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China's state-owned Telecom company is now storing iCloud data

There are over 130 million iPhone users in China, and their data is now being stored by a Chinese government-run company.<p>China Telecom, a state-owned carrier in China, is now in control of storing Chinese users' iCloud data, it announced on Tuesday. It takes this duty from Guizhou-Cloud Big Data, …

China

Donald Trump’s Disastrous Trip to Europe

The meeting in Helsinki between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin wasn’t the only international summit that took place on Monday. In Beijing, Chinese leaders gathered with those from the European Union at a China-E.U. summit, where, according to a report in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, “China courted the …

Donald Trump

Venmo’s default settings expose ‘alarming’ personal data, shows analysis of 200M transactions

A security researcher who analyzed more than 200 million Venmo transactions said that she was able to learn ‘an alarming amount’ about the private lives of users thanks to a privacy weakness in the app.<p>Anyone can track a Venmo user’s purchase history and glean a detailed profile – including their …

Personal Data

Forget the sex, Google’s quest for AI is its main goal | Style Magazine | South China Morning Post

An upcoming book is getting some media attention for including an unflattering characterisation of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. But there’s a lot …

Artificial Intelligence

An insider’s look into the dark web

TechTarget<p>Follow:<p>Chester Wisniewski’s job at Sophos is unlike that of his colleagues in the cyber security company’s product teams. Instead of …

Cybersecurity

Using a virus to kill what antibiotics can’t

Long thought promising, viruses that target bacteria may be edging closer to use.<p>Due largely to overuse, we're at risk of seeing many of our …

Biology

The 21st Century Internet Act aims to enshrine net neutrality in law

Congress may soon vote on a new bill that would set net neutrality down as a matter of law rather than a set of rules to be changed every few years by the FCC. The “21st Century Internet Act,” introduced by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), would ban blocking, throttling, paid prioritization, and …

Net Neutrality

Hackers using brute-force attacks to infiltrate e-mail systems protected by MFA

Brute-force attacks launched by cyber-criminals can allow them to compromise corporate e-mail systems such as Office365.<p>Research carried out by …

Cybersecurity

Thousands of scientists pledge not to help build killer AI robots

For many researchers, giving machines the decision over who lives and dies crosses a moral line.<p>Thousands of scientists who specialise in artificial intelligence (AI) have declared that they will not participate in the development or manufacture of robots that can identify and attack people without …

Artificial Intelligence

A $225 GPS spoofer can send autonomous vehicles into oncoming traffic *

* Some restrictions apply.<p>Billions of people—and a growing number of autonomous vehicles—rely on mobile navigation services from Google, Uber, and …

Android Phones

Undercover footage exposes the seriously disturbing way Facebook moderates content

Facebook has come under fire after a UK documentary exposed some of the disturbing practices at a company responsible for moderating its …

Social Media

Facebook data gathered by Cambridge Analytica accessed from Russia, says MP

Facebook data gathered by Cambridge Analytica was accessed from Russia, an MP has said.<p>Damian Collins, who is leading a parliamentary inquiry into fake news, told CNN that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) had found evidence that files were accessed from Russia and other countries.<p><b>What</b> …

Cambridge Analytica

Evolutionary algorithm outperforms deep-learning machines at video games - MIT Technology Review

With all the excitement over neural networks and deep-learning techniques, it’s easy to imagine that the world of computer science consists of little …

Machine Learning

DeepMind, Skype, and Tesla founders pledge never to build killer robots

2,400 researchers and more than 100 tech organizations from around the world called for a global ban on lethal autonomous weapons, and pledged not to manufacture them, in a letter published by Stockholm’s Future of Life Institute.<p>We, the undersigned, call upon governments and government leaders to …

Artificial Intelligence

The European Union hits Google with a $5 billion fine

This is the second multibillion-dollar fine the EU has handed the company in just over a year.<p>The European Union hit Google with a $5 billion fine on Wednesday for breaking antitrust laws by pushing device makers using its Android operating system to bundle other Google services on its product. …

