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Jun 09 08:14

WORSE THAN FACEBOOK SCANDAL: ANYONE CAN GEOLOCATE ANYONE REALTIME

First we learned that our private location information could be easily retrieved by almost any police officer in America. Without a warrant. Supposedly with, but in actuality without, informed consent. With little to no oversight.

Then [we found out that]... your location information could be retrieved by absolutely anyone with your phone number...

Jun 08 15:21

Israeli Company Is Selling Autonomous Surveillance Systems to Governments Around the World

By Derrick Broze

An Israeli company has announced plans to launch new “autonomous” surveillance products which are specifically designed to monitor large metropolitan areas.

On Thursday, Israeli surveillance technology company Jenovice announced a slew of new surveillance products aimed at monitoring Wi-Fi enabled devices in order to gain intelligence on targets. The announcement was part of a presentation – “Tactical Wi-Fi Interception – Identify, Acquire, Intercept”..

Jun 08 13:47

Still Waiting for Evidence of a Russian Hack

If you are wondering why so little is heard these days of accusations that Russia hacked into the U.S. election in 2016, it could be because those charges could not withstand close scrutiny. It could also be because special counsel Robert Mueller appears to have never bothered to investigate what was once the central alleged crime in Russia-gate as no one associated with WikiLeaks has ever been questioned by his team.

Jun 08 12:10

Real-Time Drone Surveillance System Is Being Programmed To Detect Violence

By Nicholas West

Just a little over 10 years after drone surveillance inside U.S. borders was declared a conspiracy theory, it is now an indisputable fact of life.

This week, drone surveillance has taken a new step in its scope and is finally encountering widespread media exposure and a fair amount of pushback.

The “Eye in the Sky” system is being developed by Cambridge University...

Jun 08 09:30

How your stolen data ends up on the Dark Web marketplace

Terbium Labs chief research officer Munish Walther-Puri outlined the pathways that hacked data can travel, and who's involved in prevention efforts.

Jun 08 09:18

Microsoft sinks almost 1,000 servers to boost internet speeds

Microsoft has deployed a submarine-like data center off the coast of Orkney in Scotland, housing hundreds of servers under the sea with the aim of boosting internet speeds and improving environmental sustainability.

While the dangerous mix of electronics and water may set off instant alarm bells, Microsoft insists it is not a lethal combination and says that the marine industry has been keeping equipment dry in the ocean long before computers even existed.

The tech giant sunk a 40-foot vessel, which contains 12 racks of computers and 864 servers, off the coast of Orkney, a group of islands located off Scotland.

According to Microsoft, the underwater Northern Isles data center will be able to store and process data for up to five years without maintenance. The experiment is part of Project Natick, which has been studying the concept for a number of years.

Jun 08 09:16

8 Israelis arrested in Philippines for multi-million dollar online scam

The Cybercrime Unit of the Philippine Police has arrested eight Israelis who are suspected to have been behind a huge Bitcoin currency and online investments fraud scheme worth millions of dollars.

The Israelis were arrested on Wednesday in raids carried out by the local police at three offices in the city of Angeles.

Jun 08 08:56

Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit

Adobe has kicked out an out-of-band update for a security vulnerability in Flash – after learning the bug was being actively exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack PCs.

The Photoshop giant said today its Flash Player 30.0.0.113 update should be a top installation priority for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.

One of the vulnerabilities addressed in the patch, CVE-2018-5002, is a remote code execution flaw stemming from a buffer overflow bug. Computer security experts believe the flaw is being exploited right now by miscreants to commandeer victims' PCs.

Jun 08 08:36

Rep. Louie Gohmert slams DOJ handling of Imran Awan House cyberbreach

'We need someone assigned to the Awan case that will protect congress from further breaches and from the Awan crime family... for heavens sake, we need someone in the FBI to step up and do their job'

Jun 08 08:32

NTSB's Tesla fatal crash report: Autopilot sped up, no braking in final seconds

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary report of its investigation into the Tesla Model X crash in Autopilot that killed an Apple engineer.

The NTSB's preliminary findings of the investigation from which it excluded Tesla don't look good for Elon Musk's electric-vehicle company. However, the report also notes that key external factors may have contributed to the fatality.

The agency found no evidence that the vehicle's crash-avoidance systems kicked in before the horrific crash, which sheared off the front-end of the Model X and killed its 38-year-old driver, Apple engineer Wei 'Walter' Huang.

