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2019/06/18 18:53

Turkey Unveils New Fifth-Generation Jet TF-X, Indigenous Alternative to F-35
00:36 18.06.2019

Just as Turkey lost access to Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Turkish Aerospace Industries unveiled a model of its indigenously designed fifth-generation fighter jet, dubbed the TF-X, at the Paris Air Show on Monday.

Turkey’s primary aircraft design bureau put forward at the air show Ankara’s answer to the loss of the F-35, a plane Turkey had once hoped to buy 100 of from the US. Washington recently put that deal on hold over its continued objection to Ankara’s purchasing of S-400 air defense systems from Russia.

On the tarmac at Paris-Le Bourget Airport, the dramatic unveiling showed the world a twin-engine, canted-vertical-tail fighter that looks a bit like an F-35, but with a narrower fuselage and wider wingspan, Military.com reported.

Here is Turkish Aerospace Industries’ TF-X mock-up.

TAI’s president notes that it is one of the makers of the F-35’s center fuselage, which gives it the industrial strength to build this fighter.

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​The resemblance should come as little surprise.

“On the F-35, actually, my company is building the center fuselage,” TAI President and CEO Temel Kotil said at the ceremony. TAI served as a secondary supplier to US-based contractor Northrop Grumman, which builds the majority of F-35 center fuselages, Defense News noted.

“So this means, in terms of manufacturing, Turkish Aerospace has enough strength to build this fighter,” Kotil said. “Our machine is a mock-up, but in 2023 there will be a real machine, and first flight is in 2025, and [it will be in] service in 2028.”

According to Defense News, the TF-X will have a top speed of Mach 2, a range of 600 miles, and will be capable of lifting 60,000 pounds upon takeoff. Its engines will provide the jet with 20,000 pounds of thrust each, making it roughly comparable to the Joint Strike Fighter, although a tad faster.

BAE Systems, which has collaborated on the program with TAI, boasted the TF-X will be “the best fighter in Europe” and capable of carrying the long-range, air-to-air Meteor missile under development by European manufacturer MBDA.

However, a Pentagon official contacted by Defense News declined to comment on whether or not the TF-X represented a firm move away from a Turkish F-35 buy, expressing hope that Ankara would come around to Washington’s way of thinking and renege on the S-400 deal. US defense leaders have voiced fears that if Turkey operates both the F-35 and S-400 together, it could reveal the F-35’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities to US adversaries, including Russia.

Ankara has also expressed interest in other fifth-generation aircraft, including Russia’s Su-57 and China’s FC-31 fighters, Sputnik reported.
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2019/06/18 18:46

民間のふりをした専用サイト ACT.ILは、イスラエルの政策を肯定し、パレスチナやBDSを叩く世論醸成を支援する専用アプリまで配布している。優秀な活動家にはポイントが加算される仕組みになっているが、上位のポイント獲得者リストには、軍情報部の元高官を筆頭にイスラエル政府の公務員がずらっと並んでいる・・・。


Israel Directs ‘Sophisticated Campaign’ of Anti-BDS Astroturfing via Shady Front Group
03:51 18.06.2019

Asa Winstanley, an investigative journalist and associate editor with The Electronic Intifada, told Sputnik that Israel spends $1 million a year on an online influence campaign aimed at slowing the momentum of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement through a front group directed by Israeli ex-intelligence officers.

According to an investigative report published by Winstanley on June 12, an organization called Act.IL, funded by the Israeli government, aims to create “an online community that will act to promote a positive influence on the international public opinion towards the state of Israel via social media platforms.” The organization is a joint venture between the Israeli American Council (IAC) and the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC).

According to the group’s website, Act.IL aims to “positively inform and influence foreign publics and create an efficient and effective battle against the growing trend of the boycott movement (BDS) and the delegitimization of the State of Israel.”

Winstanley told Radio Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary hosts Sean Blackmon and Eugene Puryear that Act.IL “is funded to the tune of more than a million dollars in its 2017 budget, and a large part of its funding comes from the Israeli government. It speaks to influence foreign publics online, primarily, as my investigation established.”

According to Winstanley’s investigative piece, the campaign funded by the Israeli government had a $1.1 million budget last year. In addition, it has offices in three countries and an online group of more than 15,000 people. Through its app, Act.IL “directs comments towards news websites in support of Isaeli wars and racism, while attacking Palesinians and solidarity campaigners,” he wrote.

“These users are posing as regular internet users, and they do things like propagnize for Israel, basically, and they try and float the comments to the top of the pile by doing things like Facebook Lives and so forth. It’s a pretty sophisticated campaign, all in all,” Winstanley explained.

“Some of the funding comes from private donors,” he added, noting that the campaign, which was developed by former Israeli intelligence officers, receives financial aid from conservative American casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. In addition, the Electronic Intifada also obtained access to disclosures from an Israeli ministry revealing that it is funding both Act.IL and its app.

