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Feed Google News Sci Tech: UK official wants police access to WhatsApp messages - Computerworld (google.com)


Computerworld

UK official wants police access to WhatsApp messages
Computerworld
A senior U.K. official is asking that law enforcement be given access to encrypted messages on WhatsApp and similar services, a demand that is likely to fuel an ongoing debate over whether companies should create backdoors into their encryption...
WhatsApp's encryption keeps us safe: attacking it is wrongTelegraph.co.uk
Backdoor access to WhatsApp? Rudd's call suggests a hazy grasp of encryptionThe Guardian
UK targets WhatsApp and encrypted messaging after London attackYahoo News
Wired.co.uk-Metro-The Tech Portal-Business Standard
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Chinese court rules Apple innocent in copycat claim - CNET (google.com)


CNET

Chinese court rules Apple innocent in copycat claim
CNET
The iPhone 6 next to its larger Plus sibling. Josh Miller/CNET. A Beijing court has overturned a previous ruling that Apple infringed a design patent of Chinese company Shenzhen Baili and has declared Baili's claims to be unfounded, reports the AFP.
A win for Apple in Beijing as court overturns iPhone patent rulingTechCrunch
Chinese Court Overturns iPhone 6 Patent Ruling in Apple's FavorMac Rumors
Apple wins Chinese iPhone patent case: ReportZDNet
BBC News-Engadget-Reuters-SlashGear
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Astonishing discovery deep in outer space floors scientists - Morning Ticker (google.com)


Morning Ticker

Astonishing discovery deep in outer space floors scientists
Morning Ticker
Scientists have witnessed something utterly bizarre in a galaxy 8 billion light years from our planet that they are having some difficulty explaining. NASA scientists have spotted something bizarre deep in space, something that defies explanation and ...
President Looks to NASA's Future, Hubble History in Weekly AddressBreitbart News
'Supermassive' black hole rocketing through space at five million miles an hour, Nasa revealsThe Independent
Monster Black Hole Has Been Kicked Out From Its Galactic Core In Bizarre Cosmic CollisionScience Times
International Business Times-PerfScience-NEWS.com.au-Space Ref (press release)
all 92 news articles

Feed Techdirt: Twitter Reports On Government Agencies Using 'Report Tweet' Function To Block Terrorism-Related Content (techdirt.com)

Twitter's latest Transparency Report contains a new section that shows some governments may be trying to use Twitter's own rules to achieve censorious goals. Legislators and misguided lawsuit plaintiffs have been complaining for years social media services don't do enough to curtail terrorists and terrorism-related content. This has been the subject of multiple lawsuits and multiple Congressional hearings.

However, governments can only do so much to pressure social media services into regulating content. If the government steps in to set the rules, then it crosses the line. The US government has, so far, been unwilling to act as a direct censor of content. Other governments have no qualms about censorship, but have found their efforts somewhat blunted by Facebook, Twitter, etc. being US-based companies, where compliance with foreign directives is a nicety, not a legal requirement. Of course, both companies have voluntarily acted as local censors in response to foreign laws and legal threats.

Fortunately for these governments, Twitter has a way to let them achieve their censorship goals without having to resort to legal threats or new legislation. The new way to control content lies in the site's terms of service, as the Twitter blog post points out.

For the latest reporting period (July - December 2016), this new section is limited to data about government reports to remove content in violation of Twitter’s terms of service (TOS) against the promotion of terrorism. This does not include any legal requests, regardless of whether they result in a TOS violation, which will continue to be published in our Removals Requests report.

For the last six months of 2016, Twitter received reports on nearly 6,000 accounts from a total of 716 reports by government agencies. The numbers aren't broken down any further than that, so there's no telling which governments are utilizing this reporting system most. All Twitter is reporting is that less than 2% of account suspensions are the result of government reports and that it's refused to act on 15% of government-reported accounts. Each account is counted only once, even if there are multiple reports or multiple tweets reported by government agencies.

So, does this government reporting qualify as censorship? It only would with Twitter's help. If Twitter is only removing legitimate requests for terrorism-related content, then government agencies are being treated no differently than any private citizen reporting similar content. If it's suspending accounts or removing tweets simply because the reporting government doesn't like what's being said (or who's saying it), then it's acting as a censorious extension of the reporting government.



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Feed Engadget: The Morning After: Monday, March 27th 2017 (engadget.com)

Hey, good morning! Hello from Monday morning. Over the weekend, we welcome the return of a 1998 gaming classic, toured the fanciest toilet showroom youll ever see, and reported on a self-driving Uber crash. Oh, and in case you forgot, we will final...

Feed Google News Sci Tech: WhatsApp's encryption keeps us safe: attacking it is wrong - Telegraph.co.uk (google.com)


Telegraph.co.uk

WhatsApp's encryption keeps us safe: attacking it is wrong
Telegraph.co.uk
WhatsApp is under renewed pressure to give security services access to the messaging app's encrypted communications after last week's attack in Westminster. Adrian Ajao, the terrorist who killed four people before he was shot outside Parliament last...
Encryption explained: how apps and sites keep your private data safeWired.co.uk
What is WhatsApp encryption?Metro
WhatsApp's encryption helps terrorists communicate safely: UKBusiness Standard
The Tech Portal-Quartz-TrustedReviews-SFGate
all 199 news articles

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Uber slams on the brakes, stops self-driving car tests - ZDNet (google.com)


