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Privacy has been lacking at a sexual health clinic

SOMETIMES WORDS ARE NOT ENOUGH. A sexual health clinic in London has apologised after revealing the names, email addresses and health status of patients in a newsletter.

The clinic, called 56 Dean Street, is looking into what happened and has apologised to the affected parties. It will also face a lot of questions about what the hell happened, and how on earth anyone thought that what happened was a good idea.

The problem is down to the sending of an email newsletter that forgot one of the most important elements of a group email. The clinic neglected to make a blind CC on included recipients and sent the message with everyone's details in plain sight.

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Intel's Kirk Skaugen talks up the company's new Skylake processors during an event at IFA in Berlin.

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BERLIN -- Intel on Wednesday officially took the wraps off its new Skylake processor family and showed off computers that use the chips.

More than 800 systems will be launching around the world starting Wednesday, said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's client computing group. He added that Intel has created nearly 50 different processors that will be rolling out over the next few weeks.

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In 2014 the Roost Smart Battery accumulated nearly $100,000 in Kickstarter pledges. But that was just the start for Roost. Today the company is announcing a $5.5 million Series A lead by RPM Ventures as the company expands its operations and gears up for launch.

The Roost Smart Battery turns ordinary smoke detectors into a smart smoke detector. Roost CEO Roel Peeters tells TechCrunch that a lot of companies are attempting to build smart gadgets, but Roost is doing it differently. The company’s first product is a smart battery that fits in most smoke detectors and adds smartphone notifications and more.

RPM Ventures was joined by a subsidiary of financial services provider USAA, DCM Ventures, Start Garden, and Jay Adelson’s Center Electric.

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Just what have those chickens been eating?

Earlier this year, the restaurant chain Chipotle announced to much fanfare that it was halting the use of GMOs in the food it serves. That announcement has since been amplified by advertisements and displays in its restaurants. At least one California resident, however, thinks the chain is not living up to its promises, and is suing Chipotle under the state's Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and seeking class action status for the suit.

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NewsCred is announcing that it has raised $42 million in additional equity funding.

The round was led by FTV Capital. Existing investors FirstMark Capital, InterWest Partners, and Mayfield Fund also participated.. FTV partner Liron Gitig is joining NewsCred’s board of directors.

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Executives at Sony Pictures altered parts of the forthcoming film Concussion in order to avoid legal problems with the NFL, The New York Times reports, based on emails revealed by hackers late last year. The film, directed by Peter Landesman, stars Will Smith as a doctor whose research on the long-term effects of repeated brain trauma sparked an ongoing controversy over the safety of professional football. A trailer for the movie, released this week, pits Smith's character in direct opposition with the NFL, but internal emails suggest that Sony, Landesman, and Smith's representatives aimed to soften its script and marketing.

Some "unflattering moments for the NFL" were deleted or altered, according to an email sent last August, and one of Sony's top lawyers took "most of the bite" out of the movie "for legal reasons with the NFL." Other emails detail discussions of how to market the film; press materials should mention Smith's personal affinity for football, executives suggested. Others were concerned with vilifying the entire organization, rather than a few individuals. "We'll develop messaging with the help of NFL consultant to ensure that we are telling a dramatic story and not kicking the hornet's nest," Dwight Caines, Sony Pictures' director of domestic marketing, said in an email to executives in August 2014.  A Sony spokeswoman tells the Times that the consultant was hired to work with the NFL, and was not an NFL employee.

"There was never an instance where we compromised the storytelling."

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An anonymous reader writes: Gizmodo's Annalee Newitz looked through the source code contained in the recent Ashley Madison data dump and found evidence that the company created tens of thousands of bot accounts designed to spur their male users into action by sending them messages. "The code tells the story of a company trying to weave the illusion that women on the site were plentiful and eager." The evidence suggests bots sent over 20 million messages on the website, and chatted with people over 11 million times. The vast majority of fake accounts — 70,529 to 43 — pretended to be female, and the users targeted were almost entirely men. Comments left in the code indicate some of the issues Ashley Madison's engineers had to solve: "randomizing start time so engagers don't all pop up at the same time" and "for every single state that has guest males, we want to have a chat engager." The AI was unsophisticated, though one type of bot would try to convince men to pay and then pass them to a real person.
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The Wall Street Journal has obtained a nominal "win" in a Stingray-related legal action aimed at unsealing electronic surveillance orders, but the decision reads more like a loss. Jennifer Valentino-Devries reports:

In the order, made after a series of legal motions brought by the Journal’s publisher, Dow Jones & Co., U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of the Southern District of Texas found that Dow Jones has a legal right to see government applications for surveillance, an idea the U.S. Justice Department had fought. But she agreed with the Justice Department that the requested documents shouldn't be disclosed yet because the 14 applications, dating from 2010 to 2013, all relate to continuing cases.
Yes, the WSJ has a right to see these files… but not until the DOJ decides these investigations are really and truly over -- a determination that has yet to be reached for files zooming past the half-decade mark.

