Amazon Confirms Alexa Heard a Couple’s Background Conversation as a Command to Record Them

Two weeks ago, a woman in Portland, Oregon in the US learned that her Amazon Echo device had recorded and sent a private conversation between her and her husband to one of his employees in Seattle, Washington without their knowledge. “Unplug your Alexa devices right now,” she says the employee told them, “You’re being hacked.” Read More >>

This Lawsuit Against a Trendy Makeup Brand Highlights How the Web Is Broken for Millions

A woman who is legally blind has filed a class-action lawsuit against beauty brand Glossier for failing to create an accessible website. The woman, Kathleen Sypert, claims that she “encountered multiple access barriers” when visiting the website, denying her and other visually impaired and legally blind users equal access to Glossier’s amenities. Read More >>

Report: Google Search Features Revealed the Legally Protected Names of Sex and Violent Crime Victims

For victims of sexual violence, many of whom are legally granted anonymity in the United Kingdom, all it might take is some simple Google sleuthing to dig up their protected personal information. Read More >>

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The Tattered Remains of Cambridge Analytica Just Filed for Bankruptcy in the US

Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm accused of misusing the data of millions of Facebook users, filed for bankruptcy in the US late Thursday. The news is hardly shocking—the firm announced that it had filed for insolvency in the UK earlier this month with bankruptcy proceedings in the US  to soon follow. Read More >>

Facebook Screwed Up So Hard, Nurses Are Protesting a Hospital Named After Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg put his name on a hospital, and the act of hubris is predictably not boding well with those concerned with their privacy. About a dozen current and former nurses protested the name change over the weekend, in which they covered Zuckerberg’s name outside the hospital in blue tape. Read More >>

Chinese Ride-Sharing Giant Removes Creepy Passenger Attractiveness Ratings After Woman’s Murder 

China’s ride-sharing behemoth Didi is trying to make its platform safer for users after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly murdered by one of its drivers. Read More >>

Uber Will Let Users Take Sexual Assault Claims to Court, But Still Prohibits Collective Action

Women who say they were sexually harassed and assaulted by Uber drivers have been fighting with the ridesharing company to have their cases heard by a jury. The company has pushed back against this demand for months, but today, it finally freed them from mandatory arbitration, enabling them to have their cases heard in court. Read More >>

Ahead of Ireland’s Abortion Referendum Vote, Anti-Choice Group Pushes Propaganda DVD on Students

A pro-life group emailed schools in Ireland urging principals and religion teachers to show students a DVD that included excerpts from a 1980s anti-abortion propaganda video. Read More >>

Ring’s Smart Doorbell Let a Man Spy on His Ex-Boyfriend – Even After the Password Was Changed

After breaking up with his boyfriend, Jesus Echezarreta changed the password on his Ring smart doorbell — twice. Still, his ex-boyfriend was able to download video from the home security device as well as remotely ring the doorbell in the middle of the night. The company says it fixed the security flaw that made this possible in January, but The Information reports that problems remain. Read More >>

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Elon Musk Says the Boring Company is About to Offer Free Tunnel Rides

Elon Musk’s Boring Company has been busy digging a giant tunnel under Los Angeles, and it’s reportedly nearly done and ready for some human passengers. Musk announced on Thursday that the company “will be offering free rides to the public in a few months.” That is, if they get government approval. Read More >>

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Inside Cambridge Analytica, Few Knew How Soon the End Would Come

Sitting with a friend in a bar in mid-March, a former Cambridge Analytica employee said he was having a beer when someone texted him Facebook’s announcement that it was kicking the data firm off its platform “pending further information.” “I just remember thinking, ‘Oh my God,’” he told Gizmodo. “This is going to be insane.” Read More >>

Google Joins Facebook in Banning All Ads Related to Ireland’s Big Abortion Vote 

Ireland is less than two weeks out from a historic vote on its abortion referendum, and anti-choice groups have been trying to manipulate people online in order to sway their decision. And tech companies are just now restricting some of these efforts. Most recently, Google announced that it would suspend all ads related to the referendum. Read More >>

These Giant Scrolls Are the Hellish User Agreements You Probably Should Have Read (But Didn’t)

Made up of colourful scrolls cascading down a wall, artist Dima Yarovinsky’s installation “I Agree” is beautiful—at face value. If you read the fine print, however, you’ll learn that it’s a statement against our blind compliance with tech giants. Read More >>

Facebook Fired the Security Engineer Accused of Abusing Their Access to Stalk Women Online 

On Monday, Facebook said that it was investigating claims that one if its security engineers was using their data access privileges to stalk women online. Facebook confirmed to Gizmodo that the employee has been fired. Read More >>

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Cambridge Analytica Just Shut Down All Its US Offices

On Wednesday, Cambridge Analytica employees learned that its parent company, the SCL Group, was shuttering its US offices, with American-based workers directed to return their keycards immediately, according to documentation reviewed by Gizmodo. Read More >>