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Quantum-mechanics security firm nabs $5.6M investment

ID Quantique is using photons to boost security for both the public and private sectors.<p>ID Quantique, a company that uses quantum mechanics to boost data security, has received a $5.6 million investment from venture capital firm QWave Capital.<p>ID Quantique's services have become far more important …

Yahoo promises encryption as NSA’s email and IM contact list collection is exposed

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The NSA and its overseas intelligence partners are harvesting people’s Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail and Facebook email address books …

ICANN, W3C Call For End Of US Internet Ascendancy Following NSA Revelations

Key Internet stakeholders, including the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have released a statement condemning pervasive government surveillance and calling for an internationalization of the Internet’s underlying framework.<p>The …

Booting Up: New NSA Data Farm Takes Root In Utah

The National Security Agency won't say exactly when it will fully rev up its newest and biggest data farm in the Salt Lake City suburb of Bluffdale, Utah. There will be no "grand opening" or celebratory barbecue outside the sprawling facility, which is five times the size of the Ikea down the …

Galaxy S5 metal casing rumoured, flex-screen Note 3 too

Samsung's next smart phone could arrive sporting a swanky metal jacket, if fresh rumours are to be believed.<p>The South Korean tech giant is …

Phones

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.<p>Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with sketches, storyboards, and …

Niche Networks: Why Zapnito Wants to Quieten the Web

He served as CTO for a premier conference company and grew projects valued at up to $1 billion.<p>So why did Charles Thiede use paternity leave to quieten the Internet?<p>“Google+ has 400 million registered users,” he says. “Facebook has 1 billion users. The user is the product. I use these tools, get …

Swift Identity launches free 2-factor authentication for everyone (yeah, this matters)

Passwords are so passé. At least, on their own, ever since Matt Honan had his “digital life destroyed” last year due to what he called Apple, Google, and Amazon security flaws.<p>But a startup that just graduated from FounderFuel in Montreal might have the answer: free two-factor authentication for …

NSA releases outline of security programs, says it 'only' touches 1.6 percent of internet traffic

Even as President Obama proposes a review of NSA procedures and oversight, the organization published a seven page document laying out in broad terms what it does, how it does it and why it thinks that's OK. As <i>Ars Technica</i> points out, the memo claims "We do not need to sacrifice civil liberties for …

City of London halts recycling bins tracking phones of passers-by

The City of London is halting a scheme that used recycling bins to track people as they walked by with their smartphones. The head of Renew London, which was behind the operation, wrote in an email, “I can confirm that we are not currently running any trials.”<p>Quartz was the first to report on the …

Privacy

WSJ reports NSA spying capabilities cover up to 75 percent of US internet traffic

The question of how much contact the NSA has with internet traffic throughout the US is being raised again, this time by the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. Yesterday <i>The Atlantic</i> took issue with the security agency's mathematics and 1.6 percent claim, while the <i>WSJ</i> report looks more closely at its reach into …

NSA reportedly bugged UN offices, hacked into video conferencing feeds

The NSA bugged offices in the UN's New York headquarters as part of a comprehensive surveillance program, says <i>Der Spiegel</i>. According to files leaked by Edward Snowden, the agency has bugged more than 80 embassies and consulates under a program called the "Special Collection Service." The program is …

NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

• Top-secret files show first evidence of financial relationship • Prism companies include Google and Yahoo, says NSA • Costs were incurred after 2011 Fisa court ruling<p>The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism …

Local Motion Raises $6 Million and Adds Andreessen Horowitz’s Sinofsky to Board

Local Motion, a startup that helps governments and businesses digitally manage fleets of automobiles, has gotten $6 million in funding from venture …

Venture Capital

Take a snapshot of the entire internet in just 44 minutes with ZMap scanner

Surveying every IP address on the internet isn’t an easy task, and if you don’t have the luxury of a botnet, a single scan can take months. Luckily, some researchers at the University of Michigan have created an open source alternative called ZMap that can cut the total time to under 45 minutes on …

