What should I do about Youtube? | Zoë Keating
I can’t think of another streaming service that makes such demands. And if I don’t sign? My Youtube channel will be blocked and I will no longer be able to monetize (how I hate that word) 3rd party videos through Content ID.
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Canary lets you dis the boss with impunity | Crain's New York Business
Employees at New York's largest independent advertising agency will soon be speaking their minds to their bosses without fear of blowback. In fact, they'll be encouraged to, as part of Horizon Media's experiment with a new, anonymous social-media application called Canary.
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5 days ago
Errata Security: Drums of cyberwar: North Korea's cyber-WMDs
Some people compare this DRPK-cyberwar propaganda with the Iraq-WMD propaganda. It turns out that this is indeed an appropriate comparison. David Sanger, the author of the above cyber story, has been the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times for over 20 years. SourceWatch, a site that tracks those who influence government policy, blames Sanger along with Judith Miller for hyping WMDs as a justification for the Iraq war. SourceWatch may be referring to stories like this one naming anonymous sources that laid the groundwork for Colin Powell's famous presentation at the U.N. Sanger is nowadays widely criticized for hyping the Iran-WMD threat.
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5 days ago
How to Catch a Terrorist
In each of these cases, the authorities were not wanting for data. What they failed to do was appreciate the significance of the data they already had. Nevertheless, since 9/11, the National Security Agency has sought to acquire every possible scrap of digital information—what General Keith Alexander, the agency’s former head, has called “the whole haystack.” The size of the haystack was revealed in June, 2013, by Edward Snowden. The N.S.A. vacuums up Internet searches, social-media content, and, most controversially, the records (known as metadata) of United States phone calls—who called whom, for how long, and from where. The agency stores the metadata for five years, possibly longer.
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5 days ago
N.S.A. Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack, Officials Say - NYTimes.com
The evidence gathered by the “early warning radar” of software painstakingly hidden to monitor North Korea’s activities proved critical in persuading President Obama to accuse the government of Kim Jong-un of ordering the Sony attack, according to the officials and experts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the classified N.S.A. operation.

“Attributing where attacks come from is incredibly difficult and slow,” said James A. Lewis, a cyberwarfare expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “The speed and certainty with which the United States made its determinations about North Korea told you that something was different here — that they had some kind of inside view.”
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6 days ago
Is running old content a social hack, a handy feature or a trick? — Tech News and Analysis
What’s interesting about this experiment, however, is that Vox didn’t just put up old posts with some highlighted text at the top saying they were previously published. Instead, the site asked the original authors of the posts to do their best to make them better: to update facts, improve descriptions, change headlines, add new information, whatever they thought would add value to the original for readers.
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6 days ago
Elon Musk is Going to Build an Internet In Space
Elon Musk is going to build an internet for space
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7 days ago
Exclusive: Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond | Reuters
Exclusive: Facebook hiring spree hints at ambitions in virtual reality and beyond
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7 days ago
Turkey will ban Twitter unless it blocks a newspaper's account
Turkey will ban Twitter unless it blocks a newspaper's account
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7 days ago
Xiaomi launches sleek, powerful alternative to the iPhone 6 Plus
Xiaomi launches sleek, powerful alternative to the iPhone 6 Plus
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7 days ago
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RT : Newly uncovered US cybersecurity report at odds with David Cameron's proposal ()
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9 days ago
Snapchat Asks Brands for $750,000 to Advertise and Won't Budge | Adweek
The app has been soliciting only the top brands—"category leaders"—to buy placement, and it's disclosing audience numbers to attract the dollars it wants. Its stories can draw tens of millions of viewers a day, according to advertisers who said they heard the stats from Snapchat's team. The app has topped 100 million monthly users.
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10 days ago
Errata Security: Obama's War on Hackers
In short, President Obama’s War on Hackers is a bad thing, creating a Cyber Police State. The current laws already overcriminalize innocent actions and allow surveillance of innocent people. We need to roll those laws back, not extend them.
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10 days ago
Google Domains opens to all in the U.S., gets Blogger and Dynamic DNS integration | VentureBeat | Business | by Emil Protalinski
Blogger integration has arrived so you can easily connect your blog to your domain. Last but not least, Dynamic DNS is now available, so you can set up your domain and keep it pointing to the same computer even when the IP address changes.
