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NSA privacy director defends agency's surveillance

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The U.S. National Security Agency's surveillance programs are legal and under close scrutiny by other parts of the government, the agency's internal privacy watchdog said Monday in an online Q&A.

Slack now letting employers tap workers' private chats

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Slack, whose chat app aims to help workers get stuff done, might now have them running scared, knowing the boss could access their chats.

Google to Apps users: take more responsibility for protecting your accounts

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To get employees more involved in securing their Apps accounts, Google has tried to simplify how they monitor log-in activity and configure security settings.

Lack of centralized cloud infrastructure team hampering Apple's development of iCloud services - report (Katie Marsal/AppleInsider)

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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:Lack of centralized cloud infrastructure team hampering Apple's development of iCloud services - report  —  Apple's work-in-progress iCloud Photo Library still hasn't fully realized the original concept, code-named “Hyperion,” that was pushed years ago by late company co-founder Steve Jobs, according to a new report.

DHS Set To Destroy "Einstein" Surveillance Records

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schwit1 sends word that The Department of Homeland Security plans on disposing of all the records from a 3-year-long surveillance program without letting the public have access to them. The Department of Homeland Security is poised to ditch all records from a controversial network monitoring system called "Einstein" that are at least three years old, but not for security reasons. DHS reasons the files — which include data about traffic to government websites, agency network intrusions and general vulnerabilities — have no research significance. But some security experts say, to the contrary, DHS would be deleting a treasure chest of historical threat data. And privacy experts, who wish the metadata wasn't collected at all, say destroying it could eliminate evidence that the government wide surveillance system does not perform as intended. The National Archives and Records Administration has tentatively approved the disposal plan, pending a public comment period. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

A new project promises to turn your iPhone into a VR headset

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Thanks to accessories like Google Cardboard and Samsung's Gear VR, using a smartphone to enter a virtual reality world has become relatively simple. However, those options have the limitation of being available to use only with Android, leaving iOS...

Clippit slices footage from live TV for sharing amongst your pals

(One hour ago)
Until now, if you wanted to share clips from the show you're watching with your friends, running it back on the DVR and filming your TV with Vine was an easy option. Other workarounds achieve more less than stellar results, but a new app for iOS and...

Complex Life May Be Possible In Only 10% of All Galaxies

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sciencehabit writes The universe may be a lonelier place than previously thought. Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. Everywhere else, stellar explosions known as gamma ray bursts would regularly wipe out any life forms more elaborate than microbes. The detonations also kept the universe lifeless for billions of years after the big bang, the researchers say. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google Knows What You Are Getting for Christmas

(One hour ago)
The tech giant has broken down some of the top searched gifts and it looks like Apple's iPads and Microsoft's Xbox will be big hits this year

Why are so many video games broken at launch?

(One hour ago)
Allow me to begin with my very best Andy Rooney impersonation: When I was growing up, there was no such thing as a "day one patch." I went to Video Station on Saturday with my parents -- if I was lucky -- and came home with a single rented game for...

Sony Pictures hacked, entire computer system unusable (Owen Williams/The Next Web)

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Owen Williams / The Next Web:Sony Pictures hacked, entire computer system unusable  —  Reports that Sony Pictures has been hacked have been trickling in this morning, after a thread appeared on Reddit claiming all computers at the company were offline due to a hack.  —  According to the Reddit thread …

Slack courts larger, regulated enterprises by letting employers export private messages (Casey Newton/The Verge)

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Casey Newton / The Verge:Slack courts larger, regulated enterprises by letting employers export private messages  —  Slack alters privacy policy to let bosses read your messages  —  A necessary trade-off for selling to big companies  —  Slack, the fast-growing workplace communication tool, announced today …

Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS

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benrothke writes If SSL is the emperor's new clothes, then Ivan Ristic in Bulletproof SSL and TLS has shown that perhaps the emperor isn't wearing anything at all. There is a perception that if a web site is SSL secured, then it's indeed secure. Read a few pages in this important book, and the SSL = security myth is dispelled. For the first 8 of the 16 chapters, Ristic, one of the greatest practical SSL./TLS experts around, spends 230 pages showing countless weaknesses, vulnerabilities, attacks and other SSL weaknesses. He then spends the next 8 chapters showing how SSL can, if done correctly, be deployed to provide adequate security. Keep reading for the rest of Ben's review. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Attack of the one-letter programming languages

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Watch out! The coder in the next cubicle has been bitten and infected with a crazy-eyed obsession with a programming language that is not Java and goes by the mysterious name of F. The conference room has become a house of horrors, thanks to command-line zombies likely to ambush you into rewriting the entire stack in M or R or maybe even -- OMG -- K. Be very careful; your coworkers might be among them, calm on the outside but waiting for the right time and secret instructions from the mothership to trash the old code and deploy F# or J.

