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Trump feels presidential smartphone security is “too inconvenient”

Enlarge / President Donald Trump talks on an iPhone with a Morphie battery pack aboard Air Force One on January 26, 2017. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead.) Hat tip to Ron Amadeo for identifying the phone. (credit: Official White House photo via GettyImages) The mobile device habits of President Donald J. Trump have been an ongoing source of agitation for many—and not just because of his frequent blasts on Twitter. Getting Trump to adapt his device use to the potential security threats faced by a head of state has proven to be a challenge for the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) and the White House's information technology team. Trump's truculence has hamstrung efforts to secure his personal communications and may well already have exposed them to domestic or foreign surveillance efforts by other governments—or just about anyone else with the ability to intercept cell calls and cellular data. According to a report by….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Do you ride the DC/MD/VA Metro – this safety report is a critical read

WTOP.com: “The findings of the latest publicly available Federal Transit Administration inspection reports include dark tunnels, risks to workers, train operators failing to follow safety rules before opening doors, and Metro’s own compliance inspectors being unable to verify fixes. Federal inspectors found two stretches of consecutive loose fasteners on the Orange Line near Deanwood Jan. 10. Inspectors said the condition met Metro’s criteria for the most serious maintenance problems, known as a “black condition,” but neither area was protected with a speed restriction for passing trains. The Metro and contract inspectors deemed it to be a maintenance condition that needed to be addressed, but not a safety issue. On the Red Line between Tenleytown and Bethesda Feb. 12, inspectors found six consecutive failing fasteners within 15 feet and four consecutive defective fasteners in another spot. Because there were no signs of the rail sliding back and….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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60 Minutes – How Did Google Get So Big?

60 Minutes reports on the power of Google, a company whose critics say has stifled competition – “This past week the Federal Trade Commission was asked to investigate the data collected by Google on its Android operating system, which powers most of the world’s smartphones. It was a tiny blip in the news cycle but another sign of Washington’s and Europe’s growing concerns about the enormous, largely unchecked power accumulated by tech giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google over the last two decades. Of the three, Google, which is part of a holding company called Alphabet is the most powerful, intriguing, and omnipresent in our lives. This is how it came to be. Most people love Google. It’s changed our world, insinuated itself in our lives, made itself indispensable. You probably don’t even have to type Google.com into your computer, it’s often the default setting, a competitive advantage Google paid billions of dollars for.….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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FCC Proposes Rules to Reform Procedures on FM Translator Station Complaints

The FCC at its May Open Meeting adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing reforms to the Commission’s current procedures used to resolve complaints of interference caused by FM translator stations. As the NPRM recites, the FM translator service was instituted in 1970 as a way to improve reception of FM radio stations in areas where direct reception was hampered by terrain, distance, or other obstructions. As a secondary service, however, FM translators have always been prohibited from causing interference to the reception of any other broadcast station. In recent years, use of FM translators has expanded greatly, including use of FM translators by AM stations. Along with increased use of FM translators has come increased claims of interference, as well as complaints regarding the Commission’s procedures for resolving those claims. The NPRM, aims to reform a number of these processes. Under the Commission’s existing rules, complaints regarding….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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A Stem Cell "Nose Job" and Updates on Regulation of Questionable Stem Cell Clinics

Tracking the latest on dubious stem cell clinics, the feds and the implications across the nation can be a bit of consuming task, if you are interested in that sort of thing.But one Internet site does a pretty good job of keeping up with it. Here is what popped up last week on The Niche, which is based out of UC Davis. A Q&A with a Georgia law professor concerning the federal crackdown on unregulated stem cell clinics. A quick look at activities regarding the state of Washington's new law on stem cell clinics, the failed state regulatory attempt in the stem cell "hot bed" that is Florida plus questions about enforcement of California's new stem cell clinic law. A video of a presentation by an unregulated stem cell clinic which discussed a product described as a  "magic concoction" that is sprayed up the patient's nose.  Paul Knoepfler is the UC Davis stem cell researcher who produces The Niche and has long….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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