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Dec 15 13:08

Move Over Facial Recognition Tech, They’re Now Data Mining Directly From Our Brains

In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth goes over the latest Orwellian news as China is now data-mining info directly from the brains of workers in order to “increase productivity.”

Dec 15 11:38

‘WE’RE SORRY THIS HAPPENED’: BUG CAUSES LEAK OF 7 MILLION FACEBOOK USERS’ PHOTOS

he relentless stream of controversy at Facebook continues unabated as the social media giant has revealed that a bug in its software gave third party apps access to photos belonging to nearly seven million users.
The bug gave the external operators far greater access to Facebook users’ images than the tech firm normally allows. Permission usually only extends to the public photos that people share on their timeline.

However, due to the API glitch developers were given access to other images belonging to users, including ones on Facebook stories, Marketplace and even photos that had been uploaded onto the social media site but that users had decided not to publish.

The API malfunction existed for nearly two weeks from September 13 to 25 this year. Facebook developer Tomer Bar said in a blog post on Friday that the only apps that had access to the hidden photos were those to which users had already granted access to their public images.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I haven't read Facebook's "terms and conditions" in a long time, but one has to wonder: will Facebook be hit with a class action lawsuit, because of this bug?!?!?

Dec 15 10:13

The EFF Gift Guide: What Technology Is Creeping Us Out

By Hayley Tsukayama

EFF doesn’t endorse products. But as Internet-connected products proliferate, ads for them bombard holiday shoppers with promises of a more streamlined life. And they do so without always divulging that they’re tracking you more than a jolly fat man who sees when you’re sleeping and knows when you’re awake.

So, we are taking a different approach to the holiday gift guide: highlighting products that raise red flags for us, as privacy-conscious digital advocates. Here are some gifts being pushed this year that, from a privacy or security standpoint, are on our naughty list...

Dec 15 08:16

Free Speech Social Network Gab Starts Accepting BTC

By Kevin Helms

Gab, a social network dedicated to preserving freedom of speech, has announced that its store now accepts BTC directly after banks and payment processors denied the platform service. “Literally no one can no-platform our new crypto shop,” Gab announced. The platform integrated Btcpay Server after it was refused service by Coinbase and BitPay...

Dec 14 18:21

Oh the irony #GoogleHearing

Dem congressman complains to Indian-born Google CEO: I call tech support & get somebody I can’t understand.

Dec 14 17:30

Firefox add-on: Facebook Container

Prevent Facebook from tracking you around the web. The Facebook Container extension for Firefox helps you take control and isolate your web activity from Facebook.

Dec 14 15:17

LOUISIANA ADOPTS DIGITAL DRIVER'S LICENSES

Louisiana is rolling out a new digital driver's license app, called LA Wallet, that will let retailers digitally verify the age of their customers, if required. "According to IEEE Spectrum, Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is expected to announce that bars, restaurants, grocery stores and other retails are allowed to accept LA Wallet as proof of age, according to the app's developer, Envoc."

Dec 14 12:12

BEX ALERT - Bomb threat at Sault Michigan hospital linked to Russia

Emailed bomb threat to War Memorial Hospital 'not deemed as credible' and the hospital said in a social media post that the email originated in Russia

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The one I received originated from Women's Touch Gardening. This is just more gratuitous Russia bashing.

Dec 14 12:06

BEX ALERT - Iranian Hackers Targeted Treasury Officials, Atomic Scientists And...An Intern?

Move over China, Russia and North Korea - Iran is now vying for the title of America's most threatening cyber nemesis. According to a report in the Associated Press, an Iranian hacking group known by the codename "Charming Kitten" has been caught by a private security firm trying to break into the email accounts of US nuclear scientists and policy makers, presumably to try and figure out what the US knows about Iran's clandestine enrichment program, and what, exactly, is happening in the minds of America's most senior policy setters.

Dec 14 12:01

Spy Concerns on Rise as Taylor Swift Reportedly Uses Face Scanner on Fans

Another round of concerns around private or state-managed surveillance has arrived after it emerged that blonde stunner Taylor Swift has been using the contentious software to get rid of hordes of stalkers.

According to Rolling Stone, pop singer Taylor Swift has been surveilling her fans by means of covert facial recognition technology, with the star issuing no comment on the report yet. Despite this, the news has sparked an ethical debate among civil rights groups concerned with privacy.

