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Half of American adults hacked this year

Hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans -- roughly half of the nation's adults -- in the last 12 months alone.<p>That massive number, tallied for CNNMoney by Ponemon Institute researchers, is made even more mind-boggling by the amount of hacked accounts: up to 432 …

Google testing super-secure email

Google is working on the ultimate security and privacy feature.<p>It's called "End-to-End" encryption, and it's the best way to stop anyone from snooping on your emails. Google would turn your emails into jumbled code, and the only person who can see the email in plain text is the trusted person on …

6 countries routinely snoop on Vodafone calls

Law enforcement agencies in six countries have direct access to Vodafone's network, allowing them to monitor phone calls and messages without the carrier's knowledge, the company said Friday.<p>The British telecom firm said it couldn't name the countries for legal reasons, and for fear of retaliation …

What you really agree to when you click 'accept'

You can spot the words "privacy policy" at the bottom of nearly every website. Don't be fooled. Those policies are more about data collection than privacy.<p>Companies use these policies to alert you to how they track your location, read your emails, spy on your Web browsing -- and sell some of that …

Why you'll keep getting hacked

Don't like getting hacked? Sorry, you'd better get used to it.<p>Every few weeks, we learn about another data breach. It's the privacy world's version of an oil spill. A hacker breaks into a company and grabs a database of our personal details. They're sold on the black market, and the exposure puts …

Why does Stephen Hawking think science has overtaken philosophy?

Stephen Hawking uses his new book, The Grand Design, to admonish philosophers for failing to keep up. My question is: is this really about keeping up? Hawking believes that since science has so far outstripped philosophy it is time for the thinkers to leave the field to the guys with the …

Stephen Hawking: 'There is no heaven; it's a fairy story'

The belief that heaven or an afterlife awaits us is a "fairy story" for people afraid of death, Stephen Hawking has said.<p>In a dismissal that underlines his firm rejection of religious comforts, Britain's most eminent scientist said there was nothing beyond the moment when the brain flickers for the …

Even Stephen Hawking makes mistakes – he's wrong about the Israel boycott

I followed the news of Professor Stephen Hawking's decision to decline an invitation as an honored speaker at the conference hosted by Israeli president Shimon Peres with great disappointment.<p>Let me first note that Prof Hawking is a personal hero of mine, someone who has overcome unbelievable …

My Brief History: a memoir by Stephen Hawking – review

The book that made Stephen Hawking a publishing phenomenon was called "From the Big Bang to Black Holes: A Short History of Time" until his editor at Bantam, Peter Guzzardi, turned it around and changed "Short" to "Brief". It was a moment of inspiration that surely helped Hawking amass record …

Professor Stephen Hawking backs right to die for the terminally ill

Professor Stephen Hawking, who once said he thought assisted dying was "a great mistake", has changed his stance to support the right of terminally ill people who are suffering to end their lives.<p>Hawking, 71, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease – a form of motor neurone disease – at the age of …

Hawking: Is He All He's Cracked Up To Be?

Partway through <i>Hawking</i>, a moving new PBS documentary on the life and work of British physicist Stephen Hawking, narrated via voice synthesizer by the …

Stephen Hawking claims victory in gravitational wave bet

Stephen Hawking has claimed victory in a bet with a fellow scientist over the discovery of primordial gravitational waves, ripples in the structure of space-time from the birth of the universe.<p>The Cambridge cosmologist bet Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute in Canada, that …

Stephen Hawking Is Not The Biggest Fan Of Artificial Intelligence

So Stephen Hawking saw <i>Transcendence</i>, I assume because he’s a big fan of Johnny Depp and it sort of deals with topics in his wheelhouse. But unlike the bulk of peons who watched and thought the self aware plot of the film was a bit silly, Hawking saw a cautionary tale about the perils of artificial …

Hawking Artificial Intelligence: Stephen Hawking Warns About Rise Of Robots

Hawking says artificial intelligence is bad news for mankind — and his comments? Have people talking. Said comments were made in a paper he co-wrote …

I've Been Saying It For Years: Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could Be The Downfall Of Humanity

In news that it shouldn't take a world-renowned theoretical physicist to figure out, Stephen Hawking is now warning that artificial intelligence …

Stephen Hawking: Black Holes Don't Really Exist

According to renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, black holes don't really exist. At least not in the "they destroy everything that gets …

Heartbreaking PSA Features Real Quotes From Syrian Children, Voiced by Stephen Hawking

The children of Syria don’t have a voice, so rock star physicist Stephen Hawking is lending them his.<p>Hawking is a man who knows what it's like to …

Exhib! PantoneMyArt – 3D in Colour

<i>(from the press release)</i><p>This year’s PantoneMyArt 2014 exhibition features works from 8 artists expressing optical illusions in predominant Pantone …

U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program

The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document …

After Newtown shooting, mourning parents enter into the lonely quiet

In NEWTOWN, Conn.<p>They had promised to try everything, so Mark Barden went down into the basement to begin another project in memory of Daniel. The families of Sandy Hook Elementary were collaborating on a Mother’s Day card, which would be produced by a marketing firm and mailed to hundreds of …

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.<p>The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an …

U.S. Education Secretary on Common Core Opposition: ‘This is About Politics’

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan sternly admonished Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin for signing a bill to repeal the controversial Common Core education standards in her state.<p>This March 14, 2014 file photo shows Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White …

Political certainties beginning to fade in black-and-white Georgia

As the US gears up for crucial midterm elections, Paul Lewis reports from Georgia, where Republicans are swimming against a changing demographic tide<p>Tommy’s, a barbershop in a wealthy suburb of northern Atlanta, looks like a shrine to the Grand Old Party. Portraits of Republican dignitaries line …

Slavery: we need to build a political movement for change and abolish it again – video

ITF calls trial against human rights defender Andy Hall, who exposed alleged labour abuse, an 'international embarrassment'<p>Published: 20 Jul 2014<p>Baroness Warsi says ministers intend to discuss use of slaves to produce supermarket prawns after Guardian investigation<p>Published: 24 Jun 2014<p><b>Steve Trent:</b> …

Tesla's plan to share its tech is bold, exciting, and a sign of weakness

Big bets are nothing new for CEO Elon Musk<p>"This is actually good for Tesla and EV industry, that’s really important to appreciate, and I really do believe that," Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on a call today. He’d just done something a little off-kilter: told his competitors to use his technology …