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GPS spoofing makes ships in Russian waters think they're on land

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Researchers are calling these "mass GPS interferences" and they appear to be linked to the intentional transmission of false GPS signals to provide incorrect time or location information, possibly to veil certain facilities from attack. Putin has long been rumored to have a lavish secret estate on the Black Sea coast near Gelendzhik, where researchers found one instance of GPS spoofing. The report's authors initially started to examine instances of GPS misdirection after a vessel master in the Black Sea reported his GPS showing him to be at the Gelendzhik airport, in southern Russia, about 25 miles from his real location, said Dana Goward, president of the non-profit Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation. The authors of the report found three specific instances of GPS spoofing in which ships' GPS-based navigation systems told them they were many miles from their location: at Russia's Gelendzhik Airport and Sochi International Airport near the Black Sea and St. Petersburg Airport near the North Sea.


Satya Nadella aims to make Microsoft mighty - and mindful

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Nadella's book recounts some personal and professional struggles, including details not widely known about his upbringing in India and adjusting to his children's disabilities. In the first executive meeting after Nadella took over from his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, in 2014, Nadella brought a copy of a book about nonviolent communication for everyone in the room. He also largely steers away from political controversy, except to reject comments about Asian tech executives once made by Steve Bannon, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist. His swift apology cast Nadella "as a very different kind of leader from Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer," his two predecessors, Klawe said.


Joe Biden has a news podcast, and you can listen via Amazon Echo and Google Home

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Straight-talking former vice president Joe Biden is curating and commenting upon the news in a podcast called Biden's Briefing. After some 60 test runs, Biden's Briefing officially launched Monday, with featured news roundups to be added daily. The veteran statesman intends his briefings -- which run between three and 15 minutes long -- to be easily accessible via the home devices Amazon Echo and Google Home. SEE ALSO: Joe Biden slams Trump's classless retweet of Hillary GIF In fact, the Biden's Briefing site states that one needs only utter "Alexa, enable Biden's Briefing," to access the news roundup via an Amazon Echo device.


Secret Service is not prepared for high-tech threats

Daily Mail

Lockheed Martin released footage from tests with its laser weapon system, revealing how'Athena' can deliver an invisible killing blow to take down an enemy drone. Army bosses hope the radical weapon will give protection against threats such as swarms of drones or large numbers of rockets and mortars. Athena uses Lockheed Martin's company's 30-kilowatt Accelerated Laser Demonstration Initiative (ALADIN) to optimize efficiency and lethality, according to the firm. Athena uses Lockheed Martin's company's 30-kilowatt Accelerated Laser Demonstration Initiative (ALADIN) to optimize efficiency and lethality, according to the firm Army bosses hope the radical weapon will give protection against threats such as swarms of drones or large numbers of rockets and mortars.


Pentagon launches $700M programme to combat ISIS drones

Daily Mail

In response, the Pentagon has launched a $700 million (£517 million) cash programme to combat ISIS' lethal fleet of drones. The Pentagon has launched a $700 million (£517 million) cash programme to combat ISIS' lethal fleet of drones. The tests last month at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico saw firms including Lockheed Martin and Boeing test technologies including laser guns and high-tech nets to take down enemy drones. Called Skynet, these anti-drone 12 gauge shotgun shells release a five foot net to trap the drone's propellers causing it to fall from the sky The US Air Force has contracted AMTEC Less Lethal Systems to use their technology to take down drowns.


Joe Biden will give daily news briefings on Echo and Google Home

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"Biden's Briefing" is essentially a short daily podcast featuring news and info curated by Biden -- the content itself is sourced from a wide variety of news publications, including Axios, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, New York Review of Books, Politico, Slate, Vice and Wired. Judging from a few pictures the Biden's Briefing team shared, it looks like he'll be recording at least a bit of audio though. Update: Ground Control, a company working in conjunction with Biden's team to produce this new show, gave us some additional details on how this will all work. Biden will be introducing each article, and it'll then be read by Ground Control's team of voice-over actors, who read articles "in the spirit" of the publication that produced it.


Ruling gives FAA more power over drones than local governments

Engadget

When it comes to drone regulations, the FAA's rules trump anything local governments conjure up. Newton resident Michael Singer filed the lawsuit in a bid to eliminate some of the city's rules that don't align with the FAA's, including having to register with every municipality it has to fly over and to maintain an altitude of 400 feet and above over private and Newton city property. US District Judge William G. Young explained that "Newton's choice to restrict any drone use below this altitude (400 feet) thus works to eliminate any drone use in the confines of the city, absent prior permission. Since we're still figuring out which drone rules and regulations work, the judge's decision could influence similar cases and even local authorities' decisions regarding drone use in the future.


Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticizes arms program

The Japan Times

The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, saying its missile tests violate a U.N. resolution, which calls on Tehran not to undertake activities related to missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. "You are seeing images of the successful test of the Khoramshahr ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km, the latest missile of our country," state television said, adding this was Iran's third missile with such a range. "Extremely concerned by reports of Iran missile test, which is inconsistent with U.N. resolution 2231. Iran's defense minister said on Saturday foreign pressures would not affect Iran's missile program.


Doctor Hazel, an AI aimed at skin cancer detection, is latest in a long line

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Engineers participating in a hackathon last weekend demonstrated an artificial intelligence that they say could someday detect cancerous moles, TechCrunch reports. Apps, mobile platforms, and camera devices designed to evaluate moles and estimate skin cancer risk have a long history filled with successes and failures. That same year, University of Michigan Health System physicians launched UMSkinCheck featuring reminders and instructions for patients to self-examine their moles and skin lesions over time. The FTC alleged that the marketers of both mole photography-based apps "deceptively claimed the apps accurately analyzed melanoma risk," and that the marketers had insufficient evidence to make these claims.


How Machine Learning Stopped a Brute Force Attack - insideBIGDATA

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In this special guest feature, Sekhar Sarukkai, Chief Scientist at Skyhigh Networks, discusses the power of machine learning and user behavior analytics in detecting and mitigating the effects of cyberattacks before financial loss occurs. Prior to founding Skyhigh Networks, Sekhar was a Sr. Director of Engineering at Cisco Systems responsible for delivering Cisco's market leading network access control products, including Cisco's Identity Services Engine. Credit Card Security: Another machine learning use case where machine learning is combined with UBA is credit card security. Natural Language Processing: Another interesting application of machine learning is natural language processing (NLP).