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Top Genetic Testing Firms Promise Not To Share Data Without Consent
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Ancestry, 23andMe and several other top genetic testing companies pledged on Tuesday not to share users’ DNA data with others without consent. “Under the new guidelines, the companies said they would obtain consumers “separate express consent” before turning over their individual genetic information to businesses and other third parties, including insurers,” reports The Washington Post. […]

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Senate Democrat Floats First Serious Proposals For Regulating Big Tech
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On Monday, Senator Mark Warner published 20 proposals on how to regulate big tech platforms. What’s interesting is that none of the proposals call for breaking up the pseudo-monopolies. Instead, they aim to start a substantive debate by laying out different paths to address problems posed by the platforms. Gizmodo reports: What may be more […]

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Neural network implemented with light instead of electrons
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Enlarge / Each of these layers shapes the light that reaches the one behind it, performing calculations in the process. (credit: Ozcan Lab, UCLA) Neural networks have a reputation for being computationally expensive. But only the training portion of things really stresses most computer hardware, since it involves regular evaluations of performance and constant trips […]

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Bugs In Samsung IoT Hub Leave Smart Home Open To Attack
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secwatcher writes from a report via Threatpost: Cisco Talos researchers found flaws located in Samsung’s centralized controller, a component that connects to an array of IoT devices around the house — from light bulbs, thermostats, and cameras. SmartThings Hub is one of several DIY home networking devices designed to allow homeowners to remotely manage and […]

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Decade-old Bluetooth flaw lets hackers steal data passing between devices
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Enlarge (credit: Takashi Yamamiya) A large number of device makers are patching a serious vulnerability in the Bluetooth specification that allows attackers to intercept and tamper with data exchanged wirelessly. People who use Bluetooth to connect smartphones, computers, or other security-sensitive devices should make sure they install a fix as soon as possible. The attack, […]

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Boeing suffers a setback with Starliner’s pad abort test [Updated]
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Enlarge / In January 2018, Boeing shared this photo of the Starliner Pad Abort Test and Orbital Flight Test vehicles under construction in Florida. (credit: Boeing) In late June, an anomaly occurred during preparations for Boeing’s test of the Starliner spacecraft and its launch abort system. On Saturday, after Ars published a short report on […]

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Netflix’s Fast.com now measures upload speed and latency
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In 2016, Netflix launched Fast.com, a simple, easy way for anybody to check their internet speeds. Now, the company has announced that it's adding more information to the site. Fast.com will now let users see their connection's latency and upload spe…

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Hacking Campaign Targets iPhone Users With Data-Stealing, Location-Tracking Malware
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ZDNet reports of a new mobile malware campaign that is “gaining access to iPhones by tricking users to download an open-source mobile device management (MDM) software package.” From the report: Once in control, the unidentified hackers can steal various forms of sensitive information from infected devices, including the phone number, serial number, location, contact details, […]

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Developer faces prison after admitting admin software was really a RAT
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A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to federal charges he developed, marketed, and provided technical support for software he knew customers used illegally to take control of other people’s computers. Colton Grubbs used the handle KFC Watermelon to advertise the LuminosityLink administrative tool on Hackforums[dot]net, federal prosecutors alleged in an indictment filed last month. The […]

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