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Schumer: Probe billboards using phone data to track shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. senator is calling for a federal investigation into an outdoor advertising company's latest effort to target billboard ads to specific consumers.<p>New York Sen. Charles Schumer has dubbed Clear Channel Outdoor Americas' so-called RADAR program "spying billboards," warning the …

Charles Schumer

Tor and VPN users will be target of government hacks under new spying rule

An update to the innocuous-sounding Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure could soon grant powers to judges across the US to issue search warrants for law enforcement to remotely access devices that are using privacy tools.<p>The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure sets the rules for …

Privacy

This map reveals which subway stations are closest to the cheapest apartments in NYC

But just how much?<p>You can pay up to $845 less per month by adding one extra subway stop and 2 minutes more to your daily commute, according to a new study by the apartment rental listings website RentHop.<p>The analysis of Renthop's own rental listing prices within less than half a mile from major …

The Arts

Judge orders woman to unlock iPhone with her fingerprint

It's still not perfectly clear whether or not law enforcement can force you to unlock your phone with your fingerprint, but an LA court isn't waiting to find out: for the first time in a federal case, a judge has ordered a person to unlock her smartphone using her digits. The FBI obtained a warrant …

Apps can teach you all about the stock market, but be careful

Grant Regimbal, 19, has a favorite smartphone game. It isn't Angry Birds or Candy Crush.<p>It's Robinhood, an app that lets you quickly buy and sell …

Umbo CV raises $2.8M seed to create smart security cameras that prevent crimes

Umbo CV has raised a $2.8 million seed round for its security cameras, which use artificial intelligence to identify suspicious activity and prevent crimes before they happen. The Taipei- and San Francisco-based startup’s funding was led by AppWorks Ventures, with participation from Mesh Ventures, …

Truecaller bug puts over a hundred million users in danger

Security researchers from Cheetah Mobile have discovered a privacy flaw in Truecaller – the world’s largest caller ID app – that puts the personal information of over a hundred million users in danger.<p>As Cheetah Mobile explains in its report, Truecaller uses a devices’ IMEI number to assign …

Apps

3 location-based technologies reinventing data security

Today’s complicated data security landscape has begun to look a lot like a modern legend or fairytale.<p>Just like King Arthur gathered his knights to fight against enemies and supernatural forces to find the Holy Grail, organizations are constantly fighting hackers, malicious individuals and human …

Internet of Things

GCHQ director Robert Hannigan wants 'new relationship' with tech companies

Director of GCHQ Robert Hannigan. Ben Birchall - WPA Pool / Getty Images<p>The head of GCHQ is striking a conciliatory tone, calling for a "new relationship" between tech companies and the UK government, The Telegraph reports, as debate rages over privacy, security, and encryption.<p>Speaking at MIT, …

Privacy

Twitter SVP Of Engineering On His Comments About Diversity: “I Did A Poor Job Communicating”

Twitter SVP of Engineering Alex Roetter had been relatively silent in the hours and days following Leslie Miley’s post about leaving Twitter due to concerns around race, diversity and inclusion. Well, that just changed.<p>In case you haven’t been following, here’s a quick TL;DR about what happened. …

Senate approves major cybersecurity bill

Barack Obama

It's OK to hack your own car, US copyright authorities rule

Owners can alter software without breaching carmakers’ intellectual property rights, says Library of Congress, though any changes must not break law<p>Car owners and security experts can tinker with automobile software without incurring US copyright liability, according to newly issued guidelines that …

World Wide Web creator makes last-minute bid for open Internet in Europe

Tim Berners-Lee pushes for amendments to a proposed European Parliament law that he believes could impede the equal treatment of online traffic, a concept known as Net neutrality.<p>Tim Berners-Lee, known as the father of the Web, urged European politicians on Monday to "save the Internet" by …

Former NSA chief’s startup gets $32 million in funding

Former National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander’s startup, IronNet Cybersecurity, has received $32 million in Series A funding. Among the …

TalkTalk cyber hack: Boy, 15, arrested at home in County Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Everything coming to Netflix and Amazon Prime this November

Another month, another round of movies and shows that are landing on your streaming service of choice — or disappearing quietly into the digital ether. For Netflix it’s a big month for original content, with the Marvel series <i>Jessica Jones</i> finally arriving on November 20th (if you haven’t seen it …

