Information Technology

UK report warns DeepMind Health could gain ‘excessive monopoly power’
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DeepMind’s foray into digital health services continues to raise concerns. The latest worries are voiced by a panel of external reviewers appointed by the Google-owned AI company to report on its operations after its initial data-sharing arrangements with the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS) ran into a major public controversy in 2016. The DeepMind Health Independent […]

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Facebook says it gave ‘identical support’ to Trump and Clinton campaigns
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Facebook’s hundreds of pages of follow-ups to Senators make for decidedly uninteresting reading. Give lawyers a couple months and they will always find a way to respond non-substantively to the most penetrating questions. One section may at least help put a few rumors to rest about Facebook’s role in the 2016 Presidential campaigns, though of […]

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Systemd-Free Devuan 2.0 'ASCII' Officially Released
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“Dear Init Freedom Lovers…” begins the announcement at Devuan.org: We are happy to announce that Devuan GNU+Linux 2.0 ASCII Stable is finally available. Devuan is a GNU+Linux distribution committed to providing a universal, stable, dependable, free software operating system that uses and promotes alternatives to systemd and its components. Devuan 2.0 ASCII runs on several […]

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Facebook let select companies have “special access” to user data, per report
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Enlarge (credit: JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images) Facebook maintained secret deals with a handful of companies, allowing them to gain “special access to user records,” long after it cut off most developers’ access to such user data back in 2015, according to a new Friday report by the Wall Street Journal, citing court documents it did not publish […]

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Red Hat Launches Fuse 7, Fuse Online for Better Cloud Integration
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Red Hat has launched its Fuse 7 cloud-native integration solution and introduced Fuse Online, an alternative iPaaS. Red Hat Fuse is a lightweight modular and flexible integration platform with a new-style enterprise service bus to unlock information. It provides a single, unified platform across hybrid cloud environments for collaboration between integration experts, application developers and […]

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MalwareTech says 4 new criminal charges are “bullsh*t”
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Enlarge / Marcus Hutchins (R) the British cyber security expert accused of creating and selling malware that steals banking passwords arrives with his lawyers Marcia Homann (L) and Brian Klein (R) at US Federal Courthouse on August 14, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (credit: JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images) Marcus Hutchins, the British security researcher known as MalwareTech, […]

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Robocallers Win Even if You Don't Answer
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Sarah Krouse, reporting for WSJ: Caller ID is feeding one of the very problems it was developed to stop: junk calls. Illegitimate robocallers, or outfits that flood American landlines with marketing calls, use the decades-old identification system to make money, even when no one picks up. While scammers’ biggest paydays come from tricking victims into […]

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92 million MyHeritage users had their data quietly swiped
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Enlarge / MyHeritage offers DNA testing and ancestry services. (credit: MyHeritage) Email addresses and hashed passwords of more than 92 million MyHeritage users were exposed in a cybersecurity breach on October 26, 2017, the popular genealogy company reported Monday, June 4, 2018. MyHeritage said that it only learned of the breach earlier that day—more than […]

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Judge orders EPA to disclose any science backing up Pruitt’s climate claims
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Enlarge (credit: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) In March 2017, Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency, appeared on CNBC and said that carbon dioxide was not known to be a major factor in climate change. “I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” […]

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