FBI Hair Analysis Evidence Trials

FBI admits to having submitted flawed hair analysis as trial evidence for decades

By on April 26, 2016 at 4:55 PM.

FBI admits to having submitted flawed hair analysis as trial evidence for decades

A disturbing new report shows that the FBI may have a severe hair problem on its hands, one it’s fully aware of – and acknowledging – and one that may have led to an unknown number of wrong convictions spanning decades. Apparently, FBI experts gave flawed testimony in criminal trials for a period of more than two decades, and the agency is just now trying to fix its mess. More →

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T-Mobile Lawsuit No Contract Fees

Lawsuit alleges T-Mobile is deceiving us about its ‘no-contract’ initiative

By on April 21, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Lawsuit alleges T-Mobile is deceiving us about its ‘no-contract’ initiative

T-Mobile loves to brand itself the “Un-carrier” but a new lawsuit alleges that it’s doing something very carrier-esque by charging customers sneaky early termination fees despite the fact that they never signed onto any service agreements. Per Top Class Actions, the suit is alleging that while “T-Mobile attracts customers by touting ‘no contract’ cell phone service plans without any hidden fees,” the company actually “has a practice of unlawfully seeking the entire amount under the device contract as immediately due” whenever a customer leaves T-Mobile early. More →

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Google Europe Antitrust

Should Android be illegal?

Should Android be illegal?

By on April 20, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Nothing in this world is free. Whether or not you pay for something with money, you always pay. Google has built a massive empire that revolves around this concept. Nearly all of the services it offers are “free,” from search and email to calendaring, mapping, productivity software and more. But none of those services are actually free — Google collects and analyzes all sorts of crucially important private data about its users in order to help profile them and serve them advertisements that are better targeted than any other ad platform in the world.

The Android platform is also “free” for Google’s vendor partners, but Google is not a charity. Its entire model revolves around a tradeoff: companies can use Android and have access to the Play Store for free so that Google’s various services are front and center among their users. Now, the European Union has charged Google in an antitrust case alleging that Google’s Android platform breaks the law. More →

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Microsoft Vs DOJ Secrecy Orders

Microsoft just took a big stand against the government over user privacy

By on April 14, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

Microsoft just took a big stand against the government over user privacy

Apple isn’t the only company that’s fighting with the government over user privacy these days. Via GeekWire, Microsoft has sued the United States Department of Justice and has asked a court to declare the government’s secrecy orders as unconstitutional. Microsoft says it objects to orders issued by the DOJ that say the company cannot inform customers when law enforcement officials are seeking access to customer information and data. More →

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Textalyzer Texting Driving Law

People will absolutely hate this new tech, but it might save their lives

By on April 13, 2016 at 6:55 PM.

People will absolutely hate this new tech, but it might save their lives

Texting and driving might become a thing of the past if new legislation passes in New York City. The proposed law would allow police to use a special device to determine instantly whether a driver involved in a car accident was using a mobile device for any purpose at the time of the accident. More →

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Panama Papers Data Leak Tax Havens

Massive data leak reveals dirty secrets of the world’s wealthy elites

By on April 4, 2016 at 3:20 PM.

Massive data leak reveals dirty secrets of the world’s wealthy elites

One of the biggest stories in the world right now is the massive data leak of the so-called “Panama Papers” that reveal in great detail how the world’s wealthiest elites use shell companies to avoid paying taxes in their home countries. The documents are also filled with scandalous details about the behavior of several major government officials, including the prime minister of Iceland and Russian president Vladimir Putin. More →

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Samsung Lawsuit

Samsung is getting sued again for being a copycat, but not by Apple

By on March 30, 2016 at 9:41 AM.

Samsung is getting sued again for being a copycat, but not by Apple

Samsung and Apple have a long history of legal battles that started several years ago when Samsung took inspiration from Apple’s iPhone and iPad to revamp its own mobile product line. A whole lot of inspiration, in fact. So it’s natural to presume when you see new that Samsung is getting sued again, Apple’s legal team will wind up on the other side of the court room. This time around, however, there’s a new suit that seeks to drag Samsung into court and it was brought forth by one of the most beloved legends in sports: Pele. More →

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Apple Vs FBI iPhone Encryption Case

Apple stared down the FBI and won

By on March 24, 2016 at 8:20 AM.

Apple stared down the FBI and won

When news first broke that the FBI wanted Apple to build an insecure version of iOS to help the agency access the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, I wrote that Apple needed to be careful to avoid the government’s clever public relations trap. It seemed that law enforcement officials wanted to use a high-profile act of terrorism as a way to create political pressure on Apple to comply with its demands and set a precedent for future cases. While I believed Apple was right to resist such demands, I also thought there was a chance this could backfire since no one wants to be seen as impeding an investigation that could prevent future terrorist attacks.

However, Apple stared down the FBI and won this fight for the best possible reason: It had the facts on its side. More →

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Apple Vs FBI

We asked every member of Congress with a computer science degree about Apple’s war with the FBI

We asked every member of Congress with a computer science degree about Apple’s war with the FBI

By on March 23, 2016 at 10:19 AM.

Just because Apple and the FBI avoided an historic showdown in court this week over a previously issued court order for Apple to create a so-called “government OS” that bypasses normal iPhone security measures, that doesn’t mean the whole thing was tidily wrapped up.

For one thing, no legislative precedent was set here – at the eleventh hour, the FBI said it thinks a mysterious outside party (which may have now been identified) will be able to help it get inside an iPhone used by one of the San Bernadino shooters – leaving the law enforcement agency free to pursue a similar “test case” in the future. That’s why we probably shouldn’t be surprised if Congress eventually wants to get involved, since legislative rule-making today could prevent this kind of thing from having to be worked out over a protracted court proceeding tomorrow.

So far, though, the most knowledgeable members of Congress about this issue haven’t been heard from much. That’s because, as it turns out, there aren’t all that many of them.

Of the 535 members of Congress, BGR has only been able to identify four whose education background includes a computer science degree. Perhaps just as surprising: their responses when approached by BGR about the Apple-FBI battle were not particularly uniform and can be illustrated along a continuum that ranges from the specific to the non-existent.

Let’s take a look. More →

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