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Here's How to Stop Facebook From Snooping in Your Web History

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>This week, Facebook announced it was expanding its evil empire adding targeted advertising based on …

Digital Advertising

Google considers a home security move through Nest, eyes Dropcam

After focusing on a smart home thermostat and smoke detector, Google’s Nest could be looking at a smart home security offering next.<p>Along those lines, Google has also considered acquiring Dropcam, maker of connected home security cameras, The Information reports.<p>It’s unclear if the two companies …

Startrails: Photos by Evgeniy Zaytsev

Startrails: Photos by Evgeniy Zaytsev<p>Beautiful long exposure photos of stars taken in Russia. See also Lincoln Harrison's work.<p>SHARE:

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Apple, Google, Facebook don't pay the highest engineer salary

Some of tech's heavy hitters slide down the rankings for the 25 highest-paying companies for software engineers, according to a new Glassdoor survey.<p>For software engineers, life must seem like it keeps getting better. Not only are salaries on the rise as companies compete for talent, but there are …

Employment

Guardian Editors Debate a Former NSA Lawyer on PRISM, Snowden and Surveillance

Last night, I attended a pretty good debate in New York about the surveillance by the National Security Agency, PRISM, Edward Snowden, and exactly …

Surveillance

NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans' data with Israel

• Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis • Only official US government communications protected • Agency insists it complies with rules governing privacy • Read the NSA and Israel's 'memorandum of understanding'<p>The National Security Agency routinely shares raw intelligence …

Wildlife photographer captures Kalahari's dark side - in pictures

Wildlife photographer Hannes Lochner spent 750 days in the harsh surroundings of the Kalahari desert to chronicle the lives of wildlife at night. He covered around 100,000km during his time at Kgalagadi national park in South Africa, capturing stunning images of leopards, lions, cheetahs, spotted …

5 Habits That Will Improve Your Emotional Wellness

Do you monitor your emotional well-being and take action when you hit a rough patch? Let's be honest, most of us don't. Even if you did pay attention to your psychological health, would you know how to ease emotional pain when your feelings were hurt, how to boost your confidence when your …

NYPD secrets: How the cops launched a spy shop to rival CIA

After 9/11, the NYPD wanted an intelligence unit to investigate threats to the city. This is how it began<p><i>Note: After a long career in Washington, David Cohen, a former CIA official, was, according to the authors, "one of most unpopular and divisive figures in modern CIA history."</i><p>[CIA Director …

Microsoft and Google Will Sue U.S. Government Over FISA Order Data

In their ongoing wrangle to win the right to disclose more information about government requests for user data, Microsoft and Google said they will …

Surveillance

Shampoos Containing Carcinogen Lack Warning Label: Lawsuit

When you hop in the shower, could you be scrubbing cancer-causing chemicals into your scalp? One Bay Area nonprofit is pursuing legal action against dozens of companies that it says aren't providing ample warning of carcinogens in their shampoos.<p>The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health has …

150 Million People Have Decided That Standard Web Browsers Aren't Safe Enough

When FORBES last spoke to AnchorFree in August 2012, CEO David Gorodyansky put forth a modest goal for his 7 year-old company: “We want to be the way the whole world browses the Web,” he boasted. In the last year, the company’s trajectory has matched its lofty ambitions. A year ago 70 million …

Microsoft Vs. Medium: A Tale Of Two Office Cultures

In the flood of stories about Steve Ballmer's time at the helm of Microsoft, a troubling symbol of the company's office culture keeps emerging. It's called "stack ranking," a system that had corrosive effects on Microsoft employees by encouraging workers to play office politics at the expense of …

Report: Michael Hastings feared his car had been tampered with

According to the LA Weekly, reporter Michael Hastings asked to borrow a friend’s car shortly before his death<p>War correspondent Michael Hastings, who died in a car crash in April, had reportedly become concerned that his car had been tampered with in the days leading up to his death, and asked …

U.S. filmmaker repeatedly detained at border

Laura Poitras makes award-winning controversial films, and is targeted by the U.S. government as a result<p>One of the more extreme government abuses of the post-9/11 era targets U.S. citizens re-entering their own country, and it has received far too little attention. With no oversight or legal …

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Lavabit, email service Snowden reportedly used, abruptly shuts down

Remember when word circulated that Edward Snowden was using Lavabit, an email service that purports to provide better privacy and security for users …

US drug agency surveillance unit to be investigated by Department of Justice

Civil rights groups express concern after revelations that secret unit conceals use of wiretaps and telephone records<p>The US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into revelations that the Drug Enforcement Agency uses surveillance tactics – including wiretapping and massive databases …

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.<p>Although …

Intelligent Design Class Banned At Ball State

Intelligent design science classes have been banned at Ball State University in Indiana. Ball state President, Professor Jo Ann Gora, has proclaimed …

DEA reportedly covering up its use of NSA surveillance data to prosecute Americans

Lies and blurred lines may be compromising justice at home<p>Despite assurances from top intelligence officials that the National Security Agency only conducts certain surveillance operations to pursue suspected terrorists, a report from <i>Reuters</i> alleges that a secretive Drug Enforcement Administration …

NSA chief addresses hackers as lawmakers grill underlings - U.S. News

NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander is interrupted during a speech in Las Vegas Wednesday as he was talking about government surveillance programs.<p>By Andrew Rafferty and Michael Isikoff, NBC News<p>While intelligence officials briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the country’s secret data-collecting …

Obama's New 'Grand Bargain' Would Be Seriously Bullish

According to Reuters, the gist is this:<p>The corporate tax rate would be lowered.<br>• There will be a boost in infrastructure spending.<br>• There will be some revenue raised from taxes on foreign earnings and crackdown on tax holidays. That revenue will be used for the infrastructure spending.<p>In a note to …

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Change Management Fails for Three Reasons

Reason Number 1: Change consultants are insufficiently equipped on a personal level.<p>Reason Number 2: Most change models are incomplete.<p>Reason Number 3: Capacity is widely overlooked, on all levels.<p>There is a way to successfully engage large-scale organizational change. It's complex. It's takes …

Could the NSA use Microsoft's Xbox One to spy on you?

Skype swore wiretaps weren't possible before recent reports. Is Kinect next?<p>You close a laptop when you're not using it. Your phone faces the inside of a pocket, a purse, or lies flat on a table. But the Microsoft Kinect, a camera that will come connected to every new Xbox One game console, gets a …