Samsung can't come up for air, the mental gymnastics of defending Peter Thiel, and "unlimited" data. Our weekly tech news quiz.
Posted on October 21, 2016, at 3:28 p.m. ET
All of these things happened. What a mess.
All US airlines have banned the phone on planes, which prompted Samsung to set up airport exchange stations. Oh, and three New Jersey Note7 owners have started the process of filing a class action lawsuit against Samsung. Yikes dot com.
Zuck came to Thiel's defense
In a leaked internal Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg wrote that Facebook can't simultaneously prioritize diversity and ostracize supporters of a major party's nominee. Thiel was one of the first investors in Facebook and has been a longtime board member at the social network.
And wow did the FCC ever rule against them. A $48 million fine is stiff.
Gmail password forms
They did a pretty good job of copying the feel of Google. That's how the hackers got access to so many emails.
There's been a lot more anti-Semitism on Twitter recently, and it targets journalists especially.
From BuzzFeed News' Charlie Warzel: "The yearlong study found roughly 2.6 million anti-Semitic tweets, creating more than 10 billion impressions across the web. Of those tweets, 19,253 were directed at journalists."
Single owners won't be able to list multiple homes on AirBnb in NY and SF.
The practice is already illegal in New York and San Francisco, but this week marks the first time home-sharing company will prevent homeowners from doing it using the design of the platform.
Multiple massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks hit Dyn
Spotify, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, Github, Netflix, PayPal, SoundCloud, Shopify, and others were affected. BuzzFeed News' Sheera Frenkel: "The Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack overwhelms a company’s servers with traffic from multiple sources to make online service unavailable. DNS or Domain Name System is the internet’s system for converting alphabetic names of websites — the ones humans use — into machine-friendly IP addresses which direct users’ internet connection to the correct website. By attacking a DNS host, such as Dyn, they are essentially attacking the internet’s ability to route users to the correct webpage."
Blake Montgomery is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco.
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