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Basketball-Superstar Westbrook: Rekordjagd im Alleingang

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:40
Russell Westbrook zählt zu den besten und spektakulärsten Spielern der NBA. Der 28-Jährige steht kurz davor, einen 55 Jahre alten Rekord zu brechen. Seine Dominanz hat aber eine Kehrseite.

More Prosecutors Abusing Their Access And Power To Illegally Eavesdrop On Conversations

Techdirt - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:35

Last time we checked in with (former) Brooklyn prosecutor Tara Lenich, she was facing state charges for abusing wiretap warrants to listen in on conversations between a police detective and one of her colleagues. This stemmed from what was termed a "personal entanglement" between her and the detective.

The wiretap warrants couldn't be obtained without a judge's signature. Since there was no probable cause for the warrant, no judge would sign them. Lenich had a solution. She just forged the judge's signature on the warrant. And then she kept forging judges' signatures, stretching out her illicit surveillance for more than a year, with a faked signature on every 30-day renewal.

Lenich is now facing federal charges. An indictment handed down by DOJ pretty much repeats the allegation of the state charges, detailing Lenich's long-running, extremely-personal wiretap operation.

As alleged in the indictment, for nearly 16 months between approximately June 2015 and November 2016, Lenich created fraudulent judicial orders as part of her illegal wiretapping scheme. Specifically, she forged the signatures of multiple New York State judges onto the illicitly created judicial orders -- orders that purportedly authorized the KCDA to intercept communications occurring over two cellular telephones. Lenich then misappropriated KCDA equipment to intercept, monitor, and record the communications to and from the two cellular telephones. In furtherance of her scheme, Lenich also created fraudulent search warrants, which she then used to unlawfully obtain text messages relating to the two cellular telephones.

Prosecutors have plenty of power and plenty of tools at their disposal. At some point, they'll be abused. Sometimes the damage is minimal and goes unnoticed. Other times, the abuse is discovered inadvertently. Inevitably, when the discovery is made, it's always something that's been happening for months or years, rather than a recent one-off where someone just made a very poor decision.

This time it's federal prosecutors who may be facing charges for illegal eavesdropping. It's not just a few prosecutors and a few isolated cases of misconduct. As Justin Glawe reports for The Daily Beast, it's an entire prosecutors' office and a whole lot of illegal activity.

A court-appointed investigator has found that the United States Attorney’s Office for Kansas is in possession of hundreds of phone and video recordings of communications between attorneys and their clients, inmates at a privately run prison facility in Leavenworth.

At least 700 attorneys are believed to have been recorded without their knowledge, the investigator’s report submitted to a federal court said. Last week Special Master David Cohen asked to expand his probe to determine whether prosecutors regularly listened to and compiled attorney-client conversations. Already, 227 phone call recordings and at least 30 videos of attorney-client meetings have been discovered in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Kansas City.

These recordings, captured by Securus equipment and obtained by prosecutors from private prison company CoreCivic, contained privileged conversations between inmates and their legal representatives. The US Attorney's dirty little eavesdropping secret was exposed when it hauled in a defense lawyer to accuse her of wrongdoing.

Jackie Rokusek told The Daily Beast she was called to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Kansas City last August, where she said she was told by prosecutors that they had video evidence of her providing her client with confidential information about a drug ring case. Rokusek was given a computer and she watched the video, then she says she accidentally clicked on another file. A window opened, and a video showing another attorney meeting with their client at Leavenworth played. Stunned, Rokusek immediately went to the Federal Public Defender’s office in Kansas City and told them what she’d found.

Prosecutors were hoping to push Rokusek towards recusing herself from a case with this supposedly-damning recording. Instead, it showed federal prosecutors had been listening in on discussions between defense attorneys and their clients and possibly using these to stack the prosecution deck.

It's common knowledge prison phone calls and personal visits are recorded. Signs are posted prominently in prisons informing inmates and visitors of this fact. But just because recordings exist doesn't mean prosecutors can avail themselves of privileged conversations between lawyers and clients. Everything else is fair game.

But the recordings do exist. Securus and CoreCivic aren't going to shut off cameras and mics simply because there's a lawyer involved. And if the recordings exist, sooner or later someone's going to abuse this access. The only side that has this access is the prosecution. The side with the most power can eavesdrop with the willing assistance of those in the incarceration business. If they're careful, this abuse could go on indefinitely. If not, they'll enjoy a good run of slanted prosecutions before the hammer falls.

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Doktorarbeiten-Quiz: Und woran forschen Sie so?

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:35
Meerschweinchenurin? Das Rückgrat der Banane? Es gibt Menschen, die eine Doktorarbeit darüber schreiben. Glauben Sie nicht? Testen Sie Ihr Wissen im Promotions-Quiz.