“This Israeli ministry is called the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, and essentially it is Israel’s anti-BDS ministry. The CEO of this organization [Act.IL], Yarden Ben Yosef, is actually a former military intelligence officer for the Israeli government. It’s not an exaggeration to call him a spy,” Winstanley explained. “[The organization] has strong links to Israeli intelligence officers, and it seems that some of its most prominent and active users are employees, or at least they do work for it in some fashion. Within the app, it has rankings of the most active users, and I went through those rankings. I found that a great number of these active users were employees of Act.IL.”

In fact, screenshots from the app’s rankings in June obtained by The Electronic Intifada reveal that four of the top 11 “activists” in the app are current or former Act.IL staff. The staff members include Lior Sirkis, a former Israeli army spokesperson, and Daniel Gavriel, who worked as a security officer for Israel’s Public Security Ministry.

“I would argue that Israel is not unique in using this strategy, but I suppose it uses it to a unique degree in the modern world. I would argue that this is because Israel relies so much on support from the American government. It’s losing so much of the battle in Europe that it has to employ these kind of tactics. With BDS, specifically, just the fact that they have an entire ministry dedicated to combating is kind of an indication of how much they are dedicated to working against it,” the journalist told Sputnik.

“We’re talking about an organization that is supposed to be a military organization that is dedicated to fighting terrorists, and [instead it] is being deployed against a grassroots activist movement for Palestinian human rights, a nonviolent movement,” Winstanley explained.

Last month, Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs released a report called “The Big Scam,” which claimed that “bots” and “fake accounts” were used by Palestinians during the boycott campaign against the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, The Electronic Intifada reported.

“They blamed bots for essentially running the BDS campaign against the Eurovision that took place in Tel Aviv. It was ridiculous, really. I read their report, and it was really preposterous. Their definition of ‘bot’ was so broad that it could be applied to anybody … They’re projecting what they do onto their opponents, essentially. They’re really kind of telling on themselves,” Winstanley added.
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2019/06/18 18:35
Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)(恒常的構造防衛協力)の枠組みで行われる兵器開発に、米国などEU域外の企業が参加するには、加盟国全てからの承諾が必要で、かつ関係する知的所有権はEUに帰属する。


US Will Be Able to Take Part in European Defence Projects Only Under EU Guidance
21:54 17.06.2019

Over the course of the last month, the US has reportedly pressured the EU on two occasions to drop its arms development project, known as the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), or allow American firms to participate in it.

The European Council has in a recent statement announced the conditions under which countries outside the EU can take part in PESCO defence projects that are aimed at developing new types of armaments for European Union member states.

"The Council recognises that a third State could, and would need to, provide substantial added value to the PESCO projects, contribute to strengthening PESCO […] and meet more demanding commitments, while fully respecting the principle of decision-making autonomy of the EU and its member states", the statement said.

The council’s decision comes in the wake of two reports by the El Pais media outlet about US dissatisfaction with PESCO and the barriers that the project imposes on the participation of companies from outside the EU.

Namely, the US is reportedly "deeply concerned" by the need to receive a green light from every EU state in order for a foreign company to participate. Another point of concern for Washington allegedly has to do with exclusive intellectual property rights to developed products being retained by the EU.

The US also allegedly claimed that if the EU works separately on its own military equipment, then that "produces duplication, incompatibility of military systems, dispersion of scarce defence resources and unnecessary competition between NATO and the EU".

In another report, citing documents obtained from a meeting between US officials and members of the EU's Political and Security Committee, El Pais stated that Washington wants the EU to remain closely linked to US defence manufacturers instead of working on creating its own armaments. One US official reportedly warned that Brussels would have to either "renounce the use of the best technological capabilities which exist or develop their own".

PESCO is part of the EU security and defence policy, which seeks to boost cooperation between defence industry companies and states in a bid to develop European military equipment.
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2019/06/18 18:22

Trump, US Intel Community Have Separate Global Agendas – Ex-FBI Agent
04:06 18.06.2019


Trump not in control of Iran policy, should perhaps fire Bolton – EU foreign policy chief’s adviser
17 Jun, 2019 19:52

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2019/06/18 17:57


作家の岩井志麻子氏、収録番組で差別的発言 関テレ放送
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2019/06/17 16:39




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2019/06/17 16:23

US tech giants are losing billions, quietly lobby to ease Huawei ban – report
Published time: 17 Jun, 2019 04:48


Spain rolls out 5G network using Huawei gear despite US blacklisting Chinese tech giant
15 Jun, 2019 13:04
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安部首相のイラン訪問 たちの悪いコメディー

2019/06/14 15:32


トランプは、イランとの接触は「too soon」だと表現。「soon」と「too soon」のニュアンスの違いは、「soon」なら早くても許容範囲に収まった状態だが、「too soon」では時期尚早すぎて不可(結果が出ないことが最初からわかってる)という否定的な意味合い。安倍さんはトランプから全然褒められていない。つまり、安倍首相は、トランプから要請されたわけでもないのに、一人で突っ走ったということだ。







Leader to Japan PM: Trump not worthy of exchanging messages with
Thu Jun 13, 2019 06:40AM

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei dismisses US President Donald Trump as a person not worthy of a response or a message, stressing that negotiations with Washington cannot help solve any problem.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a Thursday meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who told the Leader he was carrying a message from the US president.

