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Google's data mining raises questions of national security | Bryan Cunningham

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The ability of any company to 'mine the mosaic' of personal data has consequences far beyond individuals' privacyAn imminent report on an emerging threat to individual privacy to be issued by the European data protection authorities raises even more serious issues than those it is likely to address. The report...
Google's data mining raises questions of national security | Bryan Cunningham

USCYBERCOM calls for the Department of Homeland Security to take key role in national cybersecurity

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Today General Keith Alexander called for the Department of Homeland Security to take a leading role in the nation’s cybersecurity preparedness. He also made the case for increased data transmission between the public and private sectors. In his view, the Department of Homeland security should be a principle conduit of that...
USCYBERCOM calls for the Department of Homeland Security to take key role in national cybersecurity

Hacked Apple Device IDs Actually Came From App Developer Blue Toad

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Hacking can indeed hurt some butt. (Screengrab) NBC News is reporting the millions of Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDID) hackers say they snatched from an FBI agent’s laptop actually came from Blue Toad Publishing, a Florida-based app developer. NBC reports that Blue Toad “provides private-label digital edition and app-building services to...
Hacked Apple Device IDs Actually Came From App Developer Blue Toad

Russia signs international privacy pact

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Russia on Wednesday took a step toward protecting private data by ratifying the so-called Convention 108, established in 1981 and legally binding in 45 countries. The convention was set up to safeguard the privacy of private citizens. It comprises rules ensuring that data is processed fairly and through procedures...
Russia signs international privacy pact
Elon Musk plans Mars colony, will only cost you $500,000 to go
Wikileaks: CIA-connected private intelligence firm TrapWire watching Americans

Arianna Huffington: Can Technology Forge a New Relationship Between Government and the Public?

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Watching the news, it's easy to conclude that "Yes We Can" has been replaced with, "Actually, On Second Thought... We Probably Can't." We can't plug the damn hole, we can't get rid of too-big-to-fail banks, we can't pass an adequate foreclosures bill, we can't pass an adequate jobs bill. The...
Arianna Huffington: Can Technology Forge a New Relationship Between Government and the Public?

These Are The Guys That Will Take You To Space… In 2014… For $95K [TCTV]

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It’s in every science fiction book and movie since forever. Humans — the ordinary non-astronaut kind, like you and I — going up into space like it’s no big deal. And it’s generally believed that one day, eventually, space flight will become mainstream. But alas, the day draws nigh....
These Are The Guys That Will Take You To Space… In 2014… For $95K [TCTV]

GOOGLE: US Government Requesting Even More Private Data Without A Warrant

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Google has revealed the full scale of the US government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens. According to its latest transparency report, the number of requests for private data Google received from US officials had increased by 136% by the...
GOOGLE: US Government Requesting Even More Private Data Without A Warrant

Google reveals government censorship requests are on the rise

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Google's updated its transparency report to show how many times governments worldwide sought to censor search results, drop YouTube videos or look at user data in the second half of last year. Each request is logged and detailed, with the most filings coming from the US, UK and India....
Google reveals government censorship requests are on the rise

Following abortive amendment process, House Dems ding CISPA's committee passage

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A group of four House Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee filed a rider to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) expressing their disappointment at the lack of inclusion of several privacy related amendments that could have allayed concerns regarding the bill’s potential impact of private citizens. CISPA passed its committee on...
Following abortive amendment process, House Dems ding CISPA's committee passage

Would you give the government remote control over your router?

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Researchers want to use your wireless router to improve wireless communication abilities of emergency responders. adam. Well-meaning proposals sometimes have a way of raising troubling questions. Case in point: A team of wireless researchers in Germany proposed a way to improve the communications abilities of first responders, the brave...
Would you give the government remote control over your router?

Softbank will offer satellite phones for use during natural disasters

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Japanese mobile service provider Softbank announced today that it will sell satellite phones that can be used during tsunamis, earthquakes, or other events during which traditional mobile phone service may be unavailable. The carrier has partnered with Dubai-based Thuraya, a satellite phone and service provider, to sell satellite-based phones...
Softbank will offer satellite phones for use during natural disasters

Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data

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Transparency report shows officials bypassing judicial approval under controversial Electronic Communications Privacy ActGoogle has revealed the full scale of the US government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens.According to its latest transparency report, the number of requests for private data...
Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data

Hackers Scour FBI Laptop, Find Data About 12 Million iOS Users

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Hacker group Anonymous claims to have obtained 12 million iOS user IDs from the computer of an FBI agent and has released nearly 1 million of those IDs along with corresponding personal information. The claim, if it is true, raises important questions. For instance, what was an FBI agent doing...
Hackers Scour FBI Laptop, Find Data About 12 Million iOS Users
Google Warns Users of Government Hacker Attacks

Google to users: Here's how we deal with requests for your information

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What happens if the local police, the FBI or any government agency asks Google for information about your Gmail or YouTube account? Good question and one Google is trying to address with a new FAQ posted to its corporate blog. It also added a new page to its “transparency report” on...
Google to users: Here's how we deal with requests for your information