The oral arguments delivered in June provide a little more insight into the DOJ's thought processes -- mainly that it should be the sole arbiter of document releases. The DOJ went past the constraints of its earlier argument -- that "open" investigations are not subject to "common law access" -- by claiming that documents used in the course of investigations, even closed ones, are not public records.

I think our position is that "ongoing" is perhaps the wrong word choice in order to determine where the common law right of access and the First Amendment right of access applies. What we would say is that there is significant authority for the government's argument that pre-indictment investigations and the warrants and the applications and the orders that are contained in the context of pre-indictment investigations are not subject to the common law right of access.
Dow Jones had asked the government to provide periodic status updates on these supposedly "open" investigations. The DOJ ignored these requests until prompted by the court, at which point it declared the files to be beyond the reach of the public. Here's the judge's recap of the events:
Dow Jones then filed earlier this year the motion for an updated status report requesting various things: the government to update the report regarding the status of the investigations, and then making public certain versions of the status report, and the sealed appendix. I believe then the government responded as I said, basically saying no updating is necessary here because there is no common presumption of access or First Amendment right.
The court didn't necessarily agree with this assertion but it did find the "balancing test" favored the government's interests. Dow Jones' legal counsel has asked for some additional transparency in docket filings, which would both provide the public with more information as well as assist the WSJ in determining the accuracy of the DOJ's assertions. (It could potentially aid in sussing out the form of surveillance being used as well.)
I would just make the one small addition that, you know, a lot of these applications have a bunch of different requests kind of all pulled together. We've got pen register, trap and trace, we've got D orders, we've got subpoenas, we've got statutory search warrants. And so I would think that an entry ought to reflect that, particularly as it relates to ongoing access issues.

You know, one -- some of these cases in which we've sought access are called In Re Sealed Application, some are called In Re Pen Register. The last one -- the most recent one is In Re Search Warrant. Well, if it's In Re Search Warrant, then the government's argument that these aren't search warrants looks a lot different. And so I think that the more specificity with regard to the basis of the application would help guide the Court as well as anyone who is seeking access to these to try and determine exactly what types of access might apply.

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Before MTV's teen horror drama Scream bid farewell to its first season the show paid tribute to legendary director Wes Craven, whose movie inspired the series.

Craven, 76, died this week after a battle with brain cancer.

This is the tribute that aired. Video via E!

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If you plan to purchase an iPhone 6s later this month, now's the time to help fund that upgrade by making plans to trade in your existing iPhone before its value plummets. And for the next 7 days, Gazelle is offering up to $450 cash for old iPhones alongside a guarantee to beat any competitive offer from Apple or its big four US wireless partners.

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Gazelle, the industry's leading electronics buyback service, helps consumers quickly turn their old iPhones & iPads into cash without the hassle of managing an eBay auction or braving the craigslist handoff on a seedy corner of town (instructions below).

Best Price Guarantee on iPhone 5s, 6, & 6 plus

Between now and September 9th only, the company is running a Best Price Guarantee that not only offers up to $450 cash for old iPhones, but a promise to beat any competitive trade-in offer from Apple or its four big iPhone wireless carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint), even though those companies offer trade-in values in the form of credit while Gazelle pays cash.

Why Now is the Time to Lock In a Payout Offer

The week leading up to this year's iPhone 6s introduction is also key to reaping the most cash for your old phone. Last year, for example, iPhone 5s trade-in payouts fell roughly 15% in the two weeks surrounding the announcement of the iPhone 6 and then dipped an additional 15% in the 3 weeks following the actual launch (see chart above). This historical pricing trend is expected to play out similarly this year.

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While a mobile workforce may help make government more agile, efficient, and productive, the mobile devices federal employees carry represent another headache for agency security managers. Mobile applications, to cite one major area of concern, can introduce vulnerabilities that can put sensitive data and network resources at risk. For example, when an employee shares a photograph via a mobile application, the app may be granted access to the employee's contact list -- which could hold personally identifiable information that should remain private and secure.

Laurianne McLaughlin currently serves as InformationWeek.com's Editor-in-Chief, overseeing daily online editorial operations. Prior to joining InformationWeek in May, 2011, she was managing editor at CIO.com. Her writing and editing work has won multiple ASBPE (American ... View Full Bio
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Remember: if you do something rad, but you don’t share a video of it instantly on at least three social media channels, it probably didn’t happen. Thankfully, the world’s leading purveyor of radness-capturing cameras has just made the whole process a lot easier.

In an update to the GoPro smartphone app, and the GoPro camera firmware, the company has added the option to create 5-, 15-, or 30-second video clips to highlight your best moment, and then share that instantly to start harvesting those retweets.

