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Forget spying, now the NSA wants your password list

Forget spying, now the NSA wants your password list

The NSA isn't interested in a sneaky back door into your smartphone or computer any more, it just wants you to leave the front door wide open. While arguments continue around just what the National Security Agency can and can't get access to - dragging more than one big tech name into the controversy - the spy organization's chief is suggesting a far more blunt approach: in effect, handing over the keys to encryption upfront.

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Net Neutrality under fire as big telcos start shouting

Net Neutrality under fire as big telcos start shouting

Net neutrality may have been settled by the FCC, but bang on time for the proposed rules being published a group of broadband bigwigs have fired back with a lawsuit. The Federal Communications Commission first revealed it wanted to classify the internet as a utility back in February, following that up with the 400 page rulebook that, among other things, outlined exactly what expectations users could have. Now, with those rules officially proposed, telecoms firms are firing back with all legal barrels.

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FAA grants AIG permission to do inspections with drones

FAA grants AIG permission to do inspections with drones

The FAA has held a tight fist around its drone permissions, and though some have been granted permission for specific activities, the number of permissions given have been relatively small. That doesn't mean the FAA won't grant permission when it sees a reason to, and latest to receive its grace is insurer AIG, which joins USAA and State Farm in the freedom to use drones for conducting inspections. As with past cases, however, there are limitations on how they can be used.

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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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AT&T and FCC settle after call center workers sold customer data

AT&T and FCC settle after call center workers sold customer data

AT&T has paid $25 million to settle a case with the Federal Communications Commission, it has been announced. The reason revolves around a privacy breach concerning the service provider, which is said to have had confidential customer data leaked via its call center workers to third-party resellers. The reason was so that the resellers could unlock the used phones they acquired, according to the FCC. This is said to have included some pretty serious data disclosures, including giving away subscribers' Social Security numbers.

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Uber requests US lawsuit over India assault be dismissed

Uber requests US lawsuit over India assault be dismissed

Late last year, an Uber driver in New Delhi reportedly raped a passenger, something that led to a temporary ban on the ridesharing service and eventual safety measures being implemented in the region. A lawsuit from the victim still stands, however, and Uber is seeking to have it dismissed by a U.S. court because, among other things, the attacker and victim are both Indian citizens and the attack took place in India. The driver had a contract with Uber B.V in the Netherlands, not Uber U.S.

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Advocacy group calls for FTC to investigate YouTube Kids

Advocacy group calls for FTC to investigate YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids is the new kid's content side of things for streaming video giant YouTube. The service is free and eliminates all the questionable videos that parents don’t want their kids to have access too. YouTube Kids only launched back in February, but it already has one children's advocacy group calling for an investigation by the FTC.

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Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Judge: Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers

Serving divorce papers just became a bit easier, with a judge in Manhattan ruling a Brooklyn resident can serve her husband with divorce papers using the world's most popular social network. It seems the reason revolves around the defendant's perpetual lack of a physical address, and his unwillingness to make a personal appearance to be served, as well as his perpetual availability for contact through Facebook...making it the only way to serve the papers. Some have called this a necessary ruling for the modern age.

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Antitrust lawsuit dismissed against Google’s app bundling

Antitrust lawsuit dismissed against Google’s app bundling

The latest class action antitrust lawsuit against Google has been tabled. The dismissed lawsuit was just one among many to hit Google such as a class action suit about Google Wallet's privacy practices, libel accusations for offending autocomplete suggestions, and copyright infringement for book digitization. The lawsuit in question alleges that Google made illegal contracts with device makers which forced Android OS to use Google's apps as default settings. The suit then further alleges that these backroom deals drove up consumer prices of these smartphones due to restricting competition.

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‘Uploader for Instagram’ app asked to be taken down, nets creator $6K

‘Uploader for Instagram’ app asked to be taken down, nets creator $6K

The 17-year-old developer behind the Mac app "Uploader for Instagram" was recently told by the social network to remove it from the App Store due to inappropriate use of their API. The suggested deadline for removal has passed, and as of yet there are no legal filings. Instagram hasn't followed up with the developer, and made no further comments about its demand for removing the app. Also interesting is that the teen has made roughly $6,000 from downloads of the $5 app since its release in early March.

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