Brazilian judge Marcel Montalvao ordered WhatsApp to hand over chat records related to a drug case, but the Facebook-owned company said it couldn't comply because the conversations are encrypted in a way it can't crack, TechCrunch noted. In response, the temporary ban is being put in effect through orders to telecoms companies.
WhatsApp is extremely popular in Brazil, with over 100 million users. In many cases people use the app to get around local cellphone rates, which can be inordinately expensive.
Shiv Integer is a bot whose entire purpose in life is to create bizarre objects for 3D printers. It has been living for several months on 3D printer project site Thingiverse, posting objects cobbled together out of dozens of other objects listed on the site. The results are art or spam, depending on your perspective. Last month, artists Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and Julien Deswaef finally came out as the humans behind Shiv Integer, showcasing the results of the bot's work at an event called (appropriately) The Art of Bots in London's Somerset House.
The EU has long taken a harder line on privacy and environmental regulations than the US. But activists worry that may soon come to an end.
Last week, the EU and the US met to negotiate the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP for short. The proposed agreement isn’t done, but on Monday, Greenpeace Netherlands published a set of documents that the organization claims includes a partial draft of the TTIP agreement. According to the organization, the leak reveals the US’s plans to weaken at least some of the EU’s laws.
Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright on Monday revealed himself as the creator of the virtual Bitcoin currency to media outlets the BBC, The Economist and GQ magazine.
After years of speculation on the identity of the crypto-currency's founder, Wright presented proof that only the true creator of Bitcoin could have provided, the BBC said.
Jobert Abma, the 25-year-old cofounder of a hot startup called HackerOne, has been breaking into computers since he was 13.
And he's been been getting into hacking scrapes with his cofounder and best friend Michiel Prins for almost as long.
Growing up in the Netherlands, Abma gave Prins an unusual graduation present: the user name and password to a local TV station that did a regular news broadcast about the school. The duo then took control of the TV station and ran their own broadcast on live TV instead. "The TV station was not amused," Abma tells Business Insider.