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After seven years, exactly one person gets off the gov’t no-fly list

New report on terrorism "blacklists" suggests it won't be easier the next time.<p>A hearing in federal court Tuesday has apparently marked the …

White House unveils plan to end NSA's bulk collection of phone data | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Thursday announced details of its plan to end the government’s vast bulk collection of data about phone calls made in the United States, including new procedures to get judicial approval before asking companies for such records.<p>A National Security …

NSA reforms: An argument for Snowden’s clemency

I disagree that Obama’s surveillance reforms are a great victory for privacy. But they should vindicate Snowden<p>I have written both at length and regularly about the limits I see on Obama's proposed plan to end the NSA's bulk collection of American's phone data. To reiterate and sum up: While an …

Facebook's next frontier: Drones

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote Thursday about using “drones, satellites and lasers to deliver internet to everyone.”<p>He blogged about the next steps “to connect the whole world with Internet.org,” a cornerstone of the social network’s effort to expand globally and make a broader societal …

Texas's hardline abortion restrictions upheld by federal court

Appeals court rules Texas law governing where and how women may obtain an abortion 'does not impose an undue burden'<p>A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld tough new abortion restrictions in Texas that forced the closure of many of the state's abortions clinics.<p>A panel of judges at the New …

Connecticut becomes first state to pass $10.10 minimum wage | Reuters

MILFORD, Connecticut (Reuters) - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Thursday signed into law a measure that will phase in the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state, in line with a push by Democrats nationwide to raise the entry-level wage.<p>The bill, which was approved by state legislators a day …

Ukraine Accuses Russia Of Invading Region Outside Crimea

Samantha Power made the remarks to reporters when asked about an accusation from Ukraine that Russian forces had invaded a region in the southeast of the country neighboring Crimea.<p>Power said the United States was looking into the reports, which emerged during an emergency session of the UN …

Venezuela to slap arrested protestors with passport ban as unrest grows

President Nicolas Maduro calls for talks with US after Washington criticises actions against protesters as 'not how democracies behave'<p>Venezuela's Socialist government has warned it will suspend the passports of arrested protesters for five years amid a hardening crackdown on the bloody unrest that …

Venezuela

Russian deputy PM dismisses assault on Pussy Riot

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1054000/1054395_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524651539_c2102a0105c54fbc96a7e544d4ceeb83<p><b>Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak has dismissed an attack on protest group Pussy Riot in Sochi.</b><p>Five members of the punk group and a cameraman …

Russia

Google Now is watching you on Chrome

Google Now is the notification centre on Android and iOS that knows all about you. It knows you're taking a flight later and that it's running late. …

Diplotwoops collects diplomats' deleted tweets so no error goes unpublished

Transparency in international relations is often cited as a desirable goal, but rarely achieved. Now, a website is trying to nudge things forward by tracking the tweeting misfires of diplomats around the world. Launching today, diplotwoops.org is a follow-up to the already successful politwoops, …

E-Z-2-Use module provides one-click exploitation of some Android phones

There is a security bug in Android that device manufacturers should know about. This bug was fixed by Google in the Android 4.2 JellyBean release, so we don’t need to panic. But so many devices out there do not have Jelly Bean or higher yet, and many more never will, so they remain vulnerable. The …

Android News

New York Might Be First to Regulate Bitcoin

Bit­coin may be emer­ging from a few weeks of neg­at­ive head­lines, but one of the most out­spoken fin­an­cial reg­u­lat­ors says he still sees …

Bitcoin

Gobble Automates Your Dinner With A Subscription Meal Delivery Service

For people with busy lives, coming home and making dinner for the family can be a pain. Equally as painful? Trying to find a place to go out to or order from that the whole family can agree on. Gobble, currently in the Y Combinator Winter 2014 class, is seeking to alleviate that pain by offering up …

Nearing $1M in bitcoin sales, Overstock CEO says he wants to 'further the cause of Bitcoin'

For those hoping to buy real goods with bitcoin, Overstock.com is still the biggest game in town, and a new CEO profile by <i>Forbes</i>'s Kashmir Hill helps explain the story behind the early adoption and the company's newfound devotion to cryptocurrency. With new Bitcoin reward programs and plans for a …

Secret Adds Subscribe/Unsubscribe Options, Post Flagging, Unlinking And More

Hot anonymous social network Secret has just pushed an update for its app that addresses a number of issues and improves performance. The new version allows users to subscribe or unsubscribe to any Secret post by swiping left, adds flagging of content that might be inappropriate, enables unlinking …

Bye Bye, WhatsApp: Germans Switch To Threema For Privacy Reasons

Swiss startup Threema probably didn’t expect this. In 24 hours, the startup has <i>doubled</i> its user base, according to Süddeutsche. It is now sitting at the top of the paid App Store chart in Germany. Interestingly, Threema’s key feature is its true end-to-end encryption — German users probably don’t …

Julian Assange is tracking the movements of 19 spyware contractors

The latest installment of Wikileaks came with a surprise: the organization is going on the offensive. Assange has announced something called the Wikileaks Counterintelligence Unit, a project to actively surveil various surveillance contractors to provide a rare view into their business dealings — …

Silk Road 2.0 statement promises 'a brand new era for hidden services'

A new statement claiming to be from the founder of Silk Road 2.0 arrived on both Silk Road forums and Pastebin today, detailing the new Tor-powered security procedures that owners say will keep users entirely anonymous. "This overhaul marks the dawn of a brand new era for hidden services," the …

WikiLeaks publishes secret draft of Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty

WikiLeaks has published a leaked draft of a secret international trade agreement that could create stricter laws governing digital copyright and freedom of speech. The leaked chapter focuses on intellectual property rights, and is part of a broader agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership …

Activists say they have found way round Chinese internet censorship

Cyber-activists have retaliated against Chinese authorities' censorship of foreign media websites by exposing an apparent weakness in the country's vast internet control apparatus.<p>China blocked the Wall Street Journal and Reuters Chinese-language websites on Friday after a New York Times exposé …

Pirate Bay plans new 'anti-censorship' browser

The Pirate Bay's own PirateBrowser web browser has been downloaded more than 2.5m times since its launch in August 2013, but the filesharing site is already working on a successor.<p>PirateBrowser was designed to help people access The Pirate Bay and other torrent services even if they were blocked by …

Turkey’s New Internet Law Draws Criticism

A law passed by Turkey’s parliament Wednesday gives the government extensive new controls over the Internet amid a growing corruption scandal, …

Is Venezuela's Government Tightening Its Grip on the Internet?

While protests sweep the streets of Venezuela, the nation's government is quietly taking measures to quell the uprising in cyberspace, reportedly …

'Talking Angela' Hoax Propels Game to No. 3 in App Store

<i>Talking Angela</i> is the latest game to make it to the top of the charts in the App Store thanks to an outpouring of social media attention.<p>But unlike</i> …

Nine state regulators form Emerging Payments Task Force to study Bitcoin

Bitcoin may be thriving as a relatively unregulated currency, but governments are beginning to pay it more heed as it grows in popularity. On Thursday, a group of nine state regulators formed the Emerging Payments task force; it is charged with studying virtual currencies and learning "how new …

Apple quietly issues iOS update to patch faulty SSL authentication (update 2: OS X patch coming)

Is that an iPhone in your pocket? Then you'd better pull it out, dive into the settings menu and check for updates: there may be an important patch waiting for you. Apple has quietly pushed out iOS 7.0.6 and 6.1.6 -- small updates that addresses a hitherto unknown security issue with its mobile OS. …