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Edward Snowden teaches Vice how to make a smartphone ‘go black’

In an upcoming episode of the Vice News show, company founder and journalist Shane Smith will sit down with self-exiled whistleblower Edward Snowden …

Edward Snowden

Google beats Oracle in court over Android's Java use, but appeals are coming

Google is not infringing Oracle’s Java APIs with its Android operating system, a court has ruled.<p>A jury found Android to be accessing Java APIs under a ‘fair use’ provision in copyright law. Via email to Ars Technica, a Google lawyer had the following post-trial take:<p>Today’s verdict that Android …

Google

Vietnam blocked access to Facebook during Obama visit

This much-talked about Instagram photo wasn’t the only product of President Obama’s recent visit to Vietnam. The Southeast Asian country also cut access to Facebook while the head of the U.S. was on its soil.<p>That’s according to free speech advocates at Access Now, who pulled together evidence that …

Facebook

Here's Why Alibaba's Accounting Is As Alarming As Enron's

Short seller Jim Chanos has been right before.<p>Jim Chanos, the hedge fund manager who was one of the first to detect problems at Enron, says the accounting at Alibaba Group is as problematic as the now-defunct, corrupt energy company. Chanos specializes in short selling, or betting that certain …

Accounting

Google and Oracle present closing arguments in battle over Java

Attorneys for Oracle and Google presented their closing arguments today in a lawsuit over Google’s use of Java APIs owned by Oracle in Android. Oracle accused Google of stealing a collection of APIs, while Google suggested that Android transformed the smartphone market and Oracle sued out of …

Oracle

Google : End Of The Online Advertising Bubble

<b>Google's clients have no clue their ads are being displayed on worsening quality websites. A growing proportion of the ads are not being seen at all.</b> …

Google

What iOS Ad-Blocking Means for Publishers and Advertisers

For many Internet users, closing a pop-up ad is virtually instinctive at this point, and more and more people are taking the extra step of …

Advertising

Google is worried the EU's right to be forgotten policy could be 'open to abuse' worldwide

Google is appealing against a ruling by France's data privacy regulator demanding that the company removes certain web search results worldwide.<p>The Commission on Informatics and Liberty (CNIL) has deemed that that the EU's "right to be forgotten" policy regarding search engine results should apply …

Google

Google and Facebook "third parties" dominate the web

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Digital Media Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>A new report reveals the extent to which Google and Facebook dominate online tracking.<p>The report by researchers Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan analyzed the …

Facebook

The LinkedIn Data Breach - What Should You Do?

The account information of 117 million LinkedIn users has surfaced on the online black market, with the hacker responsible seeking 5 bitcoins ($2,200 …

LinkedIn

Google Allo: new messaging app is latest to fight FBI over encryption

Google on Wednesday became the latest major technology company to join a standoff with the FBI over encryption.<p>At its developer conference, the company announced that its new messaging app, Allo, would feature an “incognito mode” that offered end-to-end encryption. Such technology can make it …

Google

In Oracle’s world, Android is a crime against open source

Oracle and Google are back in the courtroom again — the same court they started in back in 2010, when Oracle first sued Google over the company’s use of 37 Java APIs in its Android operating system. The case, first decided in favor of Google, bounced up to an appeals court and was reversed, then …

Java

Even basic phone logs can reveal deeply personal information, researchers find

The mass collection of telephone records by government surveillance programs poses a clear threat to the personal privacy of ordinary citizens, according to US researchers who used basic phone logs to identify people and uncover confidential information about their lives.<p>Armed with anonymous …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Google Chrome will start blocking Flash by default

Google's Chrome browser will stop supporting Adobe's Flash Player on nearly all websites by the end of the year.<p>Posting to Google groups, staff member Anthony LaForge outlined the company's plan to stop automatically allowing Flash to run on websites.<p>The plan, which should be implemented by the …

Google

Norway's Wealth Fund to Sue Volkswagen Over Emissions Scandal

The fund accuses Volkswagen of costing them 4.9 billion crowns as a result of its diesel dupe.<p>Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s largest, is planning to sue German automaker Volkswagen AG over the impact of its emissions scandal, the <i>Financial Times</i> reported.<p>The oil fund is expected in the …

Volkswagen

Google faces record 3 billion euro EU antitrust fine: Telegraph

LONDON (Reuters) - Google (GOOGL.O) faces a record antitrust fine of around 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) from the European Commission in the coming weeks, British newspaper The Sunday Telegraph said.<p>The European Union has accused Google of promoting its shopping service in Internet searches at …