Why Uber's long PR nightmare will end in a user privacy win

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Uber is in advanced-stage damage control mode to prove to the world that it actually cares about your privacy, but it's going to be an uphill battle. The good news for you: The end result will be a strict privacy policy crafted by a company so scared of running afoul of regulators and potential users that it will elevate standards for the entire industry.

Post Rakuten Acquisition, Slice Buys UnrollMe To Add Email List Control To Its Shopping App (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:Post Rakuten Acquisition, Slice Buys UnrollMe To Add Email List Control To Its Shopping App  —  Slice, the shopping and package tracking app acquired by Rakuten earlier this year, has now made an acquisition of its own.  It has bought Unroll.Me, an app that lets users roll …

Smart wallet puts an end to lost cash and dead phones

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So long as you still need physical ID cards and cash, you'll need something to carry them -- but that doesn't mean that you're stuck with a low-tech purse or wallet. StreetSmart is crowdfunding the SmartWallet, a money holder with both a...

Sony's Backup & Restore System App Compromised Via The Play Store (Michael Crider/Android Police)

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Michael Crider / Android Police:Sony's Backup & Restore System App Compromised Via The Play Store  —  Oh dear.  The folks at XperiaBlog got a nasty shock when checking the My Apps section of the Play Store on an Xperia Z3: the Backup & Restore app (a default application pre-installed on the phone) seems to have been compromised.

LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

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vinces99 writes The U.S. economy has long been powered in part by the nation's ability to attract the world's most educated and skilled people to its shores. But a new study of the worldwide migration of professionals to the U.S. shows a sharp drop-off in its proportional share of those workers – raising the question of whether the nation will remain competitive in attracting top talent in an increasingly globalized economy. The study, which used a novel method of tracking people through data from the social media site LinkedIn, is believed to be the first to monitor global migrations of professionals to the U.S., said co-author Emilio Zagheni, a University of Washington assistant professor of sociology and fellow of the UW eScience Institute. Among other things, the study, presented recently in Barcelona, Spain, found that just 13 percent of migrating professionals in the sample group chose the U.S. as a destination in 2012, down from 27 percent in 2000. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Samsung's 4K-ready NX1 camera finally comes to the US

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The NX1, Samsung's first camera capable of shooting 4K video, was originally expected to be released last month here in the States. And even though this was clearly not the case, the company has been doing everything it can to hype up its new compact...

AMD tablet development stalls as priorities change

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Advanced Micro Devices' interest in tablets has waned as the company restructures operations in an effort to turn around its finances.

SMBs get their very own Salesforce app store

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Users of Desk.com, Salesforce's cloud-based customer service product for small and medium-size businesses, now have an app store designed just for them. Called Desk.com App Hub, the store offers 50 apps from Salesforce partner companies that handle functions including group chat, social monitoring, language translation and e-commerce analytics.

Health IT Success Hinges on CIO-Business Collaboration

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CIOs in all industries can face challenges aligning their work with the business units of the enterprise, but in the healthcare industry, perhaps more than most, it is critical to win the support of the executives and front-line workers in the operation, a panel of experts said at a recent health IT conference.

Global Forum: Innovation creates opportunity, causes disruption

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Geneva, Switzerland -- The 23rd Global Forum, an annual policy and strategy conference for technology leaders, was held last week in the shadow of the International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) modernist tower.

How to Make Sense of Facebook's Marketing Policies

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Marketers have devised all sorts of creative ways to promote and sell their brands on Facebook. Of course, there are many marketing tactics Facebook doesn't want to see on its platform, and it created a specific set of policies to weed them out.

If Windows virtual memory is too low, you can increase it, but there are trade-offs

(3 hours ago)
Dspenc40229's PC occasionally complains that it's running low on virtual memory. "How do I get more?"

Skype-powered group chats coming to Office Online

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Microsoft is upping its chat game for real-time co-authoring in Office Online.

Snapchat's Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:Snapchat's Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs  —  Snapchat took its first shot at monetizing its Our Stories collaborative livestream feature tonight with a Samsung-branded look at The American Music Awards.  We were tipped off to the AMA Our Story …

Digital tsar urges Europe not to weaken net neutrality rules

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's new digital tsar voiced alarm on Monday at the efforts of some EU governments to water down equal Internet access, just as EU plans for "net neutrality" were being echoed in the United States by Barack Obama.

A Steam Machine without Valve: life with the iBuyPower SBX

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It was gaming's hot topic for 2013: Steam Machines. Otherwise known as Valve's plan to take on the living room. The project had my attention for months, with Valve teasing a revolutionary controller, a custom operating system and even an army of...

Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

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jenningsthecat writes A happily married Ontario woman was shocked and dismayed last January to discover that she had an active account with dating site Zoosk.com. Mari Sherkin saw a pop-up ad on Facebook for Zoosk, but wasn't interested, so she "clicked on the X to close it. At least I thought I did." She immediately began to receive messages from would-be Zoosk suitors in her Facebook mailbox. When she had a look on Zoosk she was horrified to find a dating profile with her Facebook picture, name, and postal code. Zoosk denies ever setting up profiles in this way, yet their terms of service explicitly allow them to do it, and there are apparently several Facebook pages with complaints of similar occurrences. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google for Work beefs up security with revamped Devices and Activity dashboard, new account checkup wizard (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:Google for Work beefs up security with revamped Devices and Activity dashboard, new account checkup wizard  —  Google today improved the security features in Google for Work, the company's suite of enterprise business services.  The Devices and Activity dashboard has been revamped with more information …

Microsoft sues IRS for details of probe on internal transactions

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(Reuters) - Microsoft sued the Internal Revenue Service on Monday, seeking information about a law firm hired by U.S. tax authorities in a review of how the software company books sales between subsidiaries.

Watchmakers are cracking down on bootleg smartwatch faces

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Did you get a G Watch R or Moto 360 and promptly give it a watch face that simulates a mechanical timepiece? Don't count on doing that again. TorrentFreak understands that watchmakers like Omega, Panerai, Swatch and Tissot are sending takedown...

Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble (Jordan Crook/TechCrunch)

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Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble  —  Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder who sued the company for sexual harassment and workplace discrimination, has joined up with two other early Tinder employees, Chris Gulczynski and his parnter Sarah Mick …

Interviews: Ask the Hampton Creek Team About the Science and Future of Food

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samzenpus writes Hampton Creek is a food technology company that makes food healthier by utilizing a specially made egg substitute in food products. The company was selected by Bill Gates to be featured on his website in a story called, The Future of Food, and has raised $30 million in funding. Hampton Creek's latest product is called, Just Cookies, which is an eggless chocolate chip cookie dough, but it is their eggless mayo that has been in the news lately. Unilever, which manufactures Hellmann's and Best Foods mayonnaise, is suing Hampton Creek claiming that the name Just Mayo is misleading to consumers. Named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies and one of CNBC's Top 50 Disruptors, Hampton Creek has picked up some impressive talent including the former lead data scientist at Google Maps, Dan Zigmond. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Dan and the Hampton Creek team have agreed to answer any questions you may have. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Regin malware found on Belgacom, other EU networks, rumored targets of earlier GCHQ, NSA hacks (The Intercept)

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The Intercept:Regin malware found on Belgacom, other EU networks, rumored targets of earlier GCHQ, NSA hacks  —  U.S. and British Intel Agencies Attacked European Union With Malware  —  Complex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S …

iPhone 6 drives huge downloads in October, but marketing costs finally fall slightly (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:iPhone 6 drives huge downloads in October, but marketing costs finally fall slightly  —  App and game makers got some welcome relief in October, according to marketing technology firm Fiksu.  The company's research showed that the launch of the iPhone 6 and iOS 8 drove record download volumes for the most popular apps.

T-Mobile's data-free streaming adds Google Play Music and more

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Google Play Music was absent from T-Mobile's Music Freedom options... until now. After a public vote to see who should be next, Mountain View's streaming library will no longer gobble your data on the UnCarrier's network. Google's music service is...

Pharma Company Prefers Vertical Industry Cloud

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Cloud services designed specifically for particular industries are becoming more common, especially in highly regulated fields. That benefits companies such as Questcor Pharmaceuticals, which wanted a cloud-based CRM system but couldn't find what it needed from one-size-fits-all vendors.

Hands on with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata

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LOS ANGELES--I went to the LA Auto Show in search of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Google and Apple's bids to bring your smartphone's screen to your car. CarPlay's so far appeared only in a Ferrari and a Pioneer aftermarket line, while AndroidAuto is still in beta. Still, at a small Hyundai booth in the South Hall, two separate 2015 Hyundai Sonatas demonstrated the technologies. No other automakers were showing them.

Jaguar Land Rover wraps Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into its own justDrive app

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LOS ANGELES--While other automakers are working to implement Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into their vehicles, Jaguar Land Rover is taking a different route. At the LA Auto Show, the British company debuted justDrive, an "app technology that integrates multiple smartphone apps into a single, voice-activated in-car experience."

Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

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Zothecula writes "Nuclear weapons are a paradox. No one in their right mind wants to use one, but if they're to act as a deterrent, they need to be accessible. The trick is to make sure that access is only available to those with the proper authority. To prevent a real life General Jack D Ripper from starting World War III, Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL) Defense Technologies Division is developing a system that uses a nuclear weapon's own radiation to protect itself from tampering. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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