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Amazon confirms that Echo device secretly shared user’s private audio

The call that started it all: "Unplug your Alexa devices right now."<p>Amazon confirmed an Echo owner's privacy-sensitive allegation on Thursday, after …

Customer Service

California High Court to Rule on Criminal Access to Social Media Content

(via LoboStudioHamburg/Pixabay)<p>The California Supreme Court today will decide whether social media services must turn over user content to criminal …

Social Media

This Is the Biggest Privacy Scandal No One Is Talking About

We are in the midst of a major and worrying data privacy scandal — but you probably haven’t heard about it. To put it in the simplest terms possible: …

Privacy

An Epic Supreme Court Decision on Employment

The 5-4 ruling in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis could weaken workplace protections—and the justices on both sides knew it.<p>False dichotomy, meretricious piety, and pay-no-attention-to-that-man-behind-the-curtain misdirection are vital arrows in the quiver of any lawyer or judge, no matter of what …

Employment

Five Magical American Guns

F&S deputy editor Slaton White very kindly sent me a pair of old books he found in his office, and as it turns out, I had bought one of them when it …

Made in America

Entire Nest ecosystem of smart home devices goes offline

Works with Nest... usually<p>For at least a few hours overnight, owners of Nest products were unable to access their devices via the Nest app or web browsers, according to Nest Support on Twitter. Other devices like Nest Secure and Nest x Yale Locks behaved erratically. The as of yet unexplained …

Home Automation

The Untold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in Combat

One day in the summer of 1969, a young Marine lieutenant named Bob Mueller arrived in Hawaii for a rendezvous with his wife, Ann. She was flying in …

Military

Yogurt May Reduce Chronic Inflammation, Along with These 5 Foods - Chowhound

You might want to add an extra serving of yogurt to your breakfast routine. A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition has revealed that the …

Nutrition

Facebook must face high-stakes trial over privacy and facial recognition, judge rules

A judge scolded Facebook Inc. for misconstruing his own rulings as he ordered the company to face a high-stakes trial accusing it of violating user privacy.<p>The social media giant has misinterpreted prior court orders by continuing to assert the "faulty proposition" that users can't win their …

Privacy

Deadly Convenience: Keyless Cars and Their Carbon Monoxide Toll

It seems like a common convenience in a digital age: a car that can be powered on and off with the push of a button, rather than the mechanical turning of a key. But it is a convenience that can have a deadly effect.<p>On a summer morning last year, Fred Schaub drove his Toyota RAV4 into the garage …

Palm Beach County

Lawsuit against U.S. border searches of phones can move forward: judge

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected the Trump administration's bid to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the federal government's growing practice of conducting warrantless searches on phones and laptops of Americans stopped at the border.<p>U.S. District Judge Denise Capser in Boston …

Immigration

Equifax Operates Another Credit Bureau, and You Can't Freeze Your Report Online

Remember all that trouble you went through to freeze your credit report after the massive and unforgivable Equifax hack? Turns out it was all for …

Identity Theft

Border agents can't search your phone without good reason, US court rules

US border authorities cannot search the cellphones of travelers without having some reason to believe a particular traveler has committed a crime, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.<p>The 4th US circuit court of appeals in Richmond ruled in the case of a Turkish national who was arrested at …

Surveillance

The Government’s Digital Loophole Through the Fourth Amendment

The old saying that “every man’s home is his castle,” while perhaps just a nice adage in my native UK, has a far more important meaning in the United …

Privacy

Ontario woman arrested, jailed in U.S. for driving with a Canadian licence

An Ontario woman is looking for an apology from the Georgia police officer who arrested, handcuffed and charged her because she was driving with a …

Crime

Cyntoia Brown, Sex Trafficking Victim Serving Life For Killing Pimp, Granted Clemency Hearing

For the last 13 years, Cyntoia Brown, a sex trafficking victim, has been serving a life sentence in a Tennessee jail for killing her pimp. Brown, who …

