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Facebook is a law-breaking “digital gangster,” UK government report says

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 20:14

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Facebook yesterday said it is willing to face "meaningful regulation" after UK lawmakers accused the company of acting like a "digital gangster" that has knowingly violated laws and helped spread Russian misinformation during elections.

A House of Commons committee that oversees media policy chastised Facebook in a report on "disinformation and 'fake news.'"

"Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like 'digital gangsters' in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law," the report said.

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With elections weeks away, someone “sophisticated” hacked Australia’s politicians

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 20:00

Enlarge / Just over a week after the announcement of a cyber-attack on Australia's Parliament House, the government now says three Australian political parties weer also attacked by a "sophisticated state actor." (credit: Getty Images)

With elections just three months away, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on February 18 that the networks of the three major national political parties had been breached by what Australian security officials described as a "sophisticated state actor."

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that while the attack bears hallmarks of tools and techniques used by China-sponsored hacking groups in the past, security officials were concerned that the attackers may have used such approaches as part of a "false-flag" attack—like what is believed to have occurred in the case of the "Olympic Destroyer" attack on last year's Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Morrison said that the Australian government had made moves to "ensure the integrity of our electoral system," including instructing the Australian Cyber Security Centre "to be ready to provide any political party or electoral body in Australia with immediate support, including making their technical experts available." Electoral commissions and state and territory security agencies have been briefed on the attacks, and the Cyber Security Centre has also passed along malware samples and other information to "global anti-virus companies," the Prime Minister noted.

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If you call this firm a “patent troll,” it might sue for defamation

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 19:55

Enlarge / These trolls, once pretty profitable. (credit: Tomi Knuutila)

We're not going to say that Automated Transactions LLC is a "patent troll," but several others have. The American Bankers Association has called ATL a troll. The Credit Union National Association called ATL a troll—they even illustrated the accusation with a picture of a troll. Individual lawyers, legal commentators, and banks have all described ATL as a troll.

Inventor and ATL founder David Barcelou got so fed up with people labeling his firm a patent troll that he sued about a dozen individuals and organizations for libel in 2016. Last year, a New Hampshire state judge dismissed Barcelou's lawsuit.

And on Thursday, February 14, the New Hampshire Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whether to overrule the lower court's decision and allow the lawsuit to move forward.

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Japanese utility makes first contact with melted Fukushima fuel

Ars Technica » Law & Disorder - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 19:23

Late last week, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) sent a probe into the damaged second reactor at the Fukushima nuclear plant. The probe's mission was to explore the solidity of the nuclear fuel that melted back in 2011, when a tsunami hit the nuclear plant following an earthquake, causing a meltdown of the plant's three reactors.

Eight years later, TEPCO is making slow but steady progress toward decommissioning the three damaged reactors. The mission to touch the melted nuclear fuel with a remote-controlled probe aimed to find out how solid the melted fuel is and whether it could be transported away from the site. This was the first time that field crews had been able to use any device to physically interact with the fuel since the reactor meltdown.

"The observation device made contact with deposits at six locations on the pedestal," TEPCO wrote in a short preliminary report that was published on Friday. "Deposits in five locations could be moved." TEPCO posted a video, which can be found here, of the robotic probe picking up pieces of melted nuclear fuel.

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Tovala tech is coming to LG smart ovens - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 14:00
Scanning your meals for customized cooking is Tovala's signature feature, and now it's integrating with LG smart ovens and ranges.

Galaxy S10 chip kills it in our early Snapdragon 855 benchmarking tests - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 14:00
The Galaxy S10's Snapdragon 855 processor easily blew away the Galaxy S9 in our early tests.

Buy the Fluance Ai40 wireless bookshelf speakers, get a free Google Home Mini - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 14:00
That's a $49 value and a great way to make great speakers smart.

Galaxy S10 goes ultrasonic? Here's an early look at its likely fingerprint reader - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 14:00
Qualcomm shows off a prototype fingerprint reader that's tucked underneath the display and potentially headed to Samsung's upcoming flagship phone.

The best LED floodlights you can buy right now - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 13:56
There are more affordable -- and better -- BR30 LED floodlight options than ever before. Here are the best ones.

Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa: Which one should you buy? - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 13:30
There's not as much separating these fitness trackers as you might think.

10 Best Cheap Headphones and Earbuds for 2019 (Under $100)

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 13:00
We’ve picked the best affordable in-ear, over-ear, and on-ear headphones in every budget price bracket.

The Best Gear for the E-Scooter Commuter

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00
Stay safe, warm, stylish, and caffeinated as you Bird.

6 Apps for Taking a Bit of the Work Out of Your Workday

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00
Managing your tasks shouldn't be a distraction unto itself. These desk mates let your phone handle the hard stuff.

AI-Powered Apps Could Make Us More Creative—or Less Human

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00
Google, Microsoft, and other tech companies keep injecting more and more smarts into our daily tasks. Will we become indistinguishable, or truly free?

Why the Aeron Is Still the Most Coveted Seat in the Office

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00
With its pioneering mesh support, ingenious tilt mechanism, and conspicuously engineered design, the "dotcom throne" has survived and thrived.

Cool Gear for Turning Your Office Into a Calming Oasis

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00
When you need a moment of zen, reach for these items to turn the break room, or anywhere you can find some free space, into an escape pod.

Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 Hits the Deck to Help You Work

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00
The latest version of Redmond's dextrous desktop combines thoughtful design and premium guts to boost your productivity—no matter what you do.

My Life Online—Without All the Metrics

Wired Top Stories - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:00
Remove the integers and we might find our digital Shangri-la. Or at least a slightly healthier, more sustainable life online.

Apple to release new MacBook Pro and iPhone with bilateral charging, says report - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 02/18/2019 - 10:49
A note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests 2019 could be a busy year for Apple.

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