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Edward Snowden is now a gimmick to sell security software

The private sector is biting its nails over the fear of insider cyber threats. But Snowden isn't whom they should be worried about<p>"Is your organization Edward Snowden-proof?"<p>That's the kind of line cybersecurity software makers have been pushing in the months since contractor Edward Snowden …

The Bling Ring

• <b>Author:</b> Nancy Jo Sales<p>The Bling Ring by Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales is an in-depth expose of a band of beautiful, privileged teenagers who were caught breaking into celebrity homes and stealing millions of dollars worth of valuables.<p>With a list of victims that reads like a "Who's Who" of …

Nothing to Envy

• <b>Author:</b> Barbara Demick<p><b>An eye-opening account of life inside North Korea—a closed world of increasing global importance—hailed as a “tour de force of meticulous reporting” (The New York Review of Books)</b> <b><br>NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST</b> <b></b><br>In this landmark …

TV station tries—and fails—to use copyright to hide its racist news blunder

KTVU said YouTube videos were "insensitive" to Asians—so they deleted them.<p>The crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 earlier this month made TV news …

Review: Belkin’s $299 Thunderbolt Express Dock works well, costs lots

It's fast, expensive, and people are going to be angry it exists. Just like Thunderbolt!<p>I admit it—I'm a dirty, dirty Mac user. The mid-2011 13" …

Wolves’ howls have distinct identities, voice recognition study shows

Individual wolves can be identified by howls with well over 90 percent accuracy.<p>The ominous howl of the wolf has long been a source of fear and …

Fake memory implanted in mice with a beam of light

Mice taught to fear a location after they were no longer in it.<p>If you’ve ever been frustrated by erratic memories, spare a thought for the mice …

World’s first fully 3D printed rifle—made in Canada—fired a single shot

CanadianGunNut: "Disappointed to report it was a fail," after barrel splits.<p>Less than two months after the debut of the first almost entirely …

Judge denies government’s bid to delay lawsuit to halt NSA metadata collection

Government's lawyers say NSA can't "indiscriminately sift through the data."<p>A federal judge has denied the government’s request to delay what could …

Should we design programs to randomly kill themselves?

Redundancy is good so why not force it?<p><i>This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions encountered by technophiles and</i> …

Online tool used to map emotional responses to urban areas

Tool plugs holes in the "broken-windows theory" about signs of urban neglect.<p>Researchers at MIT have created an online tool to help discover what …

Tampering with a car’s brakes and speed by hacking its computers: A new how-to

The "Internet of automobiles" may hold promise, but it comes with risks, too.<p>Just about everything these days ships with tiny embedded computers that …

High court bans publication of car-hacking paper

Researchers won't publish redacted version because info is already online.<p>A high court judge has ruled that a computer scientist cannot publish an …

Australian Parliament urges citizens to bypass geo-locks on software

Australians are frustrated that MS, Adobe, others charge twice as much.<p>An Australian parliamentary committee released a report today encouraging …

Moscow Metro says new tracking system is to find stolen phones; no one believes them

Experts: Russians are probably using fake cell tower devices for surveillance.<p>On Monday, a major Russian newspaper reported that Moscow’s metro …

How NSA leaks are changing minds among the public—and in Congress

Most politicians who voted "for" the NSA last week say they want changes, too.<p>Last week, the House of Representatives came within eight votes of …

Creating a $99 parallel computing machine is just as hard as it sounds

Better late than never, Parallella is now shipping to Kickstarter backers.<p>Ten months ago, the chipmaker Adapteva unveiled a bold quest—to create a …

Pwned again: An exclusive look at Pwnie Express’ newest hack-in-a-box

The Pwn Plug R2 is a miniature NSA, ready to exploit networks for their own good.<p>Tomorrow at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, the …

Sounding the alarm: Ars speaks with vocal NSA critic Sen. Ron Wyden

The senator talks about the NSA, the FISC, and more.<p>As a series of top-secret NSA documents have been leaked over the past several weeks, the issue …

Lifelogging App Saga Adds Social Features, So You Can Share Every Life Detail With Your Friends

Saga, an app created by Seattle startup A.R.O., is introducing a social layer in today’s update. In other words, all the data that Saga collects about you can now be shared with friends who are also using the app.<p>The Saga app quietly tracks your location and activity through your smartphone sensors …

Hack Combines Philips Hue And IFTTT To Change Lights Via Text Message

Philips graciously released an API a few months ago for its Hue smartphone-controlled smart lightbulb to let developers tinker, and already there are a number of apps taking advantage. Today, mobile design firm Fresh Tilled Soil is showing off the hack it put together using that API and the IFTTT …

Rover, A “Dogbnb” Site, Raises $3.5M And Nabs Commercial Promotion From Petco

Rover, the Airbnb of dog sitting, has raised a $3.5 million funding round led by Petco. The pet specialty giant, now one of Rover’s largest investors, will be joining the site’s board of directors. The two are at work on commercial promotion of Rover across Petco’s lines of business.<p>Rover CEO Aaron …

Kindle for iOS introduces sample downloads and custom dictionaries

It's been a while since Kindle for iOS users have been able to download content directly from the app, thanks to Apple's 30 percent fee for in-app purchases. Today, Amazon is reintroducing that feature -- albeit a modified version -- in its latest update, available now in iTunes. From the existing …