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Apple Pay rolling out to Norway, Poland and Ukraine - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:33
Paying with your iPhone heads to colder climes.
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SteamVR for Windows Mixed Reality leaves Early Access - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:30
Ready or not, here it comes.
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Your iPhone battery replacement may play hard to get - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:30
Some folks in the UK are encountering requests for pricey repairs before they can get their cheap upgrades, reports the BBC.
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Facebook Fires Employee Who Allegedly Used Data Access To Stalk Women

SlashDot - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:30
After a member of the information security community provided evidence to Facebook's chief information security officer, the company has terminated a security engineer who allegedly used their work position to stalk women online. From a report: On Monday, Motherboard reported that Facebook was investigating a claim that one of its employees used access to data granted by their job to stalk women online. Facebook has since terminated the employee, Facebook confirmed to Motherboard on Tuesday, coincidentally shortly after the social media giant announced its upcoming dating service. "We are investigating this as a matter of urgency. It's important that people's information is kept secure and private when they use Facebook," Alex Stamos, Facebook's chief information security officer, told Motherboard in a statement.

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MoviePass $10 Unlimited plan returns from limbo - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:29
The movie-a-day subscription pass to coax people back into the theater has returned after a brief hiatus in limbo.
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Aptiv will deploy 30 self-driving BMWs in Las Vegas via Lyft - Roadshow

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:22
It builds upon the pilot program we took for a spin at this year's CES.
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The best moments from 10 years of Marvel movies - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:21
From Iron Man to Avengers: Infinity War, we pick our favorite moments from a decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Facebook F8 2018: Watch Day 2 live here - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:14
It's the second and final day of Facebook's developers conference in San Jose.
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Your Instagram hashtags helped Facebook's AI get smarter at photo recognition - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:11
Facebook reaches new heights in image recognition with an approach that could help artificial intelligence learn from messy real-world data.
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New Google Lens features are coming at I/O, says LG - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:11
LG dropped a hint when unveiling its new LG G7 ThinQ phone.
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LG's 2018 OLED TVs rule, but the 2017 models are much better deals - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:10
Commentary: Right now the 65-inch 2018 LG C8 is $900 more expensive than the 2017 C7, and the 2018 version is simply not worth it.
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LG G7 specs vs. the V30 and G6: How LG's latest phone is different - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:00
How the LG G7 ThinQ compares to other LG phones you can buy.
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How Facebook uses artificial intelligence to take down abusive posts - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:00
Mark Zuckerberg says AI will be the key to cleaning up toxic content on Facebook. At the F8 developer fest, the social network for the first time shared how it uses the technology.
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Your Instagram #Dogs and #Cats Are Training Facebook's AI

Wired - Wed, 2018-05-02 10:00
Paying humans to label images can get expensive. So Facebook turned to 3.5 billion Instagram photos.
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Nikola (Motors) is Suing Tesla

SlashDot - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:50
An anonymous reader shares a report: Nikola Tesla invented alternating electrical current. Nikola Motors is a mobility company working on a hydrogen-powered semi truck. Tesla makes fully electric vehicles and last December unveiled its EV Semi. Nikola Motors is suing Tesla Motors over patent infringements, according to Electrek. Nikola alleges that Tesla infringes on three of its patents: fuselage design, a wraparound windshield on a semi truck and a mid-entry door. Nikola claims that these design similarities have "caused confusion" among customers and stolen away over $2 billion in business, and that if problems arise with Tesla's Semi (like battery fires or glitches with autonomous driving), they'll be attributed to Nikola. Typical patent troll stuff.

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Go inside the Rimac factory for a closer look at the C Two EV hypercar - Roadshow

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:38
This video from HRE, wheel supplier to Rimac, shows us the inside of the Croatian startup's factory and introduces us to its chief vehicle designer.
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Japanese Lawyer Sues NTT For Voluntarily Blocking 'Pirate Sites'

TechDirt - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:33

Well, that didn't take long. Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing yet another attempt to introduce a censorious site-blocking program to combat copyright infringement, this time in Japan. While site-blocking is unfortunately now popular in several countries, Japan's attempt at it is interesting in that the Japanese constitution specifically forbids censorship of this kind save for the need to combat very serious, typically deadly instances. What's not arguable is that Japan's constitution intended to allow for a sweeping site-blocking program to combat general copyright infringement. Despite this, and despite the fact that the Japanese government hasn't bothered to actually put any law in place that would institute site-blocking, at least one ISP decided to get a head start and began blocking access to several websites it determined to be "pirate sites." The Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., or NTT, did this while saying the government should still get on crafting an actual law for its actions, despite the obvious unconstitutional nature of the whole enterprise.

