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UCLA police chief accused of security lapse before mob attack. He rejects claim

UCLA police chief accused of security lapse before mob attack. He rejects claim

[ad_1] The UCLA police chief is facing growing scrutiny for what three sources told The Times was a string of serious security lapses before a mob attacked a pro-Palestinian student encampment this week. But the chief, John Thomas, late Friday rejected those allegations and said he did “everything I could” to provide security and keep students safe during a week of strife that left UCLA reeling. On the morning before Tuesday night’s attack on the encampment, Thomas assured university leadership that he could mobilize law enforcement “in minutes,” acccording to the sources. It took three hours to actually bring in enough officers to quell the violence. Days earlier, campus leadership had directed Thomas to create a safety plan that would protect the UCLA community after the encampment was put up last week and began drawing agitators, the sources said. The chief was told to spare no expense to bring in other UC police officers, offer overtime and hire as many private security officers needed to keep the peace. But Thomas did not provide a plan …

What is Lapse? Everything to know about the popular invite-only social media app

What is Lapse? Everything to know about the popular invite-only social media app

[ad_1] Sabrina Ortiz/ZDNET If you take a look at the Apple App Store Top Photo and Video Apps chart, you’ll find an unfamiliar app ranked alongside giants like Instagram and Photoshop — a social media app called Lapse.  Lapse takes the appeal of a disposable camera, combines it with social media, and uses a unique recruiting technique to bring you an experience that distinguishes itself from any other popular social media app currently on the market.  Also: What is BeReal? Everything to know about this unfiltered social media app Just this week, Lapse disclosed it secured a $30 million round of funding, which is co-led by Greylock, an early investor in Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, and DST Global Partners, following the app’s skyrocketing popularity in 2023. Whether you have gotten a Lapse invite from one of your friends and want to learn more about it, are thinking about downloading the app, or just want to know why the app is receiving so much hype, here’s everything you need to know.  Per the app’s website, Lapse is …

Biden Says Austin Still Has His Confidence, but Not Revealing Hospitalization Was Lapse in Judgment

Biden Says Austin Still Has His Confidence, but Not Revealing Hospitalization Was Lapse in Judgment

[ad_1] EMMAUS, Pennsylvania (AP) — President Joe Biden said Friday that it was a lapse in judgment for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin not to tell him about his hospitalization last week, but he still has confidence in his Pentagon chief. Speaking to reporters as he toured local businesses outside Allentown, Pennsylvania, Biden said “yes” when asked if it was a lapse in judgment for Austin not to tell him about his condition. He replied, “I do,” when asked if he still had confidence in Austin’s leadership. Austin, 70, remains hospitalized as he is being treated for complications from prostate cancer surgery. His failure to disclose his hospitalization has been sharply criticized by members of both political parties and has led to some calls for his resignation. Austin was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Dec. 22 and underwent surgery to treat the cancer, which was detected earlier in the month during a routine screening. He developed an infection a week later and was hospitalized Jan. 1 and admitted to intensive care. Biden …

Lapse, a photo app that forced users to invite friends, is running out of steam

Lapse, a photo app that forced users to invite friends, is running out of steam

[ad_1] Lapse, a photo-sharing app that growth hacked its way to the top of the App Store earlier this year, is starting to lose steam. The app, which had forced users to invite their friends in order to get in — a technique now being used by new social app ID by Amo, saw early success with this method of “going viral.” This September, the app jumped from No. 118 Overall to reach No. 1 on the U.S. App Store. However, growth hacks alone cannot sustain an app, a new report shows. Throughout this month and the last, Lapse’s downloads have started to drop and have now fallen as far as 70% down from their October peak. The data, which comes from app intelligence firm Appfigures, indicates that growth hacking your way to the top of the App Store isn’t a formula for ongoing success unless your product is capable of retaining its new users over the long term. Image Credits: Lapse downloads via Appfigures Originally launched in 2021, co-founders (and brothers) Dan and Ben …

