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Oct 25 11:46

Has someone contacted you saying they’ve got webcam video of you? Don’t pay them.

Add another one to the list of scams soldiers should be looking out for. Apparently now internet grifters are pretending to have hacked your computer’s camera and taken videos of you or your family, and they’re threatening to release them unless you pay up.

Army Criminal Investigation Command is warning soldiers and families to beware of this “hijacked webcam” scam, according to a Thursday release from the Army.

“This is a scam. Do not send any payment to the blackmailer even if you receive an email specifically addressed to you,” CID Special Agent Daniel Andrews, with the Computer Crime Investigative Unit, said in the release. “Sometimes the email includes one or more of your real usernames and seems to directly target you.”

Oct 25 11:09

Technology giants are 'weaponizing deeply personal information against us with military efficiency', Apple chief Tim Cook warns as he calls for tough privacy laws in US and Europe

The head of Apple on Wednesday endorsed tough privacy laws for both Europe and the U.S. and renewed the technology giant's commitment to protecting personal data, which he warned was being 'weaponized' against users.

Speaking at an international conference on data privacy, Apple CEO Tim Cook applauded European Union authorities for bringing in a strict new data privacy law this year and said the iPhone maker fully supports a U.S. federal privacy law.

Cook's remarks, along with comments due later from Google and Facebook top bosses, in the European Union's home base in Brussels, underscore how the U.S. tech giants are jostling to curry favor in the region as regulators tighten their scrutiny.

'We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance,' Cook said. 'And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them.'

Oct 25 11:06

San Francisco’s New App ‘SnapCrap’ Lets Users Report Public Feces

The city of San Francisco now has a new app that allows users to report poop in public places. The city, under complete totalitarian leftist control, has a large homeless population thanks to unaffordable housing and the high costs of living in the city.

Created by a tech-savvy resident, the SnapCrap app allows users to take photos of errant public human feces and send those photos to city management using the city’s 311 information hotline, which serves as San Francisco’s official “poop-reporting” phone number. According to the Daily Wire, Sean Miller, the app’s creator, told NBC‘s local affiliate that he was “inspired” to launch the poop-reporting system after moving to San Francisco and finding himself forced to step over human waste lying in the middle of city sidewalks, a phenomenon he hadn’t experienced in his home state of Vermont.

Oct 25 10:16

TIM COOK: PERSONAL DATA COLLECTION IS BEING 'WEAPONIZED AGAINST US WITH MILITARY EFFICIENCY'

Apple CEO Tim Cook blasted Silicon Valley tech companies and their abuse of user privacy in a keynote address at a privacy conference in Brussels Wednesday, saying personal information is being "weaponized against us with military efficiency."

"Every day, billions of dollars change hands, and countless decisions are made, on the basis of our likes and dislikes, our friends and families, our relationships and conversations. Our wishes and fears, our hopes and dreams," Cook said. "These scraps of data, each one harmless enough on its own, are carefully assembled, synthesized, traded, and sold."

"Your profile is then run through algorithms that can serve up increasingly extreme content, pounding our harmless preferences into hardened convictions," Cook said.

Apple and its chief executive have long touted personal privacy, distancing themselves from recent, growing scandals among tech companies — but the comments from Cook are some of the strongest to date.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have 6 words on this; never use Facebook or Google again.

Oct 25 09:50

APPLE REPORTEDLY BLOCKED POLICE IPHONE HACKING TOOL AND NOBODY KNOWS HOW

Apple’s latest iteration of iOS has reportedly turned the GrayKey hacking device into an expensive doorstop. Law enforcement around the world has taken to using GrayKey to break into locked iPhones but it appears Apple has finally gotten ahead of the device’s crafty manufacturers. For now.

It’s still unclear what exact change could have been made to shut GrayKey out. Previous reporting has told us that the tool uses a workaround to brute force its way in by guessing a users’ password until it gets it right. Apple has protections in place to stop that kind of tactic and GrayShift’s methods are a closely held secret. Not much is known about the company. In March, Forbes reported that GrayShift counts at least one ex-Apple security engineer as part of its team. You can’t even view its website without a login given to members of law enforcement, though there have been indications that it works with private entities in some capacity as well.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just what Apple sacrificed in terms of other "back doors" in smart phones, now demanded of them by police and federal agencies.

Oct 25 09:30

Data-sharing by free apps is ‘out of control’ with almost 90% of free apps on Google Play sharing your details with companies, Oxford University study finds

The harvesting and sharing of data by mobile phone apps is out of control, researchers have warned.

