Under Armour's Clutchfit Shoes Conform to the Shape of Your Movement

Under Armour's Clutchfit Shoes Conform to the Shape of Your Movement

Under Armour is about to release a new line of gear coated in a sheath of sturdy plastic, designed to provide support while also flexing with the shape of your movement. "Clutchfit," as the new tech is called, isn’t aesthetics—it’s science.

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Lack of younger enrollees threatens exchanges

In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 Cinthia Orozco gets help signing up for health insurance from Griselda Zamora, a health care specialist at a health fair in Sacramento, Calif. The lackluster showing for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could foreshadow trouble for the embattled program. The plan relies on younger, healthier Americans, who are in less need of health care, to sign-up to cover the costs of expanding coverage to those with serious problems.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 Cinthia Orozco gets help signing up for health insurance from Griselda Zamora, a health care specialist at a health fair in Sacramento, Calif. The lackluster showing for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could foreshadow trouble for the embattled program. The plan relies on younger, healthier Americans, who are in less need of health care, to sign-up to cover the costs of expanding coverage to those with serious problems.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 Carlos Barajas, left, and his wife, Martha, center, look over their health insurance plan options with volunteer Elizabeth Lira, at a health fair in Sacramento, Calif. The lackluster showing for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could foreshadow trouble for the embattled program. The plan relies on younger, healthier Americans, who are in less need of health care, to sign-up to cover the costs of expanding coverage to those with serious problems.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

FILE — In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, right, gestures to Clifford Jaynes, 27, who had recently signed-up for health insurance through the exchange, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The lackluster showing for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could foreshadow trouble for the embattled program. The plan relies on younger, healthier Americans who are in less need of health care, to sign-up to cover the costs of expanding coverage to those with serious problems. Lee described October enrollees as “older people or people who have health conditions” and as “people that have been waiting a long time to get covered.”(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)

In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, announced that nearly 35,000 people signed up for health insurance during the first month of open enrollment, from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The lackluster showing for President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could foreshadow trouble for the embattled program. The plan relies on younger, healthier Americans, who are in less need of health care, to sign-up to cover the costs of expanding coverage to those with serious problems. Lee described October enrollees as “older people or people who have health conditions” and as “people that have been waiting a long time to get covered.”(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Among the concerns surrounding the rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul was that too few young, healthy people would sign up — a problem that could undermine the financial viability of the federal law.

The insurance industry has increasing cause for concern as early enrollment reports suggest a trend that could cause insurance premiums and deductibles to rise sharply. Along with the paltry enrollment numbers released this week, officials in a handful of states said those who had managed to sign up were generally older people with medical problems.

Insurers have warned that they need a wide range of people signing up for coverage because premiums paid by adults in the younger and healthier group, between 18 and 35, are needed to offset the cost of carrying older and sicker customers who typically generate far more in medical bills than they contribute in premiums.

The first set of enrollment data revealed that 106,000 people signed up for coverage nationwide, far short of the 500,000 initial sign-ups the Obama administration had expected. In states where officials discussed more detailed information, it also became apparent that the people who flocked to the exchanges after they opened Oct. 1 were those who were desperate for coverage.

In California, the state with the largest uninsured population, most of those who applied were older people with health problems, according to a state health care official. In Kentucky, nearly 3 of 4 enrollees were over 35. In Ohio, groups helping with enrollment described many of those coming to them as older residents who lost their jobs and health coverage during the recession.

“They have been putting off treatment for a long time, just praying they live until they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, which received federal grant money to help people establish coverage.

That people with serious health conditions would be the first to take advantage of the Affordable Care Act was expected. But that direction must shift.

In general, someone in his 60s uses $6 in health care services for every $1 tallied by someone in his 20s, said Nicole Kasabian Evans of the California Association of Health Plans. That makes younger adults a coveted group on industry balance sheets.

If those signing up trend to the elderly and sickly “your insurance is going to cost more and that will discourage those younger people from coming in,” warned Lisa Folberg, a vice president with the California Medical Association. Faced with steep prices, younger people could opt to pay a government fine rather than purchase coverage.

