FBI paid 'gray hat' hackers to defeat iPhone security in San Bernardino terrorism case

Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook died on Dec. 2, 2015, in a gun battle with authorities several hours after their assault on a gathering of Farook's colleagues in San Bernardino, Calif., that left 14 people dead.

The FBI accessed the contents of a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone after receiving help from professional hackers who “discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw,” the Washington Post was first to report today.

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Chip implanted in paralyzed man's brain helps him regain use of his hand

Ian Burkhart can make isolated finger movements and perform six different wrist and hand motions. Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center/ Batelle

Ian Burkhart lost all sensation in his hands and legs after a freak swimming accident five years ago. Today, doctors report that a chip in his brain has let him regain some control of his hand. The 24-year-old man has “regained control over his right hand and fingers, using technology that transmits his thoughts directly to his hand muscles and bypasses his spinal injury.”

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'We Shall Overcome' copyright may be overcome by same lawyers who freed 'Happy Birthday' into public domain

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A song that became the "unofficial anthem to the civil rights movement" was wrongly placed under copyright, and should be released into the public domain. That's the argument in a lawsuit filed today in federal court over the song "We Shall Overcome."

Who's behind it? The same group of lawyers who fought for years to free "Happy Birthday" from copyright prison.

The 'Happy Birthday' case succeeded at last just a few months ago, and made it safe for little kids all over the world to sing the song over candlelit cakes at birthday parties, without fear of attorneys knocking on the door demanding royalty payments.

The new copyright battle is a proposed class action lawsuit that asks for copyright licensing fees to be returned. The case argues that royalties were wrongfully collected by Ludlow Music Inc. and The Richmond Organization, which claimed copyright over "We Shall Overcome" in 1960. But the song is probably based on an old African-American spiritual, according to popular belief--and the lawsuit.

The song is based on “an African-American spiritual with exactly the same melody and nearly identical lyrics from the late 19th or early 20th century,” reads the complaint.

"This was never copyrightable to begin with," Mark Rifkin, an attorney for the plaintiff, told Reuters Tuesday. "The song had been in the public domain for many, many years before anyone tried to copyright it."

From Reuters:

The We Shall Overcome Foundation, the plaintiff, is seeking to produce a documentary film about song and its relationship to the civil rights movement.

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Steven Hawking wants to send tiny 'nanocraft' space probes to Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri, the closest star system to Earth’s solar system. [European Southern Observatory]

"Today, we commit to this next great leap into the cosmos," Stephen Hawking said today in New York. "Because we are human, and our nature is to fly."

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Who leaked the Panama Papers? A famous financial whistleblower says: CIA.

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There are many conspiracy theories about the source of the Panama Papers leak. One of the more prominent theories today blames the CIA. Bradley Birkenfeld is “the most significant financial whistleblower of all time,” and he has opinions about who's responsible for leaking the Panama Papers rattling financial and political power centers around the world.

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North Korea channels the voice of Abraham Lincoln in “Hey, Obama” letter to U.S.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un looks over the border with South Korea,  March 7, 2013.

“Hey, Obama,” a weird letter from North Korea to the President of the United States opens, according to a translation offered by the Associated Press. “I know you have a lot on your mind these days … I’ve decided to give you a little advice.”

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NYC's 'Food Warriors' head to Rockaway on the A-Train for cheap eats, in series finale

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“Food Warriors,” the wonderful street food video series created by Rafi Kam, Dallas Penn, and Casimir Nozkowski, just published a wonderful new episode focused on the cheap eats of Rockaway Beach and Far Rockaway.

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Melania Trump has a creepy message just for you

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Weirdo remix artist Vic Berger slap-chopped together this creepy and hilarious edit of Melania Trump’s recent campaign speech for her creepy and no longer hilarious husband, presidential candidate and noted total shitbag Donald Trump.

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Security flaws found in 3 state health insurance websites

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Federal investigators have discovered major security vulnerabilities in the state health insurance websites for California, Kentucky and Vermont that could allow criminals to access sensitive personal data for hundreds of thousands of people.

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Clinton campaign chair: 'The American people can handle the truth' on UFOs, alien life, Area 51

John Podesta, during his service in the Obama administration. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)
Hillary Clinton's campaign chair John Podesta talked space aliens today with CNN's Jake Tapper.

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Reverse Godwin: KKK darling David Duke says Trump may help improve Hitler's image

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Ladies and gentlemen, Reverse Godwin.

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Scammers stole $2.3 billion in "business email compromise" attacks, FBI reports

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Businesses around the world have lost billions of dollars over the past few years to an increasingly popular internet scam in which criminals pose as company executives, and send faked emails to their staff ordering subordinates to transfer money into financial accounts controlled by the scammers. That's all according to an FBI alert issued this week.

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Emergency room doctors used a patient's FitBit to determine how to save his life

The same Fitbit model reported to have saved a man's life in the emergency room. [photo: fitbit.com]

Many of us wear fitness trackers to motivate ourselves to be more active. But after a 42-year-old man in New Jersey had a seizure at work, some very smart emergency room doctors used data they saw on his Fitbit Charge HR to decide on the best way to treat him. They decided to reset his heart rate with electrical cardioversion. His Fitbit may have saved his life.

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Wrapped: magical short film about mutant monster ivy that engulfs New York City

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"Wrapped" is a short film created by Roman Kaelin, Falko Paeper and Florian Wittmann from Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction.

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What sound does this animal make? Google just got better at answering that.

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Do a Google search for 'animal noises.' You should see a field up at the top of your search results that shows images of various animals, and audio samples of a noise each of them makes.

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Donald Trump rates his one-year-old baby daughter's breasts in 1994 interview

Marla Maples, Donald Trump, and Tiffany Trump as a young girl. Reuters/Jeff Christensen

Donald Trump on the tabloid TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, back in 1994, when asked what qualities his child has from her mom, and which come from dad: “Time will tell” if my one year old daughter Tiffany Trump will grow out a rack as hot as that of my legally-wedded broad, Marla Maples. She already has her mother's sexy legs, though.

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Sensual photos of teens smoking marijuana, taken for the U.S. government in 1973

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These striking shots of two young women chilling out with some herb while relaxing sur l'herbe are official federal government photographs, captured in 1973 by a photographer on assignment for the newly formed EPA.

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