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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 11/06/2012

New Jersey voting raises concerns #thecircuit

New Jersey voting plan raises questions: Security and voting experts have raised concerns about New Jersey’s Election Day voting procedures, which will allow voters to e-mail or fax their ballots to election officials. The plan, announced Saturday to accommodate those uprooted by Hurricane Sandy, could be susceptible to hacking or other forms of fraud, experts told The Washington Post.

BuzzFeed reported late Monday that some applications to vote via e-mail were bouncing back while others trying to vote simply received no reply from county clerks offices.

Cybersecurity report: A congressionally mandated report on cybersecurity is expected to say that China is the greatest threat to the United States, Bloomberg reported, citing an early draft of the paper.

Hackers based in China, the report said, are becoming more sophisticated and more closely targeting sensitive military platforms. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently said that a cybersecurity attack could be as devastating to the country as the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Do Not Track: Companies who promised to introduce a Do Not Track button earlier this year are making little progress, The Hill reported. Mike Zaneis, general counsel of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, told the Hill that parties are not “really any closer to an agreement” on implementing the button, which would give consumers a clear way to opt out of tailored Internet advertising.

Major Web firms, including Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft and AOL agreed to include Do Not Track buttons in Web browsers in February, along with cooperation from the Digital Advertising Alliance.

Icahn criticizes Netflix plan: Carl Icahn, billionaire investor, said that Netflix’s decision to adopt a “poison pill” shareholders rights plan was an example of poor company management, The Wall Street Journal reported. The plan was adopted after Icahn disclosed a 10 percent stake in the online streaming company. Under the plan, Netflix shareholders have the right to buy more stock if any individual investor or group acquires more than a 10 percent stake in the company.

Icahn said in a Monday filing that the plan is an example of “poor corporate governance” because the company adopted the plan without a shareholder vote.

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