“We have no doubts about your (Japan’s) goodwill and seriousness, but regarding what you quoted from the US president, I personally do not consider Trump worthy of exchanging any messages with, and do not have and will not have any response for him,” the Leader told Abe.

The Leader said Iran has “no trust” in the United States and will not at all “repeat the bitter experience” it gained from the negotiations that led to the conclusion of a 2015 nuclear deal, which Washington later ditched.

“Iran engaged in talks with the US and the Europeans for some five or six years, and achieved a result. The Americans, however, breached a done deal,” said the Leader, emphasizing that no wise man would enter talks with a country that has reneged on all agreements.

Ayatollah Khamenei further rejected as “a lie” Trump’s claim that he was not after regime change in Iran, saying if the US president were able to bring about such a change, he would definitely go for it.

The Leader dismissed Washington’s claim of readiness for “honest negotiations” with Tehran, saying “honesty is highly scarce among American statesmen.”

Ayatollah Khamenei pointed to Trump’s talks with Abe on Iran in Tokyo ahead of the Japanese premier’s trip to Tehran, saying “Right after returning home, he (the US president) announced sanctions on Iran’s petrochemical industry.”

“Is that a message of honesty? Does that show that he (Trump) seeks honest talks?” the Leader asked.

“With the blessing of God, Iran will achieve progress without negotiations with the US and under all the sanctions,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “Problems will not be solved through negotiations with the United States.”

The Leader also reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s firm opposition to the development and use of nuclear weapons.

“I have issued a fatwa (religious decree) prohibiting the production of nuclear weapons, but you need to know that if we were after building nuclear arms, the United States could not do anything about it,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

The Leader emphasized that Washington is in no position to decide which country can be in possession of nuclear arms while it is, itself, stockpiling several thousands of nuclear warheads.

Ayatollah Khamenei welcomed Abe’s proposal for enhancing Tehran-Tokyo relations and said, “Japan is an important country in Asia and it should display a firm resolve for enhanced ties with Iran.”

Following the meeting, Abe told reporters in Tehran that Ayatollah Khamenei had “made a comment that the country will not and should not make, hold or use nuclear weapons, and that it has no such intentions.”

The Japanese prime minister also said that he regarded the Leader’s belief in peace “as a major progress toward this region’s peace and stability.”

Donald J. Trump Verified Account

While I very much appreciate P.M. Abe going to Iran to meet with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, I personally feel that it is too soon to even think about making a deal. They are not ready, and neither are we!

11:21 - 2019年6月13日

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安部首相がイラン訪問 最高指導者、大統領と会談

2019/06/13 17:56

Israel has 80-90 nukes, SIPRI report says, as Tel Aviv continues to accuse Iran of nuclear obsession
18 Jun, 2019 14:14

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中立は敵をつくる 韓国紙

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2019/06/06 18:23
Conquer and Divide



‘Conquer and Divide’: Israeli NGO launches interactive map highlighting 52-years of occupation
Published time: 5 Jun, 2019 17:02

To mark the 52nd anniversary of Israel’s territorial encroachment into the West Bank, human rights NGO B’Tselem has unveiled a new interactive map creatively illustrating the decades-long history of the occupation.

The organization says that their new project “traces how government resolutions, military orders and state planning” came together to create an ever-expanding system of settlements and military check-points, helping Israeli authorities “promote [their] interests at the expense of Palestinians’ rights.” The project was created in tandem with the independent research agency Forensic Architecture, and launched on Wednesday.

Conquer and Divide: the shattering of Palestinian space by Israel | Explore the maps in this interactive project, see reality for what it is – and demand an entirely different future. | @btselem@ForensicArchi | https://t.co/74uyXWUsbmpic.twitter.com/Tf6bDZ96qo
— Hagai El-Ad (@HagaiElAd) June 5, 2019

The project's sleek website documents not only the boundaries of Israel’s expansion into the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, it also indicates a variety of specific details; from closed military zones to areas where the authorities forbid fishing. The map also highlights important events in the history of the occupation.

Those behind the project believe that using an interactive map does something a traditional history couldn’t – by visually demonstrating what they call Israel’s “conquer and divide” strategy, they aim to show how geography has been used to isolate and control the Palestinian population.

“Israel has doggedly chipped away at Palestinian space, breaking it up into conveniently exploitable pieces, the easier to control and oppress,” wrote B’Tselem’s Executive Director Hagai El-Ad.