“Stalkers are a generally scary phenomenon and everyone understands why someone like Taylor Swift would want to be protected against them”, Jay Stanley, the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) senior policy analyst told The Guardian.

Dec 14 11:37

These Two Analogies Will Help You Explain Bitcoin to Anyone

By Kai Sedgwick

Explaining Bitcoin to someone who knows nothing about Bitcoin isn’t easy. In fact it’s fiendishly tricky. Describing concepts such as blockchain, decentralized networks, and permissionless ledgers to beginners is as tough as describing the color orange to a blind person or the taste of an orange to someone who’s never peeled one. Two new Bitcoin analogies surfaced this week, however, that should make that task easier...

Dec 14 11:09

Factory robot malfunctions and skewers Chinese worker with TEN massive steel spikes in horrific accident

A factory worker was skewered with ten huge steel spikes after a rogue robot malfunctioned and impaled the man.

The incident occurred in China and the man managed to survive after the robot's arm fell onto him and plunged the spikes into his chest and arm.

Dec 14 10:28

Microsoft Admits Normal Windows 10 Users Are 'Testing' Unstable Updates

Remember when Microsoft's disastrous Windows 10 October Update removed entire user folders like documents and photos? Or the Surface Book 2 owners who had their systems rendered useless from update KB4467682? This happened because users were manually checking for updates and not waiting for the update to get automatically triggered. Why is this a big deal? Because the average Windows user believes that's a safe way to get their system updates as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it's the exact opposite, and Microsoft's Corporate President for Windows has admitted it in a recent blog post.

Dec 14 10:01

"YOU'RE WORTH $1 TRILLION. WHY DO YOU NEED OUR $3 BILLION?" ANGRY NEW YORKERS CONFRONT AMAZON EXECS AT CITY COUNCIL MEETING

After being kept in the dark about New York's $3 billion deal with Amazon, allowing the trillion-dollar corporation to build its new headquarters—complete with helicopter landing pad for CEO Jeff Bezos—in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City, concerned New York City Council members and scores of angry New Yorkers on Wednesday angrily confronted company representatives over the plan.

At the first City Council meeting on Amazon's so-called "HQ2," about 150 protesters joined the mostly-Democratic lawmakers in slamming the closed-door process through which the city and state finalized the deal and the effect the corporation's arrival will likely have on affordable housing and community development in Queens and the entire city, as New York pours much-needed funds into the new one million square foot campus.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Responsible questions, indeed; but my bet is that it will not affect the back-door wheeling and dealing that was done, to bring the company to New York.

Dec 14 09:54

FACEBOOK FAILS: SOUGHT PATENTS TO PREDICT WHERE YOU ARE GOING, FACT CHECKERS LOSING TRUST, ALTERNATIVE MEDIA TARGETED

Three creepy Facebook patent applications describe using your historical location data — and others’ — to determine where users will go next or when they will be offline to feed FB content.

BuzzFeed reports that Facebook has filed several patents with the US Patent and Trademark Office for technology that is intended to predict your location.

The first application filed on May 30, 2017, titled “Offline Trajectories,” describes a process to predict where Facebook users will go next based on location data. The technology outlined in the patent would calculate a “transition probability based at least in part on previously logged location data associated with a plurality of users who were at the current location.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is amazing how quickly sci-fi technology, like that described in the film "Minority Report", starts to become real.

Dec 14 09:42

AMAZON’S DISTURBING PLAN TO ADD FACE SURVEILLANCE TO YOUR FRONT DOOR

Recently, a patent application from Amazon became public that would pair face surveillance — like Rekognition, the product that the company is aggressively marketing to police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement — with Ring, a doorbell camera company that Amazon bought earlier this year.

While the details are sketchy, the application describes a system that the police can use to match the faces of people walking by a doorbell camera with a photo database of persons they deem “suspicious.” Likewise, homeowners can also add photos of “suspicious” people into the system and then the doorbell’s facial recognition program will scan anyone passing their home. In either case, if a match occurs, the person’s face can be automatically sent to law enforcement, and the police could arrive in minutes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank you, NO!!!

Dec 14 09:40

IRANIAN HACKERS TARGETED TREASURY OFFICIALS, ATOMIC SCIENTISTS AND...AN INTERN?

Move over China, Russia and North Korea - Iran is now vying for the title of America's most threatening cyber nemesis. According to a report in the Associated Press, an Iranian hacking group known by the codename "Charming Kitten" has been caught by a private security firm trying to break into the email accounts of US nuclear scientists and policy makers, presumably to try and figure out what the US knows about Iran's clandestine enrichment program, and what, exactly, is happening in the minds of America's most senior policy setters.

