Tech Thoughts Net News – Friday Edition – October 9, 2015

12 irritating Windows 10 installation issues, and how to fix them;  Your computer is an office spy;  Top tips to stay safe on public Wi-Fi networks;  27 iPhone Tricks You Should Know About;  Paramount puts up 100+ films YouTube, streaming for free;  Android devices will soon run Windows software;  Free tool to remove YiSpecter iOS malware;  17 Things You Didn’t Know Your Chromecast Could Do;  Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash;  Back Up Your WhatsApp Chat History to Google Drive;  Beware of Tech Support Impersonators;  Roku gets support for HBO Now;  Netflix Just Raised The Price Of Its Most Popular Plan;  Google Releases ‘Experimental’ Public Transport App For Delhi, India;  Adidas to 3D print custom insoles in sneakers;  Widely used SHA-1 algorithm could succumb to attack;  Makerbot Lays Off 20% Of Employees;  Amazon takes aim at Etsy with its own marketplace for handicrafts;  Snows of Hoth turn red in Star Wars Battlefront’s beta;  California cops, want to use a stingray? Get a warrant, governor says;  The Next 10 Years Of Automation And What It Might Mean For The Job Market.

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12 irritating Windows 10 installation issues, and how to fix them – With Microsoft saying that 110 million PCs run Windows 10, you’ve no doubt encountered a problem or two or three, either with your upgrades or with those of your colleagues, family, or friends. Here’s my attempt to address the most frequent Windows 10 installation problems, including initial setup problems. Hopefully the advice and pointers will help ease the pain, should you find yourself trapped between the offal and the impeller.

Top tips to stay safe on public Wi-Fi networks – There are a number of quick and easy ways to improve your personal privacy and safety when using public Internet services.

27 iPhone Tricks You Should Know About – Even though we use our iPhones all day every day, there are still a handful of features that are relatively unknown. Some of these features are buried in the Settings menu while others are hidden in plain sight. Plus, there are a few things Siri can do for you that you may not know about.

Paramount puts up 100+ films YouTube, streaming for free – While video streaming is the hot thing these days, not all studios, especially the big ones, are always keen on following the trend. Perhaps more than anything, they fear the likelihood of increased piracy. So when Paramount Pictures makes puts more than a hundred films up on YouTube and makes them available absolutely for free, you might think it’s some late/early April Fools’ prank. And yet that is exactly what the studio did on its verified The Paramount Vault, giving free access dozens of content on the world’s largest video streaming service.

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Your computer is an office spy – Ever think your boss is trying to own every second of your life? You may be right. In general, employees have a healthy, get’er’done relationship with office computers. But studies show most units are notoriously unfaithful. Behind your back, the boss can legally penetrate your computer to monitor every move you make on any business machine. After all, the network data from most company-owned computers is systematically logged and archived and available remotely to the boss and I.T. But your paranoia shouldn’t end there …

Android devices will soon run Windows software thanks to CrossOver and Wine – Android devices will soon be able to run Windows applications thanks to CodeWeavers’ CrossOver for Android, which will debut before the end of 2015. Wine for Android was first shown off a few years ago, and work has been ongoing since then. You can run Android apps on Windows, and soon the reverse will be true, too!

Facebook Reactions is as close to a Dislike button as we’ll get (for now) – Today Facebook begins rolling out their Dislike button – only it’s not just about disliking something, this button is all about sending more emotion in your “Likes”. This system takes the form of “Reactions”, including a number of different icons, including one for Love, another for laughing out loud, and another for showing extreme happiness. An Open Mouth emoji can describe surprise with this system, while a sad face can describe dislike – or more likely Empathy. There’s also an Angry Reaction – a red face with eyebrows looking distraught.

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Get it: Google’s latest free Android wallpaper shows useful phone, battery metrics – Google’s Creative Labs makes it easy to see real-time battery life, wireless signal strength and notifications with a live wallpaper that shows info at a glance.

17 Things You Didn’t Know Your Chromecast Could Do – Part of its appeal lies in its pure portability, but there’s also the price: just $35 to wirelessly stream Netflix, Spotify, HBO GO, Hulu, and more from your mobile device or PC to the TV. Not to mention apps for music, working out, and catching up on sports. While the ultraportable device is pretty much plug and play, there are a few tips and tricks that can make casting more magical. Check them out in the slideshow.

