Archive for September, 2013

Microsoft releases early 2013 law enforcement data request numbers

Microsoft releases early 2013 law enforcement data request numbers

Earlier this year, Microsoft published its first Law Enforcement Requests Report, in which the company details the number of requests it has received for user data, as well as how each request was responded to. That report looked at numbers from 2012, while the latest one it published today details the first six months of 2013. As last time, some requests made via FISA may not be included due to government restrictions.

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Google hit with pending financial sanctions in France over privacy law snafu

Google hit with pending financial sanctions in France over privacy law snafu

Google is no stranger to running afoul of privacy regulations, something that it is now facing in France as the nation hits the Internet giant with financial sanctions. According to the Commission Nationale de L'Informatique et des Libertes, Google has failed to follow through with mandated alterations on how it handles data to bring it in line with France's privacy laws.

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Government officials say Iran hacked unclassified Navy computer network

Government officials say Iran hacked unclassified Navy computer network

Some unnamed United States government officials have revealed Iranian hackers infiltrated an unclassified Navy computer system over recent weeks, gaining access to the system used for email and an internal intranet. While the Pentagon has not commented on the information, the officials state that it isn't believed the hackers managed to acquire any information "of significant value".

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Facebook revamping News Feed advertisements

Facebook revamping News Feed advertisements

All Facebook users are presented with advertisements in their News Feeds, some of which may be relevant or innocuous enough to go relatively unnoticed, but others aren't to users' liking, and Facebook is aiming to help improve this. The social network's Engineering Manager of News Feed Ads Hong Ge has taken to the FB Newsroom today detailing the company's plans to make advertisements more relevant for users.

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Lavabit appeals filing reveals info as government pushes against unsealing request

Lavabit appeals filing reveals info as government pushes against unsealing request

Yesterday, Lavabit -- the email service used by Edward Snowden, catapulting it into unwanted fame -- filed a request to have its case partially unsealed, allowing for third parties to file amicus briefs. Today, an appeal filing has surfaced revealing some details about what went down with the email service after attracting the government's attention, but the request for unsealing is receiving backlash.

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Moto X budget model tipped for off-contract dominance

Moto X budget model tipped for off-contract dominance

When the original Moto X was introduced - or when it was ramping up towards its first full reveal, that is - the tech press suggested that it might be offered to the public at a price that would compete with the likes of the LG-made Nexus 4. That did not happen. The on-contract version of the Moto X in its smallest form did appear at a price competitive with the then-in-stock Nexus 4, but given the price was up against a contract-free device, the Moto X remained in its own category. Today we're hearing there's a second wave on the way.

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Crash-avoidance tech rated as safest “smart cars” named

Crash-avoidance tech rated as safest “smart cars” named

Independent testing on crash-avoidance systems has begun for the first time in the US, with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) putting auto-braking and other technologies through their paces. The new program - which has started out testing 2013-14 model year midsize cars and SUVs - assigns one of three levels of performance to the systems it reviews, either basic, advanced, or superior. So far, out of 74 vehicles tested, the IIHS has found seven worthy of the top-tier superior rating.

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