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Brightup Is A Smart Home Lighting System That Works With Your Existing Bulbs And Lamps

Smart home lighting is a growing field, with entrants including Philips and LIFX, but one other new contender has a different approach that might appeal more to some. The Brightup system consists of plug socket hardware and in-wall dimmers, connected to and controlled by a central hub via Z-Wave RF …

Paul files class-action suit vs. NSA

Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday officially filed his class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration over National Security Agency data collection, joining with two prominent tea party leaders to make the announcement.<p>Paul, a libertarian-leaning Kentucky Republican and potential presidential …

SanDisk's latest flagship SD card supports extremely fast write speeds, 4K video

With affordable 4K cameras from Panasonic and Sony set to ship soon, it's time for flash memory manufacturers to begin readying stockpiles of high-speed SD cards. Today, SanDisk is announcing its latest flagship, the Extreme Pro SDHC/SDXC UHS-II. It exceeds the new UHS Speed Class (U3) spec, …

Radiohead releases PolyFauna app for iOS and Android

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Alex Colon<p>In typical Radiohead fashion, the band unexpectedly released an app for Android(s goog) and iOS(s aapl) …

Apple Is Probably Going to Run a Sequel to its “1984” Ad Today

30 years ago. The Los Angeles Raiders are slaughtering the Washington Redskins at halftime. You decide it's time for a refill on your Crystal Light. …

IBM says it’s king of cloud. Amazon, I’m guessing, would beg to differ

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>Credit: Flicker: Andyz<p>Cloud reporters got a pitch from IBM(s ibm) the morning after Amazon’s fourth quarter earnings …

Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of government documents to journalists last year, was nominated for …

Netherlands court orders end to Pirate Bay ban

<b>A Dutch court has told local internet service providers they can restore access to The Pirate Bay.</b><p>The ISPs had been ordered in 2011 to stop internet addresses linked to the file-sharing site working.<p>But the Hague Appeals Court has reversed the decision on the basis it had proved "ineffective" at …

Judiciary

Teenage hacker creates next-gen crypto-platform

Most people think of bitcoin as a form of money, if they think of bitcoin at all. But 19-year-old hacker Vitalik Buterin sees it as something more -- …

NSA-GCHQ Snowden leaks: A glossary of the key terms

Technology reporter<p>When the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers published the first of Edward Snowden's NSA-GCHQ leaks in June, it unleashed a stream of abbreviations, acronyms and jargon describing the cyberspies' activities.<p>Below are some of the key terms referred to in the classified …

Surveillance

Google's Drummond calls for new NSA reforms

<b>Moves by US President Barack Obama to rein in spies at the National Security Agency do not go far enough, a senior figure at Google has told the BBC.</b><p>David Drummond, the tech giant's chief legal officer, said the US needed to change its approach to intelligence to restore trust in the internet.<p>His …

Surveillance

Cryptography experts pen open letter against NSA surveillance

The pressure on the US government to reform the NSA’s surveillance programs is growing. Apple, Google, and Microsoft all called for change last month alongside a petition from international authors calling for an end to mass surveillance. President Obama announced big changes to government …

'Snowden Effect' Threatens U.S. Tech Industry's Global Ambitions

Election officials in India canceled a deal with Google to improve voter registration. In China, sales of Cisco routers dropped 10 percent in a recent quarter. European regulators threatened to block AT&T's purchase of the wireless provider Vodafone.<p>The technology industry is being roiled by the …

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to hold Q&A Thursday

Former NSA contractor is expected to offer his opinion on NSA reforms President Obama announced last week.<p>Edward Snowden is expected to offer his opinion of President Obama's NSA reforms during a Webcast question-and-answer session on Thursday.<p>It will be Snowden's first live chat since he began …

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Edward Snowden Joins Freedom Of The Press Foundation

Edward Snowden is joining the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the press freedom group launched by Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald and others, the group announced Tuesday.<p>Snowden's leaks to Greenwald and others in 2013 prompted one of the most intense debates over press freedom in …

Net neutrality threatened by court

<b>A US federal appeals court has rejected rules intended to prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from prioritising certain types of content.</b><p>Net neutrality is the principle that ISPs should not block web traffic for customers who pay less to give faster speeds to those who pay more.<p>The US Federal …

Net Neutrality

Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down FCC’s Open Internet Order, Net Neutrality Threatened

In a decision that could have far-reaching consequences, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals today struck down the FCC’s Open Internet Order. That Order, put into force in 2010 by then-chairman Julius Genachowski, was designed to make it so that broadband service providers couldn’t meddle with …

A few small businesses have pulled data off U.S. servers after NSA leaks

Survey says: The fallout of the Edward Snowden affair has begun to affect cloud and hosting companies operating in the U.S.<p>A few IT decisionmakers at small companies in the United Kingdom and Canada said in a survey that the scandal over government spying had a big impact on moves to stop storing …

“NSA gate” makes global expansion a sticky wicket for U.S. cloud providers …

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Marina99<p>It’s clear that American tech companies are pushing their respective cloud services abroad as fast as possible …

Napolitano: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden should not be given clemency

• Issue dominates Sunday talk shows after Times editorial<p>• Paul: Snowden 'would come home for a few years in prison'<p>The former secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano on Sunday added her voice to opposition to clemency or a plea deal being offered to Edward Snowden, the former National …

Sen. Rand Paul to sue over NSA spying practices

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is suing the Obama administration over the National Security Agency’s spying practices in an effort to “protect the Fourth Amendment,” he told host Eric Bolling Friday on "Hannity."<p>“The question here is whether or not, constitutionally, you can have a single warrant apply to …

Senator presses NSA to reveal whether it spies on members of Congress

A US senator has bluntly asked the National Security Agency if it spies on Congress, raising the stakes for the surveillance agency’s legislative fight to preserve its broad surveillance powers.<p>Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and socialist, asked army general Keith Alexander, the NSA’s …

Apple denies any involvement with NSA iPhone spy-program

Apple issued a statement today denying that it had anything to do with the alleged National Security Agency program Dropout Jeep, used to hack iPhones.<p>Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this …

RSA’s Deal With The NSA Reflects A General Mistrust

Here’s how it works when a big company believes that its power is in its girth: They enter this bizarre world that leads them to believe that what comes from their PR organs is enough to float their troubles away. It’s all about denial and avoiding any potential shareholder backlash. And so we come …

Internet privacy as important as human rights, says UN's Navi Pillay

The UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has compared the uproar in the international community caused by revelations of mass surveillance with the collective response that helped bring down the apartheid regime in South Africa.<p>Pillay, the first non-white woman to serve as a high-court judge in …

Exclusive - Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S. National Security Agency arranged a secret $10 million (£6 million) contract with RSA, one of the most influential firms in the computer security …

White House review panel proposes curbs on some NSA programs | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House-appointed panel on Wednesday proposed curbs on some key National Security Agency surveillance operations, recommending limits on a program to collect records of billions of telephone calls and new tests before Washington spies on foreign leaders.<p>U.S. President …