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Submission + - Facebook breaks net neutrality to buy users

dutchwhizzman writes: Facebook is convincing partner mobile operators in third world countries to unlock not the entire internet, but just facebook for it's subscribers with a special "facebook only" subscription. By doing so, they are promoting a model where an ISP or operator can charge a fee per web site, instead of flat access rates to the entire network. With the recent agreement between Netflix and Comcast where netflix has to pay Comcast to provide proper service to it's already paying subscribers, we're seeing a worrisome future for flat fee data plans emerge.

Submission + - Did the NSA use the Apple SSL bug to insert the DROPOUTJEEP spy software?

crazyeyes writes: Here's an interesting look at the SSL bug in Apple's iOS and OS X operating systems :

There is speculation that this could well be the security hole which the NSA exploited to insert the DROPOUTJEEP software implant, probably using automatic updates via SSL. DROPOUTJEEP, whose existence was revealed by Edward Snowden, targets the Apple iPhone (but could conceivably be used on all other iOS devices) and allows the NSA to "remotely push/pull files from the device. SMS retrieval, contact list retrieval, voicemail, geolocation, hot mic, camera capture, cell tower location, etc. Command, control and data exfiltration can occur over SMS messaging or a GPRS data connection.All communications with the implant will be covert and encrypted.”

Apple, of course, denies that the NSA can access or are accessing iOS devices as Snowden's leaked documents claim. Still, there is no denying that such a bug is a major flaw, and allows iOS and Mac OS to be exploited by malicious persons.

Submission + - One of the Most Alarming Internet Proposals I've Ever Seen (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: You'd think that with so many concerns these days about whether the likes of AT&T, Verizon, and other telecom companies can be trusted not to turn our data over to third parties whom we haven't authorized, that a plan to formalize a mechanism for ISP and other "man-in-the-middle" snooping would be laughed off the Net.

But apparently the authors of IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) Internet-Draft "Explicit Trusted Proxy in HTTP/2.0" (14 Feb 2014) haven't gotten the message.

What they propose for the new HTTP/2.0 protocol is nothing short of officially sanctioned snooping.

Submission + - Israel helped NSA for spying former French President

rtoz writes: It wasn’t the US government breaking into the private communications of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, according to top secret documents unearthed by Edward Snowden and published in Le Monde – it was the Israelis.

A four-page internal précis regarding a visit to Washington by two top French intelligence officials denies the NSA or any US intelligence agency was behind the May 2012 attempted break-in – which sought to implant a monitoring device inside the Elysee Palace’s communications system – but instead fingers the Israelis, albeit indirectly:

Few days back, Le Monde reported that NSA Intercepted French Telephone Calls "On a Massive Scale"

Submission + - Switzerland: Say NO to a surveillance state! (buepf.ch)

An anonymous reader writes: Switzerland's Pirate Party has launched a petition to stop a law that aims to nudge the country towards another surveillance state.

Note that Switzerland has an exceptionally direct democracy, which means that the People can actually make a real difference. This is not a whitehouse.gov petition, it is a real one which will have a real effect:

If you are a Swiss citizen, you should immediately sign the petition. And yes, even legal *residents* can sign the petition.

If you don't live in Switzerland, please inform as many friends and work colleagues in Switzerland as possible about this petition. Every single vote counts!

What's in for the People outside of Switzerland? You get the option to store your data in a western country that will continue to defend privacy and democracy (which seems to become more precious by the day).

Submission + - Ireland refuses to issue arrest warrant for Snowdon on behalf of US (thejournal.ie)

An anonymous reader writes: Ireland has refused to issue a provisional arrest warrant for Edward Snowdon because the US authorities have not or cannot said where the offense of leaking classified material actually took place.

“This is the first indication in any of the documents before the court as to where these offenses might have taken place,” he continued. “The request itself does not state where the offenses actually took place”

Snowdon's application for asylum was refused recently as Irish law requires that an applicant already be in the country at the time of application.

Submission + - Snowden Video Part 2 (guardian.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: 'In the second part of an exclusive interview with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden contemplates the reaction from the US government to his revelations of top-secret documents regarding its spying operations on domestic and foreign internet traffic, email and phone use.' Theguardian
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Submission + - Inside NVIDIA's Massive Hardware Emulation Lab (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "NVIDIA recently decided to give the public a look at their massive investment in hardware emulation technologies. Hardware emulators are specialized systems that can be programmed to emulate any specific architecture. In NVIDIA's case, a standard x86 system is connected to a powerful hardware emulator that's been pre-programmed to emulate a GeForce GPU that's still under design. The testbed generates the code in question and sends it over to the emulator, which then executes and returns the output.
Emulators are massive machines that can be connected together and scaled for capacity and performance. NVIDIA's Indus emulator can emulate up to two billion gates and in their entire facility, the company can emulate up to 4 billion total."

Submission + - UK IP Review urges overhaul of law (thepublicdomain.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The Hargreaves Review, commissioned by the British Prime Minister, was published today. It has some surprisingly frank things to say about the British copyright and patent system. “Could it be true that laws designed more than three centuries ago with the express purpose of creating economic incentives for innovation by protecting creators’ rights are today obstructing innovation and economic growth? The short answer is: yes.” James Boyle, former Creative Commons Chair, was one of the advisors to the Review and writes about it here. http://www.thepublicdomain.org/2011/05/18/the-hargreaves-review-is-published/ Among the key recommendations, no (non technical) software patents or business method patents, reforms to get rid of IT patent thickets, evidence-based policy "not lobbynomics," setting up some firewalls against capture by content companies, orphan works reform, new copyright exceptions etc.
Privacy

Submission + - Wrong Alert reveals U.S' monitoring actions (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A coincidental money transfer from Istanbul/Turkey to an address at "Tehran Street" in Ankara/Turkey triggered actions that revealed that U.S is monitoring domestic transactions in many countries. Seems sunglasses guys thought money is transferred to Iran. Isn't SWIFT a Belgium based system? How about the transactions in EU. Are they also monitored by the U.S? I thoughts SWIFT is only used for international transfers anyways.

Submission + - The Road to Intellectual Serfdom (forbes.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Are ever more stringent intellectual property laws giving ammo to governments to crack down more harshly on dissent. A new article at Forbes.com warns that this is an inevitable consequence of the international IP system.
Science

Submission + - The contradictory nature of global warming skeptic (skepticalscience.com)

jamie writes: "A major challenge in conversing with anthropogenic global warming (AGW) skeptics is that they constantly seem to move the goalposts and change their arguments. As a consequence, they also frequently contradict themselves. One day they'll argue the current global warming is caused by the Sun, the next that it's "natural cycles", the next that the planet is actually cooling, and the next day they'll say the surface temperature record is unreliable, so we don't even know what the global temperature is. This is why Skeptical Science has such an extensive skeptic argument list."

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