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Many Free Mobile VPN Apps Are Based In China Or Have Chinese Ownership
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A new study has found that more than half of the top free mobile VPN returned by Play Store and App Store searches are from developers based in China or with Chinese ownership, raising serious concerns about data privacy. “Our investigation uncovered that over half of the top free VPN apps either had Chinese ownership […]

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Georgia’s secretary of state Brian Kemp doxes thousands of absentee voters
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Georgia’s secretary of state Brian Kemp and candidate for state governor in the midterm election, has taken the unusual, if not unprecedented step of posting the personal details of 291,164 absentee voters online for anyone to download. Kemp’s office posted an Excel file on its website within hours of the results of the general election, exposing the names […]

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The ugly truth about voting security: States won’t fix it
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Enlarge / ATLANTA, GA – NOVEMBER 06: Sloane (no last name given), 2, waits between her father’s legs as he and other voters cast their ballots at a polling station set up at Grady High School for the mid-term elections on November 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia has a tight race to elect the […]

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Ajit Pai slams Sprint, Charter, and CenturyLink for poor robocall effort
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Enlarge / FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC, the day of the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality rules. (credit: Getty Images | Alex Wong ) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai yesterday criticized Sprint, Charter, CenturyLink, and four other phone providers for not committing to adopt a new system […]

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SF fines two landords $2.25 million for illegal Airbnb rentals
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San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is laying down the law — literally. Today, Herrera’s office announced a $2.25 million settlement with two property owners in the city. The landlords, Darren and Valerie Lee, ran “an illicit hotel chain during San Francisco’s housing crisis rather than lawfully renting the units to residential tenants,” Herrera’s office […]

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iRobot, Google Team Up To Understand Your Smart Home
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iRobot and Google are looking for ways to integrate the Roomba-maker’s home maps with Google Assistant to extend instructions to other gadgets. “The collaboration centers on iRobot’s Roomba i7+ vacuum models’ ability to map home floor plans and remember room names,” notes TechCrunch. From the report: As it is, Google Home users or anyone with […]

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Twitter Deletes Over 10,000 Bots That  Discouraged US Midterm Voting
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Twitter has deleted over 10,000 disinformation bots discouraging Americans from voting in Tuesday’s midterm elections. An anonymous reader quotes CNN: Twitter said that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had brought the accounts to their attention. “For the election this year we have established open lines of communication and direct, easy escalation paths for state election […]

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AIs trained to help with sepsis treatment, fracture diagnosis
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Enlarge (credit: Bo Mertz) Treating patients effectively involves a combination of training and experience. That’s one of the reasons that people have been excited about the prospects of using AI in medicine: it’s possible to train algorithms using the experience of thousands of doctors, giving them more information than any single human could accumulate. This […]

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Former White House CIO Theresa Payton: 'There Are Grave Concerns About Election Interference'
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Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice Solutions, is one of the most influential experts on cybersecurity and IT strategy in the United States. She is an authority on Internet security, data breaches and fraud mitigation. She served as the first female chief information officer at the White House, overseeing IT operations for President George W. Bush […]

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