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Meltdown and Spectre: Here’s what Intel, Apple, Microsoft, others are doing about it

(ARS Technica)  The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of information disclosure from every mainstream processor, with particularly severe flaws for Intel and some ARM chips—were originally revealed privately to chip companies, operating system developers, and cloud computing providers. That private disclosure was scheduled to become public some time next […]

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Streaming becomes mainstream as cord-cutting accelerates

  (Chicago Tribune)  Cord-cutting is not just for millennials anymore. Fed up with high prices and bloated packages, millions of Americans cut the cord on cable TV in 2017, finding refuge with a growing number of streaming services, which deliver lower prices and a competitive channel lineup over the internet. “This was really the year […]

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FCC Set to Dismantle Net-Neutrality Regime

(Wall Street Journal)  WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday is set to roll back far-reaching rules governing how internet-service providers treat traffic on their networks, a move expected to empower cable and wireless providers and transform consumers’ online experience. The 2015 “net neutrality” rules were one of the signature regulatory actions of the Obama administration, […]

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Trump admin to Supreme Court: No warrant needed for cellphone records

(Washington Times)  The Trump administration told the Supreme Court Wednesday that cellphone records belong to telecom companies, not to their customers, as they sought to defend the ability of police to track Americans’ whereabouts without having to first get a warrant. The case is shaping up as one of this term’s blockbusters, as the high court continues to grapple […]

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Justices to weigh cell phone privacy in landmark case

(The Hill)  The privacy of emails, photos stored in the cloud, even heart rate history from a smartwatch could be at stake, according to civil libertarians, as the Supreme Court takes up a potential blockbuster case after Thanksgiving. When they return to the bench after the holiday, the justices will weigh whether the history of […]

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FCC Head Ajit Pai: Killing Net Neutrality Will Set the Internet Free

(Reason.com)  In an exclusive interview today just hours after announcing his plan to repeal “Net Neutrality” rules governing the actions of Internet-service providers (ISPs) and mobile carriers, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has an in-your-face prediction for his critics: “Over the coming years, we’re going to see an explosion in the kinds of connectivity and […]

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Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data

(Bloomberg)  Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing company ousted Joe Sullivan, chief security officer, and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps. Compromised data from […]