FBI Director James Comey has been on a media tour lately, making an anti-encryption pitch to the public. Apple's new encryption standards, Comey has argued, are an unnecessary hurdle to law enforcement — and the FBI needs an easy way to bypass them. Now Comey is bringing the argument straight to Congress, asking them to update a law to allow backdoors in smartphones.

The Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, or CALEA, was passed in 1994, and required telephone providers to make it possible for law enforcement to wiretap phones.

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Earlier today, Microsoft started issuing copyright complaints for many Windows related videos and at first, this seemed like a massive removal of content by Microsoft but it appears the video take-down requests were on accident.

Here's the deal. Microsoft noticed that users were posting stolen Windows keys in the comment sections of legitimate videos and asked to have the comments removed. Instead, YouTube pulled the entire video, rather than deleting the comment that Microsoft requested.

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With the roll out of Apple Pay, the checkout experience is expected to evolve at some of the biggest retailers and restaurants in the United States.

Apple's mobile payment product, which works on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for online and brick and mortar store purchases, could very well be a credit card killer, according to industry observers.

There's no need to reach for a wallet, swipe a credit card or wait for a cashier to make change. Even if you're not set up on a device equipped with Apple Pay, but others queuing in front of you are, it's possible the simplicity of the transaction could make waiting in line faster for everyone.

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If you use Dropbox, you need to change your password immediately; by all indications, there has been a breach in account security. In a leak on Pastebin (which we won't link, as it contains sensitive account information), the user claims to have the usernames and passwords of nearly 7 million Dropbox users. To prove that the information is real, 420 usernames and passwords have been posted.

Dropbox has taken quick action as well, and is now forcing everyone affected by the leak to change their password. If you attempt to use any of the combinations, it will tell you that your password has expired.

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Spam mail is an issue for everyone but when you are the provider of the email account, it is up to you to figure out how to block that unwanted content from reaching the user's inbox. For Microsoft, this is an ongoing challenge as they host millions of email accounts between Hotmail and Outlook which means that if they miss one type of spam message, it will impact millions of users.

Microsoft has said that they block ten million spam message per minute which is a massive amount of filtering. When you consider that it does all of this without flagging legitimate email, it becomes even more impressive.

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Apple's sapphire glass supplier has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with plans to shut down two production plants and lay off 890 workers. The supplier, GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT), says that it's burning through an unsustainable amount of money at the Arizona plant it opened with Apple just within the last year. In addition to requesting approval to shut down that plant, GTAT has also asked that a New Hampshire bankruptcy court terminate its agreements with Apple, which it describes in a filing as "oppressive and burdensome." GTAT intends to come out of the bankruptcy by restructuring around its core businesses, including selling sapphire furnaces.

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YouTube has become a daily habit for millions all over the world, but it looks like there has been some malicious activity on the website -- which may have affected more than 100,000 users over a 30 day period.

According to Trend Micro, they have been monitoring the activity on YouTube over the past couple of months and have found that the attack comes in the form of ads that are present on the site. While the ads themselves have no malicious content, the issue seems to occur when the ad is clicked. Although these ads should be monitored and screened by YouTube, some have seemed to slip through the cracks, redirecting to malicious websites that could cause infections.

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Hackers on Sunday posted photos and videos of Snapchat users, some of them underage, following through with a threat issued on Friday.

Roughly 13 gigabytes worth of pictures and videos from a site called Snapsaved.com were posted onto a 4chan discussion forum, according to UK publication The Guardian. How many of these photos might have been explicit and how many were of underage users is unclear. But the hackers who posted the images may have been the same ones responsible for posting nude photos of such celebrities as Jennifer Lawrence through the 4chan system this summer.

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Samsung impressed us a few days ago when it showed off the super speedy standard it views as the future of Wi-Fi, but now the company is back to blow our minds once more, with what they’re working on for 5G networks.

5G is still a few years away as the technical standards have yet to be fixed, not to mention the  fact that many countries are just now adopting 4G on a large scale. However that hasn’t stopped a number of companies from working on their vision of the future.

Samsung has been testing its own version of what a 5G network could look like and they’ve achieved some incredible speeds.

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Cloud services, especially cloud storage is a common thing these days but some people are still weary of storing their sensitive files in the netherworld. And whenever they argue against cloud storage solutions they point to events like the one Dropbox just went through, where some users’ data was permanently deleted by a bug.

The company has confirmed that a bug in an older version of its desktop apps could lead to files being deleted permanently, without the user’s knowledge or consent. The problem is related to Selective Sync, which allows users to only synchronize some important folders across machines.

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