Facebook to start policing antiBlack hate speech more aggressively than antiwhite comments, documents show

As one way to assess severity, Facebook assigned different types of attacks numerical scores weighted based on their perceived harm. For example, the company’s systems would now place a higher priority on automatically removing statements such as “Gay people are disgusting” than “Men are pigs.”

Facebook has long banned hate speech — defined as violent or dehumanizing speech— based on race, gender, sexuality, and other protected characteristics. It owns Instagram and has the same hate speech policies there. But before the overhaul, the company’s algorithms and policies did not make a distinction between groups that were more likely to be targets of hate speech versus those that have not been historically marginalized. Comments like “White people are stupid” were treated the same as anti-Semitic or racist slurs.

In the first phase of the project, which was announced internally to a small group in October, engineers said they had changed the

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One of the Internet’s most aggressive threats could take UEFI malware mainstream

A stylized skull and crossbones made out of ones and zeroes.

One of the Internet’s most aggressive threats has just gotten meaner, with the ability to infect one of the most critical parts of any modern-day computer.

Trickbot is a piece of malware that’s notable for its advanced capabilities. Its modular framework excels at gaining powerful administrator privileges, spreading rapidly from computer to computer in networks and performing reconnaissance that identifies infected computers belonging to high-value targets. It often uses readily available software like Mimikatz or exploits like EternalBlue stolen from the National Security Agency.

Once a simple banking fraud trojan, Trickbot over the years has evolved into a full-featured malware-as-a-service platform. Trickbot operators sell access to their vast number of infected machines to other criminals, who use the botnet to spread bank trojans, ransomware, and a host of other malicious software. Rather than having to go through the hassle of ensnaring victims themselves, customers have a ready-made group of computers

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China aims to shake US grip on chip design tools

Veteran engineers and high-level executives are leaving top US chip design toolmakers for Chinese rivals as Beijing seeks to break America’s near monopoly on this key segment of the semiconductor industry.

Three Chinese start-ups established since September last year were founded by or have hired executives and engineers from Synopsys and Cadence Design Systems of the US, the world’s two biggest makers of electronic design automation (EDA) tools, as such software is known.

The start-ups include Nanjing-based X-Epic, Shanghai Hejian Industrial Software and Hefei-based Advanced Manufacturing EDA Co, or Amedac, in which Synopsys owns a stake.

The push to recruit US chip tool talent comes as Washington’s crackdown on Huawei Technologies exposes key weaknesses in China’s chipmaking ecosystem, including in EDA tools, which are used to design integrated circuits, printed circuit boards and other electronic systems.

The US has long dominated the segment, with Synopsys, Cadence, Mentor Graphics and Ansys

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DocuSign Rises on Q3 Earnings Beat

Shares of DocuSign  (DOCU) – Get Report were rising Thursday afternoon after the cloud-based electronic signature solutions firm reported quarterly results that handily beat consensus analyst estimates.

For its fiscal third quarter ending in October, DocuSign earned non-GAAP net income of $0.22 per share, compared to expectations of $0.13 per share and results of $0.11 in the same period last year.

Shares were rising 7.1% to $247.13 in after-hours trading, after having risen 6.1% during the day’s trading.

Total quarterly revenue was $382.9 million, an increase of 53% year over year, compared to expectations for $361.2 million. Subscription revenue grew 54% year over year to $366.6 million, and professional services and other revenue increased 43% to $16.3 million.

“As companies accelerate the digital transformation of their business and agreement processes, DocuSign’s role as an essential cloud platform continues to grow,” said Dan Springer, DocuSign CEO. “Our Q3 results

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Despite development slowdown, the state’s life science industry keeps on building

From the industry’s traditional hub in Cambridge’s Kendall Square to emerging hot spots in Fort Point and the Fenway to vast campuses in more distant locations such as the former Fort Devens, life science companies are launching a wide array of projects, fueled by investors attracted to a fast-growing industry.

“There’s just tremendous interest in investing in these sort of projects,” said John Bonnano, chief investment officer at IQHQ, a real estate firm that’s launching two major life science developments here, and earlier this month closed on a $1.7 billion fund to finance more in Boston, San Francisco, and San Diego. “There’s an awful lot of capital out there right now.”

