Information Technology

Civil Liberties Board Takes Heat for NSA Spying Report
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The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has come under fire for its latest report on NSA surveillance. The report essentially says collection of information under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act “has been valuable and effective in protecting the nation’s security and producing useful foreign intelligence.” However, because certain aspects of […]

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40 Years on, the Barcode Has Turned Everything Into Information
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When Alan Haberman came to San Francisco to upend the global economy—which in the end he did—he wasn’t seeking venture capitalists or software engineers. This was the early 1970s, when a computer in every home was still just Steve Jobs’ teenage dream. Anyway, Haberman wasn’t a geek. He was a grocer.

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Feds unmask mystery hacker who “hamburgled” Burger King Twitter account
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Charles Rodstrom Federal prosecutors have charged a previously convicted hacker with illegally accessing millions of records sent by Twitter users requesting technical support. The allegations shed new light into the hijacking of Burger King’s Twitter account 17 months ago, a case many assumed had gone cold. Cameron Lacroix, a 25-year-old resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts, […]

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Brain white matter modelled with 3D printing
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The complex system of white matter fibres that relay information in the brain has been accurately recreated in a 3D-printed model.

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Autonomous filing cabinet embodies our everlasting data trail
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A filing cabinet is following people around the Royal College of Art to remind us our data is everywhere—and it will follow us everywhere. I Know What You Did Last Summer is Jaap de Maat’s final year project, the finale to a two-year-long MA in Information Experience Design. And anyone visiting the RCA this weekend […]

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Android Wear smartwatches make Google Glass obsolete
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Ron Amadeo It seems like every post about Google Glass is dripping with bias either for or against the device, so before we get into it here’s a little transparency: I’m Google Glass Explorer #1499. I paid $1500 of my own money to get Glass, and I’ve owned the device for over a year. I thought Glass was […]

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Tom's Hardware: Microsoft Smartband Coming In October With 11 Sensors
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New submitter TuxHiggs (2691251) writes “Last month, Forbes wrote that Microsoft was preparing a cross-platform smartwatch with the ability to continuously track your heart rate and sync the data to your devices. A trusted source with knowledge of the development has verified some of that information and provided Tom’s Hardware with additional details about the […]

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Public officials’ personal texts and e-mails subject of open records flap
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California’s top court agreed Friday to decide whether government employees’ personal texts and e-mails are subject to disclosure under public records law. At least one other state high court, Alaska’s, has already required disclosure and preservation of those communications if they deal with government business. Arizona’s highest court has ruled that private communications with a […]

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Facebook, NY DA Lock Horns Over User Data Warrants
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Facebook, not known for respecting users’ privacy, is battling a New York County district attorney’s demand for all information pertaining to the accounts of several hundred of its subscribers. DA Cyrus Vance’s office issued 381 secret warrants for the information in July of 2013 in a hunt for retired police officers and firefighters wrongfully claiming […]

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