How to part with Pinterest and move to Google+ Collections – Andy Wolber shows you how to move from Pinterest pins and boards to Google+ Collections in five easy steps.

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Back Up Your WhatsApp Chat History to Google Drive – Ever worry about what might happen to all your WhatsApp photos, videos, and chats if your phone suddenly died? Now you don’t have to — if you use Android, at least. That’s because WhatsApp for Android now plays nice with Google Drive, letting you create a private online backup of all your data from the Facebook-owned chat service. The app will let you back up your entire WhatsApp chat history, including voice messages, photos, and videos, to Google Drive, giving you peace of mind that your data is safe if your phone goes kaput.

Adobe Monument Mode erases annoying people walking into your scenic photos – Adobe’s MAX conference saw the company demonstrate some of its still-in-development technology and software yesterday, and one of the most impressive was the feature called Monument Mode. Meant to run on smartphone cameras, the technology automatically removes walking people and moving objects from photos of landmarks and other scenes in real-time. The idea is the opposite of the kind of post-processing done in programs like Photoshop, instead removing obstructions before the image is even captured.

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Cat Phones announces Cat S40 rugged Android smartphone for the US market – As a professional engineer and ship designer, I often find myself out on shipchecks crawling through dirty tanks, bilges, and other nasty places. When I am out in the field, a rugged phone or a rugged case is highly desirable. In the past, ruggedized phones tended to be priced much higher than standard phones, but with the new Cat S40 we see it launching lower than all the existing flagships and in line with the new crop of sub-$450 Android smartphones. The Cat S40 will be available for $399.

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Google Releases ‘Experimental’ Public Transport App For Delhi, India – Google describes the Delhi Public Transport app, which was created by the Google Maps team, as “experimental” and “designed from the ground up to make it easier for Delhi residents to get around on public transit.” The app aggregates public transport information from Maps, and other Google services, and packs them into a dedicated app that lets you look up Metro and bus timetables and directions, plan routes, check schedules and receive news updates about service issues.

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How to save specific Windows File Explorer searches for fast future queries – Here’s an entry level power user tip that will save you time if you’re constantly searching for the same thing on your PC. Since Windows Vista, File Explorer/Windows Explorer lets you save a specific search for quick access later. For our example, we’ll be using Windows 10, but this tip will work for Windows 7 and up.

Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash – As Mozilla explains, burgeoning native web support for the kinds of things plugins used to do is the reason it’s confident a plugin-free Firefox is the way to go. “Plugins are a source of performance problems, crashes, and security incidents for Web users,” the outfit argues. And users are happy to avoid all three of those issues. Publishers, Mozilla suggests, need to suck it up and give users the experience they deserve.

Verizon grandfathered unlimited data users face $20 price increase – As most of the US’s major wireless carriers have long stopped offering unlimited data plans, those companies must uphold the plan for users who entered contracts before they were discontinued, otherwise known as grandfathered users. Most of these carriers would certainly prefer these customers switch to one of their tiered plans, often trying to lure them with cheaper prices in exchange for low data caps, but it seem Verizon has another plan altogether: increase their bill by $20.

Security:

Android adware wields potent root exploits to gain permanent foothold – Researchers have uncovered yet another Android-based adware campaign targeting people who download what they believe are trusted titles from websites and other third-party app stores. The apps use repackaged icons to disguise themselves as popular titles and are offered for download through pop-up ads on visited websites and in-app promotions, according to a blog post published Wednesday by researchers from security firm FireEye. Once installed, the apps exploit as many as eight separate Android vulnerabilities that allow the apps to gain deep root access privileges. From there, the apps launch code libraries mimicking legitimate Android services, such as com.facebook.qdservice.rp.provider and com.android.provider.setting, to gain a permanent foothold on infected phones.

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In-the-wild samples of Kemoge impersonating well-known apps. FireEye

Free tool to remove YiSpecter iOS malware – Zimperium has released a tool to help iOS users that have been infected with the recently spotted YiSpecter advertising malware remove the threat from their devices. The tool is called zYiRemoval. It’s a command line tool that needs to be installed on a computer (an OS X and a Windows version are available, and will be updated regularly). After connecting the infected iOS device to the computer, the tool needs to be executed from the terminal. The tool then searches for the malicious apps associated with the threat: HYQvod, DaPian, NoIcon, ADPage, NoIconUpdate, and others.

