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Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones – TechCrunch

Despite objection, Congress passes bill that lets U.S. authorities shoot down private drones – TechCrunch U.S. authorities will soon have the authority to shoot down private drones if they are considered a threat — a move decried by civil liberties and rights groups. The Senate passed the FAA Reauthorization Act …

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Unbiased algorithms can still be problematic – TechCrunch

Unbiased algorithms can still be problematic – TechCrunch Creating unbiased, accurate algorithms isn’t impossible — it’s just time consuming. “It actually is mathematically possible,” facial recognition startup Kairos CEO Brian Brackeen told me on a panel at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Algorithms are sets of rules that computers follow in order …

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US government loses bid to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls – TechCrunch

US government loses bid to force Facebook to wiretap Messenger calls – TechCrunch US government investigators have lost a case to force Facebook to wiretap calls made over its Messenger app. A joint federal and state law enforcement effort investigating the MS-13 gang had pushed a district court to hold …

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Facebook says 50 million accounts affected by account takeover bug – TechCrunch

Facebook says 50 million accounts affected by account takeover bug – TechCrunch Facebook has said the accounts of 50 million users may be at risk after hackers exploited a vulnerability. The company said in a blog post Friday that it discovered attackers exploiting a vulnerability on the site earlier in …

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Europe to push for one-hour takedown law for terrorist content – TechCrunch

Europe to push for one-hour takedown law for terrorist content – TechCrunch The European Union’s executive body is doubling down on its push for platforms to pre-filter the Internet, publishing a proposal today for all websites to monitor uploads in order to be able to quickly remove terrorist uploads. The …

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Prosecutors charge Russian accused of hacking JP Morgan, Dow Jones – TechCrunch

Prosecutors charge Russian accused of hacking JP Morgan, Dow Jones – TechCrunch New York prosecutors have extradited a Russian hacker accused of breaking into JP Morgan, one of the world’s largest banking institutions. Moscow resident Andrei Tiurin, 35, was charged Friday after he was extradited from neighboring Georgia, with the theft …

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ProtonMail names one of the attackers behind a major DDoS this summer – TechCrunch

ProtonMail names one of the attackers behind a major DDoS this summer – TechCrunch End-to-end encrypted email service ProtonMail has named one of the attackers behind a sustained distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) it suffered earlier this summer. The attack took its email service offline for up to several …

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Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter – TechCrunch

Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter – TechCrunch Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as U.S. lawmakers continue to …

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