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Apple, Google CEOs Bring Star Power as China Promotes Censorship

Apple Inc.’s Tim Cook and Google’s Sundar Pichai made their first appearances at China’s World Internet Conference, bringing star power to a gathering the Chinese government uses to promote strict online censorship. Apple’s chief executive officer gave a surprise keynote at the opening ceremony on Sunday, calling for future internet and AI technologies to be infused with privacy, security and humanity. The same day, Politburo member Wang Huning called for more aggressive government involvement online to combat terrorism and criminals online, even calling for a global response team to go…

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Heres What the World’s Central Banks Really Think About Bitcoin

Eight years since the birth of bitcoin, central banks around the world are increasingly recognizing the potential upsides and downsides of digital currencies. The guardians of the global economy have two sets of issues to address. First is what to do, if anything, about emergence and growth of the private cryptocurrencies that are grabbing more and more attention — with bitcoin now surging toward $10,000. The second question is whether to issue official versions. Following is an overview of how the world’s largest central banks (and some smaller ones) are approaching…

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New Uber CEO Keeps Finding Horrors at Every Turn

The appointment of Dara Khosrowshahi as head of cyberattack Uber had been concealing since last year that exposed personal data on 57 million customers and drivers globally. The company, which said it had paid hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep quiet, disclosed the incident in a statement to Bloomberg on Tuesday, following an investigation commissioned by the board. The chief security officer and one of his deputies were ousted for their actions following the hack. Khosrowshahi’s role so far looks less like a turnaround artist and more like…

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Bitcoin More Than Just a Fad, Morgan Stanley CEO Says

Not every Wall Street bank chief is bearish on bitcoin. Morgan Stanley Chief Executive Officer James Gorman takes a more measured view on the cryptocurrency than crosstown rival Jamie Dimon, the JPMorgan Chase & Co. head who earlier this month called it

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This scorecard shows which tech companies protect user data from the government (and which dont)

The Electronic Frontier Foundations newest Who Has Your Back? report details what exactly tech giants are doing or failing to do to protect their users from potentially invasive government data requests. This time around, the annual report includes all four big U.S. wireless carriers and a solid whos who of techs most established players. Some of the winners and losers are who youd expect, though others came as a bit of a surprise. The EFF rates all of them on a five-star scale, with five different measures: following industry-wide best…

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CMU researchers create a huge dome that can read body language

The Panoptic Studio is a new body scanner created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that will be used to understand body language in real situations. The scanner, which looks like something Doc Brown would stick Marty in to prevent him from committing fratricide, creates hundreds of videos of participants inside the massive dome interacting, talking, and arguing. The team has even released code to help programmers understand body positions in real time. The dome contains 480 VGA cameras and 31 HD cameras as well as 10 Kinect sensors. It…

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iOS 11s blue bar will shame apps that overzealously access your location

Apples new mobile operating system iOS 11, which ships to the public in September, will give users a better understanding over how apps are using their location data. One notable change, which will be immediately obvious, is a more prominent blue status bar that appears when an app is actively using your location while running in the background. The change could impact apps that heavily rely on location data whether thats because of their use case, like Foursquare or Moves, or because they sneak access to location data for less…

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With the war far from over, privacy activists cautiously celebrate a battle won

After the Open Technology Institutes Robyn Greene, policy counsel and government affairs lead: Ending aboutcollection is a huge privacy win, but this story also reinforces that robust legislative reforms of Section 702, including a statutory ban on aboutcollection, are necessary. The intelligence community has long claimed that reform is not needed because the NSAs minimization procedures provide Americans with all of the protections they need. OTI and other privacy groups have argued that despite the intelligence communitys claims, those procedures are insufficient, and now it is apparent that they offered…

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Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Plots a Radical Overhaul of His Creation

Thirteen years ago the Queen of England dubbed Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the worldwide web, a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Today he received what in the tech world counts as a much higher distinction: a Turing Award. The prestigious prize, presented each year by the Association for Computing Machinery, amounts to the Nobel Prize of computing and comes with a million dollars. Berners-Lee received the award for creating the technology that underpins the web 28 years ago. But he sees his creation as the…

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