Beware of Tech Support Impersonators – In the sea of tech support scams we come across, we sometimes forget how unscrupulous the people behind them can be. They have no shame in defrauding victims for imaginary computer problems and could not care less about ripping off legitimate companies in the process. Take this latest example, where fraudsters went as far as stealing all of our company’s logos to create a Twitter account and website in order to advertise for their ‘tech support’ services. Does this company actually provide a helpful service to save them from ‘only’ ripping our brand but at least not tarnish it? The answer is no.

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The fake LinkedIn recruiter network hackers are using to reel in business users – Hackers known to use Zeus malware to hack critical infrastructure targets have developed an elaborate network of fake recruiter profiles for phishing on LinkedIn.

Widely used SHA-1 algorithm could succumb to attack, researchers warn – The SHA-1 hashing algorithm, still used to sign almost one in three SSL certificates, can now be attacked for as little as $75,000, and should be urgently retired, researchers say

Company News:

BlackBerry calls out Apple on security while touting Android – A new promotional spot from BlackBerry suggests that the company will be aiming their new phone “Priv” directly at Apple’s iPhone users. According to the company’s advertorial text, “we at BlackBerry are happy to see Apple is now taking your privacy seriously.” The full-page text spot goes on to suggest that because BlackBerry has built their reputation by “creating the most secure device in the market,” they’ll be naming their “next generation secure smartphone” BlackBerry Priv. “In recognition of our long history of valuing our customers privacy,” said BlackBerry.

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Dell said to be in talks with EMC over possible huge merger – Dell is reportedly in talks to buy all or part of enterprise storage powerhouse EMC, which would mark a bold and unexpected new chapter in the PC maker’s history. A total merger would be one of the biggest deals ever in the technology industry, with EMC holding a market value of about $50 billion. It would also bring together two of the most important vendors to enterprise IT departments. The report about the deal Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal cited unnamed sources, and cautioned that the the companies might not finalize any agreement.

Makerbot Lays Off 20% Of Employees, Restructures Brooklyn Offices – Makerbot CEO Jonathan Jaglom has announced that they are laying off about 20% off the company’s 400 staff or about 80 people. The move follows a previous round of layoffs that dropped 20% of the original workforce and closed the company’s three retail stores. The company is also closing one of its office spaces in Industry City and is relocating the software and sales teams to its headquarters in downtown Brooklyn.

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Lyft partners with Hertz so drivers can use rentals – Lyft announced the new partnerships in a statement today. Under the Hertz partnership, approved Lyft drivers will have the option to rent a Hertz car for either a day, a week, or a month at “special affordable” rates; they’ll then use those cars to drive around Lyft users rather than their own. What kind of rates drivers will be facing isn’t specified, so it is hard to say whether this is a good opportunity. On the surface of things, there are some obvious benefits — if you need to make some cash but your own personal car doesn’t pass the Lyft requirements, you won’t be entirely out of luck. Likewise, the wear and tear will be on the rental, not your own vehicle…but whether that works out financially is yet to be seen.

Amazon takes aim at Etsy with its own marketplace for handicrafts – In a bid to challenge Etsy — the online artisanal juggernaut for vintage homespun goods and handicrafts — Amazon on Thursday launched Handmade at Amazon, its own incarnation of an arts-and-crafts marketplace that gives a major injection of scale to otherwise obscure, one-of-a-kind products. The handmade goods category is entirely new for Amazon, but the strategy behind it is a familiar one. Amazon aims to sell everything to everyone, and over the years that’s required the Seattle-based company to pick up new e-commerce skills along the way in order to meet consumer demands.

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Qualcomm enters server CPU market with 24-core ARM chip – Qualcomm has revealed its plans to enter the server CPU market with a custom processor based on a design from U.K. chip company ARM. Qualcomm becomes the latest vendor to build a server chip using the ARM architecture, which is widely used in smartphones and tablets. Some believe ARM can challenge x86 in the data center because of its low-power characteristics. It’s aiming the chip at hyper-scale customers such as Facebook and Google, as well as service providers and large enterprises. It says the chip will be suitable for cloud workloads including big-data mining, machine learning, and Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service offerings.

