Sen. Ron Wyden said he will introduce a new privacy bill that would ban government agencies from buying people's personal information from data brokers to skirt standard court orders.
The proposed legislation would "be very specific about making sure that you just don't have this backdoor to throw in the Fourth Amendment in the trash can," Wyden told The Verge in an interview.
The bill, named "The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale," is expected to roll out in the coming weeks.
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Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said he is rolling out a new piece of legislation in the next few weeks that would ban government agencies, such as law enforcement, from purchasing people's data and obtaining their personal information.
In an interview with The Verge, Wyden outlined his plans for the bill, named "The Fourth Amendment Is Not For Sale," which would prevent governments from skirting the standard court orders and buying from data brokers.
"I don't think Americans' Constitutional rights ought to vanish when the government uses a credit card instead of a court order," Wyden told the outlet. "I mean, surveillance, folks, is surveillance. And what I want to do is close this loophole."
Wyden also notes that, as a senior member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he's privy to more intel on "shady data brokers" selling American user data and said what the general public is informed of is the "tip of the iceberg." The bill is slated to roll out in the next few weeks, per the report.
The proposed legislation comes after Sen. Wyden introduced the "Mind Your Own Business Act" in October 2019. The act was designed to keep tech executives in check by threatening up to 20 years of jail time if they are caught lying to the Federal Trade Commission about privacy violations.
Wyden is a coauthor of Section 230, the provision made to a 1996 internet law that shields tech companies with an online presence, like Twitter and Facebook, from being regulated as third-party content publishers, meaning they are not liable for the content that users post on their platforms.
In his interview with The Verge, Wyden also said President Trump's handling of the Federal Communications Commission is a "disaster" following his renomination block of Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Reilly, who did not share the president's opposition to Section 230 as well as a strong desire to crack down on the platforms offered by tech companies.
"I shudder to think of a day in which the Fairness Doctrine could be reincarnated for the Internet, especially at the ironic behest of so-called free speech 'defenders,'" O'Reilly said last week according to a Deadline report.
Read Wyden's interview with The Verge here.SEE ALSO: The Justice Department wants to weaken protections for internet companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have drawn Trump's ire
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SpaceX's historic first spaceflight with NASA astronauts finished on Sunday when the Crew Dragon spaceship splashed down off the coast of Florida.
Onlookers in boats made a beeline for the spaceship while it floated in the water.
One boat drove very close to the spaceship, disrupting NASA's live feed and waving a Trump flag.
Poisonous fumes hung around the capsule as the professional recovery teams from NASA and SpaceX retrieved it. The fumes could have been dangerous for the onlookers.
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After a fiery plummet through Earth's atmosphere, SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship splashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley tucked safely inside.
The landing completed the first crewed commercial spaceflight mission in history; the Crew Dragon launched Behnken and Hurley toward the International Space Station on May 30. They stayed there for two months before undertaking the risky return trip.
After landing, the capsule bobbed in the ocean for about 15 minutes as professional recovery boats sped to retrieve the astronauts — but they weren't alone on the water.
The landing site off the coast of Pensacola, Florida drew a crowd of onlookers in their own boats. Some got very close to the spaceship, including a boat flying a Trump flag that sped in front of NASA's live feed camera.
"Maybe next time we shouldn't announce our landing zone," SpaceX engineer Kate Tice said during NASA's live feed of the landing.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a briefing shortly after the splashdown that the crowd of boats "was not what we were anticipating."
The US Coast Guard had cleared the area ahead of the landing, Bridenstine explained, but after the capsule splashed down, "the boats just made a beeline for it," he said.
"We need to do a better job next time for sure," he added.
The recovery team had to clear the private vessels from the area before it could retrieve the spacecraft, since the crowd could have posed a hazard to Behnken and Hurley.
"It became a little bit too close to the Dragon capsule," SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell said during the briefing.
Coming too close could also have endangered the onlookers themselves, since poisonous fumes can surround the capsule after its landing.