They found that almost 90 per cent of free apps on the Google Play store shared data with Google parent company Alphabet.

More than 40 per cent could transfer information about users to businesses ultimately owned by Facebook.

Oct 25 08:06

Thousands Are VOLUNTEERING to Be MICROCHIPPED

Thousands of people are volunteering to be microchipped in Sweden "for convenience." Can the rest of the world be far behind?

Oct 24 12:08

‘JUST THE BEGINNING’: TOP NEOCON INSIDER CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR FACEBOOK PURGE, SAYS MORE TO COME

Purge of alt-media by FB is ‘us pushing back, just a beginning’ – censorship insider.

An employee of a leading Washington DC think tank has reportedly taken credit for the resent purge of alternative media by Facebook and Twitter, claiming it to be necessary to fight against ‘fake news’ from Russia and China.
In the latest act of apparent censorship of political speech online, US-based tech giants this month shut down hundreds of user accounts. Some belonged to well-established alternative media outlets with hundreds of thousands of followers, like The Free Thought Project or The Anti Media. A senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, a leading think tank advocating US global supremacy, seems to have at least partially taken credit for this.

“Russia, China, and other foreign states take advantage of our open political system,” Jamie Fly said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder, just how much of Jamie Fly's portfolio is focused on defense stocks; I would be willing to think, quite a bit. So in this next global war, he is probably going to make quite a killing, literally and figuratively.

Folks, this is NOT about "Russia and China"; it is those in the very bowels of power in DC, who do not want you to know any reality, other than the codswallop they push down your throat, and expect you to swallow, whole.

It is their narrative they want listened to and followed, as an agenda which demands specific action; this is the reason they are attempting to sensor the Net, because when the next Big War comes, they are going to want you to just sleepwalk into it, with no complaints, and will, again come for your sons, but this time will come for your daughters, after a new military draft is installed.

Folks, we are already in the final phases of a new world war, with Iran, Russia, and China being demonized as the reason the war had to happen. But those at the top of the food chain understand that without a new war, the economy in this country will collapse like a deck of cards, under the weight of Washington's gross negligence, mismanagement, and corruption.

Use other alternative media, like the ones Daisy Luther suggested, and talk to your friends and your family. That unholy triumverate of Facebook, Twitter, and Google need to be put into the fiscal hell of not being used, period, end of discussion.

Oct 24 10:51

Cryptocurrency giants Coinbase and Circle form joint venture to boost adoption of dollar-backed digital coins

Two of the largest cryptocurrency companies, Coinbase and Circle, are joining forces to establish more ground rules in the quickly evolving asset class.

The start-ups announced a joint-venture known as the "CENTRE Consortium" on Tuesday, which they say aims at speeding up adoption of cryptocurrencies backed by actual government currencies like the U.S. dollar.

"Coinbase and Circle share a common vision of an open global financial system built on crypto rails and blockchain infrastructure, and realizing this vision requires industry leaders to collaborate to build interoperable protocols and standards," Circle co-founders Jeremy Allaire and Sean Neville said in a news release Tuesday.

Oct 24 10:37

YAHOO TO PAY $50M AND GIVE FREE CREDIT MONITORING TO VICTIMS OF 2016 HACK

Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million US in damages and provide two years of free credit-monitoring services to 200 million people whose email addresses and other personal information were stolen as part of the biggest security breach in history.

The restitution hinges on federal court approval of a settlement filed late Monday in a two-year-old lawsuit seeking to hold Yahoo accountable for digital burglaries that occurred in 2013 and 2014, but weren't disclosed until 2016.

It adds to the financial fallout from a security lapse that provided a mortifying end to Yahoo's existence as an independent company and former CEO Marissa Mayer's six-year reign.

Yahoo revealed the problem after it had already negotiated a $4.83-billion deal to sell its digital services to Verizon Communications. It then had to discount that price by $350 million to reflect its tarnished brand and the spectre of other potential costs stemming from the breach.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ugly stuff, and may well have created economic havoc for those whose information got stolen.

