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Most of the NSA's intercepted messages involve ordinary people

It's no secret that the NSA's surveillance efforts reach far and wide. However, we now know which sort of people get caught in that dragnet -- and most of them, it turns out, are very ordinary. About 90 percent of users in a cache of Intercepted messages (leaked by Edward Snowden to the <i>Washington</i> …

Now YouTube is calling out ISPs for crappy streaming video service

YouTube has recently started notifying users that their Internet Service Provider could be the reason for awful video streaming playback.<p>The notifications, first reported by Quartz yesterday, pop up on videos that take an excessive amount of time to load or frequently stop mid-way through playback …

Spiritual successor to 'Mega Man' gets new crowdfunding goals, plans for animated series

<i>Mighty No. 9</i>, the upcoming Kickstarter-funded side-scroller from <i>Mega Man</i> creator Keiji Inafune, is going back to crowdfunding to add more features to the game. The game's makers opened up a new PayPal-based crowdfunding effort this weekend with a $100,000 goal to add English voice acting to the …

Why old-school tech giants need M&A to stay relevant

There’s no better time than the present for established enterprise players like IBM, Salesforce, and Oracle to swallow up bleeding-edge business intelligence companies.<p>From SAP to Microsoft, established players are fighting to be the all-encompassing solution for the enterprise. Yet, they’ve been …

Google gently tells users to blame ISPs for poor YouTube performance

Google is now gently suggesting who users should blame when YouTube videos fail to stream smoothly. A new pop-up bar that reads "Experiencing interruptions? Find out why" is now showing under some YouTube videos when playback gets choppy. Clicking on the bar takes users to Google's relatively new …

These drones learn about their world (and each other) as they fly

Flying robots can already spot some objects by themselves and occasionally improvise, but they'd ideally never need help -- they should find their way around even if they're in unfamiliar territory. The University of Sheffield may be close to fulfilling that dream. Its experimental quadcopters …

Why 2014 could be the year we lose the Internet

Net neutrality is dying, Uber is waging a war on regulations, and Amazon grows stronger by the day<p>Halfway through 2014, and the influence of technology and Silicon Valley on culture, politics and the economy is arguably bigger than ever -- and certainly more hotly debated. Here are Salon's choices …

Bye-Bye, Words: An Emoji-Only Social App Is Coming

Like it or not, pictures are becoming an bigger part of how we communicate. Reach a milestone and more smartphone users are just as likely to send out a few thumbs-up emojis or a photo on Snapchat, as they are plain old text.<p>Matt Gray and Tom Scott think it’s time to get rid of words altogether, …

Geek Wisdom

Stereotypically, they're awkward. Unathletic. Unpopular. Nasally. Know-it-alls who got no game. In reality, they run the world. And maybe a lot of …

code:deck Playing Cards

Who wants some undiluted geekery? code:deck is a standard set of playing cards individually described by rank and suit in one of 13 different …

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Power Box Pedal Generator

Anyone who launches into a rant about sh*tty chargers and backup batteries that have a mere 9000mAh capacity should be required to re-power his or …