Trump, tech, and the future of government surveillance — TechCrunch

[tc_contributor_byline slug=”adam-klein”] Beginning with 2013’s Snowden leaks, the Obama administration publicly wrestled with various thorny issues at the intersection of technology and government surveillance. When, how, and for what purposes should the government collect personal communications and other data? Is it ever appropriate for the government to exploit software flaws for intelligence gathering or crimefighting, […]

via Trump, tech, and the future of government surveillance — TechCrunch

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How scientists are trying to unlock the mysteries of hypnosis — ideas.ted.com

It may seem like a topic from the edge of woo, but hypnosis is getting a new look from researchers studying its fascinating effects on our brains.

via How scientists are trying to unlock the mysteries of hypnosis — ideas.ted.com

Police Called on Mykki Blanco Because Airplane Passenger Felt “Uncomfortable” — Flavorwire

On Friday, performer Mykki Blanco fell asleep on a flight from Toronto to Detroit and woke up the subject of a police investigation. Blanco called the incident “the most bizarre form of homophobia [they] have ever encountered.” The acclaimed artist was threatened with an FBI report by police after the passenger seated next to Blanco […]

via Police Called on Mykki Blanco Because Airplane Passenger Felt “Uncomfortable” — Flavorwire

Vize is a business intelligence tool for the rest of us — TechCrunch

Chances are that your current company is collecting a ton of data about your customers every second. It’s a goldmine and it often sits there in a corner, unused. Vize is a business intelligence tool that will let you learn more about your business and take advantage of all your data. The company is currently […]

via Vize is a business intelligence tool for the rest of us — TechCrunch

About Us — unbolt me

A ‘T’ on its own doesn’t seem too dangerous, but add another one and you’ll get an explosive chemical reaction. Yes, like TNT we make a noise, and that’s exactly the kind of thing we love to do! You see, we’re a strange international duo that doesn’t care much for good manners. We prefer our Ukrainian and Australian creative sensibilities […]

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Your Tweets can help predict crime — TechCrunch

University of Virginia Assistant Professor Matthew Gerber has discovered a correlation between Tweets and crime. No, folks aren’t Tweeting that they’re going to knock over a liquor store. Instead, by looking at the GPS coordinates attached to Tweets as well as assessing a heat map of popular locations, police can predict where crime is most […]

via Your Tweets can help predict crime — TechCrunch

According to an EPA budget memo acquired by the Washington Post, the administration hopes to do away with the Lead Risk Reduction Program and a grant program that offers money to states and tribes to deal with lead risks. Cutting the programs would save $16.6 million, just a small portion of the administration’s proposed 31 percent budget cut…

via Trump wants to eliminate programs that prevent lead poisoning. — Grist

Inplants go crazy

(c)  Terry Floyd Johnson, 2017  ( Zoua; the OutRyder )

On feb. 11, 2017 I had a feeling I was going to have a breakthrough, that evening, the inplants, bots, etc. went crazy and went off for almost five minutes.

They were going off to stop this from happening, and therefore I had to fight them, by snapping my fingers, to disrupt, their coding message in my brain, to try and stop anything from happening.

It looks like they may have succeeded, because I’m still waiting for the breakthrough.

GUEST: Digital music really could use some help. Industry revenues are dipping due to piracy and illegal use of content. Singers and composers are being short-changed by music companies and streaming services. And business models built upon patterns and practices dating back to early 20th century, decades before the invention of digital and online services,…

via Blockchain could completely transform the music industry — VentureBeat

A strange tale of Central European startups, angry investors, and secret NDAs — TechCrunch

Last month a strange story appeared in the Polish press. It was about an American consultant living in Denver who had been “preying” on Polish startups, promising them investor contacts and customers in America. The story started breathlessly enough. Here it is in translation: The “American Dream” is something that grips the imagination of almost…

via A strange tale of Central European startups, angry investors, and secret NDAs — TechCrunch

The U.S. Navy is using drone boat swarms to keep harbors safe — TechCrunch

The U.S. Navy is testing a team of drone boats to protect harbors here and abroad. The boats, which are basically autonomous versions of the Rigid Hull Inflatable, are connected to a AI routing system called CARACaS. In original 2014 tests the boats worked separately to protect ships in a harbor and the new routing…

via The U.S. Navy is using drone boat swarms to keep harbors safe — TechCrunch

When Celebrity Deaths are More Important than our own Darth Vader, America Needs the Force — Fieldwork in Stilettos

