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Bitcoin jumps above $1,000 for first time in three years

LONDON (Reuters) - Digital currency bitcoin kicked off the new year by jumping above $1,000 for the first time in three years late on Sunday, having outperformed all central-bank-issued currencies with a 125 percent climb in 2016.<p>Bitcoin - a web-based "cryptocurrency" that has no central authority, …

Bitcoin

Facebook Knows When You Fall In Love, And That's Pretty Creepy

Facebook has revealed that using data from the posts people make it is able to tell when they fall in love. This is creepy, frankly, and even the claims that the data is “anonymised” doesn’t really help, I’ll explain why, but first let’s look at how Facebook can tell your relationship status.<p>First …

Facebook

How Facebook Learns About Your Offline Life

You probably know that social network uses your profile to serve ads it thinks you’ll like—but it also draws on a lot of information it gathers from …

Facebook

13 Reasons You Should Be Very Worried About Your Government Spying On You

An explosive report was recently tabled in Parliamentshowing government's growing interception of private communication, but it slipped under the …

Surveillance

On The Ethical Use Of Data Vs. The Internet Of Things

Yahoo Email Scanning For U.S. Spy Agency Shows Push to Recast Privacy

Yahoo's secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional …

Privacy

EU court says mass data retention illegal

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The mass retention of data is illegal, the European Union's highest court said on Wednesday, dealing a blow to Britain's newly passed surveillance law and signaling that security concerns do not justify excessive privacy infringements.<p>The Court of Justice of the European Union …

European Union

Tesla to start penalizing those who don't move their cars after they're fully charged

If you and your Tesla are trying to squat in front of a Supercharger for too long, the electric car company is going to make sure you pay for it.<p>In a …

Evernote does U-turn on privacy policy after clarification fails to reassure customers

Evernote has now reversed a controversial change to its privacy policy after an earlier attempt at reassurance failed. In a new blog post, Evernote said that allowing engineers to read notes as part of its machine-learning efforts will now be on an opt-in basis.<p>An updated privacy policy caused …

​Uber keeps self-driving cars on the road, challenging the law

Uber and the state of California are in a standoff.<p>After Uber rolled out its self-driving cars to passengers in San Francisco on Wednesday, California's Department of Motor Vehicles told the ride-hailing company it was breaking the law and had to take its cars off the streets and get a permit.<p>Uber …

Autos

Uber snooping lawsuit exposes data and security practices

Uber fired Ward Spangenberg this February on his 45th birthday. Now he’s suing the tech giant, claiming that he was terminated as a result of age discrimination and because he blew the whistle about insecure data practices at Uber just a few weeks before his shares vested. Spangenberg has also made …

A win for transparency: Google publishes eight FBI National Security Letters

In a win for transparency advocates, on Tuesday Google revealed eight previously unpublished requests that the company received from the United …

Quest Diagnostics Breach Exposes Health Data of 34,000 Customers

Quest Diagnostics, a New Jersey-based medical laboratory company, disclosed a data breach affecting about 34,000 people on Monday.<p>Digital intruders …

Data Breach

WhatsApp, Skype face tighter constraints under new EU privacy rules - draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Messaging services such as Microsoft's (MSFT.O) Skype and Facebook's (FB.O) WhatsApp face stricter rules on the way they handle customer data under new privacy laws due to be proposed by the European Union, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.<p>The EU executive wants to …

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

Poorly secured webcams and other Internet-connected devices are already being used as tools for cyberattacks. Can the government prevent this from …

Security

Talking Dolls May Spread Children's Secrets, Privacy Groups Allege

Internet-connected toys pose privacy risks to children, and their parents often aren’t aware, according to advocacy groups for children and consumers.<p>A complaint filed Tuesday with the Federal Trade Commission alleges that two talking dolls—My Friend Cayla and I-Que Intelligent Robot, both made by …

21st Century

How A Trump Presidency Will Erode Cyber Privacy And National Security

Security

Dusk’s new app lets you live stream anonymously

Online anonymity can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can give people a voice when they’d otherwise be afraid to speak up – whether that’s because of fear of government surveillance, discussing a topic that’s known to provoke cyberbullying, or because the topic itself is sensitive – …

Twitter Warns Developers About Misusing Data

Twitter will expand and accelerate efforts to punish companies that employ its data for surveillance or other activities that violate its terms of …

Twitter

EU questions U.S. over Yahoo email scanning, amid privacy concerns

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission has asked the United States about a secret court order Yahoo (YHOO.O) used to scan thousands of customer emails for possible terrorism links, following concerns that may have violated a new data transfer pact.<p>Under the Privacy Shield agreement that came …

Android banking Trojan used Chrome browser vulnerability to infect over 300,000 devices in 2 months

The threat actors operating the malware appear to be only targeting smartphones with a Russian-language interface.<p>An android banking Trojan …

Yahoo admits some employees knew of massive hack in 2014

As any investigator can tell you, it's not just what you knew, but when you knew it.<p>On Wednesday, Yahoo admitted that not long after a hack in 2014 some of its employees were aware a state-sponsored hacker had breached its network.<p>The revelation is sure to cast a larger shadow over Verizon's $4.8 …

Yahoo

Here's What The Trump Presidency Will Mean For Net Neutrality

I’m a producer on the Forbes technology channel, where I write about digital media and video streaming, among other things. I’m a graduate of the Berkeley J-School and also hold an undergraduate degree in the Humanities and Japanese from Washington University in St. Louis. My work has appeared in …

Net Neutrality

Facebook sued over ads based on racial preference

A class-action lawsuit is accusing Facebook of breaking housing and job ad discrimination laws.<p>A <i>Pro Publica</i> investigation last week revealed that the social network lets marketers exclude users by "ethnic affinity." The lawsuit, first reported by <i>Business Insider</i>, alleges that such targeting tools …

Facebook

By: Amando Flavio Via anonhq.com It has emerged that Google has been tracking Smartphone users everywhere they go, indicating it with a red dot on a map to mark and make their location much clearer for identification. If you do not believe this, you remember what appeared in the scene of the Minority Report, where […]

100 Shares<p>Share Email<p><i>By: Amando Flavio Via anonhq.com</i><p>It has emerged that Google has been tracking Smartphone users everywhere they go, indicating it …

Google

EU Data Protection Watchdogs Warn WhatsApp, Yahoo on Privacy

European privacy watchdogs warned WhatsApp on Friday over sharing user information with parent company Facebook, and cautioned Yahoo over a 2014 data …

Yahoo

U.S. lawmakers raise privacy concerns over new rule that allows government hacking of computers

<i>(Reuters)</i> – A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Congress on Thursday asked the Justice Department to clarify how a looming rule change to the government’s hacking powers could impact privacy rights of innocent Americans.<p>The change, due to take place on December 1, would let judges issue …

Privacy is creating a new digital divide between the rich and poor

How come Facebook knows that I have a mother with Alzheimer's, a woman asked the other day. She was sure that she hadn't provided the social medium …

Amazon Is Cracking Down on More Fake Reviews

Amazon (amzn) is continuing its fight against fake product reviews.<p>In an effort to reduce the amount of false praise that appears on its website, the …

Amazon

Scheme to Delete Google Results Is Exposed

When a Google search turns up negative stories, Europeans can turn to a controversial "right to be forgotten" law. But in the United States, where no …

Google