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Apr 23, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from CNS NEWS – Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said at a Senate Judiciary hearing on the Immigration Modernization Act, a bill he helped author, that visiting the U.S. southern border was a “revelation” and more drones were needed to secure it. “Look, I went to the border,” Schumer said on Tuesday. “It was a revelation to ...

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Apr 18, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from AP TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Legislature has passed a bill limiting law enforcement agencies' use of the remotely controlled aircraft known as drones. The House unanimously approved the Senate's bill (SB 92) 117-0 on Wednesday with no debate. It now goes to Gov. Rick Scott. The governor has previously said he would sign it ...

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Apr 14, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from DAILY MAIL The head of Google has warned drone technology proves a serious danger to global security and privacy unless an international treaty is put into place controlling the technology fast. Eric Schmidt today said that the technology for armed unmanned planes will soon pass into the hands of terrorists posing huge security concerns across ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from NATIONAL DEFENSE The next frontier for the robotics industry is to build machines that think like humans. Scientists have pursued that elusive goal for decades, and they believe they are now just inches away from the finish line. A Pentagon-funded team of researchers has constructed a tiny machine that would allow robots to act ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from CNN - Ex-Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf acknowledged his government secretly signed off on U.S. drone strikes, the first time a top past or present Pakistani official has admitted publicly to such a deal. Pakistani leaders long have openly challenged the drone program and insisted they had no part in it. Musharraf's admission, though, suggests he ...

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Apr 11, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from COMPUTER WORLD The Hack in the Box (#HITB2013AMS) security conference in Amsterdam has a very interesting lineup of talks [pdf]. One that jumped out was the Aircraft Hacking: Practical Aero Series presented by Hugo Teso, a security consultant at n.runs in Germany. According to the abstract, “This presentation will be a practical demonstration on ...

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Apr 9, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from INFOWARS The Department of Homeland Security is testing a number of different drones at a scientific research facility in Oklahoma that have sensors capable of detecting whether a person is armed, stoking concerns that the federal agency is planning on using UAVs to harass gun owners. Researchers with Oklahoma State University are masterminding the drones ...

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Apr 8, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from BETA BEAT When preparing for your Las Vegas strip club romp, make sure to bring those bandz, but leave the Google Glass at home. NBC News reports that clubs are now prohibiting patrons from wearing the face computers inside, because the tiny cameras allow for covert creepshotting–a strip club no-no. Peter Feinstein, the managing partner ...

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Apr 8, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from US NEWS NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.--The Navy's top officer unveiled new technology Monday that allows ships to shoot down drones or other vehicles for about the cost of a pack of gum. The USS Dewey tested an onboard laser weapons system in July 2012, in which it successfully shot down a test drone. Navy Adm. Jonathan ...

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Apr 6, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from CNET NEWS Google developer advocate Timothy Jordan envisions Google Glass, pardon the pun, as a way for people to distance themselves from technology. This seems a bit oxymoronic, however, considering it's a device people would wear on their face. Jordan expounds on this idea and explains more about Google's wearable augmented reality project in a ...

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Apr 1, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from THE HILL: Drone strikes in Pakistan have grown “exponentially” under President Obama and risk losing their value if overused, former U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker warned Monday. The United States has launched 336 such strikes over the past decade, according to The Long War Journal — all but 10 of them under President Obama. The strikes ...

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Apr 1, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from DAILY MAIL: A blurry blob on a hospital screen is the first view most expectant parents get of their child. But new state-of-the-art imaging software is now able to map a foetus in incredible detail. The software takes a conventional 3D ultrasound scan and adds colour, skin texture, lighting and shadows. It has been developed by Dr ...

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Mar 30, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from CNN MONEY: Facebook's stock market debut left founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg with a paper fortune currently valued at $13 billion -- and a 2012 tax bill of around $1.1 billion. Zuckerberg's whopping tax hit stems from his move last May to increase his stake in Facebook. On the day of Facebook's initial public offering, ...

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Mar 29, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from US NEWS: The radio will allow drone operators to control their aircraft from up to a mile away A San Francisco-based startup company is hoping to sell an iPhone accessory that'll turn the smartphone (or an iPad) into a "mobile drone ground station" that can control drones from up to a mile away. The "Fighting Walrus ...

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Mar 28, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from WIRED: If there was any doubt that the military has new confidence in its forthcoming laser arsenal, the Navy’s top geeks want to outfit Marines with a laser cannon to shoot small drones out of the sky. Specifically, the Office of Naval Research thinks that Marine air-ground task forces are too vulnerable to adversaries flying ...

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Mar 28, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from IPT: The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act was originally introduced in 1984 to reduce the cracking of computer systems owned by financial institutions and the government; nearly 30 years and seven amendments later, the law is regarded by many lawyers and academics as overly “expansive” and “sweeping,” as it lets the government incarcerate “any ...

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Mar 27, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from WAPO: Federal investigators in Northern California routinely used a sophisticated surveillance system to scoop up data from cellphones and other wireless devices in an effort to track criminal suspects — but failed to detail the practice to judges authorizing the probes. The practice was disclosed Wednesday in documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act ...

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Mar 26, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WND: Over the past 18 months, a massive $100 million public-school database spearheaded by the $36.4 billion-strong Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been in the making that freely shares student information with private companies. The system has been in operation for several months and already contains millions of K-12 students’ personal identification ? ...

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Mar 26, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from THE DAILY CALLER: Leaders in the law enforcement community want people to know that they are against the arming of domestic drones. Public attention to the privacy and safety issues associated with unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, was recently spurred by Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s near 13-hour filibuster of the confirmation of now-CIA Director ...

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Mar 25, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from CNS NEWS: he Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicts 10,000 commercial drones could be in the skies by 2020 after guidelines are approved. For now, Congress has asked the FAA to write regulations on civil operation of small unmanned aircraft systems in the national airspace and submit them by 2015. "Once enabled, commercial UAS markets will ...

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Mar 23, 2013 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Daily Caller: In a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee Tuesday, a panel of technology law experts called on Congress to pass legislation mandating the long-term retention of every American’s text messages and emails in case of a future criminal investigation. “Billions of texts are sent every day, and some surely contain key ...

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Mar 21, 2013 Comments Off Spit Stixx

"The times they are a-changing, and the changing isn't free...beware the savage jaw of 1984." - David Bowie Excerpted from Reuters: The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country's private, civilian-run infrastructure. As a result, more private sector employees ...

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Mar 20, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from FREE BEACON: Instagram is no longer just for hipsters. Another cohort has adopted the trendy photo-sharing service: terrorists. The social media app has experienced a “tremendous increase of its use by online jihadis” who have littered Instagram with radical propaganda depicting dead “martyrs” and armed terrorist combatants, according to a recent report issued by the ...

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Mar 18, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

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Mar 17, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer

Excerpted from CNET NEWS: The opposition will congregate in dark corners. They will whisper with their mouths, while their eyes will scan the room for spies wearing strange spectacles. The spies will likely be men. How many women would really like to waft down the street wearing Google Glass? It won't be easy. Once you've been cybernated, there's no ...

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