After Trump reimposed sanctions against Iran last month (while offering a crucial backdoor in the form of oil -export waivers), the Iranian government rushed to try and infiltrate the accounts of people tasked with enforcing them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More demonization of Iran, as a run-up "justification" to a US-led military campaign against it.

Dec 14 09:34

HERTZ'S AIRPORT FACIAL RECOGNITION PROGRAM USES CUSTOMER LOYALTY REWARDS TO CHANGE PUBLIC OPINION

Americans no longer have to worry about the TSA (DHS) using facial recognition to spy on you and your family. Because private corporations and sports stadiums are doing their dirty work for them.

Two days ago, Hertz Global Holdings Inc., revealed their plans to install facial recognition fast lane car rentals at every airport.

Which really should not surprise anyone, because last month I revealed the key to convincing Americans to accept facial recognition is to offer them consumer loyalty rewards and avoiding long lines.

"SensibleVision CEO George Brostoff sees customer loyalty rewards as a logical next step in the U.S. And Goode Intelligence Founder Alan Goode, sees a huge potential for biometric customer loyalty programs. Goode also thinks facial recognition should be used for age verification in self-check out systems."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So now at car rental places all across the country, American travelers using Hertz for a car rental, are expected to relinquish our 4th Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure for a faster checkout experience?!?

I think not, thank you.

Dec 14 09:25

MS-Linux? Lindows? Could Microsoft release a desktop Linux?

I used to say that Microsoft would release a Microsoft desktop Linux -- MS-Linux or Lindows -- when pigs fly. Lately, though, I've been hearing oinking from the sky. Here's why.

Dec 14 07:32

Worried about your privacy? Turn off your smartphone's location tracking settings, warns security expert

A security expert has warned that smartphone users should switch off their location settings if they are worried about their privacy and how their data is shared.

Apps like Google Maps, City Mapper and Uber use your location to track where you are when you need directions, book a taxi or see when the next bus or train is.

But a number of companies can use your location data even when you aren't using these apps because your location tracking is still enabled.

Dec 14 07:05

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

Fire up the steam-powered speculation machine! A consumer-focused Microsoft 365 subscription is inbound.

While Microsoft has yet to say anything public, a job posting on the Windows giant's site spotted by veteran Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley indicates that the subscription, which Microsoft has spent the last year ramming down the throats of businesses, could be plopping onto the doormat of consumers before long.

Dec 14 07:00

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

First noted in an increasingly shouty thread over on Reddit, the issue is related to Activity History, which is needed to make the much-vaunted and little-used Timeline feature work in Windows 10.

Introduced in what had previously been regarded as one of Microsoft's flakiest updates – prior to the glory of the October 2018 Update, of course – Timeline allows users to go back through apps as well as websites to get back to what they were doing at a given point.

Use a Microsoft account, and a user can view this over multiple PCs and mobile devices (as long you are signed in with that same Microsoft account). The key setting is that "Send my activity history to Microsoft" check box. Uncheck it and you'd be forgiven for thinking your activity would not be sent Redmondwards. Right?

Except, er, the slurping appears to be carrying on unabated.

Dec 13 17:45

Microsoft Admits Normal Windows 10 Users Are 'Testing' Unstable Updates

Remember when Microsoft's disastrous Windows 10 October Update removed entire user folders like documents and photos? Or the Surface Book 2 owners who had their systems rendered useless from update KB4467682? This happened because users were manually checking for updates and not waiting for the update to get automatically triggered. Why is this a big deal? Because the average Windows user believes that's a safe way to get their system updates as soon as possible. Unfortunately, it's the exact opposite, and Microsoft's Corporate President for Windows has admitted it in a recent blog post.

Dec 13 17:31

BREAKING: Scott Adams Tells You How Google Is Ruining His Life for Political Reason. Are You Next?

Google has declared war on Scott Adams (Search for his name on Duck Duck Go. Google is doing it intentionally.)

Follow Scott Adams: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays

Dec 13 16:30

Spam email with bomb threat sent to multiple Anchorage businesses, police say

A message containing terroristic threats has been sent to multiple Anchorage businesses, prompting evacuations in some cases. The Anchorage Police Department is investigating, but a spokesperson said the threat is not considered to be credible at this time.

