I had at least one work event on my calendar each workday of this week, which has not happened in quite some time. Since CES, to be exact.
10/6/2020: Social-media misinformation, Al Jazeera
The Arabic-language network had me on for half an hour to talk, once again, about governments staging misinformation campaigns on Twitter and other social networks.
10/7/2020: Hackers could have used Comcast’s XR11 voice remote to spy on homes, Fast Company
The security firm Guardicore figured out how to load malware onto a widely-used Comcast remote control that would turn its voice input into a remote eavesdropping tool–and then Comcast promptly responded to their disclosure and fixed the flaws that made this possible.
10/8/2020: The Real Problem Wasn’t Cambridge Analytica, But The Data Brokers That Outlived It, Forbes
An online talk by David Carroll, the New York professor who went to court in the U.K. to try to force Cambridge Analytica to disclose what data it had collected about him, gave me an opportunity to revisit everybody’s least favorite political consultancy.
10/9/2020: T-Mobile’s 5G sales pitch continues to miss on mid-band , Fierce Wireless
T-Mobile staged a bit of a dog-and-pony show for journalists about its wireless ambitions that had some entertaining moments but left some big questions about its 5G strategy unanswered.
10/9/2020: The Best Cell Phone Plans, Wirecutter
I updated this guide to cover slight changes to the “unlimited” plans at Verizon, Mint Mobile’s new “unlimited” plan, Cricket’s addition of a 5G plan, the Verizon prepaid brand Visible, and a set of simpler plans at TracFone.