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The Sextortion Epidemic

Quite some time ago, I wrote a story of a predator who manipulated hundreds of underage girls to take inappropriate photos of themselves. He threatened to blast the photos online to the world if they didn't send him more inappropriate photos. I wish I could tell you this was an isolated incident. But I can't. According to the Justice Department, sextortion is the biggest growing threat to children and underage teens today. Sextortion is enticing someone to commit inappropriate sexual [...]

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Twitter Cuts Off Intelligence Agencies

You may not have heard much about the Apple vs FBI case in recent weeks. Just because you haven't heard about it doesn't mean conflicts between government and tech entities are resolved. In fact, they're intensifying. Twitter bars US intelligence from accessing a service that digs through posts of random tweets. It's believed this method is useful to fight terrorism. News agencies and intelligence leaders suspect Twitter doesn't want to seem too cozy with the Federal Government. That seems to [...]

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Uber and Lyft vs Austin, Texas

In the recent past, ride sharing apps Uber and Lyft have had their share of tragedies. They vow to regulate themselves by putting stricter rules on drivers, using fingerprint background checks and emblems on cars. For at least one US city, that's not enough. Voters in Austin, Texas rejected their plans. The vote was 56% against Uber and Lyft's self-regulation, 44% for it. As a result, Uber and Lyft threaten to cut off all service in the Austin/Travis County area. [...]

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What’s App Banned In Brazil…Again

In December 2015, a Sao Paulo, Brazil judge ordered cross-platform instant messaging app WhatsApp blocked for 2 days. This was retaliation for WhatsApp's alleged failure to comply with a criminal investigation. Today, Brazil and WhatsApp is at it again. A Brazilian judge ordered WhatsApp chat services blocked for 72 hours. For three days, Brazilians were forbidden to send or receive messages through this app. Those who disobey are fined up to $142,000 a day. And you think that speeding ticket [...]

Nokia Causes Our Next Tech Acquisition

Nokia Causes Our Next Tech Acquisition

It seems every time I look around, a tech company is buying another tech company. Think about how often we've seen this in the last several years. It happened again. It was just announced phone maker Nokia acquiring health tech company Withings. Since 2008, Withings have made health based watches, fitness bands, sleep trackers, thermometers, and scales. The acquisition is worth $192 million and will include headquarters in Cambridge, MA, Paris and Hong Kong. Nokia, one of the top phone [...]

British Airways Airplane Hit By Drone

British Airways Airplane Hit By Drone

Since the drone is a huge technological trend, the FAA implied strict rules to keep drones away from flying aircraft. Maybe the European Union and other European governments need to do the same thing. A few days ago, British Airways Flight 727 was hit by a drone. The flight was from Geneva, Switzerland to London Heathrow Airport. In fact, the plane approached Heathrow when the drone hit. The Metropolitan Police (Britain's version of the FBI) confirmed a drone hit the [...]

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Verizon on Strike

Starting at 6am this morning, about 39,000 Verizon employees from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike. The strike is over new contract issues that are over eight months old. The workers are members of unions Communication Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. They're Verizon electricians, installers, costumer service representatives, repairmen, drivers, and other employees. They represent nine states and the District of Columbia. Most of them put down landline services and FIOS Internet services. Keith Pruce is [...]

Japan Wants Fingerprint Security

Japan Wants Fingerprint Security

These are crazy time we're living in. I read an article of how the EU wants visa requirements for Americans and Canadians just to visit Europe, even it's just for a weekend. Japan wants to go even further, using today's technology for identification purposes. This year, Japan, the nation that gave us the robot greeter,  will test fingerprint systems for identification and security purposes. If this is successfully, the only way tourists will be able to buy or sell is [...]

North Korea Is At It Again

North Korea Is At It Again

North Korea is at it again. Dictator Kim Jong Un is using technology to further isolate and oppress his own people. He's using it to threaten and intimidate the rest of the world. First off, North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, announced it's total blockage of Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, and all South Korean websites. They're also banning gambling and hard core pornography sites. For most North Koreans, they already have little or no online access. But visitors enjoyed basic, but heavily [...]

FBI Spills the Secrets

FBI Spills the Secrets

Not so long ago, the FBI got a huge one-up on Apple over the iPhone unlocking case. It was revealed they no longer need Apple's backing, permission, knowledge, or approval to crack codes: they can do so on their own. The FBI says they will teach local law enforcement agencies all over the country this mysterious trick of unlocking phones. The fact that local police are asking how the Feds did it is should say enough. In a statement, the [...]

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