The potential for rising monthly premiums and higher policy deductibles is just one deterrent to convincing young people to sign up for coverage on the exchanges. The technological problems that have plagued the federal exchange, which is running in 36 states, and many state-run online marketplaces are slowing enrollment. And scattered reports of data breaches have the potential to scare off even more people.

Efforts to attract adults younger than 35, often referred to as “young invincibles,” include multimillion dollar advertising campaigns, which have launched in several states.

In California, Peter Lee, director of the state-run health exchange, said his state’s outreach effort taps social media, radio and TV ads, and events at churches, community centers and other venues. To emphasize the point, Covered California included a 27-year-old man who had signed up for coverage during its news conference earlier this week. Such an approach aims to counter the current trend in the state. Lee described October enrollees in California as “older people or people who have health conditions.”

“These are people that have been waiting a long time to get covered,” he said.

In Colorado, an aggressive campaign from allies of the state-run exchange includes provocative ads. One targeting women combines the promise of free birth control pills with the notion of casual sex. Another ad shows women with a contraption made of alcohol shot glasses glued to an old snow ski. “Saving money on flu shots leaves us more money for fun shots,” the ad reads. The day the health exchange launched, male and female models wearing nothing but underwear and “Get Covered” signs passed out fliers on a downtown Denver street.

It’s not clear whether the campaign is working. Colorado’s exchange has yet to release a demographic breakdown of the 3,700 people who selected an individual policy last month.

“We are making an extra push to reach young adults, and we do expect they’re going to take a lot of encouraging because they tend to wait until the last minute,” said Myung Kim, spokeswoman for Colorado’s exchange.

If such efforts fail and insurance companies end up with too many sick or expensive customers, they might need to increase premiums or eventually leave markets to avoid taking heavy financial losses.

“It’s going to be very messy for the next couple of years, until we figure out who is buying insurance,” said Glenn Melnick, director of the Center for Health Financing, Policy and Management at the University of Southern California. “There are a lot of pieces of this that are just black boxes right now.”

Aetna Chairman and chief executive Mark Bertolini said last month that it was “incredibly important” to get the exchange websites running properly because “the younger, healthier people aren’t going to give them more than one shot.”


Associated Press writers Roger Alford in Frankfort, Ky., Carla K. Johnson in Chicago, Tom Murphy in Indianapolis, Ann Sanner in Columbus, Ohio, Juliet Williams in Sacramento, Calif., and Kristen Wyatt in Denver contributed to this report.

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Cyanogen makes it easier to install alternate Android OS

Android users have long been frustrated with the way handset makers lag in upgrading Android. Some go so far as to replace the phone maker’s version of Android with CyanogenMod, a custom build that’s designed for flexibility and tweakability. However, getting the CyanogenMod ROM loaded onto a smartphone has never been easy.

That’s about to change. The company behind CyanogenMod (named Cyanogen, although it’s contemplating a name change) has launched a tool, available in the Google Play store, that helps automate the install process for its ROM.

Dubbed CyanogenMod Installer, the app actually consists of two components. One is the Android app, the other a PC-side app that can be downloaded from Cyanogen. The user connects the phone to the PC, and the PC-side app performs most of the heavy lifting required to install the CyanogenMod ROM on the phone.

It’s a good way to automate a process that was originally quite ornery and discouraged many people — even many technically savvy ones — from bothering with CyanogenMod. The loader app doesn’t require you to root your phone or unlock your bootloader first, both of which were obstacles to getting CyanogenMod loaded in the past. Another convenient feature of the installer is that it lets you make a full backup of your phone and restore to that in the event you want to revert to the stock ROM.

The most glaring limitation of the installer? Right now it works with a smaller subset of phones. Since each phone — and often every version of each phone from different carriers — requires a different build of CyanogenMod, the installer also has to be crafted to support all those individual sub-builds. Also, the installer is Windows-only; there are no Mac or Linux versions yet.

