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Outgoing Facebook CSO Alex Stamos will join Disrupt SF to talk cybersecurity
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At Disrupt SF 2018, Facebook’s soon-to-be-former chief security officer Alex Stamos will join us to chat about his tenure in the top security role for the world’s biggest social network, how it feels to have weathered some of the biggest security and privacy scandals to ever hit the tech industry and securing U.S. elections in […]

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BBC Wants Microsoft To Expose 'Doctor Who' Leaker
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Last month, the BBC headed to court to track down the person who leaked an incomplete scene featuring Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor. New court documents suggest that the British broadcaster has yet to find the perpetrator, and is hoping Microsoft can help. At a federal court in Washington, the BBC requested a DMCA subpoena targeted […]

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Pentagon tells troops: turn off fitness tracker GPS when you head to warzones
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Enlarge / A heatmap of Strava “workout” data revealed sensitive locations around the world, including some mysterious places in Syria. (credit: Strava) The Pentagon has now made it official. Eight months after a researcher discovered that the “heatmap” feature of the Strava fitness tracking community was revealing the location of US military facilities in Syria […]

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Virus shuts down factories of major iPhone component manufacturer TSMC
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Apple touts the cybersecurity of its iPhone, but less can be said for the exclusive manufacturer who makes the processor for the iPhone. Semiconductor foundry TSMC, or Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, was hit by a virus late Friday night, which forced it to shut down several factories according to Debbie Wu at Bloomberg. The virus […]

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Iconic Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Wakes Up, Phones Home
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Kepler, which has discovered about 70 percent of the 3,800 known exoplanets to date, woke up from a four-week hibernation yesterday and has begun beaming data home, just as planned, NASA officials announced today. From a report: Kepler had been sleeping in an attempt to save thruster fuel, which is running very low. Mission team […]

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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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