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Home Items Are Getting Smarter and Creepier, Like It or Not (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Internet-connected ‘smarts’ are creeping into cars, refrigerators, thermostats, toys and just about everything else in your home. … With every additional smart device in your home, companies are able to gather more details about your daily life.”

Government Shutdown Closes in on High Court (Jimmy)

The author writes, “The Supreme Court is about to feel the effects of the partial government shutdown.”

New Pentagon Chief Under Scrutiny Over Perceived Boeing Bias (Reader Luke)

From Politico: “Concerns about Patrick Shanahan’s Boeing ties have re-emerged since President Donald Trump said he may be running the Pentagon ‘for a long time.’”

ICE Detains Salvadoran Woman Who Won Civil Rights Suit Against Frederick County (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “A Salvadoran woman, who successfully sued Frederick County in 2009 for civil rights violations, has been detained again for deportation by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement despite a court order for her to remain in the United States.”

How a Russian Firm Helped Catch an Alleged NSA Data Thief (Jimmy)

From Politico: “The US has accused Kaspersky Lab of working with Russian spies. But sources say the company exposed a massive breach that US authorities missed.”

The Peaceful Transition of Government Twitter Accounts (Reader Steve)

From the Atlantic: “House Republicans are taking the fruits of Twitter’s growth with them into the minority.”