The idea behind the system is two-fold: passwords are rapidly approaching uselessness; and biometric identifiers are now advanced enough to be used for high-value applications. Google unveiled the idea for Project Abacus last year, saying that it hoped to replace passwords with a system that constantly observes users’ interactions with their devices, such as their patterns of typing, facial recognition, voice recognition, and then builds them into a comprehensive trust score. That score then is used to grant or deny access to apps.
Google officials plan to give a group of financial institutions access to the Project Abacus API in June, and hopes to expand that to all Android developers by the end of the year.
jones_supa writes: Investigators in France have raided Google's Paris headquarters amid a probe over the company's tax payments, Reuters reported. The French Finance Ministry is investigating €1.6 billion in back taxes. According to a report in French daily Le Parisien, at least 100 investigators are part of the raid at Google's offices. A source close to the finance ministry said that the raid at Google's offices has been ongoing in Tuesday since 03:00 GMT. In February, a source at the French Finance Ministry told Reuters that the government was seeking the €1.6B from Google. At the time, official spokespeople for Google France and the Finance Ministry refused to comment on the situation.
TheSilentNumber writes: "In an announcement by Defective by Design, many ebook publishers and other media distributors are listed as first adopters of a new "DRM-free" label. With O'Reilly and Momentum on the list (among many others), the label could become a recognizeable and valuable marker. This is a promising development as major ebook publishers start dropping DRM. With DRM all but gone for music and, if ebooks meet a similar fate, how long can video, streaming servies, and games last?"
blackbearnh writes: "Think about Wikipedia, what some consider the most complete general survey of human knowledge we have at the moment. Now imagine squeezing it down to fit comfortably on an 8GB iPhone. Sound daunting? Well, that's just what Patrick Collison's Encylopedia iPhone application does. App Store purchasers of Collison's open source application can browse and search the full text of Wikipedia when stuck in a plane, or trapped in the middle of nowhere (or, as defined by AT&T coverage...) Collison will be presenting a talk on how he did it at OSCON, O'Reilly's Open Source conference at the end of July, and he spent some time talking about it to O'Reilly Radar recently. "When I first went to submit it to the store I had done quite a bit of work getting it down to just marginally under two gigabytes, because two gigabytes was Apple's stated limit. But it actually turned out that Apple's infrastructure and their software was not able to handle two gigabyte applications or anything even close to it. I don't know, but a couple hundred megabytes was the cutoff. That three-month approval process included them having to fix bugs and me having to change how the application worked and all the rest just so I could physically get it into the store.""
from the who-needs-a-private-life-when-you-have-science dept.
Markmarkmark writes "Wired is reporting that all NASA JPL scientists must 'voluntarily' (or be fired) sign a document giving the government the right to investigate their personal lives and history 'without limit'. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists this includes snooping into sexual orientation, mental & physical health as well as credit history and 'personality conflict'. 28 senior NASA scientists and engineers, including Mars Rover team members, refused to sign by the deadline and are now subject to being fired despite a decade or more of exemplary service. None of them even work on anything classified or defense related. They are suing the government and documenting their fight for their jobs and right to personal privacy."