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Verizon will introduce a virtualized firewall service across its global network later this month, part of its move into software-defined networking.

The aim is to help businesses such as manufacturers or retailers, who may be running networks in far-flung places, to have better security when connecting their applications to the corporate network, said Shawn Hakl, head of network platforms and managed services for Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

The type of organizations Verizon is aiming to attract are those running a Layer 3 private network who may want a better and more reliable connection for people using mobile apps.

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Yahoo's Headquarters In Sunnyvale, California

Yahoo has unveiled a new feature for its email app that allows users to include their most recent tweet as part of their outgoing signature. To enable it, go to Settings -> Accounts -> Primary Yahoo and select "Include your latest Tweet from Twitter". Users can also manually delete any included tweet if it's not appropriate. Or, more likely, accidentally include it on a Reply All to the entire company.

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Meet the ankylosaur, a dinosaur from the Cretaceous period that developed a clubbed tail.

Artist's rendering by Sydney Mohr

Every kid or kid at heart loves learning about dinosaurs because they are basically weaponized animals. It's as if Mother Nature were a 5-year-old kid who thought it would be cool to attach medieval weaponry to lizards and birds.

A study published Monday in the Journal of Anatomy shows how the ankylosaurus, a genus of dinosaur best known for having an armored back and clublike tail, became such a battle-ready beast.

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Posted by on in Wired
The International Space Station.The International Space Station. NASAThis morning, the three astronauts aboard the International Space Station pulled a Sandra Bullock. Well, not quite—they weren’t captured outside their craft, pummeled by debris, and sent adrift into space with only their wits and a dwindling oxygen supply to save them. But this is (hopefully) as close as real astronauts will ever get to that situation. Around 6:30 AM Eastern, mission control notified the crew that a piece of debris from an old Russian weather satellite was heading their way, scheduled to whiz by the station at 8:01 AM. Normally, the ISS would get a bigger heads-up about incoming space debris. But this time it wasn’t prepared to move out of the way. So instead, the crew—including Commander Gennady Padalka, Scott Kelly, and Mikhail Kornienko—hid out in the Soyuz spacecraft docked to the station, ready to abandon ship if the space shrapnel came too close. This is the fourth time in history the ISS crew has had to jump in the Soyuz for protection (it’s less likely that debris will hit the relatively small, hidden capsule) and potential evacuation. The amount of trash floating around in low Earth orbit is a constant threat to the station. “We follow space debris all the time, but most of it falls outside the imaginary protective box that we put around the station,” says NASA spokesperson Kyle Herring. Since its launch in 1998, the station has had to maneuver out of the way of debris 22 times. It even has a new predetermined avoidance maneuver in place for just these situations, which will kick off a thruster to slightly change the station’s orbit at the push of a button. Today, though, there wasn’t enough time for that maneuver to make a difference, so the crew just hunkered down, closing themselves inside the Soyuz and counting down the minutes until the debris’ closest approach. That was after an hour and a half of quickly taking steps to protect the station as best they could, sealing off the separate modules to contain the damage if the debris hit only part of the station. Luckily, the satellite debris didn’t come into contact with the ISS. Mission control sent the all-clear minutes after the debris had passed, and the astronauts are now back in the station, in the process of reconfiguring it for normal operations. Ryan Stone would be proud. Go Back to Top. Skip To: Start of Article.
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Enlarge / Core M Broadwell (left) vs. Core M Skylake (right).

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Intel's Skylake rollout hasn't been nearly as halting as the Broadwell rollout, but the company is still doling out information (and processors) bit by bit rather than all at once. We got our hands on the high-end, overclockable desktop version a few weeks ago, and Intel told us more about the CPU and GPU architectures at IDF. Today at IFA in Berlin, the company is finally taking the wraps off of specific CPUs for laptops, Ultrabooks, and mainstream desktops.

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BERLIN: INTEL HAS OFFICIALLY RELEASED the full product SKU line-up for its 6th-generation Core processor family, based on the 14nm Skylake architecture.

Until now, Intel had unveiled only desktop models of its new quad-core chip designs, the Skylake-K variants comprising the Core i7-6700K and the Core i5-6600K aimed at gamers and computing enthusiasts.

Intel said at the launch that the rest of the product family, which will make up the bulk of Skylake processors, will arrive later this year. And here they are, announced at IFA 2015, with new offerings across mobile and desktop machines.

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The Baffled, Bias-Lit Workspace

YouTuber Mumbo Jumbo makes some pretty rad Minecraft videos, and posted his equally rad workspace to Reddit’s battlestations subreddit for everyone to see. Some ambient bias lighting, some acoustic foam baffling, and a well-placed microphone, and he has a great setup for gaming, video recording, and more.

The Baffled, Bias-Lit Workspace

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