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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 Comments Off 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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May 19, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from THE HILL: President Obama is relying less on drones and more on foreign governments in the global fight against terrorists. The shift, which also includes fewer unilateral special operations raids of the type that killed Osama bin Laden, is prompting criticism that Washington relies on unstable governments such as in Nigeria, where Boko Haram ...

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May 14, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Independent: The European Court of Justice struck a major blow against the right of internet companies to hold unlimited information on individuals when it ordered Google to remove links that are deemed “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant”. The court’s decision will allow individuals the right to ask internet search engines to remove ...

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May 14, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Excerpted from The Hill: The political left is pressuring the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission to abandon his plan for “fast lanes” that would allow Internet providers to charge websites for preferential treatment. Liberal groups and Democrats on Capitol Hill say FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s attempts to revise the net neutrality proposal ...

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May 13, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Defense One: Are robots capable of moral or ethical reasoning? It’s no longer just a question for tenured philosophy professors or Hollywood directors. This week, it’s a question being put to the United Nations. The Office of Naval Research will award $7.5 million in grant money over five years to university researchers from Tufts, ...

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May 3, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from NBC BAY AREA: The National Park Service is warning potential amateur pilots that drone aircraft are "prohibited within park boundaries" of Yosemite National Park. The park service is referring to small "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles," like the DJI Phantom. Officials say, in recent years, the park has experienced an increase in visitors using drones inside ...

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Apr 28, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Heather Schreck was asleep around midnight in her Hebron home when a voice startled her. "All of a sudden, I heard what sounded like a man's voice but I was asleep so I wasn't sure," Heather said. Disoriented and confused, Heather picked up her cell phone to check the camera in her 10-month-old daughter ...

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Apr 23, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff praised the United States on Wednesday for its decision to ease control over the Internet and called for a more democratic, transparent network following the U.S. National Security Agency spying scandal. Rousseff spoke at a global conference she convened on how to govern a safer, less U.S.-centered Internet ...

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Apr 18, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: The Pentagon has come up with a new way to place paranoia in the minds of future enemies: attack drones that can patiently wait on the ocean floor for years. DARPA, the Pentagon’s research arm charged with creating breakthrough technologies for national security, believes robotic pods that can quickly surface from the ...

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Apr 18, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from BLOOMBERG: The Internal Revenue Service and other U.S. agencies awarded about $415,000 in contracts to a license plate-tracking company before Homeland Security leaders dropped a plan for similar work amid privacy complaints. Federal offices such as the Forest Service and the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command chose Livermore, California-based Vigilant Solutions to provide ...

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Apr 16, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Defense Tech: U.S. military leaders have approved funding to develop a hybrid, stealth motorcycle to be driven by special operations teams in the not too distant future. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has issued a grant to integrate a multiple fuel, hybrid-electric power plant into a dirt bike built by BRD Motorcycles. ...

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Apr 14, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Business Insider: Google has acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace, the Wall Street Journal reports. Titan is a New Mexico-based company that makes high-flying solar powered drones. There's no word on the price Google paid, but Facebook had been in talks to acquire the company earlier this year for a reported $60 million. Presumably, Google paid ...

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