ZDNetGovWeek: Bogus iPhone fingerprint sensor hacks and First Amendment likes Likes

Summary:The big news this week is that there's no big NSA news this week. None. Apple had it's time in the sun and came up with a button that senses fingerprints, the government protects "Likes" and we've got a pile of actual non-NSA news to keep you informed. Sure, there's one lone NSA story, but ain't it a relief that there's just one?

ZDNet's worldwide team provides global 24/7 technology news and analysis. In addition to my own coverage analysis here in the ZDNet Government column and on ZDNet's DIY-IT, every week I'll bring you a selection of the best government-related articles posted by our intrepid reporters and analysts. Here are some of the most interesting from the last week.

Top stories this week

Hackers claim first iPhone 5s fingerprint reader bypass; bounty founder awaiting verification
One hacker group claim to have bypassed the Apple iPhone 5s fingerprint reader. ZDNet spoke to the founder of a bypass-seeking bounty on how the alleged hack will be verified.

Charlatan hijacks iPhone 5S fingerprint hack contest, fools press
A venture capitalist claimed he would give $10,000 to the crowdfunded iPhone fingerprint hack bounty — and then represented the project at every press opportunity. The people who founded the bounty are furious.

Charlatan hijacks iPhone 5S fingerprint hack contest, fools press
A venture capitalist claimed he would give $10,000 to the crowdfunded iPhone fingerprint hack bounty — and then represented the project at every press opportunity. The people who founded the bounty are furious.

Your Facebook 'Like' is protected under the First Amendment
A U.S. court has shown support for the idea that social media 'likes' and preferences should have the same level of protection as legally protected speech.

NSA: Snowden was just doing his job
More details emerge on how Edward Snowden was able to gain access to and copy so much secret information. His job provided the perfect cover for his illegal activities. In response, the NSA is making like the TSA and fighting the last war.

Other government coverage around ZDNet

NBN Co board submits resignation: report
Reports suggest that the entire board of NBN Co have offered their resignations to the new Communications Minister.

Trans-Pacific cable plans mired in geopolitics
Rivalry between the US and China for dominance in the Pacific will determine the structure of any new trans-Pacific cable linking Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and the United States.

SAP expands R&D center in Brazil with government support
The move is part of a partnership with the government to foster tech-based innovation in the country.

NSW eyes QR codes for future infringement notices
QR codes may be overlooked by some as a misunderstood technology, but one Australian state's debt recovery office is looking at including them on penalty notices.

Queensland renews call for GST on online purchases
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls has said that the new federal Coalition government should reduce the threshold for the GST on goods purchased from overseas online retailers.

'Just not interested': Will Germany's voters see this week's election through a PRISM?
The country's upcoming federal election is unlikely to turn into a referendum on government co-operation with the NSA.

Google beefs up patent engine to include China, Germany, and Canada
Already hosting documentation about seven million U.S. patents and counting, Google is adding four more international agencies to the mix.

Microsoft Windows Phone 8 granted government security standard
Will government security accreditation increase the adoption rates of Microsoft's Windows Phone 8?

Topics: Government, Government : Asia, Government : AU, Government : UK, Government : US, Privacy, Security

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In addition to hosting the ZDNet Government and ZDNet DIY-IT blogs, CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz is an author, U.S. policy advisor and computer scientist. He is featured in The History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets, is one of America's foremost cyber-security experts, and is a top expert on savi... Full Bio

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