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+ - The Slow Death of 'Do Not Track'->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: FOUR years ago, the Federal Trade Commission announced, with fanfare, a plan to let American consumers decide whether to let companies track their online browsing and buying habits. The plan would let users opt out of the collection of data about their habits through a setting in their web browsers, without having to decide on a site-by-site basis.

The idea, known as “Do Not Track,” and modeled on the popular “Do Not Call” rule that protects consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls, is simple. But the details are anything but.

Although many digital advertising companies agreed to the idea in principle, the debate over the definition, scope and application of “Do Not Track” has been raging for several years.

Now, finally, an industry working group is expected to propose detailed rules governing how the privacy switch should work. The group includes experts but is dominated by Internet giants like Adobe, Apple, Facebook, Google and Yahoo. It is poised to recommend a carve-out that would effectively free them from honoring “Do Not Track” requests.

If regulators go along, the rules would allow the largest Internet giants to continue scooping up data about users on their own sites and on other sites that include their plug-ins, such as Facebook’s “Like” button or an embedded YouTube video. This giant loophole would make “Do Not Track” meaningless.

How did we get into this mess? For starters, the Federal Trade Commission doesn’t seem to fully understand the nature of the Internet.

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+ - Real Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps, Coming Soon From Facebook->

Submitted by giulioprisco
giulioprisco writes: Oculus VR, the Virtual Reality (VR) technology company acquired by Facebook earlier this year, announced recently that they are acquiring two small start-up companies, Nimble VR and 13th Lab, to fill gaps in their virtual reality capabilities. The acquisitions may indicate that, besides VR games and social worlds, Facebook may target Augmented Reality (AR) applications, like Google is doing with Google Glass.
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+ - New Paper Claims Neutrino Is Likely A Faster-Than-Light Particle 1

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com writes: Phys.org reports that in a new paper accepted by the journal Astroparticle Physics, Robert Ehrlich, a recently retired physicist from George Mason University, claims that the neutrino is very likely a tachyon or faster-than-light particle. Ehrlich's new claim of faster-than-light neutrinos is based on a much more sensitive method than measuring their speed, namely by finding their mass. The result relies on tachyons having an imaginary mass, or a negative mass squared. Imaginary mass particles have the weird property that they speed up as they lose energy – the value of their imaginary mass being defined by the rate at which this occurs. According to Ehrlich, the magnitude of the neutrino's imaginary mass is 0.33 electronvolts, or 2/3 of a millionth that of an electron. He deduces this value by showing that six different observations from cosmic rays, cosmology, and particle physics all yield this same value within their margin of error. One check on Ehrlich's claim could come from the experiment known as KATRIN, which should start taking data in 2015. In this experiment the mass of the neutrino could be revealed by looking at the shape of the spectrum in the beta decay of tritium, the heaviest isotope of hydrogen.p

But be careful. There have been many such claims, the last being in 2011 when the "OPERA" experiment measured the speed of neutrinos and claimed they travelled a tiny amount faster than light. When their speed was measured again the original result was found to be in error – the result of a loose cable no less. "Before you try designing a "tachyon telephone" to send messages back in time to your earlier self it might be prudent to see if Ehrlich's claim is corroborated by others."

+ - All your onions are belong to us...Lizard Squad Targets Tor

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi writes: “Lizard Squad,” the notorious hacker collective is now reportedly after the anonymous communication service, the Tor Project. Tor's service keeps users anonymous by bouncing communications around a large network of computers known as "volunteer nodes." But as Gizmodo points out, if one group can control most of the nodes — which is exactly what Lizard Squad is attempting to do here — it may “be able to eavesdrop on a substantial number of vulnerable users.” Computer programmer Nadim Kobeissi says Lizard Squad has claimed nearly half of Tor’s ~8,000 relays. As for the Tor project, the group has not released any statements.

+ - The Open Bay Helps Launch 372 'Copies' Of The Pirate Bay In A Week

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: isoHunt, the group now best known for launching The Old Pirate Bay, has shared an update a week after debuting The Open Bay. The Pirate Bay, the most popular file sharing website on the planet, still isn’t back following police raids on its data center in Sweden, but its “cause” is very much alive. So far, 372 “copies” of The Pirate Bay have been created thanks to the project. The torrent database dump, which combines content from isoHunt, KickassTorrents (via its public API), and The Old Pirate Bay, has seen 1,256 downloads to date.

+ - India Faces its First Major Net Neutrality Issue

Submitted by Siddharth Srinivas
Siddharth Srinivas writes: Bharti Airtel Ltd, India's largest telecommunications carrier by subscribers, will soon start charging users extra money for using services such as Skype as Indian operators look to boost their data network and revenues.

