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Comcast strikes settlement with California over privacy issue

Comcast strikes settlement with California over privacy issue

Comcast and California have struck a settlement deal according to the state’s Attorney General Kamala Harris. The settlement was announced on Thursday, and is related to claims that Comcast published personal customer data online, including phone numbers, names, and addresses. This is said to have affected “tens of thousands” of Comcast subscribers who had shelled out for an unlisted VOIP service.

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US regulator officially recognizes Bitcoin as commodity

US regulator officially recognizes Bitcoin as commodity

The US government's Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has declared that virtual currency like Bitcoin is officially recognized as a commodity, just like materials such as copper, crude oil, coffee, or wheat. The decision was announced on Thursday alongside the CFTC saying it had settled charges against the Bitcoin exchange Coinflip for allowing users on its platform to trade option contracts. The agency's press release states that the CFTC "for the first time finds that Bitcoin and other virtual currencies are properly defined as commodities."

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LAPD adding Tesla Model S P85D to its growing EV fleet

LAPD adding Tesla Model S P85D to its growing EV fleet

A few days back the City of Los Angeles announced that it would be leasing a massive fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles for city employees, including the LAPD. What was unclear at the time was exactly where the hybrid and electric vehicles the city would be leasing would end up. Some details on where the new fleet will be used and what models are being considered has now been offered.

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FAA: keep drones out of the sky while Pope Francis is here

FAA: keep drones out of the sky while Pope Francis is here

The FAA has a tough situation on its hands. In one regards, it must step carefully to avoid over-regulating the use of hobby aircraft (“drones”). On the other hand, people have and do use drones irresponsibly, and it’s only a matter of time until someone becomes seriously injured as a result. As the Pope's visit to the US nears, the agency has issued a statement to make something extra clear: absolutely no drones are to be in the sky while he's here.

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Drone operator arrested for flying near LAPD chopper

Drone operator arrested for flying near LAPD chopper

Flying drones of any type near other aircraft is a big violation of regulations — not to mention extremely and senselessly dangerous. That hasn’t stopped some operators from flying their aerial vehicles in places they shouldn’t (one just crashed recently at the US Open, for example), and while in the past these instances would usually merely get the operator a conversation with police, they're increasingly resulting in arrests.

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Photos of TSA’s Luggage lock master keys have been leaked

Photos of TSA’s Luggage lock master keys have been leaked

The TSA has long dictated certain "blessed" locks that only it could pick. You know, in case they need or want to open your baggage. For national security, of course. The TSA is able to accomplish this thanks to a set of master keys that can open any TSA-certified luggage lock. Thanks in part to a blunder by Washington Post, however, those keys have now leaked all over the Internet, which doesn't really forget, giving anyone the keys to all such locks. Pun totally intended.

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John McAfee is officially running for President of the United States

John McAfee is officially running for President of the United States

We, and probably you, suspected it would happen after yesterday’s little publicity spat: John McAfee, one-time fugitive self-described "eccentric millionaire" and founder of McAfee software, has announced that he will, in fact, run for presidency of the United States. This follows a relatively brief statement that he was contemplating such a run, and was being pushed by unnamed advisors to get with it already.

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John McAfee contemplating run for presidency

John McAfee contemplating run for presidency

If the U.S. presidential race isn’t looking enough like a circus show for your tastes, give it time: John McAfee has revealed that he is contemplating a run for presidency, doing so with the encouragement of unnamed "advisors". McAfee, of course, is the man behind the antivirus software that you probably get tired of having to uninstall every time you buy a new laptop. More recently he has been known for his fugitive status, personal drama, and "eccentric" behavior.

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Federal agent pleads guilty to stealing Silk Road bitcoins

Federal agent pleads guilty to stealing Silk Road bitcoins

In March, two federal agents involved with the operation against former online underground market Silk Road were charged with nefarious activities allegedly committed during the investigation. A criminal complaint released at the time by the Department of Justice alleged that former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges and former DEA agent Carl Force IV had committed various offenses, including money laundering.

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Virginia teen behind ISIS Twitter account gets 11 year sentence

Virginia teen behind ISIS Twitter account gets 11 year sentence

The Virginia teenager who supported ISIS on Twitter, among other things, has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced. The matter concerns 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin, the Virginia-based teenager behind the “@Amreekiwitness” Twitter account that offered support to ISIS and disseminated ISIS propaganda. Reportedly, the support included providing information on using Bitcoin to send financial support to terrorists. The teen plead guilty to running the Twitter account in mid-June.

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IRS hit with lawsuit over recent taxpayer data hack

IRS hit with lawsuit over recent taxpayer data hack

The massive IRS data breach has resulted in a lawsuit from affected taxpayers. The hack was announced in May, and affected about 330,000 (or more) taxpayers who used the IRS’ “Get Transcript” service. The hackers, who are said to have originated from Russia, made off with sensitive personal details, including social security numbers and home addresses. Using this information, the hackers then spoofed tax paperwork and were able to steal millions in refunds.

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Russia bans Wikipedia for drug reference, reverses decision hours later

Russia bans Wikipedia for drug reference, reverses decision hours later

It seems the Russian government hasn't changed its stance on internet censorship following the recent, and brief, ban of the website Reddit. Beginning late on Monday evening, the Russia's Roskomnadzor, or "Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications," issued a ban on all of Wikipedia after an entry was discovered about a type of hashish from India that reportedly included "instructions" on how to make it.

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