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Last month, French data protection agency CNIL ordered Google to comply with the European "right to be forgotten" order by delisting certain search results not just on the European versions of Google's search engine, but on all versions. Google has now publicly rejected that demand. CNIL has promised a response, and it's likely the case will go before local courts. Google says, This is a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web. While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be "gay propaganda." If the CNIL's proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place.
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A hacker extracted customer log-in credentials from a server owned by Bitdefender that hosted the cloud-based management dashboards for its small and medium-size business clients.

The antivirus firm confirmed the security breach, but said in an emailed statement that the attack affected less than 1 percent of its SMB customers, whose passwords have since been reset. Consumer and enterprise customers were not affected, the company said.

The hacker, who uses the online alias DetoxRansome, first bragged about the breach on Twitter Saturday and later messaged Bitdefender threatening to release the company’s “customer base” unless he was paid US$15,000.

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One of the strangest scenes you'll ever see on a Major League Baseball diamond unfolded Wednesday night at Citi Field in New York City.

It began with reports from Twitter, continued with a Mets player openly crying on the field mid-game — and ended with a cruel "just kidding" that had general manager Sandy Alderson offering a mini-lesson on Journalism in the Digital Age.

Let's dive into the weirdness of something that could only happen to the darkly comic New York Mets.

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Of course we are a Windows world. We have been relying on Windows to do our business efforts or personal efforts for a long time now. Ever since November 1985 when we were introduced to Windows 1.0. we became GUI (Graphical User Interface) users.

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Enable This Flag to View Chrome Downloads As Card Notifications

Chrome (Dev): If you’re downloading a file in Chrome, you have to watch the little bar at the bottom for a vague green circle to fill. If you’d rather get a bit more information (and you’re running the Chrome Dev channel), you can enable this flag to put your downloads in Google’s notification tray.

As Google+ user Benjamin Staneck points out, in the newest version of Chrome in the Dev channel, you can enable a flag to show your downloads in a Google notification card. This is handier than the current method which is only visible in one window and doesn’t really offer much information. To turn it on, follow these steps:

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Apple may have some work to do to restore its reputation for software, but third-party developers have got the company's back.
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Apple's software hasn't been as good as it should be lately. Developer Marco Arment raised the issue in a widely read blog post in January. And former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée explored it further, noting several others who had voiced similar concerns.

Apple's acknowledgement of the issue can be inferred from the focus of its next desktop operating system, OS X El Capitan: "Refining the experience and improving performance in lots of little ways that make a big difference." It can also be seen in the company's decision to replace its recently introduced discoveryd networking software in June's OS X 10.10.4 update with its older, more stable mDNSResponder code. Apple is paying attention.

Awareness of the issue hasn't made it go away. Consider Apple Music, the streaming service that Apple recently added to its iTunes app. iTunes is the turducken of apps, a hodgepodge of individually interesting ingredients combined in a way that just seems wrong. The Telegraph's characterization of Apple Music as "clunky, fussing, confusing, and flawed" was echoed by a number of other reviewers. Arment's description of the iTunes app (and its supporting cloud services) as "toxic hellstew" should be read in its entirety.

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Google seemed as though it had killed off Google Glass, its failed attempt to make wearable computers for the masses. But now it is working on a version specifically designed for enterprise and industrial use, which makes much more sense.
[Eric Johnson and Mark Bergen | Re/code]

Old media, meet the Internet: NBCUniversal is set to make big investments in BuzzFeed and Vox Media, the company that owns Re/code. The deals seem reminiscent of the investment A&E made in Vice last year: The TV guys get the promise of millennial-friendly content, the Web guys get access to the TV guys' reach and revenue streams.
[Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka | Re/code]

Snapchat's ad business is picking up steam; it may generate $50 million in revenue this year and $200 million in 2016. It needs a CFO to manage all of that money, but CEO Evan Spiegel -- who is overseeing the search himself -- is taking his time.
[Kurt Wagner | Re/code]

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Libya's Dunes Look Like a Rusty Steel Plate From Space

It’s only a month since the the European Space Agency lofted its Sentinel-2A satellite started beaming back images from space—but it’s already producing some amazing images, like this one of Libya.

