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Apple Takes a Swipe at Google in Open Letter on Privacy
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Apple wants you to know that your data is safe in their hands, and on Thursday, the company launched a new website, complete with a letter from CEO Tim Cook, to explain just how your information is protected. The post Apple Takes a Swipe at Google in Open Letter on Privacy appeared first on WIRED.

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eBay Redirect Attack Puts Buyers' Credentials At Risk
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mrspoonsi points out this BBC story about an eBay breach that was directing users to a spoof site. “eBay has been compromised so that people who clicked on some of its links were automatically diverted to a site designed to steal their credentials. The spoof site had been set up to look like the online […]

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Senator demands US courts recover 10 years of online public records
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Wikipedia The head of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee is urging the federal bureaucracy to restore a decade’s worth of electronic court documents that were deleted last month from online viewing because of an upgrade to a computer database known as PACER. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) said the removal of the thousands […]

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The Importance of Openness to the Internet of Things
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Consumers today are in an awkward position. Personal privacy is being wiped out by the Internet. At the same time, new technologies that interconnect our devices with our homes and office environments are offering stupendous advantages. Welcome to the Internet of Things’ new world of openness. “Openness” means something different depending on whether you’re basking […]

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Millions of Gmail Users Victims of Latest Password Heist
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About 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords have been published on a Russian bitcoin security forum as a text file. Sixty percent of the 4.93 million credentials in the file were valid, claimed the poster, who used the online handle “tvskit.” The information reportedly was dumped on several Russian cybercrime forums and shared through a […]

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Couples Can't Keep Their Hands Off Each Other's Phones
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Worried about the NSA spying on your smartphone? How about online hackers? Truth be told, the greatest threat to your confidential information is a lot closer to you — namely, your partner. That’s what a recent survey of more than 13,000 people in the United States revealed. Avast last week reported its findings. Among them: […]

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US opens first commercial plant that converts corn waste to fuel
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So far, the largest biofuels efforts have involved the age-old process of converting sugars in plants into ethanol. If biofuels are ever to make a significant dent in fossil fuel use, however, they’re probably going to have to be made from something that can’t also be used as food (either by us or our farm […]

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Ralph Lauren Takes a Swing at Fitness Tech
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Ralph Lauren this week merged the tech and fashion worlds with a new smart Polo shirt. Knitted into the Polo Tech shirt’s core are sensors that read biological and physiological information. The company partnered with Msignal to develop a “black box” that includes an accelerometer and gyroscope, which capture movement and direction. Data is captured […]

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Robo Brain Teaches a Robot to Fish
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A team of university researchers have been busy building Robo Brain, a large-scale computational system that collates information from the Internet, as well as data from computer simulations and real-life robot trials, and learns from it. That knowledge base will be used to drive prototypes for robotics research, household robots and self-driving cars. The researchers […]

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