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Sources: Yahoo spied on its own users’ emails for U.S. government

Sources: Yahoo spied on its own users’ emails for U.S. government

Yahoo is at the center of a new damning report in which sources claim the company built its own software to spy on all incoming Yahoo Mail emails on behalf of the United States government. According to the sources, the software monitored the incoming emails for certain bits of information as provided by either the NSA or the FBI, resulting in “hundreds of millions” of accounts suffering privacy violations. This spying allegedly resulted in former Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos leaving the company, as sources say he disagreed with CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to comply with government orders.

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Wireless Emergency Alerts will soon support more characters, embedded URLs

Wireless Emergency Alerts will soon support more characters, embedded URLs

The Wireless Emergency Alert system, which pushes AMBER Alerts and emergency notifications of things like natural disasters to phones across the US, is about to get something of an overhaul. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted today to expand the WEA system in a number of different ways, ranging from giving the alerts more characters to adding embedded URLs where it's appropriate.

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North Korea has its own propaganda streaming service

North Korea has its own propaganda streaming service

While North Korea has a strong reputation for being secluded, controlling, and run by a totalitarian government, that doesn't mean the country is totally without the technology we take for granted in the western world. As we've seen before, the country makes its own computer and smartphone operating systems, such as the OS X-copying Red Star OS. And now, despite the fact that the internet barely exists there, they've even got their own streaming video service.

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Moon Express gets permission to land on the moon in 2017

Moon Express gets permission to land on the moon in 2017

Moon Express has made history as the first private enterprise to get U.S. government permission for traveling to and landing on the moon. The planned mission, which still has some hurdles to overcome and will be of the unmanned variety, is currently scheduled to happen next year, and will involve Moon Express putting a robotic spacecraft of some sort on the lunar surface. The approval has been a long time coming, and includes involvement from the White House, Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, and the State Department.

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CDC issues zika warning for Wynwood arts district in Miami

CDC issues zika warning for Wynwood arts district in Miami

The Centers for Disease Control have issued a warning for the Wynwood arts district in Miami, an area of the city where fourteen cases of zika virus have surfaced. The CDC advises pregnant women to avoid traveling in that area, and advises those who have visited the district since the middle of June to avoid getting pregnant for a minimum of two months. As well, pregnant women in Wynwood and those who have visited are being advised to get tested to see if they’re infected with the zika virus.

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KickassTorrents returns to the Internet after owner’s arrest

KickassTorrents returns to the Internet after owner’s arrest

Yesterday, US authorities announced that Artem Vaulin, the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, was arrested in Poland on charges of copyright infringement and money laundering. It wasn't long after that KickassTorrents went down, as they usually do when something big like this happens to the person running the show. However, it would appear that KickassTorrents has returned to the Internet in at least some capacity, showing the quick turnaround dedicated torrent users can be capable of.

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Alleged owner of KickassTorrents arrested in Poland, charged by US authorities

Alleged owner of KickassTorrents arrested in Poland, charged by US authorities

The future of KickassTorrents looks bleak today, as US authorities have announced the arrest of the site's alleged owner in Poland. This is nothing new in the world of torrents and their websites, as arrests are frequently being made and domains seized, with charges brought against the owners of these sites. What makes this particularly newsworthy is both the fact that KickassTorrents has grown to be the largest torrents site in the world and the amount of effort put into arresting its alleged owner, who is said to be 30-year-old Artem Vaulin from Ukraine.

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WhatsApp comes back online in Brazil shortly after being banned

WhatsApp comes back online in Brazil shortly after being banned

As predicted, it didn't take very long for WhatsApp to be restored in Brazil after being banned by a judge in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. The judge's order to mobile phone carriers in Brazil was overturned by Brazil's Federal Supreme Court a few hours later, bringing WhatsApp back to the masses nearly as fast as it was restored the last two times something like this happened.

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Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data

Latest Google Transparency Report shows climbing number of requests for user data

Today Google issued its latest Transparency Report, giving us a fairly comprehensive look into how many times in a six month period governments around the world requested data on the company's users. This latest report spans the latter half of 2015, with the period ending on December 31. In the report, we see that the number of government requests has been rising as time goes on, crossing the 40,000 threshold for the first time since Google began offering these reports.

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Facebook faces IRS scrutiny as Justice Department files lawsuit

Facebook faces IRS scrutiny as Justice Department files lawsuit

A Department of Justice lawsuit filed this week seeks to force Facebook’s hand in a battle against the IRS and the allegations it has made about Facebook’s tax records. According to the IRS, the social network may have skirted paying taxes on billions of dollars by understating the value of some of its IP that was transferred to Ireland. The DoJ’s lawsuit, which was filed this past Wednesday in California, aims to make Facebook turn over documents as part of the tax investigation.

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501,000 hoverboards recalled in US over fire risk

501,000 hoverboards recalled in US over fire risk

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of about 501,000 “hoverboards” produced by several companies and sold through two stores. The recall, as anyone familiar with these hoverboard devices will guess, is over potential fire risk. According to the CPSC, the lithium-ion battery packs found in these units may overheat, possibly leading to explosions, fires, or smoking.

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China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China cracks down on mobile games with new approval requirement

China's ever-present grip on the Internet and everything related to it just got a little tighter. In an effort to crackdown on popular media, mobile game developers must get their games pre-approved by the Chinese government before launching them in the nation. The rule went into effect today, though it was first announced in early June. To avoid running afoul of the new regulations, developers must submit their games to China’s State Administration of Press, Publications, Radio, Film and Television, more commonly called “SAPPRFT," at least 20 days before launch.

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