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Reddit banned in Turkey under internet censorship law

Reddit banned in Turkey under internet censorship law

The Turkish government seems to be continuing it crusade against internet platforms that enable the public to freely communicate, with the latest victim being Reddit. The entire site has been blocked in the country, with officials saying it violates Internet Law 5651, and users losing access sometime late Friday night. The law allows the government to ban websites found hosting "scandalous" content, including piracy, drugs, adult material, or criticism of Mustafa Ataturk, the nation's first president. However, it's not hard to imagine the law being used to censor criticism and free speech.

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LEGO turns down artist’s bulk order on political grounds

LEGO turns down artist’s bulk order on political grounds

The Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei art show set to take place in Australia in December 2015 was planning on using large amounts of LEGO bricks to execute a number of statues. Unfortunately this would have required that LEGO sell the art exhibition a number of bricks - in bulk. According to Ai Weiwei, the fact that LEGO has decided NOT to sell him the bricks suggests that they've discriminated against him and have decided to use their position of power to censor his artwork.

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CNN Presidential Democratic Debate will go live on VR

CNN Presidential Democratic Debate will go live on VR

When you speak of virtual reality, chances are you will think of games and entertainment first and foremost, but the technology can definitely be used in more ways than one. From sport events to device announcements, VR attempts to give viewers a more immersive experience even if they aren't physically there. Now you can add political debates to that list. CNN has revealed that the Presidential Democratic Debate on October 13 will be streamed live to VR headsets, thanks to the technology platform being pushed by NextVR.

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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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Whistleblowers claim Russia has a propaganda “troll house”

Whistleblowers claim Russia has a propaganda “troll house”

What's more frightening and more destructive than an Internet troll? Why, a house full of them! That is exactly what Russia alleged has and it is a literal one. Two former employees of this "troll house" have come out to reveal some rather worrying details about this secret business that might actually be booming in the dark. Their testimonies add to the growing body of testimonies and speculation regarding Russia's more than active yet completely under the radar activities to spread its ideology and world views, especially against its enemies and the West.

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Google turns to GIFs (oh, and facts) to slam FTC snark

Google turns to GIFs (oh, and facts) to slam FTC snark

Weaponized GIFs are apparently the new way to make serious points more flippant online, with Google smacking back at News Corp. criticism that the search giant had made a habit of hanging around the White House. Google had been accused of chasing undue political influence, with the News Corp. owned Wall Street Journal suggesting it was sneaky maneuvering that saw Google escape FTC censure over activities contrary to the public interest. Key to the accusations was a count of the number of times Google had visited senior officials since President Obama took office.

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All 650 MPs in House of Commons to receive iPad Air 2

All 650 MPs in House of Commons to receive iPad Air 2

Once the current elections are wrapped up, all 650 members of the House of Commons will receive a special tool to help them perform their tasks. With a funding boost of about $300,000 (£200,000) annually, the MPs will all get an iPad Air 2 and a laptop of unknown make. It’s the latest workaround for Apple, who has been diligently working to get the iPad into hands of enterprise, schools, and now government. Questions loom, though, as critics say MPs will be playing games, not passing laws.

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Sheriffs want Google, Waze to disable ‘police stalking’ feature

Sheriffs want Google, Waze to disable ‘police stalking’ feature

Sheriffs around the nation want Google and Waze to stop tracking their whereabouts. A feature in Waze allows users to report on traffic accidents or other traffic slowdowns, but also allows for users to report where police might be stationed. According to law enforcement officials, that presents a danger to them. The existing feature shows where a police officer might be located, but doesn’t report why they are there. Sheriffs are even going so far as to call Waze a “police stalker” app.

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Apple may allow Chinese government to conduct security audits on products

Apple may allow Chinese government to conduct security audits on products

According to a new report from The Beijing News, Apple will begin allowing the Chinese government to carry out security inspections on its devices that it sells in the country. The purpose for this agreement would be to address China's recent fears about iOS devices allowing access to sensitive information from both customers and the government. The deal was reportedly made between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Lu Wei, director of the director of Chinese State Internet Information Office.

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Turkey threatens Twitter to censor nation’s newspaper account

Turkey threatens Twitter to censor nation’s newspaper account

It seems like it wasn't that long ago when the Turkish government was trying to make the social network services Twitter and YouTube illegal in the country for not playing along with their censorship requirements. Oh, wait, that's because it was less than a year ago. Well, Turkey is as at it again, this time threatening Twitter that it outright ban the site (again) if it doesn't censor the account belonging to a left-wing, opposition newspaper.

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LAPD getting tasers that trigger recording when used

LAPD getting tasers that trigger recording when used

On the heels of President Obama calling for more police to wear body cameras, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to bring around 8,000 cameras to the LAPD. Not content with monitoring, the LAPD is also purchasing 3,130 tasers that connect to those body cameras. The Taser X26P, a “smart” taser released two years ago, will automatically activate the worn camera if the safety is turned off. The two pair over Bluetooth, theoretically calling for rolling tape each time the taser is fired.

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White House sanctions North Korea in response to Sony hack

White House sanctions North Korea in response to Sony hack

In an apparent attempt to thwart future cyber attacks, the United states has issued sanctions against North Korea. The sanctions are a response to “ongoing provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies, particularly its destructive and coercive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment”. Sanctions are part of The White House’s previous statement that any response to North Korea regarding the Sony hack would be “proportional”, though the sanctions aren’t final. The White house is calling them the “first part” of a full response.

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