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Australia wants to ban unvaccinated children from preschool
Australia’s goal is 95 per cent vaccinationFatCamera/GettyBy Alice KleinNo-jab, no play. So says the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has announced a proposal to bar unvaccinated children...
Australia to ban unvaccinated children from preschool
Australia’s goal is 95 per cent vaccinationFatCamera/GettyBy Alice KleinNo-jab, no play. So says the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who has announced that unvaccinated children will be barred...
Facebook updates policy to prevent your data from being used for surveillance
Privacy is always a touchy aspect of the social media experience, but unauthorized gathering of personal info - especially for use by law enforcement - tends to hit that nerve especially hard.To that...
PayPal co-founder: Trump's travel ban 'sends the worst message possible'
"I'm at the very least encouraged by the fact that the administration has heard the peaceful protests, all the rhetoric that's come out over the weekend against this policy...so I certainly will keep...
US Department of Energy strengthens protections for its researchers
Enlarge / The policy was announced last week by nuclear physicist and DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, who will be replaced by former Texas Governor Rick Perry if he is confirmed by the Senate.Thomas Kelsey/U.S....
David Plouffe leaves Uber, joins Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Zuckerberg and Chan have hired a top political operative to lead the next phase of their philanthropic work at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the limited liability company they set up in 2015 to conduct...
reader comments 36 Share this story Evernote is testing out machine learning algorithms on all the reams of content it has accumulated over the past eight years. But when it announced this move with a...
Uber raises privacy concerns with policy to track location even after ride
Popular apps on your phone could put your privacy at risk. Many of them ask to access your location, including ride-hailing app Uber. Anna Werner shows why some are concerned about a recent change in the...
Say goodbye to The Pirate Bay
Game of Thrones might be much harder to find soon. THOSE vile criminals among us who illegally download television shows and movies are about to find it much harder, with leading torrent sites on Google’s...
World Economic Forum launches San Francisco tech policy center
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The World Economic Forum, the Swiss-based group that sponsors that annual Davos gathering of world leaders, is opening a San Francisco office to explore policy and regulatory...
Juniper Bolsters Security Capabilities in Its Networking Portfolio
At its NXTWORK conference, company officials unveil Policy Enforcer, which automates policy enforcement and quarantines infected endpoints. Juniper Networks is rolling out an array of new and enhanced...
Tech Policy Issues That Await the 45th U.S. President
With the U.S. general election coming up Nov. 8, it's a good time to take a forward-looking, party-neutral look at technology policy issues relevant in this election cycle. Cyber-security, as one might...
Obama: National Security Decisions Must Consider Threat of Climate Change
U.S. President Barack Obama says climate change is a growing threat to national security and its impact should be factored into national security-related decisions, plans and actions. Obama signed a Presidential...
Peer-to-peer companies set their sights on disrupting the insurance industry
A similar system was set up by a Berlin fintech company called Friendsurance. At the end of each year, policy holders using Friendsurance receive a cash-back bonus if they did not make a claim. The company,...
Regulators 'Look At' WhatsApp Links To Facebook
How to stop WhatsApp from sharing your data with Facebook
When Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $16 billion ((about £9.5b/AU$17.7b) back in 2014, it was inevitable that the two services would begin sharing some of your personal data. Today, that inevitability...
NordVPN is a Panama-based company which has been providing advanced VPN services for more than ten years.NordVPN's current products match or beat the competition in just about every area. We are talking...
This is why you should be very careful who you connect with on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is obviously a very handy tool when it comes to the world of work, but far too many users of the social network are happy to connect with strangers, who could be malicious parties looking to cherry-pick...
Half of businesses now have a social media policy – but do they work?
A new survey from Pew Research, which questioned some 2,000 adults in the US, has made some interesting discoveries about social media usage policies in businesses, and staff reaction to these.So how many...
No more Mr. Nice Ubisoft: First-time Division cheaters now banned permanently
Instead of fighting through this wasteland, cheaters will now have to face the wasteland of their own lives.In a move intended to help stem a wave of cheating in the online portions of The Division, Ubisoft...
Amazon puts an end to its generous discount-refund policy
Cost-conscious Amazon shoppers, prepare to be bummed: The internet warehouse is reportedly putting the kibosh on its refund policy that paid back customers who bought an item before it went on sale.Similar...