After the recovery boat lifted the Crew Dragon out of the water, the recovery team detected one such gas — nitrous tetroxide — in the air surrounding the ship. The team had to wait for the fumes to clear before Behnken and Hurley could climb out of the capsule.
The conclusion of the historic mission, called Demo-2, kicks off a new era of commercial spaceflight. NASA has contracted six round trips on Crew Dragon going forward to ferry astronauts to and from the space station.
In the future, Bridenstine said, NASA will probably need more resources to clear private boats from the ocean landing area and keep it clear.
"This was a demonstration mission. This is the time that you go learn about these things, and we'll certainly be better prepared next time," Shotwell said.SEE ALSO: NASA just picked astronaut Megan McArthur, whose husband launched aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon, to pilot the spaceship in spring
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The wave of IT layoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic did not end in May 2020 as expected, with June seeing 6,000 more layoffs as business uncertainties rose because of the increase in coronavirus infections in the U.S., according to new data from management consulting firm Janco Associates. The pandemic’s economic fallout had already led to about 117,000 job losses in U.S. IT positions in April and early May 2020.The increase in COVID-19 infections across most U.S. states in June prompted the additional layoffs, and Janco’s June survey of U.S. IT organizations shows that further layoffs – though at the relatively small scale seen in June – are expected given business uncertainties. That survey also said that salary increases for IT staffers are “a thing of the past.”To read this article in full, please click here
A US congressional advisory body has warned that China’s focus on developing artificial intelligence (AI) could have marked effects on the global economic and military balance, shifting the seat of power from America to China.Why it matters: Beijing has set ambitious goals to become a world leader in AI by 2030.Sensetime, the world’s most valuable AI startup, comes from China.Nevertheless, the country faces a slew of challenges in reaching this goal.While China’s internet population generates gargantuan amounts of data that can be used to train an AI, its domestic chipmaking sector, which the AI industry relies on, is largely inferior.Likewise, China is known for quickly implementing AI applications but lacks talent compared with the US.
The long-rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro is due for an imminent release, according to Bloomberg.Mark Gurman reports that Apple could launch the machine as early as tomorrow, with sales immediately kicking off this week.The new MacBook Pro is expected to cost “about the same” as the 15-inch model, which starts at $2,399.That’s because, according to Gurman, it’s going to fully replace the classic 15-inch MacBook Pro in Apple’s laptop lineup.I think some people were expecting it to slot in above the existing options as a premium choice, but apparently not.Aside from its larger display, the 16-inch MacBook Pro will mark the debut of a “revamped” keyboard that’s “designed to be more reliable” than the butterfly-mechanism keyboards featured on MacBooks since 2016.
Black Friday and the following Cyber Week are traditionally the best times to score the best smartwatch for less.But this year, Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy are treating us by dropping the latest iOS smartwatch to its best price ahead of the much-awaited holiday sales.Deals on the latest Apple products attract buyers so hurry and order yours now while before stocks run out.40mm Apple Watch Series 5 GPS Smartwatch44mm Apple Watch Series 5 GPS SmartwatchOur Apple Watch Series 5 review offers several notable reasons why this iOS smartwatch is worth the investment.
This is a fabulous time of year to buy a new TV.Whether you’re looking for an HD, 4K, or 8K model, Black Friday, including the weeks leading up to the big sales event, brings the TV deals.Amazon starts its Black Friday-level sales early, including deals on Fire TV Edition smart TVs from two manufacturers in six sizes and three picture quality levels.The advantage of smart TVs is you don’t need to add a USB or HDMI stick to stream video content, because video streaming capability is built-in.These TVs are all set to stream Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, YouTube, and more, without buying additional equipment.Even at their normal prices Fire TV Edition TVs are at the lower end of the price scale, ranging from $150 for a 24-inch Insignia 720p HD TV to $450 for a 55-inch Toshiba 4K UHD HDR TV with Dolby Vision.
