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Philly’s New Food Establishment

Greg Vernick and Nick Elmi The Torchbearers Vernick and Elmi are the ones setting the bar now, and they’re bringing everyone else up with them. …

Philadelphia

Millions of Chinese workers go unpaid amid economic slowdown

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> China's millions of migrant workers are bearing the brunt of the country's ongoing economic slowdown as strikes and worker protests reach record levels, new statistics reveal.<p>According to the most recent annual report from China's National Bureau of Statistics, more than 2.7 …

Hong Kong

Will increasing cyber attacks spell the end of username and password security?

US regulators are considering mandating that companies ramp up online protections, but analysts warn there is no immediate cure-all<p>When a burglar breaks into a home, changing the locks or otherwise shoring up the home’s security is among the first things likely to get done in the …

Cybersecurity

Samsung swears its smart TVs aren't eavesdropping on you

Over the weekend, quite a few people panicked at the phrasing of Samsung's smart TV privacy policy. Its warning that third parties would get your sensitive spoken info conjured up images of Orwellian telescreens spying on their viewers. The reaction was largely paranoia (this was just a description …

Gmail for Android is ready to handle all your email accounts

The new version of Gmail for Android is slated to make its way to Google Play in the near future, but if you <i>cannot</i> wait to use it, you can download the APK right now and load it up. You'll notice some major changes the moment you launch it, since it'll ask what kind of email addresses you'd like to …

Microsoft stops selling consumer versions of Windows 7 to computer makers

Microsoft today stopped providing Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, and Windows 7 Ultimate licenses to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including its PC partners and systems builders. This means you’ll only be able to buy a computer running Windows 7 as long as stock lasts.<p>The …

Ebola's Incredibly Infectious. Ebola's Also Hard To Catch. Confused? Here's How To Understand.

Ebola has infected just a handful of Americans, but millions of us are already sick with anxiety.<p>More than half of U.S. adults worry that there will be a large-scale Ebola outbreak across the next year, according to a new Harvard poll conducted last week and released on Tuesday. Most of them are …

Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google

According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google.<p>Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he was asked a couple of variants on the question of what …

Water is the new oil: How corporations took over a basic human right

Water has become a commodity, Karen Piper tells Salon, and the world’s poor are paying the price<p>When you talk about human rights, not to mention human necessities, there's not much more fundamental than water. The United Nations has even put it in writing: it formally “recognizes the right to safe …

Tor admits hackers have unmasked 'anonymous' users

The Tor Project, which operates an anonymous internet browsing network used worldwide by human rights activists and criminals alike, has warned users that an unprecedented hack may have revealed information on their browsing habits<p>The Tor Project, which operates an anonymous internet browsing …

Privacy

More than 90 people nabbed in global hacker crackdown

It is nicknamed "creepware," and more than half a million people around the world have been prey to its silent computer snooping.<p>Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf was one of them in a well-publicized case of hacking associated with the malware called Blackshades.<p>Now, an international crackdown by the FBI …

The TSA’s Randomizer App Might Let You Keep Your Shoes On Next Time You Go Through Airport Security

Only pre-sceened members of the TSA’s PreCheck program could waltz through security without having to remove their jackets, shoes, and belts while keeping their laptops tucked away. But that might soon change.<p>In its never-ending mission to suck less, the Transportation Security Administration …

Flying

A Former Obama Cabinet Official Made The Strongest Snowden Allegation Yet

Their primary allegation: Snowden is a witting or unwitting agent of a foreign intelligence operation against the U.S. (rather than a whistleblower).<p>A former member of President Obama's cabinet told Epstein in March "that there are only three possible explanations for the Snowden heist: 1) It was a …

Surveillance

Serious security flaw in OAuth, OpenID discovered

Attackers can use the "Covert Redirect" vulnerability in both open-source log-in systems to steal your data and redirect you to unsafe sites.<p>Following in the steps of the OpenSSL vulnerability Heartbleed, another major flaw has been found in popular open-source security software. This time, the …

Information Security

How the rich stole our money — and made us think they were doing us a favor

Pushing people toward stocks, real estate and credit cards have all come at a cost — and with one goal in mind<p>If you've paid attention to the economy over the last few years, you've doubtless seen the charts and figures showing the decline of the American middle class in concert with the explosion …

Michelle Obama’s Hair: The Inside Story

Allison Samuels talks to Michelle Obama’s former hairstylist.<p>From the moment Michelle Robinson Obama hit the national scene during her husband’s …

Twitter hit by massive wave of malicious messages

Messages sent by hundreds of accounts testify to dramatic weight loss and link to same suspicious site pedaling diet pills.<p>Hundreds of Twitter accounts appear to have been hijacked Wednesday to deliver a tidal wave of malicious messages.<p>The attack, which seems to have begun at about 2 p.m. PT, …

Social Media

Reaganomics killed America’s middle class

This country’s fate was sealed when our government slashed taxes on the rich back in 1980<p>There's nothing "normal" about having a middle class. Having a middle class is a choice that a society has to make, and it's a choice we need to make again in this generation, if we want to stop the destruction …

100% Electric Cars Are Now Outselling Plug-in Hybrids in the US

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>Range anxiety isn’t holding back the electric car. Sales figures are in for the first half of 2013, and they show that 100% …

a new era of messaging

Private<p><b>Telegram</b> messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct.<p>Cloud-Based<p><b>Telegram</b> lets you access your messages from multiple</b> …

Messaging

Car-hacking: A New Fear For Drivers of Tech-Loaded Vehicles

Add car-hacking to the list of motorists' fears.<p>A University of Michigan survey shows that Americans are nervous about whether new computer technology in vehicles could be hacked and the data stolen.<p>A majority of Americans, Australians and Britons believe that so-called “connected-vehicle” …

Auto Shows

Open source software is more secure, right? So what happened with OpenSSL?

Advertisement<p>25 Comments<p>Credit:<p>One of the benefits often cited for the use of open-source software is that because it is so widely available and open …

Heartbleed bug shuts down Canadian websites

Canada has shut down a series of federal websites that were not protected from the 'Heartbleed' bug Authorities say the closures are a precaution and no security breaches have been detected.<p>The flaw in security has potentially exposed sensitive data in up to two thirds of the world's websites, and …

First Lady Tours China's Great Wall With Sasha and Malia

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Travel

‘Stop Moving That’: Watch Joe Biden Have a Really Hard Time Reading His Teleprompter

Vice President Joe Biden appeared to have trouble reading a teleprompter during an event Friday.<p>“Stop moving that, that, that … you know — what’s this thing called?” Biden asked in the middle of his speech. “You know, a teleprompter.”<p>“Barack always kids and he says, ‘I’m learning to speak without a …

25 Insane High Heels You Won't Believe Exist

Crypto weaknesses in WhatsApp “the kind of stuff the NSA would love” | Ars Technica

Poor implementation of SSL encryption could be a boon to eavesdroppers.<p>WhatsApp, the mobile messaging app developer that Facebook is acquiring for …

WhatsApp is Down

WhatsApp, the messaging app that you <i>probably</i> heard got bought by Facebook this week, is in the midst of a<p>90-minute four-hour outage right now. This is the first significant period of downtime that the service has experienced since the acquisition deal was announced.<p><b>Update:</b> WhatsApp is working for …