Okay Facebook, let’s calm down for a moment and take stock: yes, Carrie Fisher died this week. As did George Michael, bringing the tally of this year’s celebrity deaths to seemingly epic proportions. But seriously, is this the reason to decry 2016? I liked Carrie Fischer as much as the next person—maybe even a bit […]

via When Celebrity Deaths are More Important than our own Darth Vader, America Needs the Force — Fieldwork in Stilettos

Game developer Brianna Wu plans to run for Congress in 2018 — VentureBeat

Brianna Wu, a game developer who stood up for women facing harassment in the game industry, has decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. She hasn’t officially announced she will run yet, but she posted the picture below on her Facebook page earlier today. And she confirmed via email that she is serious. Wu,…

via Game developer Brianna Wu plans to run for Congress in 2018 — VentureBeat

EU court rejects data retention law, throwing cold water on UK’s ‘Snooper’s Charter’ — TechCrunch

The highest court in Europe today ruled that “general and indiscriminate” data retention directives contravene European Union law — dealing a significant blow to governments and organizations who have been pushing for stronger surveillance and data collection, and giving a boost to privacy advocates in the process. More specifically, European Court of Justice threw… Read More

via EU court rejects data retention law, throwing cold water on UK’s ‘Snooper’s Charter’ — TechCrunch

Backtrace, a debugging startup led by former AppNexus engineers, raises $5M — TechCrunch

Debugging startup Backtrace I/O was launched to solve a real problem that its founders faced when they were engineers at adtech company AppNexus — at least according to Backtrace CEO and co-founder Abel Mathew. Mathew told me Backtrace aims to “solve the process of debugging,” something that most companies tackle by “cobbling together very old,…

via Backtrace, a debugging startup led by former AppNexus engineers, raises $5M — TechCrunch

Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy — VentureBeat

(Reuters) — Yahoo Inc’s secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings. The order on Yahoo from the secret Foreign Intelligence…

via Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy — VentureBeat

Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy — VentureBeat

(Reuters) — Yahoo Inc’s secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings. The order on Yahoo from the secret Foreign Intelligence…

via Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy — VentureBeat

Why we should expect more ransomware attacks in 2017 — VentureBeat

Making cybersecurity predictions about the year ahead is generally an exercise in pessimism. Intrusions will continue, yes. Hacks ain’t going anywhere, for sure. More secrets will leak, no doubt. Just ask the Democratic National Committee, the National Security Agency, Yahoo, or any of the other unnamed organizations that quietly handled their own security “incidents” this…

via Why we should expect more ransomware attacks in 2017 — VentureBeat

U.S. asks foreign travelers to voluntarily disclose social media profiles — VentureBeat

Starting this week, the federal government began asking some travelers to the U.S. to supply details about their social media accounts. As you can see below, Uncle Sam now wants visitors to disclose their presence on popular services like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in what appears to be a long shot attempt to screen for…

via U.S. asks foreign travelers to voluntarily disclose social media profiles — VentureBeat

Singaporean blogger detained by U.S. immigration officials — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – A Singaporean blogger who has stirred controversy in his home country is being detained by U.S. immigration officials, the Department of Homeland Security said on Friday. Amos Yee, 18, who was jailed earlier this year in the Southeast Asian city-state, was stopped by customs agents at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Dec. 16…

via Singaporean blogger detained by U.S. immigration officials — VentureBeat

Stanford students are using lean startup principles to help fight ISIS — VentureBeat

The ISIS beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The radicalization of San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. The Orlando nightclub massacre. Social media, encrypted messages, or online propaganda from ISIS played a role in these horrific events and countless others like them. Yet Silicon Valley’s approach to combatting ISIS might be compared to a game…

via Stanford students are using lean startup principles to help fight ISIS — VentureBeat

Stanford students are using lean startup principles to help fight ISIS — VentureBeat

The ISIS beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The radicalization of San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. The Orlando nightclub massacre. Social media, encrypted messages, or online propaganda from ISIS played a role in these horrific events and countless others like them. Yet Silicon Valley’s approach to combatting ISIS might be compared to a game…

via Stanford students are using lean startup principles to help fight ISIS — VentureBeat

