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Cops Use Undercover ‘Repent’ Signholder to Catch Drivers Using Their Cellphones

Crime rates have been going down for decades, and while many Americans may be unaware, the decline has inevitably shifted some policing priorities around the country. If crime were out of control and the “war on cops” some apologists insist is happening—despite all data suggesting otherwise—was actually happening, these kinds of police actions would be not only ridiculous but dangerous too.

WMUR in New Hampshire reports:

Michelle Tetreault’s daughter didn’t know what “repent” meant when she spotted a man with a sign around his neck warning “Repent! The end is near!” But she’s plenty sorry now that her mom is facing a $124 traffic ticket for using her cellphone to snap a picture of the man.

The two were stopped at a red light in Somersworth last week when they saw the sign. Moments after Tetreault gave in to her 14-year-old daughter’s pleas to take a picture, she was pulled over and told the man with the sign was actually an undercover officer. She was ticketed for violating the state’s new law against using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving.

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For 1st time, MIT’s free online classes can lead to degree

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has offered free online courses for the last four years with one major downside: They didn’t count toward a degree. That’s about to change.

In a pilot project announced Wednesday, students will be able to take a semester of free online courses in one of MIT’s graduate programs and then, if they pay a “modest fee” of about $1,500 and pass an exam, they will earn a MicroMaster’s credential, the school said.

The new credential represents half of the university’s one-year master’s degree program in supply chain management. As part of the pilot project, students who perform well in the online half can take an exam to apply for the second semester on campus. Those who get in would pay $33,000, about half the cost of the yearlong program.

“Anyone who wants to be here now has a shot to be here,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said. “They have a chance to prove in advance that they can do the work.”

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Verizon will share your browsing habits with AOL’s massive ad network

When Verizon bought AOL earlier this year, the two companies said they were teaming up to “pursue the joint vision of building the most significant media platform in the world.” But they’re also sharing something else — your personal data. Starting in November, Verizon will start sharing the information gathered by its controversial “supercookie” — an identifier inserted into mobile internet browsing activity as standard for customers of the network — with AOL’s vast ad network. AOL’s network, which is represented on 40 percent of websites, will be able to match internet users to their Verizon details, building profiles of their browsing habits and targeting them with specific ads based on their cellphone use.

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Getting Smarter with Organizing What Matters Most

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Brett Beranek is responsible for solution marketing for Nuance’s voice biometric solutions. Prior to joining Nuance, he has held over the past decade various business development & marketing positions within the enterprise B2B security software space. Beranek has extensive experience with biometric technologies, in particular in his role as a founding partner of Viion Systems, a startup focused on developing facial recognition software solutions for the enterprise market. Beranek also has in-depth experience with a wide range of other security technologies, including fingerprint biometrics, video analytics for the physical security space and license plate recognition technology. He has earned a Bachelor of Commerce, information Systems Major, from McGill University as well as an Executive Marketing certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.

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