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Docs: Responding To Katrina, FBI Made Cell Phone Surveillance Its Priority

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v3rgEz writes: There's a lot of lessons that the federal government should have learned in the aftermath of Katrina. Increased domestic surveillance, however, appears to be the one the FBI took to heart, using the natural disaster as a justification for ramping up its use of Stingray cell phone tracking throughout Louisiana after the storm, according to documents released under FOIA to MuckRock. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Airbnb Appoints Chris Lehane, Former Adviser to Bill Clinton, as Head of Policy (Mike Isaac/New York Times)

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Mike Isaac / New York Times:Airbnb Appoints Chris Lehane, Former Adviser to Bill Clinton, as Head of Policy  —  For years, Chris Lehane has known how to wage political war inside the Beltway.  More recently, he's been focused on fighting political battles from inside of Silicon Valley.  —  Now, Mr. Lehane is going tech full-time.

Samsung Pay US beta launches for all carriers except Verizon (Chris Welch/The Verge)

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Chris Welch / The Verge:Samsung Pay US beta launches for all carriers except Verizon  —  Samsung Pay will formally launch in the United States late next month, but if you want to try it before that, there's now a beta you can register for.  It's open to anyone who owns a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, or S6 Edge+ on all major carriers except for Verizon.

The Big Picture: A nebula with the grace of a butterfly

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Nebulae tend to be stunning by their very nature, but the Twin Jet Nebula might just take the cake. The Hubble Space Telescope team has captured an updated image of the dying binary star system (the last shot was from 1997), and its namesake twin...

Open Source, Collaborative Rich-Text, Web-Based Editor Almost Available

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johanneswilm writes: Open source web-based editors such as CKEditor and TinyMCE have been available for more than a decade, and some closed source collaborative editors such as Google Docs have been available since 2007. Creating open source, collaborative, rich-text, web-based editors has proven difficult due to lack of standardization of the lower-level browser features. Now Marijn Haverbeke, the developer behind the popular CodeMirror has started such an editor, called Prosemirror, financed through a crowd-funding campaign. Meanwhile the W3C has installed a task force to rapidly standardize and fix the features needed in browsers to easily create richtext and semantic editors. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google calls European Union antitrust charges 'unfounded'

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Google is fighting charges brought against it by the European Commission over how it presents online shopping services, potentially setting up a lengthy legal battle between the company and the regulator.

Facebook tests a video matching tool with select partners that finds clips uploaded without owner's permission (Peter Kafka/Re/code)

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Peter Kafka / Re/code:Facebook tests a video matching tool with select partners that finds clips uploaded without owner's permission  —  Facebook Says It's Finally Ready to Start Cracking Down on Video Pirates  —  A year after it started making a big push into video, Facebook is acknowledging it has a video piracy problem.

Samsung Pay beta arrives on every major carrier but Verizon

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Samsung has opened the public beta of its new phone-based Pay service ahead of its official launch late next month. Beta participants will need to have a Galaxy S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, or S6 Edge+ (unrooted, mind you) as well as a credit or debit card...

Square launches Appointments iOS app, an extension of its online booking system that doesn't require users to process payments with Square (Natalie Gagliordi/ZDNet)

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Natalie Gagliordi / ZDNet:Square launches Appointments iOS app, an extension of its online booking system that doesn't require users to process payments with Square  —  Square rolls out Appointments app to streamline bookings for SMBs  —  The app is available for iOS and does not require users to process payments with Square.

Kansas Secretary of State Blocks Release of Voting Machine Tapes

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PvtVoid writes: Wichita State University statistician Beth Clarkson has filed a lawsuit under Kansas' open records law to force the state to release paper tape records from voting machines, to be used as data in her research on statistical anomalies in voting patterns in the state. Clarkson, a certified quality engineer with a Ph.D. in statistics, has analyzed election returns in Kansas and elsewhere over several elections that indicate 'a statistically significant' pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increase the larger the size of the precinct. The pattern could be voter fraud or a demographic trend that has not been picked up by extensive polling. Secretary of State Kris Kobach argued that the records sought by Clarkson are not subject to the Kansas open records act, and that their disclosure is prohibited by Kansas statute. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

No 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' at Sept. 9 event, iPhone 5c to be discontinued, 5s/6/6 Plus staying (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:No 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ at Sept. 9 event, iPhone 5c to be discontinued, 5s/6/6 Plus staying  —  While Apple will unveil a pair of next-generation iPhones at its September 9th event, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, don't expect a new 4-inch “iPhone 6c” to show up on stage.