The message, which APD spokesperson MJ Thim described as a spam email, was sent to a number of local businesses, including the Dimond Center Mall and others. For full disclosure, KTUU also received the threatening message on Thursday. Thim could not say exactly how many other businesses received the message.

Thim said that the threat went national, and that the origin of the message is currently unknown.

"Right now it is not thought to be a credible threat, but we are not taking chances, and investigating each threat thoroughly," Thim said.

Dec 13 10:58

UK Spies Say They're Dropping Bulk Data Collection For Bulk Equipment Interference

UK spies are changing their minds. Rapidly. Sure, bulk data collection is cool. But you know what's really cool? Mass interference with electronic devices.

At the time the Investigatory Powers Bill was passing through Parliament – it was signed into law in 2016 – EI [Electronic Interference] hadn't been used, but it was already seen an alternative to bulk interception.

However, it was expected to be authorised through targeted or targeted thematic warrants; as then-independent reviewer of terrorism David Anderson wrote at the time, "bulk EI is likely to be only sparingly used".

[...]

During the passage of the Investigatory Powers legislation, he said, the government anticipated bulk EI warrants would be "the exception", and "be limited to overseas 'discovery' based EI operations".

But with encryption increasingly commonplace, the spies want the exception to edge towards becoming the rule.

Dec 13 10:56

Virus That Haunted Aramco In 2012 Is Back

A variant of the Shamoon malware that hit Saudi Aramco’s servers six years ago is back, Axios reports, citing a release from the cybersecurity unit of Alphabet, Chronicle. According to the Chronicle release, the company had detected a file infected with Shamoon in its database VirusTotal.

The malware, Chronicle said, was uploaded from Italy and is different from the previous two variants. Those moved through networks via pre-programmed credentials while this one stays on the computer it is installed on first. There is no command and control infrastructure that would allow the attackers to communicate with the virus, and what the virus does this time is encrypt all files irreversibley rather than replacing them with politically significant images, Axios reports.

Dec 13 10:17

Sundar Pichai Lies to Congress About Google Tracking Location of Users

Google CEO Sundar Pichai lied to Congress during testimony today when he claimed that users could opt out of Google’s location tracking services, a claim that the Associated Press previously found to be false.

During his appearance in front of the the House Judiciary committee for a hearing entitled: Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use and Filtering Practices, Pichai claimed that users had control of what information Google stored about them.

“For Google services, you have a choice of what information is collected, and we make it transparent,” Pichai said, adding, “We give clear toggles, by category, where they can decide whether that information is collected, stored, or – more importantly – if they decide to stop using it.”

However, this is categorically untrue.

As an investigation by the Associated Press back in August confirmed, Google is tracking the location of its users even when the location tracking option is turned off.

Dec 13 10:07

Walmart Testing Flippy The Job-Stealing Robot Cook

Walmart is testing out a new kitchen robot assistant named "Flippy" at its Bentonville, Arkansas headquarters in order to see if it might make for a valuable team member in its in-store delis, according to Yahoo! Finance.

While Flippy had somewhat of a rocky start at a Pasadena, California burger joint - having to be taken offline after its human co-workers couldn't prepare patties fast enough, the robot has had more recent success flipping 17,000 pounds of chicken tenders and tater tots at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Dec 13 08:16

Integrity Initiative 'a Cheapjack British Troll Factory' – Commentator

Not everyone in Britain is enamoured with the government-funded Integrity Initiative (II) psy-op run by the Institute for Statecraft, political commentator David William Norris told Sputnik. According to Norris, this operation is likely to invoke sharp opposition from Britons who are tired of the anti-Russian propaganda in the media.

"Accusing Russia of meddling in the affairs of others, the UK is actively seeking to do precisely that and not even trying to hide the fact!" David William Norris, political commentator and former college lecturer, told Sputnik, commenting on the UK-funded Integrity Initiative (II) psy-op orchestrated by the Institute for Statecraft.

Dec 12 15:08

‘FULL EXTENT’ OF RUSSIAN MEDDLING ON GOOGLE IN 2016? $4,700 SPENT ON ADS

Google CEO Sundar Pichai revealed that the “full extent” of so-called Russian meddling activity that took place on the platform during all of 2016 was $4,700 spent on some digital advertisements.

Dec 12 15:00

HERTZ IS NOW USING FACIAL RECOGNITION TO CHECK OUT CARS

Want to rent a car on your next trip? You may be getting your face scanned in order to do so.

