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Submission + - Inside Snapchat's war against porn (

An anonymous reader writes: Snapchat's initial crackdown of pornographic content came shortly after news broke that the ephemeral messaging app was in talks with a number of publishers for the launch of the "Discover" tab. In Snapchat, the relatively unloved tab features snaps from brands and news organizations. Just five days before Snapchat shut down Damoiselle and her compatriots, the app launched Snapcash, a money-sending service powered by Square.

Once Snapchat had firmly established itself as a monetizable, mainstream social app, it started cleaning house. Unfortunately, that process involved kicking out its very first tenants.

Submission + - Bioengineering and beer made with 3D-printed rhino horns could save rhinoceros (

An anonymous reader writes: Matthew Markus thinks he has a solution to poaching—create genetically identical, synthetic rhinoceros horns through 3D-printing. Pembient, the year-old startup founded by Markus and biochemist George Bonaci that recently completed the IndieBio accelerator program in San Francisco, creates synthetic horns in powder and solid form from biological materials that make up the rhino horn found in nature.

Submission + - Everything that Apple's 'reproductive health' options will actually track (

An anonymous reader writes: According to developer documentation for HealthKit, Health will track basal body temperature, or the lowest temperature a body achieves while at rest; cervical mucus quality with a number of (very) descriptive options; menstruation; ovulation test results; sexual activity; and spotting.

Submission + - Hackers can track subway riders' movements even underground by (

Patrick O'Neill writes: Tens of millions of daily subway riders around the world can be tracked through their smartphones by a new attack, according to research from China's Nanjing University. The new attack even works underground and doesn't utilize GPS or cell networks. Instead, the attacker steals data from a phone's accelerometer. Because each subway in the world has a unique movement fingerprint, the phone's motion sensor can give away a person's daily movements with up to 92% accuracy.

Submission + - Silk Road's leader paid a doctor to help keep customers safe (

An anonymous reader writes: Two years after the fall of Silk Road, new facts about the saga are still emerging all the time. The latest revelation is that Dread Pirate Roberts, the leader of Silk Road, paid a doctor $500 per week to offer public and private counseling to customers of the site. DoctorX, also known as Dr. Fernando Caudevilla, became famous for his free work on the site. The fact that he was eventually paid a salary is being used by lawyers for Ross Ulbricht to argue that Silk Road emphasized harm reduction and was, on the whole, a huge improvement in safety for drug users.

Submission + - How The U.S. Government Is Leaving Us Vulnerable To Cyberattacks ( 1

erier2003 writes: An MIT study argues that weak government investment is leaving the country vulnerable to a wide range of intrusions and exploits. The solution, according to the MIT team, is twofold: completely redesign the world's computers to eliminate inherent flaws and implement a stronger method of authentication.

Submission + - Meet Sonic, The ISP That Actually Cares About User Privacy

blottsie writes: Unlike Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, and other telecom giants, California-based Sonic has user privacy protection baked into its DNA. It is the only ISP to receive a perfect score on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's "Who Has Your Back?" scorecard, and it stores customers' IP addresses for a fraction of what other ISPs do. But that's only just the start.

Submission + - NSA's Former General Council Talks Privacy, Security, And Snowden's 'Betrayal'

blottsie writes: In his first interview since retiring as general council to the NSA, Rajesh De offers detailed insights into the spy agency's efforts to find balance between security and privacy, why the NSA often has trouble defending itself in public, the culture of "No Such Agency," and what it was like on the inside when the Snowden bombshell went off.

Submission + - How to make your carrier unlock your smartphone

catparty writes: After an FCC ruling, all carriers must comply with requests to unlock a phone on their network and that rule goes into effect starting today. Compiled here are the guidelines of the ruling, what makes you eligible, and how to get in touch with each carrier to go make them unlock your phone in the U.S.

Submission + - The Last Days Of TUAW

blottsie writes: Founded in 2004, TUAW, or the Unofficial Apple Weblog, was one of the longest-running sites dedicated to covering all things Apple, and as of today, it is no more. The site still exists—insofar as navigating to its url won’t lead you to a dead page—but publishing has ceased. TUAW, as the Internet knew it for a decade, is gone. I had the privilege of writing for TUAW for a long time, and this is my goodbye.

Submission + - NBC's Super Bowl livestream was not as awful as it seemed (

erier2003 writes: As soon as the game started, the stream was choppy, with big, painful gaps in between the snap and the play. If you want to experience deafening silence, sit in a room with 10 people with the Super Bowl volume turned way up and wallow in the absolute stillness of a frozen, soundless screen. But the question remains: Did NBC botch this, or are we just whining?

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