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Personal data on 50,000 Uber drivers exposed in breach

The names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 Uber drivers were compromised in a security breach last year, the company revealed Friday.

Uber discovered a possible breach of its systems in September, and a subsequent investigation revealed an unauthorized third party had accessed one of its databases four months earlier, the company said.

The files accessed held the names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 current and former drivers, which Uber described as a "small percentage" of the total. About 21,000 of the affected drivers are in California. The company has several hundred thousand drivers altogether.

It's in the process of notifying the affected drivers and advised them to monitor their credit reports for fraudulent transactions and accounts. It said it hadn't received any reports yet of actual misuse of the data.

Uber will provide a year of free identity protection service to the affected drivers, it said, which has become fairly standard for such breaches.

The company said it had filed a "John Doe" lawsuit Friday to help it confirm the identity of the party responsible for the breach.

01 Mar 2015
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Lawyer: Second autopsy shows officers shot man from behind

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- An independent autopsy of an unarmed Mexican man killed by police in Washington state shows he was shot as many as seven times - including twice from behind - contradicting earlier statements from authorities, an attorney for the man's family said Thursday.The second autopsy was commissioned by lawyer Charles Herrmann, who is representing Antonio Zambrano-Montes' estranged wife and two daughters.Its findings came a day after a spokesman for a special unit investigating the Feb. 10 shooting said five or six bullets struck Zambrano-Montes, but none from behind."Our report differs sharply with statements made by local law enforcement authorities," Herrmann said in a statement.Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old Mexican immigrant, was shot after throwing rocks at officers. His death has prompted calls for a federal investigation, along with a series of demonstrations in Pasco, an agricultural center with 68,000 residents about 130 miles southwest of Spokane.A Seattle pathologist, Dr. Carl Wigren, performed the independent autopsy Feb. 20. Herrmann released a portion of the report Thursday."The report reflects a total of as many as seven rounds striking Zambrano," the attorney said. It also found entry wounds on the back of the victim's right arm and one buttock, he said.The independent autopsy determined the Pasco orchard worker also was shot in the face, stomach, chest, arm and scrotum, according to a diagram provided by Herrmann.At a news conference Wednesday, Kennewick Police Sgt. Ken Lattin was clear that preliminary results of the official autopsy showed Zambrano-Montes was not hit anywhere on the back of his body. That would indicate Zambrano-Montes was not shot while running from the officers with his back turned.Franklin County's coroner, Dr. Sig Menchel, performed the official autopsy days after the shooting.Lattin is a spokesman for the regional law enforcement task force examining the shooting. On Thursday, he referred questions to county prosecutor Shawn Sant, who did not immediately return a telephone message from The Associated Press.The final medical examiner's report is not yet finished, but could be done within a month, Lattin said Wednesday.He said investigators have determined three officers fired a total of 17 shots. Police have not said how many shots each officer fired, or whether bullets from all three officers struck Zambrano-Montes.Lattin said the autopsy results showed Zambrano-Montes was shot five or six times, but "there were no shots in the back."The afternoon of Feb. 10, Zambrano-Montes was throwing rocks at passing vehicles and later at responding officers, authorities say.Video taken by a witness shows the man running from officers. As the officers draw closer, he stops and faces them. Multiple pops are heard, and he falls, twisting, to the ground as the pops continue.Lattin said officers fired stun guns at least twice but failed to stop Zambrano-Montes before using their weapons. The officers felt threatened, police said.Zambrano-Montes' death at a busy intersection has sparked two weeks of protests in Pasco, where more than half the residents are Hispanic but few are members of the power structure or police force.Additional protests are planned for Saturday.

27 Feb. 2015
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National Park Service: A Boy's Life as a Powder Monkey

2/20/2015 12:40:00 AM

Explore the USS Constitution while you learn what life would be like as a powder monkey during the War of 1812. The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship that is still afloat in the world. Learning your job as a powder monkey on this ship is a real privilege. Follow the instructions of your guide as he takes you around the ship to learn about the many areas you'll need to know. Do a few activities in preparation for the final one where you'll have to make your way through the ship carrying powder for one of the ship's cannons. Do you think you can be successful?