Dec 12 13:09

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Searching Travelers' Devices At An Alarming Rate According To Gov't Watchdog

By Aaron Kesel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers at an alarmingly increasing rate a new watchdog report has found, Associated Press reported.

The government watchdog — the Office of the Inspector General for Homeland Security — found there were 29,000 devices searched at a port of entry out of 397 million travelers to the U.S. in the year 2017, up from 18,400 the year before from 390 million travelers.

The agency further found that several searches conducted by Customs and Border Protection officers were not properly documented, and the data was not properly secured as per protocol...

Dec 12 12:26

Facebook Files Patent To Calculate Your Location - In The Future

Facebook has filed several patent applications for technology with the USPTO which would use your location data to predict where you're going to go next, as well as when you'll be offline, reports BuzzFeed's Nicole Nguyen.

Facebook's response when asked about the applications was essentially: "we file patents on tons of stuff we never actually implement."

"We often seek patents for technology we never implement, and patent applications — such as this one — should not be taken as an indication of future plans," said company spokesperson Anthony Harrison.

Dec 12 12:19

The Next Generation Of “America’s Thought Police” Is Being Birthed On Our College Campuses

If you want to understand the zeal with which social media platforms are now being censored, all you have to do is to look at what has been happening on our college campuses. There is a national movement to combat “offensive speech”, and this movement has been working very hard “to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense”. And these days, just about anything that you might say or think is probably going to deeply offend someone.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I find your being offended to be highly offensive!

Dec 12 12:17

The U.S. is Worried About China Spying via Huawei Because it Did the Same in the Past

When Lotus Notes sought to sell its products abroad, the National Security Agency leaned on it to use a weaker version of cryptography in its product, according to Stephen Levy’s book Crypto. After years of discussions, the NSA allowed Lotus Notes to ship its product for export using 32-bit encryption, compared with a 64-bit version in the domestic version. At the time, cracking 64-bit encryption through brute force (computers cycling through ever possible key combination) was seen as just about impossible.

But 32-bit encryption was far more vulnerable, especially against the NSA’s supercomputers which, even then, could easily crack such codes within days, according to Levy’s book. The 32-bit version was so weak that even well-resourced thieves could break the encryption within 60 days using personal computers—a timeframe that everyone knew would get shorter as computing power became cheaper, faster, and more widely available.

Dec 12 12:13

Crackdown in Beijing: “Using Twitter is more dangerous than street demonstrations”

By Oiwan Lam

Authorities in Beijing have launched a nationwide crackdown on mainland Chinese Twitter users.

The December 5 release of 42 testimonies collected by China Change, a Chinese human rights advocacy site, details the ordeals of hundreds of Twitter users who have been detained and interrogated by national security police officers since September 2018. In most cases, police have asked — if not forced — these users to delete their posts or accounts...

Dec 12 09:42

LOCATION TARGETING: Your phone apps are tracking every step you take and every stop you make (and then selling it)

You’re being watched constantly, at least if you have a cell phone with apps on them. A recently published report showed how seemingly innocuous apps were gathering information about how a person goes about their day. They refresh constantly, collecting data about your location.

Dec 12 09:11

THE US WANTS TO BRING BACK THE SHAH OF IRAN

Iran has been under severe US-imposed economic sanctions for 40 years. The US has been threatening Iran with war and “all options are on the table” for decades. The US has also instigated instability inside Iran and supported external attacks by terrorist groups such as Mujahideen-e-Khalq, or MEK. [*]

The US project to destroy Iran’s economy has had a devastating impact. The husky Secretary of Defense Mike Pompeo said that it is up to Iranian’s leadership “if they want their people to eat”.[*] Because of the US, Iran lacks sufficient funds that it would like to invest in human resources and social programs. Iran’s constitution guarantees healthcare and free education for all, as well as protections of civil rights. As reflected in the drafting of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic, the vision of the economic order was:

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because something would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid thing for the US government to do, is, unfortunately, zero guarantee that they won't do it.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is advocating for a full-on US military attack against Iran, of course, only to be purchased by American blood and American money.

Should Iran get attacked, I would rather count on Russia's Putin, to bring his military into the fray on Iran's side; and we have seen, with what Russian troops did in Syria, the capabilities of both Russia's military and its weaponry.