To understand, model and optimize the comfort of lower limb robotic exoskeletons, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.Robotic exoskeletons are wearable devices that help enable movement in people with physical disabilities.They can also assist with strenuous tasks beyond normal human capabilities.For this project, the researchers are focused on lower limb exoskeletons -- assistive walking devices worn on the leg -- to help patients recovering from a stroke and spinal cord injuries or those with cerebral palsy."In the field of exoskeletons, everyone acknowledges that comfort is important, but no one measures it, partly because there is no good way to do so," said Anne Martin, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.This collaborative project will address those concerns by measuring the physiological signals a person naturally transmits and mapping those values with user-reported feelings of comfort.
TikTok user @tinymeatgang69699, posted a clip of someone wheeze-scream-laughing at an array of kitschy framed signs in what seems to be a home goods store, one of which reads “Thank goodness I don’t have to hunt my own food.“I mean to be fair these are actually jokes,” they wrote.TikTok user @heyitssneha “did god’s work” and made the image a reality, allegedly (believably) at 2:30 am.Now Arson Frog is a TikTok sensation, gracing many a profile picture and user name, inspiring fan art, and prompting questions from confused “old millennials” on Reddit and head-scratching shoutouts from Twitterati.Which is interesting, and maybe necessary, because Arson Frog is an offshoot of one of the bitterest memes Gen Z has given the internet: “OK, boomer.”Members of Gen Z were born, at the earliest, in the mid-1990s.
The November 2019 update for Google’s Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL might smooth out one the biggest wrinkles from its launch a few weeks ago.Per 9to5Google, the release notes for the new update listed on Google’s Pixel Update Bulletin mentions that improvements have been made to the Smooth Display feature.While it doesn’t go into detail as to what has changed, presumably (and hopefully), it has implemented some changes to prevent the Pixel 4 from automatically dipping below a 90Hz refresh rate, or at least it has limited the conditions in which that happens.When this issue surfaced, Google provided a statement to The Verge in which it said that it will override the Smooth Display setting to adjust refresh rate under certain circumstances, including “when the user turns on battery saver, certain content such as video (as it’s largely shot at 24 or 30fps), and even various brightness or ambient conditions.” It promised a software update that will let Smooth Display remain switched on in “more brightness conditions,” and this November, a patch could be the fulfillment of that promise.Fingers crossed that December’s update will make some progress on improving the Pixel 4’s troubling battery life.This update also brings improvements to the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL’s cameras, though, again, there aren’t any particulars to parse from the info provided.
A study published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature earlier this week supposedly determined that a particular region of southern Africa gave rise to modern humans 200,000 years ago.DNA mutates over time, and those changes build up at a predictable rate, so geneticists can compare genomes and calculate when they last shared a common ancestor.The oldest mitochondrial lineage that we know of is called L0, and some of its oldest branches are now found mostly in people who live in southern Africa.Chan and her colleagues used mtDNA genomes from about 1,200 people with the L0 lineage and used the results to build a "family tree."Two hundred thousand years ago, paleoclimate records suggest that the area was a lush wetland mostly surrounded by less-inviting arid brushland.People whose mtDNA belonged to the haplogroups that branched out 130,000 years ago mostly came from northeast of that region, and people with mtDNA from the 110,000-year-old haplogroups mostly came from southwest of the Zambezi basin, along the western coast of South Africa.
In fact, XRP stands out like a sore thumb in CoinMarketCap’s top six cryptocurrencies, as it’s the only coin that isn’t derived from a permissionless blockchain that leverages Proof-of-Work (aside from popular stablecoin Tether).Quite an impressive feat for a digital asset that has no miners, and pitches itself almost exclusively as a settlement token for the financial sector.It opened Q2 at $0.3105 and almost immediately jumped to $0.3457 within one day.Following a brief surge to $0.375, XRP spent the rest of April (and half of May) consolidating well below $0.30.Heading into June, the XRP market generally hovered between $0.375 and $0.475.It closed the quarter resiliently, and even managed a short-lived rise to $0.50.
