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arstechnica.co.uk

by Jon Brodkin

December 20, 2015

You probably know that Comcast is hitting subscribers with overage charges of $10 (£7) when they exceed their 300GB monthly data caps. But can customers trust Comcast to measure Internet usage accurately?

The nation's largest cable company points to research it commissioned showing that its data metering is usually accurate, but one customer who contacted Ars was able to prove that he was being incorrectly accused of using excessive data.

infowars.com

by Kurt Nimmo

December 15, 2015

Congress is poised to force Facebook and other social media networks to inform on users they believe might be engaged in "online terrorist activity."

Last week Dianne Feinstein, the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee along with the committee's chairman Richard Burr, introduced the "Requiring Reporting of Online Terrorist Activity Act". The proposed law is modeled after an existing law requiring companies to report child pornography.

arstechnica.com

by Joe Mullin

December 11, 2015

A Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice sent by the Walt Disney Company earlier this week seems to have truly awakened The Force, and now the company can't seem to decide if it wants to be on the light side or the dark side.

Marjorie and Arnie Carvalho run Star Wars Action News, a podcast about Star Wars collectibles. Earlier this week, SW Action News staffer Justin Kozisek purchased an action figure of "Rey" in an Iowa Walmart. The figure, which hasn't been seen elsewhere, was presumably put on the shelves by accident ahead of its official release date. An image of the figure was posted on the SW Action News Facebook page-and promptly subjected to a wave of DMCA takedown demands by Lucasfilm. Many of those who had spread the image on social media were also subject to copyright claims.

blog.ensilo.com

by Tomer Bitton

December 8, 2015

Our research team exposed a critical security vulnerability appearing in various Anti-Virus (AV) products which has the potential to turn the Anti-Virus to an attack-enabler tool.

This issue is not necessarily constrained to security solutions, but potentially to any intrusive application such as data leak prevention (DLP) and performance monitoring solutions.

globenewswire.com

by Open Minds

December 3, 2015

GETTYSBURG, Pa., Dec. 3, 2015 -- Children in the foster care system have very unique needs as a result of high levels of trauma, transiency, psychotropic medication use, and higher rates of hospitalization and readmissions.

They are also subject to more "touch points" - interacting with foster families, biological and kinship relations, medical consenters, child protective services, judges, health care providers, child placing agencies, and advocacy groups, for example. To meet these unique needs and better coordinate care for children in the foster care system, many provider organizations are turning to technology. From smartphone apps that help find placements for children, to e-communications for coordinating care, to remote service delivery via iPad - there are a number of new technologies that are improving care for this special population.

theantimedia.org

by Reason:

December 1, 2015

The media widely proclaimed the NSA's bulk data collection of Americans dead as of last night. Here's the part of the story they forgot to mention.

Sunday marked the end of the NSA's highly contentious bulk data collection program, as widely reported by corporate media outlets. But for all intents and purposes, as the USA Freedom Act kicked off in its place on Sunday, this termination was a purely hollow, symbolic gesture. As Edward Snowden revealed two years ago, the National Security Agency implemented a program to vacuum up the metadata of essentially all domestic communications in the U.S. by liberally interpreting controversial provisions in the USA Patriot Act - which federal courts have since found unconstitutional. Under the transparent guise of fighting terrorism, the NSA argued in court its justification for casting such a broad net; but after an earlier reversal, District Court Judge Richard Leon ripped into the program in an epicly caustic ruling in favor of civilians.

realwaystoearnmoneyonline.com

November 24, 2015

Many readers over the years have asked me about ways to make money online doing research.

There's no question that being good at online research is a profitable skill, so if you're someone who is a master of Google, or the person everyone else goes to when they are looking for specific info and they know you can find it faster than they can, then you'll want to read this post.

kdvr.com

November 24, 2015

Are you one of 17 million Facebook users using the "Most Used Words" wordcloud the Facebook app? If so, you might want to delete the app as soon as possible.

According to Comparitech, a tech comparison and review website, the popular app is a "privacy nightmare." The app reportedly scans all posts in 2015 and is "harvesting a tranche" of personal information. Comparitech said app users must elect to "give up almost every private detail" about themselves to use the app.

naturalhealth365.com

November 22, 2015

Most people remain clueless about the real dangers of wireless technology.  Discover what the health experts are saying and how to protect yourself.

Wireless devices emit radio frequency radiation or microwave radiation at the rate of billions of cycles per second. Thousands of peer-reviewed studies point to the link between these exposures and a long list of adverse biological health effects and very serious diseases, including brain tumors, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

chrome.blogspot.com

by Marc Pawliger

November 10, 2015

Today, we're announcing the end of Chrome's support for Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista, and Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8, since these platforms are no longer actively supported by Microsoft and Apple.

Starting April 2016, Chrome will continue to function on these platforms but will no longer receive updates and security fixes. If you are still on one of these unsupported platforms, we encourage you to move to a newer operating system to ensure that you continue to receive the latest Chrome versions and features.

      
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