ZDNet

Uber slams on the brakes, stops self-driving car tests
ZDNet
screen-shot-2017-03-27-at-10-56- Uber. Uber has suspended autonomous car tests in the US following an incident in which one of its self-driving cars was involved in a collision in Tempe, Arizona. The ride-hailing service's tests in both Arizona and ...
Uber Issues Nationwide Suspension of Self-Driving CarsBreitbart News
Uber Suspends Self-Driving Testing Program In Light Of Car Crash In ArizonaTech Times
Uber has taken its self-driving cars off the road after one flipped over in ArizonaQuartz
EE Times-Nasdaq-Insurance Journal-Washington Post
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Front And Back Side Of The Galaxy S8 Leak Yet Again - Android Headlines (google.com)


Android Headlines

Front And Back Side Of The Galaxy S8 Leak Yet Again
Android Headlines
Samsung will introduce the Galaxy S8 in two days, and two new images have just surfaced. If you take a look at the gallery down below, you'll get to see two new real life images of the Samsung Galaxy S8. These two shots join tons of previously leaked...
Samsung 'Guard S8' Protection Program RumoredUbergizmo
Samsung's high-end smartphones account for just 29% of its sales, marking an all-time lowPhone Arena
Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+: Release date, specs, price and everything elseThe Indian Express
iTech Post-Wccftech-India Today-CNET
all 223 news articles

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Trump touts bipartisanship of NASA reauthorization in weekly address - Washington Examiner (google.com)


Washington Examiner

Trump touts bipartisanship of NASA reauthorization in weekly address
Washington Examiner
President Trump focused his weekly address on the $19.5 billion NASA spending bill he signed on Tuesday, which he celebrated as being a bipartisan piece of legislation during a time when agreement across the aisle is no so easy to come by. "At a time...
President Looks to NASA's Future, Hubble History in Weekly AddressBreitbart News
Space Photos of the Week: Codependent Spiral Galaxies Dunno Who They Are AnymoreWIRED
'Supermassive' black hole rocketing through space at five million miles an hour, Nasa revealsThe Independent
The Space Reporter-Science Times-Morning Ticker-PerfScience
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Final Fantasy XV Patch 1.07 Is Out Now; Finally Updates Chapter 13 - Attack of the Fanboy (google.com)


Attack of the Fanboy

Final Fantasy XV Patch 1.07 Is Out Now; Finally Updates Chapter 13
Attack of the Fanboy
Final Fantasy XV team has delivered on their promise to release a patch that would change the gameplay experience of the 13th chapter of the game. With this new version of the game, players will be able to take an alternative route to complete the ...
Final Fantasy 15 Update Covers Chapter 13 Changes, Bug Fixes, And MoreGameSpot
Final Fantasy XV Chapter 13 update now available, trailerGematsu
Final Fantasy XV DLC Receives New Trailer Just Ahead of Its ReleaseTwinfinite
Game Rant-Hardcore Gamer-The Bitbag-Siliconera
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Samsung's high-end smartphones account for just 29% of its sales, marking an all-time low - Phone Arena (google.com)


Phone Arena

Samsung's high-end smartphones account for just 29% of its sales, marking an all-time low
Phone Arena
Just two days before the official release of the Samsung Galaxy S8, a new report claims that Samsung's high-end devices aren't doing as well as they did before. According to the Korean media The Investor, Samsung's top-of-the-line handsets account for ...
Samsung 'Guard S8' Protection Program RumoredUbergizmo
Samsung Galaxy S8 leaks in all its glory, launching on March 29India Today
Samsung Galaxy S8 Price, Release Date, Specifications, and Everything Else We KnowNDTV
iTech Post-The Indian Express-CNET-Wccftech
all 204 news articles

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Space Photos of the Week: Codependent Spiral Galaxies Dunno Who They Are Anymore - WIRED (google.com)


WIRED

Space Photos of the Week: Codependent Spiral Galaxies Dunno Who They Are Anymore
WIRED
Few things in the solar system capture the imagination quite like the rings of Saturn. Countless pieces of ice and rock orbit the system's second-largest planet, and the Cassini probe sent back a beautiful closeup taken from just 70,000 miles away ...
'Supermassive' black hole rocketing through space at five million miles an hour, Nasa revealsThe Independent
Distant galaxy surprises scientists with high star formation rateThe Space Reporter
Monster Black Hole Has Been Kicked Out From Its Galactic Core In Bizarre Cosmic CollisionScience Times
Morning Ticker-PerfScience-NEWS.com.au-BABW News
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Comment Re:It will not happen (Score 1) 72

How the hell do you re-write something like that? An "if" statement keys on the value of a single variable and conditionally executes a function. There are some things for which there is only one solution. Someone might suggest "just cold-room it!" But how are they supposed to do that?

You mean cleanroom. Copyright protects one particular expression (implementation) not the underlying idea (functionality), so the point is not necessarily to come up with a different solution but to document that it has been done independently. Yes, that means they must find an "untainted" developer to write the new code but you can in great detail describe the functionality as long as you don't impose a particular implementation. It's even been done "after the fact" as evidence:

The court relied heavily on evidence NEC presented that compared a "clean room'' program with both the V20/30 and Intel 8086/88 microcode. NEC hired an independent engineer (Gary Davidian) to develop a set of microcode for the V20/30 without access to any other microcode. Because Davidian's version of the microcode was similar in many regards to both the Intel and NEC microcodes, the court found it likely that those similarities were dictated not by copying of Intel's microcode, but rather by functional constraints of the hardware, the architecture, and the need for 8086/88 compatibility.

The documentation is a pain in the butt, but the legal reasoning around it isn't so bad.

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