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  • New York Police Broke Surveillance Rules Targeting Muslims After 9/11, Inquiry Finds

    NYT - New York/Region - Tue, 2016-08-23 19:07
    While the report included “troubling” findings, Police Department officials said they felt vindicated and were given a “clean bill of health.”
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    US Trade Judge Clears Fitbit of Stealing Jawbone's Trade Secrets

    Slashdot - Tue, 2016-08-23 19:05
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Fitbit did not steal rival Jawbone's trade secrets, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled on Tuesday, dashing Jawbone's hopes of securing an import ban against Fitbit's wearable fitness tracking devices. The judge, Dee Lord, said that there had been no violation of the Tariff Act, which gives the commission the power to block products that infringe U.S. intellectual property, because "no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret." The ruling means Jawbone comes away with nothing from a complaint it filed with the trade agency in July 2015, accusing Fitbit of infringing six patents and poaching employees who took with them confidential data about Jawbone's business, such as plans, supply chains and technical details. Jawbone first sued Fitbit last year over trade secret violations in California state court, where the case is still pending. The companies, both based in San Francisco, are also litigating over patents in federal court.

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    Hacked hookup site Ashley Madison's security was laughable

    The Register - Tue, 2016-08-23 19:03
    Canadian and Australian privacy watchdogs bite, hard

    Ruby Corp, the rebranded parent company of illicit-affair-arranging outfit Ashley Madison, has had to enter into court-enforceable orders with privacy authorities in Canada and Australia, following the findings of a joint investigation in the two countries.…

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    As Energy Use Rises, Corporations Turn to Their Own Green Utility Sources

    NYT - Technology - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:50
    Apple recently received a federal designation for its renewable energy subsidiary, allowing it to become a wholesale seller of electricity.
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    HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:45
    A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World Health Organization.
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    North Korea submarine fires ballistic missile

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:39
    North Korea has fired a submarine-based ballistic missile, the US and South Korea report, which flew for 500km (300 miles).
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    Switching allegiances

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:35
    In our series of letters from African journalists, Ghanaian writer Elizabeth Ohene ponders whether it matters that Olympians have switched nationalities.
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    Potent pills

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:31
    With ecstasy, or MDMA, being bought more freely on the dark net, the drug is growing in popularity - and in strength.
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    Good and Bad News in Survey of New York City Schools

    NYT - New York/Region - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:30
    A questionnaire answered by over a million parents, teachers and students found a high level of satisfaction with the system, but the scores for some important measures declined.
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    Tesla's Elon Musk says new car battery is a milestone

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:28
    Tesla Motors unveils a new battery pack for its cars that boss Elon Musk says marks a profound milestone for the speed and distance of its electric vehicles.
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    Google Search Removes 'Mobile-Friendly' Label, Will Tackle Interstitials Next

    Slashdot - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:20
    An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today announced two updates to mobile search results: an aesthetic one rolling out now and an algorithmic one coming next year. The former consists of removing the "mobile-friendly" label in search results and the latter will punish mobile sites that use interstitials. The goal is to "make finding content easier for users," though as always, the company didn't share exactly how much of an impact users and webmasters can expect. The report adds: "If your site is in the 15 percent group, here's a quick recap. A webpage is considered 'mobile friendly' if it meets the following criteria, as detected in real time by Googlebot: Avoids software that is not common on mobile devices, like Flash; Uses text that is readable without zooming; Sizes content to the screen so users don't have to scroll horizontally or zoom; Places links far enough apart so that the correct one can be easily tapped. The company now wants to tackle 'intrusive interstitials' as they 'provide a poorer experience to users than other pages where content is immediately accessible.' After January 10, 2017, pages where content is not easily accessible when coming from mobile search results 'may not rank as highly.' Interstitials that Google doesn't like include showing a popup that covers the main content (immediately or delayed), displaying a standalone interstitial that the user has to dismiss before accessing the main content, and using a layout where the above-the-fold portion is similar to a standalone interstitial but the original content is inlined underneath. Interstitials that Google deems OK include legal obligations (cookie usage or for age verification), login dialogs on sites where content is not publicly indexable, and banners that use a reasonable amount of screen space and are easily dismissible."

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    Mark Lowen: What will US vice-president find in Turkey?

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:19
    As US Vice-President Joe Biden arrives in the Turkish capital, how do relations between the two countries stand?
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    Dreams and despair in the desert: Africa's new gold rush

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:16
    The world's newest gold rush is under way in the West African country of Mauritania as thousands rush into the Sahara hoping to strike it rich.
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    Gaza's last tiger to leave for new home in South Africa

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:10
    Gaza's last tiger Laziz is leaving for a new home and life in a South African sanctuary.
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    Female gaze

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:10
    Indian woman takes on the trolls after writing in defence of the female gaze.
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    In the rough

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 18:03
    The sporting goods giants of Nike and Adidas are both looking to sell their golf club businesses. The BBC looks at what some of the reasons may be.
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    Australian Federal Police resume NBN raids, this time in parliament

    The Register - Tue, 2016-08-23 17:52
    Former comms minister Conroy calls on cops to back off, current minister says they're just following orders

    The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is resuming its hunt for documents associated with leaks about the financial position of the National Broadband Network.…

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    New York Times’s Moscow Bureau Was Targeted by Hackers

    NYT - Technology - Tue, 2016-08-23 17:46
    A spokeswoman for The Times said there was no evidence that any of the bureau’s internal systems were compromised in an attempted breach this month.
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    FBI Authorized Informants To Break The Law 22,800 Times In 4 Years

    Slashdot - Tue, 2016-08-23 17:40
    blottsie quotes a report from the Daily Dot: Over a four-year period, the FBI authorized informants to break the law more than 22,800 times, according to newly reviewed documents. Official records obtained by the Daily Dot under the Freedom of Information Act show the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave informants permission at least 5,649 times in 2013 to engage in activity that would otherwise be considered a crime. In 2014, authorization was given 5,577 times, the records show. USA Today previously revealed confidential informants engaged in "otherwise illegal activity," as the bureau calls it, 5,658 times in 2011. The figure was at 5,939 the year before, according to documents acquired by the Huffington Post. In total, records obtained by reporters confirm the FBI authorized at least 22,823 crimes between 2011 and 2014. Unfortunately, many of those crimes can have serious and unintended consequences. One of the examples mentioned in the Daily Dot's report was of an FBI informant who "was responsible for facilitating the 2011 breach of Stratfor in one of the most high-profile cyberattacks of the last decade. While a handful of informants ultimately brought down the principal hacker responsible, the sting also caused Stratfor, an American intelligence firm, millions of dollars in damages and left and estimated 700,000 credit card holders vulnerable to fraud."

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    Roma 0-3 FC Porto (agg 1-4)

    BBC World News - Tue, 2016-08-23 17:27
    Italian side Roma fail to reach the Champions League group stage after having two men sent off in a 3-0 defeat by Porto.
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