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Even encrypted medical record databases leak information

A new study from Microsoft researchers warns that many types of databases used for electronic medical records are vulnerable to leaking information despite the use of encryption.

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Amazon snaps up Elemental to boost video on AWS

Amazon will acquire Elemental Technologies in a bid to enrich the video capabilities of its AWS cloud service, the company announced Thursday.

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Ex-Tesla engineer could face prison for hacking former manager's email, FBI says

A former Tesla engineer could face five years in prison for allegedly accessing his former manager's email and pilfering employee evaluations that he shared with other workers.

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Microsoft will release its hackathon help tool to the world

Microsoft is planning to bring its internal tool for running hackathons to the public next year, starting by allowing a few select colleges to test drive it at their own events.

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DOJ tightens policies on use of simulated cells for surveillance

The U.S. Department of Justice has issued new guidelines on the use of a cellular surveillance technology called stingrays.

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FTC finds privacy disclosures improved in kid's apps

Mobile applications aimed at children are doing a better job in recent years of disclosing their privacy practices, but many apps still lack basic information, according to a U.S. Federal Trade Commission survey.

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Uber ride data publicly accessible through Google

On Thursday, a site-specific search on Google for trip.uber.com produced dozens of links to Uber rides that have been completed and cancelled, in countries around the world including the U.S., England, Russia, France and Mexico.

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IBM, ARM collaborate on refining Internet of Things deployment

IBM's Internet of Things platform can now work with IoT processors designed by ARM, thanks to a new partnership between the two companies.

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Samsung will start shipping its new Gear S2 smartwatches in October

Samsung revealed that its new round Gear S2 smartwatches will start shipping in October, but has not revealed what they will cost.

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Microsoft acquires organizational analytics company VoloMetrix

Microsoft announced Thursday that it will be acquiring VoloMetrix, a company that provides analytics to help businesses better understand how their organization works.

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Google revamps Street View, welcomes user 360° images

Google is revamping its Street View service with an eye to attracting many more contributed 360° images.

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DJI is concerned Amazon and Google could restrict hobby drone flight

One of the world's largest consumer drone makers says it's concerned hobbyists will face tougher restrictions over where they can fly if Amazon and Google get their way in creating dedicated airspace zones for commercial flight.

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Ten things you need to know about the new Motorola and Samsung smartwatches

The hottest smartwatches at IFA in Berlin are Motorola's Moto 360s and the Gear S2s from Samsung Electronics. Here is how they compare.

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Ricoh's 360-degree Theta camera gets better images, video

Ricoh's Theta, a candy bar-sized camera that can capture all-around images, is getting an upgrade.

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Intel promises $50M for quantum computing research

Fully functional quantum computers are still a dozen years off, which is why Intel needs to invest in fundamental research now, according to CEO Brian Krzanich.

Xiaomi's Macbook Pro killer will run Linux

In today's open source roundup: Xiaomi ponders a Linux-based Macbook Pro killer. Plus: Is the new Moto 360 the prettiest smartwatch? And the newest Android Wear watch styles and sizes.

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Shopperz adware takes local DNS hijacking to the next level

The Shopperz adware program uses a cunning technique to make DNS (Domain Name System) hijacking harder to detect and fix.

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Airbnb has built an Apple Watch app, for messaging your host

Airbnb is trying its hand at the Apple Watch, with a new app for that device focused on messaging between users of its home rental service.

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Microsoft researcher: Why Micro Datacenters really matter to mobile's future

Microsoft Research distinguished scientist Victor Bahl has been spreading the word about Micro Datacenters, also known by the adorable name "cloudlets," as a key concept for optimizing the performance and usefulness of mobile and...

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