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Qualcomm’s ARM server chip – Credit: James Niccolai

IBM chases Intel with new Power-based Linux servers sold over the Web – IBM is gunning for a slice of Intel’s x86 server chip business with a new family of Power systems that run Linux and will be sold directly to customers over the Web. The LC family of servers, which went on sale Thursday, is aimed at organizations deploying clustered or cloud environments, particularly for running Hadoop, Spark and other workloads that involve crunching large volumes of data. IBM already sells Power servers running Linux, but these new boxes differ in a number of ways, and mark the latest effort by IBM to expand its Power platform into new markets, said Stephanie Chiras, director and business line executive for scale-out Power systems.

Games and Entertainment:

Roku gets support for HBO Now – HBO Now is the network’s somewhat new Internet streaming service that gives cable-cutters and non-HBO subscribers a way to (legally) enjoy HBO shows without having a compatible cable subscription. If you subscribe to the service, you have numerous ways to enjoy the content, but Roku hasn’t thus far been one of them. Fortunately, that has now changed. Roku is one of the most popular set top box product lines out there, offering several models including the slim and inexpensive Roku Streaming Stick. Despite its popularity, it was largely ignored on the HBO Now front, leaving its users with less options to watch the HBO content. That changed today, with HBO Now adding Roku to its supported list.

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Netflix Just Raised The Price Of Its Most Popular Plan – Surprise! Netflix just got more expensive. The service’s most popular plan now costs $9.99. Existing customers will have a grace period, but the price is effectively immediately for new subscribers in U.S., Canada and parts of Latin America. Netflix quietly raised prices for Europeans in late August. The price increase raises its Standard plan to $9.99 a month. This is the plan that streams high-def content and can support multiple streams at once. This comes as Netflix is trying to expand its original programming. The service’s shows recently won four Emmys. But Amazon did better and won its first Emmy for “Transparent,” where Jeffrey Tambor won for lead actor in a comedy for his role in the critically beloved series.

‘Risk’ board game is getting a big redesign next year – The board game Risk, a popular game that has been around for many years and has, at times, undergone facelifts, will soon be reintroduced with a new design. This latest design change brings with it a fairly drastic update, eclipsing the more minor tweaks we’ve seen over the decades, and will include changes to the game tokens and other peripherals. New illustrations, changes to the topography, and more are all inbound.

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Snows of Hoth turn red in Star Wars Battlefront’s beta – The reboot of Star Wars Battlefront arrives next month, but players can get an early look at it starting today with a public beta. We got some early hands-on play with several of the missions available in the beta, including the Survival Mode on Tatooine, the Drop Zone, and a gruesome look at the Walker Assault, which recreates the Empire’s attack on the Rebel base on Hoth. This mode left the ground soaked in Rebel blood.

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Disney, EA removes a ton of mobile games from iOS, Android – With Apple’s recent gaming push on the new Apple TV, you would think that gaming is the next hottest thing in mobile. And indeed, analysts have pointed out how lucrative that market has become. Sadly, that has also made it all the more crowded and oversaturated, edging out some titles, including big but older ones. That is probably what led Disney and EA, two of the largest game publishers on iOS and Android, to officially pull the plug on dozens of their games, regardless of how popular they may have been.

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Witcher 3’s biggest-ever 1.10 update detailed, includes 600 changes – CD Projekt Red has officially revealed Patch 1.10 for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and they weren’t kidding when they said it would be “massive.” The update represents the largest collection of fixes, improvements, and enhancements introduced to The Witcher 3 to date. There are 600 PC/console changes in all, which are spread across quests, stability, inventory management, and additional fan-requested romance options.

Off Topic (Sort of):

Senate bill aims to make it a federal offense to fly drones recklessly – A bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday that will make it a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine or imprisonment for up to a year, for individuals who knowingly operate a drone within 2 miles of a fire, an airport or any other restricted airspace.

