AM Prep-Cyber Corner
IN THE NEWS: RIDE-HAILING DRIVER CUT OFF FROM UBER, LYFT
ST. LOUIS (AP) — That driver who had been recording and live-streaming his passengers is out of the movie-making business, at least as far as driving people is concerned. Both Uber and Lyft have cut ties with Jason Gargac. The driver has given about 700 rides since March — and most of them he has streamed to the video website Twitch without their permission. Uber announced yesterday that it has ended its relationship with Gargac. And Lyft has said it has already deactivated the driver from its app.
IN THE NEWS: CONTRABAND PHONES IN PRISON
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — There is an effort underway to do something about the use of cellphones by inmates in prison. Judges in California and South Carolina have ordered cellphone carriers to shut down nearly 200 contraband phones used by inmates in state prisons. The devices are supposed to be forbidden as contraband — but inmates manage to get them in and use them to do things like coordinate drug deals, gang operations and even murders. The judges’ ruling is a big win for corrections officials — who have been stymied by their inability to root out the smuggled-in devices. The wireless industry has long been able to remotely disable cellphones. But the cellphone industry has said it needs a court order before it can shut down the devices — even when they’re being used in prisons.
ON THE WEB: DAILY NEWS
CYBERSPACE (AP) — For the past century, The New York Daily News has been as much a part of New York City as skyscrapers, subways and sidewalk vendors. But now it looks like newspaper is going the way of automats and subway tokens. The News has cut half its newsroom staff — with the editor-in-chief among those cut. The paper was sold to Tronc Inc. last year for $1 — and now the new owners say the Daily News will focus on distributing news online. Ousted editor in chief summed up the layoffs this way: “If you hate democracy and think local governments should operate unchecked and in the dark, then today is a good day for you.” A look at the newspaper’s home page shows nary a story about the massive layoffs.
New York Daily News site: http://www.nydailynews.com
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II
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