‘I take climate change very seriously’
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was in Gatton to announce Labor’s climate change policy. Picture: Tim Marsden MALCOLM Turnbull today is stressing how seriously he takes climate change, but his problem this...
Watchdog: Fed needs to better secure economic data
The Fed provides on embargo its most market-sensitive information — ranging from the Federal Open Market Committee's statement on monetary policy and policy meeting minutes to monthly data on industrial...
Supreme Court dismisses PIL against grant of 4G licences to RJIL
Comments Written by Utkarsh Anand | Delhi | Published:April 9, 2016 1:14 am Supreme Court of India Underlining that courts have to be “conservative” in interfering with economic policies that are formulated...
Cloud cramp: Read your terms of service before it's too late
special feature The Evolution of Enterprise Storage How to plan, manage, and optimize enterprise storage to keep up with the data deluge. Read More How would you feel if you woke up one Monday morning...
Tech and policy can make Bill Gates’ ‘energy miracle’ a reality
With icons like Leonardo DiCaprio and Bill Gates using their powerful brands and personal convictions to turn the world’s focus toward the crisis of climate change and the long-lever arm of...
In Apple vs. the FBI, technology wins
Government policy and technology usually coexist in harmony. But occasionally, they get into a brawl. When this happens, policy may win a battle or two, but, ultimately, technology always wins. It...
How the ‘wonks’ of public policy and the ‘geeks’ of tech can get together
Technology innovates and disrupts, while public policy regulates and controls — at least according to conventional wisdom. The skirmish between Apple and the FBI is a prime example: Apple is...
White House floats policy to open source federal code
The White House says there are still some photography restrictions that visitors must follow: No selfie sticks, GoPro cams, tablets, or digital cameras with removable lenses.(Photo: Russell Motley) The...
Facebook can nix German users with fake names - CNET
Facebook's real-name policy stands in Germany. Jochen Eckel/dpa/Corbis The beauty of the Internet is that when you're online you can be anybody you want. Except on Facebook, where you have to be yourself.Facebook...
Growing divide among European Union nations
Tensions among European Union leaders at last week’s summit in Brussels have highlighted a gnawing lack of confidence that the bloc of 28 nations can provide timely answers to Europe’s challenges. “The...
What Facebook’s policy on nudity means in practice
NEW YORK – What are Facebook’s rules for posting nude images?The question is at the forefront again after a French court ruled Friday that a French art teacher can sue the social media service after it...
Amazon no longer has a return and get refund policy for mobiles
Comments By: Tech Desk | Updated: February 10, 2016 8:22 pm Amazon India ends its return policy on mobile phones, will replace only damaged devices (Source: Amazon.in) Amazon has announced that it will...
Firing of Muslim workers leads to discrimination case
MILWAUKEE - A civil liberties group says it plans to file federal discrimination and harassment complaints after a Wisconsin manufacturer fired seven Muslim employees for violating a company break policy...
Facebook’s new policy restricts sale, advertisement of guns
Comments By: AP | San Francisco | Published:January 30, 2016 12:12 pm Facebook had announced some restrictions on gun sales and advertising in 2014, saying it would block minors from seeing posts that...
Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook says it's cracking down on online gun sales, with a new policy that bars private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world's largest social network. ...
Airbnb takes its case to U.S. mayors conference
The day before, the head of the hotel industry’s lobbying group spoke to the same audience with a very different message: The heated battle between Airbnb, the popular room-sharing app, and the hotel...
Cost burden of Quebec's carbon market seen as modest
The cost burden of Quebec's carbon-pricing policy, is likely to be modest across income groups and industries, according to a McGill University research team. The policy, which began to be implemented...
Microsoft updates support policy: New CPUs will require Windows 10
In a change to its longstanding support policy, Microsoft says PCs based on new CPU architectures, including Intel's Skylake chips, will require Windows 10. A list of preferred systems will support older...
In Depth: What do your apps want to know about you?
Spotify, Uber and SnapchatWe all like to pretend that we take legal matters seriously, but the reality is that few of us do. Case in point: have you ever actually trawled through all the terms and conditions...
Twitter updates policy on abusive behavior
This November 7, 2013 file photo shows the logo of Twitter on the front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York.(Photo: Emmanuel Dunand, AFP/Getty Images) Twitter introduced an update Tuesday...
