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Biz Break: iPhone 6, mobile payments and wearables expected at Apple event
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Today: Apple confirms its Sept. 9 event and again hits record stock highs, as signs point to a new iPhone and some sort of wearable device. Also: Splunk and Omnivision earnings. The Lead: Next question is what Apple will debut at Sept. 9 event.
Apple's iWatch is expected to be announced alongside the iPhone 6 on ... CNET
Apple may unveil iWatch on September 9 tooSydney Morning Herald
Apple to Hold Sept. 9 Event for New IPhones, Wearable DeviceBloomberg
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Google News Sci Tech: New Study Sheds Light on Peopling of the Arctic - Alaska Public Radio Network->

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Toronto Star

New Study Sheds Light on Peopling of the Arctic
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Archaeologists have been arguing for decades about how human beings got to the new world, and genetic research released today deepens the mystery. An article published in “Science” magazine shows that there must have been at least four pulses of...
Dorset DNA: Genes Trace the Tale of the Arctic's Long-Gone 'Hobbits'NBCNews.com
Paleo-Eskimo Genetic Study Reveals Settlement History Of New World ArcticHeadlines & Global News
Genes show mysterious Paleo-Eskimos survived 4000 years until sudden demiseWashington Post
National Geographic-CBC.ca-Yahoo News UK
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If you've ventured out to Death Valley National Park in California, chances are you've seen the so-called sailing stones at Racetrack Playa. The dry lake bed out there is littered with rocks — and some big, heavy ones, too — that appear to have been dragged...
Mystery solved: What's pushing big rocks around in Death Valley?seattlepi.com (blog)
Slithering stone mystery solvedScience AAAS
Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solvedBusinessweek
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Google News Sci Tech: Samsung, LG to compete head on in Berlin with new smartwatches - The Australian->

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Indian Express

Samsung, LG to compete head on in Berlin with new smartwatches
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A STANDALONE phone for your wrist is finally coming. Samsung Electronics, which unveiled its very first Android-powered smartwatch around this time last year, said it planned to show off a stand-alone wrist-phone in Berlin next week that supports 3G...
Before Apple's big event, Samsung and LG tease new smartwatchesCNET
Take a look at the newest smartwatches from Samsung, LGWashington Post (blog)
New Samsung smartwatch won't need companion phoneSFGate
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Google News Sci Tech: Samsung faces China labour allegations - Financial Times->

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Samsung faces China labour allegations
Financial Times
Samsung Electronics has been hit by new allegations of child labour in China, just a month after activists found evidence of child workers at another Chinese contractor used by the South Korean company. China Labor Watch, a New York-based rights group,...

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Google News Sci Tech: UN, World Bank Warn of Famine, Climate - Indian Country Today Media Network->

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NDTV

UN, World Bank Warn of Famine, Climate
Indian Country Today Media Network
Both the United Nations and the World Bank are reiterating warnings about the cost, both environmental and economic, of not heeding the signs of climate change. Climate change, in particular global warming, is having an impact already across the globe,...
Climate Response Goes LocalBrookings Institution (blog)
Obama May Use Executive Power to Forge International Climate Change Deal ... National Geographic

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Techdirt: Australian Federal Police Redaction Failures Expose Targets, Officers And Invest->

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Australian intelligence and law enforcement agencies are pushing for access to more personal data and other records with a minimum of court oversight. The most recent development tells us they should be trusted as much with this additional info as the guy standing in front of an empty barn asking for more horses. If they can't keep what they already have safe and secure, why on earth would you give them access to more?

The Australian federal police mistakenly published highly sensitive information including metadata connected to criminal investigations, in a serious breach of operational security.

Guardian Australia can reveal that the AFP provided documents to the Senate, which were then made publicly available online on parliamentary sites and other sources for several years, and which accidentally disclosed information about the subjects and focus of criminal investigations and telecommunications interception activities.
Not only did the AFP reveal targets (something deemed incredibly sensitive because exposure means targets will change methods, route around surveillance, etc.), thus jeopardizing the safety of the public (or so they say), but they also revealed the names of operatives, thus jeopardizing the always-paramount safety of police personnel.

This apparently happened because the AFP doesn't understand proper redaction techniques.

The spokesman said the information was hidden behind electronic redactions within the document and one phone number and an address could, under certain circumstances, be accessed.
The actual exposed information was far more extensive than this understatement-delivered-with-an-apology tries to present it.

The information that police disclosed included the address of a target subject to surveillance, the types of criminal investigations and offences being investigated, the names of several AFP officers that are not publicly available and other identifying information including the phone number of an individual connected to an investigation.
The AFP is "truly sorry" about the self-inflicted breach and says it has apologized to "relevant stakeholders" (does this include the target?) but as one senator notes, this doesn't really instill a whole lot of confidence in an agency that is "arguing strenuously for data retention."

The agencies collecting the data can't seriously claim it will always be 100% secure, but most arguing against expanded collections conjecture the exposure will come from the outside, rather than from those collecting it. This shows that the AFP is more infatuated with its surveillance tools than its operational security, as are most agencies in the data collection business. (See also: NSA, Snowden, multiple new leakers.)

Sure, mistakes will happen, but that's one of the many reasons why law enforcement and intelligence agencies need fewer collections and more oversight. Apologizing for exposing targets and officers doesn't really do anything to fix the underlying issue: collecting for collecting's sake and the unearned swagger that accompanies it. These agencies think they can handle more because they've got the ability and the storage, but while strutting around secure in their technical superiority, they're failing Redaction 101 or allowing contractors to head out the door with thousands of sensitive documents.



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Google News Sci Tech: Google's 'Project Wing' Is Testing Delivery Drones in Australia - NBCNews.com->

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Google's 'Project Wing' Is Testing Delivery Drones in Australia
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Amazon isn't the only company hoping to some day deliver goods by drone. Google confirmed Thursday it has been working on a secret initiative, dubbed Project Wing, to develop "a delivery system that uses self-flying vehicles." The company said it built a...
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Google News Sci Tech: What's Apple building for its big Sept. 9 iPhone event? - San Jose Mercury News->

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What's Apple building for its big Sept. 9 iPhone event?
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CUPERTINO -- For its highly anticipated event this fall, Apple is going back to where it all began. The company sent out a terse invitation Thursday for an event on Sept. 9 at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, where Apple's original Macintosh...
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Google unveils secret drone project
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MOUNTAIN VIEW -- Google has been working on a secret project to develop unmanned flying drones that could one day deliver packages to consumers or supplies to people in remote areas. The project was officially unveiled Thursday by Google's X division...
Google tests drone deliveries in Project Wing trialsBBC News
Google tests airborne drones to deliver goodsReuters
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Google News Sci Tech: Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks Solved - ABC News->

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Mystery of Death Valley's Moving Rocks Solved
ABC News
For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks — some weighing hundreds of pounds — zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth. Now two researchers at the Scripps Institution of...
Solved: Mystery of Death Valley's "Sailing Stones"Boing Boing
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Google News Sci Tech: US CTO shuffle: Todd Park tapped as advisor; Google exec could replace him - ZDN->

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Businessinsider India

US CTO shuffle: Todd Park tapped as advisor; Google exec could replace him
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As the current United States chief technology officer prepares for a cross-country trip back to California, a current Silicon Valley bigwig could be headed in the opposite direction. U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President, Todd Park, will soon...
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