Technology

Report: Google to Settle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its Antitrust Investigation

January 3, 2013

“The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is poised to announce that Google has agreed to voluntarily change some business practices and settle allegations it misused patents to thwart competitors in smartphone technology.”

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U.S. Federal Judge: Justice Department Does Not Have a Legal Obligation to Explain the Rationale Behind Killing Americans with Drones

January 2, 2013

“Anwar al-Awlaki and Samir Khan, both US nationals with alleged ties to al-Qaeda, were killed on September 30 of that year using drone aircraft.”

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Online Holiday Shopping Increased by 16% in 2012

January 1, 2013

“A 53% growth rate in spending was also recorded on December 21st over the same period from last year, which comScore calls “a notable accomplishment this late in the season.””

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Hacktivist Group Anonymous Threatens to Attack California Police Department’s Website

December 29, 2012

“Members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous are demanding that a California police department remove an officer from the force after video has surfaced of the cop in question firing at a civilian 11 times at point-blank range.”

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Iranian Civil Defense Official: Iran Successfully Prevented Another Stuxnet Cyber Attack

December 26, 2012

“Iran’s nuclear enrichment efforts were hit hard in 2010 by the Stuxnet worm, which was also blamed for problems at industrial plants and factories.”

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Data: Employees at Paramount, Warner Bros., Disney, Sony, and 20th Century Fox Illegally Download Movies WHILE AT WORK

December 25, 2012

“For more than a decade the MPAA has waged war against “thieves” who dare to share their movies online. Online piracy is costing the creative industries billions of dollars in lost revenue, they say.”

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United States Sets Record with Number of Drone Strikes in Afghanistan in 2012

December 25, 2012

“Not only did the US launch more drones this year than ever before, but it carried out more strikes in Afghanistan than it did in Pakistan in the past eight years, which is how long the CIA has been conducting such strikes.”

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Class-Action Lawsuit Filed Against Instagram Over its Updated Terms of Services

December 24, 2012

“The suit says the plaintiff “is acting to preserve valuable and important property, statutory, and legal rights” before legal action is “forever barred by adoption of Instagram’s New Terms.”"

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SpaceX Grasshopper Rocket Successfully Launches 40 Meters and then Lands Vertically

December 24, 2012

“The Grasshopper … is aiming to blaze a trail towards what many people think is a near-impossible task, to create the world’s first fully reusable orbital launch system.”

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Julian Assange: WikiLeaks Preparing to Publish 1 Million Secret Government Documents

December 23, 2012

“Assange said that as long as the US government sought to persecute him and the Australian government refused to support him, he had no choice but to remain in the Ecuadorean embassy.”

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Google’s New ‘Conversions API’ Criticized for Allowing Advertisers to Track Users’ Offline Activities

December 20, 2012

“The blog goes on to explain that in-store transactions, call-tracking and other online activities can be inputted into Google to be combined with other information “to optimize your campaigns based on even more of your business data.””

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Democratic Senator Al Franken Proposes Bill Requiring Cell Phone Apps to Gain Consent Before Location Tracking

December 20, 2012

“The Senator recently proposed legislation that attempts to require that companies that develop and sell such mobile apps must get our consent before such programs are installed on our mobile devices. The bill would prohibit the covert monitoring of a person’s location.”

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Bureau of Investigative Journalism: U.S. Drone Strikes Have Killed At Least 168 Children in Pakistan

December 20, 2012

“The research, culled from more than 2,000 news reports, leaked documents and witness statements, show how the drones gradually moved from a rarely used tool, beginning with a single strike in 2004, to a frontline weapon of war.”

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New York Times Columnist Nick Kristof Live-Tweeted his Visa Denial and Detainment in Bahrain

December 19, 2012

“They’re very polite, and they acknowledge that Americans don’t need a visa if they have on onward flight in less than 72 hours. But they say that my name is on a blacklist.”

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Facebook Censoring and Banning Users for Posting Misinformation about the Newtown, Connecticut Shooting

December 19, 2012

“However, this threat could apply to the vast majority of the mainstream media, who in their haste to get out ahead of the story reported numerous details that turned out to be incorrect.”

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