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Cities use surveillance systems that identify potential ‘terrorists’ with facial recognition

It sounds like something from the film Minority Report: a CCTV surveillance system that recognises people from their face or walk and analyses whether they might be about to commit a terrorist or criminal act. But Trapwire is real and, according to documents released online by WikiLeaks last week, is…

Facebook accused of deceiving developers over security

Facebook has been accused of deceiving developers after it emerged that the social networking site did nothing to verify the security of applications it was paid tens of thousands of dollars to review, and which it assured users had been checked. It is believed Facebook was paid up to $95,000 (£60,600) by…

Exoskeleton firm foresees future of bionic enhancements for everyone

On a weekday morning in June, 50 people gather at the launch of a new technology shop in a science park outside Cambridge. Dubbed a “store opening” by its hosts, the US firm Ekso, it is quite unlike most retail events. There are no shelves, tills, or counters; no free…

Wired reporter hack reveals perils of ‘the cloud’

The perils of modern dependence on Internet-linked gadgets and digitally-stored memories remained a hot topic on Friday in the wake of a hack that wiped clean a Wired reporter’s devices. Mat Honan laid out at wired.com in gripping detail how his “digital life was destroyed” right down to irreplaceable photos…

Google’s new algorithm will hurt search results for sites hit with copyright removal notices

Google on Friday said it is tweaking its search formula to give higher priority to legal content and sink rankings for websites hit with piracy complaints. “Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive…

Facebook to have privacy policies audited for two decades under finalized deal with FTC

Facebook will submit to external audits of how well it guards users’ data under the terms of a settlement finalized Friday with US authorities concerned about privacy abuses. The deal with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was announced in November and then subjected to a public comment period that recently…

Swiss scientists use new algorithm to track anything viral to its original source

Scientists in Switzerland said on Friday they had devised software that can swiftly trace terror suspects, computer viruses, rumour-mongering and even infectious diseases back to their source. “Using our method, we can find the source of all kinds of things circulating in a network just by ‘listening’ to a limited…

Google’s Android becomes dominant mobile platform worldwide

Google’s Android mobile operating system tightened its grip on the smartphone market in the second quarter of 2012, making up 68.1% of the 154m shipments worldwide, according to the research company IDC. Overall, the smartphone market grew at 42.2%, meaning that Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone were the only platforms…

Australian spy agency confirms ‘disruption’ to website Anonymous says it hacked

Hacking group Anonymous on Friday claimed to have shut down a computer server belonging to Australia’s domestic spy agency ASIO, reportedly briefly closing down access to its public webpage. The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) acknowledged some disruption to its website. “ASIO is aware that there may have been some…

Google hit with $22.5 million fine over Internet tracking

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a $22.5 million fine against Google for circumventing settings on Safari Internet browsers and planting advertising cookies without user consent — a subject we wrote about in June. The size of the fine — a record amount for an FTC privacy case — had…

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