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Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years

Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years

Technology
Private tweets sent by users of Twitter's Android app could have been exposed publicly for years. Twitter said it had discovered a security flaw which meant "protected" tweets became public when some changes were made to accounts.Anyone who updated the email address linked to their account between November 2014 and January 2019 could have had messages exposed, it said.Twitter said it had started to let affected users know about the bug.It added that it had turned the protections back on for Android users who had inadvertently switched them off.Twitter said it was also issuing a public notice about the error because it could not confirm the exact number of accounts that had been affected and wanted to reach those it could not iden...
Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?

Were Taylor Swift fans tracked at her gig?

Technology
A major stadium in Los Angeles has confirmed that it uses facial recognition tech during sport and music events, to spot known troublemakers.The Rose Bowl told news site Gizmodo that it used the tech "inside and outside" the stadium gates.It made the statement after an article in Rolling Stone alleged that Taylor Swift fans were scanned at a pop concert in an effort to spot stalkers.However, the companies involved have been reluctant to talk.What happened at the Taylor Swift concert?According to Rolling Stone, visitors to a Taylor Swift concert at the Rose Bowl were encouraged to visit a pop-up booth playing behind-the-scenes footage of the pop star.The booth allegedly recorded fans and compared their pictures to a database of Swift's known stalkers.The c...
Black Friday online sales were record $6.22B, tracking service reports

Black Friday online sales were record $6.22B, tracking service reports

Business
Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Online Black Friday companies racked up a record $ 6.22 billion in sales, up 23.6 percent from last year, according to Adobe Analytics. Adobe's data is based on an analysis of more than 1 trillion visits to retail sites and 55 million stock keeping units, or SKUs. The service, which tracks transactions from 80 of the top 100 internet retailers in the United States, reported 33.5 percent of the sales were via smartphones compared with 29.1 percent from mobile devices in 2017, according to a report by CNBC. Another tracking service, Salesforce.com, found 54 percent of all digital orders on Thanksgiving were made from a mobile device -- the first time the phone sales were more than computers. The phone usage is up from 15 percent as overall digital revenue incresed 18 percen...
Chemicals used in Deepwater Horizon spill were ineffective, study says

Chemicals used in Deepwater Horizon spill were ineffective, study says

Science
Nov. 1 (UPI) -- The chemical dispersants used to clean up oil after the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 were ineffective and unneeded, a new study says. Researchers report in a study published this week that dispersants used in the largest oil spill in U.S. history -- 210 million gallons of oil poured into the Gulf over 87 days after a BP oil rig exploded -- played no role in its clean up. BP injected 3,000 tons of a subsea dispersant called Corexit to push back the spread of oil and dissolve its particles. Instead, the researchers report, the dispersant was rendered ineffective due to the depth of the oil. And according to the study, the Corexit may have suppressed the growth of oil degrading sea bacteria, in addition to making the oil itself more toxic. "The resul...
Jurassic reptiles were forced to adapt to sea level rise

Jurassic reptiles were forced to adapt to sea level rise

Science
Sept. 4 (UPI) -- New analysis of fossil teeth have offered scientists new insights into the impacts of sea level rise on Jurassic food chains. Sea levels rose considerably over the course of the Jurassic period, the 56 million years between the Triassic and Cretaceous periods. As revealed by the fossil record, some species thrived, while others were pushed to the margins. To better understand the dynamics of this upheaval, scientists studied the shapes and sizes of teeth found among Jurassic strata along the coasts of England. All of the teeth were sourced from marine sediments representing an 18-million-year period when sea levels fluctuated dramatically. The owners of the ancient teeth belonged to a diverse food chain called the Jurassic Sub-Boreal Seaway. The analysis suggests the Jur...