Oct 24 10:34

"COLONIZING EXPERIMENT IN SURVEILLANCE CAPITALISM": PRIVACY EXPERT RESIGNS FROM GOOGLE-BACKED SMART CITY PROJECT OVER SURVEILLANCE CONCERNS

A privacy expert tasked with protecting personal data within a Google-backed smart city project has resigned as her pro-privacy guidelines would largely be ignored by participants.
“I imagined us creating a Smart City of Privacy, as opposed to a Smart City of Surveillance,” Ann Cavoukian, the former privacy commissioner of Ontario, wrote in a resignation letter to Google sister company Sidewalk Labs.

“I felt I had no choice because I had been told by Sidewalk Labs that all of the data collected will be de-identified at source,” she added.

Cavoukian was an acting consultant involved in the plan by Canada’s Waterfront Toronto to develop a smart city neighborhood in the city’s Quayside development. She had created an initiative called Privacy by Design that aimed to ensure citizens’ personal data would be protected.

Once it became apparent that citizen privacy could not be guaranteed, Cavoukian decided it was time to leave the project:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I consider Ms. Cavoukian a very brave woman, to have walked away due to principals of conscience; she knows that walking away from a Google-related company could be hazardous to her professional health, and that there might be hell to pay in her next job search, but she went public with her concerns anyway.

Bravo, Ms. Cavoukian, well done!!

Oct 24 10:26

THE NEW SOCIAL MEDIA: ALTERNATIVES TO FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, TWITTER, AND OTHER BIG TECH PLATFORMS

HERE ARE SOME SOCIAL MEDIA ALTERNATIVES TO CHECK OUT.

Before we get into the alternatives, please understand that all of them will start small. None of them will be able to take on Big Tech without a lot of help and support. We’ve gotten used to free social media because the companies with whom we’ve dealt have virtually raped us, reading our so-called “private” messages, and pillaging our date to sell to the highest bidders. So really, it isn’t that free after all.

You probably won’t find your parents, your best friend from kindergarten, and your Aunt Suzie on these platforms – not yet, anyway. But what you WILL be able to do is speak without fear of censorship. You’ll be able to find your favorite alternative media sources there and find answers that simply aren’t supported by the mainstream.

The only way to change this dystopian atmosphere is to actually make changes ourselves. Go where the freedom is!

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Daisy Luther is a prepper for whom Mike and I have the highest respect.

Please check these alternatives out, and see for yourself!!

Oct 24 09:47

Is Google News costing YOU a fortune? The Android app uses several gigabytes of data when running in the background - and users are completely unaware

While Google try to reconfigure the app to avoid the issue, users can protect their dat by turning off background data usage.

This feature is located under Settings and Connections and will stop all use of mobile data when an app is not in use.

Alternatively, deleting the app from the phone completely is a drastic solution to the persistent problem.

Oct 24 08:01

It's time for Microsoft to bring Windows 10 Mobile back from the dead

Nostalgia is a powerful thing. It has been the primary driving force behind all the major film and television releases in the last 10 years, such as with the Marvel and Star Wars film franchises.

ZDNet's parent company, CBS, is no exception. It's been making quite a go of it -- taking advantage of that nostalgia trend by re-casting familiar iconic characters on Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All-Access. In CBS prime time, the revival of Hawaii Five-O is renewed for its 9th season. And now, so has Magnum, P.I., as if it was back from the dead, sans Tom Selleck's mustache.

A BOUT OF NOSTALGIA
A fondness for reviving old brands is happening with tech as well. Palm seems to think that people have the same attachment to tech legacies as we do stuff like Luke Skywalker and Mister Spock. But I digress.

Oct 23 20:33

1984: Twitter Removing Accounts That Tweet Infowars Material

By Aaron Kesel

Twitter confirmed a CNN report stating the permanent suspension of 18 accounts, in part due to attempts to aid Infowars, as well as Jones circumventing the ban put in place...

Oct 23 15:47

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki warns the EU 'meme ban' threatens the open internet as we know it

Article 11 and 13 of the Copyright Directive were approved in June by officials in Brussels in an attempt to change online copyright law.

The regulations may have dire implications for meme-lovers as well as YouTube users as websites will now be obligated to screen user-generated content, including text, audio, photos and video to protect copyrighted works.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki focused on Article 13 in a recent blog post and said: '[Article 13] threatens to shut down the ability of millions of people — from creators like you to everyday users — to upload content to platforms like YouTube.'

She added that 'hundreds of thousands of jobs' will be at-risk following the implementation of Article 13.

Oct 23 11:58

Google does not fall under news aggregators bill, says regulatorMore:http://tass.com/economy/1027256

Google is not covered by the draft law intending to limit foreign participation in news aggregators, Deputy Head of the Russian telecom regulator Roskomnadzor Vadim Subbotin told TASS on Monday.