It is disconcerting to me in the extreme, that President Trump's BFFs in the Middle East, are Saudi Arabia's King Mohammed bin Salman, the Butcher of Yemen, and Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, the Butcher of Gaza.

I therefore strongly caution the President about thinking that an invasion of Iran would "be a cakewalk", where our soldiers would be embraced as liberators; because at this moment in its history, the US military doesn't have the troop strength; the money; the weaponry; or the manufacturing, to insure a positive outcome from a war with Russia.

And if none of his "advisors" have told him this, it is high time that he knew.

You are welcome, Mr. President.

Dec 12 08:39

GIANT BLAZE RIPS THROUGH GOOGLE’S OFFICE IN ‘CHINA’S SILICON VALLEY’ (VIDEO)

A roaring fire burst through the roof and caused mass evacuations at Google’s office in Beijing’s Zhongguancun tech district – known as China’s Silicon Valley.
The fire, which broke out at 11 am local time, burned through the roof of Google’s glass-fronted office building, sending a plume of thick, black smoke into the air.

Huge fire this morning on top of the building in Beijing’s Zhongguancun tech district that houses Google’s office. Employee tells me that everyone was evacuated for 20 mins but are now being let back in. Cause still not known. pic.twitter.com/Gvh6DejlLU

— Raymond Zhong (@zhonggg) December 12, 2018
Employees inside were evacuated from the building, but allowed to return later on, tech journalist Raymond Zhong reported. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder; was this generated by growing anger in China at the intensely restrictive "social credit system", which is already in place, to the utter shock of average Chinese citizens, or is a warning from people who understand that once "Dragonfly" is unleashed, there will be no privacy left for them whatsoever?!?

Even the Google people working on this have gone public that they do not want it to become operational, for moral and ethical reasons. Google employees publicly rebel against building a a dystopian new search engine

Dec 12 05:38

DRAGONFLY: Google Employees Publicly Rebel Against Building a Dystopian New Search Engine

More than 1,400 Google staff, many journalists, and human rights organizations are calling on Google to halt its controversial project called Dragonfly.

Dragonfly is a search engine specially built for China. It would unleash more censorship on a mass scale by selectively blocking certain search terms, apparently at the behest of China’s government. Human rights groups are blasting the company for aiding and abetting China’s mass surveillance and rights violations which could result in potential imprisonment.

It turns out Google’s employees had been unwittingly working on this project for a while until 2017 without knowing its intended purpose. News of this highly secret program finally leaked and no one is letting it get swept under the rug.

Dec 12 04:05

Russian media watchdog ready to block Google if fines prove ineffective

Russian laws can be changed to impose tougher sanctions on foreign internet companies reluctant to abide by the country’s legislation, deputy head of the Russian media watchdog Vadim Subbotin told TASS. "In case fines fail to make a foreign company change its ways, there is a chance that the legislation will be changed, which will make it possible to block access to Google in Russia," he pointed out. According to Subbotin, such a measure is not possible under the current legislation. "Blocking will be the toughest measure," he noted. Subbotin pointed out that at first, the minimum fine of 500,000 rubles ($7,500) was imposed on Google, while the next will be 750,000 rubles ($11,200). The Russian media watchdog earlier fined Google for its non-compliance with the Russian legislation. The watchdog said that under Russian laws, search engine operators were obliged to remove links to websites containing banned information from search results.

Dec 12 04:01

McInnes banned from YouTube

‘Proud Boys’ founder Gavin McInnes banned from YouTube days after being booted from conservative TV network

YouTube has banned the founder of the Proud Boys, a far right wing self-described "chauvinist" organization labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"McInnes had amassed more than 220,000 subscribers on YouTube before the ban, but now both his YouTube profile and channel on YouTube show up as deleted," The Daily Beast reports.

The YouTube ban comes just two days after McInnes was booted from his online conservative TV network gig at CRTV. The company merged with Glenn Beck's The Blaze, and McInnes found himself de-platformed one week later.

Blaze Media no longer has a relationship with Gavin McInnes, and per company policy, cannot comment on personnel matters.

— BlazeTV (@CRTV) December 9, 2018

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Dec 11 16:16

Now Facebook wants to know where you're going NEXT: Controversial patent uses the location data of you and your friends to try and predict places you'll visit

In a series of patents, the social media giant describes how it would use your location data to predict where you'll be going in the future, as well as when you're most likely to be offline.

As part of the technology, it would also potentially look at other users', such as your friends', location data.