Mailpile Is A Pro-Privacy, Open Source Webmail Project That’s Raised ~$100,000 On Indiegogo

Mailpile is a relatively rare thing: a software project that looks certain to achieve its crowdfunding goal. The Mailpile Indiegogo campaign is less than $5,000 away from its $100,000 target, still with 22 days left to run, so it’s clearly struck a chord with its close to 2,000 backers. Still, it’s …

Wacom announces affordable pressure-sensitive Creative Stylus for drawing & painting on an iPad

Wacom, the company that makes professional-grade drawing tablets with four-figure price-tags, has just announced something a little more affordable: the Intuos Creative Stylus for iPad at $99.<p>Wacom claims the pressure-sensitive stylus with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity provides a realistic …

Microsoft's 'Project Spark' beta launches in October, lets anyone create a game

Microsoft first unveiled its <i>Project Spark</i> game maker project back at E3 with a promise of a launch later this year. Today at Gamescom, Microsoft is revealing it will launch <i>Project Spark</i> beta for Windows 8 in October. <i>Project Spark</i> is essentially a game maker within a game, letting players build …

Groklaw closing in light of NSA spying revelations

After the closures of Lavabit and Silent Circle's email service, we had wondered which online service would be next to wind down after Edward Snowden's PRISM revelations. Turns out that we're losing <i>Groklaw</i>, the technology and law blog, which is stopping operations from today. In an impassioned …

Here's The Most Amusing Way To Learn The Depressing News About Your Vanishing Privacy

Learning how so many fun things on the Internet and how many of our favorite companies pose a risk to our privacy is not the most pleasurable activity. So Austrian Wolfie Christl came up with a way to inform us all on these issues and amuse us at the same time.<p>With several colleagues, he set up an …

Alert Logic follows siren call of private equity

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock user Tyler Olson<p>It may not be an epidemic, but it’s getting more common in this age of IT transition for …

Is It Possible To Escape From Everyday Surveillance?

And not hide in the woods?<p>Is it possible to escape from everyday surveillance? Writing for New York Magazine and inspired by Edward Snowden's leak of the NSA PRISM program, Kevin Roose spent a day trying to answer that question. As an added challenge, he chose not to flee into the wilderness, but …

Google: don't expect privacy when sending to Gmail

Critics call revelation 'a stunning admission' as Google makes claim in court filing in attempt to head off class action lawsuit<p>People sending email to any of Google's 425 million Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in …

How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut

Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn’t had much time to himself.<p>On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantir’s lean 45-year-old chief executive, with a top-heavy mop of frazzled hair, hikes the grassy hills around …

SEO is dead. Long live social media optimisation

Search engine optimisation (SEO) was always a flawed concept. At its worst, it means making web content less engaging for the reader but supposedly …

Live from DBX

We’re so excited this morning to kick off DBX, our first developer conference. Fort Mason is buzzing with energy from our incredible community of …

Coursera Lands $43M From The World Bank, Yuri Milner & More To Bring Online Education Abroad — And To Phones Near You

With over 400 free college-level courses now in its catalog and 4 million students in its virtual lecture halls, Coursera is adding a huge new chunk of change to its coffers, announcing this morning it has closed a $43 million series B financing round from GSV Capital, the International Finance …

The Internet’s greatest disruptive innovation: Inequality

The logical consequences of Silicon Valley capitalism: Social stratification and class antagonism<p>Call it the Silicon Valley Manifesto. On July 4, NPR quoted Sarah Lacy, the editor in chief of the tech news publication PandoDaily, explaining why the BART strike in the San Francisco Bay Area had …

Forget 3D printing—3D subtraction is going to arrive in your garage first

A funny thing happened on the way to our supposedly 3D-printed future: A simpler, older, but no less revolutionary technology made its way into every automated factory on earth, and now it’s coming to a garage near you. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s mostly because it has a completely unbankable …

3D Printing

Mammals can ‘choose’ sex of offspring, study finds | Kurzweil

(Credit: Dylan/Wikimedia Commons)<p>A new study led by a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine shows that mammalian species can …

Biology