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XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data • NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches • Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history • NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows …

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media

Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.<p>It doesn't take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative …

The Volkswagen Beetle goes ELECTRIC: Iconic Bug is transformed into a battery-powered car - and it could be yours for £26,000 next year

• <b>The electric model was created by Californian inventor David Bernardo</b>• <b><br>He replaces petrol engines with electric motors in Volkswagen Bugs released</b> …

Electric Cars Will Change the Way You Power Your Home

Electric vehicles are our fastest-growing alternative to oil-derived gasoline. Solar panels are our fastest-growing alternative to coal-powered …

Electric Vehicles

IEEE Begins Building Solid Foundation for the Internet of Things

PISCATAWAY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today launched a new …

Why the Internet of Things Narrative Has to Change

<i>Wojtek Borowicz is a community evangelist at Estimote, freelance writer and a strong believer in the Internet of Things.</i><p>Internet of Things is the current hip phrase of technology evangelists, geeks and all kinds of clairvoyants. If, according to tech blogs and websites, 2013 was the year of big …

Microsoft's Q4 2014 earnings show improved revenue, but decreased profits

Microsoft's cloud is the silver lining<p>Microsoft has published its Q4 2014 earnings report, and the company has made $4.6 billion in net income on $23.38 billion in revenue. Revenue has increased compared to $19.9 billion from the same period last year, and net income decreased only slightly …

Record-breaking DDoS attack struck on Monday, according to reports

Advertisement<p>16 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>Somebody out there was getting hit hard by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Monday, …

Alibaba in bid to take over Chinese map firm AutoNavi

<b>Alibaba has made an offer to take over Chinese map firm AutoNavi in an attempt to expand its e-commerce business ahead of an expected listing in the US.</b><p>Alibaba has offered to buy 72% of the company that it does not already own, in an all-cash deal that values AutoNavi at about $1.6bn (£976m).<p>If …

China

Oakland: the city that told Google to get lost

If pushing your enemy into the sea signifies success, then Google's decision to start ferrying workers to its campus by boat suggests the revolt against big technology companies is going well. Standing on the docks of Oakland, on the east side of San Francisco Bay, last week, you could watch the …

An Unholy Alliance Is Forcing Veterans To Pay For 12 Years Of War

In doing so, it was given aid and comfort by knowledge-starved pundits, axe-grinding editorial boards, and self-anointed armchair analysts everywhere, as it left the military and veteran community standing with their jaws on the ground in despairing disbelief. Exploiting pressure to strike a budget …

Military Spending

Poll: Young Adults Rejecting Obamacare

Young voters, a cornerstone of Barack Obama‘s political coalition, are growing increasingly disillusioned with the President and skeptical of his …

For Fans, By Fans

Inside Flipboard / November 25, 2013<p>The crew at CBS Sports has been obsessed with all manner of sports since 1994, “when modems buzzed and Michael …

Delivery drones are coming: Jeff Bezos promises half-hour shipping with Amazon Prime Air

Jeff Bezos is nothing if not a showman. Amazon's CEO loves a good reveal, and took the opportunity afforded by a <i>60 Minutes</i> segment to show off his company's latest creation: drones that can deliver packages up to 5 pounds to your house in less than half an hour. They're technically octocopters, as …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Hackers Are Attacking Millions Of Computers And Demanding Ransom In Bitcoins

The National Crime Agency in the U.K. issued an alert last month saying that hackers have targeted "tens of millions" of computers.<p>CryptoLocker is a form of a virus called "ransomware," meaning hackers do something bad to your computer and then demand money to reverse what they've done. In this …

Homeland Security

How To Improve Your Pull-ups In 8 Weeks

One of the best (if not THE best) all-around muscle builders of the upper body is the pull-up and its abundance of variations. Arguably considered …

Fat Does Not Make You Fat

If you’re feeling completely confused about whether you should cut fat from your diet, you are not alone. But here's the bottom line: Fat does not make you fat or sick.<p>So, why do so many people believe that fat is bad for you and causes heart attacks? This all started in the Dr. Key’s Seven …

Nutrition

Looking for fraud? Don't look at food stamp recipients, look at Wall Street

Food stamps keep 47 million people from going hungry, so cuts hurt. Congress should focus on where the real abuse happens<p>Hunger will drive kids to do crazy things. Like stay at school.<p>A few weeks ago South Bronx public schools had a half-day, with dismissal at noon. Yet almost all the kids stayed …

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UPS researching delivery drones that could compete with Amazon's Prime Air

Flying parcel-carriers are the next logical frontier for delivery companies<p>Amazon made headlines Sunday night when it announced it was working on small drones that could someday deliver customers packages in half an hour or less. But the e-commerce giant isn’t the only company researching how to …

Scientists Discover Surprisingly Bright Black Hole

Turns out black holes really aren't so black. A team of researchers has discovered an incredibly bright black hole located some 22 million light …

Black Holes

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

Detroit News

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Should state help poor buy clean cars?

One longtime critic of federal transportation spending once concluded that it would be less expensive for the government to buy every new transit …

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Verizon readies cloud systems to support 'Internet of Things'

The idea that the world stands on the edge of an Internet of Things is barely out of the hype cycle and already Verizon has announced a cloud system designed to authenticate the billions of devices that might one day populate it.<p>Verizon's new flag in the sand is called Managed Certificate Services …