Democratic bill would suspend Section 230 protections when social networks boost anti-vax conspiracies – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 7 minutes   Two Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would strip away the liability shield that social media platforms hold dear when those companies are found to have boosted anti-vaccine conspiracies and other kinds of health misinformation. The Health Misinformation Act, introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), would create a … Read more

Metcalfe’s Mirror: Complexity in networks (P.S. your martech stack is a network)

Reading Time: 14 minutes Fair warning: this post is pretty wonkish, even relative to my usual style. (Yikes.) Robert Metcalfe, the godfather of computer networks, famously stated that the value of a network is proportional to the square of the number of users connected. This became known as Metcalfe’s Law: The classic example is the telephone. When only two … Read more

Zeus Network’s Niche as a Streaming Service? Raw Drama

Reading Time: 6 minutes Giving influencers free rein is also what gives Zeus its viral magnetism. Moments from the network’s shows quickly find their way onto social media and into group texts, pulling us in and becoming recyclable meme fodder. Before I heard of Joseline’s Cabaret or The Real Blac Chyna, another one of its marquee lifestyle reality soaps, … Read more

Russian Hackers Are Trying to Brute-Force Hundreds of Networks

Reading Time: 7 minutes The discovery of Russia’s devastating SolarWinds spy campaign put the spotlight on the sophisticated supply chain hijacking techniques of Moscow’s foreign intelligence hackers. But it’s now apparent that, throughout that SolarWinds spying and its fallout, another group of Kremlin hackers has kept up up their usual daily grind, using basic but often effective techniques to … Read more

Common Sense Networks launches Sensical, a free, hand-curated streaming service for kids – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 11 minutes Common Sense Media has made a name for itself among parents as a useful resource for vetting entertainment and technology in terms of its age-appropriateness. Now, the organization’s for-profit affiliate, Common Sense Networks, is taking inspiration from those kid-friendly recommendations with the launch of new streaming service called Sensical. The service offers age-appropriate, entertaining, and … Read more

FloLive, an IoT startup building cloud-based private 5G networks, raises $15.5M led by Intel – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 8 minutes As enterprises and carriers gear up for operating and scaling IoT services and monitoring the activity of their devices, machines and more globally, a startup that is building technology to make this easier and cheaper to implement is announcing some funding. FloLive, which has built a cloud-based solution to stitch together private, local cellular networks … Read more