The Next 10 Years Of Automation And What It Might Mean For The Job Market – After decades of subtle developments that largely went unnoticed by much of the working world, artificial intelligence (AI) has taken center stage in the last 2-3 years as a “hot” technology. From Google’s surge of acquisitions (DeepMind, Boston Dynamics, etc.), to increased venture capital attention, to the safety concerns of Elon Musk and Bill Gates about potentially super-intelligent AI, the field is undeniably back in the spotlight. One of the most pressing concerns for those of us in the working world is the effect of automation on job security — in both blue-collar and white-collar work. Though more far-out considerations are difficult to predict, many experienced computer science researchers feel reasonably comfortable speaking about AI’s influence in the coming 5-10 years.

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Adidas to 3D print custom insoles in sneakers – Adidas has announced a new performance running shoe line called Futurecraft 3D, which will offer consumers a custom-formed and 3D-printed midsole. The midsole can be tailored to the shape and the cushioning needs of an individual’s foot. Linked with existing data sourcing and foot-scan technologies, it opens unique opportunities for immediate in-store fittings, Adidas said in a statement. “Imagine walking into an Adidas store, running briefly on a treadmill and instantly getting a 3D-printed running shoe – this is the ambition of the Adidas 3D-printed midsole,” the company said.

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The 3D printed Adidas midsole. Credit: Adidas

This is what Bang & Olufsen’s $40,000 speaker looks like – Serious audiophiles are notorious for spending absolutely obscene amounts of money on cables, speakers, tuners, and anything else that might help them reach the zen of perfect sound. Whether or not that’s all the placebo effect is up for debate, but there’s something new audiophiles can spend all their cash on. Bang & Olufsen’s premium Beolab 90 speakers are $40,000… each.

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New Kodak surveillance camera rivals Nest Cam with a lower price – While Google’s Next Cam is arguably the most popular connected home surveillance camera around, that doesn’t stop other camera makers from trying to compete with their own solutions. Take for instance Kodak and their new CFH-V20 camera, part of their Connected Family Home series. The camera not only has a 180-degree field of view, but can stream HD video, act as a two-way intercom, and has night vision. The camera itself is priced at $150, making it an attractive alternative to the $200 Nest Cam.

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The best hidden GPS trackers for covert monitoring and protection – Protect your assets with these hidden GPS trackers to make sure your possessions stay safe and easy to locate.

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Australian Prime Minister runs private email server – Australia’s newly minted prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has admitted to running a private email server. Previously communications minister, a role in which he credits himself with having turned around Australia’s national broadband network, Turnbull has a long history with and deep enthusiasm for the technology industries. The new PM famously invested in OzEmail, which went on to become Australia’s dominant internet service provider in the dialup age, blogs, tweets, wears an Apple Watch and has admitted to use of self-destructing and metadata-free instant messaging service Wickr.

Something to think about:

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read “President Can’t Swim”.

–      Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 – 1973)

Downloads:

Stinger – McAfee Stinger is a standalone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses. It is not a substitute for full anti-virus protection, but a specialized tool to assist administrators and users when dealing with infected system. Details on new or enhanced signatures added with each Stinger build are listed in the Readme details.

Stinger now includes Raptor – a real-time behavior detection technology that monitors suspicious activity on an endpoint. Raptor leverages machine learning and automated behavioral based classification in the cloud to detect zero-day malware in real-time.

Periscope – Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers, who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. The more hearts you get, the higher they flutter on the screen.

Other features:

• REPLAY: When your broadcast is over, you can make it available for replay so viewers can watch later. Viewers can replay your broadcast with comments and hearts to relive the full experience.

WHAT’S NEW

• MAPS (finally!): See live scopes from around the globe with the new map! The map is available to devices with Google Play Services.

• INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT: We’ve translated the app in 32 languages, including right-to-left languages.

• SHARE INFO: You’ll now see who has shared a broadcast to you on the main list.

• Video stability improvements and bug fixes.

In Pursuit of Freedom – The Pushback Continues:

Microsoft: Forcing us to share data will harm US-EU relations – Forcing a US company to hand over data it stores overseas back to the US government for law enforcement purposes would further harm relations between the US and Europe.

In a written submission to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, Microsoft’s outside counsel Joshua Rosenkranz argued that cross-border data transfers are “fraught” and “easily gives rise to international discord.”

The letter, seen by ZDNet and also posted Tuesday to the appeals court, was submitted following the software giant’s supplemental earlier oral arguments in September.

