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Intelligence agency seeks facial recognition upgrade

The U.S. intelligence community is pushing a leap forward in facial recognition software that will enable it to determine better the identity of people through a variety of photographs, video and other images.<p>Called Janus, the program run by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency …

Tech Companies Write Congress Begging For Surveillance Reform

A day after the Washington Post reported that the NSA has infiltrated the links between Yahoo’s and Google’s data centers where data travels unencrypted, six tech heavyweights wrote a letter to Congress begging for surveillance reform. Apple, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook and AOL signed their …

How to Erase Yourself From the Internet

If your growing weariness of being constantly tethered to the internet has become overwhelming, it might be time to scrub yourself from the social …

Space Agencies Of The World, Unite: The U.N.'s Asteroid Defense Plan

The United Nations General Assembly may approve a plan soon for the world's space agencies to defend the Earth against asteroids.<p>The plan, introduced last week, is expected to be adopted by the General Assembly in December. It would do two things: create an International Asteroid Warning Network so …

Phone records given to NSA by European intelligence, officials say

WASHINGTON -- Leaked U.S. documents appearing to show that the<p>National Security Agencycollected data on tens of millions of European phone records, an issue that has sparked outrage among U.S. allies, actually represented data handed over to the NSA by European intelligence services as part of …

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The Week in Review: Snowden Leaks Into Europe

Inside Flipboard / November 1, 2013<p>Edward J. Snowden remains in the news this week with the latest batch of files released proving the United States …

Heavy Smog In China Blocked Out Everything But A Giant TV Screen

China's smog has been so bad lately that entire cities were shut down last week because of pollution that can be seen from space.<p>The conditions change quickly, as can be seen by these totally different photos of the same skyscraper taken only 10 days apart in Shenyang in Liaoning province.<p>Monday …

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Peru's air force reinstates UFO department

Peru's air force has said it is reviving a department to research anomalous aerial phenomena - in other words, UFO sightings<p>For people "who observe seemingly unconventional phenomena, which cause surprise or concern, know that there is an institution that will study and research your information," …

Snowden's email provider Lavabit fought government surveillance with ultra-tiny font

Earlier this summer, a few weeks after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's leaked documents on the agency's surveillance practices were published, the encrypted email service provider he used, called Lavabit, shut itself down. At that time, Lavabit's founder Ladar Levison said he was shuttering …

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Michael Jordan says he could beat LeBron James 1-on-1 in his prime

It's the impossible matchup we'd all give anything to see. Michael Jordan said he would beat LeBron James in a game of one-on-one. He gave Kobe a shot, though.<p>Michael Jordan has never lacked confidence in his basketball abilities; he reinforced as much on Tuesday when he said he could have defeated …

A Drone Fell Out of the Sky Over Midtown Manhattan

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Is no one policing the skies over New York City? Days after two men parachuted into Manhattan …

Mark Zuckerberg's Advice to the NSA: Communicate

Facebook learned the power of transparency the hard way. Now, it wants the government to benefit from its education.<p>Last week, Facebook sued the government. "We are joining others in the industry," Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch wrote in a post on the company's website, "in petitioning the …

Obama climate change plan gets first airing in front of House sceptics

The Obama administration asserted its authority to move forward on its climate change action plan on Wednesday – with or without new laws from Congress.<p>In the first airing of Obama's climate plan, a hearing of the House of Representatives was told the Environmental Protection Agency and other …

Google teams up with Apple chairman to try to extend life

Google has teamed up with Apple’s chairman to launch a new company that will attempt to significantly increase the human lifespan.<p>Calico will use biotechnology to tackle major illnesses and ageing, the search giant announced on Tuesday.<p>The new company will be led by Arthur Levinson, who as well as …

Brain-eating amoeba in water supply of New Orleans suburb could be linked to Hurricane Katrina

The occurrence of a brain-eating parasite in the water system of a New Orleans suburb could be linked to Hurricane Katrina according to one Louisiana official, The Times-Picayune reported.<p>Though the link remains unclear, Jake Causey, an administrator who oversees safe drinking water for Louisiana, …

Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying oil spill evidence

<b>A US court has accepted a guilty plea from Halliburton for destroying evidence connected with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.</b><p>In a statement, the company said it had agreed to a fine of $200,000 for the unauthorised deletion of a computer record.<p>One of the firm's employees was also charged on …

Could high-end camping gear save lives around the world?

<b>When two engineers at a sleek New York design company started making an ultra-efficient cook stove, they had their own holidays and camping trips in mind. Now, they are betting their technology will save lives in rural communities across the world.</b><p>Every day about three billion people across the …

4chan Reemphasizes, Steps Up Enforcement On Its Actual Rules

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><b>(UPDATE)</b> 4chan's site founder Chris Poole sent us an email clarifying his news post. He writes:<p>FYI, …

Death Toll Near 100, And Likely To Rise, From Storms In Mexico

Authorities were saying early Friday that at least 97 people were known to have died in the flooding, mudslides and other deadly after-effects of the two storms that struck the country this week.<p>Torrential rains and then-Hurricane Manuel lashed the west coast of Mexico, particularly in around …

Steve Ballmer Has Some Big Regrets As He Leaves Microsoft

Steve Ballmer doesn't have much time left as CEO of Microsoft, so he's letting it all out, including opening up about his biggest regrets.<p>On a call with financial analysts on Thursday, Ballmer said he most regrets not having gotten into the phone game earlier.<p>"If there’s one thing I guess you would …

JP Morgan Chase’s Long List of Expensive Legal Settlements Grows Even Longer

It’s no fun being America’s former favorite bank JPMorgan Chase. Yesterday, September 19th, saw more eye-popping fines for the beleaguered …

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US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.<p>The document, …