A Ferocious Shrimp Inspires a Robot Claw That Shoots Plasma

A Ferocious Shrimp Inspires a Robot Claw That Shoots Plasma

The temperatures are so high, in fact, that they create light-emitting plasma, which you can also see when the pistol shrimp snaps its own claw.

Internal Docs Show How ICE Gets Surveillance Help From Local Cops

Internal Docs Show How ICE Gets Surveillance Help From Local Cops

The internal documents show that through its Vigilant Solutions contract, which began in 2018 and runs to September 2020, ICE has access not only to five billion records gathered by private businesses, but also to 1.5 billion data points contributed by over 80 local law enforcement agencies from more than a dozen states.

Huawei Sues the US, Prodding It to Prove Suspicions

Huawei Sues the US, Prodding It to Prove Suspicions

Last year President Donald Trump signed a defense spending bill that banned government agencies from buying gear from Huawei and fellow Chinese telecom giant ZTE, and from doing business with companies that use the two companies' technology.

Are Men at Google Paid Less Than Women? Not Really

Are Men at Google Paid Less Than Women? Not Really

On Monday, Google published a blog post with selected findings from its 2018 analysis, highlighting that proposed changes for 2019 would have paid male engineers less than female engineers in one lower-level job category, referred to internally as Level 4 engineers.

US Lawyers Don’t Buy Huawei’s Argument on Chinese Hacking

US Lawyers Don’t Buy Huawei’s Argument on Chinese Hacking

But the Federal Communications Commission warned last year that use of Huawei’s equipment in US telecom networks might weaken US national security due to the company’s close ties to China’s government, which has been implicated in hacking campaigns against US companies and government agencies.

Community-based forestry in Malawi will soon bear fruit

Community-based forestry in Malawi will soon bear fruit

With a shrug of resignation, the officer explained that harvesting firewood in forest reserves and national parks was illegal and incidents like the one I had just witnessed were increasing tensions between the community and the Department of Forestry.

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

Elon Musk’s Latest Tweets Land Him in Yet More Trouble

That’s the thrust of a SEC action taken late Monday, when the US securities watchdog requested a federal judge hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt of court for a short series of tweets he posted last week.

Uber Sues NYC to Kill Its Ride-Hail Car Cap

Uber Sues NYC to Kill Its Ride-Hail Car Cap

In its lawsuit, filed in a New York state court Friday afternoon, Uber argues that the one-year freeze on ride-hail vehicle licenses is anticompetitive and exceeds the city’s authority.

Does Jeff Bezos Have a Legal Case Against The National Enquirer?

Does Jeff Bezos Have a Legal Case Against The National Enquirer?

Dennis Van Tine/AP Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, accused The National Enquirer Thursday of engaging in “extortion and blackmail” by threatening to publish intimate images of the billionaire unless he agreed to drop his investigation into how the tabloid obtained his private communications.

Amazon Joins Microsoft's Call for Rules on Facial Recognition

Amazon Joins Microsoft's Call for Rules on Facial Recognition

In the post, Michael Punke, vice president of global public policy at Amazon’s cloud division, AWS, wrote that the company “supports the creation of a national legislative framework covering facial recognition through video and photographic monitoring on public or commercial premises.” Amazon has been pressured by civil rights groups after tests by academics and the ACLU found that Rekognition’s image analysis and face recognition functions are less accurate for black people.

A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

A Facebook Crackdown, Amazon Facial Recognition, and More Security News This Week

Hackers, including Russian state-sponsored attackers, targeted the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and took down the event's Wi-Fi and database systems at one point.

Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

Facebook Hires Up Three of Its Biggest Privacy Critics Nate Cardozo had been a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation before Facebook scooped him up, along with Access Now's Nathan White and OTI's Robyn Greene.

Security News This Week: Privacy Wins in Six Flags Fingerprints Ruling

Security News This Week: Privacy Wins in Six Flags Fingerprints Ruling

The case hinges on Illinois’ strict biometric security law, which passed in 2008, giving the state the strictest rules in the country for how companies can collect permanent personal data like fingerprints.

How Tim Cook’s Data Broker Registry Might Actually Work

How Tim Cook’s Data Broker Registry Might Actually Work

But it has to cover the tech giants and brick and mortar stores, too." Even some data brokers have come around to the idea of a federal privacy law, as long as it levels the playing field for all industries in all states.

EU Privacy Law Snares Its First Tech Giant: Google

EU Privacy Law Snares Its First Tech Giant: Google

The French data privacy authority CNIL ruled that Google violated GDPR because the company hadn't properly gained consent from users to use their data to personalize advertising.

