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Feds proposed the secret phone database used by local Virginia cops

arstechnica.com — A Virginia-based law enforcement data sharing ring, which allows signatory police agencies to share and analyze seized "telephone intelligence information," was first proposed by federal prosecutors, according to new documents obtained by Ars. Federal involvement suggests that there could be more such databases in other parts of the country.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Feds proposed the secret phone database used by local Virginia cops ars.to/1xHrs8y by @cfarivar

Nov 21, 2014

RT @colegoins: Turns out the feds first proposed the NSA-like phone database in Virigina reported by @GWSchulzCIR: ow.ly/EFAc1 via @cfarivar

Nov 21, 2014

Turns out the feds first proposed the NSA-like phone database in Virigina reported by @GWSchulzCIR: ow.ly/EFAc1 via @cfarivar

Nov 21, 2014

"Feds proposed the secret phone database used by local Virginia cops" bit.ly/1uNU3a3 @cfarivar @arstechnica

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After long court fight, Aereo files for bankruptcy

arstechnica.com — TV-over-the-Internet startup Aereo has filed for bankruptcy, bringing to a close its long-running copyright battle with US television networks. The filing comes at a time when there actually had been a bright spot on the policy horizon for Aereo.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @swildstrom: The end of Aereo. @arstechnica: After a three-year copyright battle, Aereo gives up the ghost ars.to/1vwfj66 by @joemullin

Nov 21, 2014

The end of Aereo. @arstechnica: After a three-year copyright battle, Aereo gives up the ghost ars.to/1vwfj66 by @joemullin

Six journalists sue over surveillance by UK “extremist” police unit

arstechnica.com — Six members of the United Kingdom's National Union of Journalists-including comedian and journalist Mark Thomas-have filed suit against London's Metropolitan Police after discovering that their daily activities were being monitored and recorded in a police database.
Nov 21, 2014

Six journalists sue over surveillance by UK “extremist” police unit ars.to/1qHFEMD

12-year-old’s online life brings an abductor to her doorstep

arstechnica.com — On November 10, a 12-year-old girl left her home in the Baltimore suburb of Nottingham at 7:30am, heading to her middle school. She never returned home. When her mother called the school later, she discovered that her daughter had not even arrived.
Nov 21, 2014

12-year-old’s online life brings an abductor to her doorstep j.mp/1z3lxaG

Nov 21, 2014

If verified, a very detailed account of the abduction of a Baltimore Co. 12 year old, info from social accounts. arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @pierre: 12-year-old’s online life brings an abductor to her doorstep | Ars Technica ow.ly/EDgGJ

Nov 20, 2014

RT @thepacketrat: 12-year old’s online life brings an abductor to her doorstep ars.to/1xr8Bgx Abductor convinced her to give her address over Kik.

Nov 20, 2014

12-year old’s online life brings an abductor to her doorstep ars.to/1xr8Bgx Abductor convinced her to give her address over Kik.

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Azure went down, and people actually noticed

arstechnica.com — A substantial part of Microsoft's Azure cloud platform went down earlier this week, leaving customers with deployments in the US, Europe, and Asia unable to use Azure for about 11 hours. Microsoft has explained the problem. An update was made to Azure Storage that caused the storage front-end servers to get stuck in an infinite loop, leaving them unable to service any requests.

Crowdfunding project promises a “laptop that respects essential freedoms”

arstechnica.com — What price can you put on freedom? If you're talking about software freedom, a new San Francisco-based computer company prices it at $1,949 and up. Purism has turned to the crowdfunding site Crowd Supply to fund and launch its first-ever product-a laptop that's as free and open source friendly as is technically feasible.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Crowdfunding project promises a “laptop that respects essential freedoms” ars.to/1xHoWiB by @thepacketrat

Nov 20, 2014

Purism promises “laptop that respects essential freedoms” ars.to/1xHoWiB FDR forgot "Freedom from crapware" bit.ly/1qBTAb4

Verizon’s widely mocked tech news site hasn’t published anything in weeks

arstechnica.com — Verizon's attempt at technology journalism has seemingly been halted, as its widely mocked news site hasn't published anything new in more than three weeks. Verizon Wireless launches "SugarString," your source for happy tech stories.

Utah lawmaker wants to shut off NSA’s water supply for good

arstechnica.com — A bill is moving forward in the Utah State Legislature that aims to eventually shut down water to the National Security Agency's (NSA) new massive data storage facility at Bluffdale, just south of Salt Lake City. Since July 2013, NSA's water usage at Bluffdale site has fallen by 55 percent.
Nov 20, 2014

Utah lawmaker wants to shut off NSA’s water supply for good: arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Utah lawmaker wants to shut off NSA’s water supply for good ars.to/1xSsdsT by @cfarivar

Researchers craft molecule that works as flash storage

arstechnica.com — As features on chips get smaller, we're edging closer to where we bump up against basic physics, which dictates that the behavior of wiring will become unpredictable once the number of atoms involved gets small enough. As a result, there's been some preliminary work done on producing processor components out of single molecules, like carbon nanotubes.
Nov 21, 2014