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11 days ago
What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry - Boing Boing
David Cameron will say that he doesn't want to do any of this. He'll say that he can implement weaker versions of it -- say, only blocking some "notorious" sites that carry secure software. But anything less than the programme above will have no material effect on the ability of criminals to carry on perfectly secret conversations that "we cannot read". If any commodity PC or jailbroken phone can run any of the world's most popular communications applications, then "bad guys" will just use them. Jailbreaking an OS isn't hard. Downloading an app isn't hard. Stopping people from running code they want to run is -- and what's more, it puts the whole nation -- individuals and industry -- in terrible jeopardy.
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11 days ago
Obama calls for end to 19 state laws that harm community broadband | Ars Technica
The FCC is already examining these state laws, and considering whether it can invalidate them by using its authority to promote competition in local telecommunications markets by removing barriers that impede infrastructure investment. Community broadband providers in Tennessee and North Carolina recently petitioned the FCC to preempt state laws that prevent them from expanding.
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11 days ago
Facebook Unveils Facebook At Work, Lets Businesses Create Their Own Social Networks | TechCrunch
About six months ago, we reported that Facebook was working on a new product aimed squarely at the enterprise market under the working title, “FB@Work.” Now that product is officially coming to light: today the company is launching new iOS and Android apps simply called “Work,” along with a version of Facebook at Work accessible via its main website, which will let businesses create their own social networks amongst their employees that are built to look and act like Facebook itself.
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11 days ago
Official Google Blog: Hallo, hola, olá to the new, more powerful Google Translate app
RT : Google Translate mobile app auto-detects language in voice, adds instant translate in camera
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11 days ago
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RT : Google Translate mobile app auto-detects language in voice, adds instant translate in camera
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11 days ago
Sony CEO eyes options as pressure mounts on weak TV, mobile | Reuters
RT : Sony said to be open to a joint venture or sale of its TV and mobile phone operations
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11 days ago
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RT : Sony said to be open to a joint venture or sale of its TV and mobile phone operations
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11 days ago
CNN's Drone Journalism Is Just the Beginning - NationalJournal.com
"Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high-quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups," CNN Senior Vice President David Vigilante, said in a press release.
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12 days ago
Artificial intelligence experts sign open letter to protect mankind from machines - CNET
"The potential benefits are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence....We recommend expanded research aimed at ensuring that increasingly capable AI systems are robust and beneficial: our AI systems must do what we want them to do," the letter said in part. A research document attached to the open letter outlines potential pitfalls and recommends guidelines for continued AI development.
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12 days ago
Apple Maintains Mac Sales Momentum in Holiday Quarter - Mac Rumors
Apple saw an increase in its U.S. PC shipments during the recent holiday quarter, according to PC shipping estimates from Gartner. Apple shipped over 2.1 million Macs in 4Q14, up from 1.9 million Macs in 4Q13, marking an 11.5 percent increase. Though the company's shipments were up, its growth rate slightly trailed the overall market, resulting in a share of 11.7 percent down from 11.9 percent in the year ago quarter.
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12 days ago
WhatsApp and iMessage could be banned under new surveillance plans - News - Gadgets and Tech - The Independent
The Prime Minister said today that he would stop the use of methods of communication that cannot be read by the security services even if they have a warrant. But that could include popular chat and social apps that encrypt their data, such as WhatsApp.
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13 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg, Apple and Google respond to Charlie Hebdo attack | Technology | The Guardian
Meanwhile, Google has a black ribbon on its homepage and has pledged €250,000 (£195,000) via the Digital Press Fund to support the magazine.
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15 days ago
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RT : The EFF's New App Is Android-Only, As Organization Calls Out Apple For "Outrageous"…
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16 days ago
Is Microsoft's Windows Phone at long last dead? | VentureBeat | Gadgets | by Chris O'Brien
Windows Phone market share fell to 3 percent in the U.S., down from 4.3 percent for the same period a year ago. In Europe’s five biggest markets (Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain), market share dropped from 9.8 percent to 8.3 percent in November 2014. Only Germany saw an uptick in market share.
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18 days ago
Of Course 23andMe's Plan Has Been to Sell Your Genetic Data All Along
While Wojcicki has been open about her larger ambitions for 23andMe, none of that language is apparent in the marketing for its DNA test kits to customers—for sneaky but obvious reasons. Its privacy policy notes that it will share aggregated data to third parties (read: sell to pharma and biotech companies) for scientific research if customers sign a consent document. Wojcicki told the San Jose Mercury News that 85 to 90 percent of 23andMe's customers do.
