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Online Health Searches Aren't Always Confidential

In the privacy of a doctor's office, a patient can ask any question and have it be covered under doctor-patient confidentiality. But what happens when patients want to search possible symptoms of a disease or ailment online?<p>It's common to search for treatments for a migraine or stomach pain on …

It Has Been Zero Days Since the US Government Was Last Hacked

Same as it ever was. [August 6, 2015]<p><i>Contact the author at novak@gizmodo.com.</i><p>Open <i>kinja-labs.com</i>

Government

French linguists in uproar over plans to remove the 'i' in onions

New rules to simplify French spelling in primary school textbooks risks turning French into a "text message" language, warn French purists<p>French risks being reduced to the language of “text messaging” when rules to simplify the language take effect in primary school textbooks, linguistic purists …

US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you

The US intelligence chief has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities.<p>As increasing numbers of devices connect to the internet and to one another, the so-called internet of things promises …

Surveillance

Txtng is killing language. JK!!!

Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it …