Every Star Wars conversation I've had since December 2017 leads to an inevitable question: "What did you think of The Last Jedi?"The ongoing negativity surrounding Disney's impact on a galaxy far, far away continues to astound me, and in the wake of the final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, I can't help but feel like I live in a different world than all those angry fans.That glorious cackle at the end of the first Rise of Skywalker trailer revealed that my favorite Star Wars character had cheated death and would terrorize a new generation of heroes.The Mandalorian, a live-action TV show focusing on a group that's never even named in the movies, is hitting Disney Plus in a few weeks, along with the badass-looking Jedi: Fallen Order game.Resistance is bringing us on fun adventures, and more of the flipping amazing Clone Wars is coming next year.I've been enchanted with this universe since my mum gave me a copy of the original movie's novelization, which I consumed shortly before the special editions hit theaters.
Two new laboratories of the Politecnico di Milano, "MINERVA" and "ATHENA", called "TechnoBiology" labs, have been officially presented today to the scientific community.The main purpose of the TechnoBiology labs is the realization of forefront technological devices and cellular models for the study of biochemical mechanisms that involve multiple organs and biological systems of our body, both in physiological and pathological conditions.This is the case of the microbiota-gut-brain axis, the set of pathways that link the intestinal bacterial flora (microbiota) and the functioning of our brain, topic of the ERC project MINERVA, funded with 2 million Euros by the European Community within the Horizon 2020 ERC Consolidator Grant 2016 call, which allowed the set-up of the two laboratories.The laboratories, fully equipped with up-to-date instruments, will promote interaction between engineers and researchers working in Life Sciences field for the development of organ-on-a-chip devices capable of hosting advanced in vitro models based on cells (Laboratory MINERVA) and bacteria (ATHENA Laboratory) grown both in 2D or 3D."In our vision" states Carmen Giordano, Principal Investigator of the ERC project MINERVA and leader of the TechnoBiology labs, "this new experimental unit will become a virtuous example of an interdisciplinary working area where engineers, biologists, biotechnologists and clinicians operate together to tackle new, complex technological and scientific challenges.The scope of the ERC project MINERVA is the first example: to create an engineered platform that allows the study of the impact of the intestinal microbiota on the functioning of our brain has potential significant impact for highly debilitating neurodegenerative diseases, that nowadays can rely only on symptomatic and palliative therapies".
You’ve finally completed your brand new app that’s going to revolutionize the way we live.You’ve even come up with a catchy name that meshes perfectly with your app and no other company has laid claim to.Unfortunately, someone from the ’90s already built a .com website with the domain name you want to use.What’s worse, that website isn’t even in use anymore!You don’t have to be a mobile app developer to relate.Perhaps you’re a freelance coder with a generic name who wants to showcase your portfolio, or you might be an agency specializing in tech clients.
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Bose, one of the leading audio product manufacturer, is now working on its next generation of mini Bluetooth speaker.Bose Soundlink Mini 3 is the company’s next offering which is expected to hit the market much sooner than we think.Thanks to the recent report, we now have the leaked images as well as few details of the product.As per the report, the speaker is expected to come in two different colour variants namely Black and Silver.It seems like the company this time is ditching the Grey variant.Bose Soundlink Mini 3: Images, Specifications
It’s certainly been my MMO home longer than any other.It’s a game that has helped a new friendship blossom into a relationship I never thought possible, and one that helps me stay in touch with friends I might otherwise have lost as our lives went in different directions.My MMO roots trace back to Runescape, World of Warcraft, and a plethora of free-to-play games from the early 2000’s boom, and while Final Fantasy XIV has been the one to hold my attention the longest, there are still many aspects to this story-driven title that I think pale in comparison to games that came well before it.One of my earliest memories from World of Warcraft was being amazed by the natural transitions between zones.You can’t walk from one part of the map to another without crossing a border, the screen fading to black, and your character fading back into another seemingly completely different ecosystem.True raids & more strategic dungeons
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