Uhh, Part of the Facility Where Russia Stores Smallpox and Ebola Exploded

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An explosion at Russia’s State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology (Vector) resulted in a fire, glass blown out throughout the building, and one worker suffering third degree burns on Monday, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. Vector is one of the only two places in the world where live smallpox…

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More Than Half the Nation’s State Attorneys General Could Sign on to Antitrust Inquiry Against Google

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The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that “more than half of the nation’s state attorneys general” have signed on to and are preparing an antitrust investigation against digital titan Google, with the paper writing the inquiry is “scheduled to be announced next week, marking a major escalation in U.S. regulators’…

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Huawei Is in Talks to Launch a ‘Pilot Program’ Using Russian OS as Replacement for Android

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After being placed on a so-called Entity List by the U.S. federal government, severely restricting its access to American technology, Chinese tech giant and world’s second-largest smartphone manufacturer Huawei is investigating using the Russian-made Aurora operating system as a replacement for Google’s Android OS on…

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Russia Demands Google Cease Sending YouTube Push Notifications for Protest Livestreams

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Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) has demanded that Google cease promoting livestreams of demonstrations with push notifications, a day after “tens of thousands” of Russians “staged what observers called the country’s biggest political…

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Bizarre Sponsored Talk on ‘Time AI’ Encryption Tech Mocked at Black Hat Conference

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Attendees at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas booed and ridiculed a sponsored talk on Thursday called “The 2019 Discovery of Quasi-Prime Numbers: What Does This Mean For Encryption?” that touted a bizarre technology called “Time AI,” Motherboard reported on Saturday, with the conference even going so far…

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Google’s Project Zero Finds Six ‘Interactionless’ iOS Vulnerabilities Using iMessage App

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Apple released bug fixes for five major security issues in iOS that can be exploited via its iMessage client app last week after they were discovered by researchers for competitor Google’s exploit-hunting Project Zero, though an additional issue was reported and not totally resolved in the iOS 2.4 update, according to…

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Report: FTC to Accuse Facebook of Using 2FA Numbers for Ads, Hiding Facial Recognition Settings

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The Federal Trade Commission recently attracted scorn from congressional Democrats for fining world-spanning social network Facebook just $5 billion rather than tens of billions after the company failed to abide by the terms of a 2011 settlement with the agency on user privacy. But the FTC still has more dirt to dish…

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Microsoft Will Pay Out $26 Million in Settlement Over Hungarian Bribery Scheme

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Microsoft will pay out $26 million in a settlement to resolve charges that its staff bribed government officials in Hungary, the Washington Post reported on Monday, with President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith telling staff in an email the matter “involved employee misconduct that was completely unacceptable.”

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NASA Abruptly Reassigns Top Human Exploration Program Officials as Trump Moon Mandate Looms

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NASA’s longtime associate administrator for its human exploration program, William Gerstenmaier, has been re-assigned to be a special adviser to NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard in what seems like a fairly clear demotion, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

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Report: All Four Major Mobile Networks in the UK Are Using Huawei 5G Gear

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UK telecoms aren’t taking warnings from U.S. intelligence agencies that telecommunications gear produced by Chinese tech giant Huawei could pose a security risk incredibly seriously, at least according to a report from the Observer, which reported on Saturday that all four major carriers in the country are currently…

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