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An actual prism lets the NSA peek into live internet traffic

One of the ways that the US National Security Agency taps into internet traffic is by going straight to the major data hubs that international traffic passes through. But secretly gathering that data isn't so simple: for every tap into the transmissions, some data is lost — and someone monitoring …

Ubuntu Edge smartphone seeks $32m of crowdfunded cash

<b>The developer of the Ubuntu operating system has turned to a crowdfunding site in an attempt to launch a handset pre-installed with its software.</b><p>London-based Canonical is seeking to raise $32m (£20.8m) over the next 30 days to produce 40,000 devices.<p>To succeed it needs to raise several times more …

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UK to test self-driving cars on public roads this year

Driverless cars will soon be rolling across the UK's public roadways, thanks to a government decision to permit tests by the end of 2013, reports BBC News. A report from the country’s Department of Transport gives a rundown of the plans, which it believes will lower congestion and improve safety — …

If Elon Musk's Hyperloop Sounds Like Something Out Of Science Fiction, That's Because It Is

Musk describes the hyperloop as something that is a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table," and that it could go from San Francisco to New York City in 30 minutes.<p>Sounds like something straight out of a science fiction story right? Well, that's because it is. Even before Rand …

Science Fiction

There's A New Illegal Drug Marketplace Called Atlantis And It's Making Cute Cartoon Commercials

We've previously reported on the Tor network, an anonymous collection of sites that exist in semi-secrecy, outside of the scope of Google, Facebook, and even conventional Web browsers.<p>You may have heard of Silk Road, a relatively well-known site on Tor for buying illegal drugs. For a long time it …

Silk Road

Soylent crowdfunding campaign attracts $755K so people can survive without food

6,144 people are willing to live without food.<p>The crowdfunding campaign for Soylent raked in $754,498, greatly exceeding its $100,000 goal and bringing humanity one step closer to an existence that doesn’t require actual food for survival.<p>Soylent is a controversial food replacement product that …

Peering pressure: The secret battle to control the future of the internet

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Peer1<p>There is a fierce battle going on to control the future of the internet, and consumers are the innocent …

Minuum, The Super Simple Software Keyboard, Launches Android Beta Today

Toronto-based Whirlscape attracted plenty of attention when it first debuted its innovative Minuum software keyboard, and sought funding for the project on Indiegogo. Now, the project is moving forward with the launch of the Minuum keyboard beta app for Android, which will give Indiegogo supporters …

Americans' Fickle Stance on Data Mining and Surveillance

Why is it okay that corporations are collecting this much data to begin with?<p>As the week continues, so does the furor over the government's electronic and big data surveillance. It's largely framed in the terms that President Obama described on June 7th: "You can't have 100 percent security and …

Microsoft Waits to Fix Your Software Bugs So the NSA Can Use Them First

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In a move as fiendishly clever as it is galling, Microsoft tells the U.S. government about bugs in …

The Cheap iPhone Is Reportedly Coming In Five Colors, We Really Hope It Looks Like This

It's supposedly going to have a plastic casing and look similar to the iPhone 5, but with more rounded corners.<p>We don't know what it's going to look like, but really want Apple to make it look like these gorgeous concept designs from Nickolay Lamm and Matteo Gianni.<p>They created a look that recalls …

iPhone

For “Glassholes” only: Google Glass’s exclusion problem

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Noah Zerkin<p>Since the first trickle of Google Glass hardware began filtering out to the general public, the company …

Mt. Gox has some new troubles, but Bitcoin is proving to be bigger than one exchange

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Practically everyone who is interested in the buzzy digital currency Bitcoin trades at Mt. Gox. It handles more than half of …

Could Offline Communities Be The Next Big Thing?

The migration from offline to online of our social lives has taken different manifestations over the past decade and has given the term “social network” a new meaning. But if we’re being honest, social networks are nothing new and have existed for millennia in all cultures and in all shapes and …

Google: Motorola's tattoos could replace passwords

Motorola’s forthcoming phones could use electronic tattoos or pills to identify users, it has been announced.<p>The technology, which aims to remove the need to enter passwords and replace them simply with a phone being close to a user’s body, was one of the suggestions Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s …

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Tim Ferriss Shares How to Master Any Skill by Deconstructing It

Tim Ferriss, the guy behind The 4 Hour Work Week, The 4 Hour Body and The 4 Hour Chef, took the stage at TNW Conference in Amsterdam to discuss how you can master almost any skill through the process of deconstructing it.<p>In case you haven’t heard of Ferriss, he has essentially turned himself into a …

Hackers stole $45 million in ATM card breach

NEW YORK — They didn't use guns, masks or even threatening notes passed to bank tellers.<p>But an alleged international gang of cyberthieves managed to steal $45 million from thousands of ATMs in carefully coordinated attacks conducted in a matter of hours, federal authorities charged Thursday.<p>A …

Here's How Rich You'd Be If You'd Bought Apple Stock Instead Of Its Gadgets

Did you buy an Apple product between those dates?<p>Ever wonder how much money you would have now had you invested in AAPL stock instead of the first iPod when it came out? (That's $399 in 2001).<p>You'd have tens of thousands of dollars (see image).<p>We put 10 of the most popular Apple products of the …

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