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Thursday February 14, 2019. 11:17 PM
The news that Facebook had spent years paying teens to install a surveillance kit called 'Facebook Research' had a key detail: as part of the program, Facebook had its users install a new 'root certificate.' Root certificates are a key vulnerability in the public key...
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After years of outstanding work as a cyberlawyer and science fiction/policy wonk, Kevin Bankston (
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The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is negotiating with Facebook over a multi-billion dollar fine to settle the FTC investigation into Facebook's privacy- and security-violating practices, two sources familiar with the probe told the Washington Post. One of the ...
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In Ljubljana, a member of Slovenian parliament has been forced to resign after he admitted to stealing a sandwich from a nearby shop. DARIJ KRAJČIČ [photo above] says he was ignored by staff, and meant to go back and pay for it. Darij Krajcic told local Slovenian...
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The NSO Group is an Israeli firm that has long marketed itself as a 'cyber warfare' company, selling mobile surveillance technology to governments that include notoriously corrupt human rights abusers. One of these is Mexico, where NSO spyware played a key role in targeting...
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Lori Stroud is an ex-NSA spy who also contracted with the NSA through Booz Allen, who says that after she left the NSA, she was recruited to work on Project Raven, a secret, offensive surveillance and digital attack squad working for the autocratic United Arab Emirates...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday afternoon that Donald Trump plans to sign a federal government spending package that reflects compromises over his US-Mexico border wall, adding that Trump will also declare a national state of emergency. Team Trump...
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India is on the verge of imposing new powers to censor internet content. Excerpt from the New York Times' coverage: Under the proposed rules, Indian officials could demand that Facebook, Google, Twitter, TikTok and others remove posts or videos that they deem libelous,...
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Eric Bradly says: An unopened copy of Super Mario Bros., the classic video game released by Nintendo in 1985, set a world record for a graded game when it recently sold for $100,150. “Beyond the artistic and historical significance of this game is its supreme state of...
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The LA Times Guild has been negotiating a new contract with the newspaper, but has hit a wall thanks to an unprecedented demand from the paper's owners: they want writers to sign away the rights to nonfiction books, novels, movies and other works they create separate from...
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A man identifying himself as 'Michael from Florida' called into Infowars when federal indictee Roger Stone was a guest on the show. Michael first told the host he was angry that Trump's tax cut has increased his annual taxes by over $4,000. He then turned his attention to...
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Joe Pinsker, writing for The Atlantic, interviewed more than a dozen people who used the decluttering process described in Marie Kondo's best-selling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. He found that most of the people don't regret tossing their belongings and that...
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In 2017 the private credit information of 143 millions Americans was stolen from Equifax. But the records have never been offered for sale on the black market, which is highly unusual. (The only person who has so far profited from the breach seems to be Equifax CEO Richard...
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Brilliant culture critic Rob Walker, author of the forthcoming book The Art of Noticing, just launched a new column at Lifehacker about 'navigating the modern workplace,' a continuation in some ways of his long-running New York Times column 'The Workologist.' Naturally,...
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Literally the only kind of monopolistic behavior that the US government is willing to prosecute is price fixing, and that's why it's so important to read Artificial intelligence, algorithmic pricing, and collusion, a paper by four Italian economists from the University of...
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Something odd is afoot. There have now been 15 disembodied feet inside shoes that have washed ashore in southwest British Columbia over the last 12 years. (Previously.) From CBC: Since 2007, 10 of the 15 missing feet cases have been solved — all tied to missing person...
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Kashmiri saffron is the best in the world, selling for $1550 a pound. But as a result of 'ongoing regional violence, droughts, and the still-unfolding effects of climate change on the land, Kashmiri saffron has slowly begun to disappear,' writes Sharanya Deepak for Eater....
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A new paper by a business professor and a contract law professor evaluated the terms and conditions of 500 leading websites and found that the 99% of them required at least 14 years of education to truly comprehend, far more than the majority of US adults have attained. US ...
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Founded with a grant from the from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Apeel Sciences is a California-based startup that's developed a thin 'second skin' for fruits and vegetables to preserve them for longer periods. Avocados coated with Apeel will soon hit shelves in...
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