January 22, 2014

Coder defeats Snapchat's anti-bot system in less than an hour

has already written software that circumvents the anti-bot feature. His technique simply finds the best matches between Snapchat's sample pictures and a reference image. It's not flawless, but it's still accurate -- no mean feat for something that took less than an hour to program.

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January 19, 2014

Drone Use Soars in Latin America, Remains Widely Unregulated

 
Over the last decade, drones have made headlines as tools for covert bombing campaigns in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Yet remote-controlled warfare is just one of many functions Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) can provide as non-lethal models become less expensive and more accessible to countries around the world.

From aerial surveillance to three-dimensional geographic modeling of rugged terrains and even speedy pizza delivery service, manufacturers have begun to promote the infinite capabilities of domestic drones. At the same time, they are specifically targeting developing markets in Latin America for the martial use of drones in law enforcement and military operations.

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January 12, 2014

5 Games You've Been Playing With The NSA And GCHQ Spy Agencies

 
This list comes from the full document leaked by Edward Snowden, but it is also satire.

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Arizona to get $355,000 in Google settlement


Arizona will receive $355,000 out of a $17 million settlement between 37 states and tech giant Google over alleged privacy violations by the company.

“We are very pleased with the outcome in this case,” said Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne. “Arizona will receive $354,936.58 of the $17 million awarded.” Grisham could not say how the money will be allocated.

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January 11, 2014

Apple Getting a Cool $10 Million From State Fund for Mesa Manufacturing Facility

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The state incentives for Apple to open a manufacturing facility in Mesa could total more than $10 million.

An Arizona Commerce Authority spokeswoman says there's an agreement for a $10 million grant to Apple from the "Arizona Competes Fund," plus possible grants and tax credits for the company that's actually going to do the manufacturing at the facility, GT Advanced Technologies.

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GoDaddy Offers 14 New Domain Name Extensions For Pre-Registration - GoDaddy

 
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 11, 2013) – GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, is offering 14 new domain name extensions for pre-registration as part of the new program to expand the Internet landscape. The new domain name extensions increase the inventory of available website addresses, giving users more opportunity to register memorable and relevant domain names.

The 14 names now open for pre-registration are .ESTATE, .PHOTOGRAPHY, .VENTURES, .GURU, .BIKE, .CLOTHING, .GALLERY, .SINGLES, .CAMERA, .LIGHTING, .PLUMBING, .EQUIPMENT, .GRAPHICS and .HOLDINGS. Pre-registering the domain names gives businesses, organizations and anyone looking for a specific domain name the best chance to capture the name they want. Pre-registrations advance customers to the front-of-the-line when the domain names become available early next year.

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Solar industry fights credit change

 
The solar industry is fighting reductions in the credit its customers get for the power they generate on their roofs and send to the grid, arguing that the cuts will make it impossible for homeowners to save money with solar.

Arizona Public Service Co., which has proposed the cuts, says many customers with solar aren’t saving money anyhow, and that installing solar is costing people more than the money they save on their power bills.

“There are customers who get solar systems expecting a decrease in their total electricity costs, and are very surprised when they pay $30 or $40 more a month than they were paying without solar,” Barbara Lockwood, general manager of energy innovation for APS. Read more...Solar industry fights credit change

Experts offer tips to prevent ID theft

 
Anyone worried about falling prey to identity thieves should think like a wildebeest hoping to elude lions on the plains of Africa: You want to stick near the middle of the pack, remain vigilant and make sure you can outrun your neighbors.

Experts meeting at a recent fraud and privacy conference in Phoenix gave a gloomy assessment of ID theft, noting that the number of crimes continues to rise as crooks find more ways to gain access to Social Security numbers, bank accounts and other sensitive personal information, often doing so by penetrating the defenses of banks, utilities, retailers or government agencies.

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