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The Government Problem

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They're wrong. The central issue is whom the government is <i>for.</i><p>Consider the new spending bill Congress and the President agreed to a few weeks ago.<p>It's not especially large by historic standards. Under the $1.1 …

Report: Iran Developing System To ID Any Internet User

The government of Iran is no stranger to using its power to restrict Internet freedoms in its country, blocking millions of websites when they have run counter to religious or political beliefs. Now it sounds like it plans to take that another step further: engineers are developing a system to …

Meet Plague, A Social Networking App That Spreads Information Like A Virus

Plague is a new social networking app with a fun twist that could just work.<p>Plague is all about discovering "viral" content, but the way you discover the next viral video or hilarious photo is what's unique.<p>Instead of seeing posts from people you follow or whatever is trending, a post on Plague is …

Social Media

UK politicians want social networks to explain their terms more clearly

If you've never read the terms and conditions for services like Facebook and Twitter, we can hardly blame you. They're often too long and use confusing jargon to describe their practices. The UK's Science and Technology Select Committee wants something to be done about it, and is now calling for …

Secret US spy program targeted Americans' cellphones

The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of cellphones through fake communications towers deployed on airplanes, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations.<p>The U.S. Marshals Service …

NSA Surveillance Faces Senate Test

The United States Senate could vote on the USA FREEDOM Act as soon as next week, pushing the surveillance reform bill ahead this year. That would buck prior conventional wisdom that the Act was not a legislative priority, likely ending up shelved until the next Congress. There is still some fight …

9 in 10 Americans Feel They've Lost Control of Their Personal Data

More than 90% of Americans feel they have lost control of their personal data, according to a new survey of Internet users that reveals a pervasive …

US tech firms help terrorists, says new UK spy chief. Maybe, but they also help the rest of us.

The new head of British spy agency GCHQ has attacked Silicon Valley tech firms for aiding terrorism by providing greater security for their customers …

Facebook releases 3rd government request report, sees 24% increase in requests

Today, Facebook released its third government request report, showing an overall increasing trend in requests for data and content restrictions.<p>During the first half of 2014, Facebook has received 34,946 requests for data from governments around the world, a 24 percent increase in since the second …

Nexus 9 tablet makes entrance on Google Play

Tablet buyers looking for the new Nexus 9 can now purchase the Wi-Fi version on Google Play.<p>The Nexus 9 is available in black or white, with the 16GB edition selling for $399, £319 or AU$479, and the 32GB version for $479, £399 or AU$589, although that version is showing as sold out in the UK.<p>The …