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Apple to Close iPhone Security Hole That Police Use to Crack Devices

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has long positioned the iPhone as a secure device that only its owner can open. That has led to battles with law enforcement officials who want to get information off them, including a well-publicized showdown with the F.B.I. in 2016 after Apple refused to help open the locked …

Privacy

Union Song - Tom Morello: the Nightwatchman

Laser-Powered Robot Insect Achieves Lift Off

Everything is better with lasers, especially tiny robot insects Photo: University of WashingtonFor robots of all sizes, power is a fundamental …

Clean Energy

Full text: Trump’s letter canceling North Korea summit

May 24, 2018<br>His Excellency<br>Kim Jong Un<br>Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea<br>Pyongyang<p>Dear Mr. Chairman:<p>We greatly appreciate your time, patience, and effort with respect to our recent negotiations and discussions relative to a summit long sought by both …

North Korea

Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

WASHINGTON — Three months before the 2016 election, a small group gathered at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son. One was an Israeli specialist in social media manipulation. Another was an emissary for two wealthy Arab princes. The third was a Republican donor …

Donald Trump

Website flaw exposed real-time location for millions of cell phones, experts say

Cybersecurity experts say arecently discovered website flaw could have allowed virtually anyone to access real-time location data for millions of Americans' cell phones.<p>The vulnerability was found in a website run by LocationSmart, a company that aggregates cellular location data so it can be used …

Security

ABC News – Breaking News, Latest News, Headlines & Videos

Interest Successfully Added We'll notify you here with news about <br>AlertTag Turn on desktop notifications for breaking stories about interest?<p>Off …

Google employees reportedly quit over military drone AI project

Around a dozen Google employees have quit over the company's involvement in an artificial intelligence drone program for the Pentagon called Project Maven, <i>Gizmodo</i> reported today. Meanwhile, nearly 4,000 workers have now demanded an end to the company's participation in Maven in a petition that also …

Elon Musk says first Boring Company tunnel in LA near completion

The billionaire entrepreneur hates LA traffic so much he's cutting his own path.<p>Elon Musk said Thursday that the first tunnel under Los Angeles dug by his Boring Company is almost complete.<p>Musk, the brains behind SpaceX and Tesla, created the company to drill holes beneath Los Angeles to provide …

Elon Musk

Net neutrality dies on June 11th

Net neutrality is done for in the US as of early next month.<p>The Federal Communication Commission’s rules protecting consumers from discriminatory behavior by ISPs are officially scheduled to come off the books on June 11th. The final portion of the order revoking the rules is scheduled to be …

Michelle Wolf Mocks Kellyanne Conway, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Their Faces at WHCD

Trump was too ‘cowardly’ to show up, so Michelle Wolf brutally mocked his female cabinet members who were in the room instead.<p>Michelle Wolf was …

MMA Fighter With Links To Trump, Cohen Is Questioned By FBI

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — A Russian mixed martial arts fighter who has connections with President Donald Trump, the president’s personal attorney Michael …

T-Mobile, Sprint to merge in new test for corporate mega-deals under Trump

T-Mobile and Sprint announced a deal to merge their two companies Sunday, setting up another test of the Trump administration’s approach to corporate mega-deals.<p>The agreement to combine the nation's third- and fourth-largest wireless carriers comes after several false starts over the years, …

Bill Cosby Found Guilty Of All Charges In Sexual Assault Retrial

<b>Updated at 5:34 p.m. ET</b><p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>This story contains a graphic description of sexual assault.</i><p>A Pennsylvania jury has found Bill Cosby guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, setting up the comic legend for the possibility of years of imprisonment for drugging and sexually …

Justice

These Ex-Spies Are Harvesting Facebook Photos For A Massive Facial Recognition Database

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica revelations, he tried to describe the difference between “surveillance and what we do.” “The difference is extremely clear,” a nervous-looking Zuckerberg said. “On …