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18 days ago
Intel begins shipping 14nm “Cherry Trail” chips for tablets | Ars Technica
In addition to the new Broadwell chips it's announcing today, Intel is also sharing a little information on "Cherry Trail," its new SoCs for Windows and Android tablets. The company has begun shipping them to its partners today. Cherry Trail will replace the Bay Trail Atom SoCs that ship in Intel-powered tablets, and while Intel isn't talking branding or specific SKUs, it's probable that it will continue to use the Atom name for Cherry Trail.
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19 days ago
Broadwell U arrives: Faster laptop CPUs and GPUs from Core i7 to Celeron | Ars Technica
The first Broadwell chip to make it to market was Core M, also known as the Y series. Y-series chips are the slowest and least power-hungry chip based on Intel's flagship architecture—go any lower and you get into Atom territory. Today we're moving one more rung up the ladder to the U series, mainstream dual-core chips that use more power but introduce significantly faster CPU clock speeds and larger, faster GPUs.
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19 days ago
Verizon Said to Approach AOL About Possible Takeover or Venture - Bloomberg
Merging AOL’s programmatic advertising technology -- the automated buying and selling of ads online -- with mobile video content can help Verizon catch up with AT&T Inc. (T) as wireless providers enhance their offerings. AT&T last year struck a $48.5 billion deal to acquire satellite TV provider DirecTV.
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19 days ago
Dish’s Sling TV Sells ESPN, Other Cable Channels on the Web for $20 | Re/code
So to review: This is the year that you’ll be able to get HBO on the Web, without paying for any other cable channels, and ESPN on the Web, with just a handful of other channels. Throw in a Netflix subscription and you’re probably looking at a $50-a-month video package (you’ll still need to pay for broadband on top of that) that might please a lot of people — that is, people who want to watch cable-TV programming but don’t want to sign up for traditional cable-TV bundles.
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19 days ago
Google Cast will offer direct streaming from apps to Sony, LG, and Denon audio products this spring | VentureBeat | Media | by Emil Protalinski
At CES today, Google announced Google Cast for audio, which lets you play back sound from apps directly to speakers, sound bars, and A/V receivers. Sony, LG, and HEOS by Denon will be the first to offer “Google Cast Ready” products this spring, Google says.
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19 days ago
Apple has lost the functional high ground – Marco.org
I suspect the rapid decline of Apple’s software is a sign that marketing has a bit too much power at Apple today: the marketing priority of having major new releases every year is clearly impossible for the engineering teams to keep up with while maintaining quality. Maybe it’s an engineering problem, but I suspect not — I doubt that any cohesive engineering team could keep up with these demands and maintain significantly higher quality.
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20 days ago
Netflix Cracks Down on VPN and Proxy "Pirates" | TorrentFreak
The movie studios are not happy with these deviant subscribers as it hurts their licensing agreements. Previously entertainment industry sources in Australia complained bitterly that tens of thousands of Netflix “VPN-pirates” were hurting their business.
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21 days ago
Google posts Windows 8.1 vulnerability before Microsoft can patch it
Still, some observers have raised questions about whether Project Zero does more harm than good if Google isn't flexible with its publishing deadline. Others argued that Microsoft had plenty of time to fix the bug, and Google was firm about its policy. "Project Zero's disclosure deadline... allows software vendors a fair and reasonable length of time to exercise their vulnerability management process, while also respecting the rights of users to learn and understand the risks they face." But it also added that "we're going to be monitoring the affects (sic) of this policy very closely."
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22 days ago
U.K. police allegedly arrest Lizard Squad hacker
Vinnie Omari, a 22-year-old member of the group Lizard Squad, was arrested on Monday after British law enforcement agents from the South East Regional Organized Crime Unit raided his home. Omari confirmed the raid with the Daily Dot, and provided a photo of the search warrant he received.
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23 days ago
Twitter’s ‘While You Were Away’ Recap Feature Is Rolling Out To Many Users | TechCrunch
‘While you were away’ works much like Facebook’s Timeline and is the first major non-chronological feature to hit Twitter. Back in November, the company said it would look at the ‘best’ tweets from your network since you last opened Twitter, and put them at the top of your timeline so you don’t miss them.
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23 days ago
Google Strikes an Upbeat Note With FCC on Title II - Digits - WSJ
But in a letter Tuesday to the FCC, Google’s director of communications law Austin Schlick highlighted a potential positive for the company if Title II kicks in. As a regulated telecom service, Google Fiber would get access to utility poles and other essential infrastructure owned by utilities. The FCC should make sure this happens because it would promote competition and spur more investment and deployment of broadband internet service, Schlick argued.