Another Native-led pipeline battle bubbles up in New Jersey. — Grist

The Ramapough Lunaape Nation has spurred the charge against the proposed 178-mile Pilgrim pipeline, which would transport Bakken crude oil from Albany, New York, to New Jersey’s Linden Harbor. The pipeline would cut through forests and a critical drinking water reservoir. Last week, the town of Mahwah, New Jersey, issued summonses against the Ramapough Lunaape for establishing a…

via Another Native-led pipeline battle bubbles up in New Jersey. — Grist

CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Citing U.S. officials briefed on the matter, the Post said intelligence agencies had identified individuals with…

via CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House — VentureBeat

Before you invest in a blockchain startup, read this — VentureBeat

GUEST: Blockchain startups are disrupting the VC and fundraising landscape with initial coin offerings (ICOs), a new form of investment that allows blockchain-based projects to raise funds by selling cryptocoins to early investors. As VentureBeat recently covered, this type of fundraise is booming at the moment. ICOs are considered easy money — they’ve raised hundreds…

via Before you invest in a blockchain startup, read this — VentureBeat

Chatbots are the next big cybercrime target — VentureBeat

GUEST: Chatbots are all the rage these days. And it’s no surprise, as they offer a method of frictionless, natural conversation between a brand and its customers, as well as the ability to improve the customer service experience without the need to augment expensive department staff. At this point in time, while the “chat” part…

via Chatbots are the next big cybercrime target — VentureBeat

Here’s how cyber attacks get worse in 2017 — VentureBeat

GUEST: It was speculated 2016 would see even more cybersecurity activity than 2015, and it did not disappoint. Consider the $81 million stolen from Bangladesh Bank, the 500 million accounts swiped from Yahoo, or the 19,000 emails leaked from Democratic Party officials in the run-up to the election. Not to mention the IoT-powered botnets launching…

via Here’s how cyber attacks get worse in 2017 — VentureBeat

U.K. tech leaders propose post-Brexit plan to attract entrepreneurs, workers, and investors — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – London’s standing as Europe’s leading destination for tech start-ups is at risk if the British government does not clarify how it plans to keep the best technical talent, entrepreneurs and investors have warned. In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, nine leading UK-based technology entrepreneurs and investors, including Skype co-founder Niklas…

via U.K. tech leaders propose post-Brexit plan to attract entrepreneurs, workers, and investors — VentureBeat

Case revived over Zynga leaders allegedly using inside information to dump stock in 2012 — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – The Delaware Supreme Court revived a lawsuit against Zynga’s controlling shareholder, Mark Pincus, and fellow board members for allegedly allowing leaders of the social gaming company to act on inside information and dump stock before it crashed in 2012. Delaware’s high court ruled that the Court of Chancery erred when it dismissed the lawsuit…

via Case revived over Zynga leaders allegedly using inside information to dump stock in 2012 — VentureBeat

Security firm Optiv files for IPO, seeks to raise $100 million — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – Cybersecurity company Optiv Security, majority owned by Blackstone Group, filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of its common stock on Friday. The company set a nominal fundraising target of $100 million in its filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing showed that both Optiv and its shareholders…

via Security firm Optiv files for IPO, seeks to raise $100 million — VentureBeat

How tech usurped the word ’empathy’ — VentureBeat

GUEST: Six years ago, during a tense job interview, an executive asked me what the most important trait was for a product leader. I responded, discerned the frustration in his movements, and then responded again. He cut me off. “No, no, no … the most important trait is empathy.” I left the interview dejected ……

via How tech usurped the word ’empathy’ — VentureBeat

How blockchain can change the future of IoT — VentureBeat

GUEST: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a fast-growing industry destined to transform homes, cities, farms, factories, and practically everything else by making them smart and more efficient. According to Gartner, by 2020, there will be more than 20 billion connected things across the globe, powering a market that will be worth north of $3…

via How blockchain can change the future of IoT — VentureBeat

Senior U.S. officials reportedly recommend removal of NSA director — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – The heads of the Pentagon and the U.S. intelligence community have recommended to President Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Michael Rogers, be removed from his position, sources familiar with the matter said on Saturday. The recommendation by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James…

via Senior U.S. officials reportedly recommend removal of NSA director — VentureBeat

