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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25 May 2016

How the Internet works: Submarine fibre, brains in jars, and coaxial cables

“Have you ever thought about how that cat picture actually gets from a server in Oregon to your PC in London? We’re not simply talking about the wonders of TCP/IP, or pervasive Wi-Fi hotspots, though those are vitally important as well. No, we’re talking about the big infrastructure: the huge

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12 May 2016

Facebook news selection is in hands of editors not algorithms

“But the documents show that the company relies heavily on the intervention of a small editorial team to determine what makes its ‘trending module’ headlines – the list of news topics that shows up on the side of the browser window on Facebook’s desktop version. The company backed away from

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12 May 2016

NATO and the Pentagon Want to Get Their Hands on the Technology Behind Bitcoin

“Blockchain technology, the backbone of bitcoin, has a lot of applications. Finance firms want to use to cut down on administrative costs and trade faster. Estonia is using to securely track health records. Now it’s the military’s turn. Both the US Department of Defense (DoD) and NATO have put out requests for military-related apps

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11 May 2016

Pentagon chief overhauls Silicon Valley office, will open similar unit in Boston

“Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter will overhaul one of his signature efforts, placing new leadership in charge of the Pentagon’s office in Silicon Valley just nine months after it opened and directing the staff there to report directly to him. Carter will also establish a sister unit in Boston, which

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09 May 2016

Twitter is banning US spy agencies from using a service that can detect terrorist attacks early

“Twitter has reportedly banned US intelligence agencies from using Dataminr, a service it partially owns that provides real-time alerts for breaking news like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and actionable business events.” Source: Twitter bans US spy agencies from Dataminr: report – Business Insider

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