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NSA collected Americans' email records in bulk for two years under Obama

The Obama administration for more than two years permitted the National Security Agency to continue collecting vast amounts of records detailing the …

WSJ: Google Is Building An Android Game Console And Smartwatch

Google may be working on an Android-based game console, smartwatch, and an updated version of the Nexus Q, if reports are to be believed. According to the Wall Street Journal (paywall), the Mountain View-based company is looking to develop these products as a means to combat anything Apple has been …

How Google, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon track you (infographic)

Americans are starting to perk up about privacy after the reveal of a government surveillance program called PRISM. But it’s important to know how tech companies generally track your data and what you’re agreeing to in those terms of service agreements.<p>Google, Facebook, and Yahoo all rely pretty …

Here's Why The TV Apps Economy Will Be A $14 Billion Business

According to new research published this week, the TV apps economy is forecasted to reach $14 billion by 2017.<p>Gaudy numbers to be sure, but let me tell you why that number may ultimately be conservative.<p>First off, the traditional TV navigation guide is on its way out, being replaced by new …

Is Edward Snowden Actually a Refugee?

If he told Russian officials he was hiding from political persecution, they technically couldn't deport him.<p>Russian officials have so far defended their refusal to extradite NSA leaker Edward Snowden on the grounds that he's holed up in the transit terminal of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport -- which …

Scientists Discover Nearby Star Is Harboring Not 1 or 2 but 3 'Super Earths' That Could Support Life

Up until now, the most planets ever found in one habitable zone was two.<p>Planetary Habitability Laboratory<p>Twenty-two light years away in the direction of the constellation Scorpius lies a system of three stars known as Gliese 667. Today, scientists have announced that a close examination of one of …

Immigration vote set for Wednesday

The Senate is scheduled to vote on final approval of the “border surge” amendment on Wednesday morning, checking off another item from its to-do list as the chamber gets closer to passing the full immigration bill.<p>The vote is scheduled to occur at 11:30 a.m. It had been scheduled for 1 a.m. …

US whistleblower Snowden 'still in Moscow airport'

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Surveillance

Samsung eyes settlement in EU antitrust inquiry -- report

Samsung is inclined to wave the white flag in its issues with European Union antitrust regulators rather than take the chance of fighting it out, according to a new report.<p>Samsung and the European Union's European Commission, which regulates corporate competition, are in preliminary talks to settle …

European Union

Google-backed O3b successfully launches its first four satellites into the heavens

At 12:27pm PT Tuesday, four new communications satellites developed by O3b left the ground in French Guiana, riding atop a Soyuz rocket bound for …

Texas soon to hit grim milestone: 500th execution

The planned execution of a 52-year-old woman has reignited a debate over the use of the death penalty. Texas has killed far more inmates than any other state.<p>HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Texas, the nation's most prolific executioner of criminals, is about to put its 500th inmate to death since the mid-1970s.<p>…

GOP can't outrun culture wars

The Supreme Court is putting congressional Republicans in a bind — again.<p>A Republican Party eager to talk about what it considers President Barack Obama’s misguided coal policy, rising energy costs, soon-to-double student loan rates and a spate of scandals both foreign and domestic, will be forced …

Obama lays out climate action plan

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Climate

Obama: 'We Don't Have Time for a Meeting of the Flat Earth Society'

The president described a wide-ranging executive agenda on climate change in a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday.<p>Reuters<p>President Obama laid out a detailed plan to address the causes and impacts of climate change in a speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday. "I refuse to condemn your …

Pandora and musicians to discuss royalty settlement as war of words heats up

Talks are preliminary, but sources say formal negotiations are expected soon<p>Pandora, the web's top radio service, has held preliminary discussions with groups representing music artists as well as indie and major labels about ending an increasingly aggressive feud over music royalties, multiple …

Why Obama's Climate-Change Plan Is Hopeless Without China

Unless the U.S. can convince the world's top source of greenhouse gasses to cut back, our own attempts to rein in carbon emissions won't mean much.<p>President Obama has designed a plan to combat climate change without the help of Congress, because Congress is a place where even Democrats do things …

Texas abortion bill fails to pass after epic filibuster

A bill that opponents claimed would virtually ban abortion in Texas failed to pass late Tuesday after lawmakers missed a deadline by just minutes.<p>There were chaotic scenes after a filibuster attempt fell just short and protesters cheered, clapped and shouted from 11:45 p.m. to midnight and beyond …

What the Court's 'Baby Veronica' Ruling Means for Fathers and Native Americans

Lost amid coverage of the Voting Rights Act ruling was a decision in a complicated and emotional adoption case.<p>Virtually overlooked Tuesday in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's vital decision to strike down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act case was a gut-wrenching ruling from …

Barack Obama to cut emissions in vow to save planet

Barack Obama today unveiled the most ambitious plan to counter climate change ever put forward by a US president, saying he would not condemn future generations “to a planet that is beyond fixing”.<p>In sweeping proposals released after four years of frustrated efforts, Mr <b>Obama</b> ordered new curbs on …

Stand with Wendy: Texas senator's abortion bill filibuster captivates the internet

Wendy Davis stars in livestream drama that major networks failed to cover<p>Texas state senator Wendy Davis led a filibuster on Tuesday that kept a controversial abortion law from passing in her state. And in the process, Davis corralled observers from across the world. The filibuster, which began at …

Today’s best contrarian bet: Still gold

Betting against popular investment ideas is not usually a bad strategy. When an asset is broadly embraced by investors, chances are it has already enjoyed a big run-up and is now poised to fall. The problem today: What exactly is everyone enamoured with?<p>Gallup, the polling firm, tracks these things …

PRI

Each year, 50,000 people are selected at random to immigrate to the United States. They don’t need specialized job skills or even a relative in the US. What they need most is a little luck, some basic educational or work training qualifications, and to be from a country with few recent immigrants …

Obama's Climate Strategy Doesn't Require Congressional Approval

President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan Tuesday designed to deal with climate change. For the first time, carbon emissions from power plants would be regulated. The policy, which can be implemented by the administration without congressional approval, calls for a broad range of actions, including …

Is The Fed Really Tightening? Fed Policy in Two Charts.

The Fed believes the stimulus from quantitative easing depends on the stock of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities that it owns, not on the flow of its purchases. If that view is correct, the future tapering of Fed purchases won’t be monetary tightening, it will a slowing pace of monetary …