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VIDEO: Ashya arrest warrant withdrawn

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:49
The parents of Ashya King will face no further action and should be reunited with their son, say prosecutors.

European Ryder Cup profiles

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:48
A snapshot of the 12 European players who will take on the USA in the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles from 26-28 September

Clegg defends UK terror response

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:42
The UK can take action to stop British jihadists re-entering the country without flouting the law, Nick Clegg insists.

Justin Bieber charged with assault

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:41
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is charged with assault and dangerous driving after crashing his quad bike into a minivan.

In the cloud, you are the weakest link

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:36

To those people who argue nothing is safe on the Web, and if you keep pictures of your naked self in the cloud then you deserve what you get, I say, HealthKit!

Yes, you’re a highly moral, entirely sensible person who would never be a) depraved enough to take those kinds of photos and b) never be stupid enough to keep anything private in the Cloud. The Web ain’t safe, people! You’re just asking for trouble if you do that, right?

But what about your health information? Would you be happy to keep your scans and your pharmaceutical records up there? What about your doctor’s notes on that nasty rash you got last summer? And your payment records?

‘Cause it’s happening, people.

Your most private personal data is headed for the cloud, and if you were worried about your nudie selfie collection, you should be petrified about your medial and financial records. Apple’s HealthKit initiative is aimed at getting healthcare providers and patients to keep all their healthcare data in one place. HealthKit hasn’t happened yet, but it’s coming, and when it does happen, your data will be store up there, in the cloud (OK, the cloud is actually a huge server farm, but you get the picture), protected only by encryption and a password.

And we know how useful that is: There are already services out there that provide cloud services for healthcare, and studies show that more than 13 percent of these services are high‒risk and 77 percent are medium risk.

Initial reports on the celebrity photo hack suggested that the hacker in question had broken into Apple's iCloud, which is where HealthKit data would be stored.

So far there's no proof iCloud was hacked, and Apple has denied iCloud was breached, saying it was a targeted attack. Apple must be sweating hard right now, not least because some of the hacked celebrities are pointing the finger. More seriously, much of the success of Apple’s business has been due to its reputation for invulnerability: its computers were famously resistant to hacks and bugs. The last thing it wants now is for its iCloud to appear as full of holes as a Swiss cheese.

The fact is that networks are always going to be vulnerable, and as soon as Apple opens HealthKit for business, some anarchist or criminal is going to try to hack it. And the easiest way in is going to be through you and me. iCloud’s weakest spot is the user interface because while Apple can spend billion to build huge walls around its networks, it can’t do anything to force its users to be more secure.

The fact is that we’re lazy. We’re going to use the same old passwords we’ve always used, the ones that are easiest to remember and replicate and guess. We’re going to connect all our devices, because it’s simpler that way, and we’re going to effectively dig a long tunnel into the fortress of iCloud that any half decent hacker will be able to navigate. We may put a lock on the door to the tunnel, but the chances are it’ll be some rusty old thing that’ll be a cinch to pick open.

You’re all rushing to change your passwords now, aren’t you? No, I didn’t think so. But if you do, here are some tips

Million 'have fled Ukraine conflict'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:35
The number of people who have fled the fighting in Ukraine has doubled in weeks, and the UN says more than a million have now been displaced.

Gayet wins new French privacy case

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:32
Actress Julie Gayet, linked to President Hollande, wins a privacy case against a photographer who snapped her in her car, which French law deems private space.

Using Technology To Counter Police Mistrust Is Complicated

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:10

Police officers in Ferguson, Mo., are now wearing body cameras. But cameras don't solve everything. Sometimes, they can create more disputes.

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Plea over missing woman and children

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 08:02
Police appeal for help in tracing a woman and three children who have gone missing from the Pollok area of Glasgow.

Mali landmine kills four UN soldiers

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:59
Four UN peacekeepers are killed and 15 injured by a landmine in northern Mali, amid what the UN calls a period of "increased attacks".

Ebola response 'lethally inadequate'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:52
A global military intervention is needed to curb the largest ever Ebola outbreak, according to the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Missing boy's mother thanks crews

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:51
The mother of a 12-year-old boy swept out to sea while playing on Anglesey sends an emotional thank you to crews who are searching for her son.

India humble England to win series

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:45
India send England to a humiliating nine-wicket defeat to win the fourth one-day international at Edgbaston and the series 3-0.

Ending Decades Of Family Leadership, 'Washington Post' Names New Publisher

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:41

Owner Jeffrey Bezos gave the job to Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a founding member of the website Politico. The Post had been run by the Graham family for eight decades.

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FM: Independence 'closer than ever'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:37
Independence is "closer than it's ever been" claims First Minister Alex Salmond, as an opinion polling suggests gains for the "Yes" campaign.

'Cartel links' mayors to be charged

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:33
Police in Mexico are holding two serving mayors and one ex-mayor over allegations they have links to the Knights Templar drug cartel.

Officials begin arriving for Nato

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:28
Officials from around the world start arriving in Wales later for the Nato summit which starts in Newport on Thursday.

Ebola 'threatens W Africa harvests'

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:08
The deadly Ebola outbreak is putting food prices and harvests in West Africa "at serious risk", warns the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Kremlin Disputes Veracity Of Putin's 'I Can Take Kiev In Two Weeks' Quote

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:03

The quote was published by an Italian daily, which reported Russian President Vladimir Putin said it during a phone call with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

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Abuse case council faces inspection

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 07:00
The government is considering conducting an inspection of Rotherham Council in the wake of the child abuse scandal in the town, Home Secretary Theresa May says.
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