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EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact

File photograph of a magnifying glass held in front of a computer screen that reads passwordBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance. Brussels and Washington are locked in negotiations to forge a new framework enabling data transfers from Europe to the United States, which are otherwise subject to cumbersome and lengthy legal processes under EU data protection law. The previous pact, known as Safe Harbour and used by over 4,000 U.S. and European companies, was declared invalid by the European Court of Justice in October because U.S. national security needs trumped the privacy of Europeans' data.

11/27/2015 02:15 PM

Anonymous hackers target Iceland sites in whaling protest
Activist hackers from the Anonymous collective have claimed responsibility for bringing down five government websites in Iceland in a protest against whale-hunting by the North Atlantic nation. In an anti-whaling video posted on social media, activists called for people to hack websites linked to Iceland to protest persistent commercial hunting despite an international moratorium. On a new Twitter account devoted to the campaign, screenshots showing the sites down were published late on Friday by activists who said they belonged to the loose Anonymous collective.
11/28/2015 10:15 AM

NSA to shut down bulk phone surveillance program by Sunday

An illustration picture shows the logo of the U.S. National Security Agency on the display of an iPhone in BerlinBy Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency will end its daily vacuuming of millions of Americans' phone records by Sunday and replace the practice with more tightly targeted surveillance methods, the Obama administration said on Friday. As required by law, the NSA will end its wide-ranging surveillance program by 11:59 p.m. EST Saturday (4:59 a.m. GMT Sunday) and expects to have the new, scaled-back system in place by then, the White House said. The transition is a long-awaited victory for privacy advocates and tech companies wary of broad government surveillance at a time when national security concerns are heightened in the wake of the Paris attacks earlier this month.

11/27/2015 02:18 PM

Digital toy maker VTech says customer data stolen in breach
Electronic toymaker VTech Holdings Ltd said on Friday that it was the victim of a cyber attack that compromised information about customers who access a portal for downloading children's games, books and other educational content.
11/27/2015 07:51 PM

Facebook makes paid time off for baby leave a global benefit

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a Reuters interview at the University of BogotaLess than a week after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he would take two months of paternity leave, the social media company announced it is extending its parental leave policy to full-time employees outside the United States. Employees may take leave at any point up to a year after the birth of their child, Lori Matloff Goler, the company's head of human resources, said in a Facebook post late Wednesday. Facebook currently offers only U.S.-based workers up to four months of paid leave.

11/27/2015 08:28 PM

Musk's Tesla faces German battle over battery-powered homes

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk delivers Model X electric sports-utility vehicles during a presentation in FremontBy Vera Eckert and Christoph Steitz FRANKFURT (Reuters) - If Elon Musk's vision of millions of households producing all their own power becomes a reality, it will probably happen first in Germany. The South African-born entrepreneur's company Tesla, best known for its electric cars, sparked global interest in the idea of self-powered homes in April, when it said it would start selling lithium-ion batteries for households next year. The batteries, called Powerwalls, connect to solar panels on the roof of a house and aim to store enough power during the day to drive kettles and washing machines at night, raising the prospect that households one day will be able to rely fully on clean energy and become independent of the power grid.

11/27/2015 01:01 PM

How to be human: how do I tell my spouse I need a psychiatrist?

How to be human: how do I tell my spouse I need a psychiatrist?Leah Reich was one of the first internet advice columnists. Her column "Ask Leah" ran on IGN, where she gave advice to gamers for two and a half years. During the day, Leah is Slack’s user researcher, but her views here do not represent her employer. You can write to her at and read more How to be Human here.

11/28/2015 10:30 AM

The 36-Inch, Plastic Longboard: Your New Favorite Ride

The 36-Inch, Plastic Longboard: Your New Favorite RidePenny Skateboards offers an easy-to-ride plastic longboard in six different colors.

11/28/2015 10:30 AM

This iPhone 7 concept is the funniest trolling I’ve seen all week
When iPhone users start dreaming about the iPhone 7, do you think that they’re fantasizing about having a BlackBerry Priv-style slide-out QWERTY keyboard? No, they probably aren’t, which is why the latest iPhone concept from CURVED/labs is so amusing. As you can see in the photo above, it has a slide-out keyboard that looks a lot like the kind of keyboard you’d expect to see on a BlackBerry. DON’T MISS: 5 products you should buy on Cyber Monday instead of Black Friday Here’s a closer look at the phone and its keyboard. Note the troll-tastic “email” to Tim Cook from Eddy Cue praising the new device’s physical keyboard: For comparison, here’s a look at the BlackBerry Priv, which also features a slide-out
11/28/2015 10:15 AM

Pixelmator enables capable image editing for Mac users on a tight budget

Pixelmator enables capable image editing for Mac users on a tight budgetBasic image editing tasks are frustrating without a professional-grade editing platform. The Apple Essentials app Pixelmator is easy to learn and won't strain your budget.

11/28/2015 10:12 AM

Top iOS news of the week:Apple Pay in China, OLED iPhones, and 3D Touch in Google Drive

Top iOS news of the week:Apple Pay in China, OLED iPhones, and 3D Touch in Google DriveApart from Black Friday deals, this week in iOS we saw Google Drive getting 3D Touch, heard that future iPhones may use OLED screens, and that Apple Pay is going to China.

11/28/2015 10:00 AM

Watch a Range Rover drive over a bridge made entirely of paper

Watch a Range Rover drive over a bridge made entirely of paperRange Rovers, for all their luxury, are still off-roaders at heart. The company worked with English artist Steve Messam — known for his large-scale works — to build a paper bridge that a Range Rover could drive over.

11/28/2015 09:30 AM

Star Wars or Star Trek? Let us help you choose a side

Star Wars or Star Trek? Let us help you choose a sideHan Solo and the Jedi take on Captain Kirk and the Federation in a sci-fi clash of titans to once again try to settle the long-running debate over which franchise reigns supreme.

11/28/2015 09:00 AM

Spotify, you make my streams come true (AKA, the making of my musical wonderland)

You make my streams come true: How Spotify came to be my musical wonderlandCommentary: A lifelong music lover, Spotify's streaming service is the best way to hear the songs I love most. To me, musical services like this count among the most exciting technological achievements today.

11/28/2015 08:00 AM

Top Android news of the week: $161 tablet, Jolla halts deliveries, Motorola updates

Top Android news of the week: $161 tablet, Jolla halts deliveries, Motorola updatesIt was a slow holiday week for news in Android and apart from the Black Friday deals we heard about Motorola Marshmallow updates, saw Jolla shut down deliveries, and a tablet emerged for just $161 with either Android or Windows.

11/28/2015 08:00 AM

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