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Traffic App Waze To Alert L.A. Drivers of Kidnappings and Hit-and-Runs

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:46am
An anonymous reader writes: Traffic-alert app Waze has announced a partnership with Los Angeles to share information on hit-and-runs and kidnappings taking place across the city, alongside traffic data and road closure updates. The deal forms part of a data-sharing agreement between L.A. authorities and the Google-owned tech startup detailed yesterday by the city's mayor Eric Garcetti. He assured that the data provided to the city by Waze would be "aggregated" and completely anonymous. According to the councillor the collaboration was mutually confirmed on Monday following a "very good meeting" between Waze and LAPD chief officer Charlie Beck. This move signals a considerable turn of events after Beck argued at the end of last year that the traffic alert app posed a danger to police due to its ability to track their location. The complaint followed the shooting of two police officers in New York after the shooter used the app to track his targets.

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New Privacy Concerns About US Program That Can Track Snail Mail

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:05am
Lashdots writes: A lawyers' group has called for greater oversight of a government program that gives state and federal law enforcement officials access to metadata from private communications for criminal investigations and national security purposes. But it's not digital: this warrantless surveillance is conducted on regular mail. "The mail cover has been in use, in some form, since the 1800s," Chief Postal Inspector Guy J. Cottrell told Congress in November. The program targets a range of criminal activity including fraud, pornography, and terrorism, but, he said, "today, the most common use of this tool is related to investigations to rid the mail of illegal drugs and illegal drug proceeds." Recent revelations that the U.S. Postal Service photographs the front and back of all mail sent through the U.S., ostensibly for sorting purposes, has, Fast Company reports, brought new scrutiny—and new legal responses—to this obscure program.

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Wellness App Author Lied About Cancer Diagnosis

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:23am
Freshly Exhumed writes: Wellness advocate Belle Gibson, who translated her high profile as a cancer survivor into publishing success, has admitted her cancer diagnosis was not real. Ms Gibson, 23, who claimed to have healed terminal brain cancer by eating wholefoods, made the admission in an interview with the Australian Women's Weekly. The success of Gibson's book, The Whole Pantry, and her smartphone application, which advocates natural therapies, has been largely dependent on her high-profile as a cancer survivor. Sadly, we've seen this sort of behaviour before. It would seem that Belle Gibson has emulated Dr. Andrew Wakefield in knowingly decieving the public in ways that could possibly be dangerous to the health of believers.

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POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:42am
mask.of.sanity writes: Fraud fighters David Byrne and Charles Henderson say one of the world's largest Point of Sale systems vendors has been slapping the same default passwords – 166816 – on its kit since 1990. Worse still: about 90 per cent of customers are still using the password. Fraudsters would need physical access to the PoS in question to exploit it by opening a panel using a paperclip. But such physical PoS attacks are not uncommon and are child's play for malicious staff. Criminals won't pause before popping and unlocking. The enraged pair badged the unnamed PoS vendor by its other acronym labelling it 'Piece of S***t.

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Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:02am writes: Newsmax reports that according to according to KRC Research about 64 percent of Americans familiar with Snowden hold a negative opinion of him. However 56 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 have a positive opinion of Snowden which contrasts sharply with older age cohorts. Among those aged 35-44, some 34 percent have positive attitudes toward him. For the 45-54 age cohort, the figure is 28 percent, and it drops to 26 percent among Americans over age 55, U.S. News reported. Americans overall say by plurality that Snowden has done "more to hurt" U.S. national security (43 percent) than help it (20 percent). A similar breakdown was seen with views on whether Snowden helped or hurt efforts to combat terrorism, though the numbers flip on whether his actions will lead to greater privacy protections. "The broad support for Edward Snowden among Millennials around the world should be a message to democratic countries that change is coming," says Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. "They are a generation of digital natives who don't want government agencies tracking them online or collecting data about their phone calls." Opinions of millennials are particularly significant in light of January 2015 findings by the U.S. Census Bureau that they are projected to surpass the baby-boom generation as the United States' largest living generation this year.

