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Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden

The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders – General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed …

National Security

7 Cyberlearning Technologies Transforming Education

The year was 1984 and in addition to the chalkboards and alphabet posters, our 2nd grade classroom was equipped with an odd, beige box at a table in the back behind the students. It was an Apple II computer and over the course of the year we'd learn how to operate it - mainly to make a …

Education Technology

Lingua.ly, Which Turns The Internet Into A Language Textbook, Raises $1M

Lingua.ly, which saves language students from the tedium of traditional textbooks, has raised $1 million. Participants in the round include Udi Netzer (a returning investor), Shai Rephaeli, Yochy Investments, and Seed Fund 1776.<p>The site and apps pulls articles from the web-based on vocabulary lists …

Language Learning

Link About It: This Week's Picks

1. Apple Watch Pricing<p>Apple finally delivered its Apple Watch keynote this week, and while the product is packed with mind-boggling technology, its pricing may be the most dizzying. With so many size, strap and material combinations out there, there’s never been a more customizable device by the …

Apple Watch

Could This Video Save China?

"I just don't want to live like this," a prominent Chinese journalist says about the environmental hell that her country has become. We are witnessing a very important moment for China's future, and for its effect on the world.<p>Hundreds of millions of people in China have watched this …

China

Signal Keeps Your iPhone Calls And Texts Safe From Government Spies

Don’t want someone else handing your text messages, pictures, video or phone conversations over to the government? There’s an app for that.<p>An iOS app called Signal is a project out of Open Whisper Systems, a not-for-profit collective of hackers dedicated to making it harder for prying government …

Apps

Utah agencies form high-res mapping partnership

The Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City. (Wikimedia Commons)<p>A new public sector partnership in Utah is looking to tap state-of-the-art mapping and imagery …

Government Technology

How to talk to anyone at a networking event

The only problem is you've never met any of these people before, and you're terrified of making an awkward first impression.<p>First of all, lighten up, says master networker Jon Levy, and take comfort in knowing there are tactics you can use to make your next networking event not only worth your time …

Employment

How Government Can Unlock Economic Benefits from Open Data

With only 22 percent of the countries analyzed by Capgemini categorized as trend setters, however, much more work needs to be done by governments if …

MOOCs Aim To Strengthen Computer Science And Physics Teaching In Middle And High Schools

When massive open online courses (MOOCs) took off three years ago, many educators had high hopes that these courses could expand and diversify access to education. Early aspirations were soon replaced with criticism: studies showed that MOOCs weren’t reaching those who needed access the most. …

Computer Science

StingRay Technology: How Government Tracks Cellular Devices

StingRay is an IMSI-catcher (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) designed and commercialized by the Harris Corporation. The …

ArcGIS Open Data Site of the Week: Wake County, NC

<i>Governments and organizations have been hard at work creating Open Data sites to make their authoritative data accessible, discoverable, explorable,</i> …

Facebook Manipulated User News Feeds To Create Emotional Responses

Facebook conducted a massive psychological experiment on 689,003 users, manipulating their news feeds to assess the effects on their emotions. The details of the experiment were published in an article entitled “Experimental Evidence Of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks” …

KQED

Flickr: Elizabeth Albert<p>The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree. Created during the Industrial Age, the assembly line …

Android privacy tool feeds fake data to prying apps

When you install an app on your phone, it often spreads its tentacles into other various parts of the device. Sometimes, it taps into the hardware …

The “Cuban Twitter” Scam Is a Drop in the Internet Propaganda Bucket

This week, the Associated Press exposed a secret program run by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create “a Twitter-like Cuban …

‘Cuban Twitter’ and Other Times USAID Pretended To Be an Intelligence Agency

Foreign governments have long accused the U.S. Agency for International Development of being a front for the CIA or other groups dedicated to their …

The First Amendment Doesn’t Protect the Right to Buy the American Government

The Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon that a cap on campaign donations violates freedom of speech. This is a dangerous misunderstanding of the First …

The Art of Deception: Training for a New Generation of Online Covert Operations - The Intercept

Ed-tech startup Boundless settles its dispute with publishers

Boundless launched with a mission to provide free and online alternatives to expensive college textbooks.<p>Within a matter of months, the founders were served with a lawsuit citing a violation of the Copyright Act from three major textbook publishers, Pearson Education, Cengage Learning, and …

Facebook Is Keeping Track Of Every Post You Write and Don’t Publish

Facebook knows pretty much everything about you — and that includes when you type out posts but decide not to hit “enter.”<p>But before you freak out <i>too</i> …

Everything you need to know about the YouTube copyright crisis and why you should care

At the center of this week's confusing thicket of news and outrage surrounding YouTube video game copyright sweep is a very simple issue.<p>It's about freedom-of expression and the ability of critics, commentators and journalists to speak to large numbers of people without fear of reprisals or …

Architect Bypasses Mortgage Payments, Builds a Tiny Home

Idaho-based architect Macy Miller longed for a place of her own, but didn't want the burdensome cost of mortgage payments and decided to construct her own compact home. After having a dream back in 2011, Miller mustered up the initiative to design her small yet efficient home known as <i>Tiny House</i>. …

Mortgages

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

Internet of Things