Finally, if you’re looking to CyanogenMod as a way to install KitKat ahead of everyone else, you can’t — at least, not yet. Cyanogen is working on a version of KitKat, but wants to do it right and is focusing for the time being on polishing its Android 4.3-based releases.

In time, all this tinkering might not be needed. Cyanogen is formulating plans to work directly with phone makers as a way to get its edition of Android into many more hands. The only thing easier than using an app to install CyanogenMod would be to buy a phone with it already preloaded.

CyanogenMod isn’t the only alternative Android ROM out there; the Miui project released version 3.11.8 of its ROM on Nov. 8. But Cyanogen has the mind share — and, most important, the ease of use — that projects like this often lack.

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Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One review: Do-it-all printer offers best photo quality for the price

The Epson Expression XP-810 Small-in-One Printer could make almost anyone happy. It has an impressively deep list of features for a home printer and is also one of the best all-around performers in it price range.

Here’s the big catch: ink costs. This is officially a $230 printer (as of 11/8/2013)—though you should be able to shop around for a better price, and Epson is currently discounting it on its own site. However, if I’m spending that much, I expect to be repaid with lower ink prices. Instead the costs are a little higher than average: 4.6 or 5.2 cents per page (cpp) for black, and 13.4 or 18.2 cpp for a four-color page, using the high-capacity or standard-size cartridges, respectively.

I had the same complaint about ink costs recently with a close competitor of this model, the Canon Pixma MG7120. Not a good trend! The best overall deal in this price range currently is the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One, whose inks are refreshingly affordable.

The only compensation for the ink costs is the print quality, which is some of the best you’ll experience with a consumer-level inkjet. The Expression XP-810 has both pigment- and dye-based blacks as well as cyan, magenta, and yellow. The pigment-based black helps it create crisp-looking text even on plain paper. Meanwhile, the dye-based black helps it create a nice sense of depth in photos. We’ve always liked the bright, lively palette of Epson-printed photos anyway, and the Expression XP-810 sticks with that tradition. Photos printed on plain paper can look a little pinkish, but they look spectacular on Epson’s own photo paper.

The output arrives quickly, too—again, the Expression XP-810 clocked some of the fastest times we’ve seen for a consumer-level inkjet. Simpler pages, consisting mostly of plain, black text and basic monochrome graphics, posted an aggregate speed of 10.3 pages per minute (ppm) on the PC and 9.7 ppm on the Mac. Photos can slow a printer to a crawl, but the Expression XP-810 crawled faster than most: 2.4 ppm when printing 4-by-6-inch photos on plain paper on the PC, and 0.8 ppm for a full-page, high-res photo on the Mac (which sounds slow, but the average is 0.5 ppm).

The Expression XP-810 also has almost every feature you could possibly want in a color inkjet multifunction. It has an easy-to-use, 3.5-inch touchscreen control panel. Connectivity includes ethernet, USB, and 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi. The printer also has Wi-Fi direct, so it can connect directly to a device rather than having to go through a wireless network. Front slots support Secure Digital, Memory Stick, and Compact Flash media, as well as PictBridge. Epson also offers a great selection of mobile-printing apps and options.

Media handling includes CD/DVD printing

Paper handling is versatile, if not always high-capacity. The 30-sheet automatic document feeder (ADF) for the letter/A4-size scanner is something many home-oriented printers lack, but you’ll appreciate it if you have to scan or copy longer documents. The 100-sheet, letter/legal main input tray is skimpy, but there’s also a 30-sheet photo-paper tray, so you won’t have to swap out paper as often. The unit even has a caddy for printing on specially coated CD and DVD media, though the software and documentation can be confusing.

The 30-sheet output tray is the only thing on this printer that I didn’t like. It slides out on its own when needed, which is cute. But it doesn’t slide itself back in, which seems odd. Worse, it bucks and squeaks when you push it in manually. The documentation says, “As you slide in the output tray, there may be slight resistance and noise. This is normal.” No, this is cheesy!

