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Google News Sci Tech: I support Net neutrality, but that is not what the FCC just did - CNET->

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I support Net neutrality, but that is not what the FCC just did
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Commentary: The new regulatory action by the FCC has sweeping implications for the Internet, and the price we will pay over time for this radical shift will be severe. by Michael Powell; February 27, 2015 2:54 PM PST. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin.
Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (but Google has a ... The Register
What happens next with Net Neutrality?U-T San Diego
We've Already Squandered Net Neutrality — And That's OK (Op-Ed)Tom's Guide
Center for Responsive Politics-Forbes-The Daily News Journal
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Google News Sci Tech: Google's Blogger Drops Plan to Block Nude Pics Amid Uproar - ABC News->

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Google's Blogger Drops Plan to Block Nude Pics Amid Uproar
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Actually, it is OK to post nudes on Google's Blogger service. Google is backing off a Tuesday announcement to ban sexually explicit material on public Blogger sites. The company said Friday that there was an outcry from people incensed about the...
Google reverses decision to limit sexually explicit content on BloggerPCWorld
Google reverses its stance, will allow porn on BloggerChron.com (blog)
Google Bans Porn From Blogger Site, Quickly ReversesTheBlaze.com
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Google News Sci Tech: Celebs weigh in on dress debate - Sky News Australia->

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Sky News Australia

Celebs weigh in on dress debate
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Celebrities are weighing in on the great dress debate as it trends online in countries around the world. The dress, originally posted to Tumblr, caused a social media frenzy when people started reporting it as different colours. Some saw white and gold while...
Few DC Athletes Dared Spiral Down Black and Blue Dress Rabbit Whole with ... CBS Local

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Google News Sci Tech: Personal data on 50000 Uber drivers exposed in breach - PCWorld->

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Personal data on 50000 Uber drivers exposed in breach
PCWorld
The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were compromised in a security breach last year, the company revealed Friday. Uber discovered a possible breach of its systems in September, and a subsequent investigation revealed an...
Uber Database Breach Exposed Information Of 50000 Drivers, Company ConfirmsTechCrunch
Uber says security breach affected about 50000 driversReuters
Uber Says Database Containing Driver Info Was BreachedABC News
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Google News Sci Tech: Apple Watch may open cars, says CEO Tim Cook - CNET->

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Apple Watch may open cars, says CEO Tim Cook
CNET
Tim Cook says he wants the Apple Watch to replace your key fob. Also, we dive into the core problem of #TheDress debate and bid farewell to Leonard Nimoy. by Bridget Carey @BridgetCarey; 28 February 2015, 9:25 am AEDT. comments. 0. facebook.
Spring forward: Apple will take the wraps off Apple Watch at March 9 eventMacworld
Apple Watch Flirts With Fashion, Needs to Focus on SubstancePC Magazine
Cook says Apple Watch will replace car keys - TelegraphReuters
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Google News Sci Tech: A White and Gold (No, Blue and Black!) Dress Melts the Internet - New York Times->

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A White and Gold (No, Blue and Black!) Dress Melts the Internet
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The mother of the bride wore white and gold. Or was it blue and black? From a photograph of the dress the bride posted online, there was broad disagreement. A few days after the wedding last weekend on the Scottish island of Colonsay, a member of the...
The little blue (or white) dress that tore us apartBoston Globe (subscription)
Dress Designer Weighs in on Color of The DressABC News
Few DC Athletes Dared Spiral Down Black and Blue Dress Rabbit Hole with ... CBS Local
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Google News Sci Tech: Uber Says Database Containing Driver Info Was Breached - ABC News->

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Uber Says Database Containing Driver Info Was Breached
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Uber says a database containing the names and drivers' license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers was breached in May. The ride-sharing service says it has notified the drivers and hasn't received any reports of the information being misused. Uber says it will...
Uber Says Data Breach May Have Exposed Info on 50000 DriversNBCNews.com
Uber data breach compromises IDs of 50000 driversEngadget
Uber data breach may have compromised 50000 driversMashable
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Google News Sci Tech: Spring forward: Apple will take the wraps off Apple Watch at March 9 event - Mac->

