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Facebook CEO plans public debates about tech for 2019 personal challenge

FILE PHOTO: Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reacts as he speaks at the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau (Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday he will host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society as part of his personal challenge this year. Zuckerberg sounded his plan in a Facebook post, which has been a regular feature when he airs his New Year’s resolutions that in the past have…

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Hackers post personal data of hundreds of German politicians: ARD TV

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of binary code are seen in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo/File Photo BERLIN (Reuters) – Hackers have posted personal data from hundreds of German politicians from major parties, including credit card details and mobile phone numbers, ARD TV said on Friday. The data, published on a Twitter account, also included addresses, personal letters and copies of identity cards, the public broadcaster said, citing affiliate rbb. All major German parties except for the…

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Weather app harvests personal data, security experts warn

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A sunset in Rio de Janeiro. A weather app has tried to subscribe hundreds of thousands of Brazilian users to paid services. A popular weather app has been collecting unusual amounts of information from its users, security experts claim. Data including email addresses and mobile identity numbers have been transmitted to servers based in China. The free app, ‘Weather Forecast—World Weather Accurate Radar’, has also subscribed users to paid services without permission. It has been downloaded more than 10 million times from Google’s Play…

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North Korea defector hack: Personal data of almost 1,000 leaked

Image copyright iStock Image caption Their names, birth dates and addresses have all been leaked Almost 1,000 North Korean defectors have had their personal data leaked after a computer at a South Korean resettlement centre was hacked, the unification ministry said. A personal computer at the state-run centre was found to have been “infected with a malicious code”. The ministry said this is thought to be the first large-scale information leak involving North Korean defectors. The hackers’ identity and the origin of the cyber attack is not yet confirmed. North…

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HP Inc tops revenue estimates on growth in personal systems business

The Hewlett-Packard (HP) logo is seen as part of a display at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference in Chicago, Illinois, May 4, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo (Reuters) – HP Inc (HPQ.N), which houses the hardware business of former Hewlett-Packard Co, reported quarterly revenue that beat analysts’ estimates on Thursday, driven by growth in its personal systems that sells notebooks and desktops and the acquisition of Samsung’s printer business. The personal systems business, which accounts for more than 60 percent of HP Inc’s total revenue, rose 11 percent to $10.06 billion,…

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Ivanka Trump used personal email for White House business

Image copyright Win McNamee/Getty Images Image caption Ms Trump reportedly stopped using her personal email for official work after being told the rules Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to send hundreds of messages discussing official White House business last year, officials confirm. A review into her emails revealed she had used her private address to contact government officials. Ms Trump sent the emails before she was briefed on the rules, her lawyer says. In 2016, her father Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of putting the US “in danger”…

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Stephen Hawking personal effects fetch £1.8m at auction

Image copyright Christie’s Image caption A copy of Prof Hawking’s best-selling book, signed with a thumbprint, was among the items up for sale Personal effects of Stephen Hawking, including a signed copy of his 1965 PhD thesis, have raised more than £1.8m at auction. A total of 22 items owned by the Cambridge physicist, who died in March, were auctioned by Christie’s. The copy of his thesis titled Properties of Expanding Universes – one of only five – was sold for £584,750 An early wheelchair raised £296,750 for charity and…

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Web creator works to liberate personal data

Image copyright PHILIPPE DESMAZES Image caption People should have more control over their data, says Sir Tim Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has created a technology he says will give people more control over their data. Called Solid, the technology puts personal information in one place so people can decide what is shared with which service or site. Sir Tim said Solid was needed because the current model of handing over lots of data to many different online services did not serve people well. Solid has been set up as…

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Medtech firms get personal with digital twins

HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) – Armed with a mouse and computer screen instead of a scalpel and operating theater, cardiologist Benjamin Meder carefully places the electrodes of a pacemaker in a beating, digital heart. A three-dimensional printout of a human heart is seen at the Heidelberg University Hospital (Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg) in Heidelberg, Germany, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski Using this “digital twin” that mimics the electrical and physical properties of the cells in patient 7497’s heart, Meder runs simulations to see if the pacemaker can keep the congestive heart failure sufferer…

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Medtech firms get personal with digital twins

HEIDELBERG, Germany (Reuters) – Armed with a mouse and computer screen instead of a scalpel and operating theater, cardiologist Benjamin Meder carefully places the electrodes of a pacemaker in a beating, digital heart. A three-dimensional printout of a human heart is seen at the Heidelberg University Hospital (Universitaetsklinikum Heidelberg) in Heidelberg, Germany, August 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski Using this “digital twin” that mimics the electrical and physical properties of the cells in patient 7497’s heart, Meder runs simulations to see if the pacemaker can keep the congestive heart failure sufferer…

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