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Secret court approves Obama's limits on NSA phone record collection

The secret FISA court has approved two of President Barack Obama's proposed changes to how the NSA can use its collection of American phone records. While many of Obama's suggestions will take months to implement, if they go into effect at all, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper wrote …

Clever Family Photo Sharing Startup Togethera Raises Seed, Releases On Android

The issue with online photo sharing is that, inherently, you have no idea what will happen to your photos. On the Internet once, on the Internet forever, as the phrase goes. And that is a big problem, not for teens on Instagram but for a market that spends real money online: Families. And not just …

Facebook Now Lets You Edit Your “Look Back” Movie

Earlier this week, we learned that Facebook would soon let you edit the automatically-generated “Look Back” videos the company had made to celebrate Facebook’s 10th anniversary.<p>Sure enough: they just launched the editor.<p>Almost immediately after launch, many users were complaining about the photos …

Snapchat Vulnerability Can Lead to iPhone Denial-of-Service Attacks

A vulnerability in the <i>Snapchat</i> app opens the iPhone up to denial-of-service attacks that can cause the device to freeze and crash, according to cyber security researcher Jamie Sanchez [Google Translation] (via <i>The Los Angeles Times</i>).<p>A weakness in the app’s system can allow a hacker to send thousands …

Feds scold Samsung for using standards-essential patents to seek iPhone ban

The Department of Justice on Friday announced the end of an investigation into a controversial campaign by Samsung to obtain an import import of …

Google Now gets Olympics cards and new commands

The Google Now app… Excuse me, that is to say, Google Now within the Google Search app received new functionality today, bringing options for event reminders, new voice commands and quick access to the Olympics.<p>New voice commands let you make calls or send SMS messages to your contacts. As it …

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GOP proposal would require food stamp recipients to show photo ID

Several House Republicans have introduced a proposal that would require food stamp recipients to show photo identification when making purchases -- a move they say is necessary to prevent fraud in the program that aids 1 in 7 Americans.<p>Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., introduced the SNAP Verify Act, …

Samsung Won't Get New Trial; Judge Koh Slaps Apple for Nationalistic Appeal

Samsung had objected to Apple lawyers pointing out in their closing that TVs are no longer made in the U.S.<p>The federal judge overseeing the Apple versus Samsung patent case denied the Korean electronics giant a new trial, but criticized Apple’s lawyers for making an appeal to national pride during …