The other cheesy thing is the online-only user guide. I’m not trying to get Epson to kill more trees. I just don’t understand why the company won’t put the user guide on the installation CD so you can have a local copy.

I was disappointed by the cheap feel of the output tray and the pricey bent of the inks on the Epson Expression XP-810. It’s otherwise one of the best consumer printers you could buy, perhaps overshadowed only by its fancier (and higher-priced) cousin, the Epson Expression XP-850 Small-in-One Printer. As noted before, the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One has cheaper inks, though its photo quality isn’t quite as good.

Melissa Riofrio Senior Editor, PCWorld

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UFC Fight Night 31 weigh-in video

At the UFC Fight Night 31 weigh-ins, all 26 fighters taking part in Wednesday night’s UFC Fight Night 31 fights will step on the scale Tuesday evening, and we’ll have the live video here at MMAFighting.com.

In the main event, Tim Kennedy and Rafael Natal will have to make the middleweight limit of 185 pounds.

The UFC Fight Night 31 weigh-in takes place at 5 p.m. ET, and the video is above.

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NSA taps Yahoo, Google data flows — SALESFORCE offers DIY app store — Kids flee FACEBOOK — SCHILLER: Goldman better than Google for grads

October 31, 2013 06:00 PDT | 09:00 EDT | 13:00 UTC

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>> DRIVING THE DAY: NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide, Snowden documents say, by Barton Gellman, Ashkan Soltani: “The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world… By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot… The NSA’s principal tool to exploit the data links is a project called MUSCULAR, operated jointly with the agency’s British counterpart, GCHQ… From undisclosed interception points, the NSA and the GCHQ are copying entire data flows across fiber-optic cables that carry information among the data centers of the Silicon Valley giants.” WaPo
>>>> How the NSA is infiltrating private networks WaPo
>>>> PRISM already gave the NSA access to tech giants. Here’s why it wanted more. WaPo The Switch
>>>> NSA issues non-denial denial of infiltrating Google and Yahoo’s networks TechDirt
>>>> What’s on tap at the NSA? Google’s and Yahoo’s private fiber backbones InfoWorld
>>>> No US action, so states move on privacy law NY Times (paywalled)

>> GOING PRIVATE: Salesforce.com to offer private version of its AppExchange app store, by Chris Kanaracus: “Salesforce.com has long had a public AppExchange software marketplace, but now it’s going to give customers the ability to create their own private AppExchanges where employees can download applications to use in their jobs. Private AppExchange is generally available as of Friday to customers running Salesforce.com’s Enterprise and higher editions.” InfoWorld
>>>> Salesforce.com launches private AppExchange — because the world loves appstores Forbes

>> SPY VS. SPY: Silent Circle, Lavabit unite for ‘Dark Mail’ encrypted email project: “Silent Circle and Lavabit abruptly halted their encrypted email services in August, saying they could no longer guarantee email would remain private after court actions against Lavabit, reportedly an email provider for NSA leaker Edward Snowden… Dark Mail would shield both the content of an email and its ‘metadata,’ including ‘to’ and ‘from’ data, IP addresses and headers. The email providers hope a version will be ready by next year.” InfoWorld
>>>> Announcing the Dark Mail Alliance — founded by Silent Circle & Lavabit Silent Circle blog
>>>> Lavabit to release code as open source, as it creates Dark Mail Alliance to build even more secure email TechDirt

>> CLOUDUS INTERRUPTUS: Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud hit by worldwide interruption, by Mikael Ricknäs: “Microsoft’s Windows Azure suffered from an issue on Wednesday that affected a management feature in the compute section of the public cloud, and remained unresolved Thursday morning. Microsoft first updated the Windows Azure Service Dashboard at 2:35 AM UTC… About 17 hours later the company posted a message saying that manual actions to perform so-called swap deployment operations may fail, and users should therefore delay them. Microsoft was still struggling to solve the issue on Thursday morning.” InfoWorld

