14 Jun 2016

France’s latest ‘terrorist attack’ exposes dark side of social media

“Shortly after French police responded to a hostage situation on Monday night, the country’s national police department posted a warning on Twitter: ‘Do not participate in sharing hostile photos,’ it read. The tweet carried the hashtag #Magnanville — the name of the Parisian suburb where an attacker had just been killed in

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14 Jun 2016

US Air Force plans to pluck dangerous drones out of the skies

“Robert Bunker, a counterterrorism expert at TRENDS Research & Advisory based in Abu Dhabi, says that there are likely to be two distinct occasions when autonomous drones need to be stopped: for public safety and during war. Public safety is the more challenging arena. Bunker says that dealing with drones in

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08 Jun 2016

White House Challenges Artificial Intelligence Experts to Reduce Incarceration Rates

“The U.S. spends $270 billion on incarceration each year, has a prison population of about 2.2 million and an incarceration rate that’s spiked 220 percent since the 1980s. But with the advent of data science, White House officials are asking experts for help. On Tuesday, June 7, the White House

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08 Jun 2016

France to Launch Smartphone ‘Terror Alert’ App

“A new smartphone app designed to alert users to possible terror attacks will be launched by the French government Wednesday, amid growing security concerns over the Euro 2016 football tournament. The application, which will be free to download in both French and English, will send users a warning ‘in case

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08 Jun 2016

Monkey knocks out Kenya’s entire power grid after ‘falling onto transformer at electricity plant’

” A monkey has been blamed for causing a nationwide blackout in Kenya after ‘falling onto a transformer at a power station’. The country on Africa’s east coast was without electricity for more than three hours today after the incident shortly after 11.30am local time. Electricity company KenGen released a

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07 Jun 2016

FAA Warns of GPS Outages This Month During Mysterious Tests on the West Coast

“Starting today, it appears the US military will be testing a device or devices that will potentially jam GPS signals for six hours each day. We say ‘appears’ because officially the tests were announced by the FAA but are centered near the US Navy’s largest installation in the Mojave Desert.

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06 Jun 2016

Pentagon Hires Foreign Chips Supplier

“The Pentagon has decided to rely on an Abu Dhabi-owned company to supply the most advanced microchips used in U.S. spy satellites, missiles and combat jets.” Source: Pentagon Hires Foreign Chips Supplier – WSJ

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02 Jun 2016

After secret Harvard meeting, scientists announce plans for synthetic human genomes

“Three weeks ago, 130 scientists, entrepreneurs and policy leaders held an invitation-only, closed-door meeting at Harvard University to discuss an ambitious plan to create synthetic human genomes. Now, after a flurry of criticism over the secrecy of the effort, the participants have published their idea, declaring that they’re launching a

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02 Jun 2016

The FBI is building a tattoo-reading system to chart criminal affiliations

“A simple recognition system can use individual tattoos to identify specific suspects over time, supplementing fingerprints and simple facial photos. But more sophisticated systems will also be able to identify tattoo patterns that may suggest particular criminal affiliations. Law enforcement agencies already catalog specific tattoos associated with Russian mafia and

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26 May 2016

Facebook and Microsoft are building a huge trans-Atlantic data cable

“Microsoft and Facebook today have announced a partnership to build a massive underwater data cable connecting the US to Europe, an effort that’ll help the two internet giants better move data back and forth around the world. The cable, dubbed ‘MAREA,’ should be ready by October 2017 and will have

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