"Traffic at the time of considering the issue regarding its inclusion into the register of news aggregators was insufficient," Subbotin said. "It is not included into the register of news aggregators now," he noted.

Google "is not covered" at present by the submitted draft law in case it is approved, Subbotin added.

Authors of the draft law say in the explanatory note that "restrictions are offered for the purpose of preventing the threat to public order in Russia and creating thereby comfortable conditions for development of the civil society." Provisions of the bill stipulate a six-month term to bring constituent documents of companies in compliance with new rules.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder just how Google's Russian attorneys got around this one.

Oct 23 10:10

Countless Studies Show 5G Frequencies Cause Harm but the National Rollout is Here

5G wireless service has just been launched by Verizon in the first 4 cities on the planet: Sacramento, California, Houston, Texas, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Los Angeles, California. Verizon launched it on October 1, offering free 5G to users for three months.

Oct 23 09:08

China’s Internet Gatekeeper Pleads Guilty to Bribery

Lu Wei, once the gatekeeper of the internet for the entire population of China, pleaded guilty on Friday to abuse of power and accepting what amounted to US$4.6 million in bribes over the span of his 15-year career.

Lu Wei also made a final statement to the court, and admitted guilt and expressed regret,” Xinhua said.

Wei became the head of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), in 2014, after a career in which he rose to become the director of the state news agency Xinhua, then worked at the Beijing municipal party committee, and the party’s Central Publicity Committee.

As head of the CAC, Wei controlled China’s notorious regime of internet censorship—which included blocking access to Facebook, Google, and Twitter, and introducing criminal charges against citizens who posted banned content.

Oct 23 08:23

The apps that can track you even after you've uninstalled them

If you thought deleting an app meant that was the last you'd ever see of it, think again.

Developers have figured out a way to determine which users have deleted an app and swiftly serve them up a bevvy of ads in a bid to get them to return.

A variety of firms have signed up as customers of these app tracking companies, which include Adjust, AppsFlyer, MoEngage, Localytics and CleverTap, among others, according to Bloomberg.

Oct 23 08:17

Thousands of Swedes are getting microchip IDs inserted into their hands to swipe into homes, offices, concerts and even to access social media

More than 4,000 Swedes are being implanted with a microchip that contains details about their identity.

Oct 23 06:55

REAL.video announces new name: Brighteon.com

Our legal counsel urged us to switch to a new, unique name, warning that if we didn’t, we could easily spend $500K in legal bills over the next five years attempting to defend the Real.video name. We checked with several trademark and intellectual property attorneys, and they all agreed with the assessment.

Switching to a completely new name now allows us to spend our resources on new features rather than fighting legal battles involving trademarks. This is why we made the decision: So that we can focus on building new features and growing Brighteon.com into an increasingly popular pro-liberty online video community.

Oct 23 03:31

The NEW Social Media: Alternatives to Facebook, YouTube,Twitter, and Other Big Tech Platforms

If you are looking for a social media outlet that is less censored and manipulated, check out some of the alternatives to Big Tech.

Oct 22 09:07

NYPD suspends body cameras for cops after device explodes

The New York Police Department has suspended the use of almost 3,000 body cameras after one exploded, leaving some of the city’s police force unrecorded for the foreseeable future. According to studies, not much will change.
An NYPD officer noticed smoke rising from his camera on Saturday, and took it off before it exploded. Nobody was injured in the incident, but the department instructed all officers equipped with Vievu LE-5 body cameras to return them to their precincts.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our officers, and equipping the NYPD with the best equipment is a paramount priority,” read a statement from the NYPD. The department believes that a battery malfunction caused the device to explode.

Oct 22 08:39

'Pay the ransom - or watch me wreck your life': Chilling new fraud email that says you've been filmed on an adult website

Tankard says: 'Wording usually goes as follows, "While you were watching videos, your internet browser started out functioning as a remote viewer having a keylogger which gave me accessibility to your screen and web cam. After that, my software program obtained all your contacts."

'Then, "Well, in my opinion, $1,000 is a fair price for our little secret. You'll make the payment by Bitcoin."

'An additional message might read, "I know that you have read through this email. If I do not receive the Bitcoins I will send your video recording to all of your contacts, including close relatives and colleagues."'

Aware of the scam, Tankard ignored the threat sent to him and did not reply – and suggests that others targeted should do this too.

