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Friday Cyber News, September 18 2015

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 9/12 - 9/18:

1. Ad blocking pits Apple against Google, takes revenue away from journalists, and makes ad-revenue-dependent websites very nervous. The problem is, we all want ad blocker--in many cases, so much so that we'll pay for it. Part of the question is how much privacy we'll lose over time by allowing tracking--often a part of ads--particularly as privacy decisions take place behind the closed doors of advertisers and ad-supporting platforms. [Verge; Quartz; The Intercept]

2. Read the NSC's draft paper on options for communications device encryption, as Obama leans away from backdoors. [Washington Post]

3. The Pentagon is putting together a cyber scorecard to prioritize all the vulnerabilities they can find in their cyber systems, along with 133 teams to fix the problems. [Reuters]

4. Banks may not cover cyber fraud losses, particularly for small businesses. More reason to explore the increasing numbers of tech firms that are becoming lenders? [NPR; WSJ]

5. What apps does a highly internet-savvy Chinese person use? What apps does an overweight--and then normal weight--and then overweight person use? What apps does a person who wants to be more likable use? [Quartz; New Republic; Fusion]

6. No one's getting massively rich off of Bitcoin anymore, but the possibilities for the Blockchain are drawing attention from entrepreneurs and large companies alike. [Forbes]

7. Seven hackers who broke the law, and where they are now. [Mask]

8. Hello Barbie has already raised privacy concerns for recording and storing children's conversations, but will an AI doll also affect how children respond to other humans? Is a robot friend who doesn't get upset over being ignored going to replace human peers, or steer children away from other forms of imaginative play? Science writer Diane Ackerman similarly explores what our brains have lost by focusing on virtual worlds throughout the day. [NYTimes; Nautilus]

9. Columbia student leaders announce Uber for Meal-Sharing, allowing richer students to donate dining-hall swipes to poorer students. They can also use a new Uber for Tutors app to get academic help. And they can get a computer science education through Codecademy and Udacity, which are good enough for Google. Should we be outsourcing duties of the university to the distributed sharing economy? [Jacobin; Dissent; NYTimes]

10. State whose motto is "Live Free or Die" continues support of anonymous internet by running Tor nodes in its libraries. (Which more and more people want to go digital). You can use virtual machines to add even more security protection, as explained by this guide. [NPR; Atlantic; The Intercept]




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