The year that tech went dark

New York (CNN)The team at Pinterest felt it had to go dark to do right by its users. Pinterest officially introduced the dark mode option in late September, joining a design trend that has swept across many of the most popular apps throughout 2019. While some version of this option has been around for years — early computer terminals even offered green text on black backgrounds — Apple (AAPL) helped kick off a wave of renewed interest in it by bringing the feature to iPhones this year. Instagram and Gmail have also rolled out dark mode options and Facebook (FB) brought dark mode to desktop users. For Silicon Valley, the shift to dark mode — however minor it might seem …

Co-founder of Facebook now wants it broken up

Really?Image: MANDEL NGAN / AFP / getty Who needs deepfakes when you can just run a video at reduced speed? An edited clip of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, altered to make it look like she’s slurring her words, is making the rounds online following a Wednesday discussion at a Center for American Progress event.   The news comes by way of the Washington Post, which notes that the only digital trickery required to fool millions of Americans into thinking the Democratic congresswoman was drunk in public was to run the video at 75 percent speed and tweak the pitch.  That’s it. No fancy AI or special video editing skills were needed. If you just let out a heavy sigh, you’re …

Facial recognition coming to U.S. airports by 2021

A congressional hearing on the dangers of facial recognition technology brought Republicans and Democrats together on Wednesday.Image: Valentin Wolf/imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock The first in a series of congressional hearings on facial recognition technology took place on Wednesday, and it brought about a rare occurrence in Washington: agreement between Democrats and Republicans. The House Oversight Committee’s hearing was focused on the impact facial recognition has had on civil rights and liberties from its use among law enforcement. A panel of experts, including face recognition researchers, legal professionals, and former law enforcement, spoke of the threat of mass surveillance. The panel was nearly in full agreement that the use of facial recognition technology in the field must be halted immediately. “At a minimum, Congress …

Trump and Biden spend millions on Facebook targeting older voters

Both these dudes really hoping women aren't sick of old white men, yet.Image: Mashable composite; Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images, NBC NewsWire/Getty Images Who do the ladies love the most? Trump and Biden are hoping it’s them. Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has been pouring money into Facebook ads, particularly those targeting older women, according to Facebook data recently highlighted by the New York Times. There’s only one candidate who can hold a candle to the Trump campaign’s Facebook spending: Joe Biden. SEE ALSO: Facebook wants to become more private, but not in the ways that matter most Thanks to Facebook’s Ad Library, anyone is able to see just how much cash each campaign is spending on Facebook, what kind of ads they’re …