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Windows 10: ‘Microsoft should pay compensation for user upgrade woes’

Now Microsoft's pushy Windows 10 upgrade offer is over, a consumer rights group has called on Microsoft to compensate users for the issues it caused.  By Liam Tung | September 22, 2016 Upgrade issues quoted by which? Include problems with printers, Wi-Fi cards, lost files and email accounts not syncing properly.      Image: Microsoft    Respected…
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Unprecedented and Unlawful: The NSA’s “Upstream” Surveillance

By Ashley Gorski and Patrick C. Toomey   September 22, 2016   The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 (FAA) — the statute the government uses to engage in warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international communications — is scheduled to expire in December 2017. In anticipation of the coming legislative debate over reauthorization, Congress has already begun to…
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This Tool Lets You Check If Your Personal Info Is on the Dark Web

September 21, 2016  Written by  Joseph Cox  Contributor   It’s pretty hard to know when your data might have been compromised. Over the last few years, an industry of threat intelligence firms has popped up that offer to monitor criminal forums, paste sites, and Tor hidden services for stolen intellectual property or customer information. Now,…
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The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed for the First Time

Joseph Cox September 21, 2016 Matt Larson of ICANN. Image: Kim Davies/Flickr   Soon, one of the most important cryptographic key pairs on the internet will be changed for the first time. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the US-based non-profit responsible for various internet infrastructure tasks, will change the key pair…
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An end to ID theft? This facial recognition is so smart even twins can’t fool it

A young Estonian entrepreneur hopes to take security and online identity verification to the next level.  By Kalev AasmaeSeptember 20, 2016 With, left, Estonian e-residency project head Kaspar Korjus, Veriff CEO Kaarel Kotkas: "There are some differences that a human eye could miss, but the algorithm won't."  Image: Erkki Saarniit/Veriff   In the spring last…
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CloudFlare tackles unencrypted Internet with new features

The company says that there will no longer be any excuse to remain unencrypted online.  By Charlie OsborneSeptember 20, 2016   CNET   CloudFlare has launched three new encryption features on the firm's network to improve Internet security. On Tuesday, the San Francisco, CA-based company said that the new features, TLS 1.3, Opportunistic Encryption, and…
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The Feds Will Soon Be Able to Legally Hack Almost Anyone

Author: Senator Ron Wyden, Matt Blaze and Susan Landau. Senator Ron Wyden, Matt Blaze and Susan Landau   Security 09.19.16.   Digital devices and software programs are complicated. Behind the pointing and clicking on screen are thousands of processes and routines that make everything work. So when malicious software—malware—invades a system, even seemingly small changes to…
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US government officially recalls 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones

Almost two weeks after Samsung recalled the smartphone for a battery defect, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall of its own.  By Jason Cipriani | September 15, 2016 Image: ZDNet   Less than two weeks after Samsung asked Galaxy Note 7 users to immediately power off their new smartphones and return them,…
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The open-source Dronecode dog fight

The open-source drone software group Dronecode has forked, with some developers leaving for their own project.  By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | September 16, 2016 Dronecode, the non-profit organization developing a common, shared open-source platform for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), aka drones, has recently made management decisions that has led to some programmers picking up their…
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