Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sci-Tech News

Breaking science and technology news. Daily science and technology news from around the World.

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For a city infamous for circling police helicopters, Los Angeles Police were surprisingly late to the drone game. All that has changed, however, as...

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Nicholas West Nanotechnology is probably not the reading material sitting on the coffee tables of most people. Yet, it is already beginning to have an...

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It looks like Twitter is planning to move into news and journalism. A new job posting has appeared seeking applicants for a new 'head of news' position with the company.

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A software developer has reportedly hacked Google Glasses, revealing a number of disturbing security flaws. Through a simple modification to the Google Glasses software, practically anyone can secretly record video and audio from the wearable device.

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Google has been fined by German authorities over claims it illegally collected personal data during its Street View project.

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Activist group Anonymous has released 14GB of data it obtained about corrupt and unethical corporations including the Bank of America, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, ClearForest and TEKSystems, an intelligence firm.

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Most of us don’t even realise this, even though the quality of our life isn’t necessarily changed for the better. In fact, the technology that we consider liberating may just enslave us.

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A new survey conducted by pro-privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch has found that an alarming 68% of British people are "very concerned" about Google's practices which frequently threaten our privacy. The survey interviewed 2,050 British adults via the web.

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European data watchdogs said they plan to take action against Google by this summer for its privacy policy, which pools user data from across all its services.

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The register reports that anyone in Oregon owning a drone fitted with a camera could be jailed for six months, or a year if it's caught flying, if a new state law is passed. The rules were proposed to tackle, among other things, peeping toms gazing into bedroom windows.

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A 150 foot wide asteroid is due to fly past the Earth today and is the largest one that's been ever detected this close to the planet. Asteroid 2012 DA14 is travelling at 5 miles per second and will be visible from parts of Europe and Africa, at around 19:24 GMT.

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An Australian software developer has raised concerns over Google's app store, after being sent the full names, email and some postal code information of everyone who bought his mobile app.

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And conveniently forgets to mention it's own privacy track record

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Yes, Gmail scans every email you send or receive, and no, there isn't any way to opt-out. Yes, it probably does breach international privacy laws and yes, Google does systematically steal and abuse our data. But! let's take a closer look at Microsoft...

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Over 100 Brits are taking landmark action against the company over the way it tracked their online habits.

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A person donating their DNA sequence anonymously for research purposes may in fact be identified by a few simple web searches, according to a paper published today (January 17) in Science.

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Data protection commissioner says social network violates law by not allowing users to use a pseudonym A German state data protection agency has threatened Facebook's billionaire founder...

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TechCrunch | As expected, the Federal Trade Commission’s Chairman Jon Leibowitz just announced at a press conference in Washington, D.C., that the agency has settled with...

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Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld US | Verizon's attempt -- unsuccessful so far -- to secure a patent for a so-called 'snooping technology,' which in this case would let...

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RT | Astronomers have discovered that the closest Sun-like star, Tau Ceti, is orbited by five planets, one of which is in the “habitable range”....

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German regulators have called on Facebook to stop requiring the use of real names on the social network. IT Portal | The Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz...

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Despite the fact that the mainstream media got key facts wrong in early reporting Paul Joseph Watson, Infowars.com | Facebook is suspending user accounts that question the...

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Instagram, the photo-sharing site owned by Facebook, has made changes to its privacy policy which means that the company can sell its users’ photos...

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Binoy Kampmark, dissidentvoice.org | It was once deemed the ungovernable frontier, ironic for the fact that it, itself, arose as a feature of the U.S. state...

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Doctors in Pittsburgh stunned at ability of patient who has reached levels of performance never seen before A woman who is paralysed from the neck...

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The issue is that the option to share location data is on by default, says the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection Schleswig-Holstein When users install...

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RT | The FBI has managed to bust an international criminal ring with the help of Facebook. The ten suspects allegedly infected 11 million computers...

