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School chaplains funding struck down by high court

Australia’s high court has upheld a legal challenge against federal government funding arrangements for the national school chaplaincy program, prompting the finance minister to waive $150m in debts that providers would otherwise be forced to repay.<p>Payments by the federal government to chaplain …

Clever piece of code exposes hidden changes to Supreme Court opinions

Supreme Court opinions are the law of the land, and so it’s a problem when the Justices change the words of the decisions without telling anyone. …

Google encrypts Gmail between data centers to keep the NSA out of your inbox

Google just announced that as of today, Gmail is more secure than ever before. And the company isn't hiding the fact that it's actively trying to stop the government from spying on your email activity. Google says that Gmail will now use a secure HTTPS connection whenever you check or send email, …

GarageBand for Mac Updated with MP3 Export, New Drummers, and More

Apple today updated GarageBand for Mac to version 10.0.2, bringing several improvements including the ability to export tracks in MP3 format and three new Drummer options in the $4.99 content pack.<p>What's New in Version 10.0.2- Improves stability and addresses a number of minor issues<br>- Adds the …

President Obama may ditch his BlackBerry for an Android phone (update)

President Obama has long complained that his job doesn't permit the luxury of carrying an iPhone. Prior to his election, Obama owned a personal BlackBerry that was replaced with a custom, highly-secure model once he reached office. But it seems Obama may have the chance to switch to Android before …

Comcast's first transparency report reveals over 25,000 government data requests

Comcast must not want to feel left out as telcos begin publishing regular government data request statistics -- the cable giant has just posted its first transparency report. The document reveals that Comcast obeyed more than 25,000 government demands for info during 2013, including 24,698 criminal …

Microsoft: We have the right to search your Hotmail account (updated)

An ex-Microsoft employee was recently arrested for allegedly leaking company secrets, all because Redmond found evidence against him in his contact's Hotmail account. Hold on, is it even legal for the company to go through someone's account without permission? Well, according to Microsoft, it sure …

Haitians launch new lawsuit against UN over thousands of cholera deaths

Plaintiffs hold UN responsible for outbreak of disease, which they say was carried into Haiti by peacekeepers from Nepal<p>The United Nations is facing a huge new lawsuit over the outbreak of cholera in Haiti that has widely been blamed on its peacekeepers, after 1,500 Haitian victims and their family …

Britain's 'Tea Party' Pushes For Cutting Ties With European Union

Torquay is a beach resort in the part of southwest Britain known as the English Riviera for its abundant sun (relative to the rest of the country, anyway). Agatha Christie was born here in 1890. By the mid-1970s, the TV show <i>Fawlty Towers</i> was emphasizing Toquay's shabby aspects over its glamour. And …

Student activists emerge as leaders in Venezuela's ongoing protests

Chaos in the streets. Nearly two dozen dead. Tens of thousands locked in conflict.<p>That's the scene in Venezuela, where violence has rocked the nation for nearly a month. Anti-government protesters, mostly students and members of the middle class, first took to the streets back in February, rallying …

Indian children toil in Jaipur gem industry | US & Canada

Rescued from one of the many jewellery units that the western Indian city of Jaipur is famous for, 10-year-old Mohamed Akbar bore the tell-tale signs of hardship that he had just been lucky to escape.<p>His neck still covered with colours from the chemicals that he used in the workshop, Mohamed …

Maryland Legislature Considers GMO Labeling Bill

ANNAPOLIS -- Farming representatives and legislators debated Tuesday whether requiring manufacturers to label genetically modified food would empower consumers or scare them unnecessarily.<p>The proposal's sponsor, Sen. Karen Montgomery, said that while genetic modification is "not all evil," shoppers …

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Others Reveal New Data on NSA Data Requests

Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google, and Microsoft have all released new data about the national security requests they’ve received. Under new rules from the US government, each company is now allowed to provide how many requests for member data it’s received, the number of accounts impacted, and the …

Evolution vs Natural Selection

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

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NSA seeks to ‘convert’ students into intelligence work

The US National Security Agency has hundreds of teens and college students on its payroll, thanks to a recruiting effort aimed at wooing would-be …

Harlem will soon be home to the largest Wi-Fi network in the US

In his final weeks as New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg today announced that Harlem will soon be the home of the largest public Wi-Fi network in the US. The network will extend a whopping 95 blocks, and will provide free wireless internet to the neighborhood's 80,000 residents — and the crop …

Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others launch campaign for NSA reform

Eight of the biggest companies in technology have united to speak out against the NSA's leaked surveillance programs and demand sweeping reforms. AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo have all signed a letter to President Obama and Congress that <i>The Hill</i> reports will …

Scary smart! Clever crocodiles, alligators use sticks to lure prey

As if crocodiles and alligators weren't terrifying enough, scientists have discovered that these ancient, sharp-toothed beasts are incredibly cunning. So clever that they use lures to trap and gobble unsuspecting birds.<p>The discovery in two crocodilian species — mugger crocodiles and American …

NSA Sent Home Talking Points for Employees to Use in Conversations with Family & Friends During Holidays - Shadowproof

CommunityThe Dissenter<p>02 Dec 2013<p>NSA chief Gen. Keith Alexander<p>A sheet of talking points for employees of the National Security Agency and Central …

US senators say there’s “no evidence” bulk metadata surveillance is useful

Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) and others join as amici to lawsuit filed against NSA.<p>As we reported back in July 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and …

India's Nuclear Scientists Keep Dying Mysteriously

Indian nuclear scientists haven't had an easy time of it over the past decade. Not only has the scientific community been plagued by "suicides," unexplained deaths, and sabotage, but those incidents have gone mostly underreported in the country.<p><i>(Photo via)</i><p>Indian nuclear scientists haven't had an …

Pope puts St. Peter's relics on display, reviving scientific debate

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican publicly unveiled a handful of bone fragments purportedly belonging to St. Peter on Sunday, reviving the scientific debate and tantalizing mystery over whether the relics found in a shoe box truly belong to the first pope.<p>The nine pieces of bone sat nestled like rings in …

China's top court bans police from torturing suspects

<b>Chinese officials must stop using torture to extract confessions from suspects, the Supreme Court has ruled.</b><p>The court said on its official microblog that using "freezing, starving, extreme heat, fire branding or extreme exhaustion" to extract confessions was also illegal.<p>It is the latest in a …

Human Rights

Senators lend support to lawsuit against NSA collection of US phone records

A group of Democratic senators filed a brief in federal court Tuesday in support of a lawsuit aiming to end the National Security Agency’s bulk …

The original NSA whistleblower: “Snowden is a patriot”

You likely haven’t heard of Perry Fellwock, the first whistle-blower to go to the press about NSA 30 years ago<p>Natasha Lennard<p>November 12, 2013 9:42pm (UTC)<p>Unless you live under a rock that has no Internet connectivity, you know of Ed Snowden. You might also be aware of his predecessor in NSA …

1-Year-Old Runs Marathon

Girl toddles into record books as youngest ever to complete 26.2 miles.<p>In a feat that most thought impossible --and some blasted as reckless -- a 1-year-old girl has become the youngest ever to complete a marathon.<p>The child, Jayden Lee Smith, of Charleston, South Carolina, smashed the record at …

How Obama's Response To NSA Spying Has Evolved

A team of surveillance experts on Wednesday delivered preliminary recommendations to the White House on whether and how to amend U.S. spying policies.<p>President Obama appointed the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, as it is officially known, as part of his response to …