A Mass Power Outage, Twitter's Data Misuse, and More News
Massive power outages won't save California, Twitter misused your two-factor authentication data, and scientists now know where lightning strikes twice (as much as anywhere else). Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.
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Power shutoffs can't save California from wildfire hell
On Wednesday night, PG&E startedshuting off power for hundreds of thousands of California residents in an effort to prevent wildfires during a high-wind period. Though this may be necessary as a stopgap, shutoffs won't save California from wildfires entirely. “Even if you prevent 90 percent of wildfire ignitions, the remaining fires could be just as bad or even worse,” notes Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA. “Even if we see fewer of them, we’ll still have catastrophic fires.”
Never trust a platform to putprivacy over profits
Twitter has become the latest tech giant to use data from its two-factor authentication security system for its marketing database. The company says the use of two-factor phone numbers and email addresses for marketing was accidental, but the information was used to help target ads , and the company only came forward three weeks after stopping it. Last year, Facebook admitted to a similar practice, and the Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook a record $5 billion in July over numerous instances of user data mishandling.
Fast Fact: 3.3 Million
That's how many barrels of bunker fuel are used by huge cargo-carrying ships each day. This particular type of fuel has 3,500 times as much sulfur as automotive fuel, and it has one wild side effect: Lightning is twice as likely to strike in shipping lanes than in other places.
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