Oct 22 06:03

Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

Miscreants are using a trio of NSA hacking tools, leaked last year by the Shadow Brokers, to infect and spy on computer systems used in aerospace, nuclear energy, and other industries.

This is according to Kaspersky Lab, whose researchers today said the American snooping agency's DarkPulsar cyber-weapon – along with a pair of toolkits called DanderSpritz and Fuzzbunch that can remotely control infected machines – have been used by hackers to commandeer Windows Server 2003 and 2008 boxes in Russia, Iran, and Egypt.

The infected vulnerable servers are used in some 50 organizations within industries including aerospace and nuclear energy, particularly those with large IT and R&D departments.

Oct 20 10:18

Revealed: Israel's Cyber-spy Industry Helps World Dictators Hunt Dissidents and Gays

Haaretz investigation spanning 100 sources in 15 countries reveals Israel has become a leading exporter of tools for spying on civilians. Dictators around the world – even in countries with no formal ties to Israel – use them eavesdrop on human rights activists, monitor emails, hack into apps and record conversations

Oct 20 08:05

iPhone users are being targeted by a new scam that uses fake Spotify and iTunes emails to steal your login details and access your PICTURES (2 Pics)

Scammers are trying a new way of deceiving people in a bid to steal Apple login information.
The phishing email appears to be from Spotify and says the user has purchased a year's Premium subscription for $150.99 (£115).
A hyperlink in the email is labelled as 'review your subscription' and takes the user through to an official-looking site branded with Apple logos.

Oct 19 14:26

Trial: Facial Recognition Technology To Be Used In UK At Select Self-Checkouts

By Aaron Kesel

Facial recognition technology will be tested in UK supermarkets for the first time to verify the age of citizens buying alcohol and cigarettes at special self-checkout machines later this year...

Oct 18 18:28

Weaponizing the Frequencies: the Coming Tidal Wave

Psychotronic millimeter wave weaponry is coming to a street near you, with the potential to unleash disease on a mass scale. Welcome to the new fifth generation of wi-fi called 5G, where the speed to send full-length, high-definition movies to your ipad is ten times faster.

Oct 18 15:01

Google Is Aiding China’s War On Muslim Uighurs And Its Citizens

By Aaron Kesel

Google will more than likely have to facilitate speech suppression for Muslims within "Project Dragonfly." This is due to new laws passed this week on how to crack down on the ethnic minority...

Oct 18 11:17

Exclusive: Women's March target of elaborate Facebook scam run from Bangladesh

In all, there were 1,700 separate Facebook pages designed to look like they were run by local Women's March organizers, a source familiar with Facebook's investigation into the issue told CNN.

While the vast majority of the pages and events had no followers or attendees, some of the fake events promoting the wrong march date became popular.

Fake events for Philadelphia and Chicago received more than 10,000 RSVPs; the event posted for Seattle picked up more than 20,000. (As ever with numbers on social media sites, it is possible that at least some of the RSVPs came from fake accounts used to make a page seem more popular).

The network of fake pages highlights the increasing challenges facing both American activists and companies like Facebook as bad actors, both foreign and domestic, use social media platforms to tap into the highly charged and partisan nature of American politics for financial or political gain.

Oct 18 11:15

Facebook Finds Hack Was Done by Spammers, Not Foreign State

Facebook Inc. believes that the hackers who gained access to the private information of 30 million of its users were spammers looking to make money through deceptive advertising, according to people familiar with the company’s internal investigation.

Oct 18 11:08

Apple to US users: Here's how you can now see what personal data we hold on you

Apple customers in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand can now download a copy of all the personal data Apple holds on them that's linked to an Apple ID.

Under GDPR, EU residents have the right to obtain a copy of data a company holds about them.

They can also withdraw previously given consent for a company to collect data about them and request that collected data be deleted. And consumers have the right to take data to another service, as well as to know how a company is processing it.

Oct 18 10:16

BEX ALERT!: Why AI and advertisers should team up to fix fake news

Pathetic piece advocating censorship! GRRRR!!!

Fake news is as old as the written word, and probably older, but it’s technology that’s created the insidious version of fake news we know today. Now, the question is whether technology, and artificial intelligence in particular, can also be the foil that will prevent the eventual fakenewspocolypse.

