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Facebook Is Tweaking Trending Topics To Counter Charges of Bias

Facebook has said once again in an open letter to Sen. John Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, that its Trending Topics section is free of any political bias or manipulation. But in response to Gizmodo's report that Facebook employees were suppressing conservative news stories, Facebook is revamping how… Read More »

Posted on 24 May 2016 | 2:00 am

Hacker Phineas Fisher is Trying To Start a 'Hack Back' Political Movement

The hacker who breached Hacking Team and FinFisher is trying to get more people to "hack back" and fight "the system." For some, thanks to his targeted attacks and sophisticated political views, Phineas Fisher is quickly becoming the most influential hacktivist of the last few years. In response to his most recent hack… Read More »

Posted on 23 May 2016 | 10:30 pm

Facebook Acquires VR Audio Company, Launches 'Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation'

From a report via The Verge: Facebook is looking to improve its virtual-reality audio experience with the acquisition of Two Big Ears. Facebook is rereleasing Two Big Ears' "Spatial Workstation" software as the Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation, reports VentureBeat. The software is designed to "make VR audio succeed… Read More »

Posted on 23 May 2016 | 8:50 pm

Researchers Set World Record Wireless Data Transmission Rate of 6 GB/Sec Over 37 KM

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Science Daily: Transmitting the contents of a conventional DVD in under ten seconds by radio transmission is incredibly fast -- and a new world record in wireless data transmission. With a data rate of 6 Gigabit per second over a distance of 37 kilometers, a collaborative project with the participation of… Read More »

Posted on 23 May 2016 | 8:05 pm

Apple Sued Over iPhones Making Calls, Sending Email

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: A company that seemingly does nothing but license patents or, if necessary, sue other companies to get royalties, has taken aim at Apple. But here's the kicker: the lawsuit alleges that Apple's last several iPhones and iPads violate a slew of patents related to seemingly standard features,… Read More »

Posted on 23 May 2016 | 7:20 pm

FBI Wants Biometric Database Hidden From Privacy Act

Trailrunner7 quotes a report from onthewire.io: The FBI is working to keep information contained in a key biometric database private and unavailable, even to people whose information is contained in the records. The database is known as the Next Generation Identification System (NGIS), and it is an amalgamation of biometric records accumulated… Read More »

Posted on 23 May 2016 | 6:35 pm