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Aug 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from THE BLAZE: Computers within the United States’ primary regulator for commercial nuclear power plants were successfully attacked three times in three years by at least two different hacking groups. Nuclear Regulatory Commission computers were infiltrated twice by foreigner attackers, and once by an unidentifiable individual, but both using recognizable tools: two attacks traced back ...

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Aug 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from CNET: A bill that mandates antitheft technology to come pre-installed on all smartphones sold in California is headed to the governor after passing a final California Senate vote on Monday. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Mark Leno and sponsored by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, asks that device makers put so-called ...

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Aug 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Telegraph: Technology giant Google has developed state of the art software which proactively scours hundreds of millions of email accounts for images of child abuse. The breakthrough means paedophiles around the world will no longer be able to store and send vile images via email without the risk of their crimes becoming known to ...

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Aug 1, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Tracer rounds ricochet off of a tank as security police fire a mounted .50-caliber machine gun. Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: American military personnel use the pyrotechnic glare of tracer rounds to see exactly where they’re firing and adjust when necessary. Unfortunately, that glare also gives away a soldier’s position. Engineers at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey are ...

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Jul 21, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

SAMARA, July 21. (ITAR-TASS) - Russia will continue to supply rocket engines to the United States despite Western sanctions, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday. “We are not going to shoot ourselves in the leg. They are organising sanctions in such a way that they will boomerang on their head. But we will continue ...

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Jul 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) hired a photography team that used a drone to capture his wedding day events. (Image source: YouTube) Excerpted from THE BLAZE: A congressman who sits on the House committee that oversees the Federal Aviation Administration may have used his own wedding to prove a point about the agency’s strict rules about ...

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Jul 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

New York News NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - The U.S. Marine Corps. has enlisted the help of a four-legged devil-dog of sorts. A robotic mule known as the Legged Squad Support System, or LS3, is taking part in military exercises in Hawaii. LS3 is designed to carry 400 pounds and travel 20 miles without refueling. The robot is operated by ...

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Jul 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: ‘Smart’ bullets look set to join guided missiles in the military’s growing arsenal of high-tech weapons. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently conducted its first successful live-fire tests of 0.50-caliber bullets capable of “in-flight guidance.” This means that even if a sniper’s aim is off, the bullets can still reach ...

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Jul 9, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from THE WEEK: Roosevelt Lafontant had a dream. A Marine Corps officer assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office at the Pentagon, Lafontant had a back-row seat in late 2001 as the Marines spearheaded the invasion of landlocked Afghanistan. To reach Kandahar from their assault ships, the Marines had to fly more than 400 miles ...

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Jul 2, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from DAILY CALLER: Facebook’s recently disclosed experiment to successfully manipulate the emotions of almost 700,000 users has been linked to a Department of Defense initiative designed to model massive civil unrest across the world. Facebook data scientist Adam Kramer ran the “emotion manipulation” study to test whether or not emotions were contagious across users on ...

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Jun 25, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from NBC NEWS: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to Aereo, an Internet service that allows customers to watch broadcast TV programs on mobile devices. Launched a year ago in New York and then extended to 10 other U.S. cities, it allows customers to watch over-the-air TV programs on a ...

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Jun 23, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Police are investigating a report of a drone peeping into a woman’s apartment window. Police were called to the downtown Seattle apartment complex on Sunday morning after she spied an unmanned aerial vehicle hovering outside the building. The woman said she was concerned the drone was looking into her apartment. After calling police, ...

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Jun 23, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Kings fans destroy a drone that was knocked out of the sky during a celebration of the Kings' Stanley Cup victory. The incident is part of a series of events raising questions about drones and their effect on privacy. (Jabin Botsford / Los Angeles Times) Excerpted from LA TIMES: A South Bay man who routinely records ...

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Jun 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from THE HILL: National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis issued a memorandum banning drones in all National Parks on Friday. The directive requires all parks to prohibit the "unmanned aircrafts" over lands and waters under the National Park Service's jurisdiction. "We have serious concerns about the negative impact that flying unmanned aircraft is having in parks, ...

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Jun 17, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ) — Soon, Maryland will be the home to a couple of new landmarks. Actually, sky-marks. As Mike Schuh reports, two large blimps will soon rise over Harford County and stay put. Radar blimps like these have been used on the battlefield to track the enemy, and in the Caribbean to intercept drug runners. Testing in ...

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Jun 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from The Hill: Internet users in Iraq have been blocked from visiting Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites out of fear that extremists are using the services to plot attacks, according to multiple reports on Friday. The apparent outage comes amid heightened tensions in the nation, which seems to be heading towards a ...

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Jun 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned. Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the ...

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Jun 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) acquired by the LAPD will remain grounded until lawmakers can establish specific policies governing their use, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday. During Wednesday’s “Ask The Mayor” call-in segment on KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO, Garcetti said that UAVs – or drones – could be used in hostage standoffs and ...

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Jun 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from POLITICO Magazine: Earlier this year, the most reliable way for a billionaire to make the headlines was to compare suggested tax increases to Nazi Germany. Lately, though, the more interesting shift in the politics of the plutocracy has been more genteel. There will be more Hitler analogies, of course, but another camp among ...

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Jun 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Police may soon begin using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during manhunts, standoffs and other “tactical events”, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. The LAPD obtained two UAVs – otherwise known as drones – from the Seattle Police Department last week at no cost to the city, according to officials. The Seattle Police Department ...

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Jun 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from NextGov: The Secret Service is purchasing software to watch users of social networks in real time, according to contract documents. In a work order posted on Monday, the agency details information the tool will collect -- ranging from emotions of Internet users to old Twitter messages. Its capabilities will include “sentiment analysis,” "influencer identification," ...

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May 28, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is – just 2 percent of its Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. The search giant said the transparency about its workforce – the first disclosure of its kind in the ...

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May 21, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: Universal — using face-replacement technology and the late Paul Walker's brothers to finish the film — is in a negotiation to get reimbursed as the costs soar past $250 million. A version of this story first appeared in the May 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. When Paul Walker was killed in ...

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May 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

BOSTON (Reuters) - A sophisticated hacking group recently attacked a U.S. public utility and compromised its control system network, but there was no evidence that the utility's operations were affected, according to the Department of Homeland Security. DHS did not identify the utility in a report that was issued this week by the agency's Industrial Control ...

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May 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

(CNSNews.com) – The federal government is piecing together a sweeping national “biosurveillance” system that will give bureaucrats near real-time access to Americans’ private medical information in the name of national security, according to Twila Brase, a public health nurse and co-founder of the Citizens Council for Health Freedom. The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) ...

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