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FreedomPop launches smartphone that’s invisible to the NSA

FreedomPop is launching a new black smartphone today. Not only black as in color, but black as in invisible to spying.<p>The Privacy Phone, built on a Samsung Galaxy II smartphone, uses bank-quality 128-bit encryption for voice calls and text messages (your calls now have the same protection as J.P. …

Google Glass ditches tether requirement for data sharing

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Man stabbed and robbed of Grand Theft Auto 5 game

Three teenagers have been charged over the stabbing and robbery of a man who had bought the video game Grand Theft Auto 5 only 80 minutes earlier.<p>The 23-year-old man was attacked as he made his way home from a midnight launch event in London in the early hours of Tuesday with the game, which …

At $72B, Bill Gates is richest American for 20th straight year

It's hard to think of a year in which Bill Gates wasn't at the top of the Fortune 400 list, considered as the definitive annual list of America's richest.<p>And so it goes: the Microsoft co-founder continues to be the wealthiest American for the 20th year in a row, according to the list, thanks to his …

Major US security company warns over NSA link to encryption formula

A major American computer security company has told thousands of customers to stop using an encryption system that relies on a mathematical formula developed by the National Security Agency (NSA).<p>RSA, the security arm of the storage company EMC, sent an email to customers telling them that the …

Here's What Happens To Google Employees When They Die

It’s no surprise that the employee benefits of Google are among the best in the land—free haircuts, gourmet food, on-site doctors and high-tech “cleansing” toilets are among the most talked-about—but in a rare interview with Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock I discovered that the latest perk for …

The World’s First 3-D Scanner For iPad Is Blowing Up On Kickstarter

If you need more convincing than the extensive testimonials in the Structure’s Kickstarter video, consider its crowdfunding progress: Since launching …

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Hackers Bypass Apple’s Touch ID With Lifted Fingerprint

Fingerprint scanners have always been vulnerable to hackers who are willing to go the extra mile to bypass them. Over the years, we’ve seen everything from people using Gummy Bears, Play-Doh and more sophisticated techniques to bypass these biometric scanners. It’s not really a surprise then, that …

iFixit does its ritual teardown of the gold iPhone 5s

So here they go. We got a whiff of a teardown earlier today from an Australian company but iFixit generally digs down a little deeper, has some great pictures, and damn, they got a GOLD iPhone 5s. What’s so good about the gold? Well besides the fact that it is the bling-iest phone in existence, it …

This is how the fear of government snooping takes its toll on tech companies

Two very different technology offerings were dropped on Thursday because of fears that the US and China might be trying to spy on the customers using them.<p>In Baltimore, Maryland—just down the road from the headquarters of the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade—a US company called CyberPoint …

Surveillance

Guardian Editors Debate a Former NSA Lawyer on PRISM, Snowden and Surveillance

Last night, I attended a pretty good debate in New York about the surveillance by the National Security Agency, PRISM, Edward Snowden, and exactly …

Surveillance

Don’t Look Now, but the Second Screen Is About to Invade Videogames’ Next Generation

The “second screen”: Savior of bored TV watchers, scourge of movie ushers and … <i>something</i> for the future of videogames.<p>By now it’s old news that many …

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Hackers Offered Over $13,000 To Crack iPhone Fingerprint Security

By Jim Finkle<p>BOSTON (Reuters) - Hackers are gearing up for Friday's iPhone 5S release with a contest to crack the device's first-ever fingerprint scanner, a high-tech feature that Apple Inc says makes users' data more secure.<p>A micro venture capital firm joined a group of security researchers to …

Samsung sends spies to uncover Apple's iPhone line phenom

NEW YORK -- You can't have an ad campaign mocking people waiting in line for the iPhone and then wish you had the same lines. Or can you?<p>Apparently Samsung thinks it can. Along with the hundreds of consumers, reporters, and app promoters converging Friday on Apple's flagship store on Manhattan's …

Fighting fire with data: how mapping tech helped beat back the Rim Fire

The past month's Rim Fire blazed through more than a quarter million acres of land in California, but the tensest moment came on August 27th, when the fire came close to threatening San Francisco's water supply. If the blaze had advanced any closer than it did, it would start dumping ash into …

Wireless charging war gets more interesting, as Qualcomm joins Qi

Wireless charging standards are a bit of a mess. There are at least three standards bodies vying to be the correct way to wirelessly send power to your devices: the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) favored by AT&T and Starbucks, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) backed by Verizon, and the Alliance …

'Liking' something on Facebook is now protected by the First Amendment

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial …

The secret company behind Twitter's TV takeover

Twitter enters millions of homes on a nightly basis with the help of a secret weapon: Mass Relevance, the most important company at the intersection of social media and television that you've never heard of.<p>Founded in December 2010, the Austin-based startup is responsible for nearly every tweet …