Why We Should Care More About Who's Watching


George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1949. When the year 1984 rolled around, Rockwell’s haunting song, Somebody’s Watching Me, featuring Michael Jackson and Jermaine Jackson singing in the background, made its debut and went on to become a classic. Fast-forward to 2017. Today we are living the creepy life Orwell and Rockwell imagined, with technology increasingly intruding on our privacy. Technology has changed our lives forever, both for the better and worse. Few are complaining about the loss of privacy now.

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Google critic reportedly ousted from think tank funded by company

Barry Lynn, a scholar who wrote a critical assessment about Google on a think tank’s website, reportedly said the piece cost himself and his team their jobs due to pressure from the tech giant.

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Coalition Wants FCC to Look Into Data Cap Exemptions


A coalition of technology companies and advocacy groups earlier this week wrote to the Federal Communications Commission, urging it to open a public investigation into zero-rating practices, in which mobile providers allow some video or music providers to be excluded from data caps. The group, which includes Common Cause, Etsy, Foursquare, Mozilla and Upworthy, called on the FCC to examine the zero-rating practices of AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile and Verizon to determine whether those practices harm competition.

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Bill Gates' Open Letter


It has been 40 years since Bill Gates wrote his open letter to the software industry complaining that computer hobbyists were stealing his BASIC program. That was so long ago that Wikipedia has a picture of the source code for “Micro-Soft” BASIC on paper tape. A lot of things have changed since then. In the 1970s when Microsoft was getting started, it was common for people to copy, swap or donate software simply because they could. Especially in the hobbyist community, people bought hardware and they got software in any way possible.

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BadUSB returns: Hackers publish code that could infect millions of USB devices

Bad Santa: BadUSB
Back in July, we wrote about a massive security hole — BadUSB — that potentially gave hackers the ability to hijack or subvert billions of USB devices, from keyboards to printers to thumb drives. At the time, due to the severity of the issue, the researchers who discovered the flaw didn’t publish their BadUSB exploit code. Now, however, two other hackers have worked out how to exploit BadUSB — and they’ve published their code on Github for all to see.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/191467-badusb-returns-hackers-publish-code-that-could-infect-millions-of-usb-devices

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Why are some hard drives more reliable than others?

Hard drive internals
Back in January, we wrote a story about which company makes the most reliable hard drives. At the time, Hitachi came out ahead of Western Digital and Seagate by a significant margin. Now, with new data from our friends at Backblaze who have 34,881 hard drives spinning their little hearts out as you read this sentence, we’re going to try and investigate the matter of why there’s so much variation between the reliability of the big three hard drive makers.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/computing/190708-why-are-some-hard-drives-more-reliable-than-others

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Snapchat CEO 'mortified' by leaked emails from fraternity days

Snapchat CEO and cofounder Evan Spiegel said he regrets crude emails he wrote during his days as social chair of his Stanford University fraternity, Kappa Sigma.

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Senator Says VA Ignored Wait Times Legislation

Sen. Patty Murray says the VA failed to implement legislation she wrote to counter problems with the appointments system.,The former chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee said last week the Department of Veterans Affairs failed to implement legislation she wrote two years ago to counter problems of gaming the appointments system.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2014/05/20/senator-says-va-ignored-wait-times-legislation/

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