Cybersecurity must be open, replaceable — VentureBeat

GUEST: Late last month the Internet was brought to a grinding halt due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack launched from millions of infected web-attached devices. And in international news, US officials formally accused Russia of attempting to subvert the US elections via hacking. I spent eight years fighting pay TV hackers for…

via Cybersecurity must be open, replaceable — VentureBeat

Susan Sarandon Announces Support for Jill Stein, Annoying Everyone — Flavorwire

Queen of the Bernie-Bros and Hollywood notable Susan Sarandon has thrown her gravitas behind third party Troll Jill Stein, exciting Jill Stein’s small but irritating contingent of supporters and exasperating the rest of us who admire Sarandon’s work in such films as Thelma and Louise, Dead Man Walking, and Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well […]

via Susan Sarandon Announces Support for Jill Stein, Annoying Everyone — Flavorwire

Controversial crime reporting app Vigilante banned from App Store — TechCrunch

A controversial crime-reporting app called Vigilante has been kicked out of the App Store for an app that encouraged, well – vigilantism – and led to the potential for violent responses and racial profiling. The app had only been live for a week in New York before getting the boot, after promising a tool that […]

via Controversial crime reporting app Vigilante banned from App Store — TechCrunch

Rachel Dolezal’s TEDx Talk — TED Blog

In April 2016, Rachel Dolezal spoke at an independently organized TEDx event held at a university. This particular talk has sparked much debate, including internally on our own staff. For some, sharing the talk risks causing deep offense, and runs counter to TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading. But for others, now that the talk has been recorded, not posting it would unduly limit an important conversation about identity

via Rachel Dolezal’s TEDx Talk — TED Blog

We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche — TechCrunch

If you believe in the mantra “innovate or die,” you might conclude that the largest consumer and retail brands are terminally ill. Giants like Kraft and Clorox all seem to be too slow and enslaved to shareholders to innovate. At the same time, they may be too large to perish… at least for now.

via We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche — TechCrunch

Signups for encrypted mail client ProtonMail double after election — TechCrunch

The election of Donald Trump has lots of Americans worried about their privacy, and they’re turning to encrypted communication platforms to protect themselves. During an interview yesterday, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden encouraged those concerned about the ramifications of Trump at the helm of the NSA to use encryption — and it seems like people are […]

via Signups for encrypted mail client ProtonMail double after election — TechCrunch

Instant apps are publishers’ newest ‘frenemy’ when it comes to monetization — TechCrunch

When the App Store opened there were 552 apps. Today, there are 2 million iOS apps, and 2.2 million apps in Android’s Google Play store. Needless to say, getting a single app noticed in a sea of 4.2 million is far from simple. What’s more, individuals tend to use only a limited number of apps per month, and most of their time in apps is concentrated across a very small number of them.

via Instant apps are publishers’ newest ‘frenemy’ when it comes to monetization — TechCrunch

Facebook suddenly says a bunch of its users are dead. Don’t panic. — TechCrunch

Over the last half hour or so, reports have started pouring in from Facebook users that the social network has suddenly “memorialized” their pages, strongly suggesting that they are dead to everyone who stops by. Take the above profile of our own Darrell Etherington — who is very much not dead, as in I’m talking […]

via Facebook suddenly says a bunch of its users are dead. Don’t panic. — TechCrunch

DigitalGlobe’s new imaging satellite makes it to space — TechCrunch

This morning, the United Launch Alliance sent an Atlas 5 401 rocket loaded with DigitalGlobe’s WorldView 4 satellite into space. The satellite will create a new pipeline for sending high quality satellite imagery back to earth. DigitalGlobe worked with Lockheed Martin to build a satellite capable of taking crystal-clear photos from 400 miles away while moving at 17,000 […]

via DigitalGlobe’s new imaging satellite makes it to space — TechCrunch

Tech tips to help stay safe in Trump’s America — TechCrunch

[tc_dropcap]Tech is as much a liability as it is an opportunity, as this election demonstrated. The next few years will be scary for many reasons, and to some more than others, and part of that will be the continued and likely expanded exploitation of the technologies and services we’ve come to rely on. Communities likely […]

via Tech tips to help stay safe in Trump’s America — TechCrunch

NSF may shut down West Virginia’s Green Bank Telescope and people aren’t happy — TechCrunch

Tight budgets have forced the National Science Foundation to consider shutting down and deconstructing the Green Bank Telescope, the largest steerable telescope in the world. This consideration has caused controversy among astronomers and members of the general public alike. Located in Green Bank, West Virginia, the GBT was opened in 2001 and is a state-of-the-art […]

via NSF may shut down West Virginia’s Green Bank Telescope and people aren’t happy — TechCrunch