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Google does an about-turn on Allo privacy, earns Edward Snowden's criticism

Allo does support end-to-end encryption, which should make it hard for anyone but recipient and sender to view the contents of messages: but Google was criticized by Snowden and other privacy advocates for setting it as off by default.

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New Yorkers get alarming emergency alert about Chelsea bombing suspect

The alert , received by millions on their phones almost at the same time, was an electronic "wanted poster" which read "WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male". As Griss noted , this is a quaint notion when Google is now just one click away. New Yorkers took to Twitter to complain about the notification , which many felt would only put brown people in danger.

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Feds want to regulate drivers when the driver is the car

The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, whose members include Google, Ford Motor Co and ride-hailing service Uber, said in a statement they hoped policymakers could develop a framework that avoids a "patchwork of requirements that could inhibit self-driving vehicle development".

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Feds preview rules of the road for self-driving cars

The group cautioned that concerns still remain, based on the details of the federal policies , about making sure carmakers are responsible for deaths and injuries resulting from failures in autonomous technologies. This morning (Sept. 20), the US Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a new policy document on how it plans to handle self-driving cars at a national level.

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Apple lodges patent for a paper bag called… 'Bag'

Apple's reportedly used the bag in its stores for a few months now. More specifically, a paper bag that can hold stuff and has a "white solid bleached sulfate paper with at least 60 percent post-consumer content". The fact that Apple is investing time and money into developing shopping containers is very surprising, given its reputation as a tech innovator not a bag manufacturer.

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Vista Equity Buys Infoblox For $1.6 Billion

Infoblox now has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $22.07. That rumor caused Infoblox stock to rise as high as $18.98, valuing the company at about $1.1 billion. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink . The deal, which was unanimously approved by Infoblox's board, breaks down to some $26.50 per share.