"At three seconds prior to the crash and up to the time of impact with the crash attenuator, the Tesla's speed increased from 62 to 70.8mph, with no precrash braking or evasive steering movement detected," the report notes.

Jun 08 08:04

Facebook Confirms It Partners with Anti-Conservative SPLC

A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the site partners with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to help police hate speech on its site. The spokesperson added that Facebook has its own definition of hate that differs from the SPLC’s.

Jun 08 07:47

Google Quits Drone Program; U.S. Navy Wants Drone Motherships With Help Of A.I.

By Aaron Kesel

The U.S. Navy and researchers from Florida Atlantic University are developing a boat for drones (aerial and sub) that can be launched from a mothership to protect U.S. coastal waters. Meanwhile, Google which was heavily invested in Project Maven, has announced its departure from its help with the controversial artificial intelligence program for use with analyzing drone footage eventually allowing the drones to self-learn...

Jun 08 06:35

Google says its A.I. won't be used for weapons, surveillance

Google said Thursday that it would not let its artificial intelligence (A.I.) tools be used for deadly weapons or surveillance.

The tech giant made the pronouncement while unveiling its new A.I. principles, while saying that it would continue to contract with the government and military.

“These are not theoretical concepts; they are concrete standards that will actively govern our research and product development and will impact our business decisions,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in a post.

“We recognize that such powerful technology raises equally powerful questions about its use. As a leader in AI, we feel a deep responsibility to get this right,” he continued.

The company outlined seven principles for how it uses A.I., including avoiding “creating or reinforcing unfair bias” and proceeding “where we believe that the overall likely benefits substantially exceed the foreseeable risks and downsides.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh, yes, we believe you; in looking at your algorithms and the way data just seems to go down a "rabbit hole" with Google, we can fully expect this company to just the converse of what it has stated it will not do.

Jun 08 05:53

HART: Homeland Security’s Massive New Database Will Include Face Recognition, DNA, and People’s “Non-Obvious Relationships”

By Jennifer Lynch

So why do we know so little about it?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly building what will likely become the largest database of biometric and biographic data on citizens and foreigners in the United States. The agency’s new Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) database will include multiple forms of biometrics—from face recognition to DNA, data from questionable sources, and highly personal data on innocent people. It will be shared with federal agencies outside of DHS as well as state and local law enforcement and foreign governments. And yet, we still know very little about it.

The records DHS plans to include in HART will chill and deter people from exercising their First Amendment protected rights to speak, assemble, and associate...

Jun 08 05:51

MILITARY SEEKS NEW TECH TO WEAPONIZE INFORMATION

Knowledge is power, and the Defense Department wants to ensure it can outpower any enemy in any domain. But first, it needs to know what is technically possible and how industry can support those efforts.

Information warfare—controlling the flow of information in and out of a battlespace to gain a tactical edge—is one of the oldest military tactics in existence. But with the rise of the internet and other advanced communications technologies, it is fast becoming a core tool in every military’s playbook.

In February 2017, Russian military leaders announced the existence of an information warfare branch, replete with troops trained in propaganda and other information operations. In the U.S., these duties are performed by troops in the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I wish this country's leadership was as eager to educate our kids intelligently; repair its broken infrastructure; and repair the areas of its broken economy (other than for the 1 percenters) as it is to wage endless wars, which show no sign of letting up.

Jun 07 15:59

Facebook Confirms It Partners with Anti-Conservative SPLC

A Facebook spokesperson has confirmed the site partners with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to help police hate speech on its site. The spokesperson added that Facebook has its own definition of hate that differs from the SPLC’s.

Jun 07 15:36

5G Cancer Causing Orwellian Nightmare

My talk with Mark Steele, technology officer, who explains the 5G wireless nightmare sweeping across the UK and the planet, forcing its way into every home and every street, literally enslaving humanity and microwaving peoples minds and bodies.

Jun 07 15:03

WhatsApp users warned NOT to click on free Alton Towers ticket offer, as theme park bosses reveal message is a hoax designed to steal users' personal details

A WhatsApp 'offer' touting five free passes to Alton Towers has been unmasked as a scam designed to steal chat app users' personal information.

The text claims it will give WhatsApp users free entry to the Staffordshire-based theme park after they share the message to 20 friends on the app.

