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Apple omits ‘warrant canary’ from latest transparency report; Patriot Act data demands likely made

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A warrant canary stating that Apple has “never received an order” under the Patriot Act has been removed from its latest report. That suggests such demands have been made.

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A federal regulatory commission for robotics could be the next FTC

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A report from the Brookings Institute claims that innovation within the robotics industry could lead to the formation of a new government entity: the Federal Robotics Commission.

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Google: Global government data demands up 150 percent in five years

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Demands for user data requests have more than doubled in five years, with the U.S. government leading pack in the global intelligence gathering race.

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Brazil IT trade bodies call for government support

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“We don’t want to be like India,” says head of IT association in Rio.

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Microsoft and Yahoo spar with U.S. government [Government IT News]

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The big online and tech companies suffer from an interesting conflict: the government is both customer and the one carrying the biggest stick in the privacy battle. Unless there’s a major policy change, you’re going to see more stories like these.

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Microsoft and Yahoo spar with U.S. government [Government IT News]

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The big online and tech companies suffer from an interesting conflict: the government is both customer and the one carrying the biggest stick in the privacy battle. Unless there’s a major policy change, you’re going to see more stories like these.

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Google’s Megan Smith named the next US CTO

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The news confirms recent rumors that the VP of Google’s top secret Google X research lab would take the reins for the nation’s top tech position from current CTO Todd Park.

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Shaoib Baig, Former Vice President of Telenor, Joins PTI

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Muhammad Shoaib Baig, who recently stepped down from his position from Telenor, has officially announced to join Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. “I am joining PTI on the call of my leader Imran Khan to stand up for our rights and say NO to injustice forever – inshAllah together we will make Naya Pakistan!”, Shaoib was quoted as saying in an update posted by PTI’s official Facebook page. [...]

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São Paulo introduces Internet-enabled buses as part of transport overhaul

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New vehicles also feature surveillance and fraud-proof ticket validation gates.

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Hacktivists Deface Pakistan.gov.pk to Support Protests in Red Zone

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Hactivists decided to play their role in the on-going political situation in Islamabad. A hacker group, without revealing its identity, has defaced Pakistan.Gov.PK – country’s official website – and replaced its content with weird images of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari, former President of Pakistan. In its unique instance, the hacker didn’t leave a credit note [...]

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