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Feds seek to seize all profits from Snowden’s book over NDA violation
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Enlarge / The US Government thanks Edward Snowden for the revenue stream with a filing in US court on September 17—the day his book hit shelves in the US. (credit: Henry Holt / Macmillan) The US Department of Justice may never be able to prosecute Edward Snowden for his procurement and distribution of highly classified […]

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Spouse of Ring exec among lawmakers trying to weaken Calif. privacy law
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Enlarge / California State Capitol building in Sacramento. (credit: Getty Images | joe chan photography) The California legislature worked through the summer to finalize the text of the state’s landmark data privacy law before time to make amendments ran out on Friday. In the Assembly (California’s lower house), Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin has been a key […]

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Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs
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Privacy-minded changes to smartphone operating systems which foreground the background activity of third party apps are helping to spotlight more of the surveillance infrastructure deployed by adtech giants to track and profile human eyeballs for profit. To wit: iOS 13, which will be generally released later this week, has already been spotted catching Facebook’s app […]

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Check the scope: Pen-testers nabbed, jailed in Iowa courthouse break-in attempt
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Enlarge / The Dallas County, Iowa courthouse, the sight of a penetration test gone spectacularly wrong. (credit: By Iowahwyman – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0) Two security contractors were arrested in Adel, Iowa on September 11 as they attempted to gain access to the Dallas County Courthouse. The two are employees of Coalfire—a “cybersecurity advisor” firm […]

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Loot boxes in games are gambling and should be banned for kids, say UK MPs
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UK MPs have called for the government to regulate the games industry’s use of loot boxes under current gambling legislation — urging a blanket ban on the sale of loot boxes to players who are children. Kids should instead be able to earn in-game credits to unlock look boxes, MPs have suggested in a recommendation […]

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How to Reorganize Applications on your iPhone?
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Over time, the iPhone’s screen tends to clutter up, especially when you keep downloading apps without organizing them. Thankfully, you can customize the screen however you want and reorganize apps. Read on and learn how to do so. Modify Your Home Screen Wallpaper If you want to modify your home screen wallpaper, then you need […]

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Pento raises $2.8M seed round for its payroll SaaS
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Pento, a Danish startup working on a better payroll experience for companies and employees, has raised $2.8 million in seed funding. Leading the round is Point Nine Capital and Seedcamp, with participation from a number of smaller funds and angel investors, including departing Atomico Partner Mattias Ljungman. The company had previously raised $700,000 from the […]

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Facebook dating is now available in the US. Here’s how it works
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Enlarge (credit: Facebook) Facebook has long been the place where everyone from college students to divorcées scope out their romantic interests. Now Facebook users in the United States can officially use the social network as a dating service—complete with specialized profiles, a matchmaking algorithm, and more. Facebook Dating, which began rolling out in other countries […]

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Wikipedia blames malicious DDOS attack after site goes down across Europe, Middle East
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Wikipedia was forced offline in several countries Friday after a cyber attack hit the global encyclopedia. Users across Europe and parts of the Middle East experienced outages shortly before 7pm, BST, according to downdetector.com. Wikimedia’s German Twitter account posted: “The Wikimedia server…is currently being paralysed by a massive and very broad DDOS [distributed denial of […]

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