Information Technology

Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality
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HughPickens.com writes Brian Fung writes in the Washington Post that Wikipedia has been a little hesitant to weigh in on net neutrality, the idea that all Web traffic should be treated equally by Internet service providers such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable. That’s because the folks behind Wikipedia actually see a non-neutral Internet as […]

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Murder-for-hire suspect gets new ACLU ally in battle against phone spying
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In a new court filing, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has jumped into the criminal case of a man who federal prosecutors allege orchestrated a murder-for-hire earlier this year in Baltimore, Maryland. Specifically, in its 29-page amicus (friend of the court) brief filed on Tuesday, the ACLU supports the defendant’s earlier motion that the […]

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Seattle police may dump plans for body cams, citing records requests
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Retro Seattle police car. Curtis Cronn Police in Seattle are just weeks away from implementing pilot program in which 12 officers will test different types of body cameras. It’s a first step in a plan to put body cameras on the department’s more than 1,000 officers by the year 2016. Now that plan may get put on […]

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Assassin’s Creed: Rogue review—A fitting AC B-Side
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Look familiar? Except for that iceberg, it probably should. Ubisoft doesn’t want anyone to know about Assassin’s Creed: Rogue. That’s all I can gather from the game’s total lack of marketing—especially relative to its new-console cousin, the problematic Assassin’s Creed: Unity, which launched the very same day—and the fact that review copies didn’t go out […]

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US Senate falls two votes short of shutting down NSA phone spying
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in 2013. Rubio was first to speak against the USA Freedom Act in today’s debate, saying it could slow the government from disrupting an ISIL cell. Gage Skidmore The US Senate voted against reining in the NSA’s spying powers tonight, shooting down a proposal that was supported not just by intelligence reform […]

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U.S. Gov Insists It Doesn’t Stockpile Zero-Day Exploits to Hack Enemies
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For years the government has refused to talk about or even acknowledge its secret use of zero-day exploits to hack into the computers of adversaries and criminal suspects. But this year the Obama administration finally acknowledged what everyone already knew, that the National Security Agency and law enforcement agencies keep information about software vulnerabilities secret […]

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Snapchat wants its users to send money to each other with Snapcash
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The surprise is $5. Snapchat On Monday the messaging app Snapchat, which lets you send images and text that disappear soon after the recipient has viewed the message, announced that it would let its users send something more permanent—money. Partnering with payments processor Square to handle all the sensitive information, Snapchat introduced “Snapcash,” which will […]

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New Jawbone Fitness Trackers Stretch High and Low
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Jawbone on Wednesday announced two new fitness trackers: the high-end Up3 wristband and the entry-level Up Move clip device. Using a multisensor platform, the $179.99 Up3 captures detailed information about the wearer’s heart rate, sleep stages and physical activity over the course of the day. It also connects with the Up App to deliver Smart […]

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You Should Share Your Health Data: Its Value Outweighs the Privacy Risk
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Everyone in society benefits when patients are open about sharing their digital health information. The post You Should Share Your Health Data: Its Value Outweighs the Privacy Risk appeared first on WIRED.

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