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Security Companies Accused of Exaggerating Iran's Cyberthreats Against the US

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 1:30am
An anonymous reader writes: A widely-read report accusing Iran of hundreds of thousands of cyberattacks against the U.S. is being criticized as hugely inaccurate as well as motivated by marketing and politics, according to a new whitepaper and critics around the security industry. The original report, solicited by a conservative think tank and published by Norse in the lead up to the RSA Security Conference, hit the front page of the New York Times by calling handshakes and network scans "sophisticated cyberattacks."

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Hubble Spots Star Explosion Astronomers Can't Explain

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:59pm
schwit1 writes: The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted the explosion of a star that does not fit into any theory for stellar evolution. "The exploding star, which was seen in the constellation Eridanus, faded over two weeks — much too rapidly to qualify as a supernova. The outburst was also about ten times fainter than most supernovae, explosions that destroy some or all of a star. But it was about 100 times brighter than an ordinary nova, which is a type of surface explosion that leaves a star intact. 'The combination of properties is puzzling,' says Mario Livio, an astrophysicist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. 'I thought about a number of possibilities, but each of them fails' to account for all characteristics of the outburst, he adds." We can put this discovery on the bottom of a very long list of similar discoveries by Hubble, which this week is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its launch.

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Ancient Hangover Cure Discovered In Greek Texts

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 8:29pm
An anonymous reader writes with good news for people looking for an old cure for an old problem. Trying to ease a bad hangover? Wearing a necklace made from the leaves of a shrub called Alexandrian laurel would do the job, according to a newly translated Egyptian papyrus. The "drunken headache cure" appears in a 1,900-year-old text written in Greek and was discovered during the ongoing effort to translate more than half a million scraps of papyrus known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. Housed at Oxford University's Sackler Library, the enormous collection of texts contains lost gospels, works by Sophocles and other Greek authors, public and personal records and medical treatises dating from the first century AD to the sixth century A.D.

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Total War: WARHAMMER Trilogy Announced

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
Creative Assembly follows both inadvertent and deliberate clues to officially announce development of Total War: WARHAMMER, a new installment in the Total War strategy series based on a partnership...

Galactic Civilizations III in May

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
Stardock announces a May 14th release date for Galactic Civilizations III, their 4X space strategy sequel. The game is still available before then through Early Access on Steam. Here's a video from...

WWE 2K15 Next Week; Specs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
Steam News announces preorders are underway for WWE 2K15, saying the just-revealed PC edition of the sports simulation simulation is due on April 28th. Word is: "WWE 2K15 ushers in a new era of WWE...

GTA5 Account Loss Follow-ups

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
A story on Gamers Nexus follows up on reports that Rockstar Support is hanging up on users complaining of lost access to their Rockstar Social Club accounts, and therefore Grand Theft Auto V. This...

Kingdom Wars 2: Battles Early Access

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
Early Access to Kingdom Wars 2: Battles is now available on Steam, offering first crack at this fantasy-themed, real-time/card-based strategy sequel from Reverie World Studios. Here's the pitch: "King...

Steamship Ahoy - Kalimba

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
Steam now offers Kalimba, the Windows edition of a platformer already available for Xbox One. This comes along with two new DLC packs, which are temporarily free for the console version. Word is: "Kal...


Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
The Steam page for NOT A HERO now includes a playable demo for this 8-bit styled action/adventure. Here's a quick description: "Not a Hero features a time-travelling purple rabbit attempting to...

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
New Features in Preview for Xbox App on Windows 10 and Xbox One. Microsoft Apologizes for Confusion Over 1080p-60fps Witcher 3 Footage on Xbox Channel. Rock Band DLC Re-licensing Info - Updated...

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
Official Google Blog: Say hi to Fi- A new way to say hello. Thanks nin. How Google?s Project Fi pricing stacks up to the competition.

Evening Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
Google wants to power up the Web with push notifications and home icons. Policy and product updates aimed at combating abuse. Thanks HARDOCP.

Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
Facebook Q1- Mixed earnings; 1.44 billion monthly active users. Thanks HARDOCP. Slightly fast and not furious- Lightweight car challenge brings out wicked cool prototypes. Apple Studio Display was...

Evening Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:25pm
Thanks j.c.f. Wi-Fi software security bug could leave Android, Windows, Linux open to attack. A careful look inside new spam quarantine. Pushdo spamming botnet gains strength again. New Ransomware ?Th...
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