>> COMING ATTRACTIONS: EU researchers create prototype for a server-free future internet, by David Meyer: “Today’s Internet is based on client devices such as PCs or smartphones talking to centralized servers to get their data. If an EU-funded project called Pursuit takes flight, the future could be a whole lot more distributed… The Cambridge University prototype would represent a dramatic revamp of that way of doing things. Part of a wider EU-funded project called Pursuit, the putative protocol operates more like… BitTorrent, in that users share information directly with one another, rather than through a server.” GigaOM
>>>> Future Internet aims to sever links with servers Phys.org

>> STAT DU JOUR: Sony slips into loss despite pick up in smartphone sales, by John Ribeiro: “Losses widened in the quarter to ¥19.3 billion (US$196 million) from ¥15.5 billion in the same quarter last year. Revenue for the quarter was close to ¥1.8 trillion, a 10.6 percent increase over the same quarter last year. Revenue, however, decreased 9 percent in constant currency, reflecting the volatility of the Yen. Sony reported in the last quarter a modest profit of ¥3.5 billion which it attributed to improved sales of smartphones and the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates, continuing a turnaround that started in the last fiscal year, when it posted its first profit in many years… also revised downwards its revenue and net profit outlook for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014, after revising its annual sales forecasts for certain product lines.” PCWorld

>> PREMATURELY GRAY: Facebook beats on revenues and EPS but teen users show decline, by Jim Edwards: “It’s a big beat on both revenues and EPS, and the stock popped up 15% immediately in after hours trading…. But then it gave up most of those gains when CFO David Ebersman said the company had seen a small reduction in use by teens…. But no one at Facebook has ever admitted before that it may be losing teens. Ebersman said the stats were not significant: ‘We did see a decrease in daily users partly among younger teens. … This is of questionable significance.’… The reason: Investors bet on the future, not what just happened. And if kids are losing interest in Facebook that could create headwinds in terms of future user growth.” Business Insider
>>>> Facebook earnings show that desktop ads — and Google — may soon become irrelevant VentureBeat
>>>> Facebook may start logging your cursor movements Ars Technica

>> GONE TO PLAID: Sprint taps into its spectrum for fast LTE, with room to grow, by Stephen Lawson: “…demonstrated a high-speed service it calls Sprint Spark, with current peak speeds of 50-60Mbps (bits per second) and the potential to exceed 1Gbps. It also promoted three upcoming handsets that will be able to take advantage of all three of its spectrum bands. Sprint is in catch-up mode against its bigger rivals, Verizon Wireless and AT&T, and is looking to use its huge spectrum holdings as an advantage. The company is deploying LTE in its 800MHz and 1.9GHz bands as well as the 2.5GHz spectrum it acquired with Clearwire, on which the Sprint Spark service runs.” PCWorld
>>>> New cable broadband spec says 10 Gbps speeds possible Now if we could just come up with a better name than ‘DOCSIS 3.1′ Cable Tech Talk

>> MAN BITES DOG: Robert Shiller: Young people with a moral purpose should work for Goldman Sachs, not Google, by Alison Griswold: “In a debate titled ‘Goldman Vs. Google: A career on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley?’ at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering, the esteemed economist argued that young graduates with a ‘moral purpose’ and interest in the financial world should work for Goldman Sachs instead of Google…. ‘When you study finance, you are studying how to make things happen, on a big scale, on a lasting scale,’ Shiller said. ‘That has to matter more than getting into Google and programming some little gimmick.’ The way Shiller sees it, finance underscores every worthwhile pursuit. ‘Every human activity that matters has to be financed,’ he explained. ‘You cannot do good things for the world all by yourself.’” Business Insider

>> CRASH: Google DNS departs Brazil ahead of new law, by Doug Madory: “Brazil is pressing ahead with a new law to require Internet companies like Google to store data about Brazilian users inside Brazil, where it will be subject to local privacy laws. The proposed legislation could be signed into law as early as the end of this week… By moving DNS resolution out of Brazil and back to the United States, Google DNS now operates outside of Brazilian jurisdiction. It still works just fine for Latin American users, just much more slowly… if Google leaves Brazil as they did in China, they could opt to make their local infrastructure investments in another country… with privacy laws more to their liking.” Renesys