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A new multi-million-pound job search website launched by the Government has been inundated with bogus adverts recruiting for everything from mafia 'couriers' to 'porn...

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Britain’s Information Commissioner is examining whether a US company whose technology lets advertisers track users from one device to another should be allowed to...

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Activist Post |  Utah State University presented a first-of-its-kind electric bus that is charged through wireless charging technology in a demonstration Nov. 15. The Aggie Bus rolled...

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The group filed 22 complaints against Facebook Ireland before the Irish Data Protection Commissioner A student group in Austria, calling itself "europe-v-facebook.org", is planning to...

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Facebook is facing a fresh backlash from users over planned changes to its privacy rules. The website wants to share information with photo application Instagram...

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Via Disinfo | Just in case you think you can hide your identity by using someone else’s WiFi to access the Internet, take note of...

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An internet hacker has offered to sell code that will allow a person to hijack Yahoo email accounts. The hacker, said to be an Egyptian...

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Peter Gothard | Two internet privacy groups have responded to Facebook's published intentions to share its data with recently-acquired Instagram, as well as eliminate a user...

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RT | Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LiveJournal are among the defendants in a lawsuit filed by Kazakh prosecutors seeking to shutdown some opposition media outlets...

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James Niccolai, IDG News Service | A US judge has indicated she will accept the terms of a settlement deal between Google and the US Federal Trade...

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TechDirt | While we're hearing that the Senate is likely to take up (though not pass) the Cybersecurity Act yet again either today or tomorrow, and the...

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Nicholas West, Activist Post |  In the ongoing debate as to whether robots will help or hurt the job market in the U.S. and overseas, some concrete answers are beginning to...

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RT | The email accounts of Generals David Petraeus and John Allen aren’t the only ones being targeted by the feds. Google has released its...

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RT | Say goodbye to online service providers protecting the identities of their users. With just a bit of begging, a Texas-based intelligence firm succeeded...

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Submitted by Anonymous | The next time you’re at a concert and you whip out your iPhone to record the excitement, you may notice it...

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RT | Social media giant Facebook has removed a message by the Special Operations Speaks PAC (SOS), which shed negative light on US President Obama...

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On the surface, it’s all about protecting Russian kids from internet pedophiles. In reality, the Kremlin’s new “Single Register” of banned websites, which goes...

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RT | After one of Google’s new, top-secret smartphones was left in a San Francisco bar, the bartender was harassed and threatened with arrest by...

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Alice Truong | Not all online privacy tools are created equal, but good ones do exist to safeguard your identity and personal data. The Little...

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Agence France-Presse | Google faces a moment of truth in the coming weeks over a lengthy US probe into potential abuse of its Internet search...

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To carry on his war against Facebook, Max Schrems figures he needs at least 200,000 euros — about £160,000 — no small sum for...

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Google loses $26 billion due to premature report RT | Google Inc's saw its shares crash by 9%, erasing about $26 billion off the company’s...

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Agence France-Presse | Twitter, a day after saying it blocked a neo-Nazi group’s account in Germany in a global first, faced a new battle Friday...

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Mac Slavo, SHTFplan.com | Following the trend of shipping company Fedex, the largest advertising venue in the world is showing signs of strain in a weakening global economy. Google...

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Door Ot van Daalen | On 15 October, the Dutch ministry of Justice and Security proposed powers for the police to break into computers, install...

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RT | The discovery of a planet in the closest star system to our own has rocked the astronomy world. Orbiting Alpha Centauri B it...

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Todd R. Weiss | Google could become the subject of an antitrust case from the FTC by December in connection with concerns about Google's business practices. Google...

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Another data protection commissioner slams Google's intrusive privacy policy - Ignored warnings that privacy policies violate data protection laws - Failed to destroy all data collected...

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Out Law | A committee of EU privacy watchdogs will state their concerns "within days" at the way Google is accumulating users' personal data following...

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