This has caused the scam to quickly spread on WhatsApp.

Alton Towers has warned WhatsApp users not to forward the text message to friends on the app, or click on the link included in the malicious text.

Jun 07 15:02

Google bans the uses of its AI tech in weapons and 'unreasonable surveillance systems' - but says it will continue to work with the military on other projects

Google will not allow its artificial intelligence software to be used in weapons or 'unreasonable surveillance' efforts.

Following a major backlash from employees, the Alphabet unit has laid out new rules for its AI software.

The new restrictions could help Google management defuse months of protest by thousands of employees against the company's work with the U.S. military to identify objects in drone video.

Google will pursue other government contracts including around cybersecurity, military recruitment and search and rescue, Chief Executive Sundar Pichai said in a blog post Thursday.

Jun 07 15:00

Facebook admits bug set 14 MILLION users' sharing settings to public last month

Facebook has revealed a new bug that switched 14 million users' privacy settings to public without their knowledge.

The flaw only affected Facebook's system for 10 days in May, but Facebook says it still plans to notify users who were impacted by the bug.

It occurred when Facebook was testing a new feature and meant that it accidentally changed a user's privacy settings to public from whatever it was previously, making potentially sensitive status updates viewable from anywhere in the world.

Jun 07 14:17

Facebook Bug Turns 14 Million Posts From Private To Public

Facebook disclosed Thursday that as many as 14 million users who might have meant to post content privately were actually sharing it for anyone on the massive social media platform to see.

Jun 07 13:45

Europe To Fine Google Up To $11BN Over Abuse Of Market Dominance

It’s been less than two weeks since the European Union’s new GDRP data privacy rules took effect (forcing some US news sites to block European consumers outright) and already Brussels is preparing its next attack on US technology companies.

Jun 07 11:17

Connected Cars Can Lie, Posing a New Threat to Smart Cities

By Qi Alfred Chen, University of Michigan and Z. Morley Mao, University of Michigan

The day when cars can talk to each other – and to traffic lights, stop signs, guardrails and even pavement markings – is rapidly approaching. Driven by the promise of reducing traffic congestion and avoiding crashes, these systems are already rolling out on roads around the U.S.

So far they are relatively easy to trick...Just one car that’s transmitting fake data can cause enormous traffic jams, and several attack cars could work together to shut down whole areas...

Jun 07 10:57

Ransomware hits Atlanta police dashcam footage

Years of video evidence gathered by police has been lost thanks to a ransomware attack on Atlanta in the US.

Most of the lost evidence involves dashcam recordings, said Atlanta police chief Erika Shields in a local newspaper interview.

The footage was "lost and cannot be recovered", said Ms Shields.

About one-third of all software used by city agencies and departments is believed to have been affected by the attack, which took place in March.

Jun 07 10:56

Ship hack 'risks chaos in English Channel'

A commonly used ship-tracking technology can be hacked to spoof the size and location of boats in order to trigger other vessels' collision alarms, a researcher has discovered.

Ken Munro has suggested that the vulnerability could be exploited to block the English Channel.

Other experts suggest the consequences would be less serious.

But they have backed a call for ship owners to protect their vessels against the threat.

Jun 07 10:55

‘WORLD’S FIRST PSYCHOPATH AI’ BOT TRAINED BY VIEWING REDDIT

Scientists at MIT have revealed how they trained an artificial robot to become a “psychopath” by only showing it captions from disturbing images depicting gruesome deaths posted on Reddit.
The team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) named the world’s first psycho robot Norman, after the central character in Hitchcock’s 1960 movie ‘Psycho.’ As part of their experiment they only exposed Norman to a continuous stream of captions from violent images on an unnamed “infamous” subReddit page to see if it would alter the bot’s AI.

After the gruesome exposure, Norman was subjected to the Rorschach inkblot test - a psychological exam from 1921 which tests what subjects see when they look at nondescript inkblots. As part of the test the answers given by participants are then psychologically analyzed in order to measure potential thought disorders.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one thing I have been unable to find, regarding the creation of "Norman" by these MIT researchers is, who funded it. But a very interesting article at cnet.com, goes on to talk about why this was created.