Wolf Hall

AngelList To Power The World’s Largest Seed Fund With $400M From Chinese Private Equity Firm

It’s heady amounts of money for heady times.<p>AngelList, the investing platform that has scaled to support $205 million in investments across 650 startups including Uber, is aiming even bigger.<p>One of China’s largest private equity firms is now tapping the platform and the know-how of its angels and …

In Takeover of EMC, Dell Makes Ambitious Bet

California Enacts New Digital Privacy Laws

A new set of laws is giving Californians the strongest digital privacy rights in the U.S. The Electronic Communication Privacy Act, signed by Governor Jerry Brown late Thursday, bars law enforcement agencies or investigative entities from handing over any sort of digital communications or metadata …

Security researcher finds simple way to bypass Gatekeeper and allow a Mac to run malware

A security researcher has found an extremely simple way to bypass Gatekeeper to allow Macs to open any malicious app, even when it is set to open only apps downloaded from the Mac App Store.<p>Patrick Wardle, director of research at security firm Synack, told <i>arsTechnica</i> that once Gatekeeper okays an …

Mac App Store

Amazon Introduces Merch By Amazon, A Way For Game Developers – Or Anyone – To Sell Print-On-Demand Tees

In a clever move that combines Amazon’s prowess as a large online retailer and advertising platform with its footprint in the mobile gaming market, the company today introduced a new service called Merch by Amazon aimed at helping app developers – or any other content creators – increase their …

Google Ads Boss: 'We Need to Deal With' Ad Blocking as an Industry

First comments from Google since Apple opened the mobile ad-blocking floodgates.<p>Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s top advertising executive, thinks crappy ad experiences are behind the uptick in ad-blocking tools, and that Google, along with the advertising and publishing industries, is obliged to come …

Digital Advertising

Microsoft files antitrust suit against InterDigital in patent feud

<i>(By Andrew Chung, Reuters) –</i> InterDigital has violated U.S. antitrust law by failing to keep its promise to fairly license its technology considered essential to mobile phone communications, Microsoft said in a lawsuit on Thursday.<p>The complaint against InterDigital, filed in federal court in …

LGBTQI

Microsoft turns to Dell and HP to help get Surface into the office

Microsoft is trying to get the Surface Pro into more offices. To do that, it's starting a partnership with Dell that'll have Dell selling Surface Pro tablets and offering business services, like device setup and support, alongside them. The partnership should allow businesses that are already using …

Microsoft Surface

Old net addresses run out in US

<b>North America has officially run out of its stock of old net addresses.</b><p>This week the American agency which oversees net addresses in the region gave out the last block of these vital net components.<p>It said companies in North America should now accelerate their move to the latest version of the …

FTC may launch antitrust case against Google over Android

Google is currently under the spotlight in a number of countries for possibly abusing its market position and the US’ Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may also be back on Google’s case, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The FTC is said to have reached an agreement with the Justice …

Antitrust Laws

US and China back off internet arms race but Obama leaves sanctions on the table

Barack Obama: ‘The question now is ‘Are words followed by actions?’ Xi Jinping calls for more cooperation, adding issue should not be politicised<p>China and the US sought to paper over their differences on cybersecurity on Friday after an inconclusive summit aimed at defusing a growing internet arms …

The Apple Car is coming in 2019

The company is referring to this as a "committed project" internally, the report says, and plans to triple the number of people working on it.<p>The initiative, being called Project Titan, consists of 600 people.<p>Although many reports have suggested that Apple is working on a self-driving car, the …

Autonomous Vehicle

Biggest ad-blocker on iOS abruptly pulled because it 'just doesn't feel good'

Developer Marco Arment has announced he will be pulling his popular ad-blocker app Peace from the App Store, citing a crisis of conscience. As of this morning, Peace was the most popular paid app on iOS — but the rush to block mobile ads had drawn significant criticism from writers and publishers …

Security Financings Continue Their Heat Wave With A New $75M Round For Netskope

Netskope, which sells a technology service protecting businesses’ cloud-based software, has joined the ranks of the massively funded (and potentially overfunded?) security technology companies with a new $75 million round of financing.<p>The Los Altos, Calif.-based company joins a not-so-exclusive …