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It’s not just Facebook: OKCupid admits to experimenting with user compatability data

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, regularly mismatches users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service revealed on Monday, weeks after Facebook Inc admitted to misleading users in a psychological study. “When we tell people they are a good match, they act…

Tea Party funder David Koch also spends big on his passion for dinosaurs

Although the Koch brothers help fund Republican candidates, who often express creationist beliefs, they promote more mainstream scientific endeavors through their charitable foundations. Billionaire industrialist David Koch indulges his fascination for paleontology through massive contributions to museums and research, reported Salon, despite relying on lawmakers who are hostile to science…

Amazon offers 3D printing to customize earrings, bobble head toys

Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys, and other items from third-party sellers using a new personalization option on its website. Most of the more than 200 items available on the company’s new 3D printed products store, which launched…

Apple iPhones allow extraction of deep personal data, researcher finds

Personal data including text messages, contact lists and photos can be extracted from iPhones through previously unpublicized techniques by Apple Inc employees, the company acknowledged this week. The same techniques to circumvent backup encryption could be used by law enforcement or others with access to the “trusted” computers to which…

Can you really be identified on Tor or is that just what the cops want you to believe?

Have the UK police successfully broken anonymity on the internet? They certainly seemed to imply as much when the National Crime Agency proudly announced last week that it had made 660 arrests after an operation to identify people viewing indecent images of children online. The announcement raises questions about just…

Congress decriminalizes cellphone unlocking

US consumers will be allowed to unlock their cellphones and move them to a new carrier under a measure adopted Friday to fix a perceived glitch in copyright law. The House of Representatives approved the bill unanimously one week after it passed the Senate, sending the legislation to President Barack…

Wikipedia blocks Congress from editing articles in response to ‘disruptive’ revisions

Wikipedia has blocked editing rights from some computers at the US House of Representatives in response to “disruptive” revisions of the online encyclopedia. A 10-day ban imposed Thursday blocked any editing from an IP address at the US Capitol, which is shared among a number of computers. “You have been…

US power giant Southern Company hopes to build more nuclear power reactors

(Reuters) – Southern Co, one of the biggest U.S. power companies, said it hopes to announce plans by the end of the year to build more nuclear reactors, a spokesman said late Wednesday. That makes Southern the first company to pursue new reactors since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced…

Facebook shares set to reach record high as market likes earnings

(Reuters) – Shares of Facebook Inc were set to open at a record high on Thursday after a surge in mobile advertising revenue helped the world’s No. 1 social network trounce analysts’ expectations for quarterly profit and revenue. The company’s shares were set to open around 9 percent higher after…

9/11 commission authors: US unprepared for new cyber-security threats

The United States has failed to sufficiently adapt to new cyber-security threats, exposing itself to potential terror strikes as devastating as September 11, authors of the report on the 2001 attacks warned Wednesday. In July 2004, the independent 9/11 commission issued a comprehensive, nearly 600-page report with numerous recommendations for…

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