BitTorrent patches flaw that could amplify distributed denial-of-service attacks

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BitTorrent fixed a vulnerability that would have allowed attackers to hijack BitTorrent applications used by hundreds of millions of users in order to amplify distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Obi preps stylish budget phones for Asia, Africa and the Middle East

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Obi Worldphone, a company founded by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley has launched a set of low-cost yet stylish smartphones aimed for emerging wireless markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Chrome muzzles auto-play audio

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Chrome will soon automatically silence any auto-played audio until that tab is explicitly brought to the foreground.

You can now post full-size landscape and portrait photos on Instagram (Ariha Setalvad/The Verge)

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Ariha Setalvad / The Verge:You can now post full-size landscape and portrait photos on Instagram  —  Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as I did last year, and you'll see tourists contorting themselves to try and fit the length of the monument into Instagram's iconic square frame.  Even after Instagram began letting …

Tech Nightmares That Keep Turing Award Winners Up At Night

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itwbennett writes: At the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany this week, RSA encryption algorithm co-inventor Leonard Adelman, "Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf, and cryptography innovator Manuel Blum were asked "What about the tech world today keeps you up at night?" And apparently they're not getting a whole lot of sleep these days. Cerf is predicting a digital dark age arising from our dependence on software and our lack of "a regime that will allow us to preserve both the content and the software needed to render it over a very long time." Adelman worries about the evolution of computers into "their own species" — and our relation to them. Blum's worries, by contrast, lean more towards the slow pace at which computers are taking over: "'The fact that we have brains hasn't made the world any safer,' he said. 'Will it be safer with computers? I don't know, but I tend to see it as hopeful.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

U.S. Darkode hacker pleads guilty to aiding online break-ins

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PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - A hacker charged with helping to break into least 77,000 computers through the online hacking forum Darkode pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court, prosecutors said.

Malaysia seeks help from tech firms to stem 'false' online content

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia will ask three social media and Internet companies to curb content in the interest of public safety, the communications minister said on Monday.

Egypt seeks 50 percent Internet penetration by end-2016: minister

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is looking to add 500,000 new Internet users by the end of 2015 and increase its internet penetration rate to 50 percent from 34 percent by the end of 2016, communication minister Khaled Ali Negm said.

AT&T helped U.S. NSA in spying on Internet traffic: N.Y. Times

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Telecommunications powerhouse AT&T Inc has provided extensive assistance to the U.S. National Security Agency as the spy agency conducts surveillance on huge volumes of Internet traffic passing through the United States, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing newly disclosed NSA documents.

CenturyLink to deploy broadband to rural areas in 33 states

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CenturyLink has accepted more than $500 million from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to roll out broadband to rural areas in 33 states.

Huawei brings online smartphone brand Honor to Europe

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LONDON (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] brought its youth-focused mobile phone brand Honor to Europe on Thursday with the launch of the Honor 7, a handset that has chalked up sales of more than 1.5 million in China since June.

Sources: Line scraps Tokyo and New York IPO plans as it struggles to expand outside Japan (Wall Street Journal)

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Wall Street Journal:Sources: Line scraps Tokyo and New York IPO plans as it struggles to expand outside Japan  —  Line Scraps IPO Plans  —  Plans to list Line Corp., owner of the Line smartphone-messaging app—hugely popular in Japan but struggling to expand elsewhere—have been put off for the second straight year.

Google: EU is 'wrong as a matter of fact, law, and economics'

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Google officially responded to charges levelled by the European Commission that it unfairly favored its own products over its competition and abused its market dominance to crowd out potential rivals. The EC began poking around back in 2010 so this...