Microsoft has been fighting the US government for the past two years in a case that threatens to unravel trust in the US tech industry. The case centers on a US search warrant which federal prosecutors are applying to foreign data stored by Microsoft in its Dublin datacenter — the first such extraterritorial warrant of its kind.

Prosecutors argue Microsoft, a US-based company, holds the data, while the software giant says the warrant goes beyond the means of a traditional warrant because it forces the company to hand over data it stores in another country, which in itself is subject to different laws and regulations.

In refusing to comply with the warrant, Microsoft agreed to a contempt of court charge a year ago.

ACLU: Orwellian Citizen Score, China’s credit score system, is a warning for Americans – Gamer? Strike. Bad-mouthed the government in comments on social media? Strike. Even if you don’t buy video games and you don’t post political comments online “without prior permission,” but any of your online friends do….strike. The strikes are actually more like dings, dings to your falling credit score that is.

Thanks to a new terrifying use of big data, a credit score can be adversely affected by your hobbies, shopping habits, lifestyles, what you read online, what you post online, your political opinions as well as what your social connections do, say, read, buy or post. While you might never imagine such a credit-rating system in America, it is happening in China and the ACLU said it serves as a warning for Americans.

Big data is sucking in everything about citizens as algorithms evaluate that data, but the Chinese government is leveraging that data and “smart data” analysis that “reveals even casual relationships” in order to create a comprehensive credit score system which “determines your opportunities for life.” Yes the score does measure the ability to pay, but “this is the most staggering, publicly announced, scaled use of big data I’ve ever seen,” said Silicon Valley entrepreneur Michael Fertik; he is also the author of The Reputation Economy. “It certainly feels about as Orwellian as your nightmares would have it be.”

California cops, want to use a stingray? Get a warrant, governor says – On Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that requires police get a warrant to use a stingray during investigations. The devices, which are also known as cell-site simulators, are usually used to locate a phone but can also in some cases intercept calls and text messages.

The law, known as the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, imposes other sweeping new requirements to enhance digital privacy, and imposes a warrant requirement before police can access nearly any type of digital data produced by or contained within a device or service.

“Governor Brown just signed a law that says ‘no’ to warrantless government snooping in our digital information. This is a landmark win for digital privacy and all Californians,” Nicole Ozer, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of California ACLU, said in a statement. “We hope this is a model for the rest of the nation in protecting our digital privacy rights.”

The ACLU of California was one of the organizations, in addition to tech companies including Google, Airbnb, Apple, Facebook, that co-sponsored the bill.

I showed leaked NSA slides at Purdue, so feds demanded the video be destroyed – On September 24, I gave a keynote presentation at Purdue University about the NSA, Edward Snowden, and national security journalism in the age of surveillance. It was part of the excellent Dawn or Doom colloquium, which I greatly enjoyed. The organizers live-streamed my talk and promised to provide me with a permalink to share.

After unexplained delays, I received a terse e-mail from the university last week. Upon advice of counsel, it said, Purdue “will not be able to publish your particular video” and will not be sending me a copy. The conference hosts, once warm and hospitable, stopped replying to my e-mails and telephone calls. I don’t hold it against them. Very likely they are under lockdown by spokesmen and lawyers.

Naturally, all this piqued my curiosity. With the help of my colleague Sam Adler-Bell, I think I have pieced together most of the story.

It turns out that Purdue has wiped all copies of my video and slides from university servers, on grounds that I displayed classified documents briefly on-screen. A breach report was filed with the university’s Research Information Assurance Officer, also known as the Site Security Officer, under the terms of Defense Department Operating Manual 5220.22-M. I am told that Purdue briefly considered, among other things, whether to destroy the projector I borrowed, lest contaminants remain.

UPDATE: Just after posting this item I received an e-mail from Julie Rosa, who heads strategic communications for Purdue. She confirmed that Purdue wiped my video after consulting the Defense Security Service, but the university now believes it went too far:

In an overreaction while attempting to comply with regulations, the video was ordered to be deleted instead of just blocking the piece of information in question. Just FYI: The conference organizers were not even aware that any of this had happened until well after the video was already gone.

BOX _ I’m told we are attempting to recover the video, but I have not heard yet whether that is going to be possible. When I find out, I will let you know and we will, of course, provide a copy to you.

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