Researchers craft molecule that works as flash storage zite.to/1Aqx8Vt

Netflix takes up 9.5% of upstream traffic on the North American Internet

arstechnica.com — We've written a lot about how Netflix takes up a gigantic share of Internet traffic. During peak viewing hours, Netflix accounts for about a third of all bits sent to Internet users in North America on "fixed" connections-that is, cable, DSL, fiber, or satellite, but not cellular.
Nov 21, 2014

Why, no! MT "@withfries2: Netflix consumed 1/3 downstream traffic. Did you know it also accounts for ~10% upstream? arstechnica.com/information-te…"

Nov 20, 2014

"During peak viewing hours, Netflix accounts for about a third of all bits sent to Internet users in North America” bit.ly/11zFGKi

Nov 20, 2014

Netflix takes up 9.5% of upstream traffic on the North American Internet ars.to/1F5e5Qq

Seattle police may dump plans for body cams, citing records requests

arstechnica.com — Police in Seattle are just weeks away from implementing pilot program in which 12 officers will test different types of body cameras. It's a first step in a plan to put body cameras on the department's more than 1,000 officers by the year 2016.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Seattle police may dump plans for body cams, citing records requests ars.to/1ApmHBj by @joemullin

Top NSA official raised alarm about metadata program in 2009

arstechnica.com — An unnamed top National Security Agency (NSA) official had a stark internal disagreement with then-director Keith Alexander in 2009 over the bulk metadata program, according to a new report by the Associated Press (AP) on Thursday. Surveillance hawks raise fears of ISIL terror, win by a razor-thin margin.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Top NSA official raised alarm about metadata program in 2009 ars.to/1r1tHfr by @cfarivar

Google and Rockstar settle patent dispute

arstechnica.com — The high-profile patent lawsuit between Google and the "Rockstar Consortium" is drawing to a close. Google has signed a "term sheet" with Rockstar which will be finalized as a settlement in the coming weeks. None of the terms of the Google-Rockstar settlement have been made public so far.

Comcast says it’ll stop wasting your time, offers technician tracking tool

arstechnica.com — In Thursday blog post titled "Your time is valuable; we don't want to waste it," Comcast customer service chief Charlie Herrin detailed a new service that will give customers alerts 30 minutes before a technician shows up. Comcast admits it needs a "kick in the butt" to improve customer service.

Julian Assange’s arrest warrant still stands, Swedish appeals court rules

arstechnica.com — A Swedish appellate court has denied WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's bid to have his arrest warrant set aside. WikiLeaks founder will likely continue indefinite stay at Ecuadorean Embassy.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @arstechnica: Julian Assange’s arrest warrant still stands, Swedish appeals court rules ars.to/14RNcmb by @cfarivar

Beefed up iPhone crypto will lead to a child dying, DOJ warned Apple execs

arstechnica.com — The No. 2 official at the Justice Department recently warned top Apple executives that stronger encryption protections added to iPhones would lead to a horrific tragedy, such as a child dying, because police couldn't access a suspect's device, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Nov 20, 2014

Beefed up iPhone encryption will lead to a child dying, DOJ warned Apple execs: arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @Bitstein: Every time you encrypt a message, you put a child in mortal danger. DOJ: it's for the children. arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @tbvancil: This is an appeal to fear if I've ever seen one. A child might die if the iPhone employs strong cryptography. arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…

Nov 19, 2014

Methinks DOJ protest too much. Seriously, the proverbial "think of the children" is, rhetorically speaking, only... fb.me/3jZSWIJgj

Nov 19, 2014

Citing @WSJ story RT @arstechnica: Beefed up iPhone crypto will lead to a child dying, DOJ warned Apple execs ars.to/1xDGcVY

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How Google Inbox shares 70% of its code across Android, iOS, and the Web

arstechnica.com — Launching a new app in the mobile age is hard. If you want to reach a wide audience, you usually have to make your client three times at minimum: once for Android, once for iOS, and once more for the Web.

Review: New Smash Bros. is the best reason yet to buy a Wii U

arstechnica.com — True story: I had to win a fight for the right to review this game. The fight took place at our annual staff meetup last month, and it was fought not with fists or swords but with copies of Super Smash Bros. For Nintendo 3DS .
Nov 20, 2014

Our own @AndrewWrites calls Smash Bros. for Wii U the best reason to own the system. Hard to argue... arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/11…

iOS 8.1.1, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2: A little faster, kind of, sometimes

arstechnica.com — New OS wants screen space and processing power that the old phone doesn't have. It would be a stretch to say that iOS 7.1 made the iPhone 4 feel fast, but the update improved the phone's performance as much as could reasonably be expected for then-three-and-a-half-year-old hardware.
Nov 20, 2014

Great piece @arstechnica, testing iOS 8 on older model Apple devices (many of which are still sold!) Guess the resul… bit.ly/1xtyLPy

Nov 19, 2014

RT @arstechnica: iOS 8.1.1, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2: A little faster, kind of, sometimes ars.to/14NcDFx by @AndrewWrites

Nov 19, 2014

If you wanted the iPhone 4S/iPad 2/etc to get a tiny bit faster in very specific circumstances, iOS 8.1.1 is for you! arstechnica.com/apple/2014/11/…

Nov 19, 2014

RT @arstechnica: iOS 8.1.1, iPhone 4S, and iPad 2: A little faster, kind of, sometimes ars.to/14NcDFx by @AndrewWrites