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Be Warned, Samsung Smart TVs Can "Listen" to Your Living Room Chatter

Electronics giant Samsung has acknowledged that its line of Internet-connected Smart TVs are capable of capturing chatter in the living room, though the company claims there is nothing to worry about.<p>First discovered by The Daily Beast was a line from Samsung's privacy policy that warns users that …

A New, Irresistible Take on the Philly Cheesesteak

If this doesn't inspire brotherly love what the hell will?<p><i>Part of our comprehensive coverage of the American sandwich, available in full in our September issue</i><p><b>The best sandwiches</b> come from the greatest factory cities, and Philadelphia—the "Workshop of the World"—has its share. But none are more …

Recipes

Cinnabon-Flavored Vodka Is About To Become A Reality

Pinnacle Vodka is introducing Cinnabon cinnamon roll-flavored liquor on Dec. 1. Cinnabon president Kat Cole said it took Beam 15 tries to get the perfect flavor.<p>The world of sweet vodkas just got a little bigger with Pinnacle's newest flavor: Cinnabon cinnamon roll.<p>The vodka brand, owned by Beam, …

Curbing GOP nuts’ power: How Obama can ignore the debt ceiling

An expert tells Salon the president may even have a legal duty to bypass Congress if it won’t raise the debt limit<p>Today’s government shutdown is only one act in a budget brinkmanship drama that includes America’s next debt ceiling deadline, scheduled to arrive by Oct. 17. While some Republicans …

Government

End Days for the GOP

The GOP did. Michael Tomasky on the looming fiscal cliff and government shutdown—and the party that’s actually burning down the house.<p>Watching the …

Booting Up: New NSA Data Farm Takes Root In Utah

The National Security Agency won't say exactly when it will fully rev up its newest and biggest data farm in the Salt Lake City suburb of Bluffdale, Utah. There will be no "grand opening" or celebratory barbecue outside the sprawling facility, which is five times the size of the Ikea down the …

Lavabit Email Founder Goes to Great Lengths to Avoid Email, Post-Snowden

Ladar Levison spent the last 10 years providing people with email. Now he won’t touch the stuff.<p>Levison shut down his security-focused email service …

Associated Press News

Japan switches off last nuclear reactor

Japan has started the process of switching off its last working nuclear reactor for a scheduled inspection with no restart in sight due to public hostility towards atomic power.<p>The move on Sunday leaves the world's third largest economy without atomic energy for the second time since the Fukushima …

Greece Strikes: Week Of Walkouts Kicks Off

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NSA spying on millions of Visa transactions

The NSA’s own financial databank contained over 180 million records in 2011, 84 percent credit card transactions<p>Der Spiegel on Sunday posted its latest revelations on NSA surveillance based on leaks from whistle-blower Edward Snowden. According to top-secret documents, the NSA "widely monitors …

The jerks got away with it! 5 years after economic collapse, they’re still smiling

Five years ago this week, titans of finance wrecked the American economy. Here’s why they’re still happy as ever<p>Five years ago, Sunday night was a time of action for the financial world. Top officials desperate to band-aid an oncoming meltdown would use the weekend to find a suitor for distressed …

Syria Agrees To Russian 'Plan' To Transfer Control Of Chemical Weapons And Avert A US Attack

Syria has "agreed to the Russian initiative" to place the country's chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling, Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said on Tuesday.<p>He added that Syria did so to "uproot U.S. aggression."<p>On Wednesday U.S. President Barack Obama said that he …

Middle East

7 instances of right-wing lunacy — just this week

You know it’s been another banner week for conservatives when Glenn Beck’s rantings barely crack the list<p><b>1. Texas GOP Candidate: Texas Can Be Its Own ‘Island Nation’</b><p>Barry Smitherman, aspiring attorney general for the Lone-Star state, thinks Texas is prepared to become its own independent nation, …

Gretchen Carlson

Pure Big Brotherism

<b>How many ways</b> are there around the Fourth Amendment? Well, there seem to be new ones almost by the day.<p>To critics, the documents show how the government can avert Americans' constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure, but the confiscations have largely been allowed by courts …

Surveillance

Government uses borders to seize, surveil electronics

Documents reveal border checks provide loopholes through which warrantless searches of travelers’ devices abound<p>In the wake of public outrage following the nine-hour detention of Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, at a U.K. airport, where authorities seized his electronic devices, new …

Surveillance

The Truly Staggering Cost Of Inventing New Drugs

During the Super Bowl, a representative of the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly posted the on the company’s corporate blog that the average cost of bringing a new drug to market is $1.3 billion, a price that would buy 371 Super Bowl ads, 16 million official NFL footballs, two pro football stadiums, …

What Do Startups Mean For Japan's Future?

Much is being made of Japan’s resurgent economy, and the phenomenon of “Abenomics”. In addition to the much-ballyhooed monetary and fiscal policies of Shinzo Abe, he is also promising structural reforms within the economy that may have a significant benefit for Japanese startups. As onlookers …

Members Of Iceland's Parliament Propose Bill To Offer Edward Snowden Citizenship

According the the Icelandic news service RUV, MPs representing Brighter Future, Piran (Pirate Party) and the Green Party backed the measure, which was first raised by former Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson.<p>The website 21st Century Wire reported that the bill could be delayed by fisheries …

Europe

Ramen Burgers Coming Soon to Lotteria in Japan

Fast food chain Lotteria in Japan is teaming up with famous ramen chain Menya Musashi to bring you the Menya Musashi Ramen Burger: a seasoned, lightly charred ramen patty, stewed barbecue pork (chashu), and mayo on a burger bun. This carb-laden sandwich will be available for a limited time from May …

Syria to arm Hezbollah with “game-changing” weapons

The Lebanese militia’s announcement comes just days after Israeli airstrikes on Damascus<p>BEIRUT — Syria will supply "game-changing" weapons to Hezbollah, the chief of the Lebanese militia said Thursday, just days after Israeli airstrikes on Damascus targeted what Israel said were shipments of …