Australia Passes Encryption Bill That’s Sparking Privacy Concerns

Watch Video Australian lawmakers have passed an encryption bill that’s sparking some concerns among privacy advocates and big tech companies. The law will allow security agencies access to private messaging services, like iMessage and WhatsApp, during certain investigations. According to the Australian government, the legislation will help authorities target terrorists and other criminals who use those encrypted programs. Opponents of the measure say that’ll infringe on Australians’ privacy rights. In fact, privacy advocates and other experts say the move could have a ripple effect on data security practices in other countries. In 2016, the issue surfaced in the U.S. following a debate on whether Apple should break into a suspected… Read More

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Apple’s stock just went into the red for the year (AAPL)

Apple stock closed at $168.49 on Friday, sliding more than 3%. Apple is now down for the year. On the last day of trading in 2017, December 29, it closed at $169.23. Apple stock has had a wild year of ups and downs. It gained through the first nine months of the year — spurred by tax cuts, share buybacks, and rising iPhone prices. But it has slumped over the past two months. It’s lost 27% since October 3, when it closed at $232.07, wiping out its gains for the year. It’s now down less than 1% year to date. There are a lot of reasons for Apple’s slide, including… Read More

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‘He was dumb as a rock’: Trump lashes out at former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

President Donald Trump called former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell” in an insult-laden Friday tweet. The tweet came in response to Tillerson on Thursday calling Trump “undisciplined” and saying the president frequently asked him to break the law. Tillerson left the administration in March of 2018 after a rocky tenure during which he frequently clashed with Trump. President Donald Trump lashed out at former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in an insult-laden tweet following Tillerson calling Trump “undisciplined” — and saying the president frequently asked him to break the law — while speaking to a crowd in Houston Thursday night. “Mike Pompeo… Read More

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The best barware, tools, and accessories you can buy

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get high-quality bar accessories and tools, but don’t go for the bottom of the barrel, either. We’ve rounded up the best bar accessories that you need for your home bar. Our picks include bar sets, jiggers, shakers, mixing glasses, and other tools that are as functional as they are beautiful. Like it or not, your bar cart will say a lot about you when entertaining, and if you’re going to be hosting guests during… Read More

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The top 10 best-selling fiction books on Amazon this year — that consequently make great gifts

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Below are the top 10 best-selling fiction books on Amazon in 2018. You can also find a list of the 29 best books we read this year here. Like the Oxford Word of the Year, a year’s bestselling books are a good — though incomplete — summary of one particular point in time. And while Amazon is not the only place people buy books, it is undoubtedly one of the most popular. Below, you’ll find the top 10 best selling fiction titles of… Read More

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