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December 20, 2018

IN THE NEWS: WASHINGTON D.C. SUES FACEBOOK

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no shortage of entities on Facebook’s case these days. The latest to join the fray against the social networking giant is the District of Columbia. The D.C. government has launched a lawsuit against Facebook in an effort to punish it for letting the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica improperly access data from as many as 87 million users. The complaint states Facebook misled users about the security of its data — and had failed for years to keep proper watch over third-party apps that were able to collect, analyze and make use of users’ personal information. Facebook said it’s reviewing the complaint and will continue to have discussions with D.C.’s attorney general and other AG’s around the country who have raised red flags about the company’s mishandling of personal information.

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044044-c-101:28-(Barbara Ortutay (OR’-tuh-tay), AP technology correspondent)-“in the past”-AP FACT CHECK: Facebook defines ‘permission’ loosely (20 Dec 2018)

<<CUT *044044 (12/20/18)££ 101:28 “in the past”

044046-c-211:92-(Barbara Ortutay (OR’-tuh-tay), AP technology correspondent)-“worse since then”-AP FACT CHECK: Facebook defines ‘permission’ loosely (20 Dec 2018)

<<CUT *044046 (12/20/18)££ 211:92 “worse since then”

IN THE NEWS: HACKERS EAVESDROPPING ON E.U.

LONDON (AP) — Do you hear what I hear? In the case of hackers who have an ear on European Union officials, the answer is yes. A U.S. cybersecurity firm says hackers have spent years eavesdropping on diplomatic communications of E.U. officials. What’s more, the American firm says the snooping was detected only after researchers found hundreds of intercepted documents floating around on the internet. An official with Area 1 Security says the documents were discovered a few months ago after a malicious email was caught by the company. After following the digital clues left behind, the message was traced to an unsecured server that had about 1,100 E.U. diplomatic cables. It’s believed tens of thousands more were swiped. The company says the hackers were working for China’s People’s Liberation Army. E.U. officials say they’re taking the report “extremely seriously” — but say it is “impossible to comment on leaks.”

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043939-v-342:48-(Charles de Ledesma, AP correspondent)-“Charles de Ledesma, London”-US cybersecurity firm: Hackers stole EU diplomatic cables (19 Dec 2018)

<<CUT *043939 (12/19/18)££ 342:48 “Charles de Ledesma, London”

ON THE WEB: “OBAMACARE” SIGNUPS

CYBERSPACE (AP) — Looks like reports of the demise of what’s known as “Obamacare” have been greatly exaggerated. New government figures say the Affordable Care Act has posted unexpectedly solid sign-ups for health coverage next year. The numbers show that nearly 8.5 people had enrolled as of last Saturday’s deadline — and that doesn’t even count another dozen states — including California and New York — that have yet to report. Experts say the new numbers show staying power for ACA, even with its continuing political problems and premiums that remain too high for many middle-class consumers.

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044016-c-228:00-(Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP correspondent)-“time last year”-Obama health law sign-ups beat forecast despite headwinds (19 Dec 2018)

<<CUT *044016 (12/19/18)££ 228:00 “time last year”

044017-c-181:20-(Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP correspondent)-“basically stop everything”-Obama health law sign-ups beat forecast despite headwinds (19 Dec 2018)

<<CUT *044017 (12/19/18)££ 181:20 “basically stop everything”

044019-c-232:32-(Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP correspondent)-“Saturday December 15th”-Obama health law sign-ups beat forecast despite headwinds (19 Dec 2018)

<<CUT *044019 (12/19/18)££ 232:32 “Saturday December 15th”

044018-c-269:52-(Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP correspondent)-“still too much”-Obama health law sign-ups beat forecast despite headwinds (19 Dec 2018)

<<CUT *044018 (12/19/18)££ 269:52 “still too much”

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Affordable Care Act site: http://www.HealthCare.gov

IN STORES: OOMA SMART HOME SECURITY STARTER KIT WITH CAMERA

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — People can’t always count on having peace in their homes during the holidays. But you can offer you and yours a measure of security — with a one-stop kit from Ooma. The Ooma Home Smart Home Security Starter Kit gives you a one-box, easy-to-set-up-and-use solution to help you feel secure in your “castle.” Instead of a moat, your home is cocooned by high-tech devices that can alert you when someone approaches, record what they’re doing — and alert you to what’s going on even when you’re away from home. The kit comes with a motion sensor, a pair of sensors that can be attached to any door or window, a camera to keep tabs on things — and a base station to control it on. The setup is easy; just follow the instructions and you’re good to go. Once you’re up and running, it’s as though you’re right at home no matter where you are. You can communicate with visitors or delivery people through the device. Or if you add the optional 911 service, you can summon help from anywhere — and send your address to the authorities for a quick response. The camera has a battery backup and internal storage so it keeps vigilant, even if your power or internet connection goes out. The Ooma system is also expandable. You can buy separate components to monitor flooding, open and close a garage door — or even set off an alarm if trouble comes.

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Ooma site: http://www.ooma.com

IN STORES: RABBIT CHARGER DUO

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some people want to charge their electronic devices with a USB cable, while others prefer to connect their gear to a standard outlet. With the Rabbit Charger Duo, you get the best of both worlds. The charger boasts that it’s the first that can secure itself to a standard double electrical outlet — and has retractable cables. The cables are 28 inches long, and slip back into the device to keep clutter at a minimum. And there’s no need to worry whether you need an Apple or Android connector — it has charging tips for both that can be swapped around, based on the device. As for power — that’s where the rabbit part comes in; each tip delivers a 3.0 amp charge, enough to quickly power up most modern phones or tablets. The device also comes with an ambient light to help light the way with just a tap on the logo. The Rabbit Charger Duo retails for $49.95 — but the company is currently offering a site-wide 30-percent discount.

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Rabbit Charger Duo site: https://www.rabbitcharger.com/product/rabbit-charger-duo/

by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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