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Will robots help or harm? It's time for 'big thinking,' AI experts warn

Robots have considerable potential to make human lives better, but only if humans start doing some "big thinking" now about how to ensure that AI's effect is beneficial, experts said at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany.

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Pure Storage VP: 'Something had to be done' about patent trolls

Companies lose billions each year defending themselves against patent trolls, and the problem is only getting worse. Pure Storage is one of a growing number of organizations that are working to do something about it.

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Judge paves the way for British hacker's extradition to US

A U.K. judge has ruled in favor of extraditing a British man to the U.S. for hacking government computers, despite fears he may commit suicide.

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FBI faces lawsuit because it's stayed mum on iPhone 5c hack

The FBI’s refusal to reveal how it accessed an iPhone 5c from the San Bernardino shooter will face scrutiny in court. USA Today’s parent company and two other news group have filed a lawsuit against the agency, demanding it turn over...

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FBI urges ransomware victims to step forward

The FBI has issued a plea for those who have been hit by ransomware to report this to federal law enforcement so that the country can get a better sense of just how bad this problem really is.

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The FBI could have saved money with this iPhone 5c hack

The FBI may have paid a small fortune to unlock an iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino shooter. But a security researcher has demonstrated a way to do it for less than $100.

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Tech leaders, activists call for Obama to pardon Snowden

Tech luminaries Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, have joined a new campaign pushing for a pardon of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

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Internet naming system not US property, says congressional watchdog

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has said that the internet domain name system is unlikely to be government property, ahead of the planned transfer by month end of the oversight of key technical functions supporting the...

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Facebook privacy class action heads to Europe's top court -- sort of

A class-action-style lawsuit accusing Facebook of targeting advertising based on allegedly illegally processed personal data is heading for the European Union's highest court.

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US lawmakers make last-ditch bid to block internet governance transfer

Republican lawmakers are making a last-ditch bid to thwart the proposed transfer by the U.S. of internet governance to a multistakeholder body, by calling on the government to reconsider its plans to put the transition into effect by...

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FBI arrests hackers who allegedly dumped details on government agents

U.S. authorities have arrested two suspects for allegedly hacking into the online accounts of senior government officials.

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Canada-EU counter-terror data exchange is illegal, says top EU judge

An agreement to send Canadian authorities passenger name record (PNR) data for flights from the European Union cannot be entered into in its current form, a top European Union judge has said.

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Top EU court hedges on question of hyperlinking legality in Playboy case

To the old legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the European Union's highest court has added another: innocence until proven profitable.

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John McAfee’s company could spoil the party for Intel’s new venture

Intel’s plans to spin out its security business under the McAfee name could be clouded by the plans of security expert and businessman John McAfee, who claims he had not assigned the rights to his personal name.

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Security firm faces lawsuit with stock tanking tactic

One security firm’s controversial approach to pointing out flaws in products is facing legal action. On Wednesday, the firm MedSec was hit with a lawsuit after trying to tank a company’s stock.

Consumers have no right to buy a PC without an OS, European court rules

Bare metal buyers beware: PC makers have no obligation to offer you a machine without an OS, the European Union's highest court has ruled.

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Google, Apple, Twitter in large group backing Microsoft over ‘gag orders’

Many civil rights groups, trade bodies and companies, including Google, Amazon, Cisco Systems, Apple and Twitter, have filed briefs in a federal court to back Microsoft’s move to prevent the indiscriminate use of gag orders...

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Romanian hacker Guccifer sentenced to 52 months in US prison

A Romanian hacker known as Guccifer has been sentenced to 52 months in prison after breaking into Internet accounts of about 100 U.S. citizens, including government officials.

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