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Apple and Google push Obama to prevent encryption backdoors

Apple, Google and other major tech companies have urged President Obama not to give the FBI backdoor access to smartphone data, according to the <i>Washington Post</i>. The publication obtained a letter signed by no less than 140 major tech players, security specialists and privacy groups stating that …

Privacy

US official misspoke on B-1 bombers being based in Australia: Tony Abbott

"I'm not playing with words here. I can give you an absolute guarantee that there has simply been no discussion with the Americans formally or …

Court keeps cellphone network ‘kill switch’ a secret

It only took one sentence for the United States Court of Appeals to keep the federal government’s emergency plan to disable cellular service a secret. It was a very long sentence, but it got the job done.<p>This ruling reinforces the Department of Homeland Security’s attempts to block Freedom of …

Deadly Fukushima radiation up 50,000% as elevated radiation levels seen across North America

(NaturalNews) Beta radiation levels are off the charts at monitoring sites all across North America, according to new reports. But experts are …

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Gulf Oil Spill "Not Over": Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers

Report warns that 14 species are still struggling from the 2010 disaster.<p>Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report released today.<p>In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea …

What Happens When Oil Spills in the Arctic?

A National Research Council report says we're far from ready.<p><b>As sea ice melts and the oil industry prepares to exploit the Arctic's vast resources, the United States faces big gaps in its preparedness for an oil spill in the region, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Research</b> …

Five killed in Switzerland shooting

Five people have been found dead after a shooting in a town in northern Switzerland, police say.<p>Residents heard shots in the town of Wuerenlingen shortly after 11pm local time on Saturday, police said.<p>Officers then found five bodies, including that of the suspected attacker, in a quiet residential …

Man arrested during police operation near Martin Place

Superintendent Mark Walton believed the man had made the call to the hotline to draw attention to a personal grievance, but would not specify what …

Two police officers shot dead in Mississippi

Police in Mississippi arrested and charged two people with murder on Sunday after two police officers were fatally shot a day earlier during a …

Bali nine executions: AFP defends its role in arrests

The AFP has declined to discuss its role in alerting Indonesian authorities to the group in detail until now, on the grounds that it could have …

Consumers warned to beware of illegal mobile phone repeaters

In Australia, the unlicensed use of a mobile phone repeater can carry a two-year jail term per offence for individuals, or up to a $255,000 fine per …

To keep a Boeing Dreamliner flying, reboot once every 248 days

The 787 Dreamliner has been plagued with battery woes since its early days, to the point where the Federal Aviation Administration kept it from flying the skies in the past. And while those technical difficulties are apparently taken care of, Boeing's flagship airliner could be on the way to more …

Aviation

Phony Justice in a Phony War

Once again the legitimacy of the judicial process at Guantanamo is called into question, this time by the interference of a US government agency. The</i> …

Climate change will 'lead to battles for food', says head of World Bank

Battles over water and food will erupt within the next five to 10 years as a result of climate change, the president of the World Bank said as he urged those campaigning against global warming to learn the lessons of how protesters and scientists joined forces in the battle against HIV.<p>Jim Yong Kim …

Iran and Russia discuss new nuclear deal

Iran and Russia have discussed a draft agreement to build at least two nuclear power stations in the Islamic Republic, Iran's official news agency reported.<p>Visiting Russian official Nikolai Spassky and Iranian nuclear officials reached an initial agreement on Wednesday about the facilities, IRNA …

Leaked Snowden documents detail NSA's plans for 'millions' of malware attacks

Over the past months, leaked documents from the NSA, GCHQ, and other agencies have shed light on efforts to dramatically scale the process of putting malware on targets' computers. At <i>The Intercept</i>, Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher have published more details about how these programs work, and …

'What does ISP mean?' - how government officials are flunking security challenges

One of the world’s leading cyberwarfare experts has warned of the damaging lack of government literacy in cybersecurity issues, pointing out that some senior officials don’t know how to use email, and that one US representative about to negotiate cybersecurity with China asked him what an “ISP” was.<p>…

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Deadly Fukushima Crisis Further Corrodes Viability of Nuclear Energy

Reporters wear personal protective gear while touring the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, Japan, November 7, 2013. Engineers are …