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Spring forward: Apple will take the wraps off Apple Watch at March 9 event
Macworld
Caitlin covers Apple news, social networks, and the sharing economy from IDG's New York bureau. More by Caitlin McGarry. Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 8. The following day, Apple is inviting us to “spring forward” at a “special event” in San...
Apple Watch Flirts With Fashion, Needs to Focus on SubstancePC Magazine
What to Expect During Apple's March 9 Media EventThe Mac Observer
TC AppleCast 6: Apple Invites Us All To Watch The WatchTechCrunch
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Techdirt: We Now Know The NSA And GCHQ Have Subverted Most (All?) Of The Digital World: So->

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As Mike pointed out recently, thanks to Snowden (and possibly other sources), we now know the NSA, with some help from GCHQ, has subverted just about every kind of digital electronic device where it is useful to do so -- the latest being hard drives and mobile phones. That's profoundly shocking when you consider what most non-paranoid observers thought the situation was as recently as a couple of years ago. However, given that's how things stand, there are a couple of interesting ramifications.

First, that the recent attempts by politicians to demonize strong encryption look like an attempt to cover up the fact that most digital systems are already vulnerable using one or more of the techniques that have been revealed over the last year or two. That is, the NSA and GCHQ can probably access most digital content stored or transmitted in any way -- either because the encryption itself or the end-points have been compromised. Even standalone strong encryption systems like PGP -- thought still to be immune to direct attacks -- can be circumvented by breaking into the systems on which they are used.

Perhaps the dark hints that encryption could be banned or backdoored are simply part of a cynical ploy to present such an appalling vision of what could happen, that we gladly accept anything less extreme without complaint. In fact, the authorities have no intention of attempting anything so stupid -- it would put all online business at risk -- because they don't need to: they already have methods to access everything anyway.

That being the case, there is another important question. If the NSA and other parties do have ways of turning practically every digital electronic device into a system for spying on its users, that essentially means there is no criminal organization in the world -- ranging from the so-called "terrorist" ones that are used to justify so much bad policy currently, to the "traditional" ones that represent the bulk of the real threat to society -- that is not vulnerable to being infiltrated and subverted by government agencies.

And yet we don't see this happen. Drug cartels thrive; people trafficking is surging; the smuggling of ivory and endangered animals is profitable as never before. Similarly, despite the constant and sophisticated monitoring of events across the Middle East, the rise of Islamic State evidently took the US and its allies completely by surprise. How is it that global criminality has not been brought to its knees, or that such massive geopolitical developments were not picked up well in advance -- and nipped in the bud?

One obvious explanation for this pattern is that just as the attackers of London, Boston, Paris and Copenhagen were all known to the authorities, so early tell-tale signs of the rise of Islamic State were detected, but remained drowned out by the sheer volume of similar and confounding information that was being gathered. Similarly, it is presumably easy to create huge stores of information on drug bosses or people smugglers -- but hard to find enough personnel to analyze and act on that data mountain.

Now that we have a better idea of the extraordinary reach of the global surveillance being carried out at all times, the failure of that activity to make us safer by countering criminal activity, at whatever scale, becomes all the more striking. It's time the intelligence agencies accepted that the "collect it all" approach is not just failing, but actually exactly wrong: what we need is not more surveillance, but much less of it and much better targeted.

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Google News Sci Tech: Google Reveals Plan for Futuristic New Headquarters - ABC News->

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Google Reveals Plan for Futuristic New Headquarters
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Google revealed today plans to trade in its nondescript Mountain View, California, headquarters for a proposed new office worthy of a big budget Hollywood science fiction film. The plan, which was created by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas...
Google Reveals Plans for Futuristic, Flexible HeadquartersPC Magazine
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Google News Sci Tech: What happens next with Net Neutrality? - U-T San Diego->

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U-T San Diego

What happens next with Net Neutrality?
U-T San Diego
Will tougher, public utility-style rules for the Internet slow investment and derail new online services, or will the regulations preserve the open Internet as we know it today? Local technology firms, Internet providers and consumer advocates are trying to answer...
We've Already Squandered Net Neutrality — And That's OK (Op-Ed)Tom's Guide
What are the consequences of the Net Neutrality rules?Fox News
Net Neutrality: A Citizens Movement Of The Net, By The Net, And For The NetForbes
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Google News Sci Tech: Google allows porn on Blogger after backlash - KSL.com->

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Google allows porn on Blogger after backlash
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — In a reversal, Google says that porn will continue to be allowed on its Blogger site. Google said it has received a big backlash after deciding earlier in the week that bloggers will no longer be able to "publicly share images and...
Google reverses decision to ban Explicit content On BloggerI4U News
Google Changes Mind About Blog PornBenzinga
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