Geekly Update - 14 Jun 2017
Is it legal to hack the school computer to change your grade in a cyber-security class? Can your local politicians now see what you're reading on Facebook? And what did the Wall Street Journal do that earned them a smackdown from Google? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against Lexmark and other printer companies, affirming the right for third-party companies to legally sell refilled inkjet cartridges. The ruling is also a victory for companies that sell used or refurbished auto parts and medical devices.
A University of Central Florida student hacked into the school’s computer system and changed his grade in a course from “F” to “A.” No word on whether it was a cybersecurity course, in which case he may well deserve that “A.”
Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building the world’s largest airship, or “blimp.” It will be his personal toy when it’s not carrying supplies to remote disaster areas.
The Chipotle restaurant chain revealed that nearly all of its 2,550 stores were hacked and customers’ credit card data were stolen. This time the bug hits customers in their wallets instead of their stomachs.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has taken up the case of an employee who has been charged under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. That law, says EFF, was never intended to criminalize password sharing between legitimate users of a “protected computer system” and others who were not authorized by the computers’ owner.
Verizon and T-mobile are neck and neck in the race to build the fastest LTE network, according to statistics collected in May by SmartSpeed, a crowd-sourced network monitoring firm.
A 14 year-old Japanese boy has the dubious distinction of being the youngest alleged ransomware extortionist.
A glimmer of hope for privacy? The U. S. Supreme Court has accepted a case that challenges police authority to obtain cell phone location data from service providers.
"Send in the humans!" At least one insurance company is using drones to examine damage to roofs, and one customer in Denver is not happy about it.
From the Tiny Violin Files: The Wall Street Journal stopped letting people access its articles for free, erecting a paywall. Now the WSJ is protesting because its traffic from Google has plummeted 44%.
Foreigners in any country can spy on, injure, or even kill Americans in their homes, as long as they do it by remote control from outside of the USA, according to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is appealing this bizarre ruling in the case of Kidane v. Ethiopia.
Amazon Drive’s “unlimited storage” deal has come to an end. Now, the $60/year “unlimited” package is capped at 1 TB. Customers can also opt for 100 GB at $12/year.
Japan expects to launch self-piloting cargo ships by 2025. But what can you do with a rusty robot early in the morning?
Facebook is rolling out updates that will allow politicians to see what news stories are popular among their constituents. The idea is to help elected representatives understand what issues are important to people in their districts. Optional “badges” will also tell officials whether a comment on their page comes from a constituent.
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 14 Jun 2017
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