European Union

Noam Chomsky Defines The Real Responsibility of Intellectuals: “To Speak the Truth and to Expose Lies” (1967)

The novel medium of social media—and the novel use of Twitter as the official PR platform for public figures—allows not only for endless amounts of …

Noam Chomsky

Voting Machine Maker Suddenly Remembers It Did Connect Its Machines to the Internet

Voting machine manufacturer ES&S has denied that its systems were ever equipped with remote-access software when confronted by reporters. But after …

Security

Google fined £3.8bn by EU over Android antitrust violations

Google has been hit with a landmark €4.34bn (£3.8bn) fine by the European Union over “serious illegal behaviour” to secure the dominance of its search engine on mobile phones.<p>The European commission imposed the record penalty after finding that the US tech firm required smartphone manufacturers to …

Google Search

Stop calling it ‘meddling.’ It’s actually information warfare.

“And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for you meddling kids!” That’s the catchphrase that comes at the end of “Scooby-Doo” cartoons, always right at the moment when some monster turns out to just be a creepy old man in a mask. The zany adventures are over — until the next …

Russia

Facebook: Russian election meddling limited to 'a few thousand' of some 2 billion posts

Executives from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube told Congress Tuesday that while they had identified accounts and posts linked to Russian internet …

Social Media

Dark Money Groups Get A Little Darker, Thanks To IRS

As nonprofit advocacy groups plunge into a high-priced fight over confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, they will no longer have to identify their biggest donors to the Internal Revenue Service.<p>The IRS announced the rules change Monday evening. Earlier that day, Trump railed against …

Chamber of Commerce

Correction: EU-Trump-Putin-Man Removed story

HELSINKI (AP) — In a story July 17 about the writer who was forcibly removed from the room where the U.S. and Russian presidents were about to give a news conference, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Sam Husseini's explanation of the paper he held up at the time. Husseini told the AP he …

Donald Trump

The Big Tech Companies’ Hearing Before Congress Finally Got Interesting When They Were Asked About Other Countries Abusing Their Platforms

Executives from Facebook, Google, and Twitter testified before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in another tech company hearing that revealed …

Social Media

Google and Facebook could be caught in the US-China Trade War

Google Facebook Caught Trade War US-China – <b>Google and Facebook</b> could be caught in the US-China trade war – The trade wars of President Donald Trump …

Silicon Valley

RX-S602 - Overview - AV Receivers - Audio & Visual - Products - Yamaha - United States

RX-S602 <b>Slimline 5.1-Channel AV Receiver with MusicCast</b> New<p>Creatively Compact. This slimline 5.1-channel 4K AV receiver offers a wide array of …

Audiophile

Yamaha Creates A Brand New AV Receiver For Home Cinema Without The Bulk

Today Yamaha has announced a brand new, slim-line home cinema receiver aimed at people who don’t want the usual enormous home cinema receiver overwhelming their living room. The Yamaha RX-S602 Slimline AV receiver offers wireless surround capability and Alexa voice control.<p>At just under 4.5 inches …

Audiophile

Cyberattacks on Health-Care Providers Are Up in Recent Months

Health-care providers and government agencies across the U.S. have seen an increase in cybersecurity breaches in recent months, exposing sensitive …

Health Care

‘Morally repugnant’: Homeland Security advisory council members resign over immigration policies

Four members of a Homeland Security advisory council have resigned in protest over the Trump administration's immigration policies, citing the “morally repugnant” practice of separating immigrant families at the border.<p>Richard Danzig, former secretary of the Navy in the Clinton administration, and …

Immigration

Twitter says it doesn’t ‘have the bandwidth’ to fix verification right now

The company will return to the issue over the coming weeks and months<p>Twitter doesn’t presently “have the bandwidth” to overhaul its verification system, the company’s new head of product announced today. This comes despite Twitter’s continued acknowledgement that it must bring transparency and a …

Internet

Tech giants, civil liberties coalition urges Congress to pass email privacy law

Right now, the government can read your six-month-old emails without a warrant.<p>Over 50 civil liberties and tech groups have called on Congress to …

Privacy