Tel Aviv has always rejected terming the land acquisitions as part of an occupation, saying it has a legal right to the territories. In March, the United States became the first country to recognize Israel’s continued claim over another disputed area – the Golan Heights.

The anniversary of the occupation comes just ahead of Washington’s plan to unveil its long-touted and much criticized Israel-Palestine peace plan. While Trump called the plan “the deal of the century,” Palestinian authorities have already rejected it, saying Trump’s administration is too pro-Israeli.
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長男殺害容疑の元農水次官「迷惑かけたくなかった」 川崎殺傷事件の影響

2019/06/03 15:53


川崎殺傷事件の影響、供述 長男殺害容疑の元農水次官「迷惑かけたくなかった」
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ドイツ人ベテラン記者 韓国人は躾けられていない■★と同じ(爆)

2019/06/02 21:43

2019/06/02 06:08

 先日、韓国国会で行われたドラマチックな場面を見て、数年前ソウルのある外国人学校で目にした光景を思い出した。最も鮮明に思い出されたのが、2年生の教室の壁に児童たちが描いた絵やポスターと共に掲示された教師による文句だった。「自分の手足は自分の空間に(Keep your hands and feet to yourself)」













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韓国 ニュースを見ても過去の話ばかりで、未来の話は天気予報だけ

2019/06/02 21:27
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2019/06/02 05:28



対メキシコ関税に猛反発 米産業界・議会「法的措置も」
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2019/06/01 22:09



‘Most valued partner’: NSA fed Israel intel for targeted assassinations, leaked docs show
1 Jun, 2019 00:46

Frustrated by a legal ban on sharing intelligence with Israeli operatives conducting targeted assassinations against Hezbollah, the NSA crafted a loophole giving them total access even to US citizens' data, leaked documents show.

The Israeli SIGINT National Unit (ISNU), the NSA's counterpart in Tel Aviv, convinced the Americans to circumvent the legal prohibition on providing surveillance data for targeted assassinations during Israel's 2006 war with Lebanon, according to the newest revelation from the archives obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Using the familiar rationale of "terrorism" to excuse cooperation they knew was illegal, the NSA and ISNU found a workaround using the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that provided the Israelis with all the intel they needed, according to an October 2006 article in the NSA's internal publication.

"To ISNU, this prohibition [on sharing data for targeted killings] was contrary not only to supporting Israel in its fight against Hizballah but overall, to support the US Global War on Terrorism," said an article in SIDToday.

Its author, whose name is redacted, details the "late-night, sometimes tense discussions" he had with ISNU officials who believed they deserved an exemption from the US prohibition on abetting targeted killings.

The documents don't include details of what "arrangement" was eventually worked out with the ODNI, but the Israeli military used American data to lay waste to Lebanon's civilian population, much like the tech-enhanced US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, whose kill-counts swelled with civilian victims after they received access to NSA targeting data.

"Israel repeatedly, and in some cases egregiously, violated the laws of war," Human Rights Watch reporter Nadim Houry told the Intercept, adding that the Israelis "engaged in indiscriminate aerial attacks" and cluster bombing against "civilian infrastructure that was not tied in any way to the armed conflict."

This 'strategy' had a name – the "Dahiyeh doctrine" – and Israeli officials admitted it was deliberate, but despite this brutality, they were unable to win the war. A leaked presentation about the NSA-ISNU relationship notes that "public confidence in IDF erodes" and "IDF image damaged" after the seemingly-outmatched Hezbollah fighters were able to keep the Israelis at bay. Nevertheless, the IDF was, according to the presentation, "Gearing up for Round II."

Apparently unsatisfied with the legal loophole the Americans had created for them, the Israelis sought and received full access to the NSA's massive surveillance data troves after the war. A 2009 memorandum of understanding officially gave ISNU unrestricted access to the NSA's raw intelligence data – including the phone and internet records of American citizens and citizens of third-party countries. Only American officials' data was excluded, on an honor-system basis (with ISNU instructed to "destroy upon recognition" any records originating with a government official). Almost no strings were attached to this bonanza – the Israelis could even release the identities of Americans whose information had been scooped up in the dragnet, as long as they asked the NSA for permission first, and could pass the data on to anyone at all if the names were redacted.

While a leaked presentation calls ISNU "NSA's most valued third party partner," it also suggests there was "high anxiety" among the Israelis "heavily reliant" on NSA data for support. One slide reads "What Did ISNU Want? Everything!!!" and complaints about the Israelis' "robust" spying on Americans crop up frequently in the Snowden archives. The NSA did not seem to mind, because the Israelis were very, very grateful for all the information.

"Throughout all of my discussions – no matter what the tone or subject – ISNU stressed their deep gratitude for the cooperation and support they received from the NSA," the SIDToday article reads.
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2019/05/31 22:32




不法輸入のごみ カナダに送り返す フィリピン政府
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iPhoneがあなたの個人情報を漏洩している ワシントンポスト紙

2019/05/31 21:46

It’s the middle of the night. Do you know who your iPhone is talking to?

