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Google Shut Out Privacy, Security Teams From Secret China Project

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Intercept about Google’s secretive plans to build a censor version of its search engine for China: The objective, code-named Dragonfly, was to build a search engine for China that would censor broad categories of information about human rights, democracy, and peaceful protest. Yonatan Zunger, then a 14-year veteran of Google and one ... Read More »

US Life Expectancy Falls Further

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday released data that shows life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, to 78.6 years (Warning: source paywalled; alternative source), pushed down by the sharpest annual increase in suicide in nearly a decade and a continued rise in deaths from opioid drugs. “Influenza, pneumonia and diabetes also factored into last ... Read More »

Floyd Mayweather, DJ Khaled Charged For Illegally Touting Crypto Offerings

The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging DJ Khaled and professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr for failing to disclose that they were paid promotional fees to tout fraudulent initial coin offerings. The Verge reports: According to the SEC, this is the first time that individuals have faced charges involving ICOs. The Commission is accusing Mayweather of failing to disclose a ... Read More »

Your 4K Netflix Streaming Is On a Collision Course With Your ISP’s Data Caps

Household bandwidth consumption is soaring thanks to video streaming, new data suggests, and American consumers are about to run face-first into broadband usage limits and overage fees that critics say are unnecessary and anti-competitive. Motherboard reports: Cisco’s 2018 Visual Networking Index (VNI) — an annual study that tracks overall internet bandwidth consumption to identify future trends — predicts that global ... Read More »

Democrats Demand Info On Law Enforcement’s Use of Amazon Facial Recognition Tool

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: A group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday saying that the company’s previous explanations to Congress about its Rekognition software were inadequate. Democratic lawmakers expressed concern about the potential threat the technology poses to civil liberties in the hands of police. “Facial recognition technology ... Read More »