Exclusive: JPMorgan drops terms ‘master,’ ‘slave’ from internal tech code and materials

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) is eliminating terms like “blacklist,” “master” and “slave” from its internal technology materials and code as it seeks to address racism within the company, said two sources with knowledge of the move.

The terms had appeared in some of the bank’s technology policies, standards and control procedures, as well in the programming code that runs some of its processes, one of the sources said.

Other companies like Twitter Inc (TWTR.K) and GitHub Inc adopted similar changes, prompted by the renewed spotlight on racism after the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis in May. here

The phrases “master” and “slave” code or drive are used in some programming languages and computer hardware to describe one part of a device or process that controls another.

“Blacklist” is used to describe items

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Tech companies make money off your data. Shouldn’t you be paid, too?

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Whenever you sign up for a new social media service or website, or download an app onto your phone or computer, you’ll typically see some long disclaimer written in legalese. You scroll through it quickly and click “I agree.”

This fine print is known as a privacy policy. It lays out (sometimes in the most convoluted way possible) how the site or app can use or share your data. The problem is, no one actually reads it. You just click “Yes” and hope for the best, since that’s the price you pay for a free website, app or social media network. It seems like a pretty sweet deal.

But that’s not the deal we’re getting.

Our phones and computers can track our every movement and action. Facebook and Google log every “like” or click on their sites. There are numerous ways our data are collected, used, shared and sold by

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7 clever tech tricks you’ll use time and time again

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Today’s tech is loaded with features most of us never use. Why? Simply stated, there’s no real user manual.

Maybe no one ever told you that you could unsend an email. Yes, really. But you need to set up the feature before you need to use it. Tap or click for steps on how to unsend an email.

Did you know you can skip the ads on YouTube? That is until YouTube realizes we’re all doing this trick. Tap or click here for the simple secret to bypass ads on YouTube.

I’ve got seven more pro tips up my sleeve to make your digital life better.

1. Use your smart speaker’s smarts

We all have things that we only need every once in a while. For me, it’s the annual hunt for the key to unlocking the pod that holds all my Christmas decorations. Now, the elusive key is always

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Make tech companies pay you for your data

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Countless businesses collect, use, share and sell consumer data. The largest tech companies, like Facebook and Google, profit most. <span class="copyright">(Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images)</span>
Countless businesses collect, use, share and sell consumer data. The largest tech companies, like Facebook and Google, profit most. (Josh Edelson / AFP / Getty Images)

Whenever you sign up for a new social media service or website, or download an app onto your phone or computer, you’ll typically see some long disclaimer language written in legalese. You scroll through it quickly and click the “I agree” button.

This fine print is known as a privacy policy. It essentially lays out (sometimes in the most convoluted way possible) how the site or app can use or share your data. The problem is, no one actually reads the language. You just click “yes” and hope for the best, since that’s the price you pay for a free website or app or social media network. It seems like a pretty sweet deal. But that’s not the deal we’re getting.

Our phones and

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Why Apple is suddenly public enemy No. 1 in the tech world

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Apple has been called a lot of different names over the years. On Tuesday, an executive for a new email app added another one to the list: “gangsters.”

“There is no chance in bloody hell that we’re going to pay Apple’s ransom,” wrote David Heinemeier Hansson, the chief technology officer of Basecamp, the Chicago tech company behind Hey, a new email app aimed at people willing to pay $99 a year for aggressive filtering of their inbox. “I will burn this house down myself, before I let gangsters like that spin it for spoils.”

The online vitriol began earlier this week when Hey said that Apple was forcing it to make changes so that Apple would get a cut of its sales. Hey had planned to sign up subscribers through a website with no involvement by Apple except distributing the app through Apple’s app store, similar to how

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3 Growth Tech Stocks to Buy Now Despite Coronavirus Reopening Nerves

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Volatility seems to have made a bit of a comeback recently and we are only a week removed from the Dow’s worst day since March. Nonetheless, there seem to be reasons to believe that the market’s rally from its March 23 lows could continue, as economies around the world shake off the rust from their coronavirus lockdowns.

May U.S. retail sales surged 18% from April to crush estimates and help showcase that the pandemic’s worst economic days are most likely behind us. Meanwhile, the Fed continues to provide as much support to the market as it can, and there are new reports that the Trump administration is considering a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan.

That said, the headlines about spikes in coronavirus cases are likely to remain constant as economies around the world reopen. Investors should remember that there was always going to be an increase in reported cases when

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5 books recommended by a tech CEO to read right now if you want to teach yourself how to code

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Vivek Ravisankar, CEO and cofounder of HackerRank, shared his top books on coding with Business Insider.
Vivek Ravisankar, CEO and cofounder of HackerRank, shared his top books on coding with Business Insider.

HackerRank

  • There are plenty of free, online courses that help you learn to code, like those offered by Harvard University and Khan Academy.

  • But if you don’t want to commit to an online class, there are also plenty of books you can check out to help you learn to code. 

  • Vivek Ravisankar, CEO and co-founder of HackerRank, a provider of technical tests for hiring software developers, shared what he thinks are the most helpful books for learning how to code.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

If you’re looking to add a new technical skill to your portfolio, consider learning to code. After all, the role of software engineer is one of the most highly sought after, and best paying, jobs today.

While there are many free, online courses — offered by the

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Tech giants back plan to eradicate online child sexual abuse

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An alliance of some of the world’s biggest tech firms has backed a global plan to “eradicate” online child sexual abuse with annual reports to address its fight on abusive content. 

The Tech Coalition, a partnership of 18 companies including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, announced the launch of a new project on Thursday that pledges to invest millions of dollars to create a research fund and stamp out online exploitation. 

The issue of child abuse online has rapidly grown in recent years as abusers have increasingly used social networks to target vulnerable young people. 

Figures from Barnardo’s, the children’s charity, suggest two thirds of the young people it works with have been groomed online, while other child welfare advocates have claimed that images of underage abuse are now in the tens of millions on the internet.

Project Protect, as the plan is known, will look to build new technologies that

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Fathers of Technology: 10 Men Who Invented and Innovated in Tech

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His impact on technology:
Gerald Lawson created the first cartridge-based video game system, the Fairchild Channel F. That invention pushed the video game industry forward into a flexible, diverse future — a world in which games were no longer married to their hardware (think Pong). Once players could switch games on a whim, game developers and software companies flourished.

The Atari 2600, the original Nintendo Entertainment System, the Sega Master System and many other classic video game systems owe their fortunes in part to Lawson’s vision.

And yet, Lawson is not a well-known name in video game history — or tech history, for that matter. This, despite the fact that he was one of the few black members of the historic Homebrew Computer Club, which counted Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as members.

 

Where is he now?
Lawson died last year of complications from diabetes.  After spending eight years with

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Free Computer Help : Cyber Tech Help

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Cyber Tech Help is a vibrant

helpful community

providing to all. With a vast variety of downloads, tutorials, and news articles, Cyber Tech Help is the perfect online computer help companion.

Cyber Tech Help provides technical support for all Windows, Linux & Macintosh Operating Systems, Computer Hardware, PC Networking, Computer Software, Web & Graphic Design, Internet Browser & E-mail, Spyware, Malware, Computer Viruses & Trojans, and Gaming issues.

With over 105,000 members Cyber Tech Help uses Computer Help Forums as a help desk for

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As a registered member you will be able to ask any

or problems you have in our . Alternatively if you would like to share your

computing knowledge

by helping fellow members then you’re more than welcome.

Registration is free, quick and easy.

Our rapidly increasing Tutorials section of the site has

guides for the subjects we deal with day to day on our

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