• SAG-AFTRA Warns Members About FaceApp Terms of Use
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    SAG-AFTRA Warns Members About FaceApp Terms of Use

    SAG-AFTRA is warning its 160,000 members about the "overreaching and invasive" terms of use for the FaceApp mobile application. FaceApp, developed by Russian company Wireless Lab, uses neural network technology to automatically generate transformations of faces in photographs. The app can be

  • NSA contractor sentenced to prison for huge theft of classified U.S. data
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    NSA contractor sentenced to prison for huge theft of classified U.S. data

    Harold Martin, 54, also received three years of supervised release from U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett in Baltimore after pleading guilty to willful retention of national defence information, the Justice Department said in a statement. In what officials have called perhaps the biggest breach of

  • White House to host meeting with tech executives on Huawei ban: sources
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    White House to host meeting with tech executives on Huawei ban: sources

    White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow will host a meeting with semiconductor and software executives on Monday to discuss the U.S. ban on sales to China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, two sources briefed on the meeting said on Friday. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will also attend the White

  • 'World in my window': Apollo went to Moon so we could see Earth
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    'World in my window': Apollo went to Moon so we could see Earth

    On their journey to the Moon, the Apollo 11 crew had to rotate their spaceship so that one side didn't "barbecue" in the Sun while the other froze -- meaning they couldn't see their destination until they were almost upon it. "When we rolled out and looked at (the Moon), oh, it

  • Israel spyware firm can mine data from social media: FT
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    Israel spyware firm can mine data from social media: FT

    An Israeli spyware firm thought to have hacked WhatsApp in the past denied a report Friday that it had boasted to clients that it can scoop user data from servers run by technology titans. The Financial Times wrote that NSO Group had "told buyers its technology can surreptitiously scrape all of

  • Ex-NSA contractor sentenced to 9 years for stolen documents
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    Ex-NSA contractor sentenced to 9 years for stolen documents

    A former National Security Agency contractor who stored two decades' worth of classified documents at his Maryland home was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison. Harold Martin, 54, apologized to the federal judge who sentenced him for a theft that prosecutors have called "breathtaking"

  • Israel spyware firm can mine data from social media: FT
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    Israel spyware firm can mine data from social media: FT

    An Israeli spyware firm thought to have hacked WhatsApp in the past denied a report Friday that it had boasted to clients that it can scoop user data from servers run by technology titans. The Financial Times wrote that NSO Group had "told buyers its technology can surreptitiously scrape all of

  • Confusion builds over U.S. ban on Chinese surveillance technology
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    Confusion builds over U.S. ban on Chinese surveillance technology

    Contractors who buy and install Hikvision and Dahua surveillance systems told U.S. officials on Friday that an ambiguous law that bans purchases from the two Chinese companies could harm their businesses. Contractors voiced their confusion at a U.S. General Services Administration meeting about the

  • Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier
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    Instagram expands hiding 'likes' to make you happier

    Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many "likes" people's posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has been running the test in Canada since

  • Trump marks Apollo 11 anniversary by meeting its astronauts
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    Trump marks Apollo 11 anniversary by meeting its astronauts

    President Donald Trump marked the 50th anniversary of the first human steps on the moon at an Oval Office meeting Friday with former Apollo 11 astronauts . Flanked by Buzz Aldrin, Mike Collins and the family of mission commander Neil Armstrong in the Oval Office, Trump was briefed on his administration

  • Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears
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    Fast-growing web of doorbell cams raises privacy fears

    The police who keep watch over the town of 16,000 raffled off free cameras in a partnership with the camera manufacturer. Critics also say Ring, a subsidiary of Amazon, appears to be marketing its cameras by stirring up fear of crime at a time when it's decreasing. "Amazon is profiting off

  • Trump tells France's Macron U.S. concerned with proposed digital services tax
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    Trump tells France's Macron U.S. concerned with proposed digital services tax

    U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday and expressed concerns about the country's proposed digital services tax, the White House said. The two leaders also discussed ongoing efforts to ensure Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon, White House spokesman

  • Four Republican lawmakers ask Trump to move forward with $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract
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    Four Republican lawmakers ask Trump to move forward with $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract

    Four Republican members of U.S. Congress, including House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mac Thornberry, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to move forward with a $10 billion cloud contract with the Defence Department. Trump has said his administration was looking

