Maine governor sued for deleting Facebook comments

Paul LePage uses his Facebook page to perform government business, so blocking people who disagree with him ‘constitutes… government censorship,’ the ACLU says.

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Putin bans VPNs in Russia, following China's move

Presented as a package of antiterrorist legislative amendments, but ultimately this new law increases government access to user data by removing anonymity.

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Elon Musk announces underground Hyperloop that does NY to DC in 29 minutes

On Thursday, Elon Musk announced that he’s secured “verbal government approval,” whatever that is, to build a Hyperloop linking Washington DC to New York City, stopping in Baltimore and Philadelphia on the way.

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Amazon Courts Low-Income Customers With Deep Prime Discount


Amazon has introduced a Prime membership priced at $5.99 monthly for people on government assistance who have a valid EBT card. A Prime membership ordinarily costs $10.99 per month, or $99 per year. The EBT card is used to disburse funds for a variety of government assistance programs, including TANF, SNAP and WIC. Consumers have to qualify for the discount program every 12 months, and may take advantage of it for up to four years. Prime offers unlimited fast, free two-day shipping on more than 50 million eligible items, and other benefits.

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US regulators accuse Google of underpaying female workers

Government investigators looking into how Google pays its employees have accused the tech giant of shortchanging women doing similar work to men.

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Twitter yanks lawsuit against US government over anti-Trump account

Twitter has withdrawn its lawsuit against the U.S government over an attempt to reveal the identities of the users behind the anti-Trump @ALT_USCIS account.

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London terror attack: UK wants encrypted WhatsApp messages

The U.K. government wants WhatsApp to give security services access to encrypted messages in the aftermath of the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack. Officials, however, could face stiff challenges if they choose to apply U.K. surveillance legislation to the U.S.-based firm, according to a digital privacy advocate.

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Formerly classified nuclear test films are now on YouTube

The US government has about 10,000 films of the 221 atmospheric nuclear tests conducted between 1945 and 1962, covering the destructive power from all sorts of angles and distances, Business Insider reports.

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Online Trust Alliance Launches IoT Security Campaign


The Online Trust Alliance is calling on businesses, consumers and government to share responsibility for ensuring that Internet of Things devices are not weaponized, outlining actions that businesses, consumers and government can take to ensure the security and privacy of IoT devices. It calls for a campaign to have retailers and consumers reject IoT products that pose a security threat. OTA Executive Director Craig Spiezle will meet with White House staff, and FTC and FCC commissioners to kickstart efforts to harden IoT security measures.

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WhatsApp vulnerability: Encryption backdoor or convenience feature?

The government, it turns out, could intercept WhatsApp texts if it wanted to, a new report revealed a few days ago.

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US Pushes Cybersecurity Acquisition Tools as Contracts Flow


Vendors of cybersecurity offerings are finding that the U.S. government is serious about improving the protection of federal IT assets. A steady stream of data protection contracts has been flowing to providers, including some notable high-value transactions during the last half of 2016. One example is a Department of Homeland Security contract, with a potential value of $395 million, for various cybersecurity protection services designed to prevent, detect, contain and eradicate cyberthreats.

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Apple, Ireland Balk at EU's Bill for Back Taxes


Apple and the government of Ireland are fighting what some view as a European Union tax grab. The two recently filed a formal appeal of the EC’s decision ordering Apple to pay nearly $14 billion in back taxes, based on its finding that Ireland had given Apple several illegal tax breaks. The commission this summer found that Ireland had allowed Apple to determine its tax based on the activities of its subsidiary firms, Apple Sales International and Apple Sales Europe, which are incorporated in Ireland.

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Cloud Enters Mainstream in Federal IT Investment Plans


U.S. government agencies will continue to invest hefty sums in cloud computing technology over the next five years. After that period, spending on cloud is likely to moderate, but the amount of investing will remain at impressive levels. Cloud computing is far from mature within the federal government, but it has reached a point at which it is a mainstream component of government IT resources. Government agencies finally have arrived at a place of “real, concrete adoption,” said Chris Wiedemann, a market analyst at immixGroup.

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Ears in the sky? NSA, GCHQ, intercepted in-flight phone calls, report says

The National Security Agency and its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have been intercepting in-flight mobile phone calls for more than 10 years, according to a report by French newspaper Le Monde.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/12/08/ears-in-sky-nsa-gchq-intercepted-in-flight-phone-calls-report-says.html

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Apple responds to claims that multiple older iPhones have gone up in flames

A Chinese consumer group that’s “loosely” affiliated with the government said it has received eight reports from iPhone 6 users who own devices that have caught fire spontaneously.

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Facebook has reportedly developed News Feed software to suppress posts in China

How far is Facebook willing to go to convince China’s communist government to lift the ban on its social network in the country? According to a new report, the company is prepping a censorship tool in order to gain a foothold in the mainland.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/11/23/facebook-has-reportedly-developed-news-feed-software-to-suppress-posts-in-china.html

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UK may start using eagles to take down drones flying contraband into prisons

The British government says it’s examining the possibility of using highly trained eagles to intercept drones caught taking contraband into prisons. Police in the Netherlands have already started using the birds for similar work.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/11/02/uk-may-start-using-eagles-to-take-down-drones-flying-contraband-into-prisons.html

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LinkedIn runs afoul of Russian data law — is it on the verge of being banned?

Russia could end up banning LinkedIn in a matter of weeks. Vladimir Putin’s government is reportedly seeking to make an example of the business-oriented social network with an injunction that could see it permanently blocked in the country.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/10/27/linkedin-runs-afoul-russian-data-law-is-it-on-verge-being-banned.html

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