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TNW 175: A Troubling SMS Hack - YouTube Shorts, Amazon's "Gamified" Warehouse Work, SMS Forwarding Attack

Tech News Weekly (Audio)

1h 16min

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.

Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Ant Pruitt

Guests: Rene Ritchie and Paris Martineau

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