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Submission + - Tim Berners-Lee created sold out the Web?

Atticus Rex writes: From

"The chief arbiter of Web standards, Tim Berners-Lee, has an important choice to make this week. He must decide whether or not to allow media and technology companies to add socially harmful Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) into the technical capabilities of the Web, with a proposal called Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). The companies just announced on their public mailing list that they have requested Berners-Lee's seal of approval to move EME to the next phase of standardization: a Proposed Recommendation of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)."

Defective by Design is asking: #WhatWouldTimblDo? Would the Web's once idealistic inventor really give up on free standards?

Submission + - Singapore Blocking Internet Access on Government Computers (

wiredmikey writes: Singapore will be cutting off Internet access for government work stations within a year for security reasons.

A surprise move in one of the world's most wired countries, the measure was aimed at preventing cyber attacks and the spread of malware.

Public servants will reportedly still have access to the Internet on their personal devices, and dedicated Internet-linked terminals will be issued to civil servants who need them for work.

Submission + - Apple's Siri calls ambulance for baby (

Big Hairy Ian writes: A woman from Cairns, Australia, used Siri to call an ambulance for her one-year-old daughter when she stopped breathing.
Stacey Gleeson grabbed her iPhone and ran to the child's room to help her but dropped it as she turned on the light.
She shouted at the handset to activate Siri and told it to get the emergency services on speakerphone as she began CPR.
Ms Gleeson told the BBC she feels it may have saved her daughter's life.

Submission + - Australian government prepares for quantum computing threat to encryption (

angry tapir writes: The Australian government's key information security advisory body, the Australian Signals Directorate, has updated its main security guide to take into account the threat to encryption posed by the impending quantum computing era, based in part on NSA advice to the US government that anticipated a need to "shift to quantum-resistant cryptography in the near future". Although the potential of quantum computing is yet to be fully realised in practice, it is getting closer.

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