Because of its actions, it will be NTT that will face the first legal challenge to site-blocking rather than the government, with a private citizen, who happens to be a lawyer, suing the ISP for invading his privacy in order to censor his access to the internet.

Lawyer Yuichi Nakazawa has now launched legal action against NTT, demanding that the corporation immediately ends its site-blocking operations. The complaint, filed at the Tokyo District Court, notes that the lawyer uses an Internet connection provided by NTT. Crucially, it also states that in order to block access to the sites in question, NTT would need to spy on customers’ Internet connections to find out if they’re trying to access the banned sites.

The lawyer informs TorrentFreak that the ISP’s decision prompted him into action.

“NTT’s decision was made arbitrarily on the site without any legal basis. No matter how legitimate the objective of copyright infringement is, it is very dangerous,” Nakazawa explains.

Regardless of the specific legal arguments in this suit, it's hard to imagine that NTT wouldn't have seen this coming. Operating without a legal framework to unilaterally censor parts of the internet in a country with a commanding federal legal framework hardened against this very thing was putting the ISPs neck out there, to put it mildly. Why NTT wanted to paint a legal target on its own back rather than waiting for the government and courts to sort this out at the federal level is beyond me. One has to imagine that this lawsuit will be the first of many, if NTT decides to carry on blocking websites. Japanese law is quite clear on the matter, after all.

Breaches of privacy could present a significant problem under Japanese law. The Telecommunications Business Act guarantees privacy of communications and prevents censorship, as does Article 21 of the Constitution.

“The secrecy of communications being handled by a telecommunications carrier shall not be violated,” the Telecommunications Business Act states, adding that “no communications being handled by a telecommunications carrier shall be censored.”

The Constitution is also clear, stating that “no censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated.”

Now, as TorrentFreak notes, how this specific legal action is adjudicated will likely come down to the technical specifics of how NTT is doing its site-blocking. That and, of course, how Japanese courts interpret that technical implementation.

The question of whether site-blocking does indeed represent an invasion of privacy will probably come down to how the ISP implements it and how that is interpreted by the courts.

A source familiar with the situation told TF that spying on user connections is clearly a problem but the deployment of an outer network firewall rule that simply prevents traffic passing through might be viewed differently.

But what is more clear than anything else is that this lawsuit signals that the Japanese public won't simply allow ISPs to unilaterally censoring their internet access. Whatever the technical details, Japanese law would make any introduction of site-blocking a matter of deft attempts at skirting the purpose of the anti-censorship laws on the books rather than fully complying with them.

And if we've already reached the point that it's clear the government and NTT are trying to game the system rather than following the law, the public backlash is likely to be heavy.



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Sad news, vinyl lovers: Shure exits phono cartridge business - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:17
Shure has been making cartridges for turntables since 1937, but no more. Its mic and headphone businesses will remain.
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Lyft pledges $1.5M to give free rides to low-income people - CNET

Cnet - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:16
The ride-hailing company further casts itself as a good guy by expanding the Relief Rides program beyond natural disaster and crisis situations.
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Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

SlashDot - Wed, 2018-05-02 09:13
A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access to locked and encrypted devices. From a report: The group, which focuses on efforts to reform government surveillance, said in a statement that it continues to advocate for strong encryption, and decried attempts to undermine the technology. "Recent reports have described new proposals to engineer vulnerabilities into devices and services -- but they appear to suffer from the same technical and design concerns that security researchers have identified for years," the statement read. The renewed criticism follows a lengthy Wired article, in which former Microsoft software chief Ray Ozzie proposed a new spin on key escrow. Device encryption has hampered police investigations, and law enforcement officials have pushed tech companies to fix the problem -- even by way of suing them.

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