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Microsoft loses top engineer to Google

Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft, is joining Google. Agüera y Arcas originally joined Microsoft in 2006 after the software giant acquired his Seadragon startup. He was a key software architect who helped develop and build Microsoft’s Bing Maps service and its …

NSA officials consider Edward Snowden amnesty in return for documents

National Security Agency officials are considering a controversial amnesty that would return Edward Snowden to the United States, in exchange for the extensive document trove the whistleblower took from the agency.<p>An amnesty, which does not have the support of the State Department, would represent …

U.S. Tech Companies Are Fed Up With Spying And Not Going To Take It Anymore

The tech giants of America are fed up with surveillance by the United States government and they are not going to take it anymore.<p>A group of some of the premier technology companies in the U.S. have issued a joint open letter to President Obama and Congress to limit the National Security Agency’s …

Ukrainian Protesters Take Down Lenin (Statue)

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Large protests continued in Kiev, Ukraine throughout the weekend in opposition to President Viktor …

CIA turned al-Qaeda double agents at Guantanamo base called 'Penny Lane'

'Penny Lane' was a row of comfortable eight cottages complete with private kitchens, showers, and pornography, on Guantanamo Bay where al-Qaeda terrorists were "turned"<p>The CIA used a secret base at Guantanamo Bay nicknamed 'Penny Lane' to turn some of al-Qaeda's most dangerous terrorists into …

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines defends aid response

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1027000/1027869_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524678083_79220a1d1b4a25ed27849f6003bf8ff2<p><b>The Philippine government says it is facing its biggest ever logistical challenge after Typhoon Haiyan, which affected as many as 11 million …

Why Does Anyone Trust the National-Security State?

A lack of transparency and oversight has led to abuses time and again, in every era.<p>The ongoing debate about the national-security state's conduct drills down, for many participants, to this question: How much do you trust the people in charge? Do you believe they'll reliably uphold the laws and …

Samsung tips: 10 Galaxy S4 “hidden” features and tricks

In a new blog post, Samsung describes ten “hidden” or “semi-secret” features of the Galaxy S4, which some of you may not be aware of.<p>Coincidentally or not, the Samsung post went live on the same day Verizon and Motorola unveiled new Droid smartphones, and a day ahead of the upcoming Nexus 7 …

Jay-Z giving away 1 million early copies of new album to Samsung owners

It's been four years since Jay-Z’s <i>The Blueprint 3</i> was released<i>,</i> but Hov is back next month, and this time with Samsung in tow. The new album is called <i>Magna Carta Holy Grail,</i> and Samsung has apparently inked a deal to give it away free to the first million Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy Note II …

Edward Snowden, NSA files source: 'If they want to get you, in time they will'

Edward Snowden was interviewed over several days in Hong Kong by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill.<p><b>Q: Why did you decide to become a …

Beck, Moore call Snowden a hero

Conservative television host Glenn Beck and filmmaker Michael Moore don’t often agree on much, but after Edward Snowden revealed himself to be the National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about government monitoring, they both took to Twitter to praise the 29-year-old, calling him …

Shakeup: Susan Rice To Be Obama's National Security Adviser

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, a lightning rod for Republican critics of the Obama administration's handling of the September 2012 attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi, Libya, is moving into the post of national security adviser at the White House.<p>That's what a White House official tells …

Thousands return to the streets on third day of protests in Turkey

Stunning footage captures tens of thousands as they take to the streets in cities across Turkey<p>As Salon previously reported, the streets of Istanbul fell quiet early on Sunday, but by evening tens of thousands had returned to Taksim Square and other locations across Turkey to protest after a …

Astonishing Numbers: America's Poor Still Live Better Than Most Of The Rest Of Humanity

There’s a lot of debate (from certain quarters it’s less debate than whining actually) about the increasing inequality in the United States. Sure, maybe it’s true that the country continues to grow but what about the poor and their incomes?<p>And there might even be something worth worrying about in …

China and US to begin first high-level meetings on cybersecurity and industrial espionage

After months of political back-and-forth, top-level officials from US and China will meet next month to discuss agreements on cybersecurity and industrial espionage, reports <i>The New York Times</i><i>.</i> The talks mark the first diplomatic push to resolve tensions since the issue of Chinese cyberattacks on …