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Angry Tech News #82: Subsystem Derision

ATN is back after a small hiatus! Time to clear some tabs and pour sarcasm on some choice stories from the last three months.

Forced updates, Insecure IoT doorbells, The craze to put AI into all the things, Tesla’s safety record, and a rundown of Windows 11 news

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Consumer Reports: many smart doorbells have major security problems
https://www.consumerreports.org/home-garden/home-security-cameras/video-doorbells-sold-by-major-retailers-have-security-flaws-a2579288796/
Logitech releases M750 mouse, which is M650 with an AI button
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/04/ai-marketing-hype-is-coming-for-your-favorite-gadgets/
Speculation: AI could destroy call center industry
https://www.techspot.com/news/102749-generative-ai-could-soon-decimate-call-center-industry.html
NHTSA report on Tesla Autopilot crashes
https://www.cnbc.com/2024/04/26/tesla-autopilot-linked-to-hundreds-of-collisions-has-critical-safety-gap-nhtsa.html
Windows 11 stuff
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/02/windows-11-24h2-goes-from-unsupported-to-unbootable-on-some-older-pcs/
https://www.tomshardware.com/software/operating-systems/windows-11-will-reportedly-display-a-watermark-if-your-pc-does-not-support-ai-requirements
https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-to-warn-if-your-windows-11-pc-doesnt-meet-system-requirements-for-ai-explorer/
https://www.geeky-gadgets.com/windows-11-24h2-update/
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2024/03/rip-to-the-windows-subsystem-for-android-which-goes-away-in-2025/
https://www.theverge.com/2024/4/24/24138949/microsoft-windows-11-start-menu-ads-recommendations-setting-disable
https://www.techradar.com/computing/windows/windows-11-is-forcing-users-to-upgrade-mail-app-to-new-outlook-client-which-comes-with-a-nasty-addition-adverts

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Angry Tech News #81: Subscribe Firstborn

Google admits what we all know, Apple faces the music (or at least a few notes), and HP and Ubisoft seek rent

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Google admits it collects user data in incognito mode
https://www.engadget.com/google-now-admits-it-could-collect-data-in-chromes-incognito-mode-103807146.html
Apple concedes almost an inch
https://www.engadget.com/apple-updates-us-app-store-guidelines-allowing-developers-to-link-to-third-party-payments-235836357.html
HP: “Our long-term objective is to make printing a subscription”
https://www.pcgamer.com/our-long-term-objective-is-to-make-printing-a-subscription-says-hp-ceo-gunning-for-2024s-worst-person-of-the-year-award/
Ubisoft says gamers should just accept not owning their games
https://www.techspot.com/news/101534-ubisoft-wishes-gamers-would-accept-not-owning-their.html

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Angry Tech News #80: Artist Proxy

Apple wants to control your digital life, Google wants to control the entire internet, and artists finally get a weapon in the war against AI

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AI data poisoning tool “Nightshade”
https://www.zdnet.com/article/data-poisoning-tool-lets-artists-fight-back-against-ai-scraping-heres-how/

Apple makes biometrics authoritative with “Stolen Device Protection” feature
https://www.macrumors.com/2023/12/12/ios-17-3-stolen-device-protection-feature/

Google’s latest move to control the whole world-wide-web
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/google/google-chromes-new-ip-protection-will-hide-users-ip-addresses/

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Angry Tech News #79: Plan Malvertise

Right to Repair in California, T-Mobile gets greedy, Google gets paid to install malware, and a WinRAR vulnerability

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CA Right to Repair SB 244 passed
https://www.ifixit.com/News/84491/california-right-to-repair-signed-into-law

T-Mobile migrates customers to new more expensive plans
https://tmo.report/2023/10/breaking-t-mobile-will-force-customers-onto-newer-plans-unless-you-opt-out/

Search malvertising
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/malicious-notepad-plus-plus-google-ads-evade-detection-for-months/
https://www.malwarebytes.com/blog/threat-intelligence/2023/10/clever-malvertising-attack-uses-punycode-to-look-like-legitimate-website

Youtube starting to block users who use ad-blocker
https://www.techspot.com/news/100524-youtube-intensifies-fight-against-ad-blockers-users-frustrated.html

WinRAR vulnerability
https://www.techspot.com/news/100553-if-you-havent-downloaded-or-updated-winrar-since.html

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Angry Tech News #78: Houston Reactive

T-Mobile failed update, Microsoft closes a loophole no one was using, Cruise cars meet Houston weather, and software developers hate diversity

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Libwebp vulnerability assigned new maximum severity
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/google-assigns-new-maximum-rated-cve-to-libwebp-bug-exploited-in-attacks/

Libvpx vulnerability
https://arstechnica.com/security/2023/09/new-0-day-in-chrome-and-firefox-is-likely-to-plague-other-software/

Exim vulnerabilities disclosed
https://arstechnica.com/security/2023/09/critical-vulnerabilities-in-exim-threaten-over-250k-email-servers-worldwide/

T-Mobile faulty update exposes user info
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2023/09/t-mobile-screwup-caused-customers-to-see-other-users-billing-information/