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market

Weedmaps’ Grip on the High-Flying California Pot Market

“If you’re unlicensed, you’re probably not paying taxes, you’re certainly not paying licensing fees, and you’re not participating in all the regulations and oversight the state has in place.” The number of businesses listed on Weedmaps fluctuates as shops pop up and shut down, but by the beginning of August 2018, the site was listing about 2,000 total marijuana dispensaries and delivery services in Southern California.

Tesla Investors Suing Musk Can Subpoena Azealia Banks and Grimes

Tesla Investors Suing Musk Can Subpoena Azealia Banks and Grimes

The judge overseeing a class action lawsuit filed in a California federal court against Tesla and Musk by a large group of Tesla shareholders said that yes, sure, the lawyers for the plaintiffs sure can subpoena the art pop musician Grimes and the rapper Azealia Banks.

Analysis Finds Oracle Paid Women $13,000 Less Than Men

Analysis Finds Oracle Paid Women $13,000 Less Than Men

Michael Short/Bloomberg/Getty Images Oracle allegedly paid some female employees more than $13,000 less per year, on average, than male employees in similar roles, according an analysis of Oracle’s own pay data revealed Friday as part of a gender bias lawsuit against the company.

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

Lawsuit Claims Google Board Covered Up Sexual Misconduct

The lawsuit is seeking significant changes to Google’s corporate governance, including allowing non-management shareholders to nominate at least three new board members and changes to the company’s stock structure, which gives Page and Brin a supermajority voting share.

That Viral Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Is a Meta-Meme

That Viral Video of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Dancing Is a Meta-Meme

Dozens of copycat clips were uploaded to YouTube, all featuring people doing The Breakfast Club dance to “Lisztomania,” including Ocasio-Cortez at Boston University.

Saudi Arabia Won't Be the Last Country to Censor Netflix

Saudi Arabia Won't Be the Last Country to Censor Netflix

Netflix defended its action, pointing out in a statement that it only took down the episode after the kingdom sent the company “a valid legal request.” Netflix, like most American tech companies, goes to great pains to comply with local laws in order to operate globally.

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

California Could Soon Have Its Own Version of the Internet

Meanwhile, search results within the European Union can differ from those elsewhere due to its right to be forgotten law, and web publishers around the world are still grappling with the effect of the sweeping EU privacy regulations that took effect this year.A series of laws passed in California this year raise a new possibility: that individual US states will splinter off into their own versions of the internet.

We’re all Just Starting to Realize the Power of Personal Data

We’re all Just Starting to Realize the Power of Personal Data

Facebook, for its part, began emphasizing the word “control.” The company stressed that users have the power to see and adjust what information it can collect about them, but a series of reports this year suggest that’s not always the case.

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The Future of Crime-Fighting Is Family Tree Forensics

The month before, the genetic genealogist had been hired by a forensic DNA company in Virginia called Parabon, to lead its new division devoted to long-range familial searching.

3M Sued Over Scotchgard Chemicals by Maker of Saucony, Merrell

3M Sued Over Scotchgard Chemicals by Maker of Saucony, Merrell

Wolverine’s suit says 3M made money by “actively concealing information regarding potential environmental risks known only to 3M.” The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Michigan District Court.

The Future of Work: The Trustless, by Ken Liu

The Future of Work: The Trustless, by Ken Liu

I don’t know anything about her except that she and her family live across the hall from me, six people in a one-­bedroom.“Enjoying the fresh air?” I ask, more out of politeness than interest.“Sure,” she says, brushing her long black hair behind her ears and scooching aside to let me pass.

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin Scam

Nationwide Bomb Threats Look Like a New Spin on an Old Bitcoin ScamEduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty ImagesIn offices and universities all across the country Thursday, the same threat appeared in email inboxes: Pay $20,000 worth of bitcoin, or a bomb will detonate in your building.

Don't Ask Jude Law About 'Captain Marvel'—He Fears Snipers

Don't Ask Jude Law About 'Captain Marvel'—He Fears Snipers

(That last one was probably just a lightsaber, to be fair.) It may be stale by now, but it always gets a laugh—and now it's time to add Jude Law to the list of performatively paranoid castmembers.In the latest WIRED Autocomplete Interview, the actor revealed the very well known fact that Brie Larson is playing the titular character in next year's Captain Marvel, and almost immediately went into joke autopilot mode.

Rapper 2 Milly Sues Fortnite Over a Cribbed Dance Move. But Can He Win?

Rapper 2 Milly Sues Fortnite Over a Cribbed Dance Move. But Can He Win?

The case fuels ongoing controversy over video game companies’ unlicensed use of existing hip-hop dances, which players can purchase to customize their in-game avatars.

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

All of Australia's intelligence allies—the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, known collectively as the Five Eyes—have spent decades lobbying for these mechanisms."The debate about simplifying lawful access to encrypted communication carries a considerable risk of regulations spilling to other countries," says Lukasz Olejnik, a security and privacy researcher and member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group.

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