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Step Into the Void Above the French Alps

High up in the French Alps, on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak, sits a new five-sided glass structure called the Chamonix Skywalk. The installation was inspired by the Grand Canyon's glass skywalk, but it takes the concept to the next level. Instead of looking out over a …

The TSA Is No Match For This Mad Scientist And His Gun Made With Junk From Airport Stores

Evan Booth hacks together working weapons–like a shotgun, a grenade, and a crossbow–with purchases anyone can make after they go through security, to show that the TSA is more spectacle than real protection. And the FBI is taking notice.<p>Things you can’t bring on a plane: Scissors, gel candles, …

If Bitcoin Is So Secure, Why Have There Been Dozens of Bitcoin Bank Robberies And Millions In Losses?

Bitcoin.org, the semi-official voice of the Bitcoin community, says "the whole system is protected by heavily peer-reviewed cryptographic algorithms like those used for online banking. No organization or individual can control Bitcoin, and the network remains secure even if not all of its users can …

Brazil debates internet law in wake of NSA scandal

<b>Along with Russia, China and Iran, Brazil was one of the countries of most interest for US intelligence agencies, according to the leaks from the US National Security Agency (NSA).</b><p>But whereas those other countries may not have appeared too surprised by the extent of US spying, Brazil was …

18-Year-Old Reports $1 Million Bitcoin Theft From 'Bank' He Controlled — And Says He Can't Call The Cops

The man ran a Bitcoin bank called Tradefortress.<p>Bitcoin transactions cannot be reversed if the receiving party doesn't agree to the refund. ABC noted:<p>The bitcoin transaction trail is designed to be anonymous, which has led to speculation this was an inside job and that TradeFortress took the coins …

Facepalm: new program lands facial recognition software in cops' hands

'This pilot program is putting metadata to use in the field in real time.'<p>When San Diego police detain criminal suspects, they don’t only rely on Q&As to extract information about the person in cuffs. Using new facial recognition technology, San Diego police can now match field images with about …

C.I.A. is said to pay AT&T for call data

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/us/cia-is-said-to-pay-att-for-call-data.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&pagewanted=1&adxnnlx=1383915686-vNpH2yXBdHGjP3S5FZYfNw<p>A …

Blockbuster exiting US retail market, closing its last 300 stores

The writing is finally on the wall for Blockbuster: the video rental chain, ubiquitous for years across the US, is finally closing its last 300 retail stores across the country. With that, the company has effectively exited the US retail market — in addition to closing its stores, the company's …

Inventor of world wide web criticises NSA over privacy breaches

Sir Tim Berners-Lee says NSA has weakened online security<p>The inventor of the world wide web has criticised America's National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ for weakening online security by breaking the encryptions that guard data privacy for millions of computer users around the …

Chinese military still hacking foreign companies, but this time with political cover from the NSA

China’s master-hackers, the “People’s Liberation Army’s Shanghai-based Unit 61398,” haven’t let up on on spying into foreign companies’ computer networks, even after these activities were made public earlier this year, according to a group advising the US Congress. A draft copy of the US-China …

Cybersecurity

FDA moves toward banning trans fats

Trans fats, long a source of controversy for being linked to health problems, may be getting kicked out of the American food supply.<p>The FDA announced Thursday that there is no safe level of partially hydrogenated oils. The move — unusually bold for an agency that typically leaves additive safety to …

Venezuela's President Just Moved Christmas To November

If you're Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and you're sweating an upcoming vote, the solution isn't to campaign more. No, the obvious answer is to move Christmas.<p>Maduro announced last week that Nov. 1 would herald the arrival of "early Christmas" in Venezuela, "because we want happiness for all …

Associated Press News

Toronto mayor Rob Ford admits to smoking crack but refuses to resign

Hours after dropping a bombshell admission that he had smoked crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" during his time in office, the mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, made his second startling announcement of the day on Tuesday: that he would not be stepping down.<p>At a press conference shortly after he told …

Buffett Family Puts Money Where Their Mouth Is: Food Security

Oh, what a job. You've got $3 billion to address society's most intractable problems. So what do you do?<p>If you're philanthropist Howard G. Buffett, son of famed investor Warren Buffett, you set a deadline: 40 years.<p>And you move at "fast-forward" speed (that's the way Warren describes his son's …

NSA Infiltrates Google And Yahoo Networks, Report Says

The National Security Agency has secretly taped the networks of Google and Yahoo to monitor real-time communication, according to newly revealed documents from whistleblower, Edward Snowden [PDF].<p>“The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo …

LAX Gunman Identified After Airport Shooting Spree

A gunman armed with an assault rifle entered a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport today, killed a TSA agent, and penetrated deep into the …

Jailed Pussy Riot Member Missing Following Prison Transfer

Nadya Tolokonnikova's relatives have had no contact with the jailed punk rocker for 10 days.<p>Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova has disappeared after being moved from a prison in Mordovia 10 days ago, her family said on Friday.<p>Tolokonnikova's father and husband said they last knew her …

There Are Only Three Kinds of Jobs Where Women Earn More Than Men

Counselors, health technicians, and part-time workers.<p>As a general rule, American men earn more than American women. This holds true across industries, across education levels, and across states. But, there's at least one big exception: part-time employees.<p>In 2012, women who worked less than 40 …

China Discovers That Pollution Makes It Really Hard to Spy on People

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Gasping for oxygen in the noxious air that so often enshrouds northern China is never pleasant. What …

Here's the Insane Video from the Skydiving Plane Crash That Everyone Survived

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Over the weekend, two planes full of skydivers crashed into one another some 12,000 feet in the air, …

U.S. Drone Strikes Violate International Law, Reports Allege

Two reports released on the eve of a White House visit by Pakistan's prime minister allege that the U.S. has "violated international law with top-secret targeted-killing operations that claimed dozens of civilian lives in Yemen and Pakistan," as McClatchy Newspapers writes.<p>In one of the reports, …

What Happens When You Just Give Money To Poor People?

<i>For more of our reporting on this story, please see our work in</i> The New York Times Magazine <i>and on</i> This American Life<i>.</i><p>A couple of months ago, we reported on a charity called GiveDirectly that's trying to help poor people in the developing world in an unusual way: by sending them money with no …

Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev named as triple homicide suspect

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, shot dead in police gun battle following Boston Marathon bombing, named by prosecutors as participant in 2011 triple murder<p>The dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect was named as a participant in an earlier triple homicide by a man who was subsequently shot dead while being …

Mexico strongly condemns alleged US electronic spying

<b>Mexico has strongly condemned alleged US spying after a report said that a former president's emails were hacked by the National Security Agency.</b><p>Data leaked by fugitive US analyst Edward Snowden showed ex-President Felipe Calderon's emails were hacked in 2010, Germany's Der Spiegel reports.<p>Mexico's …

Scientists discover DNA body clock

A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The age of diseased organs varied hugely, …

Sparks school shooting: teacher died trying to protect students

A US middle school teacher who served two tours with the National Guard in Afghanistan has been hailed as a hero for trying to protect students from a shooting witnessed by up to 30 children.<p>Police said a student at Sparks middle school was the lone gunman who injured two classmates, killed himself …

Think You Can Live Offline Without Being Tracked? Here’s What It Takes

We asked the most privacy-aware people we could find what it would take to go off the radar. Hint: You’re going to need to do more than throw away your laptop.<p>Nico Sell, the cofounder of a secure communication app called Wickr, has appeared on television twice. Both times, she wore sunglasses to …

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