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What the NSA Wants to Know About You and Your Phone

So, now we know. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the U.S. government is tracking phone calls made by American citizens within domestic …

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Microsoft and FBI collaborate to take down $500 million 'Citadel' botnet ring

Microsoft in cooperation with the FBI took down the majority of the malicious computer networks that make up the "Citadel" botnet ring. A botnet is a network of compromised computers that are generally used to perform coordinated attacks against others. Citadel has infected as many as five million …

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Review: Moment is a huge improvement on Facebook sharing for OS X

When Mountain Lion launched last year, Apple introduced some basic Facebook sharing options to OS X. You can post a status update from Notification Center or upload a photo from Finder, Preview, iPhoto, or other Mac applications. While those functions are useful, Apple has yet to really embrace all …

Google patents eye tracking to unlock display screens

Google Glass wearers will only need a flicker of the eye to unlock their display screens under plans described in a Google patent for eye tracking.<p>The eye tracking system, a form of wearable technology, will allow anyone wearing the device to look at a moving object on the glasses' projected screen …

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How high-tech jobs could solve the autism unemployment crisis

Some adults on the autism spectrum are uniquely suited for tech jobs — and the industry is starting to take notice<p>Since getting his first Game Boy at five years old, Aaron Winston knew he wanted to work in the gaming industry. But as he got older, the prospect seemed less and less likely: Winston, …

Mt. Gox has some new troubles, but Bitcoin is proving to be bigger than one exchange

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Practically everyone who is interested in the buzzy digital currency Bitcoin trades at Mt. Gox. It handles more than half of …

Apple files ‘iMoney’ patent for virtual currency, digital wallet, and … free stuff

Who needs money when you can have iMoney?<p>Apple has applied for a patent on a combined virtual currency and digital wallet technology that would allow you to store money in the cloud, make payments with your iPhone, and — just maybe — communicate with point-of-sale terminals via NFC.<p>Not to mention …

Just rank it: the Synapsify approach to analyzing data

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Synapsify<p>Stephen Candelmo was a lawyer in Washington D.C. in 2008 when a colleague introduced him to a client named …

Google: Reader is dying because smartphone users consume news 'in bits and bites'

When Google made its infamous decision to kill off Google Reader, it didn't offer much in the way of reasoning, saying only that the RSS aggregator's usage was in decline and the company had made a conscious decision to focus on fewer products. That explanation failed to quell a massive backlash …

The New York Post Says Marissa Mayer Favors 'Mobile' Employees With New Laptops And Ping Pong Tables

That's why Yahoo bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion.<p>It's also may be why there is a report in today's New York Post that Mayer is treating Yahoo employees who work on mobile products better than those who do not.<p>A source tells Garrett Sloane of Post that Mayer has created a "Haves and Have-Nots" …

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Apple ebooks trial: Amazon 'yelled ... and threatened' when publishers tried to control prices

Cupertino's lawyers say Amazon considered agency model before publishers started pushing retailers that way<p>One of the most curious claims that Apple's attorneys have made during the company's antitrust fight with the federal government this week is that Amazon considered handing over the ability to …

Comcast says Americans don't need superfast gigabit internet service

Google Fiber isn't widely available, but it is widely known for one thing — offering blazing fast service: Google touts Fiber as being about 100 times faster than an American's average wired broadband. And while surfing the web that quickly might sound enticing, Comcast doesn't believe that its …

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A Day In The Life Of The Relentlessly Tracked

Controversy is raging over a court order allowing the FBI and the National Security Agency to seize aggregate information of millions of Verizon customer phone calls. The scale is massive and indiscriminate, and the American Civil Liberties Union said it "could hardly be more alarming." The Obama …

Al Gore: The information explosion is a tool to help solve the climate crisis

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>The digital revolution and the explosion of data are powerful tools that can help solve the climate crisis, said Vice …

With $2.5M Injection From Nexus, Indian Housing Marketplace Launches In Bangalore

Indian housing marketplace, Housing.co.in has expanded out of its home base of Mumbai into another major Indian city, Bangalore—its fifth city in the country.<p>The company, which operates similarly to Trulia and Zillow, provides a real estate search site which displays a visual map of available …