MIT Researchers Use Reddit to Create the First Psychopath AI

It continues with the following statements: "The researchers didn't "create" Norman's "psychopathic" tendencies, they just helped the AI on its way by only allowing it to see a particular subset of image captions. The way Norman describes the Rorschach inkblots with simple statements does make it seem like it is posting on a subreddit.

But why even create a psychopath AI?

The research team aimed to highlight the dangers of feeding specific data into an algorithm and how that may bias or influence its behaviour.

That starts to make me wonder -- don't the MIT team at Boston Dynamics constantly push and poke and annoy their running, jumping and door-opening robot creations?

Are we doomed to be overrun by four-legged robo-hell-beasts? Let's hope not."

But I am going to make a prediction here; various governments around the world are going to be vying to replicate this technology, and soon. It's purpose?!? To create perfect killing machines to dispatch in their wars of conquest internationally.

And the first organization which I will be almost willing to bet will want to purchase, or if they cannot purchase, develop, such technology, will most likely be DARPA.

It is no secret that DARPA and MIT have had a long-standing relationship: I have to wonder just how soon DARPA will "borrow" the data, in order to do its own creation of its version of "Norman".

Jun 07 10:51

Cell Phone Companies Warning Shareholders – Not Customers – About Health Risks and Potential Lawsuits Based on Harm Caused by Cell Phone and WiFi Radiation Exposure.

By B.N. Frank

According to one recent article, Dr. Devra Davis, president of the Environmental Health Trust stated, “Financial threats from litigation are growing in step with scientific evidence linking phones to health damages.” ...

Jun 07 10:47

‘Catastrophic disaster’: Aircraft hack only matter of time, US agencies warn

It is “only a matter of time” until a commercial aircraft is hacked, the Department of Homeland Security and other US government agencies have warned. Most planes lack cybersecurity protections to prevent such a hack.

Jun 07 10:39

VPNFilter router malware is a lot worse than everyone thought

Asus, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE: these are the vendors newly-named by Cisco's Talos Intelligence as being exploited by the VPNFilter malware, and the software nasty has been spotted hitting endpoints behind vulnerable kit.

As well as the expanded list of impacted devices, Talos warned that VPNFilter now attacks endpoints behind the firewall, and sports a “poison pill” to brick an infected network device if necessary.

When first discovered, VPNFilter was spotted in half a million devices – but only SOHO devices from Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, TP-Link, and QNAP storage kit.

As well as the six new vendors added to the list, Talos said this week more devices from Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear, and TP-Link are affected. Talos noted that, to date, all the vulnerable units are consumer-grade or SOHO-grade.

Jun 07 10:36

1,300 customers of Brit bank TSB defrauded because of botched IT migration

TSB's boss Paul Pester admitted that 1,300 people have been defrauded as a result of the bank's botched IT upgrade in April, in a second hearing in front of MPs.

The Treasury Select Committee heard how some customers had tens-of-thousands of pounds drained from their accounts, while others had to wait up to nine hours on the phone to resolve issues.

Pester said the levels of fraudulent attacks increased 70 times, with scammers sending phishing calls, emails and texts purporting to be TSB and asking them to verify their bank details.

Financial Conduct Authority head Andrew Bailey, said there had been about 10,600 fraudulent attempts relating to the IT meltdown. TSB said it will compensate customers for any fraud they suffered.

Jun 07 10:32

It's not paranoia, your phone really IS listening to EVERYTHING you say and using your private conversations to target ads, security expert warns

These smartphone models are constantly listening out for the designated wake word or phrase, with everything else discarded.

However, one researcher claims that keywords and phrases picked-up by the gadget can be accessed by third-party apps, like Instagram and Twitter, when the right permissions are enabled.

This means when you chat about needing new jeans, or plans for a holiday in Senegal, apps can plaster your timeline with adverts for clothes and deals on flights.

Dr Peter Henway, a senior security consultant for cybersecurity firm Asterisk, told Vice: 'From time to time, snippets of audio do go back to [apps like Facebook's] servers but there's no official understanding what the triggers for that are.

'Whether it's timing or location-based or usage of certain functions, [apps] are certainly pulling those microphone permissions and using those periodically.

Jun 06 15:02

Update Google Chrome Immediately to Patch a High Severity Vulnerability

You must update your Google Chrome now.

