On an iPhone? It’s vulnerable to being hacked


August 26, 2016 

Time to update your iPhone: A company has been selling and exploiting security vulnerabilities to Apple products. Hillary Clinton tied her opponent Donald Trump to the “alt-right” movement in a blistering speech. And we asked women in Nice, France, what the burkini ban means to them.



Hillary Clinton came closer than ever to attacking Donald Trump’s character and tied her opponent to the “alt-right” movement.

Clinton unleashed a dark and blistering assessment of Trump on Thursday as a “man with a long history of racial discrimination” — a case she hadn’t made directly until yesterday.

She criticized Trump’s campaign for giving white nationalist, “alt-right” politics a “national megaphone” this election, mourned what she described as the effective fall of the Republican Party, and made a pitch to disaffected Republicans alienated by Trump.

“He says he wants to ‘make America great again,’ but more and more it seems as though his real message seems to be ‘make America hate again.’”

“He says he wants to ‘make America great again,’ but more and more it seems as though his real message seems to be, ‘Make America hate again.’” Aaron Bernstein / Reuters

What’s the alt-right? 

The alt-right movement is a rejection both of the left and of mainstream conservatism, BuzzFeed News’ Rosie Gray writes. It draws heavily from the meme-heavy internet culture popularized on 4chan and Reddit. The alt-right has been a vocal presence online throughout the election, popularizing the “cuckservative” slur against non–Trump supporting Republicans and frequently harassing Jewish and other minority journalists.

While the movement is likely to become more famous than it’s ever been, it’s also facing a disorienting shift on its key issue by its favored candidate. Oh and the alt-right has its own comedy TV show on a Time Warner network — Adult Swim’s Million Dollar Extreme Presents: World Peace is identity content for trolls.


If you’re on an iPhone, update it now because it’s vulnerable to hacks. A company’s been selling security exploits.

Apple rushed out a new security update for iPhones Thursday after it was revealed that an Israeli company had been selling and exploiting security vulnerabilities to Apple products.

The Israeli NSO Group, a company so secretive it has repeatedly changed its name to avoid notice, was selling software to state governments that was then used to infiltrate iPhones, gaining access to text messages, emails, contacts, and call, according to a new report released Thursday by researchers at Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary group at the University of Toronto, and Lookout, a San Francisco mobile security company.



France’s highest court will decide Friday whether to reverse the burkini ban imposed in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet near Nice.

The court heard a challenge — brought by the Human Rights League of France — to the town’s decision to impose the ban on burkinis. The hooded full-body swimsuits, popular with Muslim women, have been at the center of a fierce religious and political debate in the country.

In London, women threw a “wear what you want” party outside the French embassy to protest the burkini ban. And we asked women in Nice what the ban means for them. They said everything from it “restrains women’s rights” to it’s a “push towards freedom.”

Adrienne, 24, from Switzerland: “In 2016, men dictate women how they dress. As always.”

Adrienne, 24, from Switzerland: “In 2016, men dictate women how they dress. As always.” Aisha Gani / BuzzFeed



  • Italy declared a state of emergency in the regions hardest hit by Wednesday's earthquake. At least 267 people have died and 400 others were injured.

  • A massive explosion hit near a police station in southern Turkey. At least 10 officers have been killed, with scores injured, according to early reports

  • The drug that killed Prince is causing an “unprecedented” wave of overdoses in young men on the East Coast of the US, health officials say.

  • #LochteGate: Brazilian police have charged US swimmer Ryan Lochte with falsely reporting a crime. He'll be summoned back to Rio to testify.   

  • The judge who sentenced former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to only six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman will no longer hear criminal cases. (Here’s the victim’s powerful letter on how the sexual assault has impacted her.)

  • In tech: Messaging service WhatsApp will start sharing your account information with  Facebook — you can decline the new policy, but you must opt in first. And Twitter is charging a minimum of $500,000 for its Promoted Stickers ad product.

  • The University of Chicago told incoming freshmen it doesn’t support “trigger warnings” or “safe spaces” in a letter that has sparked debate and started trending on Twitter.

  • Four Loko (remember the controversial caffeinated alcoholic beverage?) is really popular in China — and everything’s terrible.
Four Loko is back?!

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