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Apple Privacy Features Touted On Consumer Electronics Show Adjacent Billboard

Apple is using an old-fashioned way to capture hearts and minds – it’s put up a large billboard near the Consumer Electronics Show convention center to emphasize its privacy features. Tech giant Apple isn’t attending the show, but has placed the ad on the side of a SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel. The facility is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the tech industry gathers annually to see what’s next. The black and white ad says, “What happens on… Read


D.C. Attorney General Sues Facebook Over Privacy Violations From Cambridge Analytica Scandal

The attorney general for the District of Columbia today sued Facebook for failing to protect its users’ data and for allowing an app developer to harvest the personal information of millions of users without their permission and sell it to a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica. The lawsuit filed by Karl Racine is the first major effort by U.S. regulators to penalize the social media giant for its entanglements with the now-defunct firm. The suit charges… Read


Facebook Removes App From Apple’s App Store Over Data-Collection Concerns

UPDATED with a statement from FacebookFacebook has removed a data-security app from Apple’s app store after the Cupertino tech giant determined it violated data-collection policies. The free Onavo app allows users to create a virtual private network that sends Internet traffic through a private server. It’s touted as a way to keep users and their data safe. But it also allows Facebook to collect and analyze Onavo users' activity and see how they use their phones outside… Read


Microsoft President Brad Smith: “If You Create Tech That Changes The World, The World Is Going To Want To Regulate You”

Microsoft President Brad Smith drew lessons from the software giant’s “gut wrenching” antitrust battles of the late 1990s that seem to resonate today, as Facebook faces scrutiny of its data privacy practices by regulators in the U.S. and Europe. “If you create technology that changes the world, the world is going to want to govern you, it’s going to want in some measure to regulate you,” Smith said today, in the opening day of the Code Conference on Rancho Palos Verdes… Read


U.S. Trade Rep Finds Movie Piracy Remains “Rampant” Around The World

The "rampant” worldwide piracy of American films, music, TV shows, televised sporting events and books remains a "direct threat" to copyright holders, according the latest report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, although some progress has been made to curb the practice in China, Russia and several other countries. "The increased availability of broadband Internet connections around the world, combined with increasingly accessible and sophisticated mobile… Read


Film & TV Biz Forms Trusted Partner Network To Protect Works “From Script To Screen”

The MPAA said today that it is teaming with the Content Delivery & Security Association on an industrywide content-security initiative. The Trusted Partner Network will help prevent leaks, breaches, and hacks of film and television content by elevating the security standards of the industry's production and distribution supply chain. The TPN provides vendors with a voluntary, cost-effective way to assess the security preparedness of their facilities, staffs and workflows… Read


‘I, Tonya’, ‘Lady Bird’, ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Awards Screeners Leak Online

In what has become an anxious holiday ritual for Hollywood, pirated copies of DVD screeners of Oscar-contending films have leaked online. The group calling itself Hive-CM8 announced that it released copies of four films — a “gift” for the Christmas holiday, according to Torrent Freak. On Christmas Eve, it release the drama Last Flag Flying, noting "Merry Christmas and stay tuned." A few hours later, the group distributed pirated copies of  I, Tonya, Lady Bird and Call Me B… Read


‘Game Of Thrones’ HBO Hack: U.S. Officials Charge Iranian National In Attack

UPDATED throughout with details from news conference: The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York has indicted an Iranian national in last summer’s HBO hack on charges of computer fraud, wire fraud, extortion and identity theft. Behzad Mesri is charged with hacking HBO’s computer servers, stealing proprietary data, including information about then-unreleased episodes of Game of Thrones, then threatening to release the data unless he was paid $6 million. A spokesman with the… Read


Pirated Live TV Is Viewed By 6.5% Of North American Homes: Report

  TV distributors will lose $4 billion in revenue because 6.5% of households in North America are accessing pirated live TV services each month, according to a new study by research firm Sandvine. While piracy remains a serious concern  for Hollywood–and hacks have hit premium-content players HBO and Netflix this year–this research suggests that live TV, once considered more pirate-proof (not to mention DVR-proof) is more vulnerable as technology becomes more… Read


Another ‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode Leaks Online

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In what's sure to be another devastating turn of events for HBO, the newest episode of Game Of Thrones has leaked online, four days ahead of schedule. HBO España and HBO Nordic accidentally dropped Season 7’s Episode 6, titled “Beyond The Wall,” online in Spanish and Nordic territories, where it was available to on-demand subscribers for a full hour before it was removed. The leak left enough time for footage from the episode to be ripped and shared. Footage was posted to… Read


Prime Focus Condemns ‘Game Of Thrones’ Leak; Venice Adds Jean Rouch’s ‘Cousin, Cousine’; Camerimage To Honor Paul Hirsch – Global Briefs

Prime Focus Technologies has today weighed in on the recent leak of an episode of HBO's Game Of Thrones, which it processes for Star India. Four people were arrested in India this week after episode 4 of Season 7 of the Emmy-winning series leaked online ahead of its scheduled airing. The leak is unrelated to the recent HBO hack. Those arrested have been charged with criminal breach of trust and computer-related offenses. Three of the alleged perpetrators are employees of… Read


HBO Hack Could Be More Smoke Than Fire & Pilfered ‘Game Of Thrones’ Episodes

Over two weeks after HBO was compromised by a hacker seeking a multi-million payout, today's release of correspondence of the premium cabler offering $250,000 indicates that there might be more smoke than fire in this latest Hollywood attack. Unlike the sprawling and gutting Sony attack of late 2014 when assumed agents of North Korea quickly spewed the studio's secrets, top tier executive emails, employee personal information and several unreleased movies across the… Read