AT&T says its merger with Time Warner is exactly what customers want

No, AT&T (or Comcast or Verizon), “more relevant ads” are not what any consumer ever wanted. Consumer want competition. We want lower prices, faster speeds, more choices of content. We want NO ads, you morons. We already pay you for your services, thank you, we do not like it that you to charge us a second time by forcing us to watch even ads.

AT&T says you’ll love “more relevant” ads, but senators warn of higher prices.

Source: AT&T says its merger with Time Warner is exactly what customers want

Hackers who took control of PC microphones siphon >600 GB from 70 targets

Ever wonder WHO might be interested in what you say? Most people say they aren’t worried, they aren’t important enough. But what about your job, other people you vaguely know?

The problem really is, they can record your microphone for hours, days, weeks, or months, and store all that data as long as they choose. They can then post-process it every year, if they choose. As technology gets better and better, they’ll be able to pick out more and more information.

Critical infrastructure, media, and scientists targeted by suspected nation-state.

Source: Hackers who took control of PC microphones siphon >600 GB from 70 targets

PayPal freezes Canadian media company’s account over story about Syrian family – Manitoba – CBC News

A Canadian newspaper tried to submit a story to a Canadian awards competition, and Paypal calls the transaction “suspicious” and suspends their account. Why? Because the story was about some Syrian refugees? Really? Blame Canada!

A community newspaper’s payment to enter a feel-good story about a family of Syrian refugees in an awards competition prompted PayPal to freeze the account of a national media organization after flagging the suspicious transaction, The Canadian Press has learned.

Source: PayPal freezes Canadian media company’s account over story about Syrian family – Manitoba – CBC News