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A few weeks ago, the world went crazy when reports surfaced that Facebook Messenger was snooping on you. Reporters, hackers, and users alleged that, because Messenger had the permission to use your camera, monitor your location, or (on Android) read your text messages, that it was doing so all the time.
By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other contractors involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found. The Senate Armed Services Committee's year-long probe, concluded in March but made public on Wednesday, found the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year. ...
By Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The popular online review site Yelp and the maker of children's mobile device apps including Tiny Pets and Tiny Monsters have separately agreed to settle charges that they improperly collected kids' information online, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. A U.S. law called the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, requires that companies collecting information online about children under age 13 follow a number of steps to ensure that the children's information is protected. ...
"What would it take to modify the Windows Start menu on every Windows user machine in less than a week?" That’s the question Microsoft is asking itself as it pushes to speed up Windows releases to compete with rivals like Chrome OS, Android, and iOS. In a new job listing, the company is looking for a developer to join the "Windows Mission Control" team to modernize how the operating system is released and delivered to customers. Microsoft has also released Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update to add more features over the course of the operating system’s short lifecycle, and some recent improvements to Internet Explorer during monthly patch releases. Alongside this, Microsoft has been delivering operating system updates extremely fast on a device you might not even realize runs Windows: Xbox One.
By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European regulators are working on guidelines for appeals from people whose requests to remove information from search results under their name have been turned down by search engines such as Google. The working group aims to bring some clarity to implementing a landmark court decision in May that gave Europeans the right for the first time to ask search engines to erase information about them from the web. ...
Apple TV is considered an iOS device, which is a thing people sometimes forget, so it too has been updated with a new version of the software today. The first thing you'll notice is a slightly tweaked design that replaces the icons for music, TV shows, movies, and other apps with new versions that are more in line with the visual style of iOS 7 and 8. The on-screen font has also been changed slightly. Other than that, it's still the same old grid of rounded rectangles, a user interface that's getting really long in the tooth at this point. ...
By Eric Auchard and Harro Ten Wolde FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A Frankfurt judge granted a reprieve to Uber, the online transportation service, setting aside a temporary injunction issued two weeks ago against the Silicon Valley company from operating a novel car-sharing service across Germany. Frankfurt Regional Court Judge Frowin Kurth said on Tuesday that the issues in the case brought against Uber by German taxi operator group Taxi Deutschland deserved a fuller airing in court, but lacked the urgency for a temporary injunction. ...
In 2011, Joshua Kopstein wrote a killer piece for Motherboard titled "Dear Congress, it's no longer ok to not know how the internet works." Back then, the clumsy ignorance of our lawmakers allowed a charade called the Stop Online Piracy Act to make serious steps toward becoming law. The brief history of SOPA is this: the music and movie industry lost the battle against online piracy in the 2000s, and then decided it would just be easier to get Congress to blow up the internet. The bill was so odious that it led to unprecedented efforts to kill it, including an internet "blackout" intended to inform internet users that Congress was about to embark on a disastrous adventure in legislative stupidity.
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