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24 Feb. 2015
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Hopes Soar As Drone Enthusiasts Greet New Rule Proposal

Drone enthusiasts are generally pleased with the long-awaited regulations proposed by the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday. They had feared the government would make them go to flight school.

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The Federal Aviation Administration has made its long-awaited announcement of how unmanned aerial vehicles - drones - should be regulated in the U.S. Drone operators have greeted the proposed rules with enormous relief. They were worried about restrictions after the accidental crash of a small drone on the White House lawn last month. NPR's John Burnett on the new rules.

JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: Robert Youens is a commercial drone operator in Austin. His company is called Camera Wings Aerial Photography. His workhorse is a 10-pound quadcopter, smaller than a sombrero.

ROBERT YOUENS: I will let you know that we're flying in a pretty heavy wind, so I am going to be a little extra careful taking off here.


YOUENS: OK, now that I've got it off, we're just going to check all the flight characteristics of the aircraft. It looks really good.

BURNETT: This is the kind of aircraft for which the FAA released draft regulations yesterday. In a nutshell, commercial drones like this one would have to weigh less than 55 pounds, fly under 500 feet, fly slower than a hundred miles per hour, fly only in daylight and stay within the sight of the pilot. Robert Youens is OK with what he's heard so far.

YOUENS: I think most of what they laid out - the weight limitations are a bit high, but I can go with that. Flying limited to daylight hours I think is a good idea. Flying line-of-sight so we can get out of the way of aircraft - and I like the fact that people have to pass a test and have an understanding of controlled airspace.

BURNETT: The rule allowing only line-of-sight flying would restrict the kind of delivery drones being explored by But industry watchers say the technology is just not there yet for drones to avoid obstacles on their own. The suggested regulations would not affect recreational drone operators, who merely have to obey safe flying guidelines.

But commercial operators would have to go through a three-step certification process. First, the aircraft must be registered with the FAA. Second, the operator has to be cleared by the Transportation Security Administration, and then they have to pass a written FAA test. Andrew Amato is editor of

ANDREW AMATO: My biggest concern is, between getting a registration number and getting vetted by TSA - you know, how long is that going to take? How long is this process of becoming a certified pilot going to take?

BURNETT: Amato is relieved the FAA did not propose treating unmanned aerial vehicles like airplanes. So operators will not have to get a private pilot's license, and the aircraft won't have to obtain an FAA airworthiness certificate. Amato says he's also relieved the FAA rules don't restrict their burgeoning industry. Drones are being used to inspect towers, bridges and levees - to look at farmers' fields and to photograph real estate from the air.

AMATO: If they had said, you know, you need to report every flight you do, schedule flying ahead of time for every house you want to take pictures of, for every time a farmer wants to survey their fields - to have to go and report that every time would be a hassle, if not a nightmare.

BURNETT: The proposed rules would also prohibit commercial drones from flying near airports and over people who don't know there's an unmanned vehicle filming them. The FAA will now open a sixty-day period for public comments before the final rules on drones are hammered out. John Burnett, NPR News, Austin.

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22 Feb. 2015
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NYT TechnologyNYT TechnologyInvestors Create a Billion-Dollar-Baby BoomBits Blog: Yahoo Courts Mobile App Makers with New Tools

2015 The New York Times CompanyFri, 20 Feb 2015 01:06:45 GMTFri, 20 Feb 2015 01:06:45 investors, the hunt is for the next proverbial so-called unicorn, a nascent business worth $1 billion or more -- on paper, at least.img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="" rel="nofollow"img src="" border="0"//abr/a href="" rel="nofollow"img src="" border="0"//abr/a href="" rel="nofollow"img src="" border="0"//abr/br/a href=""img src="" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="" border="0"/Twitter|TWTR|NYSEFacebook Inc|FB|NASDAQStart-upsVenture CapitalSnapchat IncT Rowe Price Group Inc|TROW|NASDAQThomson Reuters Corporation|TRI|NYSEFri, 20 Feb 2015 00:46:02 MICHAEL J. de la MERCED and MIKE ISAACKc Alfred/ReutersSnapchat, the messaging app popular with teenagers, is in the market for more money. on its acquisition of the start-up Flurry last year, the company is seeking to broaden its influence with mobile application developers by offering them better analytic and advertising services.img width='1' height='1' src='' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="" rel="nofollow"img src="

20 Feb. 2015
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