Yahoo Mulling Buy of Address Book App Maker Xobni

Yahoo is in serious discussions to buy Xobni, maker of address book apps and plugins, according to sources familiar with the situation.<p>The two …

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Google can predict a movie's success before release

Google has already proven surprisingly adept at predicting Oscar winners with search data, and now it says it's figured out how to predict box office results too. With between 90 and 92 percent accuracy, Google can tell how much money any picture will make during its first two weeks in theaters — …

Patriot Act author says NSA is going too far

The Patriot Act has given the U.S. government broad-reaching powers to collect data on Americans. But now the author of the Patriot act thinks that the National Security Administration is going too far in its interpretation of the act.<p>Representative James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), the author of the …

It’s not just the US—most countries are spying more on their citizens these days

The revelation that the US National Security Agency seems to be collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers is shocking, but it’s actually part of a growing trend in which governments worldwide are relying on widespread, unrestricted surveillance in the name of national security.<p>A …

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NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top …

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If Apple's Involvement In Government Data Mining Is True, It Only Happened After Steve Jobs Death

The big news of the night is a bombshell Washington Post report that claims to reveal the U.S. government have been able to compel nine leading American Internet companies to provide data in a secret program.<p>The companies allegedly involved are Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, …

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Google Says: Save Energy, Ditch Your Data Center

Mountain View, CA.—If you want to save energy, get rid of your servers, says Urs Hoelzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure at Google.<p>Server and data center under-utilization is one of the primary sources of waste and inefficiency in computing, argued Hoelzle, who served as the …

Facebook unveils Presto engine for querying 250 PB data warehouse

Advertisement<p>7 Comments<p>Credit: Jordan Novet<p>At a conference for developers at Facebook (s fb) headquarters on Thursday, engineers working for the …

Art of the Snapbrag: the social alchemy behind Snapchat's success

The audience is the message behind today's hottest chat app<p>Tech prognosticators, myself included, love to wax poetic on the virtues of "ephemeral" media — short-lived photos and videos that exist opposite our obsession with permanent digital self-documentation. In a world where we’re eager to …

Talk geeky to me: Technology helps Silicon Valley sex workers

The oldest profession is getting a leg up from the latest technologies.<p>Sex work in Silicon Valley is booming because of an influx of engineers and programmers looking for a quick bang for their buck at the end of a long workday.<p>Mobile apps like charge card-swiper Square make it easier to charge …

Internet Giants Deny Granting Government 'Direct Access' To Servers

By Poornima Gupta and Gerry Shih<p>SAN FRANCISCO, June 6 (Reuters) - Major tech companies including Apple Inc, Google and Facebook Inc on Thursday said they do not provide any government agency with "direct access" to their servers, contradicting a Washington Post report that they have granted such …

Twitter boosts its privacy cred with its absence from the NSA’s surveillance program

The list of technology companies allegedly participating in a vast US government surveillance program known as PRISM, which was just reported by the Washington Post and Guardian, is notable for one name that’s <i>not</i> on it: Twitter.<p>The seven-year-old startup is already well-respected for guarding its …

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Google beefs up the cash bounty for reporting vulnerabilities

The bounty for cross-site scripting bugs on Google Accounts, for instance, more than doubles to $7,500. The cash rewards tied to Gmail and Google Wallet get hefty bumps, too.<p>Noting the contribution made by those who try to hack its security, Google has once again increased the cash rewards it pays …

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Google Glass in casinos? Don't bet on it

Eyeglasses that would let users snap a photo or shoot a video with a slight head movement are being banned in gambling establishments across the U.S.<p>It's looking like gamblers aren't going to be able to use Google Glass to enhance their poker face.<p>Even though the high-tech eyewear has not yet been …

PRISM is bigger than anything that came before it—but no-one knows how much bigger

The mystery surrounding how much domestic spying the US government has been conducting on its own citizens will only intensify in the coming days, as a growing number of the nine major internet companies linked to an alleged top-secret data-mining program deny they had anything to do with it.<p>The …

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