Category Archives: technology

"FREAK attack’ flaw affected Apple, Android browsers

By BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as “FREAK attack.” There’s no evidence any hackers have exploited the weakness, which companies are working to repair. Researchers who reported the problem this week blamed an old government policy, abandoned several years ago, which required U.S Continue reading

Privacy Criticism Precedes Senate Cybersecurity Bill

The Senate Intelligence Committee will soon reintroduce its cybersecurity information sharing bill to meet the digital security challenge made to Congress by President Barack Obama, but privacy and civil liberties groups are once again criticizing the potential of the bill to enable broader government surveillance. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which has been circulating among the members of the Senate committee in draft form, would allow legal liability to help companies share information about digital threats with intelligence agencies to prevent attacks against networks Continue reading

New U.S. defense chief presses lawmakers for boost in funding

By David Alexander By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Ash Carter warned lawmakers on Tuesday that continuing cuts to U.S. defense spending were causing “corrosive damage to our national security” and he urged them to back the president’s request for a big boost in military funding in 2016 Continue reading

Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department — with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the report. The report, which could be released as soon as Wednesday, marks the culmination of a months-long investigation into a police department that federal officials have described as troubled and that commanded national attention after one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, last summer. Continue reading

FCC head defends Internet neutrality rules on the road

By TALI ARBEL, AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission is taking the defense of new Internet regulations on the road. Continue reading

Venture capitalist testifies in Silicon Valley sex bias suit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist who helped direct early investments in Google and Amazon has testified in a high-profile sex discrimination lawsuit that his firm is not run by men. Continue reading

Israel’s Netanyahu warns U.S. against Iran nuclear deal

By Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick By Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday against accepting a nuclear deal with Iran that would be a “countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare” by a country that “will always be an enemy of America”. Continue reading

Game Developers Conference offers creators a sporting chance

By DERRIK J. LANG, AP Entertainment Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With tens of millions of gamers now regularly spectating video games online and in real-world arenas, game developers looking to create the next “StarCraft” or “League of Legends” might learn a few lessons at this year’s Game Developers Conference Continue reading

Timeline details ties between Fort Worth police chief, Taser

By The Associated Press Then-Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead and Taser International had a close relationship before and after the city signed a contract to purchase body cameras last year. Email communications and travel expense reports obtained by The Associated Press through a state open records request show how Halstead kept the company informed as he lobbied for the contract internally and accepted travel to events paid for by the company in the following months: — February 2014: Taser gives Fort Worth an estimate for providing 400 Axon body cameras and a five-year subscription to its Evidence.com storage program. — March 4, 2014: Taser salesman Andrew Grayson informs Halstead the company will give a discount if the contract is signed by March 31. Continue reading

Supreme Court set to hear second major Obamacare challenge

By Lawrence Hurley By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama’s healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure’s implementation. The case is set for a one-hour oral argument starting just after 10 a.m Continue reading