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McCain's latest surprise: regulate Facebook

Sen. John McCain knows his time in the public eye is short, so his big statements in recent weeks are especially resonant. Today, McCain will join …

John McCain

Practical Public Key Cryptography

Encryption is one of the pillars of modern-day communications. You have devices that use encryption all the time, even if you are not aware of it. …

Encryption

Franken meticulously dismantled Sessions’ shifting story on Russia. Then Sessions made things worse.

During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) detailed how Attorney General Jeff Sessions has moved …

Russia

Trump Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda

Daily Beast: “Some of the Trump campaign’s most prominent names and supporters, including Trump’s campaign manager, digital director and son, pushed …

Donald Trump

How The Battle Field For Top Talent Just Became Even More Fierce, Thanks to AI

While Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its applications are typically thought of as technology of the far-reaching future and that which could even replace human beings, there are uses of such tech development that are taking place right this very moment and in very practical ways. This is not …

Machine Learning

Uber drivers thought leasing cars would boost their credit scores. Wrong.

Like a lot of drivers, Anthony Plemonte turned to Uber’s Xchange Leasing program because his credit was bad.<p>Uber leased him a 2017 Honda Civic last October in Boston for $163 a week, plus a down payment of $250. The lease came with unlimited mileage and basic maintenance but didn’t include auto …

Uber

Google Is Trying to Remake the Modern City, Starting With Toronto

Google has built an online empire by measuring everything. Clicks. GPS coordinates. Visits. Traffic. The company's resource is bits of info on you, …

Cities

The internet is full of fake news, and there may not be a way to fix it

A new Pew Research study found that 51 percent of “tech experts” don’t think the problem will get better.<p>Fake news. The internet is full of it, and Facebook, for one, is making a big push to find it, flag it and make sure that people know what they’re reading.<p>But not everyone is convinced that …

Fake News

Canada is officially testing driverless cars on public streets

Oh Canada<p>Canada is celebrating a technological milestone after its first official self-driving car test on public roads last week. The street test …

Transportation

Why being human still matters in the world of cybersecurity

When the adversary is a wily and creative human, only man and machine working together can defeat them<p>Disciplines such as artificial intelligence and …

Cybersecurity

Say goodbye to privacy with this eerie facial recognition app

Facial recognition technology is now accessible to anyone, thanks to a new Russian app called FindFace. The mobile app allows cellphone users to …

Privacy

Grattan on Friday: The rift between Brandis and Dutton deepens as the behemoth of Home Affairs rises

Immigration minister Peter Dutton got a towelling from the Senate this week when he couldn’t reach a deal with the crossbench on his legislation to …

Surveillance

Trump Isn’t Hitler. But the Lying …

It is a commonly accepted rule among those who are in the business of argument, especially online, that he or she who invokes Adolf Hitler, either in oratory or essays, automatically forfeits the argument.<p>The reference is deemed far too extreme, too explosive, too far beyond rational correlation. …

Adolf Hitler

Canada's terror double standards

Why was Alexandre Bissonnette, who killed six Canadian Muslims in a Quebec Islamic Centre, not charged with terrorism?<p>Evening prayers had just ended when the killing began.<p>One worshipper, Azzeddine Soufiane, a perpetually cheerful 57-year-old father of three and halal grocer, tried, it is said, to …

Quebec City

Microsoft hits back at Google over approach to security patches

Microsoft’s Windows security team haven’t been happy with Google for the past year. While the pair are bitter rivals for a number of different reasons, Google disclosed a major Windows bug before Microsoft was ready to patch it last year. It irritated the company so much that Windows chief Terry …

Information Security

Google's Latest Self-Learning AI Is Like an "Alien Civilisation Inventing Its Own Mathematics"

Okay, that's pretty awesome.<p>An AI that vanquished humanity at perhaps the most complex traditional game on Earth was inconceivably smart. But not …

Artificial Intelligence

You Could Become an AI Master Before You Know It. Here’s How.

At first blush, Scot Barton might not seem like an AI pioneer. He isn’t building self-driving cars or teaching computers to thrash humans at computer …

Machine Learning

Anyone with £760 can use mobile adverts to track you

Advertising networks should do more vetting of the parties that want to buy adverts<p>Mobile advertising and the privacy concerns associated with it …

Advertising

'Big tech has been rattled. The conversation has changed'

When the author Franklin Foer first raised concerns about Silicon Valley’s power players, ‘people looked at me funny’. Now his work appears prophetic<p>Extract: why governments should protect our privacy from big tech<p>The admission by Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg was alarming.<p>“Things happened on our …

Journalism

Adobe rebuilds Lightroom from scratch

Adobe rolled out a rebranded Lightroom software Wednesday and photographers should rejoice because it will mean less time processing and organizing their images.<p>At the heart of the big update is an all-new Lightroom CC, a cloud-based app that will work more seamlessly to sync RAW images, edits and …

Adobe

Ray Kurzweil predicts the exact year singularity will occur

Renowned futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses the Singularity with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Singularity

Facebook’s General Counsel to Testify to Congress in Russia Probe

WASHINGTON — Facebook's general counsel, Colin Stretch, will testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees in open hearings Nov. 1 as part of the congressional investigation into Russia's use of technology to try to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, according to a source …

Government

Robots are taking our jobs and killing us, so the feds created a new center to study them

We must protect human workers from robots.<p>That's the assessment of the Centers for Disease Control which has finally created a new program to study …

Robots

Telegram CEO’s Court Appeal Tests Russia Eavesdropping Laws, Technical Acumen

Telegram founder Pavel Durov has announced plans to appeal a Moscow court’s decision Monday to fine the encrypted messaging service some $14,000 (800 …

Judiciary

EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc.<p>In an …

Encryption

Michael Flynn, Nicki Minaj shared content from this Tennessee GOP account. But it wasn’t real. It was Russian.

Russian operatives used a fake Twitter account that claimed to speak for Tennessee Republicans to persuade American politicians, celebrities and journalists to share select content with their own massive lists of followers, two people familiar with the matter said.<p>The list of prominent people who …

Social Media

Fake news ads are reportedly popping up on fact-checking websites

Fake news ads are reportedly popping up on fact-checking websites.<p>The New York Times reported that as recent as last week, these ads were found on sites like PolitiFact and Snopes.<p>The report said the ads took the reader to sites that looked like major media websites, like Vogue and People. The …

Journalism

American kids’ daily mobile screen time is almost 10 times higher than it was in 2011

More than 95% of US households own a smartphone. If that makes you shrug, this will not: daily mobile media usage among kids under eight is nearly 10 times higher than it was in 2011, according to Common Sense’s most recent kids’ media usage survey.<p>“There’s a been a seismic shift in kids’ media use …

Parenting

Regional Regulators in North America Are 'Closely Watching' ICOs

It's not just national-level securities legislators that are keeping a close eye on initial coin offerings (ICOs).<p>Late last month, the North American …

Bitcoin

Many security cameras vulnerable to hacking

Businesses and other services dependent upon security solutions have been urged to upgrade their security cameras due to risks that such cameras can …

Security