Apple says, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” Our privacy experiment showed 5,400 hidden app trackers guzzled our data — in a single week.

By Geoffrey A. Fowler
Technology columnist
May 28

It’s 3 a.m. Do you know what your iPhone is doing?

Mine has been alarmingly busy. Even though the screen is off and I’m snoring, apps are beaming out lots of information about me to companies I’ve never heard of. Your iPhone probably is doing the same — and Apple could be doing more to stop it.

On a recent Monday night, a dozen marketing companies, research firms and other personal data guzzlers got reports from my iPhone. At 11:43 p.m., a company called Amplitude learned my phone number, email and exact location. At 3:58 a.m., another called Appboy got a digital fingerprint of my phone. At 6:25 a.m., a tracker called Demdex received a way to identify my phone and sent back a list of other trackers to pair up with.

And all night long, there was some startling behavior by a household name: Yelp. It was receiving a message that included my IP address -— once every five minutes.

[What you can do to limit app tracking: 5 privacy tips]

Our data has a secret life in many of the devices we use every day, from talking Alexa speakers to smart TVs. But we’ve got a giant blind spot when it comes to the data companies probing our phones.

You might assume you can count on Apple to sweat all the privacy details. After all, it touted in a recent ad, “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” My investigation suggests otherwise.

IPhone apps I discovered tracking me by passing information to third parties — just while I was asleep — include Microsoft OneDrive, Intuit’s Mint, Nike, Spotify, The Washington Post and IBM’s the Weather Channel. One app, the crime-alert service Citizen, shared personally identifiable information in violation of its published privacy policy.

And your iPhone doesn’t only feed data trackers while you sleep. In a single week, I encountered over 5,400 trackers, mostly in apps, not including the incessant Yelp traffic. According to privacy firm Disconnect, which helped test my iPhone, those unwanted trackers would have spewed out 1.5 gigabytes of data over the span of a month. That’s half of an entire basic wireless service plan from AT&T.

“This is your data. Why should it even leave your phone? Why should it be collected by someone when you don’t know what they’re going to do with it?” says Patrick Jackson, a former National Security Agency researcher who is chief technology officer for Disconnect. He hooked my iPhone into special software so we could examine the traffic. “I know the value of data, and I don’t want mine in any hands where it doesn’t need to be,” he told me.

In a world of data brokers, Jackson is the data breaker. He developed an app called Privacy Pro that identifies and blocks many trackers. If you’re a little bit techie, I recommend trying the free iOS version to glimpse the secret life of your iPhone.

Yes, trackers are a problem on phones running Google’s Android, too. Google won’t even let Disconnect’s tracker-protection software into its Play Store. (Google’s rules prohibit apps that might interfere with another app displaying ads.)

[Help Desk: Ask our tech columnist a question]

Part of Jackson’s objection to trackers is that many feed the personal data economy, used to target us for marketing and political messaging. Facebook’s fiascos have made us all more aware of how our data can be passed along, stolen and misused — but Cambridge Analytica was just the beginning.

Jackson’s biggest concern is transparency: If we don’t know where our data is going, how can we ever hope to keep it private?

Patrick Jackson, chief technology officer for Disconnect, hooked columnist Geoffrey A. Fowler's iPhone into software so they could examine the personal data flowing out of the phone. (James Pace-Cornsilk/The Washington Post)
The app gap

App trackers are like the cookies on websites that slow load times, waste battery life and cause creepy ads to follow you around the Internet. Except in apps, there’s little notice trackers are lurking and you can’t choose a different browser to block them.

Why do trackers activate in the middle of the night? Some app makers have them call home at times the phone is plugged in, or think they won’t interfere with other functions. These late-night encounters happen on the iPhone if you have allowed “background app refresh,” which is Apple’s default.

With Yelp, the company says the behavior I uncovered wasn’t a tracker but rather an “unintended issue” that’s been acting like a tracker. Yelp thinks my discovery affects 1 percent of its iOS users, particularly those who’ve made reservations through Apple Maps. At best, it is shoddy software that sent Yelp data it didn’t need. At worst, Yelp was amassing a data trove that could be used to map people’s travels, even when they weren’t using its app.

A more typical example is DoorDash, the food-delivery service. Launch that app, and you’re sending data to nine third-party trackers — though you’d have no way to know it.

App makers often use trackers because they’re shortcuts to research or revenue. They run the gamut from innocuous to insidious. Some are like consultants that app makers pay to analyze what people tap on and look at. Other trackers pay the app makers, squeezing value out of our data to target ads.

[Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now.]

In the case of DoorDash, one tracker called Sift Science gets a fingerprint of your phone (device name, model, ad identifier and memory size) and even accelerometer motion data to help identify fraud. Three more trackers help DoorDash monitor app performance — including one called Segment that routes onward data including your delivery address, name, email and cell carrier.

