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This 23-year-old’s open-source project, a server running on Raspberry Pi, gives the middle finger to Google

For most of us, Google shutting down Reader was annoying. For Jacob Cook, it was a call to arms.<p>He’s now building an operating system that anyone can use to replace all of the services that Google provides — or any other cloud company, for that matter. Email, chat, file sharing, web hosting: With …

Senator changes tune, now is “totally opposed” to foreign leader surveillance

“Our oversight needs to be strengthened and increased,” says Sen. Dianne Feinstein.<p>Just four days ago, National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward …

Meet Jeh Johnson: Drone Lawyer and Obama’s Homeland Security Nominee

Pres­id­ent Obama plans to nom­in­ate former De­fense De­part­ment law­yer Jeh (pro­nounced “Jay”) John­son for Home­land Se­cur­ity sec­ret­ary on …

National Security

Why A Swiss Proposal To Give Every Citizen $2,800 Each Month Is So Radical

Switzerland has a very direct style of democracy. For example, changes to the constitution, or "popular initiatives," can be proposed by members of the public and are voted on if more than 100,000 people sign them. If a majority of voters and cantons (Swiss states) agree, the change can be come law.<p>…

The gated globe - World economy

Special report<p>World economyThe gated globe<p>FIVE YEARS AGO George W. Bush gathered the leaders of the largest rich and developing countries in …

Apple dealt setback in fight against patent troll Lodsys

Back in 2011, Apple stepped up to protect iOS developers victimized by patent troll Lodsys, which asked for royalties from those utilizing in-app purchasing technology. <i>Ars Technica</i> reports that after two years of debate, the judge presiding over the case dismissed Apple's case to protect …

Day traders, angels and venture capital: The internet changes everything, including money

Advertisement<p>33 Comments<p>London is the grandfather of economic excess and perhaps an appropriate role model for New York and San Francisco, the new …

NSA surveillance: agency wants to collect all Americans' phone records – live

Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage of today's intelligence committee action. Here's a summary of where things stand:<p><b>• Top intelligence officials warned that curtailing surveillance capabilities would endanger Americans.</b> However the officials indicated they would "consider" some …

NSA chief slams media reporting

The leader of the embattled National Security Agency doubled down Wednesday against calls from Capitol Hill to restrict U.S. government surveillance programs — a campaign he attributed to “sensationalized” reporting and “media leaks.”<p>On the same day that key Senate lawmakers pledged to bring new …

NSA Reform Bill Comes From Bipartisan Group Of Senators

A bipartisan group of senators announced a comprehensive surveillance reform bill on Wednesday, but their effort may encounter resistance from the powerful Intelligence Committee chairwoman, who steadfastly supports the National Security Agency.<p>The legislation "expresses our bipartisan view of what …

Major US security company warns over NSA link to encryption formula

A major American computer security company has told thousands of customers to stop using an encryption system that relies on a mathematical formula developed by the National Security Agency (NSA).<p>RSA, the security arm of the storage company EMC, sent an email to customers telling them that the …

The Senate’s media shield bill protects bloggers, and they should support it

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr/ Wesley Fryer<p>Some bloggers are alarmed by a law recently moved forward by the Senate Judiciary Committee. …

Internet of Things Bill of Rights

Pt and Limor write,<p>The New York Times asked Adafruit's founder and engineer, Limor 'Ladyada' Fried to contribute to an article series called ROOM for …

Government Standards Agency “Strongly” Suggests Dropping its Own Encryption Standard — ProPublica

Following revelations about the NSA’s covert influence on computer security standards, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, …

NSA Revelations Cast Doubt on the Entire Tech Industry

Six years ago, two Microsoft cryptography researchers discovered some weirdness in an obscure cryptography standard authored by the National Security …

Spooks break most Internet crypto, but how?

In a post-Snowden era, it's getting hard to tell prudence from paranoia.<p>Thursday's revelation that US and British intelligence agencies are able to …

How Labor Day was hijacked: 5 reminders of the day’s real purpose

Yes, plenty of holidays amount to just days off and barbecues. But this one has become particularly corrupted<p>Though national holidays are too often treated as cheap rationales for carefree days off, most still involve some sort of salute -- however superficial -- to the particular occasion's …

W.H. prepares for Obamacare push

Three years after signing Obamacare into law, President Barack Obama finally looks eager to talk about it.<p>The White House is mapping out a strategy to deploy the president, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden in what will be their most coordinated effort yet to sell …

What Complicity in Iraq's Chemical-Weapons Use Says About America

With great power and the cloak of secrecy, the temptation to act immorally proves irresistible.<p>The United States "knew about and did nothing to stop a series of nerve gas attacks" carried out by Saddam Hussein's Iraq in 1988 as it fought a brutal war against Iran, <i>Foreign Policy</i> reports (emphasis …

Why not to date an NSA analyst

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Agents admit to willfully violating surveillance, including to spy on love interests<p>Natasha Lennard<p>August 26, 2013 5:33pm (UTC)<p>In the latest slew of NSA revelations a number instances of agents admitting to willfully abusing the vast surveillance systems emerged.<p>One key takeaway: …

I asked the NSA for its file on me, and here’s what I got back

I can’t shake the feeling that the National Security Agency thinks I’m a chump.<p>I mean, I’ve written a <i>lot</i> about them. I’ve talked to their media …

Surveillance

Amash is Ready To Push for New Vote Curbing the NSA's Powers

From The Hill:<p>Amash, though, vowed Sunday to continue efforts to curb the NSA’s powers.<p>“I’m hopeful that we’ll have a way to amend some kind of …

Switching To Gmail May Leave Reporters' Sources At Risk

In the digital world, almost everything you do to communicate leaves a trace. Often, emails are stored on servers even after they're deleted. Phone calls create logs detailing which numbers connected, when and for how long. Your mobile phone can create a record of where you are.<p>If you're a …

Bash Brothers: How Globalization and Technology Teamed Up to Crush Middle-Class Workers

Globalizationandtechnology is often referred to like a monolithic thing. A new study shows they're very separate. Globalization increases joblessness. Computers increase inequality.<p>REUTERS<p>Profits have never been higher. Wages have never been lower.<p>Okay, that sounds like an awfully oversimplified …

Associated Press News

Critics Cry Foul Over Judge's Decision to Change Baby Messiah's Name

A Tennessee judge who ruled that a baby could not be named Messiah has declined to explain her decision, but critics of her ruling have plenty to say.<p>…

Lawmakers tasked with overseeing NSA surveillance programs feel “inadequate”

"Was [surveillance] approved by a fully knowing Congress? That is not the case."<p>In the wake of the Obama Administration’s nod towards greater …

DEA Passed Secret Data, Tips For Covering Up To IRS

Shh. It turns out that Big Brother is doing a bit more than looking for terrorists.<p>Information uncovered this week indicates that one of the beneficiaries of government surveillance programs is none other than the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS was reportedly the recipient of information …

5 Sneaky Ways The NSA Spies On Americans

The U.S. government needs only three degrees of separation to look at Kevin Bacon's phone records.<p>The U.S. National Security Agency remains at the center of controversy this summer, nine weeks after <i>The Guardian</i> and the <i>Washington Post</i> broke the news about its PRISM online data-mining program. While …