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Mobility, Networking, Tech

Trump report bizarrely claims net neutrality repeal raised incomes $50B a year

February 21, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

A new White House report claims without convincing evidence that eliminating consumer-protection rules in the broadband industry has boosted real incomes by tens of billions of dollars per year. Including a supposed improvement to “consumer welfare,” the report claims an […]


Federal, Policy

IRS drops longstanding promise not to compete against TurboTax

January 3, 2020

Via: ArsTechnica

The Internal Revenue Service’s new agreement with the tax-software industry prohibits companies from hiding their free options from search engines and allows the IRS to offer its own tax-return software in competition against TurboTax. That doesn’t mean the IRS will […]


Software, Tech

Facebook removes accounts with AI-generated profile photos

December 23, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Facebook on Friday removed what it called a global network of more than 900 accounts, pages, and groups from its platform and Instagram that allegedly used deceptive practices to push pro-Trump narratives to about 55 million users. The network used […]


Federal, Policy

US government is entitled to all Snowden book proceeds, judge rules

December 19, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

The US government is entitled to every cent Edward Snowden earns from publishing his memoir, Permanent Record, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. During his employment at the CIA and NSA, Snowden signed contracts promising to seek pre-clearance from those […]


Federal, Policy

Senate Judiciary committee interrogates Apple, Facebook about crypto

December 12, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

In a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, while their counterparts in the House were busy with articles of impeachment, senators questioned New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, University of Texas Professor Matt Tait, and experts from Apple and […]


Operations Security, Security

Developer faces prison time for giving blockchain talk in North Korea

December 3, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

The prominent hacker and Ethereum developer Virgil Griffith was arrested by the US government Friday after he spoke at an April conference on blockchain technologies in North Korea. The US government considers his presentation to be a transfer of technology—and […]


Federal, Policy

Fired Google workers will file federal complaint alleging the company wrongfully terminated them

December 3, 2019

Via: Tech Crunch

The four ex-Google employees, also known as the “Thanksgiving Four,” who were fired right before the holiday, are planning to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. “We look forward to hearing the NLRB’s findings, which we expect […]


Federal, Policy

Senate takes another stab at privacy law with proposed COPRA bill

November 27, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Perhaps the third time’s the charm: a group of Senate Democrats, following in the recent footsteps of their colleagues in both chambers, has introduced a bill that would impose sweeping reforms to the current disaster patchwork of US privacy law. […]


Networking Security, Security

It’s the user’s fault if a Ring camera violates your privacy, Amazon says

November 21, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Amazon subsidiary Ring, which makes home surveillance equipment and cameras, has “partnerships” with more than 600 law enforcement agencies nationwide, allowing those police access to users’ footage. And while Ring says it sets terms around how and when it will […]


Attacks & Breaches, Security

Researchers see spike in “out of season” IRS-impersonating phishing attacks

November 20, 2019

Via: ArsTechnica

Tax return scammers usually strike early in the year, when they can turn the personal information of victims into fraudulent tax refund claims. But members of Akamai’s threat research team found a recent surge in “off-season” phishing attacks masquerading as […]