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Assange Says NSA Holds The Power In The Obama Administration

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gave a rare talk via video at annual tech mega-conference SXSW, where he came out swinging not only at President Obama but also Google and Facebook. Assange claimed that in the Obama administration, the intelligence agencies “wear the pants” and he called out …

How to Measure the ROI from Your Ongoing SEO Efforts

A conversion can be a completed sign up to your email newsletter, which is considered a goal completion in Google Analytics, that will lead to revenue in the future or a purchase directly from your website.<p>The Multi-Channel Funnels report in Google Analytics is extremely helpful at visualizing …

Interns at top tech companies make more than $5,000 per month

When it comes to pay, internships can be a struggle -- that is, of course, unless you work at one of the world's top tech companies.<p>Nineteen out of the top 25 highest-paying companies for internships come from the tech industry, according to a Friday report by Glassdoor, a jobs and careers website. …

Employment

Google fights 'Innocence of Muslims' takedown order in copyright battle

Google is fighting a court order that requires it to take down all copies of inflammatory anti-Islam video "Innocence of Muslims." On Thursday, the company filed an emergency motion that would allow it to keep the video available until a final decision is made in a copyright case involving one of …

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …

Be one with Flappy Bird: The science of 'flow' in game design

A core reason why recent hits like Flappy Bird and Threes found success -- and are massively addictive -- lies in the way they put us in a unique zen-like state known as flow.<p>When the smartphone phenomenon Flappy Bird took off not so long ago -- and before it morphed into something uncontrollable …

This robot band has a guitarist with 78 fingers

And a drummer with 22 arms<p>All-robot band Compressorhead has some competition. British record label Warp Records will soon be releasing an album performed entirely by a three-piece band of Japanese robots called Z-Machines — the guitarist has 78 fingers, while the drummer rocks out with 22 arms. The …

Seeing secrets: Trevor Paglen on photographing the NSA’s headquarters

Artist Trevor Paglen spends much of his time photographing places you’re not supposed to see, whether that’s desert military bases or mountainside listening posts or classified spacecraft. His first photographic monograph, <i>Invisible: Covert Operations and Classified Landscapes</i>, captured those secret …

US grants patent for disgraced scientist's fraudulent cloning research

Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk is, to say the least, a controversial figure in the world of cloning research. He's produced hundreds of animals, including the first cloned puppy in 2005; more recently, he's worked on attempts to clone a preserved woolly mammoth. But one of his greatest achievements …

The World According To Vladimir Putin

The worldview of Russian President Vladimir Putin could be summed up along these lines:<p>Moscow's precipitous decline in global influence since the Soviet breakup must be reversed. Russia must be respected as the dominant power in former Soviet republics like Ukraine. Russia is entitled to a strong …

Through Its Network Of Mentors, HackHands Offers Live Help For New Programmers

With sites like Codecademy and Stack Overflow, there are plenty of ways to learn programming and get help online — but there’s nothing like a live human being who can answer your questions and look at your code, according to the co-founders of a new website called HackHands.<p>One of those …

A Blackmailer Acquires Popular Twitter Handle, Commits A Near-Perfect Crime

<i>Updated January 29 at 3:52 p.m. with comment from GoDaddy appended at end of post</i><p>Naoki Hiroshima, a developer of social apps like Echofon and Cocoyon, was used to people trying to steal his rare Twitter username, @N. He regularly received password reset instructions from people who were trying to …

The first-ever botwall could change the economics of hacking forever

For companies with data to protect, their primary problem is how cheap hacking can be.<p>While “hacking” encompasses a wide variety of activities, one company is specifically tackling the botnet problem: The ability to use a network of linked computers to overwhelm a website or break into user …

Startups

Edward Snowden will answer questions live on Thursday, January 23rd at 3PM ET

The whistleblower who provoked the United States to surveillance reforms will be taking your questions this Thursday. Edward Snowden is hosting an hour-long live Q&A on January 23rd at 3PM ET, the first such chat since June of last year. On Thursday, you'll find it at this link.<p>While Snowden …

Kickstarter Success Could Lie in Your Words

Everyone who creates a Kickstarter page wants to do everything possible to succeed. But your choice of words could play a bigger role in a project's …

Kickstarter

Privacy Advocates Sound Off on Obama's Proposed NSA Reforms

U.S. President Barack Obama laid out his plan for reforming the National Security Agency's widely-derided surveillance tactics Friday, after months …

The Week in Review: Gadgets and Gizmos A-Plenty

Inside Flipboard / January 10, 2014<p>The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which just completed its 2014 run in Las Vegas, was full of gadgets—some …

Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

The holiday season data breach at Target that hit more than 70 million consumers was part of a wide and highly skilled international hacking campaign that's "almost certainly" based in Russia. That's according to a report prepared for federal and private investigators by Dallas-based cybersecurity …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

Goodbye Twitter fridges, hello 3D-printed food

At CES 2014, the smartest home appliances aren't smart at all<p>CES has long been the best place in the world to find a bunch of insane and impractical home appliances. Last year saw the category reach its drunk-on-tech nadir, best exemplified by Samsung's incongruous efforts to push Evernote onto …

Smart Homes

Former Billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky Out of Jail, Issues Statement From Germany

In a stunning turn of events, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin pardoned Mikhail Khodorkovsky, on Thursday at the end of his annual press conference, citing the famous prisoner’s recent request seeking a pardon due in part to his mother’s ill health.<p>Khodorkovsky, who is already in Germany with his …

People with HIV Can Live as Long as Uninfected Populations

A new study reports that young people with HIV have a life expectancy similar to that of the general population.<p>Researchers of the new study …

'Clampdown on Khodorkovsky was absolute. There was to be no mercy'

The former ambassador to Russia learnt not to speak of the jailed Kremlin critic, even among close friends<p>Believe it or not, Vladimir Putin is something of a humorist. On Thursday he gave his annual televised press conference, an epic unscripted event in which, without notes, he takes questions, …

Russia

Slice for iPad Lets You Track Your Online Purchases

US-based consumers have perhaps encountered Slice before, a service that tracks all your online purchases and pulls the information together into one place. Thus far, Slice has been available for iPhone, Android, and the Web. But from today, it’s available for iPad too.<p>To use Slice, you simply …

'Her' review: Spike Jonze's sci-fi love story rethinks romance

In a world of seemingly infinite connectivity, we’re constantly hearing about how all of this technology is in fact forcing us apart — whether we're spending more time instant messaging than interacting or looking at our phones instead of the human being on the other side of the dinner table. Spike …

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