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Nov 13, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of cellphones through fake communications towers deployed on airplanes, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations. The U.S. Marshals Service program, which became fully functional around 2007, operates Cessna aircraft ...

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Oct 24, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FREE BEACON: The National Science Foundation (NSF) project designed to track “misinformation” on Twitter has removed portions of its website that monitored political users, including conservatives who used the “tcot” hashtag. “Truthy,” the nearly $1 million research project being conducted by the University of Indiana, has redesigned its website following the Washington Free Beacon’s initial report ...

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Oct 21, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via TIME: Roughly 10 years from now we will see the End of Human Driving — a seminal moment of the first half of the 21st century. I’m guessing my young sons will not need to learn how to drive This Influencer post originally appeared on LinkedIn. Sam Shank shares his thoughts as part of LinkedIn’s Influencer ...

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Oct 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

WASHINGTON — Federal officials warned companies Monday that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records over the past 12 months, essentially breaking into banks without ever entering a building. "We're in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement," said Robert Anderson, executive assistant director of the ...

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Oct 20, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from THE TELEGRAPH: an Burkhart concentrated hard. A thick cable protruded from the crown of his shaven head. A sleeve sprouting wires enveloped his right arm. The 23 - year-old had been paralysed from the neck down since a diving accident four years ago. But, in June this year, in a crowded room ...

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Oct 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FOX NEWS: Facebook has a message for the Drug Enforcement Administration: we don’t like what you’re doing on our website. The social networking giant said in a letter Friday it wants assurances that the federal agency is no longer using fake profile pages to conduct investigations. The letter was in response to a New York woman's ...

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Oct 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via BALLOT BOX: Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a potential Democratic White House contender, said in an interview published Wednesday that "Wi-Fi is a human right." O'Malley, a two-term governor who has fundraised vigorously for Democrats running in midterms races this year, said in an interview with CNN that he can relate to his 20-something daughters. "I am noticing ...

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Oct 8, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via NATIONAL JOURNAL: Google Chairman Eric Schmidt warned Wednesday that the Internet will undergo fundamental changes if governments don't alter the way they spy on other countries. Speaking at an event in California hosted by Sen. Ron Wyden, Schmidt said the Internet will splinter unless the surveillance practices of the National Security Agency and foreign governments doesn't ...

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Oct 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via WaPo: Twitter, the world’s largest microblogging platform, on Tuesday sued the U.S. government, alleging that the Justice Department’s restrictions on what the company can say publicly about the government’s national security requests for user data violate the firm’s First Amendment rights. With its lawsuit, the San Francisco-based firm is seeking to go further than five other ...

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Oct 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

ORLANDO - Gartner sees things like robots and drones replacing a third of all workers by 2025, and whether you want to believe it or not, is entirely your business. This is Gartner being provocative, as it is typically is, at the start of its major U.S. conference, the Symposium/ITxpo. Take drones, for instance. "One day, a drone ...

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Sep 26, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Via FT: High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email [email protected] to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b145bb98-404d-11e4-936b-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz3ES9upZAK Tears can expose our most private emotions but could they also secure our most private information ...

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Sep 25, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from WFB: Chinese officials held closed-door talks in Washington last week with U.S. cyber security counterparts despite Beijing’s formal cutoff of talks on the subject following the federal indictment of Chinese military hackers. “We exchanged views with Chinese counterparts on cyber issues in Washington last week,” a State Department official confirmed, adding, “We do not ...

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Sep 12, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

A jetpack for the Pentagon's "4-minute mile" project shaves 18 seconds off an individual's 1-mile time. (Image: Arizona State University) Jetpack helps soldiers run faster from ASU Research on Vimeo. Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: Researchers at Arizona State University were asked by the Pentagon’s research arm if they could come up with robotic devices to give ...

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Sep 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Ayala Chaviva

Excerpted from DAILY MAIL: Islamic State militants are planning the creation of a 'cyber caliphate' protected by their own encryption software - from behind which they will launch massive hacking attacks on the U.S. and the West. Both Islamic State and Al Qaeda claim to be actively recruiting skilled hackers in a bid to create a ...

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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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