DoorDash’s other five trackers, including Facebook and Google Ad Services, help it understand the effectiveness of its marketing. Their presence means Facebook and Google know every time you open DoorDash.

The delivery company tells me it doesn’t allow trackers to sell or share our data, which is great. But its privacy policy throws its hands up in the air: “DoorDash is not responsible for the privacy practices of these entities,” it says.

All but one of DoorDash’s nine trackers made Jackson’s naughty list for Disconnect, which also powers the Firefox browser’s private browsing mode. To him, any third party that collects and retains our data is suspect unless it also has pro-consumer privacy policies like limiting data retention time and anonymizing data.

Microsoft, Nike and the Weather Channel told me they were using the trackers I uncovered to improve performance. Mint, owned by Intuit, said it uses an Adobe marketing tracker to help figure out how to advertise to Mint users. The Post said its trackers were used to make sure ads work. Spotify pointed me to its privacy policy.

Privacy policies don’t necessarily provide protection. Citizen, the app for location-based crime reports, published that it wouldn’t share “your name or other personally identifying information.” Yet when I ran my test, I found it repeatedly sent my phone number, email and exact GPS coordinates to the tracker Amplitude.

After I contacted Citizen, it updated its app and removed the Amplitude tracker. (Amplitude, for its part, says data it collects for clients is kept private and not sold.)

“We will do a better job of making sure our privacy policy is clear about the specific types of data we share with providers like these,” Citizen spokesman J. Peter Donald said. “We do not sell user data. We never have and never will.”

The problem is, the more places personal data flies, the harder it becomes to hold companies accountable for bad behavior — including inevitable breaches.

As Jackson kept reminding me: “This is your data.”

A billboard advertising Apple's iPhone privacy is displayed during CES 2019 in Las Vegas. (David Becker/Getty Images)
The letdown

What disappoints me is that the data free-for-all I discovered is happening on an iPhone. Isn’t Apple supposed to be better at privacy?

“At Apple we do a great deal to help users keep their data private,” the company says in a statement. “Apple hardware and software are designed to provide advanced security and privacy at every level of the system.”

In some areas, Apple is ahead. Most of Apple’s own apps and services take care to either encrypt data or, even better, to not collect it in the first place. Apple offers a privacy setting called “Limit Ad Tracking” (sadly off by default) which makes it a little bit harder for companies to track you across apps, by way of a unique identifier for every iPhone.

And with iOS 12, Apple took shots at the data economy by improving the “intelligent tracking prevention” in its Safari web browser.

[Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time]

Yet these days, we spend more time in apps. Apple is strict about requiring apps to get permission to access certain parts of the iPhone, including your camera, microphone, location, health information, photos and contacts. (You can check and change those permissions under privacy settings.) But Apple turns more of a blind eye to what apps do with data we provide them or they generate about us — witness the sorts of tracking I found by looking under the covers for a few days.

“For the data and services that apps create on their own, our App Store Guidelines require developers to have clearly posted privacy policies and to ask users for permission to collect data before doing so. When we learn that apps have not followed our Guidelines in these areas, we either make apps change their practice or keep those apps from being on the store,” Apple says.

Yet very few apps I found using third-party trackers disclosed the names of those companies or how they protect my data. And what good is burying this information in privacy policies, anyway? What we need is accountability.

Getting more deeply involved in app data practices is complicated for Apple. Today’s technology frequently is built on third-party services, so Apple couldn’t simply ban all connections to outside servers. And some companies are so big they don’t even need the help of outsiders to track us.

The result shouldn’t be to increase Apple’s power. “I would like to make sure they’re not stifling innovation,” says Andrés Arrieta, the director of consumer privacy engineering at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. If Apple becomes the Internet’s privacy police, it could shut down rivals.

Jackson suggests Apple could also add controls into iOS like the ones built into Privacy Pro to give everyone more visibility.

Or perhaps Apple could require apps to label when they’re using third-party trackers. If I opened the DoorDash app and saw nine tracker notices, it might make me think twice about using it.
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「可能性が高い」「ほぼ確実」 CIA宣伝部隊が好む表現

2019/05/30 21:56
‘Highly likely’ is the new evidence: Five times Western officials had no proof but media fell for it
29 May, 2019 20:07

When throwing out serious accusations, it’s always good to back up one’s claims with proof, but the need for evidence seems to have gone out the window lately, replaced with assertions like “highly likely” and “almost certainly.”

From the serious to the absurd, the list of crimes and oddities which Western governments and experts have assigned blame for sans evidence or investigation, seems to be growing exponentially in recent years.

The media, which could have learned a thing or two from the illegal invasion of Iraq – a war launched based on fabricated evidence – seems to be fairly accepting of the lax standards.

Here’s five times the mere say-so of authorities was enough to pin blame.