It’s chasing a market that has only become stronger relative to other real estate sectors. Traditional office tenants now occupy about 3 million fewer square feet of space across Greater Boston than they did at the start of the

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Leak left 243 million Brazilians’ medical records and personal info ripe for the picking

The personal information of more than 243 million Brazilians was potentially accessible for at least six months thanks to weakly encoded credentials kept in the source code of the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s website (via ZDNet). The security issue was first reported by Brazilian publication Estadão.

The personal data of anyone who had registered with Sistema Único de Saúde (SUS), Brazil’s national health system, could be viewed. That data included people’s full names, addresses, and telephone numbers, reported Estadão. The database also includes records of living and dead people as the population of Brazil was more than 211 million in 2019, according to The World Bank, which is about 32 million fewer people than the reported number of records that were potentially accessible.

The Ministry of Health’s website stored the encoded access credentials to the database of personal information in its source code, reports Estadão. However, the

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Facebook sued for ‘denying jobs to US workers’



Mark Zuckerberg looking at the camera: Facebook has disputed the allegations made by the Department of Justice


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Facebook has disputed the allegations made by the Department of Justice

The US Department of Justice has accused Facebook of discriminating against American workers by giving hiring preferences to immigrants.

A lawsuit alleges the social media firm refused to recruit, consider or hire qualified and available Americans for more than 2,600 positions.

Those jobs instead went to foreigners on temporary visas, the lawsuit says.

Facebook disputed the allegations, but said it was co-operating with the department.

The lawsuit concerns Facebook’s use of temporary H-1B visas, which are often used by tech companies to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the US.

In its lawsuit, filed on Thursday, the department alleged that Facebook “intentionally created a hiring system” that favoured H-1B visa holders and other temporary workers over Americans.

The department said it filed the lawsuit after a two-year investigation into Facebook’s hiring practices.

The lawsuit seeks “back

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Private Verizon Customer Information Leaks in Chat Transcripts

Verizon customers who normally use the company’s online chat system to sort out issues with their service might want to stop for the time being. A glitch is leaking personal information—addresses, phone numbers, and sometimes accounts numbers—in other customers’ chat windows.



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Ars Technica discovered the leak on Monday, Nov. 30, and alerted Verizon. As of this publication, the leak has yet to be completely fixed, but the number of instances of it occurring seems to have dropped.

The leak also seems to only be affecting those who chat with a Verizon representative to find out if Fios services are available in their area. For this process, customers would normally have to give their full and complete address to Verizon representatives, and in some cases their account number. According to Ars: “When the chat window opens, it contains transcripts of conversations that other customers, either

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The Wristcam is a camera for your Apple Watch

A strap for an Apple Watch equipped with front- and rear-facing cameras is finally launching after nearly four years in development. The Wristcam has an 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p video and take stills in 4K resolution and a 2-megapixel camera for selfies. The company says you’ll also be able to use it as a video walkie-talkie with real-time live-streaming.

Those might be serviceable cameras, but they’re not likely to replace your iPhone camera. The company sent over a sample of images shot by the Wristcam, which are pretty decent, if a bit underwhelming in the details.

A photo taken with the new Wristcam.
Image: Wristcam

Image: Wristcam

Image: Wristcam

Wristcam, originally called CMRA, shows images on the Watch screen but has a separate battery, which the company says can last an entire day. You can take images and video just by pressing a button on the band, and

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San Jose site where huge industrial center is planned is bought

SAN JOSE — A San Jose site slated for a huge industrial development that could be suitable for a logistics or e-commerce company has been bought by a veteran real estate firm whose notable tenants include Amazon.

Once developed and completed, the modern industrial complex in south San Jose could attract tech, research, or manufacturing firms — or Amazon.

Duke Realty is the buyer of the property, according to Santa Clara County public documents filed on Dec. 2. The real estate firm also has submitted a proposal to San Jose planners for a complete redevelopment of the site.

The south San Jose property has addresses of 5853 and 5863 Rue Ferrari and at present contains two buildings totaling 286,300 square feet.

The new industrial complex would total 303,100 square feet, preliminary plans on file with the city show.

Acting through affiliate Duke Realty Rue Ferrari, Duke Realty paid $40.6 million

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