Happy Friday, Austin! Here are some of the tech stories we’re following
Backpage.com pleads guilty in human trafficking
In case you missed it yesterday, the company behind classified ads site Backpage.com has pleaded guilty to charges of human trafficking in Texas and its CEO Carl Ferrer plead guilty on money laundering charges here. The state attorneys general in Texas, California and Arizona were part of the case and there are charges in those states as well. Ferrer will face a maximum of five years in prison in exchange for turning over the assets of the site and helping prosecutors in their cases against the co-founders of Backpage.
Motherboard reports that police and federal agencies around the country have found a relatively inexpensive way to unlock current iPhones. It’s called GrayKey and costs $15,000-$30,000 and can blow through encryption on an iPhone to aid in investigations. Separately, researchers at a security conferences revealed that some manufacturers of Android cell phones are reporting that the devices have installed security updates when in fact some are missing. This security gap could open up those phones to vulnerabilities its users aren’t aware of, Wired reports.
Department of Defense contract still up for grabs
Who will win a $10 billion Department of Defense contract to develop artificial intelligence-driven weaponry? Some say it could be Amazon with its cloud computing power or Google, though that might cause some unrest within its ranks.
What is a computer?
That’s the question at the center of new video series premiere for “Processor,” which in this video looks at four relatively recently computing products and what they say about the near future of how we use computers.
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