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Netflix Is Still Saying ‘No’ To Ads

“During its Q4 earnings call, Netflix shot down the idea of an ad-supported option for its service,” writes Slashdot reader saccade.com. TechCrunch reports: “Google and Facebook and Amazon are tremendously powerful at online advertising because they’re integrating so much data from so many sources. There’s a business cost to that, but that makes the advertising more targeted and effective. So ... Read More »

Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database Containing 250 Million Records

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Microsoft disclosed today a security breach that took place last month in December 2019. In a blog post today, the OS maker said that an internal customer support database that was storing anonymized user analytics was accidentally exposed online without proper protections between December 5 and December 31. The database was spotted ... Read More »

Monty Python’s Terry Jones Passes Away At 77

Mogster shares a report from the BBC: Monty Python stars have led the tributes to their co-star Terry Jones, who has died at the age of 77. The Welsh actor and writer played a variety of characters in the iconic comedy group’s Flying Circus TV series, and directed several of their films. He died on Tuesday, four years after contracting ... Read More »

Apple’s Privacy Software Allowed Users To Be Tracked, Says Google

Google researchers have exposed details of multiple security flaws in its rival Apple’s Safari web browser that allowed users’ browsing behavior to be tracked [Editor’s note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source], despite the fact that the affected tool was specifically designed to protect their privacy. From a report: The flaws, which were ironically found in an anti-tracking feature ... Read More »

The Way We Write History Has Changed

A deep dive into an archive will never be the same. From an essay: Instead of reading papers during an archival visit, historians can snap pictures of the documents and then look at them later. Ian Milligan, a historian at the University of Waterloo, noticed the trend among his colleagues and surveyed 250 historians, about half of them tenured or ... Read More »