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German 'triple agent' admits at treason trial that he spied for CIA

Former German intelligence officer Markus Reichel says ‘no one trusted me’ at BND as he testifies in case that emerged amid furore over Snowden revelations<p>A former German secret service agent charged with treason has admitted to spying for the CIA, telling a court he had done so out of …

Surveillance

Facebook’s Safety Check leads technology’s support of Paris

Social network activates feature previously used during natural disasters, while other apps and tools help those caught in aftermath of terrorist attacks<p>Facebook activated its Safety Check service for a terrorist incident for the first time during the Paris attacks, allowing people to notify their …

Social Media

Telegram cracked down on 78 ISIS-related channels in 12 languages this week

Encrypted messaging app Telegram announced today that it has shut down access to several public channels that people have used to communicate about ISIS. The news comes after days after the terrorist group waged attacks in Paris that killed more than 100 people. Since then, reports have surfaced …

Anonymous is accusing this Silicon Valley startup of helping ISIS

CloudFlare is a service that helps websites stay online in the face of overwhelming traffic. It acts as an intermediary or filter and is a vital protection against DDoS attacks (in which someone sends huge amounts of traffic at a site in an attempt to make it collapse under the weight).<p>The …

Silicon Valley

ProtonMail On Battling A Sustained DDoS Attack

Encrypted webmail provider, ProtonMail, has been fighting a wave of DDoS attacks since November 3 that, by last Friday, had taken its service offline for more than 24 hours. At the time of writing the attacks are still coming.<p>They have included what ProtonMail co-founder Andy Yen described as a …

Cybersecurity

Spain Wants a Wall to Keep ISIS Out

Washington is establishing a strategic base near Seville, and ISIS is trying to bring the war home to Madrid.<p>MADRID — Terrorists following the lines …

Hackers have infiltrated the US arrest records database

Earlier this year, a hacking group broke into the personal email account of CIA director John Brenner and published a host of sensitive attachments that it got its hands on (yes, Brenner should not have been using his AOL email address for CIA business). Now, <i>Wired</i> reports the group has hit a much …

Finland Is Launching a Special Set of National Emoji

Finland is launching a set of ‘national emojis’ to help promote the country’s image abroad, the Associated Press reports. Created by the Finnish …

Emoji
Downing Street

Wikipedia founder urges Apple to stop selling iPhones in UK if government bans encryption

Technology companies such as Apple must take a stand against the government's attempt to ban end-to-end encryption, claims Jimmy Wales<p>Jimmy Wales has suggested that Apple should stop selling iPhones in the UK, if the government passes a new law that would prevent technology firms and service …

Privacy

Firefox now blocks ads and trackers in Private Browsing mode

The latest version of Firefox will come with a powerful ad-blocking feature, Mozilla announced today. Under the browser's new setup, Private Browsing mode will block any script that could be used to identify a user, including ads, analytic trackers, and features like the Facebook Like button that …

Digital Advertising

Surveillance bill: Unbreakable encryption banned, browsing histories exposed

Labour MPs will likely oppose Tory plans to allow spy agencies full access to online browsing histories when ministers introduce the Investigatory Powers Bill in parliament. The new laws also seek to ban tech firms from offering customers unbreakable encryption.<p>The bill, set to be introduced on …

Dropbox is holding a big event this week to prove critics wrong about its $10 billion business

But Dropbox will get a chance to prove them wrong this Wednesday with its first ever user-conference called Dropbox Open.<p>Dropbox Open is a one-day, invite-only event that will have a bunch of business customers, analysts, and press members mingle at the same place, much like the way Salesforce's …

Dropbox

Macaw’s code-savvy Web design tool will help make your site shine

Web designing is more than setting up eye-appealing images on a page and slapping some words together for publishing.<p>To bring a functional website to life, meticulous amounts of HTML are needed to add front end functionality. In the past, designers were restricted to processes through Adobe …

Instagram launches a Twitter Moments-like video channel

Instagram has launched a new video channel that will feature curated photos and videos from users focused around specific events. Available through the photo sharing app’s Explore tab, the feature looks eerily similar to Twitter’s Moment offering, or even Snapchat. Naturally, the first album, if …

Presidential Debate

An app you've probably never heard of is the most important social network in China

You may have never heard of WeChat, but it's the most important app in China right now.<p>WeChat users can do just about anything, including play games, send money to people, make video calls, order food, read the news, book a doctor appointment, and more. It's basically China's version of …

Apps

Morrisons Pledges To Donate Unwanted Food To Charity

Morrisons has announced it will donate all of its unwanted food to charity rather than throw it in the bin.<p>The supermarket will become the first in …

Agriculture

The inside story behind Apple's secret code names

Most of them are fun jokes, but one has even landed Apple in a lawsuit with a famous astronomer.<p>Here are nine of the best code names for Apple products:

Chamber of Commerce

Theresa May Says Spies Won't Look At Internet Browsing History As Home Secretary To Water-Down 'Snooper's Charter'

Theresa May has pledged not to let spies look through someone's internet history under the Home Secretary's new-look surveillance …

United Kingdom

Adobe and Microsoft Want You to Rethink Web Presentations | Inc.com

The idea of combining together text, images, animation and videos to create a narrative is at least as old as the presentation software application. Microsoft, of course, has a very popular one and Adobe once had one as well. Incredibly, though, PowerPoint is 25 years old. It has evolved to serve …

Software

The latest advance in 3D printing: replacement teeth

Bacteria-fighting plastic could be the future of dentistry<p>The latest 3D printing innovation could change the way you think about your visit to the dentist. That’s because Dutch researchers at the University of Groningen are working on the creation of a 3D-printed tooth made of an antimicrobial …

3D Printing

Uber cites harsh regulatory environment, pulls out of three German cities

Uber’s on-again-off-again relationship with Germany appears to be taking the off ramp once again.<p>Citing complex government regulations, Uber is speeding away from three German cities: Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt, nearly nine months after German courts ruled that Uber drivers be required to …

This robot will read your Facebook profile and make you a cocktail based on your personality

A group of German product designers created a robot that uses data from your Facebook account to create a personalized cocktail made just for you.<p>Here's how it works: The user logs into the terminal, grants access to his or her Facebook profile, and then the system uses an algorithm developed by …

Psychology

Twitter now lets anyone tweet a poll

Starting today, any Twitter user will be able to poll their followers. As is characteristic, CEO Jack Dorsey announced the update in a tweet.<p>https://twitter.com/jack/status/660189035403460608/photo/1<p>Polls will be available on Twitter’s web app as well as in Android and iOS apps.<p>The company first …

Extremism

Friendship with Turkey has its price

The refugee crisis made it possible: out of the blue, Turkey's reputation in the EU has received a boost. Support from Ankara, however, has a price, …

North Africa

Halloween 2015 in Pictures