Nike just bricked its self-lacing shoes by accident

Jack Morse, Mashable: This is the future we deserve. Owners of the newly released $350 Nike app-connected Adapt BB self-tying shoes have taken to the Google Play store to complain that an update left their fancy kicks bricked. That’s right, the self-lacing shoes reportedly no longer connect to the accompanying app — essentially transforming them …

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Cyber-Mercenary Groups Shouldn’t be Trusted in Your Browser or Anywhere Else

Cooper Quentin, EFF: DarkMatter, the notorious cyber-mercenary firm based in the United Arab Emirates, is seeking to become approved as a top-level certificate authority in Mozilla’s root certificate program. Giving such a trusted position to this company would be a very bad idea. DarkMatter has a business interest in subverting encryption, and would be able …

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Forget privacy: you’re terrible at targeting anyway

A very long article by data analyst Apenwarr explaining how all the profiling in the world is for naught if your algorithms are useless, and how smarter decision-making upfront when designing your system (he cites Pandora as a good example), or even building a direct relationship with your customers, can often deliver better results.

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What part of “No Flash” doesn’t Microsoft understand?

Sergui Gatlan at BeepingComputer: According to the initial bug report filed by Google Project Zero’s Ivan Fratric on November 26: In Microsoft Windows, there is a file C:\Windows\system32\edgehtmlpluginpolicy.bin that contains the default whitelist of domains that can bypass Flash click2play and load Flash content without getting user confirmation in Microsoft Edge. The current version of …

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