The Telecom Regulation Authority of India (TRAI) is no stranger to Net Neutrality having sent a note to the ISPs in 2006 suggesting a position for Net Neutrality. TRAI had also recently rejected a proposal by Airtel and other operators the right to charge for free services such as Whatsapp.. Consumers await TRAI's response to Airtel's new pricing.

With no laws enforcing net neutrality in India. India's Net Neutrality discussions have just begun, with proponents rapidly trying to increase awareness.

+ - NOAA: Earth smashed a record for heat in May, 2014, effects to worsen 2

Submitted by Freshly Exhumed
Freshly Exhumed writes: Driven by exceptionally warm ocean waters, Earth smashed a record for heat in May and is likely to keep on breaking high temperature marks, experts say. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Monday said May's average temperature on Earth of 15.54 C beat the old record set four years ago. In April, the globe tied the 2010 record for that month. Records go back to 1880. Experts say there's a good chance global heat records will keep falling, especially next year because an El Nino weather event is brewing on top of man-made global warming. An El Nino is a warming of the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean that alters climate worldwide and usually spikes global temperatures.

+ - A phone charger that doesn't consume electricity when not charging->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Asmo charger ( http://www.asmocharger.com/en/ ) is the first mobile phone charger, that doesn't consume electricity when not charging. The idea materialized when inventor's partner’s childhood home burned to the ground because a mobile charger was left connected to an electrical socket. First concepts were done in June 2013 followed by the first functional prototype in January 2014. The project is currently on kickstarter ( https://www.kickstarter.com/pr... ) with estimated delivery in december 2014.
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+ - Does Slashdot deliver Malware?!->

Submitted by sandro
sandro writes: I have been a regular reader of Slashdot for decades, and it is my home page. I always have one tab open to slashdot, and that's why I have noticed over the past few days a troubling trend. I find numerous tabs open to http://lp.getfree-soft.net/ trying to get me to download their new "free open source cross platform media player". Of course I don't click on the link, it's got to be bad, but what gives?! It looks like slashdot's new advertising model is open to malware, and that can't be good...
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+ - Comcast is turning your home into a public hotspot. ->

Submitted by agizis
agizis writes: Comcast has started using customers’ routers to create public wifi hotspots. They claim the "opt-out" hotspots don't leech from your paid bandwidth. But the bandwidth comes from somewhere. So, is it extra or is it what you paid for? The answer matters, because if they’re using your bandwidth, you should opt-out, but if it's extra, then you should start using it.
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+ - AT&T confirms security breach: SS numbers, call records compromised->

Submitted by criticalmass24
criticalmass24 writes: U.S. telecommunications company AT&T has confirmed security breach by its service provider, which compromised personal data of customers such as social security number, call records and more.

AT&T confirmed that the breach occurred between April 9 and April 21, but the company has disclosed the breach to California regulators recently. If such an incident affects at least 500 people, the law in California requires a company to reveal the total number of customers affected by the breach. However, AT&T has not disclosed the number of subscribers whose personal data was compromised as a result of the breach.

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+ - hitchBOT Aims to be First Robot to Hitchhike Across Canada->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: In what is hailed as a world first for robots, a Canadian robot dubbed "hitchBOT" hopes to be the first to hitchhike across Canada this July. Wearing jaunty red boots and yellow garden gloves (with one in a permanent "thumbing a ride" gesture), hitchBOT is going to try to use his good looks and power of speech to convince people to pick him up and drive him from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia.
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+ - Thousands Of Credit Card Numbers Are For Sale On YouTube->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh writes: If you were looking to make contact with cybercriminals who have harvested people's credit card numbers, you don't need to go to some secret, sketchy part of the Internet: you can just go right to YouTube, where thousands of videos advertise credit card numbers for sale. Ironically, many of these YouTube videos feature ads for legitimate credit card companies, who are therefore subsidizing the theives, to Google's profit.
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+ - MIT Researchers Can Measure Your Breathing Through Walls Via Wi-Fi->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh writes: Anyone who's struggled to set up a home Wi-Fi network knows that signals can be easily dropped or blocked by walls and other physical objects. MIT researchers have been trying to figure out ways to filter out Wi-Fi interference, and in the process have turned Wi-Fi signals into a radar-like technology that can measure extremely subtle movements through walls. While the researchers have touted the tech as leading to health monitoring benefits — checking on a baby's breathing in the next room, say — the law enforcement and surveillance possibilities are obvious.
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