Surveillance

FBI raids home, offices of Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen

FBI agents raided the New York home and offices of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen on Monday following a referral …

Facebook confirms it spies on your Messenger conversations

Facebook revealed this week that it’s scanning users’ Messenger conversations – including text chats, pictures, and links – in an effort to ensure that people play by its rules.<p>CEO Mark Zuckerberg first spilled the beans in an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein, in which he brought up an incident …

We work for Google. Our employer shouldn't be in the business of war

Dear Sundar,<p>We believe that Google should not be in the business of war. Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled and that Google draft, publicize and enforce a clear policy stating that neither Google nor its contractors will ever build warfare technology.<p>Google is implementing Project …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Ex-Google Executive Opens a School for AI, With China's Help

When China’s government said last summer it intends to surpass the US and lead the world in artificial intelligence by 2030, skeptics pointed to a …

Facebook: ‘Malicious actors’ used its tools to discover identities and collect data on a massive global scale

Facebook said Wednesday that “malicious actors” took advantage of search tools on its platform, making it possible for them to discover the identities and collect information on most of its 2 billion users worldwide.<p>The revelation came amid rising acknowledgement by Facebook about its struggles to …

Privacy

Facebook Admits It May Collect Data About Your Calls and Text Messages. Here’s How to Turn It Off

Just as Facebook has been trying to overcome a user data scandal involving the U.K. political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, the world’s …

Elon Musk pulls Tesla and SpaceX pages after #DeleteFacebook challenge

Elon Musk isn't known for kidding around, and he just made that clear in his response to Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal... more or less, at least. The entrepreneur has hidden the official Facebook accounts for Tesla and SpaceX in response to at least one tweet challenging him to scrub them. …

YouTube's Conspiracy Theory Problem Is Its Own, Not Wikipedia's

After a video named “DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR” secured the top Trending slot on YouTube, the platform’s underbelly of conspiracy theory channels began stepping into the sun. The video was a reupload of student gun-reform activist David Hogg speaking with CBS last year about being intimidated by a …

Internet

Hackers can use Cortana to open websites on Windows 10 even if your PC is locked

A pair of independent researchers yesterday uncovered a particularly worrisome security vulnerability in Microsoft’s Windows 10. If your PC’s OS was installed with default settings this could affect you.<p>The simple “hack” involves activating Cortana via voice command to open websites on a PC that’s …

Windows 10

MI5 agents can commit crime in UK, government reveals

MI5 agents are allowed to carry out criminal activity in the UK, the government has acknowledged for the first time.<p>The prime minister was on Thursday forced to publish the text of a direction to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office, the spying watchdog, on governing “security service …

Surveillance

Fact-checking the Tor Project's government ties

The initial evidence that I had gathered in my reporting left little room for doubt about Tor's true nature as foreign policy weapon of the U.S. …

Privacy

FBI Establishes Task Force to Target Alternative Media.

The FBI has thrown its weight behind the campaign to discredit alternative media as peddlers of Russian influence and disinformation.<p>Last month, the …

Social Media

The Feds Can Now (Probably) Unlock Every iPhone Model In Existence -- UPDATED

In what appears to be a major breakthrough for law enforcement, and a possible privacy problem for Apple customers, a major U.S. government contractor claims to have found a way to unlock pretty much every iPhone on the market.<p>Cellebrite, a Petah Tikva, Israel-based vendor that’s become the U.S. …

Privacy

Complicit Western Media Primps for Its China Witch Hunt Close-up

It’s Chinese New Year and time for our special entertainment edition of China Watch. We document the atrocities at the CCTV New Year’s Gala! Racism! …

Korean War

Brendan Fraser opens up about the 2003 incident he believes derailed his career

<b>UPDATE:</b> <i>Feb. 23, 2018</i> The HFPA has issued an official statement in response to Fraser's account, writing, "This report includes alleged information …

Golden Globes