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The US Marshals are scanning millions of American phones with fly-by cell towers

Federal agencies have a new way to find people. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the US Marshals service has scooping up Americans’ cell phone information by planting fake cell tower devices on board small airplanes. The device, known as an IMSI catcher, sorts through the collected data in search of a specific target’s unique ID, pointing the Marshals to his exact location. The program has been running since 2007, and according to the Journal, agents get a court order for each search, but it is still unclear whether the orders specify the alarming means by which the resulting search is conducted.

The marshals use fake cell towers onboard small airplanes

The attack plays of a basic vulnerability of cell phones:…

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Scanning felons’ brains could help predict whether they’ll reoffend

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Over five decades since A Clockwork Orange foretold a future where experimental science is used to “cure” repeat offenders, a study of 96 male felons has used brain scans to predict the likelihood of falling back into crime. While the neuroscientist who led the study, Kent Kiehl of Albuquerque’s Mind Research Network, warns that the method is still far from accurate enough to be useful in real-world assessments, Wired reports that certain individuals were found to be around twice as likely to be rearrested within four years of their release.

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PayPal releases revamped Android app with new design, credit card scanning

PayPal Android redesign

PayPal for Android has been updated with the latest version offering a significant redesign that brings the app’s appearance in line with Google’s ‘Holo‘ UI guidelines. Menus have been refreshed with the same brown-heavy styling found in its iOS application and PayPal Here, the company’s Square competitor. Yes, you’ll still find plenty of stitched leather and threaded backgrounds, though we generally prefer how things look here thanks to the Holo underpinnings. The new design also makes for a better experience using the app, providing quick, glanceable overviews of your account activity. Apart from aesthetic changes, PayPal also added some core functionality to its Android release: users can now just scan a credit or debit card to add it…

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