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These Harvard And MIT Kids Say They've Made NSA-Proof Email

Those who worry that Gmail or the National Security Agency may be rifling through their emails now have a new alternative: ProtonMail, a super-secure email service created by students from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.<p>"It was the Snowden leaks that got us started," …

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Kobo: Sorry, we’re just not gonna sell “‘barely legal’ erotica or exploitative rape fantasies”

A couple of weeks after a U.K. uproar over the self-published rape and incest porn ebooks for sale at sites like Amazon (s AMZN) and Kobo, Kobo has …

Zwarte Piet

Voorstander (R) van Zwarte Piet duldt geen tegenspraak<p>Daar staat ze dan. Een kleine zwarte vrouw in een grote witte sweater. Alleen op een rustig …

What your Facebook friends list reveals about your love life

Facebook can isolate your spouse or partner based on your network of friends. In a fascinating paper to be published next year, Facebook social scientist Lars Backstrom and Cornell University professor Jon Kleinberg reveal just how much insight can be gleaned from the structure of a network, …

Social Research

New browser extensions let you hit the NSA where it hurts: in the data

Flagger.io does just one thing: It adds a random selection of keywords, like “terrorist,” “pressure cooker,” “Al Qaeda,” etc. to the address of every website you visit. The idea is that, because the US National Security Agency (NSA) is gathering essentially all the internet traffic that passes …

Al-Qaeda

Kevin Spacey Goes All House-of-Cards on Hollywood

In case you missed this most excellent keynote speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival’s high-profile James MacTaggart Memorial …

Entertainment

'Prsm' is the social network that knows everything about you, courtesy of the NSA

Social media fragmentation is a real problem in the modern landscape. Foursquare may let you check in at a restaurant, and your Netflix queue may go to Facebook, but who's keeping track of the calls you make from your cellphone or Skype number? What service will give a group of interested strangers …

All of These Google Chromecast Ads Are Awesome

Lots of smart people I know are very, very excited about Chromecast, Google’s new TV-streaming gadget.<p>I think it’s pretty cool, too. But only as an …

If The Ubuntu Edge Crowdfunding Experiment Works, Backers May Get To Vote On The Next Model’s Specs

Smartphone companies have it pretty rough — they’ve got to sink millions into research and development every year, all in the hope of making their next shiny touchscreen gewgaw the fastest, slimmest, smartest, prettiest one ever. And every year we eat it all up, and take what we’re given.<p>But …

Google’s Chromecast Is A Brilliant Inversion Of The Streaming TV Market

Instead of giving your TV a smartphone app interface, Google’s $35 gadget turns your smartphone, tablet, or computer into a remote control.<p>Google’s latest attempt to muscle into your television set, Chromecast, is only two inches long but it turns your streaming television experience inside …

Smart TV

Nexus 7, Android 4.3, Chromecast Media Event - the rundown

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. How about a video then? Our Joshua Vergara gives you the rundown of yesterday’s big Google news in one nicely packaged video. Check it out.<p>For a more in-depth rundown through the Android 4.3/Nexus 7/Chromecast event, our Nate Swanner did a pretty good …