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Massive Security Bug In OpenSSL Could Affect A Huge Chunk Of The Internet

I saw a t-shirt one time. “I’m a bomb disposal technician,” it read. “If you see me running, try to keep up.”<p>The same sort of idea can be applied to net security: when all the net security people you know are freaking out, it’s probably an okay time to worry.<p>This afternoon, many of the net security …

Introducing Pyston: an upcoming, JIT-based Python implementation

Hello everyone, I’m very excited to announce Pyston, a new open-source implementation of Python, currently under development at Dropbox. The goal of …

Constructing the Battery Signal Generator

<i>This is the conclusion to my last article, “Make a 9V Battery-Powered Function Generator.” The schematic and the circuit description were presented in that article. In this article, I present some construction tips and drawings to help you actually build and use the circuit.</i><p>PC Boards<p>As I mentioned …

Controlling a Lock with an Arduino and Bluetooth LE

This project allows you to open a solenoid lock from a PhoneGap app using the Bluetooth Serial Plugin and the new Adafruit Bluetooth LE break-out board for the Nordic Semiconductor nRF8001 chip.<p>Step #1: Wire the project together<p>NextPrev<p>Wire the project together as shown in the diagram (and …

Arduino

DIY Arduino Bluetooth Programming Shield

If you’ve ever wished you could program your Arduino without lugging a USB cable around, wanted to put an Arduino project somewhere out-of-reach but still be able to easily upload changes to it, thought about building a project that interfaces with an Android phone, or contemplated a way to get …

And now Samsung turns an ordinary lightbulb into a connected gadget

It’s appropriate that the Internet of things should creep into our lives as a new kind of lightbulb, a riff on Thomas Edison’s most famous electrical invention. This week, Samsung helped that transition along, joining LG and Philips in turning lightbulbs into peripherals.<p>The company’s new line of …

Yahoo may build its own YouTube (aka the Googlefication of Yahoo continues)

The latest example of Yahoo positioning itself to become more like Google is the company’s possible plan to launch its own streaming video service to compete with YouTube.<p>CEO Marissa Mayer is apparently mulling over the idea of Yahoo building its own YouTube, according to a Re/code report that …

Mozilla’s bad week: Employees call for CEO Eich to step down, 3 board members leave

Mozilla is not having a good Friday, unlike the rest of us.<p>Since the announcement a few days ago of Brendan Eich’s appointment as chief executive, protests over his “anti-gay” views have been simmering, and they came to a head this morning with several employees publicly calling for Eich’s …

White House testing LG and Samsung smartphones, considering BlackBerry replacement (update)

It's been a rough few years for BlackBerry, but America's highest office remains a dedicated customer -- for at least a few more months. According to a Defense Department spokesman quoted in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, the White House is currently testing smartphone replacements from other …

Court Case Reveals Businesses' Freedom to Snoop on Customers | Inc.com

A federal court case filed in Seattle this week revealed Microsoft searched a customer's private email and instant messaging accounts to get evidence that a former employee leaked confidential information in 2012, <i>The New York Times</i> reports.<p>According to the <i>Times</i>, Microsoft accused an employee of …

Privacy

Zuckerberg and Musk back software startup that mimics human learning

San Francisco startup Vicarious aims to create 'a computer that thinks like a person except it doesn't need to eat or sleep'<p>Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names are backing a hitherto low-profile tech startup that aims to recreate the human neocortex as computer code.<p>Vicarious, a four-year-old …

Diplomacy And Security After Crimea: The New World Order

"In people's hearts and minds," Vladimir Putin told Russia's parliament this week, "Crimea has always been an inseparable part of Russia."<p>He annexed the peninsula with dazzling speed and efficiency, backed by a crushing majority in a referendum (see "The Ukraine crisis: Responding to Mr Putin"). He …