Apple invites media to event on September 9 at 10am PT at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco with the tagline "Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint" (Juli Clover/MacRumors)

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Juli Clover / MacRumors:Apple invites media to event on September 9 at 10am PT at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco with the tagline “Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint”  —  Apple Invites Media to September 9 Event: ‘Hey Siri, Give Us a Hint’  —  As predicted in August, Apple is planning to hold …

Apple's iPhone 6S and 6S Plus event takes off on Sept. 9th

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It's that time of year again. Apple's next iPhone event will take place on September 9th at 10AM PT, live at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This is expected to be the unveiling of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, which are reported to...

iPhone 6S might sport animated wallpapers like Apple Watch

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Yet another feature that's been on Android for years might be finally making its way to the iPhone: animated wallpapers! Specifically, Apple is reportedly planning to bring over the elegant "Motion" Apple Watch faces to the iPhone 6S, according to...

UNC Scientists Open Source Their Genomic Research

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ectoman writes: The human genome specifies more than 500 "kinases," enzymes that spur protein synthesis. Four hundred of them are still mysteries to us, even though knowledge about them could spark serious medical innovations. But scientists at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have initiated an open source effort to map them all—research they think could pioneer a new generation of drug discovery. As members of the Structural Genomics Consortium, the chemical biologists are spearheading a worldwide community project. "We need a community to build a map of what kinases do in biology," one said. "It has to be a community-generated map to get the richness and detail we need to be able to move some of these kinases into drug facilities. But we're just doing the source code. Until someone puts the source code out there and makes it available to everybody, people won't have anything to modify." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Chinese Drone Startup Yuneec Grabs $60M In Funding From Intel (Catherine Shu/TechCrunch)

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Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:Chinese Drone Startup Yuneec Grabs $60M In Funding From Intel  —  A second Chinese drone startup has disclosed major funding this week.  Intel announced it put $60 million into Shanghai-based Yuneec, just two days after rival EHANG publicized a $42 million Series B.

6 Gadgets To Help You Keep Track Of Your Kids

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By Cat DiStasioWhen kids are young, most parents have some kind of monitoring device at home to keep tabs on the tots when they're in another room. Whether they're audio-only or combo audio/video contraptions, baby monitors are extremely common....

Google says EU antitrust charges are unfounded

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google, the world's most popular Internet search engine, rejected on Thursday European Union antitrust charges that it abused its market power, saying they lacked any economic or legal basis.

Google Denies Europe's Antitrust Accusations (Mark Scott/New York Times)

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Mark Scott / New York Times:Google Denies Europe's Antitrust Accusations  —  Google on Thursday rejected claims from the European Union's top antitrust official that the company favored some of its own search results over those of rivals, saying there was significant competition in the region's online search market …

iPhone 6S camera: 12 megapixel photos, 4K video recording, flash for selfies (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:iPhone 6S camera: 12 megapixel photos, 4K video recording, flash for selfies  —  One of the marquee upgrades to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will be a major revamp to the camera system.  For the first time since the iPhone 4S launch in 2011, the iPhone camera's megapixel count will be upgraded …

AMD Unveils Radeon R9 Nano, Targets Mini ITX Gaming Systems With a New Fury

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MojoKid writes: AMD today added a third card to its new Fury line that's arguably the most intriguing of the bunch, the Radeon R9 Nano. True to its name, the Nano is a very compact card, though don't be fooled by its diminutive stature. Lurking inside this 6-inch graphics card is a Fiji GPU core built on a 28nm manufacturing process paired with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). It's a full 1.5 inches shorter than the standard Fury X, and unlike its liquid cooled sibling, there's no radiator and fan assembly to mount. The Fury Nano sports 64 compute units with 64 stream processors each for a total of 4,096 stream processors, just like Fury X. It also has an engine clock of up to 1,000MHz and pushes 8.19 TFLOPs of compute performance. That's within striking distance of the Fury X, which features a 1,050MHz engine clock at 8.6 TFLOPs. Ars Technica, too, takes a look at the new Nano. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Google says EU antitrust charges are unfounded

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google, the world's most popular Internet search engine, rejected on Thursday European Union antitrust charges that it abused its market power, saying they lacked any economic or legal basis.

iPhone 6S will animate UI with Apple Watch-like Motion wallpapers (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:iPhone 6S will animate UI with Apple Watch-like Motion wallpapers  —  Apple is preparing to bring some motion from the Apple Watch to the iPhone 6S.  One of the new device's differentiators over its predecessor will likely be a spiced up set of animated wallpapers, according to three sources …

Some routers vulnerable to remote hacking due to hard-coded admin credentials

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Several DSL routers from different manufacturers contain a guessable hard-coded password that allows accessing the devices with a hidden administrator account.
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