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Mac OS X Yosemite Sends Location, Search Data to Apple

Apple reportedly collects location and search data via Mac’s Spotlight feature. Continue reading

Chinese Government Launches Man-in-Middle Attack Against iCloud

Targeting new iPhone users to capture user credentials, monitors find. Continue reading

Google Rolling Out New Anti-Piracy Search Algorithm

“We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings.” Continue reading

Comcast’s Net Neutrality Commitments Aren’t Good Enough, Senator Says

Sen. Leahy asks Comcast to swear off fast lanes even after NBC deal expires. Continue reading

Florida Court: Come Back with a Warrant to Track Suspects Via Mobile Phone

Florida Supreme Court says drug suspect did not “voluntarily” give up location. Continue reading

DC Police’s “Stingray” Trackers Sat in a Vault, Unused for 6 years

New docs show Washington, DC, cops finally began using snooping devices in 2009. Continue reading

Obama signs “BuySecure” Initiative to Speed EMV Adoption in the US

Home Depot, Target also promised to start using chip-and-pin terminals by Jan 2015. Continue reading

Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Chinese characters don’t readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic’s Chris Beam tells NPR’s Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words. Continue reading

Robot Bees Could Assist With Tricky Rescue Operations

Robert Wood, an electrical engineer at Harvard’s Microrobotics Lab, is engineering colonies of RoboBees. They don’t sting, and they can be used for surveillance or crop pollination. Continue reading

Fitbit Says It Will Make Changes to Address Complaints About Allergic Reactions

The wristband will now come with a warning that it contains nickel, a common allergen used in many types of products, and a new sizing guideline to prevent users from wearing the devices too tightly. Continue reading

How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.’s With Apple’s Siri

How one 13-year-old boy with autism became B.F.F.’s with Apple’s Siri Continue reading

Credit Card Upgrades Are Ordered to Protect People’s Data

President Obama ordered the move as part of a push to protect Americans from identity theft and fraud after several large-scale data security breaches this year. Continue reading

Kickstarter Pulls Anonabox, a Tor-enabled Router that Raised Over $585,000

Fundraiser far exceeded expectations, but raised security questions. Continue reading

After Biosafety Lapses, US Halts Funding for Work Modifying Virus Targets

Helping a bird flu virus infect mammals is off the table pending review. Continue reading

Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules

Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules

Americans may have a Florida drug dealer to thank for expanding our right to privacy. Police departments around the country have been collecting phone metadata from telecoms and using a sophisticated spy tool to track people through their mobile phones—often without obtaining a warrant. But a new ruling out of Florida has curbed the activity […]

The post Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules appeared first on WIRED.

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Bits Blog: A Look Behind the Snapchat Photo Leak Claims

Three men who built a tool called Snapaved to store images from the messaging service have come forward to offer details of how a recent theft of thousands of private photos occurred. Continue reading

Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router Project for Misleading Funders

On Friday afternoon Kickstarter suspended the crowdfunding campaign for Anonabox, an initiative to sell a tiny, $45 router that would run all the user’s online traffic over the anonymity network Tor. The post Kickstarter Freezes Anonabox Privacy Router… Continue reading

VIDEO: Will Thumbprint Tech Mean End of PIN?

Credit and debit cards with thumb print sensors built in could one day do away with the need to use codes, PINs and passwords. Continue reading

Secrets Become History: Edward Snowden on Film as Citizenfour

“I remember what the Internet was like before it was being watched.” Continue reading

Take Your Medicine, Tap Your Phone And Collect A Prize

Apps offer games and rewards to keep you taking your prescription medicine. While rewards may not be for everyone, they could give some people a helpful motivational boost. Continue reading