• Donald Trump Oct 23, 2019

    Google Claims Breakthrough in Blazingly Fast Computing

    Google announced Wednesday it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing, saying it has developed an experimental processor that took just minutes to complete a calculation that would take the world’s best supercomputer thousands of years. The feat could open the door someday to machines so blazingly fast that they could revolutionize such tasks as finding new medicines, developing vastly...

  • Facebook Oct 4, 2019

    US Authorities Seek Access to Facebook Encrypted Messaging

    U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already uses so-called end-to-end encryption, which locks up messages so that even Facebook can’t read their contents. Facebook plans to extend that...

  • CEO Sep 9, 2019

    What to Expect From Apple's Annual iPhone Launch

    Get ready for new Apple products. Every fall since 2011, Apple has held a launch event in California where it reveals its annual iPhone update. The goal is to create hype for the products going into the all-important holiday shopping season. Apple usually succeeds. Although other technology companies hold flashy events when they reveal new products, none get the same...

  • Daniel Macht Aug 30, 2019

    Google's Report on Massive iPhone Security Flaw Doubles as Dig Against Apple's Privacy Stance

    Google released a compilation of in-depth research on vulnerabilities in Apple’s operating system Thursday night. The research is interesting and comprehensive, but the impact of the flaws on most iPhone users may not be huge. Also, Google is using the compiled research to publicly needle Apple, following Apple’s campaign to differentiates its products on privacy and security. Here are some...

  • Florida Jun 9, 2019

    Give Up Your Password or Go to Jail: Police Push Legal Boundaries to Get Into Cellphones

    When William Montanez was arrested on drug and firearm charges in Tampa, Flordia last June, police threatened him with jail time if he refused to hand over the passcodes to his iPhones. Montanez refused anyway and spent 44 days behind bars before the charged were dropped. While few would choose jail, Montanez’s decision reflects a growing resistance to law enforcement’s...

  • Donald Trump May 9, 2019

    Zuckerberg Explains How Facebook Will Get ‘Privacy Focused'

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the company’s annual F8 developer conference by sharing details about his new “privacy-focused” vision for the social network — including end-to-end encryption for Messenger conversations and secure WhatsApp statuses that only friends can see. Scott Budman reports.

  • Donald Trump May 8, 2019

    US Regulators Under Scrutiny as They Look to Punish Facebook

    Federal privacy regulators are under scrutiny in Congress as they negotiate a record fine with Facebook to punish the company for alleged violations of its users’ privacy. The Federal Trade Commission is considering a rare action holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook’s alleged failure to honor a 2011 agreement over privacy lapses. The agency also may limit how...

  • Facebook Mar 21, 2019

    Facebook Employees Had Access to Millions of User Passwords

    Facebook stored “hundreds of millions” of account passwords without encryption and viewable as plain text to tens of thousands of company employees, according to a report Thursday by cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs. Facebook confirmed the report in a blog post. The incident could have affected as many as 600 million users, a significant portion of Facebook’s user base of 2.7...

  • Facebook Mar 10, 2019

    What Facebook's ‘Privacy Vision' Really Means

    Mark Zuckerberg’s abrupt Wednesday declaration of a new “privacy vision ” for social networking was for many people a sort of Rorschach test. Looked at one way, the manifesto read as an apology of sorts for Facebook’s history of privacy transgressions, and suggested that the social network would de-emphasize its huge public social network in favor of private messaging between...

  • Facebook Mar 9, 2019

    How Facebook Stands to Profit From Its ‘Privacy' Push

    At first glance, Mark Zuckerberg’s new “privacy-focused vision ” for Facebook looks like a transformative mission statement from a CEO under pressure to reverse years of battering over its surveillance practices and privacy failures. But critics say the announcement obscures Facebook’s deeper motivations: To expand lucrative new commercial services, continue monopolizing the attention of users, develop new data sources to...

  • Facebook Mar 7, 2019

    Facebook CEO Says He'll Double Down on Privacy

    Facebook, which grew into a colossus by vacuuming up your information in every possible way and using it to target ads back at you, now says its future lies in privacy-oriented messaging that Facebook itself can’t read. Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO, announced the shift in a Wednesday blog post apparently intended to blunt both criticism of the company’s data...

  • Oregon Feb 12, 2019

    Future Is Now: Nike's Next Self-Lacing Shoe Hitting Shelves

    The Nike Adapt BB — a self-lacing smart shoe that can be controlled by a smartphone — gets released to the public on Sunday, a date that just happens to coincide with the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte.

  • Donald Trump Jan 28, 2019

    End of Shutdown Still Leaves Contract Workers Hanging

    Federal employees are turning on office lights and computers and reopening national parks and museums for the first time in weeks, but others employed by government contractors face still more uncertainty over when they’ll resume work or whether they’ll ever be paid for time lost to the stalemate over President Donald Trump’s border wall. For the hundreds of thousands of...

  • Donald Trump Jun 7, 2018

    Putin Says Russian Military Not Building Long-Term in Syria

    Russian troops will remain in Syria as long as Moscow thinks it’s necessary, but Russia isn’t building permanent facilities in the only Middle East country where it has a military foothold, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday in his annual marathon call-in show. The troops “will stay there for as long as it is to Russia’s advantage, and to fulfill our...

  • Facebook Jun 5, 2018

    New iOS 12 Features Include Ways to Help Curb iPhone Use

    Apple will offer more ways for people to limit the time they spend on iPhones while introducing features designed to make its products even more indispensable. The paradox emerged Monday as Apple executives previewed new versions of free software due out this fall. The forthcoming controls are aimed at addressing criticism that devices are becoming increasingly addictive and distracting, especially...

  • Virginia May 21, 2018

    Potential Spy Devices Which Track Cellphones, Intercept Calls Found All Over D.C., Md., Va.

    The News4 I-Team found dozens of the potential spy devices while driving around Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

  • May 18, 2018

    Potential Spy Devices Which Track Phones Found All Over DMV

    The technology can be as small as a suitcase, placed anywhere at any time, and it’s used to track cell phones and intercept calls.

  • VMS May 15, 2018

    How to Protect Your Data While Using Public Wi-Fi

    Virtual private networks can help you protect your data — and you should use a VPN if you ever use public Wi-Fi. News4’s Susan Hogan reports on how you can find a private browser that works for you.

  • Facebook Mar 30, 2018

    Promises, Promises: Facebook's History with Privacy

    Lawmakers in many countries may be focused on Cambridge Analytica’s alleged improper use of Facebook data, but the social network’s privacy problems go back more than a decade.

  • OFFICER Mar 13, 2018

    Military Reviews Rules for Helmet Cams After Niger Attack

    U.S. military leaders are considering new guidelines for the use of helmet cameras on the battlefield after Islamic State-linked fighters in Niger exploited footage taken by a fallen American soldier to make a propaganda video that highlighted the killing of four U.S. forces. Weeks after the deadly October ambush, people linked to the militants shopped around the grisly footage to...

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