Charlie Nash

Charlie Nash

Charlie Nash was a reporter for Breitbart Tech. You can follow him on Twitter @CharlieNash

Intercept: Google Carrying Out Secret ‘Performance Review’ of Chinese ‘Project Dragonfly’

Google is reportedly carrying out a secret “performance review” of its censored Chinese search app, codenamed Project Dragonfly, despite the company claiming in December that is has no plans to launch the project. Project Dragonfly faced widespread condemnation including from members of Congress, human rights organizations, and hundreds of Google employees themselves.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai

Cassandra Fairbanks Alleges Julian Assange’s Living Conditions in Ecuadorian Embassy Worsening

The Ecuadorian embassy in London reportedly locked journalist Cassandra Fairbanks in a room for over an hour during a visit to see WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and was eventually given just under ten minutes to speak with him, despite being booked for a two-hour meeting. Fairbanks reportedly overheard a conversation between Assange and an ambassador during which Assange accused the embassy of illegally surveilling him.

Assange would surrender to Britain if no US extradition

Report: Google Will Fund Local News Outlets with McClatchy

Google is reportedly launching a project with McClatchy that will fund local news outlets in an effort to combat the decline of local news. The tech titan claims it will have no editorial control over the outlets.

Google acquires Fossil smartwatch tech for $40 mn

Mastercard Shares Details of ‘Digital Identity’ System

Details have been revealed about Mastercard’s controversial “digital identity” system, which will “bind” your identity to a smartphone or other device, and which has been compared to China’s social credit system and the bleak futurism of Netflix series Black Mirror.

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New Zealand ISPs Ban Websites Hosting Christchurch Shooting Video

New Zealand ISPs are banning websites which host the Christchurch mosque shooter’s video of the massacre. In New Zealand, sharing the video is a criminal offense, and one 22-year-old reportedly faces at least ten years in prison for sharing it online. The Internet companies are not taking action against Facebook, where the video was originally livestreamed.

New Zealand massacre provides test for live video platforms

Report: Facebook, NBC, Axios Paid for Flattering Wikipedia Pages

Facebook, NBC, and Axios all reportedly paid for flattering Wikipedia pages — managing to get negative sections removed, and positive sections added in. Google currently prioritizes information from Wikipedia at the top of search results.

Turkish officials say Wikipedia failed to remove content deemed to be false from its pages that linked Turkey with terror groups

Scientific American: ‘The Internet Knows You Better than Your Spouse Does’

In a Scientific American article, titled “The Internet Knows You Better Than Your Spouse Does,”  author Frank Luerweg revealed that an online test, which tracks users’ digital footprints to provide a detailed personality analysis, knew many of those tested better than their spouses.

Masters of the Universe