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Trust in the internet 'now missing'

<b>Billions of people around the world do not trust the internet, claims European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes.</b><p>Following allegations that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone was hacked, Ms Kroes said it was clear that trust was now missing.<p>Speaking at the Cebit tech fair in Hanover, …

Snowden calls encryption “defense against the dark arts”

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Encrypting our communications is the best way to thwart mass government surveillance programs, according to fugitive whistle …

Neil Young wants to take high-resolution FLAC audio recordings mainstream with Pono

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Pono Music, the digital music startup founded by music legend Neil Young, is getting ready to announce its first product at …

The Defense Department’s data strategy: Huge, massive and distributed

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Ely Kahn has spent more than a decade working in the national security world, including stints at the Transportation Safety …

How to set up your own personal home cloud storage system

Advertisement<p>23 Comments<p>Storing documents on file sharing services like Dropbox and Google Drive has become a common practice online in the last five …

Google Sets Example By Trying To Offset Perils Of SF Gentrification

While San Francisco’s gentrification issues aren’t solely caused by the tech boom, the tech industry should aim to help the communities impacted by the influx of money and people it has brought to the city. Yesterday’s donation by Google is a great example of looking out for one’s neighbors.<p>Google …

IBM's layoffs may include up to 25 percent of its hardware group

IBM recently sold its x86 server business to Lenovo, and that unfortunately has consequences for the company's workers. The computing pioneer has confirmed to <i>CNET</i> that it's cutting jobs as it concentrates its efforts on "cloud, analytics and cognitive computing." While IBM isn't revealing the scale …

Designing for freedom: Meet the people putting user experience at the heart of online privacy

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Tetra Images / Corbis<p>Edward Snowden may have demolished our illusions of the internet granting people a private and …

Location Services Company Skyhook Wireless Gets Acquired By TruePosition

This morning TruePosition and Skyhook Wireless announced that the former has acquired the latter. Skyhook is best known for providing location services to top mobile firms, including Apple and Samsung. TechCrunch has covered the company extensively throughout its life.<p>Skyhook is embroiled in legal …

Why it’s not “Rain Woman”

AUTISM is a strange condition. Sometimes its symptoms of “social blindness” (an inability to read or comprehend the emotions of others) occur alone. …

Autism

Slow broadband wipes 20% off house prices

With growing numbers of people going online to perform tasks ranging from work to grocery shopping and streaming entertainment, good broadband has become critical. Homes without can lose 20 % of their value<p>Slow broadband speeds can wipe as much as 20 per cent off the value of properties and lack of …

Telecoms

Martian Meteorite Shows Evidence of Water

NASA has found new evidence that further suggests that water once existed on Mars. A Martian meteorite found in a glacier in Antarctica featured …

Gear & Gadgets

Dropbox Adds New Arbitration Clause

Dropbox is adding an arbitration clause in order to watch out for itself legally, but it may not be in your best interest to sign away your legal …

Gear & Gadgets

5 things you probably don’t know about Google Cloud

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>At Server Density, we process over 30TB of time series data points each month, so I’m always experimenting with different …

How Neil Gaiman took the road to En-Dor

An autobiographical account of an ingenious plan to escape from a Turkish prisoner-of-war camp in 1917 still thrills the author<p>I did not steal the book. I did something worse. I found the book in the old school library. The library was next door to the office in which the school's matron (fat and …

Another goddamned appreciation of the late, lamented Bill Hicks

That lonesome preacher's boy poured bilious scorn over his targets back in the day. What would he have made of today's legion of hagiographers?<p>Twenty years after the tragic injustice of his goddamned death, isn't it time we canonised Bill Hicks as the best goddamned stand-up comedian contemporary …

How paedophiles infiltrated the left and hijacked the fight for civil rights

A 1970s campaign to lower the age of consent has returned to haunt Harriet Harman, Patricia Hewitt and Jack Dromey. But in such a liberal climate, it wasn't hard for a small, determined group to exploit a commitment to free speech<p>They were members of a rounders league that played in a park in …

U.S. prisons seen through the eyes of 'Birdman of Alcatraz' | Reuters

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (Reuters) - The pages are brown, faded and stained, but the handwriting is meticulous and the words detail a 150-year history of the U.S. prison system through the eyes of one of its most famous inmates.<p>Robert Stroud, known as the Birdman of Alcatraz for his painstaking study …

Pizza Hut's 2,880-calorie monster: a taste of a burgeoning global food crisis

A chilly late autumn day in 2013 and I am sitting in a central London branch of Pizza Hut trying not to be noticed. I wanted a table towards the back but they directed me instead to one here, in the window. I turn my body away from the glass, but it makes no difference. I am well over six foot, …

NASA's Real-Life 'Gravity' Images Will Blow You Away (PICTURES)

So you watched Gravity and it blew you out of the water, right?<p>Well NASA have just trumped Alfonso Cuarón by releasing some truly mind-blowing images …

Pass the 'dawicki', I want to have a 'snoozywatch'

New slang words have emerged, often developed within families to describe items such as the remote control, and make mundane conversations more interesting<p>Next time you are watching television with the family you may be asked to pass the 'dawicki' or make a cup of 'splosh'.<p>For a 'snoozywatch' on a …

Language

Lock keepers face uncertain future over Environment Agency cuts

Residential staff managing river levels during floods to reduce risks could be replaced by mobile teams after flooding subsides<p>The tree-fringed lock on the Thames at Molesey, Surrey, is 200 years old this year and Steve Bolam has been its keeper for the last dozen. But it is the precise level of …

Rufus Wainwright: 'Coming out to my parents was a nightmare'

The 40-year-old musician on becoming a father, being at boarding school and what he owes Elton John<p><b>Writing music is my greatest joy – and a complete disease.</b> It never stops aggravating me and there are times when, if I can't get a song out, I have physical aches and pains.<p><b>I can highly recommend</b> …

NATO deplores Russia's actions, offers no hard response | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia’s seizure of Crimea is a threat to peace in Europe and the situation must be “de-escalated”, NATO’s secretary-general said on Sunday, but the alliance failed to agree any major steps to rein in Russia during emergency talks in Brussels.<p>Speaking before chairing a meeting …

Russian PM Medvedev warns Ukraine's new leaders they won't last | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook on Sunday that Ukraine’s leaders had seized power illegally, and predicted their rule would end with “a new revolution” and new bloodshed.<p>Medvedev said that, while Viktor Yanukovich had practically no authority, he remained …

Venezuela opposition musters thousands for march despite Carnival holiday | Reuters

CARACAS (Reuters) - While many Venezuelans went to the beach to enjoy the Carnival holiday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in the capital on Sunday, trying to keep up the momentum from weeks of protests demanding President Nicolas Maduro resign.<p>Anti-government protesters hold a …

Obama in talk with Germany's Merkel cites 'illegitimacy' of Russia move in Crimea | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama discussed the Ukraine crisis with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call on Sunday and underscored the “complete illegitimacy” of Russian’s incursion in Ukraine’s Crimea, a senior U.S. official said.<p>“(The primary point) in all of his calls has …

Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán, leader of the Sinaloa cartel, was arrested last week. The cartel had enormous reach across the whole of the United States, making it by far the biggest cartel supplier of drugs to US cities. Our interactive shows US counties which have been designated as high-intensity drug trafficking areas. More than 16% of all US counties are labeled as significant centres of illegal drug production, manufacturing, importation and distribution: http://gu.com/p/3n6yh/us

Ukraine mobilises after Putin's 'declaration of war' | Reuters

KIEV/BALACLAVA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine mobilised for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour in Moscow’s biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.<p>“This is not a threat: …