Weekly Mozilla News Beat, October 30, 2020


By Mozilla | Oct. 30, 2020 | Moz News Beat

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I love you, Mama

Monkeys are cute, but we’d argue this pair of primates are the cutest we’ve ever seen. Watch as he lays a big fat hug and kiss on his mom.

Via Reddit

Cat Bath

Most cats freak out when you bring them near water — not this one apparently. Watch as this kitten peacefully lounges in its first ever bath since being rescued.

Via Reddit

Water On The Moon

NASA has discovered the existence of water on the moon. It’s not exactly the size of a lake or even a puddle, but the presence of water molecules on the moon’s sunlit-side have left scientists with questions like how water arrived in the first place and what’s trapping it there.



A Dutch researcher allegedly hacked Donald Trump’s Twitter account, by simply guessing the U.S. president’s login credentials. The password? “maga2020!”. Twitter denied reports of the hack though the hacker claimed to have access to Trump’s profile and even his direct messages.

Via The Guardian

Tech Vs Government

Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai and Jack Dorsey testified (via video) in front of the U.S. Senate, saying that Facebook, Google and Twitter, respectively, don’t limit free speech. The panel served as a reminder that big tech, like Jack Dorsey’s beard, requires better regulation.

Via Recode

Track ‘Suit

Next year, Apple’s iOS 14 will prompt users with a new privacy setting, asking if they’d like to be tracked by apps all across the internet or not. Now, the prompt has led to a lawsuit in France. Advertisers say this is anti-competitive and would hinder their ability to target ads.

MacRumors, (via Wall Street Journal)

Uber Troubles

A new lawsuit casts doubt on Uber’s policies in relation to race. The suit, filed by a former driver, claims Uber violates the Civil Rights Act when it fires drivers based on low ratings. According to the ex-Uber contractor, nonwhite drivers experience disparate levels of low ratings.

Via Vice’s Motherboard

#EndSARS Facebook Flub

Blurb: Citizens in Nigeria protesting police brutality led to the end of the country’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), but not without heavy-handed content moderation from Facebook. The site’s algorithms labeled factual posts as fake, mistaking the task force for the respiratory syndrome with the same name. Context matters.

Via Slate

Election Woes

Election Day in the U.S. is November 3 but we’re already seeing ransomware attacks on polling places. Georgia’s Hall County saw a database it uses to verify signatures taken down. The county can manually check signatures, but this method is more time-consuming.

Via The Gainesville Times

Health Scare

As the global pandemic rages on, federal law enforcement warns health care workers of ransomware attacks that they deem “imminent.” Experts expect attacks that prevent access to medical data, leading to transferring patients to other healthcare providers and longer wait times for care.

Via NBC News

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