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War of words heats up over South China Sea conflict | South China Sea

<b>Singapore</b> - While rival claims over the South China Sea fishing grounds and shipping lanes go back centuries, China's intensifying land reclamation and island-building in the Spratly archipelago and other contested waters is an escalating global dispute.<p>China laid out its ambitions for a bigger …

Exclusive: China warns U.S. surveillance plane

<b>Above the South China Sea (CNN) —</b> The Chinese navy issued warnings eight times as a U.S. surveillance plane on Wednesday swooped over islands that Beijing is using to extend its zone of influence.<p>The series of man-made islands and the massive Chinese military build-up on them have alarmed the …

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The Google Way of Attacking Problems

One Friday afternoon in 2002, long before his company became a household verb, Larry Page walked into the office kitchen and posted some printouts of results from Google’s AdWords engine. On top, in big bold letters, he wrote, “THESE ADS SUCK.”<p>In most companies, this would be seen as cruel — an …

Reps. Poe, Massie, Lofgren, Internet Guru Vint Cerf Warn Against Gov't "Backdoors" That Allow Warrantless Searches

Via reader CharlesWT comes word of a bill that would prevent the government from mandating easy access to user data on a variety of computer- and …

Why the USA Freedom Act Is Both Desperately Important and Laughably Pathetic

<i>(This post is from our new blog: Unofficial Sources.)</i><p>Media coverage of the USA Freedom Act surveillance reform bill has been strikingly schizophrenic …

Why this Millennial quit his 6-figure job and gave away most of his possessions

Joshua Fields Millburn, who at age 27 became the youngest director of operations at a large telecom company in the Midwest, had been asked to craft a plan to close eight retail stores and terminate 41 workers. But when he handed the report to his boss in early 2011, it included 42 names. At the top …

Feds no longer need a warrant to search your phone location records, district court rules

A major court decision has been reversed<p>In a reversal of a decision from last year, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled today that the government does not need a warrant to search wireless carriers' cellphone records.<p>The court ruled the records were not from a "search"<p>The case …

Metadata access is putting whistleblowers, journalists and democracy at risk

Just how frequently this power to access your and my metadata is used is extraordinary: In 2012 there were no less than 40 government agencies that …

Privacy and the Profit Motive

Image <i>Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the iPhone 6. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)</i>Privacy, it seems, is becoming a commodity in post-Snowden America. A …

Giving Your IP To China

My law firm represents a large number of American companies that contract out to have their products manufactured in China. One of the first issues …

Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

The presidential hopefuls haven't spent much time so far with voters. Instead, they've committed many days to courting the millionaires and billionaires who can fuel a White House bid. And at the same time, activists on the left and right are seeking to redefine political corruption, which they …

Apple accused of stifling streaming music competition as DOJ joins EC in antitrust investigation

Allegations that Apple is engaging in anti-competitive practices in the run-up to the launch of its rebranded Beats streaming music service are now being investigated by the Department of Justice, according to “multiple sources” cited by <i>The Verge.</i><p>The claim is that Apple has been attempting to use …

Privacy Commissioner rules metadata 'personal', Telstra must hand over personal data to journalist Ben Grubb

The Privacy Commissioner has ruled that metadata is personal, finding that Telstra must hand over information it holds about a journalist, two years …

The Justice Department is reviewing its Stingray phone-tracking programs

For years, the phone-tracking devices known as Stingrays have been one of law enforcement's most closely guarded secrets — but a new report from <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> suggests that may be about to change. According to the report, the Justice Department is in the midst of a full review of how law …

Department of Justice will review how it deploys cell phone snooping tech

ACLU says federal oversight of when and why stingrays are used is "long overdue."<p>The Department of Justice (DOJ) is going to pull back the curtain …

Liberals, conservatives unite vs. NSA spying

With key parts of the PATRIOT Act set to expire, polarized lawmakers find common cause.<p>In an ornate room on the first floor of the Capitol, some of the most liberal members of Congress met for lunch on Thursday with nearly a dozen stalwart conservatives who’ve repeatedly taken on their own …

Rosen: Liberals Should Worry That Supreme Court Will Protect Too Much Liberty

There was much discussion of "dignity" at the Supreme Court last Tuesday, as the court heard oral argument in the same-sex marriage case <i>Obergefell v. Hodges</i>. Some supporters of same-sex marriage found this discussion encouraging. But law professor Jeffrey Rosen, writing at <i>The Atlantic</i>, solemnly …

The US-EU trade deal could take Monsanto's GM crops off the table

As President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron stood smiling for the cameras at a press conference on free trade this week, a secret lurked …

Top 5 Samsung Galaxy S3 custom ROMs

You want to bring the best out of your Samsung Galaxy S3 phone by using a custom ROM, but you dread spending days trawling the web for the best ones? …

US seizes and freezes funds at biggest Bitcoin exchange

Mobile payments startup Dwolla says it shut down account belonging to MtGox after receiving a seizure warrant from Homeland Security<p>Authorities in the US have reportedly frozen a mobile payments account associated with Bitcoin exchange MtGox, as part of an investigation announced Tuesday. Dwolla, …

ECONOMIST: New Grads Should Approach The Job Market Like Dating In College

According to University of Michigan Economist Justin Wolfers, they're just being smart. NPR's Planet Money asked a series of economists what they would say if they were giving a commencement address. Here's an excerpt from Wolfers' response:<p>"<b>Approach your career ambitions the same way you</b> …