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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

Artificial intelligence and racism

Replicants. Cylons. Skynet. Hal 9000. These are the classic pop-culture references the average person might conjure when they hear the term “artificial intelligence.” Yet, while some see AI as a novelty still guised in the trappings of the far-flung future, others realize the dawn of AI is much …

Artificial Intelligence

What happens in Zoe stays in Zoe — the privacy-oriented smart home hub

The concept of the smart home is well and truly taking off, however there are a few things still holding it back. The smart home hub, for example, is …

Amazon Echo

EU passes major overhaul of data collection rules

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence Mobile Industry Insider subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>The European Parliament passed a new data protection law on Thursday that may be the most significant overhaul of the continent’s data rules in two decades.<p>The new …

Data Management

Bitcoin Technology Organizations Launch Global Blockchain Forum To Address International Policy

As digital currencies and the technology behind them become more widely adopted by incumbents and startups with a global presence, the need for consistent laws and regulations governing them is ever more apparent.<p>The Washington, D.C.-based Chamber of Digital Commerce, along with three other of the …

Bitcoin

How Men And Women Differ In Their Approach To Online Privacy And Security

Pew Research estimates that 84% of American adults use the internet, a place where privacy and security are in short supply. What do internet users want in terms of security and privacy? What do they do to protect their own privacy and security when they use the internet? Hide My Ass! (HMA) …

Security

CHATBOTS EXPLAINED: Why the world's most powerful tech companies think they're the biggest thing since the iPhone

Chatbots are the future, whether we're ready for them or not.<p>"It's technology that's inevitable," Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has said. On Tuesday, Facebook is expected to release a Bot Store in a launch that could define the next decade in the same way that the Apple App Store launch paved the …

Chatbot

This Company Is Facing a $51 Million Fine for Defrauding the 'Obamaphone' Service

Total Call Mobile is accused of signing up ineligible customers.<p>The Federal Communications Commission is planning to slap a company that allegedly defrauded its discounted phone service with a $51 million fine—the largest penalty in the service’s history.<p>Total Call Mobile apparently engaged in …

Fraud

WhatsApp Brings Full End-To-End Encryption To All One Billion Users

WhatsApp, the Mountain View, Calif-based mobile messaging company that Facebook acquired for $19 billion, has enhanced its encryption technology so only the senders and receivers can read the content of each message. WhatsApp has been building out the encryption technology since the end of 2014 in …

Encryption

FCC Wants To Boost Transparency With 'Nutrition Labels' For Broadband

When you eat a Pop-Tart you know exactly the number of calories, fats and sugars that you are consuming thanks to the handy nutrition label on the package. The Federal Communications Commission wants to bring that same level of transparency to the telecommunications industry with its new “broadband …

Transparency

Turkey launches probe after hackers leak civilian data and taunt president

Turkey on Wednesday launched an investigation after a hacker or hackers posted a database online containing the personal information of nearly 50 million Turkish citizens — more than half of the country's population — and a message taunting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.<p>The population of Turkey is …

Security

WhatsApp now supports end-to-end encryption on all its apps

WhatsApp just got a whole lot more secure.<p>All of the messages and calls made through the app are now fully encrypted on all its platforms, WhatsApp's founders revealed Tuesday.<p>All users need to do to ensure their messages, calls and photos are fully encrypted is make sure they have the latest …

Encryption

France wants Apple to pay $55 million over strict carrier deals

It doesn't like that Apple dictates lopsided terms to providers that want the iPhone.<p>Have you noticed that many carriers give prominent placement to the iPhone in their catalogs, with virtually identical marketing? That's because Apple gets to dictate some pretty strict terms to providers that want …

France

Iceland's Prime Minister Resigns After 'Panama Papers' Leak Reveals His Offshore Company

The first victim of what could be many.<p>The Panama Papers have claimed their first high-profile victim: the prime minister of Iceland.<p>Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson resigned just two days after a massive leak of documents from Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca revealed that he owned an offshore company with …

Panama

Machines are becoming more creative than humans

Can machines be creative? Recent successes in AI have shown that machines can now perform at human levels in many tasks that, just a few years ago, were considered to be decades away, like driving cars, understanding spoken language, and recognizing objects. But these are all tasks where we know …

Big Data

Maryland Court says Phone Tracking Unconstitutional

So-called “Stingray” technology was used without a search warrant.<p>As Federal authorities offer local police help cracking iPhones, a Maryland judge has ruled that another form of technological surveillance has been used improperly. The Wednesday decision found that the Baltimore City Police …

American South

Snowden says whistleblower exile shouldn't stop others: 'I'm not an unhappy ending'

It’s not hard to argue that Edward Snowden is a warning to future leakers of government secrets. He’s stuck in Russia. Can only show up at parties as a video screen. And many of the western surveillance programs he outed continue three years later.<p>But in a video interview on Friday at RightsCon, a …

Spying

FBI facing demands to share its claimed technique to unlock iPhones

Any day now, Hillar Moore is expecting a call from the FBI.<p>Moore, a district attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has publicly lamented that Apple’s iPhone encryption is keeping local police out of a victim’s phone in a recent murder. On Monday, Moore’s ears perked up when the FBI announced it would …

FBI

Starbucks is trying to create its own digital currency to keep customers coming back

Starbucks executives often state their goal of building a digital ecosystem using Starbucks Rewards "stars" as a type of digital currency.<p>Last week, the company announced another step toward this dream at its annual shareholder meeting.<p>Late this year, consumers will be able to use a prepaid debit …

Starbucks

Some children born with the genetic risk for schizophrenia, scientists say

Schizophrenic patients rarely display symptoms of their mental illness before adulthood. In new research, scientists have found important evidence supporting the idea that a certain subset of those who develop the highly hereditary disease are genetically set on that path before birth.<p>"When a …

Privacy

FBI warns on risks of car hacking

<b>The FBI and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have added their voices to growing concerns about the risk of cars being hacked.</b><p>In …