Security researcher Micha? Bentkowski discovered and reported a high severity vulnerability in Google Chrome in late May, affecting the web browsing software for all major operating systems including Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Jun 06 10:07

Crappy IoT on the high seas: Holes punched in hull of maritime security

Years-old security issues mostly stamped out in enterprise technology remain in maritime environments, leaving ships vulnerable to hacking, tracking and worse.

A demo at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London by Ken Munro and Iian Lewis of Pen Test Partners (PTP) demonstrated multiple methods to interrupt the shipping industry. Weak default passwords, failure to apply software updates and a lack of encryption enable a variety of attacks.

Jun 06 06:55

Facebook gave access to personal data about its users to Huawei, a Chinese electronics firm flagged by US intelligence as a 'national security threat'

The social network acknowledged the handset makers — Huawei, Lenovo, Oppo and TCL — were among the 60 companies it had shared data with as early as 2007.

Huawei was singled-out by the FBI director earlier this year, who said he was 'deeply concerned' its handsets have the 'capacity to conduct undetected espionage' on behalf of the Chinese government.

Facebook allowed Huawei and other manufacturers access to user data to enable social media features, like Facebook Messenger, on their devices.

These Facebook 'experiences' were used as a stop-gap until the social network could build a designated mobile app for the manufacturers' operating system.

Facebook will now wind down its dealings with Huawei, the Californian company confirmed in a statement to The New York Times.

Jun 05 17:26

DNA testing service reveals 92mn user accounts have been breached

Genealogy and DNA testing service My Heritage has revealed that the details of more than 92 million user accounts have been compromised in a cybersecurity breach.

Emails and hashed passwords of users who registered for the service, up to and including October 26, 2017 - the date of the breach, were found on a private server, the company confirmed Monday.

Jun 05 15:21

The Government Might Take Back Control Of Internet Domain Names

The US government has formally asked whether it should reassert its control of the internet's administrative functions, effectively reversing a handover to non-profit organization ICANN two years ago.

Jun 05 12:07

More Evidence of Political Coverup in Dem IT Security Scandal

More evidence has surfaced about the disturbing political coverup of grave national security violations committed by the Pakistani who ran House Democrats’ information technology. His name is Imran Awan and last year he was arrested on bank-fraud charges at Dulles International Airport in Washington D.C. while trying to flee to his native Pakistan. Even after getting fired by some members of Congress for stealing computers and data systems, Florida’s Debbie Wasserman Schultz, then Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair, kept him and let him have access to her emails and files as well as the password to the electronic device she used for DNC business. At one point, Awan had access to the computers of dozens of members of Congress, including those on the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees. Judicial Watch has launched an investigation and is pursuing public records.

Jun 05 12:02

Edward Snowden: 'The People Are Still Powerless, But Now They're Aware'

Snowden has no regrets five years on from leaking the biggest cache of top-secret documents in history. He is wanted by the U.S. He is in exile in Russia. But he is satisfied with the way his revelations of mass surveillance have rocked governments, intelligence agencies and major internet companies.

Jun 05 11:50

Apple CEO Takes Swipes At Facebook Over Data Collection (Just Don't Mention Modern Day Slavery)

Apple CEO Tim Cook took multiple swipes at Facebook on Monday over apparent differences in company practices, as the head of the smartphone manufacturing giant seems committed in trying to keep the negative attention on its Silicon Valley rival.

Jun 05 11:36

The EU is About to Destroy The Internet

Jun 05 11:11

Google Bribes Newspaper To Print Fake News

The London Evening Standard has found itself surrounded by controversy after it was revealed that the paper sold “favorable news coverage” to six major companies, including Uber and Google, in exchange for £3 million, or just over 4 million U.S. dollars.

Jun 05 08:35

Conservatives Fight Back Against Scandalous Facebook And Twitter Censorship

The chair of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, took to Fox News to explain that conservatives aren’t content any longer to sit back and take the censorship of political thought and speech from the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 05 06:41

5G Mini Cell Towers – ‘Junk Yards On A Pole’ – Will Affect Your Lifestyle More Than You Know

How would you like this ‘mini’ cell tower parked outside your front door or your bedroom window or on a pole in your backyard? And you cannot have it removed, thanks to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission!

Jun 04 19:20

Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

Philips' Hue smart-home lighting has had an embarrassing outage with its API going offline for four hours on Thursday, preventing customers from accessing the system remotely.

