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Batkid saves San Francisco as charity makes a wish come true

San Francisco was beset by a wave of crime on Friday, as a woman was taken hostage and tied to cable car tracks, a criminal calling himself the Riddler attempted to rob a bank vault, and a miscreant known as Penguin generally made a nuisance of himself in the downtown area.<p>Happily, each incident …

The Day SF Became Gotham City: How a Metropolis Is Making a 5-Year-Old's Wish Come True

On Friday, November 15, San Francisco became Gotham. The city did not do this for Comic-Con, nor to film a new movie. The city did this to fulfill …

San Francisco

Smartphone Pin revealed by camera and microphone

<b>The Pin for a smartphone can be revealed by its camera and microphone, researchers have warned.</b><p>Using a program called PIN Skimmer, a team from the University of Cambridge found that codes entered on a number-only soft keypad could be identified.<p>The software watches your face via the camera and …

Hung Up

A Russian Man Nailed His Testicles To The Pavement As A Protest

Warning: graphic images. Pytor Pavlensky carried out the stunt on the country's Police Day national holiday.<p>A naked artist, looking at his balls nailed to the Kremlin pavement, is a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of contemporary Russian society.

Moscow

5 far-right groups trying to secede from America

<b>(PhotosbyAndy via Shutterstock)</b><p>Each is composed of a rural population that feels ignored, if not outright antagonized, by its big city legislature<p>Evan McMurry<p>October 12, 2013 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>There’s nothing more American than seceding. At least, that's what …

Google to include users' names and photos in web ads

Google has updated its terms of service so that it can feature users’ names and photos in certain parts of its advertising.<p>Google explained that user names and photos will be used for ‘shared endorsements’, which are small, one-line reviews displayed underneath a specific advert or listing on one …

Google: Opt out or your face may be in ads

Google has changed its terms of service with a provision that requires users to now opt out of having their pictures and endorsements used in advertisements on Google services.<p>Should you plus-1 (Google's version of Facebook's like) a movie or say "It's great!" on a Google service, the search giant …

Debt ceiling crisis has other nations angry and scared

<b>At the start of the current US budget standoff, other countries viewed the situation with a mix of sympathy, concern and bemusement. With the 17 October deadline for raising the debt ceiling approaching, however, the international view has changed to fear and anger.</b><p>While many abroad have considered …

International Monetary Fund

The upside of PRISM: At least we’re talking about data privacy — or the lack thereof

So, just how freaked out are consumers by governmental data scooping? Techies have known about many of these capabilities for a long time. But now, …

Meet the woman driving Change.org, the poster child for protests 2.0

Change.org is fast becoming a household name and the go-to destination for online petitions. More than 40 million people have put their name to campaigns on the site to date. Christina Farr meets Jennifer Dulski, the woman behind the revolution machine.<p>On both sides of the Atlantic, entrepreneurs …

Look out Google: Disconnect says its no-track search tool is taking off

Disconnect, a startup co-founded by a former Google(s goog) engineer, is fast becoming a darling of privacy advocates — and a potential headache for …

Facebook Removing Option To Be Unsearchable By Name, Highlighting Lack Of Universal Privacy Controls

“Who can look up your Timeline by name?” Anyone you haven’t blocked. Facebook is removing this privacy setting, notifying those who had hidden themselves that they’ll be searchable. It deleted the option from those who hadn’t used it in December, and is starting to push everyone to use privacy …

Skype Under Investigation In Luxembourg For Handing Over User Data To The NSA

Luxembourg’s data commissioner is reportedly investigating Skype for allegedly handing over user data to the NSA’s now-not-so-secret surveillance program, PRISM. Gerard Lommel, the civil servant in charge, refused to comment on the report, citing an ongoing investigation, which has been in place …

Google to tap users’ reviews and photos for web ad “endorsements”

An update to Google’s(s goog) terms of service today may make some users think twice about leaving a comment or a rating on a website owned by the …