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PayPal's pal Venmo spaffs your pals' payments – and yours

PayPal-owned digital wallet Venmo shares way too much data via its public API, according to Berlin-based researcher Hang Do Thi Duc. If users accept the default setting on their account when they sign up, their transaction details are accessible via the service's API, making it “incredibly easy to see what people are buying, …
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Cisco passes around antidotes to noxious NX-OS code execution bugs

Get your ticket to the Cisco catwalk, sysadmins, and watch Switchzilla strut 24 FXOS and NX-OS software security advisories. Five advisories in the June 2018 Cisco FXOS and NX-OS Software Security Advisory Collection are dressed in a luscious, Critical-rated red, while the remaining 19 merely hit the High. Four of the …

Academics: Shutting down Facebook API damages research, oversight, competition

Facebook’s API lock-down will hurt legitimate researchers and damage scrutiny of social networks, a group of boffins have warned. Entering full panic mode after users began to find out just how much of their data is accessible to anyone with an app, the social network announced plans to hobble its Graph API earlier this month …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Apr 2018
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Facebook offers to crack open data for eggheads to find out how badly it's screwed democracy

Facebook has announced an initiative it says will help academics investigate the effect of social media on society without overstepping the privacy line. Broadly, the plan is to set up a commission of independent, "respected academic experts" who will develop a research agenda to assess how social media impacts democracy, and …
Rebecca Hill, 9 Apr 2018
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Twitter: Finally, there's an affordable way to pay us actual money

Hoping to extinguish its eleven-year cash bonfire and finally turn a profit, Twitter has introduced premium APIs to allow businesses to make better use of its trove of troll tweets – for a fee. The hoi polloi seldom pay for anything online but developers, in particular those working for big biz, can be convinced to ante up in …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Nov 2017

Google Cloud's API knows the sort of thing you like to look at

Google Cloud's Natural Language API has become a bit more, er, insightful: it can now sort content into 700 different categories, such as Health, Hobbies & Leisure and Law & Government. This clustering allows businesses to tailor the info they deliver to customers to match those customers' preferences. Google also added the …
Andrew Silver, 20 Sep 2017
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Instagram's leaky API exposed celebrities' contact details

Instagram is blaming a bug in its API for the partial breach of verified users' accounts. All verified users have been notified that some of their profile data – email address and phone number – could have been viewed by one or more attackers. The Facebook-owned organisation isn't explaining any details of the API flaw, which …
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Adware API sends smartmobe data home to Chinese company

Mobile developers, listen up: when you pick up that easy-to-use advertising API, make sure it's not snoopware. That's the lesson, the take-out, or (god have mercy on my soul) key learning from work by security outfit Lookout, whose analysis of the Igexin advertising SDK ended with hundreds of apps returning “not found” on …
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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

The end of legacy Firefox plugins is drawing closer, with Mozilla's Jorge Villalobos saying they'll be disabled in an upcoming nightly build of the browser's 57th edition. While he didn't specify just how soon the dread date will arrive, Villalobos writes: “There should be no expectation of legacy add-on support on this or …

Apple frees a few private APIs, makes them public

Apple, by necessity, fatigue, goodwill or accident, is becoming slightly more open in how it allows developers to interact with its software. In the wake of the company's Worldwide Developer Conference last week, software developers are reporting that some previously private APIs have been opened to the public. Private APIs …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Jun 2017
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Google's PHP API client has XSS vulnerability

Users of Google's PHP API client: watch out for phishing attacks while Google patches a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in the code. The bug, discovered by DefenseCode's Leon Juranic using the company's ThunderScan source code scanner, has been acknowledged by the Chocolate Factory (as a “nice catch”), and a fix is …
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Ambient light sensors can steal data, says security researcher

Security researcher Lukasz Olejnik says it is possible to slurp sensitive data with the ambient light sensors installed in many smartphones and laptops. The sensors are there so that devices can automatically change the brightness of screens, a handy trick that save scrambles to change settings. But Olejnik says such sensors …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2017
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Twitter's motto: If at first you screwed developers over, try, try again, eh?

After taking developers for a ride and then repeatedly driving into a ditch, Twitter has a new destination in mind and has produced a roadmap to reassure those who haven't already leapt out the door. The turmoil-prone, cash-burning, executive-churning social media biz on Thursday said it will unify its API platform, combining …

Tesla 'API crashes' after update, angry rich bods complain

Over the past few days Tesla punters from different corners of the globe have claimed an update borked their acess to the iOS app, preventing them from connecting to their electric dream wagons. The thread of complaints first started on Tesla’s online forum on Monday and had continued into today, with customers based in North …
Paul Kunert, 8 Mar 2017

Forget razors and blades, APIs are the new gotcha

Sysadmin Blog I've always hated the "razor and blades" business model. It pops up everywhere in our society, and is becoming ever more popular in IT. There is enough crossover with subscription models that it's hard to tell where one business model stops and the other begins. Regardless of the nuances, "razor and blades" is nothing but a tax …
Trevor Pott, 16 Nov 2016

My moment face-to-face with Google's AI: It feels your pain, sometimes

Comment At Google's Horizon cloud event in San Francisco on Tuesday, the ad giant demonstrated its Cloud Vision API through what it called the GCP Emotobooth. Less of a booth than a corner of a room covered by a connected camera, the experience combined all the forced fun of making faces on demand with the dubious pleasure of having one …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Sep 2016
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Google releases v4 Safe Browsing API

Developers using Google's Safe Browsing API: get ready for an upgrade. The Chocolate Factory's announced v4 of the API, and is deprecating prior versions. Announced here, the update pays more attention to mobile users. As Googlers Emily Schechter and Alex Wozniak write, that means the API had to be optimised to reduce power …
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Microsoft wants devs to take notes on their families

Microsoft has GitHubbed a framework that could finally make an Internet-connected refrigerator useful: an application for family members to leave notes for each other. Well, actually FamilyNotes is a developer demonstrator with two aims: to give developers more examples of putting code together in the Universal Windows …

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