On the same day that the company launched its new service – where its lights will respond automatically to streaming music and games – the system died for anyone trying to activate the hardware while outside their house, or using voice control. In-home control was unaffected.

The loss of remote control mirrors a similar outage with Nest earlier this month where customers were unable to use the Nest app remotely to unlock doors or turn off/on its security alarm.

Jun 04 19:12

US Navy reveals plans for autonomous 'robot battleships' that can launch killer drones into the air and sea

The US Navy and researchers from Florida Atlantic University have revealed plans to develop autonomous robotic 'drone battleships' that can launch underwater and aerial attacks in order to protect US coasts.

Last month, FAU was awarded $1.25 million by US Navy for research for unmanned marine vehicle platforms.

Jun 04 19:04

Apple jams Facebook's web-tracking tools

Apple will attempt to frustrate tools used by Facebook to automatically track web users, within the next version of its iOS and Mac operating systems.

"We're shutting that down," declared Apple's software chief Craig Federighi, at the firm's developers conference.

He added that the web browser Safari would ask owners' permission before allowing the social network to monitor their activity.

The move is likely to add to tensions between the two companies.

Jun 04 09:59

Steam SHOCK: Hackers could have taken control of YOUR PC thanks to this vulnerability

Steam fans are being warned about a vulnerability that experts say has existed for 10 years.

Cyber security experts have put Steam users on alert about the remote code execution vulnerability.

Context Information Security said this backdoor affected all 15 million active Steam clients.

In a blog post online, the cyber security firm said the vulnerability allowed hackers to carry out remote code execution attacks.

Leveraging this, it was possible for hackers to control a victim’s machine.

Jun 04 09:49

IF YOU OWN A PHONE THIS MEANS YOU: AND IT IS SO VERY MUCH WORSE THAN THE FACEBOOK SCANDAL

I am publishing below an excerpt (called the 'main point') from my post with exhaustive links called YOUR PRIVATE LIFE JUST SUDDENLY EXPLODED. The rest of the post and a complete bibliography of links is at the source.

YOUR PRIVATE LIFE JUST SUDDENLY EXPLODED.

Evidence surfaced recently -- proof -- that each of us, that every one of us with a cellphone, might as well have a corresponding dot moving and blinking in real time, geolocated on a map somewhere. Did I say might as well? I mean does. (Yes that map is real.)

Find links below.

Let that sink in. THAT GIANT MAP IS REAL. It is a map of all connected devices. If you have a phone, or laptop, or tablet, or router for that matter, you are on it. I mean that absolutely literally.

If you own a cell phone, this means you.

[snip]

First we learned that our private location information may be, and is, easily retrieved, without a warrant, or our informed consent, and with little to no oversight, at the will, or even whim of almost any police officer in America...

Then, we learned that, until recently, your location information could be retrieved by absolutely anyone with your phone number.


I repeat, up until may 17th, 2018, it was trivially easy for absolutely anyone to locate absolutely anyone else's phone WITH ONLY THE NUMBER…

… and it very probably still isn't that hard.

Jun 04 09:34

Why Microsoft is buying GitHub: It's all about developer relationships

Microsoft's move to acquire GitHub isn't all that surprising given that the company is a top contributor and has worked well with developers in recent years. Now can it keep GitHub the Switzerland of code?

Jun 04 09:33

REVEALED: Facebook let SIXTY companies, including Apple and Amazon, have 'deep access personal data about users and their friends - and the controversial deals are STILL in place'

Facebook gave at least 60 device makers broad access to its users' information, potentially in conflict with what the company told Congress, a new report has revealed.

Many of the partnerships, with companies such as Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung, remain in effect even after Facebook began to quietly unwind them in April, according to a lengthy report in the New York Times.

Under some of the agreements, device makers could access the data of users' friends, even if they believed that they had barred sharing, the Times reported citing company officials. The latest revelation affects every Facebook user worldwide.

Jun 04 07:26

Too Much Bad News Can Make You Sick, Say Researchers

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) – With every news alert or breaking story, our world seems to be pushed further and further into crisis. It is taking a serious toll on our environment but also on our mental health.

The world has always been stressful, but experiencing acute events occurring thousands of miles away is a new and challenging phenomenon. On any given day, it feels like the world is falling apart.

How can we brace for disaster and find the strength to withstand it? How will we adapt to our greater exposure to trauma? And will our mental health be sacrificed in the process?

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