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Twitter blocks Politwoops for tracking politicians’ deleted tweets

Twitter blocks Politwoops for tracking politicians’ deleted tweets

Everyone says something on a social network that they reconsider later on and delete -- for most of us, though, that's inconsequential and no one cares. For politicians, though, those deleted tweets are often the ones people are most interested in seeing; they might reveal something about a politician's character or thought process, and influence the future of their career. Politwoops took the hassle out of finding them, recording deleted tweets from politicians for others to look up. Now Twitter has banned them.

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Google’s self-driving cars are getting a monthly report card

Google’s self-driving cars are getting a monthly report card

Google will release monthly reports on the progress of its self-driving cars, including detailing any incidents or crashes the vehicles are involved in. The move for greater transparency follows Google co-founder Sergey Brin's earnest plea to shareholders to continue to support "moonshot" projects earlier this week, which was closely followed by the revelation that its autonomous cars had been involved in their twelfth incident. In addition to listing accidents, however, Google will also use the monthly summaries as an opportunity to flag its cars' intelligence on the road.

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Uber’s updated privacy policy spooks some users

Uber’s updated privacy policy spooks some users

Uber, amidst its various unveilings and announcements this week, has updated its privacy policy to do two things: make it more accessible for the average user (in terms of length and jargon), and to highlight some changes that are coming to the service. The first part is welcomed -- the new privacy policy, which was first released last year amidst concerns, is half the length it formerly was, and has less jargon that might confuse riders. The other part, though, highlights upcoming changes that have spooked some users.

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Kim Dotcom just called out Clinton with Assange’s untold secrets

Kim Dotcom just called out Clinton with Assange’s untold secrets

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom speaks up about the 2016 Presidential Elections in the United States, suggesting that Julian Assange will call out Hillary Clinton with some "potential roadblocks." In an interview about a wide range of internet-related topics, Dotcom spoke with Bloomberg's Emily Chang this week on "Studio 1.0." This interview called upon Dotcom's earlier suggestion that he would be "Hillary's worst nightmare in 2016," while Dotcom suggested further that he'd "have to say it's probably more Julian," but that he was "aware of some of the things" that will inhibit Clinton's road to the White House.

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Google uses lax encryption for Hangouts; wiretapping very possible

Google uses lax encryption for Hangouts; wiretapping very possible

If you’re on iOS, you likely use Facetime for video chats and iMessage for more casual text-based back-and-forth talks. If you use Android, Hangouts likely handles the same workload, but maybe not in the same way. While Apple’s chat services use end-to-end encryption, it’s now been discovered Google doesn’t subscribe to that school of thought. In a recent Reddit AMA, an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) employee prompted a Googler to disclose just how secure Hangouts is. Spoiler: it isn’t very secure.

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Periscope update finally lets you change your mugshot

Periscope update finally lets you change your mugshot

It's hard to imagine that Periscope, Twitter's almost preempted livestreaming service, is six weeks old now. But that's exactly the message that is being sent out now that uipdate 1.0.4 is starting to roll out to users. The update brings in features some of which, in all honesty, should have been there since day one, like being able to change your profile pic. It's still forgivable though, if you imagine Twitter suddenly scrambling to get Periscope out the door after Meerkat went public and become hot.

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Slack says they’ve had no government requests for data

Slack says they’ve had no government requests for data

News of government requests for data is oftentimes troubling to read. Companies who transmit data typically fall under the watchful gaze of officials who may want to know what some citizens are up to, where those companies get legal requests for all kinds of data, including who we may have spoken with. Slack, the enterprise-focussed chat service, says they’ve not had a single government request for data of any kind. For such a widely used conversation platform, that’s hard to believe.

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Windows 10 Tech Preview promises a more sophisticated Mail

Windows 10 Tech Preview promises a more sophisticated Mail

Microsoft seems to be putting on the heat with its Windows 10 previews, bringing out Build number 10061 out of the woodwork. And if the rumors are true, it better be really cranking up things. In this latest Technical Preview, Redmond teaches the Mail and Calendar app a few new tricks. Users who like to personalize their Windows experience will also be in for a treat. And the Continuum experience that switches back and forth desktop and tablet modes has seen a few nips and tucks, as well as more options to tweak things to your liking.

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Verizon: Fear lazy IT staff not smartphone security

Verizon: Fear lazy IT staff not smartphone security

Many of the companies and organizations you trust your personal data to are storing it on unpatched and unprotected servers, Verizon has concluded, with carelessness a key contributor to data breaches. In fact, laziness in applying long-released security patches remains a primary weakness, the company's 2015 report discovered. However while mobile security has become a key talking point by Apple, Google, and others, each pitching their platform as the safest for users, the stats suggest the risk there is "negligible," in fact.

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Slew of copycat Kickstarters reported for DMCA infringement [Update]

Slew of copycat Kickstarters reported for DMCA infringement [Update]

Kickstarter is the place to go for crowdfunded projects, but from the multitudes of original content arise the occasional copycat productions, ripping off someone else's work. Kickstarter just issued its first transparency report which details all of the requests and claims in 2014 to take down campaigns. Out of the 22,252 68,668 projects submitted in 2014, 282 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claims were made on a total of 240 Kickstarter projects. Surprisingly, the crowdfunding company only pursued actions against 44% of those reported projects.

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