The Download: LinkedIn scammers, and annual covid shots

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1,000 Chinese SpaceX Engineers Have Never Been There

If you just look at his LinkedIn page, you would definitely think that Mai Linzheng was a top-notch engineer. Mai earned a bachelor’s degree from Tsinghua, China’s largest university, and a master’s degree in semiconductor manufacturing from UCLA, and began his career at Intel and KBR, an aerospace technology company, before ending up at SpaceX in 2013. Except for everything Not as it seems. .

The “Mai Linzheng” profile is actually one of the millions of fraudulent pages created on LinkedIn to lure users into scams. Scammers like Mai claim to belong to reputable schools and companies to boost their credibility before connecting with other users, building a relationship, and setting a financial trap.

Victims have now lost millions of dollars through scams that originated on the platform, and the problem is growing. Read the full story.

– Zi Yang

Podcast: How Retail Uses AI to Prevent Fraud

We’ve all experienced the frustration of a credit card ban, due to a transaction deemed suspicious that was, in fact, completely normal. It’s the most obvious way to fail the complex network of systems designed to root out fraud, but it’s far from the only way.

On the last episode of our podcast, In the machines we trustWe explain how it is a technological arms race between companies and fraudsters, and we are stuck in the middle. Artificial intelligence is playing an increasingly important role in the battle. listen to it Apple Podcastor anywhere else you usually listen to.

must read

I’ve combed the internet to find the most interesting/important/scary/cool stories about technology today.

1 US plans annual coronavirus vaccine
According to the White House, like the annual flu shot, a Covid booster should provide a high degree of protection for an entire year. (WP $)

2 Consolidation is the greatest test of cryptocurrency to date
If successful, it could solve many of the industry’s problems. (economic $)
+ Upgrading Ethereum will greatly improve its security. (protocol)

3 Doomscrolling is bad for your health
Avoiding the news in part made study participants less distracted. (Watchman)
+ How to fix your broken epidemiological brain. (MIT Technology Review)

4 Apple’s relationship with China is long and complex
The company’s plans to shift some iPhone production to India may not go as smoothly as hoped. (The New York Times $)
+ Apple plans to appeal Brazil’s decision to ban the sale of iPhones without chargers. (Bloomberg $)

5 Twitter and Elon Musk’s lawyers met for a pretrial hearing
Detective Peter Zatko’s allegations loomed large during the meeting. (The Wall Street Journal $)
+ Musk cited the war in Ukraine as a reason to delay the acquisition. (F $)
+ Twitter’s new edit button will be able to change tweets up to five times. (Take Crunch)

6 No, switching to clean energy does not increase the risk of grid failure
It is a common argument fundamentally flawed. (Fox)
+ India’s response to underwater Silicon Valley is largely thanks to severe flooding. (F $)
+ These plastic batteries could help store renewable energy on the grid. (MIT Technology Review)

7 Mobile gambling is the birth of a new generation of addicts
Increased ease of continuous access to devices. (Motherboard)

8 How Minecraft Turned Its Back on the Blockchain
causing its players to lose thousands of dollars worth of cryptocurrency in the process. (Rest of the world)

9 How the Internet solved a six-year mystery
Starring a mysterious pointy-eared man. (New Yorker $)

10 TikTok teachers walk a fine line
Between highlighting their profession and respecting student privacy. (wired $)

Quote from today

One of the claims is, ‘This is a black digital interface. “

– James O Young, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Victoria, explains the backlash surrounding virtual rapper FN Meka, who critics claim perpetuates black stereotypes, to The New York Times.

The big story

Technology has exposed Syria’s war crimes time and time again. Was it for nothing?

October 2019

Syria was one of the first major conflicts of the age of social media, with many Syrians having cell phones with cameras and access to high-speed internet.

The materials collected by the Syrians allowed people far from the actual fighting to participate in the investigation effort as well. In 2012, Elliot Higgins, an unemployed British blogger, began examining videos and photos posted from Syria, in an effort to identify the weapons used; Later he started a website called Bellingcat, and assembled a team of volunteer analysts.

Driven by optimism that social media and digital connectivity can be a force for good, and encouraged by Western politicians, these efforts have made the Syrian conflict the most documented in human history. Someone just needs to act on the detailed information collected from the Earth. Read the full story.

– Eric Reddy

We can still have pretty things

A place to rest, have fun and distraction in these strange times. (Do you have any ideas?Message me on lineorTweet me.)

+ There is an entire website dedicated to bread marksof course there is.
+ Sao Paulo barbers Definitely a creative group.
+ balloon fencing It will only end in tears.
+ The only good tattoo is a bad tattooit seems.
+ For the scientific minded among you, this is very interesting reading list to fall down.

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