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Evan Schuman: Google eyes the preteen set

No marketer wants to leave a potential market untapped, and Google hates to disappoint marketers. That could explain why Google is going to start offering Gmail, YouTube and other accounts to kids younger than 13....

NSA built 'Google-like' search engine for metadata

The National Security Agency built a "Google-like" search engine to give domestic and international government agencies access to details of billions of calls, texts and instant messages sent by millions of people, according to The...

Report: NSA built 'Google-like' search engine for metadata

The National Security Agency built a "Google-like" search engine to give domestic and international government agencies access to details of billions of calls, texts and instant messages sent by millions of people....

Twitter to remove images of deceased upon request

Twitter said late Tuesday it will remove images and videos of deceased people upon the request of family members, but it put conditions on the policy....

Healthcare organizations still too lax on security

The data breach at Community Health Systems that exposed the personal information on more than 4.5 million people is a symptom of the chronic lack of attention to patient data security and privacy within the healthcare industry....

Senator questions airlines' data privacy practices

A senior U.S. senator is asking airlines about their data privacy practices, saying he's concerned about what information the companies are collecting and sharing with third parties....

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Cracking smart house devices & pwning thousands of PCs via VNC remote access

Pen testers cracked the security of every IoT device within a smart house. Other researchers scanned the Internet and grabbed 30,000 screenshots in an hour of PCs running VNC without a password. Moral of the story? Change default...

The trouble with trolls (and how to beat them)

A vulnerable person. A sociopath or two on social media tormenting that person without consequence. That's trolling in a nutshell. Mike Elgan explains what you can do about it. ...

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Can Apple keep us safe in the Internet of Things?

All the tech players are getting into the space but that doesn't mean they know what they are doing. All they seek is a way to keep revenue rising, some by selling you things, others to learn more about you so they can sell you. And...

Dozens of U.S. tech firms violate EU privacy promises

Thirty U.S. data brokers and data management firms, including Adobe Systems, AOL and Salesforce.com, are violating privacy promises they've made regarding their handling of the personal information of EU residents, a privacy group...

Snowden reveals automated NSA cyberwarfare program

The U.S. National Security Agency has a cyberwarfare program that hunts for foreign cyberattacks and is able to strike back without human intervention, according to NSA leaker Edward Snowden....

Messenger app users worry how Facebook uses a device's phone, camera

Facebook ignited a flood of criticism last week when it began requiring mobile users to load its Messenger app for Android and iOS separate from its basic Facebook app....

Senator wants curbs placed on fitness data use

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate the data gathering and sharing practices of makers of personal fitness devices and applications....

Black Hat: Nest thermostat turned into a smart spy in 15 seconds

No, the Nest thermostat can't be remotely hacked. But you might think twice about buying one from somewhere other than Nest since a persistent backdoor can be added in about 15 seconds...a backdoor that you would have no way of...

U.S. court rules in favor of providing officials access to entire email account

A federal Judge Friday ruled that providing law enforcement with access to an entire email account in an investigation did not violate the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures of...

Austrian court rejects 'class action' privacy suit filed against Facebook

A 'class action' suit against Facebook over its privacy policies was rejected by the commercial court of Vienna, and referred to the regional court in the same city, a commercial court spokesman said Friday....

Consumer Reports drops the ball on airport Wi-Fi

The September 2014 issue of Consumer Reports has one of their most disappointing articles. It's called "Free Wi-Fi takes off at airports" and is on page 10 (it's not available online). The article is a huge opportunity missed....

Snowden allowed to stay in Russia for three more years

The Russian government will allow Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor who leaked details of the agency's worldwide surveillance programs, to stay in the country for three more years, according to Russia...

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