Google

Personal Data of Jack Ma, Other Chinese Leaders, Leaked on Twitter

The data included state ID numbers and addresses.<p><i>Tech in Asia</i> reports that the state ID numbers and other sensitive personal information of powerful Chinese figures, including Alibaba founder Jack Ma, has been leaked via Twitter. The information was released through an anonymous account that has …

Jack Ma

Beyond Siri: The AI revolution coming from the web

From HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey to Samantha in Spike Jonze’s Her, for decades we have been obsessed with the idea that artificial intelligence powered-computers will one day be able to interact with people, follow spoken instructions and make decisions independently, like a human would.<p>Since Siri …

Artificial Intelligence

This website shows how long it would take for a hacker to break your password

If you have a password as simple as "12345" or "password," it would take hacker just .29 milliseconds to crack it, according to an interactive website from BetterBuys.<p>Using data benchmarks from Intel and the password cracking tool John the Ripper, the site gives an eye-opening view for average …

Security

Bitcoin's claimed creator will no longer provide proof

This week has been one confusing ride for anyone who hasn’t been keeping up with the is-he, isn’t-he Bitcoin creator saga Craig Wright, and now it just got even stranger.<p>On Monday, Australian computer scientist Wright claimed he created the cryptocurrency, but failed to provide conclusive proof. …

Bitcoin

Even your connected car will need antivirus software

Connected cars can talk to each other (vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V), and they’re starting to be able to talk to the city they’re driving around (vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I). That also means baddies can potentially talk to our cars, as we’ve seen in the experimental hack of a Jeep. But hacking …

Antivirus Software

Estonia wants to become a 'country as a service' and already has 10,000 virtual residents

Estonia is one of the most digitally advanced nations in the world, with digital public services, online voting, blockchain-based healthcare records, and paperless cabinet meetings in government since 2000.<p>But its most radical project is e-residency — letting people from around the world become …

Second Life

Why Panama Papers Journalists Use Graph Databases

All large organizations, and a whole lot of small ones, use databases. These tools keep names, dates, numbers and other tidbits of information neatly in order, organized into tables by common structure and function, each one laid out in columns and rows that define a single proper place for every …

Graph Database

Zuckerberg Signals Wide Use of Artificial Intelligence On Internet For Medical Uses

Almost every aspect of human activity has a software application, or App, focuses on it. Now an App for Artificial Intelligence (AI) looms as the next important and competitive area on the radar screen of such tech titans as Facebook (FB), Alphabet’s Google (GOOG), Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), …

Mark Zuckerberg

Here's what a legendary internet pirate had to say about the rise of torrenting

The prolific internet pirate known as 'YIFY' was once one of Hollywood's biggest adversaries. The elusive figure, well-known in torrenting circles after forming a group that uploaded thousands of high-profile blockbusters, was loved by fellow pirates, but reviled by the copyright industry for …

Internet

Ad-block software is approaching 200 million users — here's how publishers are reacting

Ad-block software usage may be more common than previously thought. There are nearly 200 million monthly active users (MAU) of ad-block software globally, according to data from a new study by PageFair and Adobe included in our latest ad-blocking report.<p>That represents a big uptick in ad-block …

Advertising Industry

Growing ‘lack of trust’, concerns over privacy by Internet users

Consumers are increasingly worried about their online privacy and security, especially when it comes to ‎how their personal data is handled by …

Privacy

The Real Deal With Uber's (Not) New Tipping Policy

It comes down to word choice.<p>The question of whether passengers should tip Uber drivers is about to get a whole lot messier.<p>On Thursday night, Uber reached a tentative $100 million settlement for a couple of high-profile cases in California and Massachusetts involving its classification of drivers …

Uber

The FBI just cracked another iPhone without Apple's help

After unlocking an iPhone discovered in connection with the San Bernardino terror attacks without Apple’s assistance last month, the FBI has managed to crack a second device – this time, it was an iPhone 5S used by a drug dealer in New York.<p>However, unlike the San Bernardino incident in which the …

FBI

Will Quantum Encryption Arrive Before Quantum Computers Break All Our Passwords?

Scientists are racing to deploy foolproof quantum encryption before quantum computers come along that render all our passwords useless.<p>Passwords work today because the computers we have, while theoretically capable of breaking passwords, would take an impractical amount of time to do so.<p>“The …

Encryption