Serien-Update: Amazons Oscar-Allianz, "True Detective 3"

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:16
Nach Nicolas Winding Refn holt sich Amazon mit Oscargewinner Barry Jenkins den nächsten Regiestar für ein Serienprojekt. Außerdem: Steht "True Detective" vor dem Revival? Was gibt es Neues zu "Legion" und "Twin Peaks"? Das Serien-Update

Schottland: Parlament stimmt für neues Unabhängigkeitsreferendum

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:13
Das schottische Parlament hat sich für eine neue Volksabstimmung über die Unabhängigkeit von Großbritannien ausgesprochen. Doch entschieden ist damit noch nichts.

Resistenzen: Killerbakterien könnten Antibiotika ersetzen

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:09
Das Bakterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus ist für den Menschen harmlos, frisst aber andere, krankmachende Erreger. Forscher testen nun, ob sich die aggressiven Einzeller als Antibiotikaersatz eignen.

Square brings payment service to UK with Apple Pay-supporting Square Reader

AppleInsider - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:00

Card payment firm Square is expanding its reach into Europe, with the launch of the Square Reader in the U.K., offered as a way for small businesses to easily accept card payments using chip and PIN, contactless transactions, and mobile payments including Apple Pay.
Categories: Apple Mac, Computer

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Slashdot.org - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:00
Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans? Last year, two leading economists described a future in which humans come out ahead. But now they've declared a different winner: the robots. From a report on the New York Times: The industry most affected by automation is manufacturing. For every robot per thousand workers, up to six workers lost their jobs and wages fell by as much as three-fourths of a percent, according to a new paper by the economists, Daron Acemoglu of M.I.T. and Pascual Restrepo of Boston University. It appears to be the first study to quantify large, direct, negative effects of robots. The paper is all the more significant because the researchers, whose work is highly regarded in their field, had been more sanguine about the effect of technology on jobs. In a paper last year, they said it was likely that increased automation would create new, better jobs, so employment and wages would eventually return to their previous levels. Just as cranes replaced dockworkers but created related jobs for engineers and financiers, the theory goes, new technology has created new jobs for software developers and data analysts. From a report on The Verge, which looks at another finding in the study: They found that each new robot added to the workforce meant the loss of between 3 and 5.6 jobs in the local commuting area. Meanwhile, for each new robot added per 1,000 workers, wages in the surrounding area would fall between 0.25 and 0.5 percent.

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Red Hat: OpenStack big, getting bigger, OpenShift fatter than Linux

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:59
IBM does help, too

OpenStack drove a chunk of Red Hat’s largest deals during the fourth quarter, with cloud proving more lucrative than its trademark Linux business.…

Bundestag: Große Koalition will Regeln für Alterspräsidenten ändern

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:57
Wer Alterspräsident des Bundestags wird, soll künftig nicht nach Lebens-, sondern parlamentarischen Dienstjahren entschieden werden. So könnte ein AfD-Politiker in diesem Amt verhindert werden.

SPON-Wahltrend: Union und SPD verharren im Patt

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:52
Die großen Parteien liegen gleichauf, die kleinen Parteien ringen um Aufmerksamkeit: Hier finden Sie die Ergebnisse der repräsentativen Umfrage von SPIEGEL ONLINE - und können erneut abstimmen.

1,50 Euro pro Kugel: Eisdielen sollen Preise abgesprochen haben

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:39
Mehrere Eisdielen in Tübingen haben den Preis für eine Kugel Eis auf 1,50 Euro erhöht - und sollen sich dabei abgesprochen haben. Nun ermittelt die Kartellbehörde wegen unerlaubter Absprache.

Tom Kummer über seine große Liebe: Sex, Lügen und zärtliches Sterben

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:33
Tom Kummer ist berüchtigt für seine Fake-Interviews mit Hollywoodstars. Jetzt hat er mit seinem Roman "Nina & Tom" ein Plädoyer geschrieben für die unbedingte Liebe - die den Tod überdauert. Ein Treffen.

Finanzplanung: Wie Opas Brieftasche optimal genutzt wird

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:28
Sie wollen in Niedrigzinszeiten langfristig Geld für Ihre Enkel anlegen? Was lohnt sich - und was sollten Sie lieber bleiben lassen?

