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Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

Privacy advocates claim always-listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations<p>Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations …

Privacy

Facebook is getting so good at recognizing people it doesn't even need to see your face anymore

If you’re the type of person to upload photos to Facebook in huge batches, you know just how useful automatic tagging can be. But Facebook’s constantly improving its facial recognition, and now it’s gotten so good that it doesn’t even need to see your face anymore.<p>According to New Scientist, …

Graphene Is The World's Most Amazing Material, And Now We Have A Simple Way To Make It

Graphene just might be the world's most incredible material. A honeycomb-like sheet of pure carbon only one atom thick, it's one million times thinner than a human hair and yet 200 times stronger than steel. It's also an excellent conductor of heat and electricity and is stretchable, flexible, …

Nanotech

Large Hadron Collider ramps up to shed light on dark matter

LHC will run at nearly double its previous energy, smashing protons to open up the subatomic world and look for more varieties of Higgs boson<p>Researchers on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva are making final preparations to restart the giant underground machine and with it their quest to …

Physics

Google Merges European Operations To Square Up To Regulators And Rivals

United we stand, divided we fall. So goes the old saying that search and mobile giant Google is now taking to heart in Europe, as it faces off with regulators and rivals in the region. The company is merging its European regional and product operations into a single unit, to be led by Matt Brittin, …

Data Protection

Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the strictest-ever rules on Internet providers, who in turn pledged to battle the new restrictions in the courts and Congress, saying they would discourage investment and stifle innovation.<p>The rules, which will go into effect in coming …

Net Neutrality

Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 appear side-by-side in latest leak

Not quite the '3-sided screen' we were expecting<p>We got a good look at what appears to be Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 smartphone this morning. Now new images have leaked to show its sibling, the Galaxy S6 Edge, featuring a curved display similar to the one seen on Samsung's Galaxy Note Edge. …

Lenovo installs adware on its computers that could let hackers steal private data

A vulnerability has been discovered in a piece of software that ships pre-loaded onto Lenovo computers that could grant hackers access to a user's secure browser data, allowing third parties to potentially collect passwords, bank details, and other sensitive information.<p>Superfish, an adware program …

Google wants to stop the US from spying on computers worldwide

Google is concerned about a proposed change to a criminal procedure rule that could allow the US government to hack into and spy on computer networks and devices across the globe. The search giant has filed a comment (PDF) opposing the change, as it believes the change would undermine Web users’ …

Privacy