06 Feb 2021: NewsBytes Briefing: BuzzFeed finally gets Trump, and more
The fine journalists at BuzzFeed saw documents implicating former US President Donald Trump of many terrible things, but quickly deemed them too evil to be seen by their readers. So now we must take their word on the orange man being bad.
Original sellouts: Potential Hollywood movie deal leads to WallStreetBets coup attempt
Hollywood tends to leave its rotten stench on anything it touches. The people's rebellion against Wall Street fat cats piqued the interest of Hollywood producers, who approached some of the subreddit's moderators with a movie deal.
The anti-establishment moderators, however, didn't fancy the idea of selling out to Hollywood. This led to a coup attempt, which was quelled after intervention by Reddit itself.
Choking hazard: Lost an AirPod recently? Try getting an X-ray
What's the difference between American cops and a pair of AirPods? Not much apparently, because they both can potentially kill you in your sleep.
A Massachusetts man had a near-death encounter when he went to sleep with a pair of AirPods and woke up with one. Doctors later had to surgically remove the expensive choking hazard from his esophagus.
Slacking off: Slack tries to hide passwords in plain sight
Speaking of dumb decisions, Slack seems to have accidentally caused its Android app to store user passwords in plain text. The bug was discovered a whole month after the rogue update went live, and has since been fixed and disabled.
The company, however, assures that user data hasn't been compromised. Hackers clearly won't find the passwords if they are hidden in plain text!
Heartwarming: Microsoft goes from branding Linux a cancer to embracing open-source
Lastly, in the most feel-good tech story this week, Microsoft seems to be trying to distance itself from the evil shenanigans of its Big Tech brethren.
Microsoft has dropped the proprietary underpinnings of its Edge browser and taken the open-source route by embracing Chromium.
The company has also admitted that it was wrong about open-source by shipping the full Linux kernel in Windows 10.