Netflix Could Lose Almost a Quarter of Its Subscribers if It Started Running Ads, Study Shows – This Week in Tech – 07/07/2019

Netflix Could Lose Almost a Quarter of Its Subscribers if It Started Running Ads, Study Shows

Netflix could face a substantial hit to its subscriber numbers if it brings advertising to its streaming service, a new report finds…


China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the German public broadcaster NDR has found…


Wikipedia Co-Founder Slams Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter and the ‘Appalling’ Internet

Larry Sanger co-founded Wikipedia in 2001 — and he’s not happy with how the internet has evolved in the nearly two decades since then…


Professor Faces 219-Year Prison Sentence for Sending Missile Chip Tech to China

A University of California, Los Angeles professor faces a maximum sentence of 219 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of smuggling chips with military applications to China…


Amazon Confirms It Keeps Your Alexa Recordings Basically Forever

If you (like so many of us) hate listening to recordings of your own voice, you may be in for an unpleasant future, as Amazon has confirmed it hangs on to every conversation you’ve ever had with an Alexa-enabled device until or unless you specifically delete them…


Bill Gates Says Steve Jobs Was a Master at ‘Casting Spells’ to Keep Apple From Dying

Steve Jobs was a master at “casting spells” to keep Apple employees motivated and working long hours, said Bill Gates, the billionaire co-founder of technology giant Microsoft…


Bitcoin’s Energy Consumption ‘Equals That of Switzerland’

The tool makes it easier to see how the crypto-currency network’s energy usage compares with other entities…

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