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NSA agents may have infiltrated the global communications industry

Leaked Snowden documents published by Laura Poitras and Peter Maass in The Intercept describe the NSA's SENTRY EAGLE program describe six programs …

NSA conducts massive surveillance without ANY Congressional oversight

An ACLU Freedom of Information request reveals that the NSA considers Reagan's "Executive Order 12333" (previously) its "primary source" of spying …

Uber Drivers Across The Country Are Organizing Their Largest Protest Yet

Uber drivers in New York, San Francisco and London are already on board, one of the organizers told BuzzFeed News.<p>The California App-Based Drivers Association (CADA) – a non-profit dedicated to protecting fairness and transparency in the app-based car service industry – is mobilizing Uber drivers …

Florida cop tases 62 year old woman

Enjoy your forced vacation, Florida cop! "Officer Terry Mahan has been placed on administrative leave after a Tuesday incident in which he tased a …

iPhone 6 Could Lock Out NSA, Law Enforcement

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The intelligence community and American law enforcement officials are none too happy with Apple, <i>The</i> …

Embarrassed Secret Service Wants to Push Tourists Away from the White House

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A pair of embarrassing security breaches at the White House in recent days may prompt the Secret …

Checkpoints around White House may be coming

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is having preliminary discussions about setting up security screening checkpoints near public areas around …

Another school year just started: welcome back to the book censorship wars.

It happens whenever kids come home from school with new reading assignments: some parents look at what their kids are reading and don't like what …

The Home Depot reportedly ignored warnings from its own cybersecurity team

56 million credit cards were compromised in a recent hack on The Home Depot. Now, <i>The New York Times</i> is reporting that the company dismissed and largely ignored concerns put forth by security researchers as far back as 2008.<p>Former members of the company's cybersecurity teams spoke to the <i>Times</i>, and …

California deems carpooling via all ride-share services illegal

California regulators have sent warning letters to Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to say that their new carpool features are illegal.<p>Sidecar revealed Thursday that it received the letter from the California Public Utilities Commission, which said the ride-sharing service was breaking the law by testing its …

Transportation

San Diego school district acquires MRAP (basically a tank) from Dept. of Defense

The San Diego Unified School District police recently acquired a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, through the federal government's …

Carpooling with Sidecar? Regulators say not so fast

Though ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft and Sidecar made their peace with California regulators a year ago, it seems there may be a new battle afoot.<p>The California Public Utilities Commission sent a warning letter to Sidecar on Wednesday saying it was breaking the law by testing its new Shared …

Transportation

US threatened Yahoo with $250,000 daily fine over NSA data refusal

NSA,Yahoo,Prism,US national security,Surveillance,Privacy,US news,Data and computer security,Internet,US constitution and civil liberties<p>Company releases 1,500 documents from failed suit against NSA over user data requests and cooperation with Prism compliance<p>The US government threatened to fine …

Should cops have to get a warrant before spying on you with a drone?

This undated file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an unmanned drone used to patrol the U.S.-Canadian border. [Reuters]<p>76% …

NYPD arrest human rights lawyer waiting outside restaurant while kids used bathroom

Chaumtoli Huq, former general counsel for NYC Public Advocate Tish James, attended a rally in Times Square with her family, and afterwards, waited on …

Meet the spooky tech companies getting rich by making NSA surveillance possible

Wildly profitable companies like Neustar, Subsentio, and Yaana do the feds' dirty work for them, slurping huge amounts of unconstitutionally …

The Government Could Build You Faster Internet, But Cable Companies Won’t Let It

The telecom industry is putting many cities in a double bind: They won’t improve Internet service and are doing their very best to block a city’s right to do it themselves.<p>With Hollywood credits to its name such as <i>Black Swan</i> and <i>Captain America</i>, the film visual effects firm Exodus FX is an unlikely …

​FBI says it located the Silk Road by exploiting an error with the server's login page

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation may have seized the Silk Road and sold off its horde of ill-gotten Bitcoin, but the case isn't over yet -- the dark web site's creator still has to face trial. The defense of Ross Ulbricht, the man allegedly behind the Silk Road, is doing its best to discredit …

Etsy, Kickstarter, Reddit and Others Will "Slow Down" Sites as Protest

To be clear, the sites will not actually load more clearly, this is just a sort of symbolic protest.<p>As a stand against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s proposal on net neutrality, a group of popular websites will stage an “Internet Slowdown” on Sept. 10.<p>The plan is to overlay their …

When the Student Loan Bubble Bursts, Get Ready for the Stupidity Bubble

Ever wondered what an American higher education system would look like with all of the creativity sucked out of it? If we're not careful, we're about to find out.<p><b>Forecasters wonder what it will look like</b> when the student loan bubble bursts.<p>Yes, one hedge fund or another will practically mint money …

Why Police Don't Need Warrants to Snoop With Drones

A 1989 Supreme Court case gave police free rein for aerial surveillance, but California lawmakers want to limit how drones can be used.<p>Imagine that you lived in a house with a relatively private backyard: fences on all three sides, trees around the perimeter, and no easy way for the neighbors to …

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds, says Common Core violates states' rights

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a suit against the Obama administration Wednesday, joining a conservative-led effort to challenge controversial national education standards knows as the Common Core, which Jindal says violate states' sovereignty.<p>"Common Core is the latest effort by big government …

Common Core

A Whopper of a tax problem

Even the loss of the Whopper and fries won’t budge Congress.<p>Burger King’s $11 billion takeover of Canadian doughnut chain Tim Hortons, a deal that lets the burger behemoth drastically cut its U.S. tax rate by moving its headquarters to Canada, moved closer to fruition on Tuesday, following a chain …

California bill demands college students get 'affirmative consent' before sex

A California bill that demands college students get “affirmative consent” before engaging in sexual activity passed in the state’s legislative chambers on Thursday.<p>The state’s so-called “yes means yes” law passed unanimously in the state senate and will become law if it is signed by Governor Jerry …

Can the FCC clear the way for cities to build broadband? Legal fight heats up over agency’s powers

Gripes about internet speed are common across the country, but in certain towns the complaints have a special twist: the fact that local utilities …

California Passes Smartphone Kill Switch Law

In a move that has me scratching my head, the California legislators have seen fit to pass a law that requires smartphones to have a remote kill switch built into them. Don’t worry for the time being as this only affects smartphones sold after July 1, 2015.<p>Still, it leaves one wondering, what are …

Cable companies want to stop the best internet in America from growing

A group representing giants in the cable industry is trying to shut down two municipalities' proposals to expand their public broadband networks, arguing that public broadband has a "mixed record" and can be harmful to taxpayers, despite these two networks already being successful where they're …

Nike Creates Basketball Court w/ Interactive LED Flooring

This is the House of Mamba, a full-size basketball court built by Nike in Shanghai. The court comes complete "with motion-tracking and reactive LED …

NYPD arrest NY gubernatorial challenger for videoing street-arrest

Randy Credico is challenging Cuomo in the primary; so much for the NYPD's vaunted stop arresting photographers memo.<p>Credico was charged with menacing …