RIP Headphone Jack: How the Industry Created and Killed the World’s Most Popular Port – This Week in Tech – 08/04/2019

RIP Headphone Jack: How the Industry Created and Killed the World’s Most Popular Port

As The Doors once sung: “This is the end.” After four decades of being the most ubiquitous connection in the planet, the 3.5-millimeter minijack can be considered officially dead, killed by the very same consumer electronics industry that made it popular. And the final stab came from its ultimate and last defender: Samsung…


New Bill Would Ban Autoplay Videos and Endless Scrolling

Snapstreaks, YouTube autoplay, and endless scrolling are all coming under fire from a new bill, which is sponsored by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), targeting the tech industry’s “addictive” design…


DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System

For years security professionals and election integrity activists have been pushing voting machine vendors to build more secure and verifiable election systems, so voters and candidates can be assured election outcomes haven’t been manipulated…


1 in 5 Corporations Say China Has Stolen Their IP Within the Last Year: CNBC CFO Survey

As President Donald Trump says his administration is moving closer to a trade deal with China, one of the major sticking points has been China’s disregard of intellectual property protections and claims dating back years about rampant Chinese theft of corporate trade secrets. The allegations are not hyperbole…


Cloudflare to Terminate Service for 8Chan

The mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are horrific tragedies. In the case of the El Paso shooting, the suspected terrorist gunman appears to have been inspired by the forum website known as 8chan. Based on evidence we’ve seen, it appears that he posted a screed to the site immediately before beginning his terrifying attack on the El Paso Walmart killing 20 people…


Twitter Users Are Escaping Online Hate by Switching Profiles to Germany, Where Nazism Is Illegal

A couple years ago, a friend invited Carl Perez to a virtual world promising online discourse free of Nazis…


Pentagon Testing Mass Surveillance Balloons Across the US

The US military is conducting wide-area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal…

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