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Thursday - November 13, 2014
Despite the publicity about Edward Snowden's controversial leaks, only 43 percent of 607 English-speaking adults surveyed in January had heard a lot about government surveillance efforts, and another 44 percent had heard a little, according to the Pew Research Internet Project. However, 80 percent of the respondents registered concern about government surveillance of communications. [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has responded to the White House's proposal for Net neutrality rules by reasserting his agency's independence in a meeting with executives of Google, Yahoo and other Internet companies following President Obama's Monday call to action. The president urged the FCC to ensure Net neutrality by interpreting Title II of the Telecommunications Act to govern ISPs. [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
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"As a spaceflight professional, my motto is, 'boring is good,'" said rocket scientist James Oberg. "As a human being, we want surprises. ... You go out there to be surprised -- if you didn't want that, you'd stay home." The ROLIS camera on Rosetta's lander, Philae, took this image of Comet 67P/C-G during the descent, only 3 km away from the surface. (Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR) [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
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Microsoft is attempting to accomplish a few things with the launch of its Lumia 535 smartphone. First, it is going after the fastest-growing mobile segment with a feature-packed affordable phone. Second, it is shedding the Nokia label in an effort to unify its products under the Microsoft umbrella. "You've got the Xbox, the Surface and now the Lumia all carrying its brand," noted ABI's Jeff Orr. [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
Researchers at FireEye on Monday made public the existence of the Masque Attack, which threatens iOS and Mac OS X operating systems. Masque Attack exploits a flaw in Apple's OSes that allows the replacement of one app by another so long as both apps use the same bundle identifier. All apps, except those preinstalled on iOS, such as Mobile Safari, can be replaced. [More...]

Tuesday - November 11, 2014
Hackers siphoned off data from United States Postal Service servers for more than eight months before being detected, the USPS said. The personal data -- including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment and emergency contact information -- of more than 800,000 employees and some retirees has been exposed. [More...]

Tuesday - November 11, 2014
As thoughtful as mobile phone makers are when they design their products, there are always punters who want something that isn't there and are willing to hack a device to get it. In the Android world such a hack is called "rooting" a phone; in the iOS world, it's called "jailbreaking." Regardless of what it's called, it can turn a phone into a can of worms for retailers. [More...]

Monday - November 10, 2014
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Elon Musk may send a lot of small satellites into orbit to help bring a truly global Internet to fruition. Others -- notably Google and Facebook -- have their own ambitious plans for achieving worldwide connectivity. However, "Musk tends to get things done," noted tech analyst Rob Enderle, and the result could be "vastly better and more affordable worldwide communications." [More...]

Monday - November 10, 2014
Microsoft on Monday announced that it had begun rolling out its Xbox One November Systems Update, which will be its final major update for the console for 2014. The improvements will deliver new ways for owners to watch TV, personalize the game system, and interact with the Xbox Live gaming community, as well as provide new integration with Xbox One Store and Microsoft's SmartGlass platform. [More...]

Monday - November 10, 2014
Texting while driving is dangerous. We know that intuitively; we know it because the statistics say so; we know it because we have seen any number of public service announcements warning of its hazards. A whopping 98 percent of respondents in a recent survey of people who text at least once a day acknowledged the danger of texting while driving -- yet most admitted to doing it anyway. [More...]

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