In this stunning image, you can see the deep, rustry red-and-orange sand dunes of the country.

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Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering has a history of creating tiny, insect-inspired robots, and its latest one can stand and jump on water just like a strider. The Wyss group has teamed up with scientists from Korea's Seoul National University and Harvard's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to design a machine that can mimic a water strider's "most complex maneuver." In order to accomplish that, they captured actual insects jumping on camera and studied their movements closely to determine their secret.

According to one of the study's senior authors, Kyu Jin Cho:

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“Ethan Hunt is a gambler, and one day, his luck will run out, and thousands of people will pay the price. Who will be the villain then?”

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When Syndicate super villain Solomon Lane slithers these words out of his serpentine lips, my first instinct is to scoff. Of course Ethan Hunt will never become the villain. He’s Tom Cruise realized in all of his action hero glory. There’s no chance that the moral worm will ever turn for this legendary IMF operative.

And then the words of another pop culture good-guy-gone-rogue come to mind: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

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Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense has today announced it will acquire Sharp America in a deal worth $23.7 million that will see it take over the Japanese company's TV business in North and South America.

Hisense Group today released a statement confirming it would purchase "all equity and assets of Sharp's TV factory in Mexico for $23.7 million with rights to use the 'Sharp' brand name and all its channel resources in both North and South American regions."

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HTC is planning to release its extremely well-received virtual reality headset Vive to consumers later this year, possibly in November. In the meantime, the Taiwanese company is busy building out its VR ecosystem. HTC disclosed that it spent almost $10 million for a 15 percent stake in WEVR, an open VR platform and community based in Los Angeles.

HTC’s investment in WEVR makes sense because it’s a chance for the company to build more content for Vive, which will be an important selling point for potential buyers.

In addition to enabling developers to create and publish VR content, WEVR also runs a grant program called OnWEVR that awards virtual reality producers from $5,000 to $50,000 to support projects.

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HTC is planning to release its extremely well-received virtual reality headset Vive to consumers later this year, possibly in November. In the meantime, the Taiwanese company is busy building out its VR ecosystem. HTC disclosed that it spent almost $10 million for a 15 percent stake in WEVR, an open VR platform and community based in Los Angeles.

HTC’s investment in WEVR makes sense because it’s a chance for the company to build more content for Vive, which will be an important selling point for potential buyers.

In addition to enabling developers to create and publish VR content, WEVR also runs a grant program called OnWEVR that awards virtual reality producers from $5,000 to $50,000 to support projects.

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Posted by on in The Inquirer

APPLE PAY launched in the UK in July, and we've been trying out the mobile payment system on an Apple Watch to see how easy it is to set up and use.

Not all Apple Watch owners can use Apple Pay. You need to bank with one of the banks currently supporting the mobile payments system - HSBC, First Direct, NatWest, Nationwide Building Society, RBS, Santander, Ulster Bank and MBNA - or have an American Express, MasterCard or Visa issued by the credit card providers.

If you're one of the lucky few, you can go ahead and set up your payment card, but you'll need your iPhone to do this.

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) is supposed to be focused on one thing: safety. For crying out loud, it's right in the middle of its cumbersome name. But the federal funding it hands out to state and local governments is being used for surveillance devices with no discernible "safety" purpose: automatic license plate readers.

The NHTSA is funding license plate readers for highway safety purposes only, but it’s far from clear how law enforcement agencies are interpreting this and whether they are using the funding to buy license plate readers for non-safety uses. The NHTSA should not be funding police technology for surveillance purposes and it should not let law enforcement apply for funding to decrease traffic fatalities and then turn around and use those funds to track people not suspected of any crime.
This is how things are supposed to run versus how things actually run. This funding dodge is pretty much indiscernible from law enforcement agencies obtaining DHS/DoD grants for Stingrays and Bearcats to combat "terrorism," and then using the equipment to do banal, routine policework, like tracking down drug dealers.

