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Google responds to lawmaker concerns over Gmail scanning
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In July, Senators John Thune (R-SD), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) sent Google a letter that sought information on Google's practice of allowing third-party app developers access to its users' emails. While Google stopped scanning Gmail…

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Equifax slapped with UK’s maximum penalty over 2017 data breach
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Credit rating giant Equifax has been issued with the maximum possible penalty by the UK’s data protection agency for last year’s massive data breach. Albeit, the fine is only £500,000 because the loss of customer data occurred when the UK’s prior privacy regime was in force — rather than the tough new data protection law, […]

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Automation: The Exaggerated Threat of Robots
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It will take quite a lot of time before robots become cheaper than workers in emerging markets such as Africa, argues Nico Beckert of Flassbeck Economics, a consortium of researchers who aim to provide economics insights with a more realistic basis. From the post: All industrialized countries used low-cost labour to build industries and manufacture […]

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Amazon Says It is Investigating Claims That Its Employees Are Taking Bribes To Sell Internal Data To Merchants To Help Them Increase Their Sales on the Website
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Amazon.com is investigating internal leaks as it fights to root out fake reviews and other seller scams from its website, the company told WSJ. From the report: Employees of Amazon, primarily with the aid of intermediaries, are offering internal data and other confidential information that can give an edge to independent merchants selling their products […]

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A third-party app can use Grindr to expose your exact location
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Back in March, a report revealed that Grindr suffered from flaws that could expose its users' personal information. The company issued a statement in response that said its location tracking feature is more akin to a square on an atlas and can't pinp…

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Rocket Report: Japanese spaceplane, GEO downturn, Block 5 results good
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Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson/SpaceX) Welcome to Edition 1.17 of the Rocket Report! This week, we discuss a lot of new launch contracts, a Japanese plan to build a suborbital spaceplane, and Chinese plans to develop a potentially recoverable payload fairing. Also, check the launch schedule: three launches in three days! As always, we welcome reader […]

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Medical Device Insecurity: Diagnosis Clear, Treatment Hazy
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An increasing number of healthcare professionals have become alert to the need for well-rounded medical device security in recent years, and players throughout the industry have started putting more effort into raising the bar. Developers have become aware of the most glaring holes, and more information security researchers have been brought into the fold. The […]

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Coinbase plots to become the New York Stock Exchange of crypto securities
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The future of Coinbase looks something like the New York Stock Exchange. That’s according a vision laid out by CEO Brian Amstrong who was interviewed on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today. Coinbase is known for being the most popular exchange for converting fiat currency into crypto — most of the largest traded […]

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Google sets October 9th for the Pixel 3 unveiling
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Enlarge / Google’s event invite. (credit: Google) Thirty-three days. That’s how long we have to see Google confirm all the Pixel 3 rumors that have been floating around. Today, Google sent out invites to a “Made by Google Launch Event,” which will invariably include the company’s Pixel 3 smartphone flagship. The event will be held on […]

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