by on January 6, 2018
US President Donald Trump (L) listens with US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen during a meeting with Republican Members of the Senate about immigration at the White House in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2018.  World leaders who use Twitter help foster “necessary discussion,” the social media platform said in an apparent defense of President Trump’s tweets. The calls for Twitter to block Trump from its service were renewed on Tuesday after the president boasted his “nucl...
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by on February 22, 2018
The FCC’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, which vastly curtails the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rules, has officially taken effect by being entered the Federal Register. The order, published Thursday morning, may sound like the end of the line, but in fact this is the green light for everyone in the country, from citizens to attorney generals to governors and senators, to begin the official battle against the FCC’s ill-advised, technically backwards, and deeply unpopular rule. Littl...
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by on January 10, 2018
An Ohio man faces a 16-count indictment for allegedly creating a piece of malware that spied on victims in order to commit a litany of crimes, including the production of child pornography, according to federal prosecutors. The government claims, Phillip R. Durachinsky, 28, ran a 13-year scheme from 2003 to Jan. 20, 2017 that infected thousands of computers with malware dubbed “Fruitfly.” Victims include unknowing individuals, police departments, schools, companies and the federal gove...
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by on December 27, 2017
In this June 14, 2016 file photo, people stand outside the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters in Washington. A jailed Russian who says he hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers on the Kremlin’s orders to steal emails released during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign now claims he left behind a data signature to prove his assertion. In an interview with Russia’s RAIN television channel made public Wednesday, Konstantin Kozlovsky provided further...
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by on May 5, 2018
Cell tower interceptors, often called "stingrays" or "dirtboxes," mimic traditional cell towers. A coalition of civil rights and immigrant advocacy groups has penned a letter in support of a state bill that would force California police and sheriff agencies to disclose all of their surveillance gear, as Oakland this week approved similar requirements through what may be the strongest city surveillance ordinance in the country. Supporters say they believe the legislation will propel oth...
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by on December 20, 2017
At least three major ISPs have already announced significant price hikes for 2018.  News of the increases come just days after the FCC voted to roll back net neutrality protections. The timing of this couldn’t be worse.  But maybe that’s not a concern for major ISPs.  Accordingly, at least three major ISPs have now announced rate hikes for 2018. That is, January, 2018.  So customers have very little time to react, modify their plans, or even cancel their accounts. Just this morning,...
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by on February 22, 2018
According to everything we’ve heard, 2018 will be the year that 5G stops being a distantly-whispered myth and starts becoming reality. The standards for 5G have been agreed by the telecoms industry, chip manufacturers have announced when their modems will become available, and the networks are bickering about whose ad campaign is working the best. In short, everything’s going just as we expected. But AT&T has been working to push its timeline just that little bit faster than everyone else...
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by on December 31, 2017
Here's what you need to know about mesh networking.  ast week, the Federal Communications Commission went ahead with its deeply unpopular plan to end net neutrality protections, giving internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast unprecedented control of our experience online. But what if you and your community could become your own internet service provider? Congress can still reject the FCC’s decision, though at least one proposed billsuggests there’s reason not to be overly op...
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by on January 8, 2018
Apple users take note! If you own any Apple products, you're going to want to make sure you have the latest updates installed. Apple just released two incredibly important security updates for iOS and MacOS, which address the massive Spectre vulnerability Apple previously said affects all Macs and iPhones. The updates, 11.2.2 for iOS and 10.13.2 for macOS High Sierra, are available now for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Spectre was one of two major CPU vulnerabilities revealed by secu...
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by on February 1, 2018
Following is the full text of a Note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in protest of the US government's attempt to flagrantly violate Cuban sovereignty, taken from the official website of MINREX. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivered today (yesterday) to the Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the United States in Havana, Lawrence Gumbiner, a diplomatic note that expresses its strong protest against the claim of the US government to flagrantly violate Cuban sovereignty, with respect to the ...
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by on April 6, 2018
  In today’s installment of "I’m Not Terrified, You Are," Bloomberg Law reports on a FedBizOpps.gov posting by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the relatively benign-sounding subject “Media Monitoring Services.” The details of the attached Request for Information, however, outline a plan to gather and monitor the public activities of media professionals and influencers and are enough to cause nightmares of constitutional proportions, particularly as the freedom of the press i...
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by on December 15, 2017
  Reproduced from Walt Disney Company; Chart: Axios Visuals Walt Disney Company announced Thursday that it has agreed to acquire the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox, including Fox's movie studio and entertainment television networks, as well as Fox's international TV assets. Why it matters: The new mega-media company will nearly double in size, giving it better leverage to compete with tech giants like Netflix for entertainment viewership and more opportunities to expand Di...
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