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1 million Brits petition UK government to block Trump meeting the Queen

An online petition calling for the UK to refuse an official state visit from President Donald Trump has attracted 1 million signatories — before being rejected by the UK government. The petition gained steam this weekend following global outrage at Trump’s immigration ban, with more than 1,000 UK citizens signing every minute at one point.(…)

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Microsoft is making it easier for the Thai government to break web encryption

The Thai government is looking to take greater control over its citizens’ web encryption, according to a new report from Privacy International, and Microsoft is part of the problem. At issue is the Thai government’s root certificate, which is used to verify HTTPS-enabled websites. Windows automatically trusts the certificate, but many competing operating systems do(…)

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The Government Just Suspended A Move That Would Have Made Mortgages More Affordable

Fewer people are buying homes, and that may have something to do with redefining the American Dream, but it’s also because, for many people, housing is just not affordable. To address this, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced a program that would’ve made FHA-backed mortgages more affordable for… Read more… Lifehacker

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A Chinese regulator is ordering app stores to register with the government

In a notice posted to its website on Friday, the Cyberspace Administration of China announced that it would be requiring mobile app stores to register with its offices in an attempt to clamp down on fraudulent applications. The rules go into effect on Monday, January 16th, and follow a 2016 law designed to restrict apps(…)

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US government starts asking foreign travelers to disclose their social media accounts

The US Customs and Border Protection has started demanding that foreign travelers hand over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media account information upon entering the country, according to a report from Politico. The new policy follows a proposal laid out back in June and applies only to those travelers who enter the US temporarily without(…)

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Facebook stops collecting WhatsApp user data in Europe after government pressure

Facebook has stopped collecting WhatsApp user data across Europe, the Financial Times reports, bowing to pressure from privacy watchdogs across the continent. The shift in policy means that European users of the messaging app will no longer have information — including phone numbers — relayed to Facebook, but the social network says it may only(…)

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German government asks Tesla to stop using term ‘Autopilot’ in ads

The German government has asked that Tesla stop using the word ‘Autopilot’ in its advertising, over concerns that it might suggest that drivers don’t need to pay attention to the road while driving, according to Reuters. German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt sent a letter to the automaker on Friday, noting that the term was “misleading”(…)