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FBI anti-terror official calls on tech firms to 'prevent encryption above all else'

When communication goes through encrypted channels, rather than in public, the FBI has a hard time intercepting it<p>The FBI has again waded into the debate around encryption, with the bureau’s assistant director of counterterrorism telling the US congress that tech companies should “prevent …

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CIA has been trying to hack the iPhone for nearly 10 years

A new report from <i>The Intercept</i> claims that both the CIA and British intelligence have, for years, been working hard to skirt around the “layers of …

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Edward Snowden says secret Apple spyware is the reason he won’t use an iPhone

Is Apple’s wildly popular iPhone series hiding spyware that can collect information about users without their knowledge. As thoroughly as developers …

Obama backs Cameron’s fight against encryption

Flip-flopping somewhat on his earlier stance against putting backdoors in software, US President Barack Obama took UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s …

Elon Musk Says He's Going To Build A 5-Mile Hyperloop Test Track, Probably In Texas

Musk said on Thursday that he plans on building a five-mile Hyperloop test track so that companies and student teams can "test out their pods." He says this test track will likely be built in Texas.<p>Though Musk introduced the Hyperloop idea, he handed it off to a crowdfunded team of about 100 …

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Mobile Analytics Company Mixpanel Raises $65M Round With An $865M Valuation

Mixpanel, which describes itself as offering “the most advanced analytics platform ever,” is announcing that it has raised $65 million in new funding.<p>That round comes entirely from previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, and co-founder/CEO Suhail Doshi told me that it values Mixpanel at $865 million …

The world's most famous long-distance hiking routes

1. Appalachian Trail, US – 2,180 miles<p>Two to three million people visit the trail annually but only about 2,000 of them complete its entire length, which takes between five and seven months. It goes through 14 states, along the Appalachian mountain range from Springer Mountain, Georgia, in the …

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Marriott wifi blocking plan gains opposition from Google, Microsoft

If you’re like many of us, a trip to the hotel usually means eschewing the available WiFi in favor of setting up your own hotspot. The reasons for …

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone builds 'Super' new app from bones of old

Failure of Q&A Jelly app forces Stone to refocus attention on making new project fun and aesthetically pleasing<p>When Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s new company started to wobble he turned to “bright spot theory” for an answer.<p>The 40-year-old multi-millionaire’s first post-Twitter foray, a Q&A app …

President Obama urges the FCC to treat the internet as a utility

President Barack Obama has been a proponent of net neutrality for what seems like ages, which explains why he just did what he did. In a just-posted YouTube video (and Medium post) and he's just asked the FCC do what online activists have been hoping for -- he's urging the commission to officially …

Paul files class-action suit vs. NSA

Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday officially filed his class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration over National Security Agency data collection, joining with two prominent tea party leaders to make the announcement.<p>Paul, a libertarian-leaning Kentucky Republican and potential presidential …

James Clapper calls for Snowden and 'accomplices' to return NSA documents

Director of national intelligence condemns NSA whistleblower in blistering testimony to Senate intelligence committee<p>James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, has issued a blistering condemnation of Edward Snowden, calling the surveillance disclosures published by the Guardian and other …

Angry Birds firm calls for industry to respond to NSA spying revelations

• Rovio rethinks relationship with ad platforms • CEO tells users it was not complicit in surveillance • 'We do not collaborate or share data with spy agencies'<p>Rovio, the Finnish software company behind the Angry Birds game, has announced it will “re-evaluate” its relationship with advertising …