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Information Technology

Vandals cause chaos as Arizona goes internet-free for 15 hours
From Phoenix to Flagstaff, residents couldn’t get cash from the ATM, 911 systems were disrupted and credit card purchases couldn’t be processed because a cut fiber-optic internet cable buried in the desert disabled internet service for hours.

26.02.2015 23:49

Washington won’t say how much damage Snowden leaks did
The National Security Agency has repeatedly stated that leaks by former contractor Edward Snowden about its surveillance programs have compromised national security and harmed American foreign policy – but Washington remains unwilling to say how.

26.02.2015 01:41

Robots with souls: Funerals held for robot dogs across Japan
It’s not clear if all robotic AIBO dogs will go to heaven, but their Japanese owners are convinced they have souls. Owners of the gadgets are staging funerals for the machines after Sony discontinued them and closed the last ‘clinics’ used to fix them.

25.02.2015 22:49

SIM maker Gemalto denies damage amid NSA hacking fallout
Dutch-based chip maker Gemalto has acknowledged that American and British spy agencies tried hacking its systems years ago, but critics have slammed that response as denial and damage control.

25.02.2015 22:27

​‘Britain is leading the war against human rights’ – Amnesty International
Ramped up surveillance in Britain against a backdrop of dwindling legal protection has contributed to the most rattling assault on human rights in Europe since the fall of the Berlin Wall, human rights experts warn.

25.02.2015 15:35

Assange lawyers lodge appeal with Swedish Supreme Court
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is appealing to the Swedish Supreme Court, the highest in the country’s judicial system, to try and persuade a judge the arrest warrant against him over alleged sexual offenses should be dropped.

25.02.2015 12:03

Capitalist forces could create ‘uncontrollable’ artificial intelligence – scientist
Artificial intelligence (AI) needs to develop human emotion if humanity is to avoid the potential existential threat posed by machines capable of consciousness, a leading scientist has warned.

24.02.2015 14:53

Google U-turn: Blogger platform switches policy to crack down on sexually explicit content
Google has warned users of its blogging platform Blogger that starting next month, sexually explicit photos and videos will be banned from the service as part of its updated terms of use. Many users have already expressed disappointment.

24.02.2015 13:55

Spy leaks: MI6 tried to recruit N. Korean asset with S. African help
MI6 tried to recruit a North Korean asset to infiltrate the secretive regime. The UK spy agency requested South Africa’s help to establish a “long term clandestine relationship in return for payment,” according to leaked spy cables.

24.02.2015 10:47

Yahoo exec grills NSA director over ‘backdoor’ access to private data
Yahoo’s chief information-security officer attacked the NSA's director over building “backdoors” to allow government spying on selected users. Mike Rogers defended the practice, saying it should be done within a “legal framework.”

24.02.2015 02:15

Twitter comes out for #NetNeutrality
One after another, web giants are openly backing ‘net neutrality’ reforms proposed by the FCC. Twitter endorsed the plan on Monday, calling the open internet the “heart of Twitter.”

23.02.2015 23:32

Florida police used warrantless 'Stingray' surveillance over 1,800 times
Law enforcement officials in Florida have used ‘Stingray’ surveillance to track cell phone locations on more than 1,800 occasions, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). And they did it without obtaining warrants.

23.02.2015 23:13