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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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May 19, 2014 No Comments ›› 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 No Comments ›› 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 No Comments ›› 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 No Comments ›› 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 No Comments ›› 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 No Comments ›› 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 No Comments ›› 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 No Comments ›› 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 No Comments ›› 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 No Comments ›› 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 No Comments ›› 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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Apr 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from UT San Diego: This summer, San Diego will host the public unveiling of a military weapon that the Navy’s chief scientist calls a Star Wars-like technology that is nevertheless now viable. In July, the Navy will hold a static display of its $500 million electromagnetic railgun prototype program at San Diego Naval Base, aboard ...

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Apr 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from YAHOO NEWS: Robonaut 2, NASA's humanoid robot currently inhabiting the International Space Station, hasn't done much exciting work up there since its arrival three years ago. But according to a doctor at Houston Methodist Hospital who has been training the robot on telemedicine, the plan is to equip NASA's space-age machine to eventually perform ...

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Apr 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from MOTHER JONES: Thomas Jefferson was a smart dude. And in one of his letters to John Adams, dated June 27, 1813, Jefferson made an observation about the nature of politics that science is only now, two centuries later, beginning to confirm. “The same political parties which now agitate the United States, have existed ...

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Mar 24, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from Venture Beat: Obama’s plan to relinquish control of the Internet will enable foreign governments to crack down and limit Internet freedom, according to former U.S. president Bill Clinton. Clinton joins a lengthy list of critics of the U.S. decision to give up oversight of ICANN, the non-profit organization responsible for managing Web domains and ...

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Mar 21, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Politico: Top executives from Facebook, Google and other tech giants will huddle Friday with President Barack Obama — a meeting, according to one White House official, that will focus on the “issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence.” The Obama administration declined to provide a list of those attending the session, which the White House ...

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Mar 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

(Reuters) - Investigators believe someone aboard a missing Malaysian airliner deliberately shut off its communications and tracking systems, turned the plane around and flew for nearly seven hours after it vanished, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday. As the unprecedented search for Flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew entered its second week, Najib ...

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Mar 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Federal Register: Read Full Report Special Conditions: Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER Series Airplanes; Aircraft Electronic System Security Protection From Unauthorized Internal Access The integrated network configurations in the Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER series airplanes may enable increased connectivity with external network sources and will have more interconnected networks and systems, such ...

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Mar 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Hillicon Valley: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to prevent a “takeover” of the Internet by the United Nations or another government regime. Speaking Monday at Google’s office in Washington, the possible presidential contender said he will introduce legislation to codify U.S. support of an open Internet as other countries attempt to ...

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Mar 5, 2014 Comments Off Darby Crash

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is in talks to buy drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to media reports. The high-flying drones would give Facebook, the world's No.1 Internet social network, the ability to beam wireless Internet access to consumers in undeveloped parts of the world, according to the technology blog TechCrunch. TechCrunch first reported ...

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Mar 4, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from FREE BEACON: Iran has emerged as a leading cyber threat and has already hacked into the U.S. defense establishment and financial institutions, likely with the help of the Russians, according to a former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Iran has boosted its cyber capabilities in a “surprisingly” short amount of ...

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Mar 3, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from Independent: He leads a company that some would consider the epitome of ruthless global capitalism. But Apple chief executive Tim Cook has shocked some in the US with an impassioned attack on the single-minded pursuit of profit – and a direct appeal to climate-change deniers not to buy shares in his firm. Eyewitnesses said ...

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Feb 28, 2014 Comments Off Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Hill: AT&T is seeking approval from the federal government to start experiments in Florida and Alabama that could set in motion the end of the traditional landline phone. Telecom companies say the transition to Internet-based phone service is in full swing, and argue it’s time to bring down the lines that have criss-crossed ...

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