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A Park Ranger's Guide to Yosemite

TravelInsider's Guide<p>Both the solitude of the alpine ridge and the throngs of the valley are part of the experience when you visit <b>Yosemite National Park</b>. “No temple made with human hands can compare with Yosemite,” wrote John Muir, whose crusading led to the creation of the park.<p><b>Kari Cobb</b> has been …

Compulsive Puzzle Game

A palette of beautiful colors needs your help to get organized. This quick color matching puzzle game is easy to learn and difficult to put down. …

How 20 popular websites looked when they launched

From Google to youtube, from craigslist to flickr - how some of today's biggest sites looked back in the early days of their existence.<p>Remember the days when the word Google was not interchangeable with internet? Or when every site seemed to have a Netscape icon on it? Or when Flash was still …

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U.S. cracks open skies to testing, use of aerial drones

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government took a step on Monday toward opening the skies to aerial drones, authorizing six sites where unmanned aircraft can be tested for a variety of uses.<p>A small drone helicopter operated by a paparazzi records singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter (not seen) as she rides …

Syria meets deadline to destroy chemical production facilities

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria has destroyed or rendered inoperable all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament program, the international chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday.<p>The Organisation for the Prohibition of …

Obama defends secret NSA surveillance programs - as it happened

Summary<p><b>We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage</b> of reaction to the exposure of broad NSA surveillance programs. The day was defined by the president's long defense of the programs this morning, coupled with his profession that he is open to debate on the issue. The big Internet companies named …

NSA surveillance as told through classic children's books

As news of the NSA's secret surveillance programs spread this weekend, Twitter did what it does best: mockery. User Darth asked followers to contribute titles for #NSAKidsBooks, which were then turned into beautifully hilarious works of art. Darth has kindly allowed us to share them

'Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?' -video

Senator Ron Wyden questions director of national intelligence James Clapper in a Senate hearing in March. Clapper has denounced revelations in the media that phone and internet records have been collected on a mass scale.

NSA's Prism surveillance program: how it works and what it can do

Since Prism was first revealed by the Guardian and the Washington Post, there has been much discussion across the media around exactly what the NSA's top-secret program is, how it works, and what it covers.<p>While many of these have provided useful insight and detail into the operation of the …

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.<p>The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect …

Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data

The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analysing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its repeated assurances to Congress that it cannot keep track of all the surveillance it performs on American communications.<p>The Guardian has acquired …

NSA scandal: what data is being monitored and how does it work?

What is the scandal?<p>The US's National Security Agency (NSA), its wiretapping agency, has been monitoring communications between the US and foreign nationals over the internet for a number of years, under a project called Prism. Some of the biggest internet companies, from Apple to Google to Yahoo, …

Edward Snowden could benefit from Hong Kong asylum disarray

Edward Snowden's decision to flee to Hong Kong leaves him in a precarious position, experts said on Monday. But a landmark legal ruling could yet buy him time if he decides to apply for asylum.<p>American citizens can stay for up to 90 days visa-free, but Hong Kong has a well-used extradition treaty …

Edward Snowden: what might China do?

Hong Kong is unlikely to offer Edward Snowden a permanent refuge, but the NSA whistleblower could buy time by filing an asylum request, thanks to a landmark legal ruling that has thrown the system into disarray, a legal expert says.<p>For years, Hong Kong has relied on the United Nations refugee …

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last …

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things' – video

The source behind the Guardian’s NSA files talks to Glenn Greenwald about his motives for the biggest intelligence leak in a generation

Edward Snowden: Republicans call for NSA whistleblower to be extradited

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was condemned by US politicians and threatened with prosecution by the country's intelligence chief on Sunday after revealing himself as the Guardian's source for a series of explosive leaks on the NSA and cyber surveillance.<p>A spokesman for the director of …

In Response to the NSA, We Need A New Church Committee and We Need It Now

Meet the contractors analyzing your private data

<b>(Reuters/Jason Reed)</b><p>Private companies are getting rich probing your personal information for the government. Call it Digital Blackwater<p>Tim Shorrock<p>June 10, 2013 3:15pm (UTC)<p>Amid the torrent of stories about the shocking new revelations about the National Security Agency, few have bothered to ask a …

Booz Allen’s Top-Secret Workforce

Edward Snowden, a 29-year old employee of consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton, came out as the source of leaked information on government surveillance systems over the weekend, in a fascinating interview with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald. The revelation has put the spotlight on Booz Allen, a company …

Booz Allen Hamilton: Edward Snowden's US contracting firm

Booz Allen Hamilton, Edward Snowden's employer, is one of America's biggest security contractors and a significant part of the constantly revolving door between the US intelligence establishment and the private sector.<p>The current of director of national intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, who issued …

Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America

In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden's release of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago. Snowden's whistleblowing gives us the possibility to roll back a key part of what has amounted to an …

Edward Snowden hailed as hero, accused of treason – as it happened

Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our <b>live blog coverage</b> for the day. The day was defined by competing arguments about whistleblower Edward Snowden and his decision to expose secret NSA surveillance programs.<p><b>Daniel Ellsberg, Ron Paul, Julian Assange and others hailed Snowden as a hero.</b> Two crowdfunding …

NSA data surveillance: how much is too much?

The NSA collects and stores the phone records of millions of Americans. For thousands or millions of foreigners, it collects far more information than that, from the servers of US internet companies, computer networks, and more.<p>This much we know thanks to an unprecedented series of leaks from a …

Yahoo, Google, Facebook and more face fight to salvage reputations over NSA leaks

Google. Apple. Facebook. Microsoft: they are the brands that want the world to trust them with personal information, emails, photos, documents – yet they are now facing a battle to maintain that trust after disclosures that the US government was given access to their customers' data online via the …

Edward Snowden's explosive NSA leaks have US in damage control mode

Washington was struggling to contain one of the most explosive national security leaks in US history on Monday, as public criticism grew of the sweeping surveillance state revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.<p>Political opinion was split, with some members of Congress calling for the immediate …

Edward Snowden: more conscientious objector than common thief

Edward Snowden is a very modern spy – neither gun-blazingly dashing nor cat-strokingly sinister. He is young, tech-savvy, quietly articulate and intensely interested in human rights. His work did not involve high-speed car chases or elaborate gadgets – just a desk and a computer. Using these simple …

Prior NSA Whistleblower Warns Edward Snowden: Government Will Seek “Revenge and Retaliation”