>> END OF LIFE CYCLE: The case against Gmail, by Ed Bott: “Google’s flagship service has been showing signs that it’s past its prime. In particular, Gmail’s losing the ability to play nicely with third-party clients… Despite Google’s lofty rhetoric about open standards, the Gmail protocols are undocumented and not available for licensing… in December 2012 Google dropped [Microsoft's] Exchange ActiveSync support for its nonpaying customers–including anyone with a free Gmail account and with a free (grandfathered) Google Apps account… Google wants you to interact with Gmail in a browser window–preferably Chrome–or in one of its iOS or Android apps.” ZDNet
>>>> How I switched from Gmail to Outlook.com (and how you can too) ZDNet
>>>> Outlook.com calendar maintenance enters its second week PCWorld

>> GOING VIRAL: Waiting for the next great technology critic, by Pat Buchanan: “For well over a decade, the two most influential voices about consumer technology have been a sixty-six-year-old man who lives just outside of Washington, D.C. and a fifty-year-old man who resides in Westport, Connecticut. The former, Walt Mossberg, defined what it means to be a mainstream gadget reviewer when he started a weekly column, Personal Technology, for the Wall Street Journal, in 1991. The latter, David Pogue, began his column for the New York Times, State of the Art, in 2000. Every week, like a modern-day Prometheus handing down secret knowledge about arcane tools, they have dutifully informed millions of readers about the latest gadgets or services, and whether or not they are worth purchasing. Both of them will be gone soon: it was announced last month that Mossberg would leave the Journal at the end of the year, and Pogue revealed last week that he would be leaving the Times shortly.” The New Yorker

>> MICROSOFT MISCHIEF: Microsoft Bing tests ‘Hero’ ads in Windows 8.1 search results, jousting with Google, by Todd Bishop: “Hero Ads… blend elements of display and search advertising. They are being tested by advertisers including Land Rover, Jaguar, Home Depot, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Radio Shack. During the pilot, the ads will be shown to a subset of people searching for the specific names of the companies or brands on Windows 8.1.” GeekWire
>>>> Here come Windows 8.1′s ‘Hero’ ads — brought to you by stealthy snooping InfoWorld

>> IBM gives up fight to build CIA’s $600m secret cloud, hands deal to Amazon The Register

>> Scott McNealy tells Hong Kong to go open, free and global Computerworld HK

>> Google’s Glass accessory store is coming online (Wow. Stuff’s expensive!) Marketing Land

>> What’s it like to design the future of Microsoft? Ask this guy. TechNet

>> SAP confirms 20 customers live on HANA cloud, hundreds in the pipeline Computerworld UK

>> Steam rises to 65 million active users, eclipsing Xbox Live The Verge

>> 10 common tasks for MongoDB InfoWorld

>> Fantastical 2: The calendar Apple should have built… again 9to5Mac

>> Mobile saturation means innovation will slow InfoWorld

>> World’s first Bitcoin ATM sees 81 exchanges, $10,000 in transactions during first day GeekWire

>> California woman gets the first ticket for driving with Google Glass Glass Almanac

>> SORRY, WE HAD TO RUN IT: Lenovo taps Ashton Kutcher in long-life battery challenge to Apple Bloomberg

>> TWEET O’ THE DAY: “This is the only time the city of Boston has ever punished a Cardinal.” @rilaws

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British man charged with hacking NASA and US military computers

A British man has been charged with hacking into U.S. government computers and stealing personal data about thousands of employees, then bragging about it on Twitter.

Lauri Love, 28, was arrested Friday at his home in Stradishall, England, according to a statement from the New Jersey District Attorney’s Office. He is charged with one count of accessing a U.S. department or agency computer without authorization and one count of conspiracy

Over the past year, Love and three unnamed co-conspirators—two living in Australia and one in Sweden—allegedly planted malware on government computers in order to steal data, according to an indictment filed in District Court in New Jersey.