Oct 18 08:22

Facebook is accused of luring advertisers with 900 percent inflation of video numbers and hiding it for a year

According to fresh claims from a group of advertisers who are suing the social media giant, engineers knew about a discrepancy in the metrics measuring tool for a year before it was publicly disclosed in 2016.

The flaw was down to the fact that Facebook was only counting videos which had been viewed for three seconds or longer when it presented the companies with statistics about how long users were watching their ads.

Because it only factored in these clips and did not count all of the videos which people watched for three seconds or less, the average watch-time was drastically inflated to indicate that users were habitually watching videos for longer than they actually were.

The advertisers say it prompted them to spend more and more often than they would have had they known the real figures.

Oct 17 13:54

Security Robots Invade NYC, and An Education Droid Speaks At UK Parliament

By Aaron Kesel

Security robots have invaded NYC and are now patrolling the streets, while diplomatic robots are roaming around UK parliament floors.

Robots are becoming more prevalent and relevant in society and, like it or not, the androids are here to stay. This technology will only exponentially increase as time passes, as Boston Dynamics has showcased over the years.

Now thanks to that little idea of creating robotic cretins there are security cyborgs patrolling in the tri-state area...

Oct 17 11:50

NATO cyber command to be fully operational in 2023

A new NATO military command centre to deter computer hackers should be fully staffed in 2023 and able to mount its own cyber attacks but the alliance is still grappling with ground rules for doing so, a senior general said on Tuesday.

Oct 17 11:36

YouTube users question sanity, reality as service goes dark worldwide

YouTube has suffered a massive outage, with users from all across the globe rushing to alternative social media platforms to vent their frustration and seek psychological support from fellow victims of #YouTubeDOWN disaster.
The video-sharing website experienced a service disruption across the northeastern United States, as well as parts of the West and East Coasts.

Users in Australia, Mexico, Brazil and the EU have also been affected, according to thousands of reports on the Down Detector monitoring site. YouTube videos began returning errors around 9pm EST. The site infrastructure was still loading for users, but the videos themselves did not play and were replaced by error messages imploring users to “please try again later.”

Oct 17 10:12

Twitter has barred hundreds of accounts for posing as soulless, “nonplayable” liberal activists. #triggered #Npc #blueflush

Pathetic: the NYT considers the NPC meme and other satire and humor that they dislike "voter suppression" and "intentionally misleading election-related content"

Oct 17 09:16

Plague of 'sneaky subscriptions' on Apple's App Store tricks users into paying hefty recurring fees by promising 'free trials' that expire in DAYS

The 69 Top Grossing app is raking in around $14.3 (£10.84) million per year for its document scanning utility, according to Sensor Tower data.

It has a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5, leading most customers to believe this is a good and trustworthy app.

But when you look through the critical reviews, you'll see some valid complaints.

In the app you'll be constantly prompted to subscribe to a subscription ranging from $3.99 (£3.02) a week to $4.99 (£3.78) per month, or start a free trial. But the subscription following the free trial kicks in after only 3 days — something that's detailed in the fine print, but often missed.

Oct 17 09:10

Google to start charging European smartphone makers to use its app store and apps to 'offset lost revenue' after record $5bn EU antitrust fine

The tech giant will charge smartphone makers a licensing fee for using its popular Google Play app store and also allow them to use rival versions of its Android mobile operating system to comply with an EU antitrust order.

Oct 17 09:07

Would you let Facebook put a camera on top of your TV? 'Ripley' project revealed as firms admits its cameras DO collect data about users to target ads

Facebook has only just announced Portal, its first camera-equipped device for the home.

But it appears the social media giant already has its sights set on the $200 video chat device's successor - an effort that's currently being kept under wraps as part of a project codenamed 'Ripley,' according to Cheddar.

That reportedly encompasses a camera-equipped device that connects to the television for video chats and for streaming content.

The move comes as a new report confirms that Facebook could use data collected from Portal to serve up targeted ads - heightening privacy concerns around the device.

Oct 16 17:44

WikiLeaks Releases A Detailed List Of All Amazon Web Services Data Centers Ahead Of DoD Decision

By Aaron Kesel

WikiLeaks has published an alleged “highly confidential” document outlining the addresses and operational details of Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centers called Amazon Atlas.

The international whistleblowing organization claims to have published the document as an attempt to shed light on the “largely hidden” locations of cloud-based servers...

Oct 16 16:36

Digital Free Speech Zones are Here

An empire of lies requires popular devotion to its founding illusions, lest it will collapse under the weight of its own hubris.

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