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Lawyer who argued for landmark SCOTUS privacy decision says Trump “is a moron”

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In the world of American privacy law, one Supreme Court decision casts a long shadow over all others: Katz v. United States.

In that decision, which was handed down in December 1967, the court famously held that the Fourth Amendment “protects people rather than places.” Katz countermanded a previous Supreme Court ruling from 1928, which required a physical trespass to prove a Fourth Amendment violation.

In Katz, because the FBI placed secret microphones without a warrant on a Los Angeles phone booth to investigate Charles Katz’ illegal gambling, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision. The court found that a telephone booth was, in fact, a place (like a bedroom) where a person has a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”

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Malware uses Facebook and LinkedIn images to hijack your PC

Malware doesn't always have to attack your computer through browser- or OS-based exploits. Sometimes, it's the social networks themselves that can be the problem. Researchers at Check Point have discovered that a variant of known ransomware, Locky,…

Any Of These Anker Chargers Would Make Great Gifts, On Sale Today Only

PowerPort Speed 2 QC 3.0 Wall Charger, $20 | PowerCore 20100 Battery Pack, $28 | Astro E1 5200mAh Battery Pack, $12

Just in case you didn’t find what you were looking for in Anker’s massive Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale, Amazon just deeply discounted three more of their most popular products for Cyber Monday, no promo code required.

Your options today are the pocket-friendly Anker Astro E1 battery pack for $12, the ultra-popular PowerCore 20100 for $28, and the PowerPort Speed 2 dual-port Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger for $20. Even if you’re satisfied with your personal Anker collection, any of the three could make great, general purpose gifts.

Bonus: Anker’s 400A car jump starter is also down to $59, well below its usual $80.


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Saturday’s Best Deals: Black Friday Leftovers, Refurb iPhones, Ticket to Ride, and More

The best remaining deals from Black Friday, Ticket To Ride, and refurbished iPhones lead off Saturday’s best deals.

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Airbnb settles lawsuit with New York over short-term rental law

Airbnb has settled its lawsuit against the state of New York, but that doesn't mean it has given up. The rental listing service sued the state after governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that made it illegal to rent out units in buildings for less than…

UK’s Bletchley Park to host cybersecurity boarding school

Bletchley Park will once again serve as a cryptographic hub in the UK. Plans are afoot to create a new "National College of Cyber Security" in G-Block, a building which is currently in a state of disrepair. It's scheduled to open in 2018 and will ser…

‘Watch Dogs 2′ finally has all the features Ubisoft promised

People who bought Watch Dogs 2 under the promise of a seamless blend between a solo campaign and multiplayer are finally going to get the game they paid for. Yesterday, developer/publisher Ubisoft turned on what it's calling the "second phase" of the…

Navy leaks personal data for over 130,000 sailors

Another day, another data breach. While everyone is focused on pre-holiday activities, the Navy reveals that it was notified by Hewlett Packard Enterprise in October about a compromised laptop. Now, an investigation has determined that names and soci…

Here’s The First Ever Echo Dot Discount, Plus $40 Off the Full-Sized Echo and Tap

The new Amazon Echo Dot is a brilliant little smart home assistant that you can hide in every corner of your home, and Amazon’s taking $10 off the base price for Black Friday. If you’re struggling to think of a gift idea for anyone on your shopping list, this is sure to be a hit with nearly everyone.

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Here’s The First Ever Echo Dot Discount, Plus $40 Off the Full-Sized Echo and Tap

Amazon Echo, $140 | Amazon Tap, $90 | Amazon Echo Dot, $40

The new Amazon Echo Dot is a brilliant little smart home assistant that you can hide in every corner of your home, and Amazon’s taking $10 off the base price for Black Friday. If you’re struggling to think of a gift idea for anyone on your shopping list, this is sure to be a hit with nearly everyone.

And if you were holding out for the full-sized Amazon Echo, complete with its booming speaker, it’s $40 off again right now, while supplies last.

In addition to being a pretty solid Bluetooth speaker, the Echo can check the weather, turn on your lights, read you the news, trigger custom IFTTT recipes, order food, and—my personal favorite—read you Jeopardy questions like a robotic Alex Trebek.

The battery-powered Amazon Tap is also $40 off, but it doesn’t feature the always-on microphone of its plugged-in siblings. So unless you really want to take Alexa on the road, you should probably skip it and get one of the other two.


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