Crime

Woman reveals how her fake boobs were slowly poisoning her

A full-time-mum’s breast implants have been slowly poisoning her.<p>39-year-old Stashia Raymer realised something was wrong when she started suffering …

Women's Health

Patients face expensive ER bills even when they don’t receive treatment - Vox

Vox’s emergency room database shows that patients can face steep bills even when they decline treatment.<p>On October 19, 2016, Jessica Pell fainted and hit her head on a nearby table, cutting her ear. She went to the emergency room at Hoboken University Medical Center, where she was given an ice …

Health Care

Girls Reportedly Bleeding Through Pants Due To Charter School Bathroom Policy

The school system is now allowing girls to tie their school sweatshirts around their waists.<p>A network of Chicago charter schools has policies so strict that some menstruating girls are bleeding through their pants for lack of permitted bathroom breaks, an NPR affiliate reported on Monday.<p>In early …

Education

Woman Complains After Mike Rowe Questions Necessity of College Degree — His Response Is a Truth Bomb

On Friday, Mike Rowe penned a long post on Facebook in response to a woman named Dawn Baker, who had responded to an article that Rowe shared that …

College & University

How to destroy an AR-15

Dick's Sporting Goods has decided to destroy its stock of AR-15 rifles. If you'd like to do the same, I suggest you refer the Bureau of Alcohol, …

‘Accidental Americans’ living abroad fight tax bill from Uncle Sam

PARIS — Tom Wallis was born here and has spent his entire life in France, but it turns out that the 40-year-old entrepreneur from Grenoble owes tens of thousands of dollars in taxes to the United States.<p>Wallis' mother was French, but he holds U.S. citizenship through his American father. He had …

Finance

New York State health officials issue measles warning for tri-state area

<b>NEW YORK --</b> Authorities issued a new warning Sunday about possible measles exposures across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. CBS New York …

Public Health

Why are tens of thousands of Americans still driving around with explosive devices in their cars?

Alexander Brangman finds comfort in remembering how long his daughter lived — 26 years, 11 months, 9 hours and 15 minutes — rather than the horrible and needless way she died.<p>Jewel Brangman, an academic all-American in high school, about to pursue a PhD at Stanford, had no need to know much about …

Takata

Google's 'Chat' messaging service with no end to end encryption is a gift to cybercriminals and govt spies: Amnesty International

Google's decision to launch a new messaging service called Chat without end-to-end encryption shows utter contempt for the privacy of Android users …

Privacy

Appeals court rules against Trump policy punishing sanctuary cities

A panel of GOP-appointed judges upheld an injunction blocking the Justice Department from enforcing new grant conditions that require sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration enforcement.<p>President Donald Trump's effort to crack down on sanctuary cities suffered another legal setback Thursday …

Immigration

Trump Official Blames Obama for His $1 Million Office Redesign

This is all Barack’s fault, you see.<p>Since the Trump administration moved in last year, there’s been an unspoken competition among Cabinet officials to spend as much taxpayer money as possible in the most questionable of ways. A favorite among the group, of course, has been refusing to come within …

Donald Trump

Here’s how Apple is fighting GrayKey iPhone unlocker

Apple hasn’t found the security holes that iPhone unlocking tools use, but iOS 11.3 took a step that makes these cracking devices less useful. Police now have a limited amount of time to circumvent the user’s passcode before it becomes impossible.<p>This is part of an ongoing struggle between Apple …

Southwest Pilot of Flight 1380 Is Navy Veteran Hailed for Her ‘Nerves of Steel’

About 20 minutes after takeoff on Tuesday, Capt. Tammie Jo Shults was steering a Southwest Airlines plane toward cruising altitude, generally considered the safest part of a flight. But then the left engine exploded.<p>The blast hurled debris into the side of the plane. A passenger window shattered. …

Military

How to last longer during sex - the best ways to keep yourself going in bed

If you think you’re not lasting long enough during sex, you may be comforted to know that the average length of penetrative sex is 5.4 minutes, with …