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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Cloud Billing

<i>Cloud billing is inherently complex; it's not just you.</i><p>Back in the mists of antiquity when I started reading <i>Linux Journal</i>, figuring out what an …

Cloud Computing

Don’t Worry, Your Secret is Safe With Me

Many defendants attempt to defend claims for trade secret misappropriation by claiming that they never used or disclosed the information in question. …

Privacy

Instagram blogger Photoshops her body to look how trolls want it to look

Sadly, the reality of having any kind of online presence in this day and age seems to come hand in hand with receiving negative and abusive comments. …

Social Media

Here's What a Blockchain Property Deed Looks Like

What does a government document look like when it’s put on the blockchain?Well, it looks a lot like a regular, old government document.That’s the …

Blockchain

US, UK say Russia targets internet hardware for espionage

Washington and London on Monday jointly accused the Russian government of maliciously targeting global internet equipment for political and economic espionage.<p>The two governments said the Russian operations, which allegedly involve planting malware on internet routers and other equipment, could …

Cybersecurity

Many child-oriented apps potentially violate US’ child privacy law

• A recently-published study found that thousands of Android apps on the Play Store potentially violate COPPA.<br>• The study also found a number of Safe Harbor-approved apps that featured “potential violations.”<br>• The study raises the question of whether industry self-regulation is enough.<p>In a study …

Privacy

Russia wants Apple to pull Telegram from local App Store

Russia’s state telecommunications regulator wants Apple and Google to remove the Telegram messenger app service from their respective app stores.<p>This follows a recent court decision in which a Russian judge ruled that Telegram, the world’s ninth most popular mobile messaging app, should be blocked …

Apps

Twitter is down worldwide

<i>Update 10:55 a.m. ET:</i> <i>Twitter.com appears to be back online, at least in the U.S. Its mobile apps are now updating as well. Original story follows</i> …

Puerto Rico

'I’m going to destroy you': Employees who worked at YouTube say violent threats from volatile ‘creators’ have been going on for years

YouTube managers had no way to predict Nasim Aghdam would go on a bloody rampage, but they had plenty of reasons to fear that someone like her might one day show up, say former employees.<p>Aghdam was the 38-year-old, disgruntled YouTube video creator who arrived at the company's San Bruno, …

Internet

Why You Should Delete Your Instagram

I recently stumbled upon an extremely thought-provoking talk by Jaron Lanier, describing social media as a ‘Behavior Modification Empire‘. This is …

Street Photography

TaskRabbit notifies users of 'cybersecurity incident,' shuts down service

Bad news for to-do lists everywhere: It appears that TaskRabbit has been compromised.<p>On Monday, TaskRabbit notified users about a 'cybersecurity …

Cybersecurity

Thousands of Android apps potentially violate child protection law

A study conducted on child-directed Android apps from Google Play Store found over half may break US privacy law for under 13s<p>Thousands of child-directed Android apps and games are potentially violating US law on the collection and sharing of data on those under 13, research has revealed.<p>A study …

Privacy

Bumble drops Facebook login requirement

The week after Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of Congress, Bumble is announcing it will no longer require that users have a Facebook account to log in. The popular women-first dating app is set to institute the change to its registration process tomorrow.<p>Facebook has long been a prerequisite …

Online Dating

US military ground drones set to be deployed on Australian cattle stations - ABC Rural - ABC News

Autonomous ground drones designed to carry supplies to US troops in combat will soon be heading to the paddocks of northern Australia.<p>Meat and …

Drones

OLPC’s $100 laptop was going to change the world — then it all went wrong

It was supposed to be the laptop that saved the world.<p>In late 2005, tech visionary and MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte pulled the cloth cover off a small green computer with a bright yellow crank. The device was the first working prototype for Negroponte’s new nonprofit One Laptop Per …

Laptops

The Myth Of The Innovation Lab

Innovation labs have become popular as a way for established corporates to manage innovation. A quick search of the term “innovation labs” on Google news reveals quite a large number of innovation labs being opened on a monthly basis. Companies like Huawei, Unilever and Cisco have all launched new …

Innovation

Hackers once stole a casino's high-roller database through a thermometer in the lobby fish tank

LONDON — Hackers are increasingly targeting "internet of things" devices to access corporate systems, using things like CCTV cameras or air-conditioning units, according to the CEO of a cybersecurity firm.<p>The internet of things refers to devices hooked up to the internet, and it has expanded to …

Internet of Things

Mozilla's first Internet Health Report makes for grim reading

The Internet has never been bigger. Lower costs of getting online, paired with near-ubiquitous cheap smartphones, has meant that more people are connected to the information superhighway than ever. But it’s not all good news.<p>According to Mozilla’s inaugural Internet Health Report, things aren’t …

Fake News

Video: Drones race at speeds of up to 150kmh at Eden Park

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie - robots flying around a stadium at speeds of up to 150km/h for human entertainment.But that's exactly …

Drones

Russian Trolls Increase '2,000' Percent After Syrian Attack, Says Pentagon

Kremlin-funded fake news artists have been an issue on Facebook and Twitter<p>The Russian trolls are racing out from under their digital bridges, the …

Social Media

How to save your privacy from the Internet’s clutches

Another week, another massive privacy scandal. When it’s not Facebook admitting it allowed data on as many as 87 million users to be sucked out by a developer on its platform who sold it to a political consultancy working for the Trump campaign, or dating app Grindr ‘fessing up to sharing its …

Privacy

Austin is piloting blockchain to improve homeless services

While the vagaries of the cryptocurrency markets are keeping crypto traders glued to their CoinDesk graphs, the real potential of blockchain is its capability to solve real human challenges in a decentralized, private, and secure way. Government officials have increasingly investigated how …

Blockchain

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

Someone Stole My Entire Book (and My Job) and Is Selling It On Amazon - ExtremeTech

By on April 13, 2018 at 12:38 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>My entire book was plagiarized on …

Selling

Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional testimony showed that a bedrock principle of online privacy is a complete and utter fraud

If Mark Zuckerberg's appearances before Congress this week did nothing else, they should have made absolutely clear to policymakers of all stripes that one of the bedrock assumptions long made in privacy law and contracts is a complete and utter fraud.<p>For years now, web services, app makers, and …

Privacy

Startup Spotlight: WeSolv connects Fortune 500 companies with a network of MBA students

WeSolv is putting a new spin on today’s recruiting market, bringing together MBA students — and potential future employees — with Fortune 500 …

Startups

Introducing the Convergence Ecosystem

By Lawrence Lundy-Bryan<p>Today we are introducing the Outlier Ventures vision of the future and our refined thesis: The Convergence Ecosystem.<p>The …

Blockchain

Can you outwit a hacker?

Sifting through your email messages to sort the legitimate from the malicious can require an overwhelming amount of time and energy. Busy IT departments may not have the scope and bandwidth to scrutinize a company’s entire email traffic. Yet, the infiltration of even one malicious email has the …

Cybersecurity

Google loses landmark 'right to be forgotten' case

Businessman wins legal action to force removal of search results about past conviction<p>A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions.<p>The ruling was made by Mr Justice …

Privacy

Nine Things To Keep In Mind About Blockchain In Real Estate

Blockchain is the next frontier of the real estate market, making inroads at a fast clip. The use of the technology will make it possible to have transparent transactions that sellers and buyers will benefit from. From real-time ledgers to full-on shared databases and processes, blockchain throws …

Real Estate