Technews Pinboard 487 – Jan 20, 2017

Gadget Mountain Rising in Asia Threatens Health, Environment | NewsFactor Network
The waste from discarded electronic gadgets and electrical appliances has reached severe levels in East Asia, posing a growing threat to health and the environment unless safe disposal becomes the norm.

Hacking Group Releases Trove of Malware Tools | NewsFactor Network
Network security is about to get a lot more complicated for enterprise IT departments. Numerous hacking tools believed to be designed by the National Security Agency (NSA) just hit the Internet, available at no charge to anyone who wants to download the files. The tools include 61 files that appear to target Windows machines. The release of the hacking tools comes courtesy of the hacking collective calling itself the Shadow Brokers. The group previously announced that it planned to sell the tools to the highest bidders, but appeared to have backed off that plan after the sale failed to attract enough interest. The group had originally requested at least 10,000 bitcoins — the equivalent of about $8.2 million — in exchange for access to the files.

Mississippi Sues Google, Saying It Violates Student Privacy | NewsFactor Network
In a news conference Tuesday, Hood said Google is breaking Mississippi consumer protection law by selling ads using data from services it provides to schools.

Tesla Allows Self-Driving Cars To Break Speed Limit, Again | NewsFactor Network
Now, that update has been reversed, allowing Tesla Motors owners to return to breaking the speed limit. The car is still capped at five miles per hour faster than the limit on non-divided roads, however.

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