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Through a PRISM darkly: Tracking the ongoing NSA surveillance story

It was a relatively quiet week for internet news until <i>Guardian</i> blogger Glenn Greenwald dropped a bombshell on Thursday, with a story that showed the …

Director of National Intelligence issues fact sheet on PRISM in response to leaks

After days of relatively short and vague statements on a leaked Verizon court order and a slideshow on the PRISM data collection program, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has released a statement and "fact sheet" detailing more information on what PRISM is and how it's run — at least …

Your Arduino Is In My Android Device! UDOO Mixes It Up With An All-In-One Solution

For most beginning hardware hackers, Arduino is hard and Linux/Android is easy. The folks at UDOO, a Kickstarter project that ends tonight, aim to solve that by mixing the best of both worlds. The UDOO device contains an ARM processor (dual or quad core) as well as an Arduino microprocessor. This …

Warren Spector Said If Publishers Didn't Overcharge For Games People Wouldn't Have To Buy Them Used

With Microsoft officially revealing the details of its used games offerings last night online, the Xbox One has come under attack from gamers and members of the press. While Microsoft is allowing the playback and re-sale of used games at approved retailers after the publisher has enabled the …

Turkish citizens crowdfund full-page ad in NY Times to fuel protests

Protestors against Turkey’s government ran a full-page ad in the New York Times today using money from a crowdfunding campaign.<p>The Indiegogo campaign went live on June 3 and achieved its initial goal of $53,800 in under 24 hours. Now it has attracted $103,282 million from 2,587 funders around the …

Chris Anderson calls for consortium to develop a standardized UAV platform

"If you're in this room, you're the best of the best," Chris Anderson addressed the audience with his customary flair for the dramatic. Complimentary, sure, but not without merit -- the former <i>Wired</i> editor-in-chief was speaking to a classroom full of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) developers, a …

Anonymous 'leaks' already-public NSA documents unrelated to PRISM

The hacktivist collective Anonymous is trying to pull back the curtain on the NSA's PRISM surveillance program, but they're having a little bit of trouble doing so. This morning, members of Anonymous purported to leak 13 documents concerning PRISM — the only problem? They're all unclassified, …

The Deep Space Tourbillon Is A One-Off, Handmade Watch That Will Take You To Infinity And Beyond

As you may well know, the tourbillon is one of the hardest (and most expensive) complications to build and only the very rich and very obsessed can afford them. This watch, however, may be just the ticket if you’re a hardcore Trekkie and you just hit a liquidity event.<p>The Deep Space Tourbillon is …

CISPA vote means companies can't promise to protect privacy

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet companies and e-mail providers will be prohibited from making legally binding promises to protect your privacy, thanks to a vote this afternoon in the U.S. House of Representatives.<p>By a 5-8 vote, the House Rules committee rejected a bipartisan fix to …

CISPA Is Dead, Long Live CISPA

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>After stirring up trouble for months, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) died …

Even After Hacks And Bombings, Privacy Advocates Have Big Week In Congress

In light of the AP’s high-profile Twitter hacking and a vicious domestic bombing, Americans have not let fear derail privacy legislation. Just this week, the Senate advanced an anti-email snooping law and the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is reportedly on its …

Google bans Glass from shareholder meeting

In an ironic twist, Google has decided to ban Glass from their annual shareholders meeting. Like so many bars and other establishments ahead of them, Google fears Glass may be a bit too invasive. If they were hoping to avoid controversy in Mountain View with regard to Glass, they failed.<p>To be fair, …

Android News

On the Hunt for the NSA Wiretapping Leaker

In the wake of a pair of eye-opening reports on the government's domestic phone and internet monitoring programs, officials are turning their …

Purported Galaxy S4 Zoom image leaked, camera phone thicker than you’d expect

An image supposedly showing the upcoming Galaxy S4 Zoom camera phone has hit the web revealing a rather strange device than one would have expected.<p>This creation bears some similarity to the recently announced Galaxy S4 Mini but also to last year’s Galaxy Camera. At this point, it’s not clear …

Doublespeak Denials Of PRISM Hid The Truth About Participation

“Direct Access” didn’t mean no access. “Back door” didn’t mean no door. “Only in accordance with the law” didn’t mean PRISM is illegal. And you didn’t need to have heard of a codename to have participated. Larry, Zuck, you didn’t spell out your denials of the NSA’s data spying program in plain …

Who’s Telling The Truth About PRISM? Computer Security Expert Gene Spafford Weighs In [TCTV]

Between the reports this week about that the U.S. National Security Agency has been mining personal user data from some of the world’s biggest Internet players through a project called ‘PRISM’, to the government’s defense of wide scale data collection for security reasons, and finally the outright …

After Microsoft Denied It Hires People To Vote On Reddit, Reddit Removed A Controversial Post

A post in which an anonymous person described seeing employees at the Microsoft campus voting on Reddit as part of their jobs has been removed.<p>The Redditor was using the name "mistysilver," a new account that contained nothing but that one post about Microsoft. Misty Silver said the employees were …

Internet

Was a subway terror plot really foiled by the PRISM surveillance program?

President Obama addressed the US government's controversial domestic surveillance programs on Friday, justifying them in part because of his assessment that "they helped us prevent terrorist attacks," but without mentioning any specific incidents to back up that claim. Now, <i>Reuters</i> and <i>The New York</i> …

Silicon Valley firms deny giving government broad access to data

By Cecilia Kang<p>The top executives of Google, Facebook and other Silicon Valley firms on Friday fiercely denied they gave intelligence officials broad access to data about their users.<p>The statements sharply contradict the language in a National Security Agency document, cited by The Washington Post …

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