Dec 11 11:00

Google staff wanted to strangle far-right site Breitbart's access to advertising cash on 'moral' grounds after Donald Trump's inauguration

Google employees considered banning far-right news outlet Breitbart from Google AdSense on 'moral' grounds - which would have stopped it taking in advertising revenue, internal leaked emails reveal.

Employees expressed concerns in February 2017 about 'hate speech' and 'fake news' appearing on Breitbart - a commentary website founded in 2007 which became closely associated with .

They urged other staff to squash its revenue by blocking it from AdSense, Google's advertising program which dominates the digital advert market.

Dec 11 06:33

US, Britain, EU do not recognize production of malware as a crime

The United States, Britain and EU countries go to great lengths in resisting the idea the production of malware should be recognized as a crime, the deputy director of Russia’s National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents, Nikolai Murashov, told a news briefing on Tuesday. "As a matter of fact, no bans exist on the production of such malware whatever country one may look at. Moreover US, British and EU representatives at international forums devoted to international information security firmly oppose the adoption of any recommendations for criminalizing such activity," he said. Murashov recalled that according to experts one in eight software vulnerabilities was critical or highly dangerous. "The costs such vulnerabilities are fraught with rest heavily upon our shoulders. In most cases the manufactures are not responsible for the reliability and safety of their products.

Dec 11 06:30

LOCATION TARGETING: Your Phone Apps Are Tracking Every Step You Take and Every Stop You Make

You’re being watched constantly, at least if you have a cell phone with apps on them. A recently published report showed how seemingly innocuous apps were gathering information about how a person goes about their day. They refresh constantly, collecting data about your location.

These companies are tracking every step you take, every stop you make, and then selling it to the highest bidder.

Dec 10 16:11

Australia’s horrific new encryption law likely to obliterate its tech scene

Australia‘s government signed a bill into law last week giving law enforcement agencies the right to force technology companies to reveal users’ encrypted messages. Another way of putting it: Australia‘s tech scene will soon be located on the Wayback Machine.

The law was introduced as the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, but now it’s official. And there’s a lot to be concerned about, even if you don’t live or work in Australia.

Dec 10 16:09

New Documents Show That Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust

The documents include some of the internal discussion that led to Facebook Messenger’s sneaky logging of Android users’ phone call and text message histories. When a user discovered what Messenger was doing this past spring, it caused public outrage right on the heels of the Cambridge Analytica news. Facebook responded with a “fact check” press release insisting that Messenger had never collected such data without clear user permission.

In newly revealed documents from 2015, however, Facebook employees discuss plans to coerce users into upgrading to a new, more privacy-invasive version of Messenger “without subjecting them to an Android permissions dialog at all,” despite knowing that this kind of misrepresentation of the app’s capabilities was “a pretty high-risk thing to do from a PR perspective.”

Dec 10 16:04

Facebook, Google scramble to contain global fallout from ACCC plan

Facebook and Google are scrambling to respond to tough new Australian recommendations over privacy and data collection they fear will have global ramifications and limit their market dominance.

In a 374-page report released on Monday - which reveals several ongoing investigations into potential misuses of market power by the digital giants - the competition watchdog proposed sweeping controls over the handling of personal data, and the advertisements consumers are shown online.

Declaring the digital giants have "substantial" market power, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants to create an ombudsman to investigate complaints from consumers, media companies and marketers about Google and Facebook over issues such as defamatory comments and fake ads.

It further calls for the introduction of a new regulatory body to monitor how the digital platforms drive traffic to publishers, and the prices they charge for advertising.

Dec 10 16:00

Australia’s horrific new encryption law likely to obliterate its tech scene

Australia‘s government signed a bill into law last week giving law enforcement agencies the right to force technology companies to reveal users’ encrypted messages. Another way of putting it: Australia‘s tech scene will soon be located on the Wayback Machine.

The law was introduced as the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, but now it’s official. And there’s a lot to be concerned about, even if you don’t live or work in Australia.

Dec 10 15:52

Shocking report reveals hundreds of top apps track your every move and share the data with advertisers

Hundreds of popular apps are collecting location data that they claim is anonymous, but further analysis shows it can be easily linked to specific users.

These apps include ones like the Weather Channel, GasBuddy and WeatherBug, many of which inform users that they collect location data, but not necessarily how the data will be used, an investigation from the New York Times found.

