Ben Polidore

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Why the US can’t scrap its dysfunctional system of financing homeownership

After months of robust home value appreciation, the US housing market recovery is on very solid footing. We can now begin to turn away from housing’s ugly recent history and start contemplating its future, specifically the future of housing finance.<p>That President Obama and representatives from both …

NSA revelations of privacy breaches 'the tip of the iceberg' – Senate duo

Two US senators on the intelligence committee said on Friday that thousands of annual violations by the National Security Agency on its own restrictions were "the tip of the iceberg."<p>"The executive branch has now confirmed that the rules, regulations and court-imposed standards for protecting the …

Silent Circle Shuts Down Silent Mail, Marking Yet Another Encrypted Email Service To Bite The Dust

Another encrypted email service has gone offline.<p>In a blog post this morning, Silent Circle founder Jon Callas abruptly announced the closing of Silent Mail, the company's encrypted email service that allows people to send messages in such a way that eavesdroppers or hackers cannot read …

China Harvests the Majority of Its Organs From Executed Prisoners

This practice, done without consent, highlights the problems with the country's legitimate organ donation system.<p>On the morning of July 12, Zeng Chengjie, a businessman and real estate developer from China's Hunan Province, was executed by firing squad. Mr. Zeng, 55, was convicted of illegal …

Cops need warrants to track cell phones, says NJ Supreme Court

State supreme court unanimously agrees cops must get a probable cause warrant.<p>In a new decision this week, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled …

The Stunning Video Game Resume That Took 2,000 Hours To Make

Alexander J. Velicky is part of the current generation of millennials trying desperately to find a job in the current economic climate. He’s 19, and could be part of the legions sending out resumes, CVs and cover letters to every company under the sun.<p>He decided to do things a bit …