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The Internet Costs 30% Of Monthly Wages In Some Nations. Google Wants To Help.

Internet access is astonishingly expensive in some parts of the world. The International Telecommunications Union estimates that fixed broadband costs 30 percent of the average monthly wage within the developing world [PDF]. To address this, Google, Facebook, USAID and a host of top-tier tech …

FBI struggles to seize 600,000 Bitcoins from alleged Silk Road founder

Having seized 26,000 Bitcoins belonging to site users, authorities battle to control Ross Ulbricht's personal wallet<p>Was the Silk Road server hacked ahead of arrests?<p>The FBI has found that seizing an anonymous decentralised peer-to-peer currency was trickier than it seemed, following the Bureau’s …

U.S. Government Preparing for Collapse (and Not in a Nice Way)

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REPORT: New Zealand Police Used NSA PRISM Data To Nab Kim Dotcom

The documents reviewed by Keith Ng at On Point show that the police fed "selectors" to the country's Government Communications Security Bureau, which in turn fed them to a secret intelligence system (redacted) related to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and the United …

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Guardian and NYT partner to release Snowden leaks as UK government pressure increases

<i>The Guardian</i> is partnering with <i>The New York Times</i> to release some of the documents leaked by Edward Snowden. In a statement, <i>The Guardian</i> says it is looking to the US and its First Amendment protections as the UK government steps up attempts to curtail its reporting. "In a climate of intense …

College Student Put His Life Savings Into Tesla, Made A Killing

A year later, he's glad he ignored their warnings.<p>The 22-year-old student at the University of California, Berkeley invested $30,000 into Tesla stock a year ago and has parlayed it into an investment worth approximately $250,000 today.<p>"I was always preaching to my friends, 'Tesla's gonna be huge' …

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Is It Possible To Escape From Everyday Surveillance?

And not hide in the woods?<p>Is it possible to escape from everyday surveillance? Writing for New York Magazine and inspired by Edward Snowden's leak of the NSA PRISM program, Kevin Roose spent a day trying to answer that question. As an added challenge, he chose not to flee into the wilderness, but …

Russian athlete denies kiss with relay partner was in protest at anti-gay law

Ksenia Ryzhova says she locked lips with Yulia Guschina in celebration at their team's winning the women's 400m relay<p>When two Russian athletes locked lips after taking gold at the World Athletics Championships, speculation was rife that the pair were protesting against the country's recently passed …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

TRADE At Montreal talks, Canada proposes new approach to breaking NAFTA auto gridlock Subscriber content<p>Business Briefing How U.S. became ‘the Wal-Mart of the oil market’ and an unprecedented threat to status quo Subscriber content<p>ECB hits out at Washington for talking down the dollar<p>CANNABIS DEAL …

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Wikileaks Just Released A Massive 'Insurance' File That No One Can Open

Anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks just released a treasure trove of files that, at least for now, you can't read.<p>The group, which has been assisting ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden after he leaked top-secret documents to the media, posted links for about 400 gigabytes of files on their Facebook …

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Bradley Manning says sorry for leaks that 'hurt the United States'

Manning, 25, speaks at sentencing phase of his trial and says 'I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people'<p>Bradley Manning, the soldier convicted last month of leaking an enormous collection of classified documents to WikiLeaks, has said he now regrets his actions and that he was "sorry …

New Fraud Evidence Shows Trillions Of Dollars In Mortgages Have No Owner

Thanks to forged documents, banks can’t prove that they own trillions of dollars in mortgages, according to recently unsealed court documents …

The Most Disturbing Photographs Of The Entire Arab Spring (Graphic Picture) | Middle East

<b>Story Views</b><p>This is a photo of a dead Pro-Morsi protester who was shot by Egyptian security forces in the head. A shot that apparently, literally,blew …

Manning's court testimony: 'I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people'

Bradley Manning personally delivered a statement as his trial, which could see him convicted for up to 90 years in prison, nears its end. He defended …

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Hyperactive Brain May Create "Near Death" Visions

A new study shows that even after cardiac arrest, the brain keeps on going.<p><b>Can a new study lay the basis for the scientific understanding of mystical-sounding near-death recollections, filled with vivid light and vibrant meetings with deceased loved ones?</b><p>When researchers recorded and analyzed …

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Olympic Committee Could Punish Athletes For Speaking Out Against Russian Anti-Gay Law

With just six months to go before the 2014 Winter Olympics open in Sochi, Russia, the International Olympic Committee is facing a dilemma in its …

5 LGBT Workers Who Experienced Legal Workplace Discrimination

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is a critical piece of legislation that aims to prevent workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual …

NOM: Campaign Finance Disclosure Investigation Is A ‘Witch Hunt’ That Violates Civil Rights

Former Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger has made it his personal goal to hold the National Organization for Marriage accountable for its …

California Governor Signs Groundbreaking Bill Protecting Transgender Students

California made history Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) signature on the School Success and Opportunity Act, a bill that protects transgender …

Understanding Russian Homophobia: Gay People ‘Are Unsuitable For A Continuation Of Life’

<i>Disclaimer: This article explicitly advocates on behalf of LGBT people and their families. If this were Russia, it would be forbidden for children to</i> …

Holder seeks limits on mandatory minimum sentencing

Attorney general says the nation must be "smarter on crime."<p>WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder will call Monday for major changes in the federal criminal justice system, including doing away with some mandatory-minimum sentencing policies that have condemned scores of non-violent offenders …