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Angry Tech News #26: Transmissible Groupthink

Silicon Valley vs Russia, Nvidia and Samsung hacks, Discord goes full Facebook, and my rants go a little bit off the rails!

Links

Western companies jumping on the “Hate Russia” bandwagon
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/5/22962848/paypal-pauses-service-russia-ukraine-invasion
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/03/04/russia-blocks-access-to-facebook.html
https://www.investopedia.com/microsoft-oracle-join-tech-exodus-from-russia-5221297
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/visa-mastercard-russia-ukraine-invasion/
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/6/22964418/tiktok-suspends-creation-new-video-content-russia-ukraine
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/5/22962822/internet-backbone-provider-cogent-shuts-off-service-russia
https://www.pcmag.com/news/nvidia-to-stop-all-product-sales-to-russia
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-suspends-shipments-phones-chips-230648742.html
https://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/coinbase-blocks-25-000-crypto-wallets-linked-to-russian-users
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10579301/Social-media-platform-Reddit-block-links-coming-Russian-domain-name.html

Russia “fake news” law
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/03/01/russian-lawmakers-eye-15-year-prison-terms-for-fakes-about-ukraine-invasion-a76687

NVidia hacked
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/nvidia-data-breach-exposed-credentials-of-over-71-000-employees/
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/malware-now-using-nvidias-stolen-code-signing-certificates/

Samsung hacked
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/samsung-confirms-hackers-stole-galaxy-devices-source-code/

Discord joins the censorship bunch
https://discord.com/blog/addressing-health-misinformation

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Angry Tech News #17: Waterproof Fahrenheit

CES Rundown of useless crap, Tumblr app censorship, and AAA discovers what EV owners already know.

Links:

CES 2022 shortened one day
https://www.cnet.com/tech/mobile/how-to-watch-ces-2022-big-reveals-live-from-home/

Samsung grasping for features for its new TVs
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/01/samsungs-2022-tvs-get-144-hz-support-and-a-built-in-nft-marketplace/

Kohler combines plumbing and apps
https://www.theverge.com/2022/1/3/22858257/kohler-ces-2022-smart-bathroom-perfectfill

Tumblr ios app censored
https://9to5mac.com/2021/12/30/tumblr-ios-app-search/

AAA study shows EVs far less useful outside California
https://anewspost.com/electric-cars-useless-in-cold-weather/

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Angry Tech News #0 – Friday, 3 September 2021

Chinese government restricts video games to 3hrs per week for kids. Reddit continues its crusade against communities that don’t join the hivemind. Samsung shows that when you buy a TV, it’s not really yours. Security researcher turns memory bus into a wifi antenna.

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Chinese mandate – kids under 18 limited to 3hrs/wk of video games
http://www.news.cn/english/2021-08/30/c_1310157506.htm

2019 Chinese restrictions on video gaming
https://www.npr.org/2019/11/06/776840260/china-introduces-restrictions-on-video-games-for-minors

Writing games for China market under new restrictions
https://nikopartners.com/game-regulations-in-china-everything-you-need-to-know/

Reddit has banned r/NoNewNormal
https://www.reddit.com/r/OutOfTheLoop/comments/pek9e6/why_are_subreddits_going_privatepinning_protest/

Reddit admin “worstnerd” posted an “Analysis of Covid Denial”
https://www.reddit.com/r/redditsecurity/comments/pfyqqn/covid_denialism_and_policy_clarifications/

Samsung to remotely brick TVs stolen from warehouse
https://www.theregister.com/2021/08/24/samsung_tv_block/

ThreatPost reports “noted air-gap researcher Mordechai Guri created a proof-of-concept”
https://threatpost.com/air-gap-attack-turns-memory-wifi/162358/