Richard “Lord British” Garriott in space: “I might just sit up in my window in orbit and write the next game” (interview)

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Richard Garriott is best known as Lord British, the designer of video games that have been enjoyed by tens of millions of people over the past three decades. But thanks to the documentary film Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars, he is also now known...
Richard “Lord British” Garriott in space: “I might just sit up in my window in orbit and write the next game” (interview)

Private Spacecrafts Are Your Transportation, Your Scientists, And Your Real Estate Brokers

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In the absence of NASA's Space Shuttle Program, private companies are left to fill the black hole of space exploration. Now, 50 years after John Glenn orbited the Earth, some very different kinds of explorers are leading the way. 1. Virgin GalacticRichard Branson's space line is prepping its SpaceShipTwo for...
Private Spacecrafts Are Your Transportation, Your Scientists, And Your Real Estate Brokers

The US Military pushes cybersecurity, while the Chamber of Commerce fights regulation

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The cybersecurity dance continues. Today two stories have come to the fore that underscore the amount of work, and finagling that is currently happening concerning cybersecurity legislation: the US Cyber Command is pushing information sharing between the private and public sectors, while the US Chamber of Commerce is set to meet with elements...
The US Military pushes cybersecurity, while the Chamber of Commerce fights regulation
Here's What National Security Data Google Actually Admits It Gives The Government (GOOG)

Have Yourself a Merry Little CryptoParty

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“CryptoParty” sounds like an event involving strangers in balaclavas and Guy Fawkes masks sipping cocktails and staring unblinkingly at each other.  That might be fun, but a CryptoParty is really, according to its wiki, a gathering of “Interested parties with computers and the desire to learn to use the most...
Have Yourself a Merry Little CryptoParty

BYD e6 all-electric taxis, Premier sedan launch in Hong Kong

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Anyone who's visited Hong Kong within the last few years has probably experienced the city's thick soupy smog. Sure, things aren't as bad as they are in Beijing, but pollution from the mainland often wraps the metropolis in a humid haze -- and we're not sure an all-electric taxi...
BYD e6 all-electric taxis, Premier sedan launch in Hong Kong

Homeland Security Reportedly Warns 3D-Printed Guns Are "Impossible" To Contain

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A new bulletin from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warns that lethal, undetectable 3D-printed firearms may be “impossible” to contain. After a Texas law student designed and released digital blueprints for the world’s first fully printable gun, the files have allegedly been downloaded more than 100,000 times, despite...
Homeland Security Reportedly Warns 3D-Printed Guns Are "Impossible" To Contain

Leading Senate cyber-security bill attacked by privacy groups, calling the CISPA alternative into doubt

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You likely haven’t heard much about CISPA lately, as the bill is past the House, and we are now waiting on the Senate to make the next move. Essentially, one of the competing cyber-security bills that is currently bouncing about the Senate needs to pass, before reconciliation can occur, and...
Leading Senate cyber-security bill attacked by privacy groups, calling the CISPA alternative into doubt

Startup Weekend comes to City Hall to inspire government apps

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More than 100 app developers, designers, entrepreneurs, marketing experts, private citizens and government officials will descend on Seattle City Hall for 54 hours this weekend to share ideas and create public-inspired mobile apps using government data. The gathering, hosted by Startup Weekend, is the first event ever dedicated to developing...
Startup Weekend comes to City Hall to inspire government apps

Space Sex Could Kill Us

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(Photo: Smosh) Bad news for everyone who’s been dreaming about intergalactic intercourse since those heady tween years: a new study found that sex in space could actually present some rather life-threatening illnesses. Studies on plant cells showed that processes involved in reproduction are impacted by zero-gravity conditions like those experienced...
Space Sex Could Kill Us

Dutch Pirate Party Refuses To Shut Down Proxy Service Based On Demand From Anti-Piracy Group

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The Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN is somewhat famous for its overreaching efforts. While it succeeded in getting ISPs to block The Pirate Bay's website, it's been going after a bunch of proxy sites that have helped people get around the block. Its latest move may run into some difficulty however....
Dutch Pirate Party Refuses To Shut Down Proxy Service Based On Demand From Anti-Piracy Group

North Korea to Google Chairman: Rock On, Dude

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Add another title to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt’s already impressive resume: rockstar diplomat. The executive travelled to North Korea earlier this month and, according to former U.N. Ambassador Bill Richardson who accompanied him, was received there like “a rock star” — or considering the country, the frontman of a...
North Korea to Google Chairman: Rock On, Dude

The Feds Are All, 'Really, Eric?' With Mr. Schmidt's Mission to North Korea

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“But YOU SEE…” (Screencap) Sometime soon, Google chairman and unfiltered man-about-town Eric Schmidt is due to set out for North Korea in the company of former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. However, it seems the U.S. State Department is not particularly keen on this trip. In fact, it sounds like America’s...
The Feds Are All, 'Really, Eric?' With Mr. Schmidt's Mission to North Korea
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