Author Archives: Will Conley

Humanesque technology writer for SlashGear and beyond.

China’s Chang’e-3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover land on moon

China’s Chang’e-3 lander and Jade Rabbit rover land on moon

China's "Long March to the Moon" has placed a lander and a rover on the moon. The Chang'e-3 lander and her accompanying Yutu or "Jade Rabbit" rover arrived inside the right eye of the "Man in the Moon" this evening at 9:00PM Beijing time. This marks the first time in more than 40 years anyone has performed a soft lunar landing. All sources point to a successful deployment for the robot visitors.

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Snowden sitting on 1.5 million more documents, NSA estimates

Snowden sitting on 1.5 million more documents, NSA estimates

And now for your weekend Snowden update. Edward Snowden, as you may know if you haven't been living in Plato's cave, is the 30-year-old former NSA employee who stole and leaked "thousands" of documents revealing some of the incredible extent to which the NSA and other international spy agencies go to spy on Americans, Chinese, Germans, and the rest of the world. Last month the NSA said Snowden had leaked 200,000 documents to journalists. Now we're hearing estimates from the NSA itself that Snowden is sitting on 1.5 million additional documents -- but the agency admits even that figure is more-or-less a shot-in-the-dark.

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Pension fund sues IBM for torpedoing China sales with NSA spy program

Pension fund sues IBM for torpedoing China sales with NSA spy program

A pension fund has sued IBM for $12.9 billion in revenue losses caused by the recent revelation of its partnership with the US Congress and the NSA to spy on Chinese customers. Many of China's companies pulled out of business arrangements with IBM after it became known that IBM was using its technology to collect customer information for the NSA. The suit cites IBM's open lobbying effort to persuade Congress to pass the bill allowing the spying program known as Prism.

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Boston police halt license plate scanning due to media leak

Boston police halt license plate scanning due to media leak

The Boston Police Department has suspended their use of license plate scanners for now. It seems the optical character recognition technology was working just fine, but the department wasn't following up on all of the hot crime fighting leads the technology was generating. The scanners collected about four million plate IDs a year, prompting onlookers to ask whether the inherent privacy issues were outweighed by the law enforcement benefits.

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PlayHaven, Kontagent merger to form mobile gamer targeting powerhouse

PlayHaven, Kontagent merger to form mobile gamer targeting powerhouse

PlayHaven and Kontagent are merging in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars, the companies announced today. The two are both in the mobile gaming analytics market, but with complementary specializations. PlayHaven helps mobile gaming developers identify big-spending users so developers can target promotions at them. Kontagent supplies 360-degree analytics to developers for insights into user information and behavior.

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MIT researchers create 3D motion tracking system that sees through walls

MIT researchers create 3D motion tracking system that sees through walls

Researchers at MIT have created a new way to track movement through walls, and it is even more accurate and revealing than the motion tracking technology they created in June of this year. It's called WiTrack, and it can sense a person's movements in three dimensions -- physical occlusions or no. It's an update to the same researchers' "WiVi", which could "see" through walls but wasn't nearly as comprehensive as this.

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