Iran ‘almost certainly’ attacked Saudi tankers

US National Security Advisor John Bolton claimed this week that Iran was “almost certainly” behind a recent attack on ships, including two Saudi oil tankers, in the Gulf of Oman. Not one for detail, Bolton declined to offer actual evidence to back up the allegation.

The tankers incident happened shortly after the US claimed (also without offering evidence) that Iran might be preparing to attack US interests in the region – a claim that was immediately parroted by a CNN reporter, who was summarily schooled by Twitter users reminding her that war-enthusiasts like Bolton perhaps aren’t the best sources of truthful information.

The media should disregard any statements by John Bolton claiming to have intel on #Iran. His record on both intel and Iran is that bad. https://t.co/oCahVhOzEC
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) May 29, 2019

‘Highly likely’ Russia poisoned Skripal

British Prime Minister Theresa May barely waited until the doctors had examined Sergei and Yulia Skripal before accusing Russia of being behind their poisoning last March. May quickly rallied Western governments, prompting a mass expulsion of Russian diplomats without providing any actual evidence of Moscow’s guilt. She emphatically told Parliament that Russia was“highly likely” the culprit. Mainstream media, of course, instantly jumped on that bandwagon and dissenting voices were banished from the airwaves.

In April, Western media was hysterical over the discovery of a Beluga whale “with suspected Russian military ties.” The whale, spotted by a fisherman in Norwegian waters, was wearing a harness, which led to suggestions that some nefarious Russian activity was going on. One expert at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsoe took a leaf out of the CIA’s book, telling the media that the whale was “most likely” trained by Russia for military purposes. The claim was repeated ad nauseam until it was countered by another Norwegian report that the whale could actually have been trained to entertain children. Oops!?

This is the fourth piece the @guardian has published about this absurd Russian spy beluga whale story. Yet still nothing about the @ceprdc study finding US sanctions responsible for 40,000 deaths in Venezuela.https://t.co/q8L5yH4YyY
— John McEvoy (@jmcevoy_2) May 2, 2019

Assad ‘highly likely’ responsible for Douma

Syrian President Bashar Assad was “highly likely” responsible for a chemical attack on the city of Douma in 2018, according to the British government. The incident was used as an easy pretext for US, British and French bombing in Syria. Surely, they would never lie to us? Well, a report leaked by OPCW engineers earlier this month contradicts the official narrative on the Douma attack, its findings implying that it could have been a staged provocation designed to justify Western bombing.

Some people on here think a leaked OPCW report that challenges the rationale for US military strikes on Syria is unworthy of coverage; & that an eminent MIT physicist is unworthy of being interviewed on the topic. We have different ideas of what journalism is about.
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) May 26, 2019

NotPetya cyber attack ‘almost certainly’ Russia

Both the US and British governments also blamed Russia (surprise!) for the so-called NotPetya cyber attack which hit companies and government systems around the world in 2017, with London saying Moscow was "almost certainly" behind it.

Several Russian companies were also targeted in the attack and officials never gave evidence or explained why the attack was instantly blamed on Russia.

But, while government officials, experts and the media often happen to point the finger without evidence, it's "highly likely" that they aren't always correct.
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消費者金融アイフルがジャンク債を発行 日本の債券で史上初

2019/05/30 21:52
Japan Is About To Sell Its First Ever Junk Bond... With A 1% Coupon

While corporate bond yields have been plumbing ever lower lows in the yield-starved "New Normal", prompting even the world's largest bond fund Pimco to warn that this is the riskiest credit market ever, Japan is about to deliver the proverbial "hold my beer" moment to the entire world.

Aiful, the consumer lender which almost went bankrupt a decade ago, is preparing to sell Japan’s first ever yen-denominated "high yield" - and in this case we use the term very, very loosely - in the public markets, showing how desperate for yield local investors are, and how much risk they are willing to take in exchange for virtually no return, as negative interest rates have now become the new normal.

What is most remarkable about the bond sale in the country where the 10Y yield has been trading mostly in negative territory for over half a decade, is that the 18 month yen junk bond is set to price on Friday with a coupon of, wait for it, 1%.

Another unique aspect of the upcoming issuance is that it is taking place in the first place. As Bloomberg notes, the junk bond offering will be historic for Japan's bond market, where companies haven’t felt compelled to sell below investment grade notes as they’ve traditionally had close ties with banks, who tend to be more forgiving than bondholders in tough times.

While few expect the offering to trigger an avalanche of junk bond issuance in conservative Japan, recent regulatory changes have raised the possibility that the country could eventually develop such a market.

