Tech News Weekly

Mar 18th 2021

Tech News Weekly 175

A Troubling SMS Hack

YouTube Shorts, Amazon's "Gamified" Warehouse Work, SMS Forwarding Attack
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YouTube Shorts, Amazon's "Gamified" Warehouse Work, SMS Forwarding Attack.

YouTube takes on TikTok with YouTube Shorts. Amazon expands its program to "gamify" warehouse work. A hacker exploits a gaping flaw in SMS messaging.

First, YouTuber Rene Ritchie stops in to explain a new beta feature on YouTube called YouTube shorts. The feature is reminiscent of short, "snackable" video from TikTok.

Then, The Information's Paris Martineau discusses Amazon's FC Games program, a way for Amazon warehouse workers to "gamify" their work by earning rewards and competing against one another for virtual prizes.

Lastly, Mikah shares a troubling piece from Vice's Joseph Cox about a flaw in SMS messaging that could result in all of your text messages being forwarded to another number — entirely without your knowledge. Ant talks about Samsung's decision to forego a Galaxy Note launch for 2021.

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