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Police can gather evidence by making fake Instagram accounts, court rules

Your Instagram friend could secretly be a police officer, and that’s totally legal, at least in New Jersey. In an opinion from earlier this month, district court judge William Martini responded to a request by Daniel Gatson, who is accused of running a lucrative jewelry theft ring that was busted by the FBI in 2013. Among many other requests to suppress evidence of cellphone location data, seized physical evidence, and phone conversations, Gatson asked for the court to throw out his social media history: namely, pictures from a private Instagram account, which law enforcement officers had accessed by creating a fake account and friending him.

“No search warrant is required” to go undercover on Instagram

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Martian meteorite provides further evidence of water on Mars

NASA has discovered further evidence that there was once water on Mars — and the agency didn’t even need to leave Earth to find it. A group of researchers has discovered that a 30-pound Martian meteorite found in the Yamato Glacier in Antarctica features curved micro-tunnels that are consistent with moving water. According to NASA, the discovery is “reviving debate in the scientific community over life on Mars.”

“The planet is revealing the presence of an active water reservoir that may also have a significant carbon component,” says Everett Gibson, a scientist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The meteorite itself is 1.3 billion years old, and is believed to have landed in Antarctica 50,000 years ago. It was first discovered…

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Hubble telescope finds evidence of clouds on a distant planet

40 light-years away lies the exoplanet GJ 1214b, a searingly hot “super-Earth” orbiting a red dwarf star. And thanks to the Hubble telescope, researchers believe they’ve found what lies in the planet’s upper atmosphere: thick clouds. A paper, published in the January 2nd issue of Nature, relies on the telescope to settle a debate about the planet’s composition. First documented in 2009, GJ 1214b is one of several exoplanets that researchers are studying in hopes of finding a habitable world in another solar system. It’s been previously described as a “steamy waterworld,” with a density too low to be purely rock and too high to be a gas giant. But despite years of study, researchers hadn’t come to a conclusion about what kind of…

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Justice Department publishes 191 pages of evidence against Kim Dotcom and Megaupload

The US Department of Justice unsealed a summary of the evidence it has collected against Kim Dotcom, Megaupload, and other alleged conspirators on Friday. The 191-page document lays out details on how Megaupload and its associated sites, employees, and operations — termed the “Mega Conspiracy” — operated and, according to the DOJ, committed racketeering conspiracy, copyright infringement, and money laundering. The investigation concludes that Megaupload made over $ 150 million in revenues from premium memberships over the years, plus over $ 25 million in advertising revenues. Those revenues are said to be a direct result of Megaupload’s willful promotion of copyrighted materials.

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Apple under spotlight as Europe probes carriers for evidence of unfair iPhone sales tactics

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The European Commission is scrutinizing Apple’s iPhone sales practices to find out whether the company is unfairly squeezing out competitors, according to the Financial Times. While no formal antitrust probe has been opened, the FT saw a questionnaire sent to several European carriers asking if Apple imposes restrictions such as a minimum number of phones ordered, or a guarantee that the company will never get less favorable subsidies and sales terms than other hardware manufacturers.

The nine-page questionnaire also asks whether Apple is using technical restrictions to limit the iPhone 5’s compatibility with 4G networks, said the FT. “There are also indications that certain technical functions are disabled on certain Apple products in…

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US Attorney’s Office accused of deliberately withholding evidence in Aaron Swartz trial

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Aaron Swartz’s former lawyer in the JSTOR case, Elliot Peters, is accusing federal prosecutor Stephen Heymann of professional misconduct, alleging that he deliberately withheld an e-mail that would have helped suppress illegally-acquired evidence. In a complaint filed January 28th and published by The Huffington Post, Peters accuses the Assistant US Attorney of violating his duty of candor to the court, as well as using an “extreme” plea offer to “coerce” a deal, and requests a formal investigation by the Department of Justice into the matter.

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Curiosity successfully drills Martian surface in search for evidence of water

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After six months on the surface of Mars, the Curiosity rover has finally commenced the drilling and analysis of Martian bedrock. This morning, NASA released an image of a tiny hole on the Martian surface, measuring 0.63 inches across and 2.5 inches deep, and tweeted that the mission to drill and collect a sample was a success. The site for drilling, situated in the Gale Crater, was chosen because it showed signs that water may have once flowed over it in the past.

To collect the sample, Curiosity used the drill at the end of its seven-foot robotic arm to…

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White House-ordered Huawei probe reveals no evidence of spying, sources tell Reuters

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A White House-ordered probe has revealed no evidence that telecommunications company Huawei spied for the Chinese government, sources tell Reuters. According to two people apparently familiar with the review, there was nothing to indicate active spying, although one source says that “certain parts of government really wanted” such evidence. This contrasts sharply with a US Congressional report released last week, calling both Huawei and ZTE, another major Chinese tech company, a national security risk. The report’s findings have not been announced publicly, and White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden declined to comment. It doesn’t seem to have looked for backdoors or other potential future threats, a concern of…

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FBI: there is ‘no evidence’ that AntiSec stole Apple device IDs from an agency laptop

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Earlier today, hacker collective AntiSec released a file with over one million iOS unique device identifiers (UDID). Furthermore, the group claimed it harvested a total of some 12 million UDIDs from an FBI laptop, raising questions as to why the FBI had that data in the first place — but now the FBI is teling its side of the story. In a statement to All Things D the FBI says, “at this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

The FBI also noted that there was no reason to believe that the agency “either sought or retained this data — it sounds like the agency is trying to sooth fears that the government was keeping tabs on these users. Along with the…

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Amazon’s new Kindle Fire: the evidence grows

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Today has been a boon for Kindle leaks: we saw some sort of new Kindle Fire earlier followed by a Kindle Touch refresh with “Paperwhite” technology. Now we’ve been sent a large collection of additional images of a new Fire — from the same source as the Paperwhite model — that corroborate the last image of the Fire that we’d posted.

Though these images bear a hard-to-ignore resemblance to the Fire that’s currently on the market, there’s a very important difference: this device has a prominent notch along one of the long edges which may be a front-facing mic for video calling. You can also see a front-facing camera in several of the images, and some show Skype being demonstrated — it’s an important feature even for a budget tablet,…

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