The group, which planned their attacks over IRC instant messaging, compromised agencies including NASA, the U.S. Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

They are alleged to have obtained personal information of more than 4,000 employees for the Missile Defense Agency and “numerous” NASA employees, according to the indictment. The group allegedly publicized their attacks on Twitter.

Government databases were attacked using SQL injection techniques, which involves probing back-end databases. The attackers also gained access to government computers by exploiting vulnerabilities in ColdFusion, Adobe Systems’ Web application development platform.

In an attempt to avoid detection, the group allegedly channeled its attacks through proxy servers and used TOR, a network that provides greater privacy by routing encrypted Web traffic through servers around the world.

The indictment alleges the attacks “collectively resulted in millions of dollars in damages to the government victims.”

Love could face up to five years in prison and a US$250,000 fine for the two New Jersey charges. He has also been charged in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia for related intrusions, prosecutors said.

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China Fights Choking Smog With New Regulations

China’s central and local governments are releasing a slew of new regulations aimed at cutting severe air pollution and mitigating its deadly effect on citizens. The seriousness of the problem is obvious in China’s northeast, where smog in one city this week cut visibility down to a few yards, and particulate matter soared to 60 times the level deemed safe by the World Health Organization.

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Cool autumn temperatures are moving into Northeast China. And Sunday, many cities turned on their coal-fired heating systems for the first time this season. This contributed to severe air pollution, which has largely shut down Harbin, a city of 11 million people. China has recently announced new regulations aimed at cutting smog and mitigating its deadly effect on citizens.

But as NPR’s Anthony Kuhn reports from Beijing, any fundamental solution seems a long way off.


ANTHONY KUHN, BYLINE: Schools, highways and airports remain closed for a second day in the city of Harbin. State television showed images of cars with flashing hazard lights and pedestrians wearing face masks, appearing and disappearing in a thick grey miasma. A mix of soot, dust and other tiny particles, that get into people’s lungs, was recorded at levels as high as 60 times the concentration of the World Health Organization considers safe.

Many officials are blaming this emergency in part on the weather. Fang Li, the vice director of Beijing’s Environmental Protection Agency, spoke at a press conference in the capital.

FANG LI: (Through translator) The heavy pollution in Harbin is due to weather conditions. We have noticed that the entire northeastern region is shrouded in heavy fog. Under these conditions, it’s not easy for these pollutants to dissipate.

KUHN: Indeed, there has been no strong winds and heavy rain to lower wash the manmade pollution away. Today, Fang outlined the Chinese capital’s new plan for dealing with pollution emergencies. After three days of heavy pollution, schools will close; factories will scale back production; and private cars will only be allowed on the roads on alternating days, depending on their license plates.

LI: (Foreign language spoken)

KUHN: And when it really gets smoggy, Fang added, the capital will also ban fireworks and barbecues.

Before last year, China did not disclose detailed data about air pollution. The Chinese language did not even have a word for smog until very recently. Wang Jingjing is vice director of the Beijing-based Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs. She displays a map which shows that most of the pollution in China comes from industry.

WANG JINGJING: (Through translator) We can see that there are more than 4,100 major sources of air pollution. These sources emit more than 65 percent of all the sulfur dioxide, nitrides and particulate matter.

KUHN: Wang welcomes a series of recently announced government plans to tackle pollution. Last month, China announced a plan to cut its coal consumption to below 65 percent of primary energy use by 2017 – a reduction of less than 2 percent in five years. She says China’s government is determined to avoid the mistakes the West made when it industrialized.

JINGJING: (Through translator) We’ve seen the historical experiences and lessons that have come before. We don’t want to take that path. We must control the pollution beforehand, instead of cleaning up afterwards.

KUHN: Whatever is learned from the West’s experienced, it seems clear that China already faces a lengthy process of cleaning up its air, land and water.

Anthony Kuhn, NPR News, Beijing.

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