Get all the details on the new Galaxy Tab 5Se in my report.
Samsung Unveils the Galaxy Tab S5e for the Millennials
Blame it on YouTube. Just how susceptible are we? Supposedly rational people started watching Flat Earth theory videos on YouTube and ended up believing the Earth is flat. A new report says that the current YouTube recommendation engine is perfectly built to recommend videos that, while completely erroneous, have the most energetic supporters and is perhaps directly responsible for the noticeable rise in Flat Earthers. YouTube is working on adjusting its algorithm, so it stops promoting conspiracy videos. I guess that will help. Still, I don’t care how many videos I see about a “Flat Earth,” I would never believe it. So, I have to ask, what is wrong with these people?
Researchers blame YouTube for the rise in Flat Earthers
Moar Rumors. The best thing about the gaps between Apple product launch events is how everyone fills them with rumors. The latest promises a collection of new iPads, including a long-awaited iPad Mini update. I wouldn’t call this prognostication much of a stretch.
Top Apple insider sheds light on new iPads, MacBook Pros, revamped Mac Pro, and more – BGR
Space detectives Space is no so much empty as it is filled with different kinds of matter that make up the Universe. Apparently, Scientists have identified some of that matter, but found that a chunk of it, what might be responsible for making a lot of the stuff in the Universe, was missing…until now. Using the Chandra X-Ray Telescope scientists think they found this warm gas or what they like to call “warm-hot intergalactic medium.”
Chandra X-Ray Telescope Uncovers Universe's Missing Matter -
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