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GPS ankle bracelets are a pretty ingenious idea; you strap a GPS tracker onto the leg of the person you want to track, and wherever they go, you stay informed in real-time. And to make sure that the bracelet remains on the leg, there are safety measures that alert the tracking party whenever the bracelet has been unlocked, broken, deactivated, or simply travels outside a designated area. However, as two employees of a British private security firm recently found out, there is a loophole that compromises the reliability of such a device: artificial limbs.

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With Hurricane Irene behind us, there are billions of dollars in damages left for the victims, insurance agencies, and the government to pay to get things back to normal. In fact, Hurricane Irene is proving to be one of the 10 costliest catastrophes in the nation’s history; so it makes perfect sense that there would be charities and foundations springing up to help everyone get back on their feet. The FBI warns us to be careful of exactly who or which charities we hand our hard-earned money over to.

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The days of dreading being tagged in embarrassing Facebook photos and rushing home to untag yourself are now thankfully gone. After receiving countless requests from users to add this feature, Facebook has just announced that it will give users the option of having to approve tagged photos before they are posted on their profile. However, with this privacy update, Facebook also decided to loosen up on who gets to tag you, making it possible for complete strangers to tag you in photos.

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As if online advertisers weren’t tracking users’ activity enough, we now have another online tracking tool to worry about – the supercookie. Unlike a regular browser cookie, which collects a user’s browsing history, giving websites and advertisers a way to see what a web user has been doing online (but also gives you the benefit of not having to keep logging into the same site over and over again every time you navigate to a different website), this new form of cookie collects all the information secretly, and also unlike a regular cookie, is much harder to locate and delete.

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When you think of a missing dog, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that the pup simply wandered away, and hopefully will return on its own very soon. What most people don’t assume is that there are criminals who focus all of their attention on the business of dog-napping and reselling pets. And these criminals are either getting more daring with their kidnapping, or more criminals are starting to follow the trend, as the American Kennel Club is reporting that dog theft cases have increased by at least 32% since last year.

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Karsten Nohl, a German computer engineer that published algorithms to secure wireless voice calls for mobile operators in 2009, is back to secure the next generations of sensitive data. This time, Nohl will help protect mobile phones’ Internet data, but first he had to prove to mobile providers just how insecure their encryption really is.

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Larry Stone, an inmate at the Lake County Jail in Florida, has been sitting behind bars since April since he couldn’t post bail for his property crime charges. A few days ago he went to use the jail pay phone to make a call, he was given a shot at freedom. The get out of jail free card didn’t come from the person that Stone was trying to call, but rather from the fact that his intended contact didn’t pick up.
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