Photo-sharing app Lapse hits top of the App Store by forcing you to invite your friends

Photo-sharing app Lapse hits top of the App Store by forcing you to invite your friends

[ad_1] Forget invite-only social apps, Lapse is testing a new technique to acquire its users: it forces you to invite your friends in order to get in. The reinvention of a social camera app first introduced in 2021, Lapse is now king of the U.S. App Store after having jumped from No. 118 Overall earlier this month to reach No. 1. The app offers a similar experience to other mobile apps that attempted to recreate the disposable camera experience, like Dispo and Later Cam, with some tweaks. But some say its new success has been achieved by ill-gotten means. Growth hacking techniques are common these days, with many apps relying on TikTok social videos to help their app go viral, then climb the App Store charts. Others create demand by limiting access to their app like Clubhouse once did during its heyday or now the Twitter/X competitor Bluesky is doing, which saw its invites selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay. But Lapse is doing something different with its invites. Instead of just gating its …

Mondee security lapse exposed flight itineraries and unencrypted credit card numbers

Mondee security lapse exposed flight itineraries and unencrypted credit card numbers

[ad_1] Travel giant Mondee has secured an exposed database that was spilling sensitive customer information, including detailed flight and hotel itineraries and unencrypted credit card numbers. Anurag Sen, a good-faith security researcher known for discovering inadvertently exposed data on the internet, found the database and shared details with TechCrunch to alert the company. According to Sen, the database was exposed to the internet without a password, allowing anyone to access the sensitive data inside using a web browser, just with its IP address. TechCrunch found that the database was also accessible from an easily-guessable subdomain of a Mondee subsidiary’s website. Much of the data appears to relate to Mondee subsidiary TripPro, a travel agent platform used by tens of thousands of booking agents and travel startups allowing self-service flight ticketing and hotel booking. The database, hosted on Oracle’s cloud and more than 1.7 terabytes in size at the time it was exposed, contained customer’s personal information, including names, gender, dates of birth, home addresses, flight information, and passport numbers. Some of the data seen by …

Shell Recharge security lapse exposed EV drivers’ data

Shell Recharge security lapse exposed EV drivers’ data

[ad_1] Oil giant Shell said it is investigating after a security researcher found an exposed internal database spilling the personal information of drivers who use the company’s electric vehicle charging stations. Security researcher Anurag Sen found a database online that contained close to a terabyte of logging data relating to Shell Recharge, the company’s worldwide network of hundreds of thousands of electric vehicle charging stations, which it acquired in part from Greenlots in 2019. Greenlots provided electric vehicle (EV) charging services and technology for customers operating vehicle fleets. The internal database, hosted on Amazon’s cloud, contained millions of logs, said Sen, including details about customers who used the EV charging network. The database had no password, allowing anyone on the internet to access its data from their web browser. The data, seen by TechCrunch, contained names, email addresses, and phone numbers of fleet customers who use the EV charging network. The database included the names of fleet operators, which identified organizations — such as police departments — with vehicles that recharge on the network. Some …

PeopleGrove security lapse exposed users’ personal information

PeopleGrove security lapse exposed users’ personal information

[ad_1] PeopleGrove confirmed Thursday that it’s investigating after a security lapse exposed users’ personal information online. The company, formerly CampusKudos, which provides and hosts a social platform for higher education institutions and alumni networks, left the server hosting an internal database exposed to the internet without a password, allowing anyone to access the data using only a web browser and knowing its IP address. The database contained gigabytes of personal information, including email addresses, phone numbers, addresses, details of university achievements and scores, and resumes containing detailed work histories and employment details. The records also contained links to the user’s profile photo. None of the exposed data was encrypted. CloudDefense cloud security researcher Anurag Sen discovered the database on Thursday and contacted TechCrunch so we could notify PeopleGrove. The server became inaccessible a short time later. “The database identified is a database for our development servers,” said PeopleGrove chief technology officer Reilly Davis, when reached by email. “I do know that most of the data in those databases is non-production test data, so we are …