Carter Says Obama Doesn't Call Him For Advice

Former president Jimmy Carter says President Barack Obama does not reach out to him for advice, citing tension over his nonprofit organization’s vocal support for Palestinians in the Middle East.<p>“Unfortunately, the answer is no,” Carter said when asked by NBC’S Andrea Mitchell in an exclusive …

Ronald Reagan

AT&T: ‘Arrogant’ Netflix Wants a Free Lunch

Net­flix is try­ing to shift the cost of its ser­vice on to all In­ter­net sub­scribers, AT&T claimed on Fri­day.<p>“As we all know, there is no free …

First lady Michelle Obama to discuss importance of open Internet in China

BEIJING — On the heels of a meeting here with China’s president and his wife, Michelle Obama on Saturday will discuss the importance of the free exchange of ideas on the Internet, gently rebuking China by comparing its practices with those in the United States.<p>The U.S. first lady will also broach …

Here's What Happened At The Meeting Between Tech CEOs And The White House

Mark Zuckerberg walking to the White HouseTwitter/Stephen CrowleyA week after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama to express "frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future," a number of Silicon Valley CEOs met at the White House to discuss "issues of …

U.S. Navy commander: 'We will find it' - CNN Video

Obama meets with U.S. tech executives on privacy, surveillance | Reuters

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Executives of several large U.S. Internet companies, including Facebook Inc and Google Inc, met with President Barack Obama on Friday to discuss their concerns over government surveillance programs.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a screening of the film …

Reform Government Surveillance

Global leaders are responsible for protecting the safety and security of their citizens, and we acknowledge that they face many challenges in …

Surveillance

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

Microsoft labels US government a ‘persistent threat' in plan to cut off NSA spying

Microsoft is unveiling an aggressive plan today to combat government surveillance. Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, says the software giant shares the concerns of its own customers about government surveillance of the internet, and is planning to address them with improved encryption, legal …

Installing #pfsense on a machine so old it shows IRQ levels when it boots http://t.co/ldaDHFivn9

Google Glass Banned From Restaurant After Glasshole Tries To Get Employee Fired

<i>Dramatization.</i><p>The inevitable has occurred. Another restaurant in Seattle, Washington, has banned Google Glass from its establishment due to privacy concerns. The first restaurant to do so earlier this year was the 5 Point Cafe. Now the Lost Lake Cafe And Lounge (co-owned by the owner of the 5 Point …

It’s Wayne’s World! Party On, Excellent Syndicate!

Wayne is IN! And I’m thrilled to be along for the ride. Details below.<p>Let’s start with some non-controversial startup investment logic:<p>1) Critical …

World's first space tourist gives details on manned mission to Mars in 2017

Dennis Tito, the American entrepreneur who paid $20 million in 2001 for a trip to the International Space Station, spoke before a House subcommittee on space today to outline his plans for reaching Mars. According to Tito, the "Inspiration Mars" endeavor will be a fly-by mission that'll take two …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'<p>• Q&A: submit your questions for our privacy …

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media

Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism, saying press should 'fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can't control'<p>Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the …

Apple starts adding missing features back to its iWork productivity suite

Shortly after new versions of its iWork productivity suite removed popular features, Apple promised it would quickly add them back. This week the company released updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both iOS and the Mac. You may once again customize the toolbar in Pages and Numbers, in a …

Google+ for iOS updated with full-resolution photo backups, design tweaks, and more

Google has updated its Google+ app for iOS with a few new tweaks. Version 4.6 of the social networking application introduces full-quality photo backups for iOS 7 users, a few design tweaks in the notifications screen, and the ability to share your location with friends (similar to Apple’s own Find …

Microsoft sells over 1 million Xbox One consoles in less than 24 hours

Sony isn't the only one that had a fantastic next-gen console launch. Microsoft has just announced that it, too, sold through one million Xbox One game systems in less than 24 hours. It's not a direct comparison, however: Microsoft launched in 13 countries, while the PlayStation 4 racked up one …