Submission + - Nearly 1/10 Americans Have Deleted Their Facebook Account Over Privacy Concerns (bgr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: With the outrage surrounding Facebook’s privacy policies reaching a fever pitch over the past few weeks, there has been something of an underground movement calling for users to delete their Facebook account altogether. To this point, you may have seen the DeleteFacebook hashtag pop up on any number of social media platforms in recent weeks, including, ironically enough, on Facebook itself. While Zuckerberg last week said that the company hasn’t seen a meaningful drop off in cumulative users, a new survey from Creative Strategies claims that 9% of Americans may have deleted their accounts.

The report reads in part: "Privacy matters to our panelists. Thirty-six percent said they are very concerned about it and another 41% saying they are somewhat concerned. Their behavior on Facebook has somewhat changed due to their privacy concerns. Seventeen percent deleted their Facebook app from their phone, 11% deleted from other devices, and 9% deleted their account altogether. These numbers might not worry Facebook too much, but there are less drastic steps users are taking that should be worrying as they directly impact Facebook’s business model."

Submission + - Theranos asks for more funding despite layoffs and running out of cash (buzzfeed.com)

HockeyPuck writes: After burning through almost $1.4B, including a $65m debt financing influx in December 2017 ($100m if they meet goals), Theranos is now asking, via a letter to shareholders, for additional funding, otherwise, they'll run out of funding in July of 2018 as they haven't met their goals which will unlock.

Submission + - Trump Reversal on TTP (stuff.co.nz)

sit1963nz writes: US President Donald Trump told top administration officials Thursday to look at rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the multination trade agreement he pulled the United States out of shortly after taking office.

Submission + - Uber's 2016 Breach Affected More Than 20 Million US Users (bloomberg.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A data breach in 2016 exposed the names, phone numbers and email addresses of more than 20 million people who use Uber’s service in the U.S., authorities said on Thursday, as they chastised the ride-hailing company for not revealing the lapse earlier. The Federal Trade Commission said Uber failed to disclose the leak last year as the agency investigated and sanctioned the company for a similar data breach that happened in 2014. “After misleading consumers about its privacy and security practices, Uber compounded its misconduct,” said Maureen Ohlhausen, the acting FTC chairman. She announced an expansion of last year’s settlement with the company and said the new agreement was “designed to ensure that Uber does not engage in similar misconduct in the future.”

In the 2016 breach, intruders in a data-storage service run by Amazon.com Inc. obtained unencrypted consumer personal information relating to U.S. riders and drivers, including 25.6 million names and email addresses, 22.1 million names and mobile phone numbers, and 607,000 names and driver’s license numbers, the FTC said in a complaint. Under the revised settlement, Uber could be subject to civil penalties if it fails to notify the FTC of future incidents, and it must submit audits of its data security, the agency said.

Submission + - Researchers find genetic cause for Alzheimer's, possible method to reverse it (upi.com)

schwit1 writes: Scientists at an independent biomedical research institution have reported a monumental breakthrough: The cause of the primary genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, and a possible cure for the disease.

Researchers at Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco identified the primary genetic risk factor for the disease, a gene called apoE4. They were able to create a harmless apoE3-like version by inserting a class of compounds into it.

Their findings were published this week in the journal Nature Medicine.

By treating human apoE4 neurons with a structure corrector, it eliminated the signs of Alzheimer's disease, restored normal function to the cells and improved cell survival.

Submission + - Yahoo Mail Has New Privacy and Terms

DigitalLogic writes: Yahoo is now part of Oath and there is a new Privacy and Terms contract that states they can collect and own your data in your emails. They also can share this data with other entities, specifically Verizon. You also agree to arbitration instead of other legal means. So much for never losing a yahoo email address. It pops up when you log onto Yahoo, there is no specific link.

Submission + - Facebook - 'Your Data' Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means (popularmechanics.com)

schwit1 writes: Whose data is your phone number? It seems blindingly obvious: It's yours! It points to you! But Facebook's version of privacy and data control relies on a different definition: Data belongs to its uploader. Your phone number, uploaded by me, is my data.

This distinction has wide-ranging implications, which Facebook will occasionally acknowledge. For instance, in response to Gizmodo's reporting on shadow profiles and Facebook's creepy "People You May Know" feature, Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld alluded to the difficulty of controlling contact information that refers to you. “Once a contact is deleted, we remove it from our system—but of course it is possible that the same contact has been uploaded by someone else.”

In other words: If you really want to remove private information that identifies you from Facebook, your only recourse is to petition everyone who may have uploaded it. Similarly, Facebook would likely argue that "shadow profiles" do not technically exist because there is no explicit collection of data on you, non-Facebook user! There is merely a decentralized network of other people's data that happens to refer to and identify you. And what is at stake here is much more than just some phone book-grade information. These webs of who-knows-who data can map out the entirety of who you are and associate with, where you work, and even connect folks who would never otherwise know that they share you in common, potentially to embarrassing or disastrous effect.

Submission + - Why does copy and paste copy styles by default?

Arnold Reinhold writes: Why does the paste function on so many software packages apply the style of the source document rather than the style at the insertion point? Getting the later behavior, which is what we want 95% of the time, requires complex key combinations or going to the menu and selecting “Paste special.” Except for composing ransom notes, how often does anyone want to drag over a different style along with a chunk of text they are copying?

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