2022

Weekly Roundup: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Today is Sunday, December 4th: time for the weekly roundup of the good, the bad and the ugly tech news of the week! Because of the US Thanksgiving holiday, there was not a weekly roundup this past weekend. Also, since there has been so much focus on Twitter lately, they will be excluded for this (and likely future) roundups so that we can bring attention to other news. The Good Google has admitted they need to do a better job of patching Android phones. While the exploits are being fixed quickly, however the updates are not getting pushed out to…

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Google faces Class-Action Lawsuit over App Store Prices

More legal trouble for Google Inc. 100,83 -0,45 -0,44% Android and their App Store (Google Play): A judge this week granted class-action status to antitrust litigation that now covers 21 million Google Play customers in 12 states—Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Wyoming—and five US territories, including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The lawsuit claims that Google’s misleading warnings led millions of customers nationwide to pay “artificially inflated” prices for apps they could have downloaded cheaper elsewhere. Last year, dozens of state attorneys general sued Google on these same…

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Google Pushes Out Another Chrome Update

This is the second update in a little over a week. This updates covers Windows, Mac and Linux and address a single high-severity security flaw. “Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2022-4262 exists in the wild,” the search giant said in a security advisory published on Friday. According to Google, the new version has started rolling out to users in the Stable Desktop channel, and it will reach the entire user base within a matter of days or weeks. Users can check for updates via Chrome menu > Help > About Google Chrome. via Bleeping Computer

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LastPass Hacked as result of August 2022 Hack

Troubling times for password manager LastPass users. The company announced back in August 2022 they had been hacked which was downplayed by the company as a “compromised developer account, through which part of LastPass’s source code and proprietary technical info were taken.” Worse of all they had advised users not to change their master passwords’. Now the company has experienced a second related hack, this time impacting customers. As reported Wednesday on its blog, LastPass recently detected unusual activity within a third-party cloud storage service. An investigation has so far revealed that the breach stemmed from knowledge gained during the August…

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Twitter offering ‘incentives’ to get Advertisers Back

In Elon Musk’s notable Tweet replying to American author Stephen King about Twitter Blue’s pricing he admitted “Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers’”. With the on going issues of getting Twitter Blue up and going again after the ‘Blue Checkmark’ disaster and with many advertisers leaving, it seems Musk may be charging his toon in hope of getting revenue flowing again to avoid bankruptcy. Musk recently tried to assure advertisers “none of Twitter Policies Have Changed” (though he omitted their COVID Misinformation Policy did change). In his defense though Musk is right, the policies haven’t changed…just the enforcement;’ either because…

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Windows 11 22H2 Update KB5020044 causes Task Manager Issues

Why does this feel like a pharmaceutical commercial or perhaps it is just job security for Microsoft Corporation 255,02 +0,33 +0,13% engineers? Users on the ‘C’ update channel who have installed the upcoming Windows 11 22H2 November Preview (KB5020044) may find their task manager is unreadable. However, network file copying should be back to speeds it was prior to the 22H2 update. Note: users on the regular update channel will not be offered KB5020044 until the December (13th) Patch Tuesday) and this issue could be resolved by that point. “After installing KB5020044, Task Manager might display certain elements in the…

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EU Threating Twitter Ban over Content Moderation Issues

Besides death and taxes, another thing certain in life is if the EU comes after your company it is going to hurt. This is something Google, Apple and HP know all too well. A European regulator today reportedly threatened Elon Musk with a continent-wide ban on Twitter if the company fails to enforce content moderation rules required by the Digital Services Act. Also today, Twitter claimed it hasn’t changed any policies—even though it stopped enforcing rules against COVID misinformation. A very literal interpretation of Twitter’s “none of our policies have changed” claim might say it’s technically accurate—instead of rewriting the COVID…

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Twitter to remain on App Store

Seems Twitter’s Elon Musk’s and Apple’s Tim Cook have resolved their ‘misunderstanding’. Musk has been assured that Apple Inc. 147,81 -0,50 -0,34% will not remove Twitter from the App Store. Elon Musk said he had a “good conversation” with Apple chief executive Tim Cook and “resolved the misunderstanding” about his claim that Twitter could be removed from the App Store, just days after the world’s richest man unleashed a tirade against the most valuable tech company. In a tweet on Wednesday, Musk said that “Tim was clear that Apple never considered” potentially removing Twitter from the App Store, describing it…

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Twitter: None of our Policies Have Changed

Chief Twit is sounding more like a politician everyday. First he is claiming Apple is going to remove Twitter from the App Store and won’t tell him why. Now he can not understand why more and more advertisers are leaving Twitter. Twitter is right now facing a massive decline in ad revenue as major advertisers have halted spending amid concerns over policy changes instituted by Musk. In the blog post, though, Twitter says that “brand safety is only possible when human safety is the top priority” and that “none of our policies have changed.” Bullshit! Just Monday it was discovered Twitter secretly…

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Microsoft Fixes Slow Network File Copying in Windows 11 22H2

One the remaining unresolved known issues with the Windows 11 22H2 release was slow (sometimes taking twice as long) network file copying, Microsoft Corporation 255,02 +0,33 +0,13% has addressed this issue with the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25252 on Monday. This should be rolled out to all Windows 11 22H2 users via the KB5020044 optional cumulative update with December’s Patch Tuesday on December 13th. Microsoft has addressed a known issue leading to significant performance hits when copying large files over SMB after installing the Windows 11 2022 update. “There is a performance reduction in 22H2 when copying larger files…

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