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23 days ago
U.S.: No alternate leads in Sony hack - Tal Kopan - POLITICO
“When the FBI made the announcement so soon after the initial hack was unveiled, everyone in the [cyber] intelligence community kind of raised their eyebrows at it, because it’s really hard to pin this on anyone within days of the attack,” Kurt Stammberger said in an interview as his company briefed FBI investigators Monday afternoon.
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23 days ago
Xiaomi’s MacBook Air ripoff turns out to be a hoax | Cult of Mac
Xiaomi’s MacBook Air ripoff turns out to be a hoax
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Don’t worry: Xiaomi isn’t being this brazen with its Apple-inspired designs. Yet. Photo: Gizmochina
The Apple blogosphere was ablaze yesterday with reports that noted Apple ripoff artists Xiaomi had reportedly come up with its most brazen copycat attempt yet: a MacBook Air-alike which looked indistinguishable from Cupertino’s offering, with the exception of a Xiaomi logo instead of an Apple one.

Well, according to a spokesperson for the company, it turns out the picture is a fake.
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26 days ago
Apple and Apps Dominated Christmas 2014 | Flurry
Apple accounted for 51% of the new device activations worldwide Flurry recognized in the week leading up to and including Christmas Day (December 19th - 25th). Samsung held the #2 position with 18% of new device activations, and Microsoft (Nokia) rounded out the top three with 5.8% share for mostly Lumia devices.
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26 days ago
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RT : W3C to recommend that companies with "first-party relationships" be allowed to track users
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27 days ago
Log In - The New York Times
RT : W3C to recommend that companies with "first-party relationships" be allowed to track users
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27 days ago
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Samsung's Plan To Replace Android Has Hit A Snag, And Now Things Are Looking Bad For Next Year
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28 days ago
No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony - The Daily Beast
5. Hard-coded paths and passwords in the malware make it clear that whoever wrote the code had extensive knowledge of Sony’s internal architecture and access to key passwords. While it’s (just) plausible that a North Korean elite cyber unit could have built up this knowledge over time and then used it to make the malware, Occam’s razor suggests the simpler explanation of a pissed-off insider.  Combine that with the details of several layoffs that Sony was planning and you don’t have to stretch the imagination too far to consider that a disgruntled Sony employee might be at the heart of it all. 
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4 weeks ago
Google, Wireless Industry Not Down With Marriott’s Wi-Fi Blocking Plan | Re/code
The Marriott-owned Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center tech staff was using a monitoring system that de-authenticated guests’ personal Wi-Fi hot spots. Meanwhile, the hotel was charging exhibitors and attendees anywhere from $250 to $1,000 for Wi-Fi service, the FCC said.
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4 weeks ago
Experts Are Still Divided on Whether North Korea Is Behind Sony Attack | WIRED
He points to a National Academies report from 2009, quoting a former Justice Department official on attribution in cyber attacks: “I have seen too many situations where government officials claimed a high degree of confidence as to the source, intent, and scope of an attack, and it turned out they were wrong on every aspect of it. That is, they were often wrong, but never in doubt.”
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4 weeks ago
Schneier on Security: Reacting to the Sony Hack
First, this is not an act of terrorism. There has been no senseless violence. No innocents are coming home in body bags. Yes, a company is seriously embarrassed--and financially hurt--by all of its information leaking to the public. But posting unreleased movies online is not terrorism. It's not even close.

Nor is this an act of war. Stealing and publishing a company's proprietary information is not an act of war. We wouldn't be talking about going to war if someone snuck in and photocopied everything, and it makes equally little sense to talk about it when someone does it over the internet. The threshold of war is much, much higher, and we're not going to respond to this militarily. Over the years, North Korea has performed far more aggressive acts against US and South Korean soldiers. We didn't go to war then, and we're not going to war now.
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4 weeks ago
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RT : Cable industry group explains why it's so afraid the FCC will regulate ISPs like utilities
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4 weeks ago
Making the Internet a utility—what’s the worst that could happen? | Ars Technica
RT : Cable industry group explains why it's so afraid the FCC will regulate ISPs like utilities
from twitter
4 weeks ago
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RT : Verizon to FCC: You can't stop Netflix-like interconnection payments ()
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4 weeks ago
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RT : I work at Sony Pictures. This is what it was like after we got hacked. ()
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4 weeks ago
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