  • Four Republican lawmakers ask Trump to move forward with $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract
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    Four Republican lawmakers ask Trump to move forward with $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract

    Four Republican members of U.S. Congress, including House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mac Thornberry, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to move forward with a $10 billion cloud contract with the Defense Department. Trump has said his administration was looking

  • Google’s Stadia Game Streaming Service to Include Free Monthly Game
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    Google’s Stadia Game Streaming Service to Include Free Monthly Game

    Google has been busy sharing additional details about its upcoming game streaming service Stadia, clearing up some confusion in the process. Stadia's pro subscription tier, which will cost $10 per month, won't be a Netflix-type subscription service. However, subscribers will get free games at

  • Saint Laurent teams up with Cotodama to launch $2,655 speaker
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    Saint Laurent teams up with Cotodama to launch $2,655 speaker

    French luxury fashion house Saint Laurent has collaborated with Cotodama to release a YSL-branded edition of the Lyric Speaker Canvas, a device that functions as a piece of art as much as it does a sound system. Last year, Japanese speaker company Cotodama launched the connected Lyric Speaker Canvas

  • Fed's Bullard sees cryptocurrencies shifting U.S. financial system
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    Fed's Bullard sees cryptocurrencies shifting U.S. financial system

    Cryptocurrencies are changing the U.S. currency system in ways that may facilitate illegal activity and instability in prices, St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Friday. "The current situation could be described as a drift toward a non-uniform currency in the U.S.,"

  • A new version of Firefox will warn you if your passwords were pirated
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    A new version of Firefox will warn you if your passwords were pirated

    The Bleeping Computer website is reporting that web browser Firefox should soon be equipped with a new function that will tell you if your personal data (e-mail address, passwords, address, etc.) has been pirated. The Mozilla team is gradually integrating its independent Firefox Monitor service natively

  • London underground passengers to be able to make phone calls from next year
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    London underground passengers to be able to make phone calls from next year

    Passengers on London's underground railway will soon be able to make and receive calls, filling an annoying communications gap for some but depriving others of one of the last bastions of mobile phone silence. A 4G signal will be available for the first time on the underground from next March, starting

  • Deepfake videos pose a threat, but 'dumbfakes' may be worse
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    Deepfake videos pose a threat, but 'dumbfakes' may be worse

    A slowed-down video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made her appear impaired garnered more than 2 million views on Facebook in May. In November, then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted a sped-up video of CNN reporter Jim Acosta that made him look more aggressive than he was during an

  • Dish Hires Ex-Telstra Exec Kannan Alagappan as CTO
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    Dish Hires Ex-Telstra Exec Kannan Alagappan as CTO

    Dish Network hired Kannan Alagappan, who has held technology leadership roles with telecom and cloud services providers including Australia's Telstra, Reliance's Jio and Rackspace, as SVP and chief technology officer. Alagappan assumes the CTO role after the exit of former chief technology officer

  • Pampers launches smart diaper to track babies' routines
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    Pampers launches smart diaper to track babies' routines

    Baby and toddler product company Pampers is getting into the smart diaper business with the Lumi Connected Care System. As homes, cars, and phones get smarter and more connected, Pampers demonstrated that diapers can, too. The all-in-one system consists of an activity sensor that attaches to specially-designed

  • You might be able to get a feature phone running a non-touchscreen version Android
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    You might be able to get a feature phone running a non-touchscreen version Android

    Tech website 9to5Google is reporting that Google could be developing a version of Android adapted to 3G and 4G phones without touchscreens. The anonymous tip shows what looks like a version of Android adapted to a phone without a touchscreen. The user interface appears to have been redesigned to adapt

  • World's longest electric road trip ends in New Zealand
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    World's longest electric road trip ends in New Zealand

    A Dutch sustainability advocate completed the longest ever journey in an electric vehicle in New Zealand on Friday after a three-year drive that took him through more than 30 countries. Wiebe Wakker set off from the Netherlands in March 2016 in his "Blue Bandit" to showcase the potential of

  • Oyo founder to buy back $2 billion worth stake in SoftBank-backed Indian co
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    Oyo founder to buy back $2 billion worth stake in SoftBank-backed Indian co

    Indian hospitality startup Oyo Founder Ritesh Agarwal raised his stake in the company with a $2 billion buyback, in a move that will bring his ownership closer to biggest investor SoftBank Corp . The fresh investment round will take Agarwal's stake to around 30% from 10%, a source familiar with