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A third of popular websites are ‘fingerprinting’ you

Washington Post – “Just when you thought we had hit rock bottom on all the ways the Internet could snoop on us — no. We’ve sunk even lower. There’s a tactic spreading across the Web named after treatment usually reserved for criminals: fingerprinting. At least a third of the 500 sites Americans visit most often use hidden code to run an identity check on your computer or phone.

Websites from CNN and Best Buy to porn site Xvideos and WebMD are dusting your digital fingerprints by collecting details about your device you can’t easily hide. It doesn’t matter whether you turn on “private browsing” mode, clear tracker cookies or use a virtual private network. Some even use the fact you’ve flagged “do not track” in your browser as a way to fingerprint you. They’re doing it, I suspect, because more of us are taking steps to protect our data. Privacy is an arms race — and we are falling behind.”…

Categories: Law and Legal

Publication of Mueller Report’s Secret Memos Begins

“BuzzFeed News sued the US government to see all the work that Mueller’s team kept secret. We have published the first installment, with revelations about the Ukraine conspiracy theory, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and more… In response to a court order, the Justice Department released the first installment of documents: hundreds of pages of summaries of FBI interviews with witnesses, available here for the first time. Another installment will be released every month for at least the next eight years.

The documents revealed [November 2, 2019], known as “302 reports,” are summaries of interviews with former White House official and Trump campaign manager Stephen Bannon, Cohen, Gates, and more. They are some of the most important and highly sought-after documents from Mueller’s investigation. They reveal what key players in the campaign told FBI agents about Russia, Trump, the email hack during the 2016 presidential campaign, and Trump associates’ handling of the special counsel’s investigation…”

Categories: Law and Legal

FACT CHECK: Is The Trump Impeachment Process Different From Nixon And Clinton?

Republicans say the process approved Thursday is a "sham" and "unconstitutional." But Democrats say it's very similar to what was in place during previous administrations.

(Image credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images)

Categories: Just News

Here’s What Happens When You Leave Weed Up Your Nose for 18 Years

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 11:00
A man thought he had swallowed the balloon-wrapped marijuana he was smuggling. He hadn’t.
Categories: Just News

Inside the Icelandic Facility Where Bitcoin Is Mined

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 10:00
Cryptocurrency mining now uses more of the Nordic island nation's electricity than its homes.
Categories: Just News

The Impeachment Vote in the House Tops This Week's Internet News Roundup

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 09:00
Last week, the US House voted to formalize the rules of the impeachment investigation against President Trump. Also, a nice dog won a medal.
Categories: Just News

Drones That Work for Food, a Self-Landing Plane, and More News This Week

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 09:00
Uber Eats unveils its latest drone, which may begin deliveries next summer, and our reporter lands a $2 million plane with the help of new tech. 
Categories: Just News

In A Remote Arctic Outpost, Norway Keeps Watch On Russia's Military Buildup

Warmer weather up north is opening up shipping lanes and new access to natural resources. It's also fueling a military buildup.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

Categories: Just News

Rural Seasonal Workers Worry About Montana Medicaid's Work Requirements

Montana is one of several states that want Medicaid recipients to prove they work a steady, minimum number of hours monthly. Will federal courts allow the Montana rule change to stand?

(Image credit: Corin Cates-Carney/Montana Public Radio)

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Cosmic Triangles Open a Window to the Origin of Time

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 08:00
Physicists have found a new way to conceive of time as an emergent dimension, a kind of hologram springing from the universe’s spatial correlations.
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14 Best Xbox One Games Every Player Should Try (2019)

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 08:00
Relive classics, play co-op with friends, and enjoy the mayhem of a battle royale with our favorite Xbox titles.
Categories: Just News

Soup's On! And On! Thai Beef Noodle Brew Has Been Simmering For 45 Years

The giant pot of dark brew brimming with beef, spices and herbs sits near the sidewalk on a busy street in Bangkok, where it is constantly stirred by a member of the third-generation-owned restaurant.

(Image credit: Michael Sullivan for NPR)

Categories: Just News

The Internet Archive Is Making Wikipedia More Reliable

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 07:00
The operator of the Wayback Machine allows Wikipedia's users to check citations from books as well as the web. 
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Free Tools Boost 2020 Election Security, But Not Enough

Wired Top Stories - Sun, 11/03/2019 - 07:00
More companies than ever are offering low-cost security services for election bureaus and campaigns. It’s still not clear how much they’ll actually help.
Categories: Just News

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