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Alphabet Think Tank Spearheads Online Counterterrorism Campaign

Alphabet think tank Jigsaw and startup Moonshot CVE last week demonstrated a new counterterrorism technology tool. The groups have been collaborating to steer social media users away from terrorist propaganda. They have developed sophisticated algorithms to target potential ISIS sympathizers with counter narratives when they search for certain terms online or through social media.

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Microsoft sues U.S. government over law banning tech firms from telling customers about search warrants

(By Sarah McBride, Reuters) – Microsoft Corp has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest in a series of clashes over privacy between the technology industry and Washington. The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in federal court in the Western District […]

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Magic Leap acquires Israeli security firm NorthBit

When you’re messing with reality, you’re probably going to want a decent security system. Augmented reality company Magic Leap has acquired the Israeli-based NorthBit to help increase its security, via Geek Time. Augmented and virtual reality could become a $120 billion market by 2020, according to tech adviser Digi-Capital. AR could have multiple uses, from gaming to […]

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EU adopts new data protection law that could mean bigger fines for Silicon Valley companies

After years of deliberation and study, the European Parliament has passed a major overhaul of the continent’s data rules in two decades. The sweeping package of reforms has been the source of intense debate in Europe, as well as in the United States where tech giants will be grappling to understand and adapt to the […]

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White House won’t share iPhone unlocking method with FBI or Apple

(Reuters) – The company that helped the FBI unlock a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone to get data has sole legal ownership of the method, making it highly unlikely the technique will be disclosed by the government to Apple or any other entity, Obama administration sources said this week. The White House has a procedure for […]

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Senate releases draft of controversial encryption bill aimed at Apple

(Reuters) – Two U.S. senators on Wednesday issued a formal draft of a controversial bill that would give courts the power to order technology companies like Apple to help authorities break into encrypted devices or communications for law enforcement or intelligence purposes. The proposal arrives just days after an earlier draft leaked online and drew […]

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Chrome 50 arrives with push notification improvements and declarative preload

Google today launched Chrome 50 for Windows, Mac, and Linux, adding the usual slew of developer features. You can update to the latest version now, using the browser’s built-in silent updater, or download it directly from google.com/chrome. Chrome is arguably more than a browser: With over 1 billion users, it’s a major platform that web […]

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Google blocks KickassTorrents in Chrome and Firefox as a ‘deceptive site’

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox users visiting popular torrent site KickassTorrents (KAT) have been seeing a malware warning since yesterday, similar to the warning they received on the site back in October 2015. Navigating to both http://kat.cr and https://kat.cr results in a message cautioning you to go no further (“Deceptive site ahead” in Chrome and […]

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Privacy advocates and security experts condemn leaked Senate encryption bill

(Reuters) – Security researchers and civil liberties advocates on Friday condemned draft legislation leaked from the U.S. Senate that would let judges order technology companies to assist law enforcement agencies in breaking into encrypted data. The long-awaited bill is emerging just as the U.S. Justice Department redoubles its efforts to use the courts to force […]

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Judge orders Apple to help FBI unlock iPhone in Massachusetts case

(Reuters) – A U.S. magistrate judge in Boston in February ordered Apple to assist law enforcement officers in examining the iPhone of an alleged gang member, according to a court filing unsealed on Friday. “Reasonable technical assistance consists of, to the extent possible, extracting data from the device, copying the data from the device onto an […]

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Just like Chrome, Microsoft Edge will start automatically pausing less important Flash content this summer

Microsoft continues to unveil features coming to as part of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, slated for this summer. The latest one is an update to how Microsoft Edge handles Flash content, following in Google Chrome’s footsteps. Google and Adobe worked for a long time last year to automatically pause less important Flash content (like […]

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White House reportedly won’t back encryption bill arising from iPhone case

(Reuters) – The White House is declining to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require technology companies such as Apple Inc to help law enforcement crack encrypted data, sources familiar with the discussions said. The decision all but assures that the years-long political impasse over encryption will continue even in […]

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Microsoft’s Cloud App Security service becomes available to everyone

Microsoft today announced that its Cloud App Security service, based on technology from its 2015 Adallom acquisition, is now generally available for anyone to use. The company announced in February that this tool would be coming, and now it’s here. “The solution provides a set of capabilities to help companies design and enforce a process […]

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Why did tech companies take a week to get behind Apple in the FBI standoff?

GUEST: In the midst of the Apple-FBI dispute over the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, countless tech companies took the rare step of publicizing views in “friends of the court” briefs, statements, and interviews. The sheer number, nearly 40, filing amicus briefs — Facebook, Google, Mozilla, and Microsoft, as well as my own company, AVG — is […]

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How a little-known Australian software firm helped in one of biggest ever document leaks

SYDNEY (By Byron Kaye, Reuters) – Software produced by a little-known Australian developer has helped journalists piece together news leads from the mountains of data found in the contents of the Panama Papers, one of the biggest document leaks in history. Sydney-based Nuix Pty Ltd donated its document analysis program to the International Consortium of […]

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Reddit change raises alarm about possible U.S. government spying

(Reuters) – Digital privacy advocates and users of Reddit expressed their alarm on Friday over a change in the forum’s transparency report that suggested it may have been asked to give customer data to FBI investigators under a secretive government authority. The annual report lists a variety of requests the site has received for information […]

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FCC seeks to end broadband providers’ collecting consumer data without consent

(Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday advanced a proposal to ensure the privacy of broadband Internet users by barring providers from collecting user data without consent. The proposed regulation from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler won initial approval with a 3-2 vote to require broadband providers to obtain consumer consent, disclose data collection, […]

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FBI may not have to disclose how it unlocked San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

(Reuters) – The FBI may be allowed to withhold information about how it broke into an iPhone belonging to a gunman in the December San Bernardino shootings, despite a U.S. government policy of disclosing technology security flaws discovered by federal agencies. Under the U.S. vulnerabilities equities process, the government is supposed to err in favor […]

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