NEWS 20.April.2016

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A digital rights group is suing the US Justice Department over secret court orders it suspects are being used to force tech companies to unlock devices. The lawsuit asks the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court for a disclosure of all such requests.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) insists that the US government has been “increasing pressure on companies” to either gain access to encrypted private communications or receive assistance that would help it do so.

“News outlets have reported that the government has sought the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) orders and opinions that required private companies to turn over their source code so that the government can identify and exploit vulnerabilities for its own surveillance purposes,” the group said in its filing to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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Stargazers enjoyed a rare treat when giant “fireball” meteor lit up the sky over southern Britain.

The meteor was sighted at about 0200 BST as it traveled over Basingstoke in Hampshire.

The UK Meteor Observation Network (UKMON) described the phenomenon as “rare” owning to the brightness of the space object.

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A reporter for RT France has been caught in tear gas as French police clash with demonstrators protesting against labor reforms in Nantes. Several arrests have been made. Protests have also taken place in Paris.

Footage from the scene, filmed by RT’s Jonathan Moadab, shows protesters shouting and fleeing clouds of tear gas.

Between 700 and 800 people marched the streets of Nantes to express their discontent with the controversial legislation, RT France reported. The marchers shouted “Resistance!” as they made their way through the city, according to Pays de la Loire.

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World famous Russian adventurer and Orthodox priest, Fedor Konyukhov, has everything ready for his nonstop solo balloon flight around the world, which will require him to survive at a temperature of +5 Celsius and altitude of 11,000 meters for two weeks.

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A federal judge has ruled that Ashley Madison users can sue the dating website for cheaters, but only if they reveal their real names. A 2015 data breach outed many users, leaving them eager for legal recourse.

Eastern District of Missouri Judge John A. Ross, who is presiding over a class action lawsuit against Ashley Madison, handed the plaintiffs both a victory and a defeat.

The good news is that the federal judge will allow the case to proceed. The bad news is that he also ruled that Ashley Madison users had not demonstrated that the risks involved in revealing their identities were high enough to justify overriding the public’s right to a free and open court.

Judge Ross also noted that not all of the plaintiffs involved in the lawsuit had used the cheating service under a pseudonym.

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Virtual reality has been toyed with for 50 years, but there is one industry that could help the technology finally gain widespread acceptance – pornography. Las Vegas hotels are now testing devices offering “ultra-realistic” adult experiences.

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