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Recommended Reading: The fate of Facebook’s free internet project

What happened to Facebook’s grand plan to wire the world?
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For years, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg touted the company’s initiative that sought to bring connectivity to everyone in the world. It was presented an ambi…


‘My Data Request’ lists guides to get data about you

GDPR is right around the corner, so it’s time to prepare your personal data requests. If you live in the European Union, tech companies have to comply with personal data requests after May 25th. And there’s a handy website that helps you do just that.

My Data Request lists dozens of tech companies and tells you how you can contact them. The website also links to the privacy policy of each service and tells you what to do even if you don’t live in the EU.

Some companies, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Tinder and Snapchat have made that easy as they have created a page on their website to download a zip archive with all your personal data.

But it’s worth nothing that your archive doesn’t necessarily include all data about you. For instance, Facebook tracks your web and location history as much as possible. But you won’t find any of that in the archive. The download tool is mostly about getting a copy of your posts, Messenger conversations, photos and more.

For most companies (including Amazon), you’ll have to email them yourself. My Data Request has created handy email templates. You just have to copy the message, put your name and contact information and send the email. The email addresses are listed on My Data Request’s site too.

Some companies make it even harder than that. I haven’t checked all guides, but you have to send a letter to Uber to get your data for instance. For HSBC clients, you have to call the company.

It’s unfortunate that there’s no about page on My Data Request — it’s unclear who’s behind this website. Nevertheless, the website’s privacy policy says that it doesn’t collect any personal data when you interact with the site (but it uses Google Analytics).

You don’t have to connect with third-party APIs or give access to your personal account to request your data. It’s just links and text, and an interactive way to learn about data requests.

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FCC investigates site that let most US mobile phones’ location be exposed


Enlarge / Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), as seen on April 18, 2018. (credit: New America / Flickr)

The Federal Communications Commission has taken preliminary steps to examine the actions of LocationSmart, a southern California company that has suddenly found itself under intense public and government scrutiny for allowing most American cell phones’ locations to be easily accessed.

As Ars reported Thursday, LocationSmart identifies the locations of phones connected to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon, often to an accuracy of a few hundred yards, reporter Brian Krebs said. While the firm claims it provides the location-lookup service only for legitimate and authorized purposes, Krebs reported that a demo tool on the LocationSmart website could be used by just about anyone to surreptitiously track the real-time whereabouts of just about anyone else.

“I can confirm the matter has been referred to the Enforcement Bureau,” wrote FCC spokesman Neil Grace in a Friday afternoon email to Ars.

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PlayStation Flash Sale Features Spooky Best-Sellers

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Android users receive creepy ‘Superuser’ Facebook request for full access to their devices


Facebook wants all your data, and, when it comes to Android users, it’s not afraid to ask for it. 

Several users of the social media service posted on Twitter early Friday morning to report that their Android Facebook apps were requesting “superuser access” to their devices. That’s right, Facebook apparently wants “full access” to the phones, for that little period of time known as “forever.”

As Bleeping Computer reported, it’s not exactly clear what is going on here, but a possible coding error could be to blame. We reached out to Facebook for comment but received no response as of press time.  Read more…

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Walmart has quietly launched Jetblack, a ‘members-only’ personal shopping service for affluent city moms

Jetblack co-founder and CEO Jenny Fleiss

The initiative, led by Rent the Runway’s co-founder Jenny Fleiss, is being tested in Manhattan.

Code Eight, a stealthy personal-shopping startup incubated inside of Walmart, has rebranded itself as Jetblack, Recode has learned.

In job listings, the service is described as a “members-only personal shopping and concierge service that combines the convenience of e-commerce with the customized attention of a personal assistant.”

Visitors to are greeted by a landing page that says, “Nice work, you found us!”

“Jetblack is currently in beta in Manhattan,” the site says. It gives visitors an option to request early access.

A Walmart spokesman declined to comment.

The startup is being led by Rent the Runway co-founder Jenny Fleiss, who joined Walmart last year to lead the initiative. Since then, Walmart has revealed little about the project, but Recode reported details on the service in December.

A new Walmart subsidiary, called Code Eight, has recently started testing a personal shopping service for “busy NYC moms,” according to multiple sources, with the goal of letting them get product recommendations and make purchases simply through text messaging.

The target customer of Code Eight is described in an online job listing as a “high net worth urban consumer” — translation: A rich city dweller — certainly not the historical sweet spot for Walmart’s main business.

Household items are delivered for free within 24 hours; other purchases are delivered within two business days. Returns are picked up for free at a customer’s apartment building or house.

Jetblack marks Walmart’s latest attempt to appeal to new types of customers who typically wouldn’t have shopped at Walmart stores or through Walmart’s website., which Walmart acquired for $3 billion in 2016, is now being positioned to appeal to millennial consumers who live in big cities — not traditionally Walmart’s demographic.

Under Jet founder Marc Lore, Walmart has also acquired higher-end men’s fashion brand Bonobos. And last week, Walmart announced that upscale department store Lord & Taylor, which is struggling, would soon launch a fashion portal on

Lore, who now runs all of Walmart’s e-commerce efforts in the U.S., had the idea for a higher-end personal shopping service inside of Jet long before the Walmart acquisition — even calling it Jetblack internally for years, sources say.

Now it looks like the company has stuck to the idea of the Jetblack name even though there is not currently any obvious association with If the New York City test is successful and the service expands, though, perhaps it would look for added distribution through

Jetblack is one of several projects being run under a Walmart startup incubator called Store No. 8. Others include Project Kepler, a startup working to build cashierless stores similar to Amazon Go that Recode previously uncovered, as well as a virtual reality initiative.

It’s all happening @jetblack !!#oneyear #amazingfoundingteam @flourshop

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Fortnite’s Android release gets some summer good news

It was just a few months ago that Fortnite came to iOS, and it’s safe to say that launch was a success. The entire time, however, Fortnite fans have been wondering when the game will make its way to Android. Given how many people use Android phones (especially in comparison to iOS), you can bet that getting the game on … Continue reading


Tidal investigates possible data breach amid streaming stats allegations

dims?crop=2400%2C1600%2C0%2C0&quality=85Tidal recently came under fire for allegedly inflating play-counts on Lemonade and The Life of Pablo, which in turn resulted in higher payouts for Beyoncé and Kanye West, respectively. The streaming service vehemently denied the allegations, b…


How to Use the Reader View in Firefox

How many times do you go to a website to read an article and once the page loads, you’re bombarded with banners and distracting ads? Firefox’s Reader View removes the clutter and simplifies the page for better readability, leaving only what you actually want to see: the article.


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