Win7/8 upgrade to Win10 finally disabled
https://www.zdnet.com/article/its-official-no-more-free-windows-10-upgrades/

Houston Cruise vehicles hit streets with expected results
https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/transportation/article/houston-cruise-self-driving-cars-18390306.php

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Angry Tech News #77: Whiz Factor

Google defeats multifactor authentication, Pixel Watch is unrepairable, Ring sells a pet collar, Toyota learns the value of IT, and yet another vulnerability in the Internet

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Retool MFA defeated by Google convenience
https://retool.com/blog/mfa-isnt-mfa/

Pixel Watches are unrepairable
https://www.theverge.com/23874281/google-pixel-watch-cracks-no-repairs-warranty

Ring Pet Tag
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/ring-launches-brand-pet-tag-141824261.html

Toyota manufacturing goes down. Dude named Ben about to get fired.
https://www.techspot.com/news/100067-toyota-insufficient-disk-space-blunder-brings-car-manufacturing.html

Critical WebP vulnerability
https://stackdiary.com/critical-vulnerability-in-webp-codec-cve-2023-4863/

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Angry Tech News #76: Snappy Spyware

Spyware hacked for good, Apple OS hacked for bad, Windows hacked, but it makes things better, OpenAI confirms AI detectors are crap, and Automobiles are now officially the worst product category for privacy

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WebDetetive spyware hacked
https://techcrunch.com/2023/08/26/brazil-webdetetive-spyware-deleted/

Windows bug improves performance
https://www.tomshardware.com/news/windows-file-explorer-bug-ironically-boosts-browsing-performance

Blastpass vuln in Apple OS’s
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2023/09/apple-patches-clickless-0-day-image-processing-vulnerability-in-ios-macos/
https://citizenlab.ca/2023/09/blastpass-nso-group-iphone-zero-click-zero-day-exploit-captured-in-the-wild/

OpenAI: “Do AI Detectors Work?”
https://help.openai.com/en/articles/8313351-how-can-educators-respond-to-students-presenting-ai-generated-content-as-their-own

Mozilla reviews automakers for privacy practices
https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/privacynotincluded/articles/its-official-cars-are-the-worst-product-category-we-have-ever-reviewed-for-privacy/

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Angry Tech News #75: Plonked Stratum

Breaches, breaches, breaches! Google solves meetings. And a Microsoft service becomes a liability in time

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UMich attack
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2023/08/30/um/70716806007/

Forever 21 breach
https://techcrunch.com/2023/08/31/forever-21-data-breach-half-million/

Callaway breach
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/golf-gear-giant-callaway-data-breach-exposes-info-of-11-million/

Google Duet AI vs meetings
https://metro.co.uk/2023/08/31/googles-ai-will-go-to-your-boring-meetings-for-you-19423340/

Windows Secure Time feature
https://arstechnica.com/security/2023/08/windows-feature-that-resets-system-clocks-based-on-random-data-is-wreaking-havoc/

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Angry Tech News #74: Terabyte Windmills

Western Digital and Hewlett Packard facing lawsuits, Dropbox ends unlimited storage, Microsoft uses the word “python” a lot, and IoT devices continue to be a security nightmare

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NPR listens to ATN (maybe)
https://www.npr.org/2023/08/26/1195695051/driverless-cars-san-francisco-waymo-cruise
https://techcrunch.com/2023/08/18/cruise-told-by-regulators-to-immediately-reduce-robotaxi-fleet-50-following-crash/

Western Digital faces lawsuits over crappy SSD products
https://www.techspot.com/news/99831-western-digital-faces-class-action-lawsuit-over-failing.html

HP faces lawsuits over shady ink drivers
https://www.theregister.com/2023/08/11/judge_denies_hps_request_to/

Cloud “Python” coming to Excel
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/introducing-python-in-excel-the-best-of-both-worlds-for-data/ba-p/3905482

Dropbox dumps unlimited storage
https://blog.dropbox.com/topics/product/updates-to-our-storage-policy-on-dropbox-advanced
https://www.chia.net/chia-farming/

TP-Link smartbulb vulnerability
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/tp-link-smart-bulbs-can-let-hackers-steal-your-wifi-password/

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Angry Tech News #73: Identity Bubble

News Flash: CAPTCHAs are worthless! Plus, Food AI wants to kill us all. Microservices security is more scary and complicated than we imagined. And copyrights are eroding our culture

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Bots can solve CAPTCHAS faster than humans
https://www.theregister.com/2023/08/15/so_much_for_captcha_then/

NZ supermarket chain Pak ‘n’ Save AI meal planner suggests poison recipes
https://www.techspot.com/news/99750-supermarket-ai-meal-planner-suggests-chlorine-gas-ant.html

Shadow Access Impact Report
https://stackidentity.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Shadow-Access-Impact-Report.pdf

Music labels only want culture preserved if they can control it
https://www.engadget.com/sony-and-other-music-labels-sue-internet-archive-for-digitizing-old-records-110108988.html