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February 11, 2016

Why was 2015 a record year for shark attacks?

Answer: climate change, maybe

February 10, 2016

Internet of Things Devices: Intelligence-Gathering Opportunity?

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing held Feb. 9, security officials testified about the threats facing the United States -- and possible opportunities.

February 10, 2016

Feds to Google: Software Could be Considered a 'Driver' for Regulatory Purposes

While a letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to Google suggests that fully self-driving cars could pass safety inspections, it acknowledges that regulatory hurdles still remain.

February 10, 2016

FBI Still Can’t Access San Bernardino Shooter’s Encrypted Phone

Although the phone has been taken as evidence, there is still no way to find out what information it holds due to the encryption key that only the owner can unlock.

February 10, 2016

NSA Reorganizes, Combines Cyberdefense and Offensive Hacking

The changes at the nation's most prominent intelligence-gathering outfit reflect more than a decade spent rethinking how the United States gathers intelligence.

February 10, 2016

Feds Investigate FBI, DHS Alleged Data Breach

The Justice spokesman said that as of now, there is no indication that any “sensitive personally identifiable information” was lost.

February 10, 2016

L.A. City Hall’s Lack of Record-Keeping May Come Under Fire

Laws dictate that records must be preserved for a certain amount of time, but it doesn't appear that City Council and the mayoral offices have followed those rules.

February 10, 2016

Can Government Pressure Social Media Sites to Promote Internet Safety?

Live video, augmented reality and other innovations are creating a tough environment for tech firms dealing with online harassment, terrorism and the dark side of the Internet.

February 10, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Throws Wrench in Obama’s Clean Power Plan

The Supreme Court has issued a stay on the Clean Power Plan until the appellate courts can settle lawsuits brought up against it.

February 10, 2016

The Odd Couple: ACLU, Tenth Amendment Center Take on Student Data Privacy

The two entities say their model legislation will address the shortcomings of current student data privacy protections.

February 10, 2016

Why There Aren't Many Rooftop Solar Panels in the South

States in the South offer few financial and regulatory incentives to homeowners who want to install rooftop solar systems.

February 10, 2016

Massachusetts Shares How Individuals Can Combat Climate Change

A new state website details not just the effects of climate change, but also how people can help.

February 10, 2016

Digital Services, Tools Designed Explicitly for Government

Thanks to a combination of venture capital, new tech and entrepreneurial spirit, more companies than ever now offer digital services and tools specifically for government.

February 10, 2016

Will Kansas City Become America’s Next Smart City?

Kansas City has embraced the smart city movement with steps including expanded broadband access, a streetcar line and an expanding number of electrical-vehicle charging stations.

February 10, 2016

Tesla Pressures Nevada to Drop Solar Rate Hike

Tesla's vice president of business development said the higher fee would be an impediment to developing an electricity grid that uses on-site generation technologies.

February 10, 2016

Startup Helps Cities Launch Crowdfunding Campaigns

Citizenvestor helps local governments launch crowdfunding campaigns for everything from dog parks to bike racks.

February 10, 2016

Why is being called “scum” not quite the insult it once was?

Answer: Because scum can see

February 10, 2016

Boston Lawyer Creates Headaches for Silicon Valley Sharing Companies

Attorney Shannon Liss-Riordan says too many Silicon Valley firms flout labor laws at the expense of low-wage workers.

February 9, 2016

Washington Medicaid Authority Exposes 91,000 Health Records

The Washington State Health Care Authority reported that two employees exchanged files containing Social Security numbers and personal health information in violation of federal regulations.

February 9, 2016

White House Announces National Cybersecurity Action Plan, Chief Information Security Officer Position

The Obama administration outlined the need for an increased emphasis on cybersecurity given rising threat levels and a need to adapt to the rapidly changing environment.