Tell California Assembly Not To Ignore The First Amendment As It Tries To Ban Fake News

Techdirt - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:25

Just last week, we wrote about a fairly insane bill up for consideration in the California Assembly. AB-1104 would effectively make it illegal to post or share any "false or deceptive statement designed to influence" an election. As we noted at the time, this is about as unconstitutional as you could possibly imagine. Again, here's the text, as put forth by Assemblymember Ed Chau:

It is unlawful for a person to knowingly and willingly make, publish or circulate on an Internet Web site, or cause to be made, published, or circulated in any writing posted on an Internet Web site, a false or deceptive statement designed to influence the vote on either of the following:

(a) Any issue submitted to voters at an election.
(b) Any candidate for election to public office.

Yes, merely posting or sharing something that turns out to be wrong or "deceptive" related to anyone or any issue related to an election could violate the law. That's... not how the First Amendment works. And this would be an absolute free speech nightmare.

Chau, somewhat astoundingly, actually is a lawyer who ran his own law practice. I'm now curious if the Southwestern University School of Law doesn't teach its students about the basics of the First Amendment.

Rather than everyone laughing and this bill dying as soon as it was introduced, the California Assembly's Committee on Privacy and Consumer Affairs (which Chau chairs) is set to consider this bill today.

In case you don't understand just how bad this is, here's EFF's description:

American political speech dating back as far as the John Adams-Thomas Jefferson rivalry has involved unfair smears, half and stretched truths, and even outright lies. During the 2016 campaign alone, PolitiFact ranked 202 statements made by President Donald Trump as mostly false or false statements and 63 “Pants on Fire” statements. Hillary Cllinton made 69 statements ranked mostly false or false and seven as “Pants on Fire.”

This bill will fuel a chaotic free-for-all of mudslinging with candidates and others being accused of crimes at the slightest hint of hyberbole, exaggeration, poetic license, or common error. While those accusations may not ultimately hold up, politically motivated prosecutions—or the threat of such—may harm democracy more than if the issue had just been left alone. Furthermore, A.B. 1104 makes no exception for satire and parody, leaving The Onion and Saturday Night Live open to accusations of illegal content. Nor does it exempt news organizations who quote deceptive statements made by politicians in their online reporting—even if their reporting is meant to debunk those claims. And what of everyday citizens who are duped by misleading materials: if 1,000 Californians retweet an incorrect statement by a presidential candidate, have they all broken the law? 

At a time when political leaders are promoting “alternative facts” and branding unflattering reporting as “fake news,” we don’t think it’s a good idea to give the government more power to punish speech.

Because the California Assembly is considering this bill today, EFF has also set up an action center making it easy to tweet at California Assemblymembers, to let them know just how bad this censorship law would be. Please check it out, especially if you live in California.

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Im Dienst der Reichen: Ein Concierge kennt kein Nein

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:24
Ihr Job: Gästen im Luxushotel jeden Wunsch erfüllen, sei er noch so absurd. Concierges brauchen dafür Ortskenntnisse, Kontakte, Diskretion. Manche sind selbst in einem exklusiven Klub, der jetzt in Berlin tagt.

Facebook rolls out Snapchat-like Stories & in-app camera for Apple's iPhone

AppleInsider - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:22

Following a limited test, Facebook began rolling out Stories to all its iOS and Android users on Tuesday, coming alongside a new in-app camera with masks, filters, and other effects.
Categories: Apple Mac, Computer

Amazon Web Services Jumps Into Call-Center Market With New 'Amazon Connect' Service

Slashdot.org - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:20
Amazon Web Services just unveiled a new service for running call centers, dubbed Amazon Connect, leveraging the same technology used by Amazon.com's own customer service system to route and manage calls using automatic speech recognition and artificial intelligence. From a report: The announcement is the latest move by the cloud giant beyond its core infrastructure technologies and into higher-level cloud services. Amazon says the service incorporates its Lex technology, an artificial intelligence service for speech recognition and natural language processing, which also powers the company's Alexa virtual assistant. The company says Amazon Connect works with existing AWS services such as DynamoDB, Amazon Redshift, or Amazon Aurora, as well as third-party CRM and analytics services. Salesforce says it's integrating its Service Cloud Einstein with Amazon Connect. It uses a graphical interface to let companies set up a workflow for calls without coding.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

RIP: Antivirus veteran Raimund Genes, 54

The Register - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:17
Trend Micro CTO suffered fatal heart attack

Colleagues and friends are mourning the sudden death of distinguished antivirus industry veteran Raimund Genes last Friday.…

Geheimdienst MIT: Generalbundesanwalt ermittelt wegen türkischer Spionage in Deutschland

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 17:17
Der türkische Geheimdienst MIT hat in Deutschland lebende Türken ausspioniert, um ihnen eine Gülen-Anhängerschaft nachzuweisen. Die Bundesanwaltschaft hat deshalb Ermittlungen aufgenommen.
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