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Dotcom case becoming one of the most expensive in New Zealand history

UK's data breach fines dissected

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A freedom of information request suggests public sector bodies are more likely to attract data breach fines than private firms....
UK's data breach fines dissected

ISPs Object to Cybersecurity Rules

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Executives from Comcast, AT&T and other services warn Congress against government oversight of private firms' cybersecurity practices....
ISPs Object to Cybersecurity Rules

US government funds five-year tech research 'hub' to make substantially cheaper, more powerful batteries

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Want substantially better battery tech? Sometimes, you just have draw together the greatest heroes scientists and engineers and just hammer these things out -- and it helps when there's some money to splash around, too. The US government's awarding $120 million over five years to a new research hub...
US government funds five-year tech research 'hub' to make substantially cheaper, more powerful batteries

Top Chinese official calls for improved worker conditions in response to Foxconn deaths

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The highest ranking official in the Guangdong province of China has called for improved conditions for workers in light of the recent slew of suicides at Hon Hai Precision Manufacturing, also known as Foxconn. Wang Yang, the provincial party secretary in the province where the suicides have taken place,...
Top Chinese official calls for improved worker conditions in response to Foxconn deaths

£140 buys private firms data on NHS patients

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Bupa approved to access sensitive medical records as campaigners question patient consent for releaseRandeep Ramesh Social affairs editorPrivate health firms, including Bupa, can pay £140 to identify potentially millions of patients and then access their health records, detailing intimate medical histories, under a new national arrangement in the NHS, the...
£140 buys private firms data on NHS patients

US bid to limit UN regulatory treaty to telecom companies and not Internet firms fails early test

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In Dubai some 150 countries are meeting to discuss and potentially update the International Telecommunication Union’s set of rules. The ITU, a UN agency, has in place certain international telecommunications regulations that were last enacted in 1988. Quite obviously, much has changed in the intervening decades. The United States, along with...
US bid to limit UN regulatory treaty to telecom companies and not Internet firms fails early test

The cyber misinformation campaign against USA Today | Barrett Brown

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It's not hard to find a precedent for the harassment alleged by USA Today of its staff investigating Pentagon propagandaThe report by USA Today in which two of the paper's employees became targets of a widespread and dishonest online disinformation campaign immediately after making inquiring calls to several intelligence contractors...
The cyber misinformation campaign against USA Today | Barrett Brown

Canada Denies Patent For Drug, So US Pharma Company Demands $100 Million As Compensation For 'Expropriation'

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An increasingly problematic aspect of free trade agreements (FTAs) is the inclusion of investor-state provisions that essentially allow companies -- typically huge multinationals -- to challenge the policies of signatory governments directly. The initial impulse behind these was to offer some protection against the arbitrary expropriation of foreign investments by...
Canada Denies Patent For Drug, So US Pharma Company Demands $100 Million As Compensation For 'Expropriation'

Anonymous calls for Internet blackout to protest CISPA

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Hacking group Anonymous asked websites to black out their front pages on Monday, in protest against legislation in the U.S. that would allow online companies and government agencies to more easily share personal information.The protest against the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), meant to start from 6...
Anonymous calls for Internet blackout to protest CISPA

Apple Maps vs. Google maps: Which is better for D.C. navigating?

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The future of U.S. transportation isn't so much about new highways and transit lines as it is about helping us better use the routes we already have. That's partly because public investment in the big stuff is in decline while private firms see profit in linking information technology with the...
Apple Maps vs. Google maps: Which is better for D.C. navigating?

NYC continues pushing for tech, plans 47-inch touch screens for subways

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Following the rollout of iPads and brand new Square devices into select NYC taxis, the MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) is getting serious about integrating touch screens into the transit system. According to NY Daily News, massive 47-inch interactive screens, dubbed “On the Go!,” will be installed into all 468 stations...
NYC continues pushing for tech, plans 47-inch touch screens for subways

UK rural broadband network on hold as European commissioners dig in heels

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Consultants paid £3m by government chose just two suppliers but Brussels wants rival firms to have access to infrastructureThe government has paid consultants nearly £3m to select companies to build a rural broadband network, only for the scheme to become trapped in a deadlock with Brussels.The BDUK process, under which...
UK rural broadband network on hold as European commissioners dig in heels

U.S. Defense Secretary Goes In Hard On Cyber-Attacks

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has hinted at U.S. willingness to fight fire with fire regarding cyber-attacks. In a speech to the business community in New York, he claimed that American infrastructure systems were being targeted by "foreign actors" in an attempt to get control of utilities such as the water...
U.S. Defense Secretary Goes In Hard On Cyber-Attacks
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