US drops lifetime ban on gay men donating blood
Blood donation guidelines in the US are becoming more inclusive. On 21 December, the US Food and Drug Administration recommended that gay and bisexual men should be permitted to donate blood – provided...
This is how Facebook is changing its ‘real names’ policy after harsh criticism
Facebook has begun testing changes to its controversial “real names” policy, in attempts to improve the experience for transgendered and aboriginal users who feel they have been discriminated against....
Facebook amends controversial 'real name' policy
Facebook'sÂ real name policy came under fire for "exposing its users to danger and disrespecting the identities of its users". Now, the company have unveiled changes that will provide users with a workaround.Â ...
Facebook makes changes to controversial 'real names' rules
Facebook's new real names policy tool Photo: Facebook Secondly, Facebook will allow users to give more justification for the name they are using. When users provide IDs for example, they can say if they...
Facebook tests changes to 'real name' policy
Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.(Photo: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press) SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is testing changes to its controversial "real name" policy after criticism from transgender, Native...
Facebook is making major changes to its real name policy
Facebook announced today that it will be enacting two new policies in regards to the names users go by. The changes aim to provide context when verifying assumed names, in order to balance accountability...
Facebook Makes Changes To Its Real Name Policy
After over a year’s worth of controversy around Facebook’s real names policy, Facebook has announced a couple of changes to its process in order to better serve all of its members, including...
UK's 'space policy' outlines orbital threats, Â£40bn opportunity
Keeping the UK safe from "space threats" is one of the top priorities for the government as space technology becomes easier to access, officials have said.As British astronaut Tim Peake is set to be launched...
U.S. updates jet-engine technology transfer policy with India
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has updated its policy on gas-turbine engine technology transfer to India, a move that should lead to expanded cooperation in production and design of jet-engine...
Insurer now offering “troll insurance” for victims of online harassment
david reidChubb, the company famous for its eponymous locks and other safety equipment, is to offer its clients in the UK the first ever "troll insurance." Chubb personal insurance policy holders will be...
IRS: Don’t worry, we’ve only used our stingray to track 37 phones
JhaymesisviphotographyFurther ReadingIRS tells Senate: We only use our stingrays with court orders"It can only be used based on probable cause of criminal activity."Following revised policies from other...
Phuc Dat Bich name was Facebook hoax, says prankster
He also criticised Facebook's "real names" policy, saying: Do you remember the story; The boy who cried wolf? Imagine that boy grew up into a mischievous man with 21st century...Posted by Phuc Dat Bich...
US transportation officials update self-driving car policy
LOS ANGELES – Federal transportation officials are updating their position on self-driving cars, with an eye toward getting the emerging technology into the public’s hands.Just two years ago, the U.S....
The 'Most Used Words' Facebook app is a privacy nightmare
More than 17 million people have used a Facebook app ('Most Used Words') to find out the terms they say most often on the social network -- and have given up access to virtually all of their Facebook data...
Startup language is so passe
Australia is a sparsely populated brown land that has always got rich from flogging commodities to others, whether that be shiny rocks, dirty rocks filled with ancient dinosaurs, sheep, cattle, or sugar....
Univ. of Washington faculty study legal, social complexities of augmented reality
Augmented reality is the enhancement of human perception through overlaying technologies that can expand, annotate and even record the user's moment-to-moment experience. Those designing coming augmented...
Amazon Revamps Parental Leave Policy
Amazon announced its new Parental Leave policy earlier this morning in an email to employees. The Seattle-based company’s new policy includes 20 weeks of paid parental leave for birth mothers...
Google's next app will make photo editing more social
Google isn't usually shy about launching experimental new apps and then closing them back down again if they don't work, and it sounds like the tech giant's next testing of the app waters will revolve...
Google under fire for ads running with offensive content
Google makes tens of billions of dollars per year in ad sales. This week it's facing a global crisis after some of the world's biggest advertisers halted their spending after concerns that their ads are...
Google is streamlining its chat apps again
Google has a baffling array of chat apps and platforms out there at the moment, so the tech behemoth has decided to try and simplify its approach just a little bit: firstly it's phasing out Google Talk...
Google reportedly removing SMS texting from Hangouts on May 22
Welcome to your new Hangout. reader comments 40 Share this story Google continues to shake up its messaging tools with the upcoming removal of a popular feature from Hangouts. According to an email sent...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark