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Mars Rock Mysteriously Shows Up In Images Snapped By Mars Opportunity Rover (PHOTOS)

Wait, how did <i>that</i> get there?<p>Researchers are puzzled by what some are calling a "mystery" rock on Mars. Recently spotted in photos taken by the Opportunity rover, the rock seemingly appeared out of thin air, since the object was missing in images captured nearly two weeks earlier.<p>NASA Mars …

Obama Announces Changes To NSA's Phone Metadata Collection, Defends NSA Activity As Legal

Half a year after Edward Snowden first leaked details about the U.S.' surveillance programs, President Obama announces his plans for change.<p>The NSA's gathering of Americans' phone call metadata is going to see a few changes. President Barack Obama promised several reforms to U.S. …

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Actually Two Attacks In One, Target Breach Affected 70 to 110 Million Customers

The latest reports from Reuters indicate that six additional large U.S. retailers have ongoing point of sale (POS) data breaches that have been reported to law enforcement but not yet made public. Security firm iSIGHT Partners has announced that it has been working with the U.S. Secret Service and …

Amazon plans to ship your packages before you even buy them

Drawing on its massive store of customer data, Amazon plans on shipping you items it thinks you'll like before you click the purchase button. The company today gained a new patent for "anticipatory shipping," a system that allows Amazon to send items to shipping hubs in areas where it believes said …

Dropbox Closes Roughly $250M Round At $10B Valuation, WSJ Says

Dropbox has raised a massive $250 million funding round, valuing the company at $10 billion according to the Wall Street Journal. The new funding round is led by a BlackRock fund, according to the WSJ, which cites “two people familiar with the deal” as the source of the report.<p>This is actually the …

After ABC’s cord-cutting block, pirate downloads shoots up 300%

ABC may have pulled the plug on cord-cutters by imposing an eight-day delay on non-cable or Hulu subscribers, but the audience may be having the last …

US telecoms giants express unease about proposed NSA metadata reforms

US telecoms giants expressed concern Friday about president Barack Obama’s reform of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of American citizens’ phone records.<p>In a widely anticipated speech Obama said the government should no longer hold databases of every call record made in the United …

Five things to watch out for in Obama’s NSA speech | Financial Times

On Friday, seven months after Edward Snowden began leaking documents about the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama will give a speech in …

Analysts: Credit Card Hacking Goes Much Further Than Target

The holiday season data breach at Target that hit more than 70 million consumers was part of a wide and highly skilled international hacking campaign that's "almost certainly" based in Russia. That's according to a report prepared for federal and private investigators by Dallas-based cybersecurity …

Researchers Are Totes Studying How Ppl Shorten Words On Twitter

Credit: Mean Girls, NPR<p>Shortening words, swapping them out, giving them different meanings — that's not new. Remember in <i>Mean Girls</i> when the queen bee character, Regina George, berated one of her underlings for trying to make the word "fetch" catch on?<p>Women lead the adoption of clipped words. In …

6 More Stores Attacked By Same Hack As Target: Firm

BOSTON (Reuters) - A cybercrime firm says it has uncovered at least six ongoing attacks at U.S. merchants whose credit card processing systems are infected with the same type of malicious software used to steal data from Target Corp.<p>Andrew Komarov, chief executive of the cybersecurity firm …

One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

A graphic making its rounds on the web this week offered a glimpse of what the Internet might look like if net neutrality disappears. The takeaway? Not good.<p>A federal appeals court on Tuesday struck down an Federal Communications Commission order that required Internet service providers to abide by …

NSA collects millions of text messages daily in 'untargeted' global sweep

The National Security Agency has collected almost 200 million text messages a day from across the globe, using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top-secret documents.<p>The untargeted collection and storage of SMS messages – including their …

Bitcoin Breaks Out, You Can Now Pay The IRS In Cryptocurrency

As bitcoin moves away from being known only to the tech cognoscenti and becomes a real viable currency that is adopted broadly, more organizations arise that look to leverage all this attention and add something of value to bitcoin holders. SnapCard is a San Mateo-based startup with the stated aim …

Path: Attack Sending Spam To 'Small Number of Users', No Data Stolen

Path is currently experiencing some issues with its private social network. The company sent out several Tweets (here, here, and here) alerting users of the problem, saying that “a small number” of users received spam messages. However, it stresses that no personal data has been compromised.<p>Hate …

Microsoft employee e-mail also hit by Syrian Electronic Army

In addition to compromising some of Microsoft's social-networking accounts, the Syrian Electronic Army also accessed a "small number" of employee e-mail accounts, the company confirmed Wednesday.<p>The hacking group, which has taken responsibility for an array of breaches in the past couple of years, …

PGP creator’s new ‘Blackphone’ is a secure Android phone that may protect you from the NSA

It was only a matter of time until someone developed a smartphone entirely focused on security.<p>Phil Zimmermann, best known among techies as the creator of the email encryption tool PGP, announced his latest security effort today: Blackphone, a smartphone powered by a custom secure version of …

Target Breach Of 70 Million Customers' Data Used Bargain Basement Malware

The massive data breach at Target during the 2013 holiday shopping season which the retailer now admits affected 70 customers used an inexpensive “off the shelf” malware available online for as little as $1,800, reports Krebs on Security. This malware, known as BlackPOS is likely of Russian origin …

BYU image algorithm can recognize objects without any human help

Even the smartest object recognition systems tend to require at least some human input to be effective, even if it's just to get the ball rolling. Not a new system from Brigham Young University, however. A team led by Dah-Jye Lee has built a genetic algorithm that decides which features are …

Europe's Antitrust Chief Issues Ultimatum To Google Over Allegations Of Search Results Abuse

Joaquin Almunia, the head of the European Commission's competition unit, has been pursuing an antitrust complaint against the US search giant since 2010. Google has provided two proposals to settle the complaint, but seen both rejected. It is now believed to be preparing another proposal.<p>Almunia …

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You can now 3D print directly from Adobe’s Photoshop

First Microsoft, now Adobe: 3D printing will get a big mainstream boost Thursday when users find they can now use Photoshop to edit 3D designs and …

Four Important Things You Must Do to Protect Yourself Online This Year

2013 was a pretty crappy year for Internet privacy, wasn’t it? While Edward Snowden’s leak of the NSA’s classified documents about the electronic …

Edward Snowden Joins Freedom Of The Press Foundation

Edward Snowden is joining the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the press freedom group launched by Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald and others, the group announced Tuesday.<p>Snowden's leaks to Greenwald and others in 2013 prompted one of the most intense debates over press freedom in …

Israeli Minister: Kerry Should 'Win A Nobel Prize And Leave Us In Peace'

<b>Update at 5:14 p.m. ET, Yaalon Apologizes</b><p>Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon apologized late Tuesday for comments in which he described U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as having a "messianic fervor" toward bringing peace to the Mideast.<p>"The defense minister did not intend to insult the …

Google Drive introduces activity streams to help you monitor your files

The Google Drive team said today that it is rolling out an activity stream to help you monitor changes to your files and folders. A new ⓘ button that appears at the top right corner of the screen gives you access to the stream, which notes actions taken on files and folders in your Drive, and who …

Internet In America: An On Again, Off Again Relationship

<b>Listen · 11:30</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The American Customer Satisfaction Index surveys large swaths of consumers about various industries. And in last year's survey, Americans rated Internet service providers at the very bottom for satisfaction. That puts them below the postal service, …

Effektif Brings Workflows To The Cloud With An IFTTT-Like Service For The Enterprise

Effektif wants to do for the enterprise what IFTTT has done for the consumer web – automate workflows through a cloud-based service, but one designed instead to integrate with business level tools and processes, like Salesforce, Oracle, Google Drive, Box and more. The solution, launching today, is …

Feds Can't Enforce Net Neutrality: What This Means For You

In a landmark ruling Tuesday, a federal appeals court has struck down key parts of the Federal Communications Commission's open-Internet rules, effectively ruling that the federal government cannot enforce net neutrality. Put more simply, it can't require that Internet service providers treat all …