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+ - Why is this company trying to make you afraid of flashlight apps?->

Submitted by Molly McHugh
Molly McHugh (3774987) writes "Flashlight apps have been around as long as smartphones themselves, so why are we just now hearing about their seemingly obvious dangers? You can thank SnoopWall, which bills itself as a privacy firm looking out for your best interests. The company released what it called a “Threat Assessment Report” earlier this month investigating flashlight apps on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. But who exactly is SnoopWall?"
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+ - The real story of RealNamePolice, the vigilante behind the Facebook outrage->

Submitted by catparty
catparty (3600549) writes "In his apology, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox claimed that Facebook was caught “off guard” by a lone actor who reported “several hundred” accounts as fake. That individual, known as "RealNamePolice," reported “upwards of thousands" of accounts starting on Sept. 8. "On Monday morning the second week hundreds dropped like flies.""
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+ - Net neutrality campaign to show what the Web would be like with a 'slow lane'

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "In a move out of the anti-SOPA campaign playbook, Fight for the Future and other net neutrality activist groups have set up the Battle for the Net coalition, which plans to launch an “Internet slowdown day” later this month.

No actual traffic will be slowed down. Instead, participating sites will display embeddable modules that include a spinning “loading” symbol and information about contacting the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the White House, and members of Congress."

+ - Inside the Facebook algorithm most users don't even know exists->

Submitted by catparty
catparty (3600549) writes "An examination of what we can know about Facebook's new machine learning News Feed algorithm:

Facebook's current News Feed algorithm might be smarter, but some of its core considerations don't stray too far from the groundwork laid by EdgeRank, though thanks to machine learning, Facebook's current algorithm has a better ear for "signals from you." Facebook confirmed to us that the new News Feed ranking algorithm does indeed take 100,000 weighted variables into account to determine what we see. These factors help Facebook display an average 300 posts culled from roughly 1,500 possible posts per day, per user.


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+ - Isolated Amazon tribe contracts flu after first contact with the outside world->

Submitted by catparty
catparty (3600549) writes "A long-isolated Panoan language tribe in Brazil has contracted influenza following its first voluntary contact with the outside world. With only some tribe members immunized, they have since returned back to their home in the forest of the Brazilian state Acre.

"Flu virus is potentially deadly to isolated tribespeople because they have no immunity to it, and such transmission is exactly what anthropologists and medical experts hope to avoid during contact. In case after case, contact has proved tragic as diseases like flu and measles decimated previously isolated tribes.""

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+ - The Department of Homeland Security needs its own Edward Snowden

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more adamant about blocking FOIA requests over the years. The problem has become so sever that nothing short of an Edward Snowden-style leak may be needed to increase transparency at the DHS."

+ - Before Beats: A Walk Through Apple's Digital Music History, 1977 to 2014->

Submitted by Dan Rowinski
Dan Rowinski (3618667) writes ""By 1986, however, the Apple II had evolved into the 16-bit Apple IIgs (the “gs" stands for “graphics and sound”), a precociously audio-savvy machine featuring a wavetable music synthesizer—a first for personal computing at the time. The Apple IIgs commanded a loyal following all the way through 1992, when the Macintosh line took the Apple II’s baton.""
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+ - The Connected Home's Battle Of The Bulbs->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "The current leader in smart lights is Philips Hue Wi-Fi-enabled bulbs. But the competition just heated up last week, with both LG and Samsung unveiling new smart bulbs. Not that Philips is sitting idly by—the boss of intelligent bulbs also unveiled two new products: the Hue Lux LED bulb, a cheaper, stripped-down version of its pricey original, and the Philips Hue Tap, an add-on that lets you trigger lights by touch. But which company will win the battle to illuminate the connected home?"
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