Germany’s DEAL project, which includes over 60 major research institutions, has announced that all of its members are canceling their subscriptions to all of Elsevier’s academic and scientific journals, effective January 1, 2017.


Proving even traditional media is capable of having fun, The Washington Post today released a plugin designed to fact-check our President-elect. ‘RealDonaldContext’ is a Chrome plugin that scours Trump’s tweets and adds fact-check summaries beneath them. As for what’s deemed inaccurate, that’s for WaPo’s editors to decide.
 

Really, no one should be surprised that the Twitter accounts behind Russian embassies are good at trolling. After all Russia, is developing a reputation as the world’s trolliest nation.

 

 
President-elect Donald Trump is an active Twitter user and has over 17.4 million followers. Those are facts. The contents of his tweets usually aren’t. Or they aren’t whole truths. As a way of fact checking our nation’s next leader’s online musings,…
 

Federal Bureau of Investigations chief James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper today indicated the FBI and ODNI support a recent CIA assessment that Russia committed internet attacks targeted at America’s elections, with the intent in part being to help Donald Trump win.

 
FBI Director James Comey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have both reportedly agreed with the CIA’s report that Russian agents hacked the November presidential election and did so to the benefit of the GOP candidate, Donald Trump,…
 

Proofpoint has identified a new version of DNSChanger EK, a strain of malware that changes your DNS settings so that the ads on the websites you browse are replaced with other ads that benefit the attackers — and which can also be used for more nefarious ends, because controlling your DNS means controlling things like where your computer gets software updates.

Tech workers unite against a potential US Muslim registry

 
Employees from large organizations across the technology industry have pledged to never help build a government database targeting individuals by race, religion or national origin, in response to extreme immigration proposals from US President-elect…

The Year in Search: 2016

 

It’s that time of year — when we look back at the last 12 months and reflect on the trends that defined the year in Google Search. From Powerball numbers to Olympic champions, whether making dessert or becoming a mannequin, this year affected us all in different ways. Through all the highs and lows, people came to Search to learn more and understand.

 

New York Times – Mike McIntire – Dec 17, 6:00 AM

His dabbling in the American presidential election adds an ideological element that has been largely missing from the still-emerging landscape of websites and Facebook pages that bombarded American voters with misinformation and propaganda.

 

The Guardian – Carole Cadwalladr – Dec 17, 2:32 PM

Google says it is unhappy with Holocaust denial beating the truth in their search results – but it’s probably because they want the cash

 

Washington Post – Dec 16

On Friday morning, Donald Trump took a new tack in his war on the Russia hacking issue. Are we talking about the same cyberattack where it was revealed that head of the DNC illegally gave Hillary the questions to the debate?

 

President-elect Donald Trump’s tech summit takes place tomorrow in New York. In attendance we have the who’s-who of the tech world, including: Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and SpaceX/Tesla CEO Elon Musk. One notable exclusion from the list is Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who wasn’t invited. The exclusion is an unusual one. It was Trump, after all, that ascended polls and nudged his way into front page headlines — in lieu of actual news — on the back of the platform Dorsey built. If the pen is indeed mightier than the sword, Trump’s writing instrument instrument was sharper…
 
Back in October, Google stated that the FBI lifted a gag order, allowing them to officially disclose they’d been served one National Security Letter (NSL), a type of secret subpoena, by the FBI. This was news because every company is restricted from…
 
The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the US Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger and Scott Shane, The New York Times Within the last week, the CIA, Obama administration and FBI have all agreed that Russian intervened in the presidential elec…
The best tech of 2016

 

As always, a crazy amount — and we really mean a ton — of devices landed on our desks this year.

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