The findings have raised both privacy and security concerns as advocates say many users are unaware how much they're being tracked.

Dec 10 15:48

Spies, spies everywhere

The government, through its alphabet soup agencies and its surveillance apparatus, are terrorizing the American people. Terrorizing by government cannot survive against a well-armed citizenry. That is why the elected class have pushed so hard to disarm the populace and why the surveillance state is being expanded at breakneck speed.

Dec 10 15:44

Google+ bug revealed the personal info of 52.5 MILLION customers last month, Google admits - and says it is killing off the service sooner as a result

Google has admitted to a second massive bug in its Google+ social media service.

It affected 52.5 million Google+ accounts, including those of some business customers, for six days after it was introduced last month, Google said.

However, Google said in a blog post that it found no evidence that any other apps had accessed the data, such as name, email, gender and age, using the latest bug.

It says that in light of the latest flaw, it will shut down its Google+ social media service in April, four months ahead of schedule.

Dec 10 10:22

Google Approves App For Muslims To Report People Who Commit Blasphemy

A new Android app has launched with the focus of allowing Muslims to report individuals who commit blasphemy, or insult Islam.

No, this is not a joke. The app, “Smart Pakem”, which launched in Indonesia last month at the request of the Indonesian government, will allow users and government officials to uphold Sharia law and target and report people who hold “misguided” beliefs in violation of Islamic law, which forbids insults of Islam, insults against the Prophet Mohammed, or the recognition of any other religion besides Islam.

Dec 10 09:01

China Is Data Mining DIRECTLY FROM THE BRAINS of Workers

Can you imagine being at work and having your every thought or feeling recorded and shared with your employer?

China has a new program that mines data DIRECTLY FROM THE BRAINS of workers who are required to wear a special helmet when on the job. This picks up thoughts and emotions.

Companies requiring the use of this tech are seeing a HUGE profit, which means we can expect something similar here at some point in the not so distant future.

Dec 10 08:23

Five Eyes Against Huawei

Washington has asked Ottawa to arrest Meng Wanzhou and to extradite her. This young woman is the financial director and daughter of the founder of Huawei, the Chinese Telecom Giant. She was arrested on 6 December in Canada.

The motive for the war undertaken by Washington against Huawei is deep-rooted and spurious are the justifications.

The heart of the problem is that the Chinese firm uses a system of encryption that prevents the NSA from intercepting its communications. A number of governments and secret services in the non-Western world have begun to equip themselves exclusively with Huawei materials, and are doing so to protect the confidentiality of their communications.

Dec 08 11:57

What Ohio’s Tax Gimmick Really Means for the Blockchain Industry

By Max Gulker

Quickly browsing the headlines on November 26, you might be forgiven for having thought some much-needed good news for Bitcoin had hit the wire. “Ohio Becomes First US State to Allow Taxes to be Paid in Bitcoin” was the headline at CoinDesk, echoed in many other media outlets. Even a quick look shows, however, that this was merely a feel-good piece of legislation that bundled a user-friendly cryptocurrency exchange that companies could have easily accessed on their own with electronic tax filing.

But when is a gimmick more than just a gimmick? Behind the tax announcement and a few other seemingly cosmetic measures, Ohio might be communicating something of substance to the nascent blockchain industry...

Dec 08 11:35

NEW ORLEANS HOMELAND SECURITY CREATES “PLATINUM” SPY ON YOUR NEIGHBORS CAM-SHARE CLUB

Looking for that special gift for your family this holiday season? Why not signup for New Orleans Homeland Security’s “Platinum” spy on your neighbors cam-share club?

Dec 08 09:26

TSA’s Roadmap for Airport Surveillance Moves in a Dangerous Direction

By India McKinney

The Transportation Security Administration has set out an alarming vision of pervasive biometric surveillance at airports, which cuts against the right to privacy, the “right to travel,” and the right to anonymous association with others...

Dec 07 17:38

Unity4J To Mark 9 Years Since Julian Assange Has Been Arbitrarily Detained Without Charge, As Ecuador Continues Trying To Force Him Out The Embassy

By Aaron Kesel

Live stream tonight 8-11 EST

Ecuador’s President, Lenín Moreno, is continuing to try and force WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the embassy where he has stayed now for 9 years in arbitrary detention without charge despite two UN rulings stating he should be freed. Meanwhile, activists are planning to honor Assange in a specially planned live stream of Unity4J, echoing calls for his freedom and safe passage...

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