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(ブルームバーグ): 消費者金融アイフルが公募で日本初のハイイールド債(低格付け債)を発行する。利息返還請求が減少基調となる中、同社にとって実質12年ぶり公募での起債となる。





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(ブルームバーグ): 消費者金融のアイフルが日本初のハイイールド債(低格付け債)を公募する。世界的な低金利環境が日本に新たな市場をもたらした。


アイフルは私募で3年債を昨秋に起債していたが、投機的等級の日本企業が公募で社債を発行する例は過去になかった。世界的に低金利環境が長引く中で、投資家は期間リスクに加えて信用リスクをとって少しでも高い利回りを求めている。年金積立金管理運用独立行政法人(GPIF)は国内債投資格付け基準を投資適格のBBB格以上からBB格以下に昨年4月から緩和している。    朝日ライフアセットマネジメントの大芦尚広シニアファンドマネジャーはアイフルのハイイールド債について、顧客との契約上で投資適格を投資先としているとしながら「買える投資家には優良な投資先になりうる」と話した。消費者金融セクターはキャッシュフローが見やすく、償還の確実性や今後の展望を見ても悪くないとしている。別の投資家は素晴らしいと評価した上で、プロミスなどの消費者金融が銀行の傘下に入り直接調達が必要なくなった中で妙味を十分に出してくれると述べた。私募と比べてどのくらい投資家層が広がるかに注目しているとしている。

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皇后さま、笑顔で国際親善デビュー 晩餐会後の懇談会出席は16年ぶり

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「紀子さま」父、いわくつき「パチンコ社長」と韓国二人旅 宮内庁が懸念する交遊関係

2019/05/29 19:22



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2019/05/29 17:51

This will be my last column for Sputnik. The reason is a joyous one. I won the National Lottery on Saturday. I am now richer than my wildest dreams. - Jon Gaunt
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河野太郎外相 人が死んだのに「残念です」って・・・

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中国企業排除は米国の利益を阻害しかねない マイクロソフト

2019/05/29 00:18

Microsoft WARNS US Crackdown on China's Huawei Could Backfire
14:05 28.05.2019

Earlier this month, a report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation issued a warning that a clampdown on US tech exports would put as much as $56 billion in export revenue and 74,000 jobs at risk over the next five years.

In a written submission to the Department of Commerce, US technology giant Microsoft has cautioned that Washington-proposed restrictions targeting Chinese companies risk having the country thrown out of international research collaborations and “could thwart US interests,” reports Bloomberg.

In the wake of the US crackdown on Huawei Technologies Co, Microsoft was asked to suspend supplies of its Windows operating system for many of the Chinese company’s devices.

Bob O'Donnell of the Technalysis Research consultancy said that any ban would impact Microsoft.

“Any version of Windows comes from Microsoft since there is no open-source version.”

GE also came out with a cautionary statement, that said:

“Artificial intelligence is a very broad concept, defined too broadly export controls could sweep up things like medical imaging where algorithms are being used to scan for diseases and in toys.”

CEO of Washington-based security software company Omelas, Evanna Hu, told Bloomberg:

“The more that we continually conflate economic warfare with national security interests, then we start to look at everything as national security. “When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”

Last week the US Department of Commerce put Huawei Technologies and nearly 70 of its affiliates on a blacklist, banning them from buying equipment from US partners without a government go-ahead.

The move prompted several US corporations, including Google and Microsoft as well as major semiconductor makers such as Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broadcom, to sever their ties with Huawei.

US intelligence agencies have previously accused Huawei of putting “backdoor” access in its devices at the behest of the Chinese government, which allegedly enables Beijing to spy on users.

However, Beijing and Huawei have both vehemently denied the allegations.

One of the main reasons that the US government hit Huawei is its 5G technology that boasts the ability to support a plethora of cutting-edge technologies in almost every industry.

By cutting off the Chinese tech giant — a leading supplier of 5G infrastructure globally — the US will only slow the expansion of 5G, a Bloomberg report says.

The crackdown on Huawei came as fallout from the US-China trade war, which has raged unabated for months.

Industries across the US, ranging from footwear companies to tech giants, are urging US President Donald Trump’s administration to put a damper on certain restrictions and end the raging trade war with China.

On 21 May, 173 shoe companies signed an open letter addressed to Trump, subsequently posting it on the Footwear Distribution and Retailers of America's website. Hot on their heels, tech companies Microsoft, General Electric Co.(GE), and Google's parent company Alphabet Inc expressed their concerns over the export controls Washington is mulling.

The rattled companies argue that fomenting economic warfare with China could impede them from competing in lucrative markets and incapacitate the US’ innovative drive as American companies are so inextricably involved in the global technology supply chain.

Earlier this month, a report by researchers at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation warned that a clampdown on US tech exports would put as much as $56 billion in exports and 74,000 jobs at risk over five years.

The Trump administration continues to play hardball, as it hiked tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods on 10 May, threatening tariffs of up to 25 per cent on an additional list of Chinese imports worth about $300 bln.

Despite the offensive targeting Huawei and retaliatory higher tariffs announced by Beijing, trade negotiations between the two countries haven't been abandoned entirely.
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