So, in the name of "safety," local agencies are asking for federal funding, and then using the subsidization to deploy new surveillance tech. Standard operating procedure. And the companies manufacturing this equipment clearly recognize these exploitable funding opportunities and target prospective purchasers accordingly.

Private license plate reader manufacturers have further facilitated NHTSA granting funds for license plate reader systems by connecting state and local law enforcement agencies with the funding streams. In one 2012 email exchange, an employee of an ALPR maker advises the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles that “NHTSA funding is available for traffic safety” and provides contact information. Indeed, the company has a whole page of its website devoted to connecting law enforcement agencies with sources of funding.
In essence, the companies are telling agencies this equipment is pretty much free. And it is, as long as you don't think too hard about the original source of the funding: taxpayers. Exploiting this federal funding allows agencies to claim safety is a priority while not actually moving towards that goal. Instead, they get the location tracking technology they want and allow the public to pick up the tab. Then this equipment is turned around and pointed at the same people paying for it, sometimes literally as a tool of tax collection.

And it looks as if this broken, abused system will only get worse. The ACLU reports the NHTSA is soliciting bids for a study into the use of license plate readers to improve driver safety. That this obviously arrives well after NHTSA funds have been used to purchase plate readers is already problematic. Beyond that, any conclusions drawn from the report will simply provide law enforcement agencies with handy citations to use when requesting funding for equipment they have no interest in using for "public safety" reasons.

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A new Google Glass is coming, possibly by the end of this year — but it will look pretty familiar.

Re/code has learned that a version of the second edition of Google’s wearable, which was erroneously assumed dead when the search giant obfuscated about its future earlier this year, has already been distributed to the company’s Glass at Work enterprise partners.

The new model, as reported by 9to5Google, can fold up like a traditional pair of glasses and is more rugged for outdoor use. However, unlike most other smart glasses, it still sports a small screen to the upper right of the user’s vision, rather than displaying an image in the center of one’s view like the ODG R7 or Microsoft HoloLens.

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Just one day after its release, 14 million systems are now running Windows 10, according to Microsoft.

The staggered roll-out of Windows 10 to those who have "reserved" a copy will continue over several weeks, with Windows 7 and 8 users being notified of when their upgrade is available with an icon in their system tray. While we liked Windows 10 a lot, we wouldn't be too eager to upgrade just yet.

Over the last few days Microsoft has released a number of patches to fix Windows 10 bugs, and they're set to continue as the operating system is refined and adjusted. Giving Microsoft a few weeks to smooth a few of Windows 10's rougher edges will make for an easier life.

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If you tend a summer garden, then you are likely confronted with the same joyful dilemma that greets most of your fellow gardeners. When the tomatoes begin to ripen, they come in force!

What to do with all these tomatoes?

One of my favorite recipes for making use of fresh, ripe, garden tomatoes is this Italian inspired tomato salad with red onions, parsley, oregano, and avocados.

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A legal blog caused a bit of a stir on Thursday when it proposed Apple, along with other tech companies fielding communications services protected by strong encryption methods, might be held liable of providing material support to a suspected terrorist.

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In the second installment of a thought piece about end-to-end encryption and its effect on national security, Lawfare editor-in-chief Benjamin Wittes and co-author Zoe Bedell hypothesize a situation in which Apple is called upon to provide decrypted communications data as part of a legal law enforcement process.

Since Apple does not, and on devices running iOS 8 cannot, readily hand over decrypted user data, a terrorist might leverage the company's messaging products to hide their agenda from government security agencies. And to deadly effect.

As The Intercept reported, the hypotheticals just made the ongoing government surveillance versus consumer protection battle "uglier."

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