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Investors see legal marijuana as growth industry

It looks like any other business conference — lots of suits, name badges, a long line to the buffet — except that the 700 people who each paid $599 to be in this conference hall south of Seattle are in an industry unlike any other: marijuana.<p>The people at this meeting aren’t Cheech and Chong. …

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The black/white marijuana arrest gap, in nine charts

As you're probably aware, black Americans are arrested for marijuana possession far more frequently than whites. You may also know that there's not much evidence that black people consume marijuana with greater regularity than whites do.<p>But the extent of the disparity between the rate of arrest and …

High court hears medical-marijuana case

Tallahassee’s political establishment has repeatedly blocked legislative votes on medical marijuana and will ask the Florida Supreme Court Thursday …

Marijuana shop owners racing to bag safety

Child-resistant packaging is a pillar of Colorado’s rules for recreational pot shops, approved as a requirement months ago to reduce the risk of …

“Profoundly offensive, and an incredible waste”: Why are we busting drug users?

Drug Policy Alliance founder and director Ethan Nadelmann tells Salon the real lessons of Trey Radel and Rob Ford<p>Days after cocaine use by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and U.S. Rep. Trey Radel made national headlines, Attorney General Eric Holder told a gathering of security ministers in Colombia that …

This Popular Flashlight App Has Been Secretly Sharing Your Location And Device ID

The Android app Brightest Flashlight has been installed between 50 million and 100 million times, averaging a 4.8 rating from more than 1 million reviews. Yet its customers might not be so happy to learn the app has been secretly recording and sharing their location and device ID information.<p>On …

Microsoft's immediate plans against NSA 'threat': court challenges, encryption and transparency

The NSA / PRISM / MUSCULAR scandal sparked by Edward Snowden's leaks stained many tech companies, and tonight Microsoft has laid out several plans it hopes will convince customers (particularly non-US businesses and foreign governments) they're safe using its products and services. In a blog post, …

Ryan Seacrest funded Typo iPhone Keyboard coming in January for $99

Advertisement<p>19 Comments<p>Even after six years, some folks just can’t get used to the software keyboard of an iPhone(s aapl). How else do you explain …

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Snowden’s new leak is a jarring glimpse at Australian spying

Edward Snowden’s latest NSA leak is a doozy for Australians. In 2008, Australia’s surveillance agency, the Defence Signals Directorate (now known as …

Lady Gaga & R. Kelly Perform “Do What U Want” Live On Saturday Night Live

XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'

• XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data • NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches • Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history • NSA's XKeyscore program – read one of the presentations<p>A top secret National Security Agency program allows …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

• NSA and GCHQ unlock encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records • $250m-a-year US program works covertly with tech companies to insert weaknesses into products • Security experts say programs 'undermine the fabric of the internet'<p>• Q&A: submit your questions for our privacy …

U.S. Tech Firms May Be Feeling Bite From NSA Spying Reports

Recent disclosures about NSA surveillance have affected U.S. relations with allies and tainted America's image around the world. Now the fallout seems to be creeping into the U.S. tech sector.<p>Cisco Systems, which manufactures network equipment, posted disappointing first-quarter numbers this week …

Jailed Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond: 'My days of hacking are done'

Hammond calls his 10-year sentence a 'vengeful, spiteful act' by US authorities eager to put a chill on political hacking<p>Jeremy Hammond, the Anonymous hacktivist who released millions of emails relating to the private intelligence firm Stratfor, has denounced his prosecution and lengthy prison …

Target, Walmart and Best Buy Offering Black Friday Deals on Apple Products

Black Friday, a major shopping day in the United States, is still more than two weeks away, but several retailers have already begun advertising upcoming deals. As is typical, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy will all be offering discounts on popular Apple products like iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros.<p>…

Snapchat Rejected A $3 Billion All-Cash Offer From Facebook

According to a new report from Evelyn M. Rusli and Douglas MacMillan at the WSJ, Facebook offered $3 billion in cash to buy Snapchat, but Snapchat turned it down.<p>This is not the first time that Facebook tried to buy Snapchat. Zuckerberg previously offered $1 billion for Snapchat and was rejected.<p>In …

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Smooth operators: why phone companies don't fight the NSA

Will AT&T and Verizon ever push back against NSA surveillance? Don't bet on it<p>Last week, the <i>New York Times</i> unearthed a troubling twist to the endless stream of bad surveillance news. Not only is AT&T handing over bulk call records to the CIA, but they’re getting paid for it, to the tune of $10 …

Square adds 'market item embedding' to make super-simple mini stores everywhere

Mobile payments company Square is making selling products online as simple as embedding a YouTube video in your blog.<p>The company unveiled the Square Market — an online storefront for small businesses — two months ago. Now it’s adding “market item embedding” to allow everyone to embed items for sale …

Paying for privacy: Why it's time for us to become customers again

If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product.<p>Chances are you’ve heard this line before, especially in conversation about privacy and advertising — and it’s true. If you’re using an awesome, free product online, its makers are mining your data for information to sell to advertisers. And …

NSA spying on millions of Visa transactions

The NSA’s own financial databank contained over 180 million records in 2011, 84 percent credit card transactions<p>Der Spiegel on Sunday posted its latest revelations on NSA surveillance based on leaks from whistle-blower Edward Snowden. According to top-secret documents, the NSA "widely monitors …

Square Cash Beams Friends Money Via Email

Put that app and card reader down. Square’s next money revolution will be through a very old technology: Email.<p>For all of the touch-screen, gesture, and voice technology we’ve got, it’s still kind of tough to send someone $5. Despite the ubiquity of Paypal, and every digital wallet since, there is …

Brazil debates internet law in wake of NSA scandal

<b>Along with Russia, China and Iran, Brazil was one of the countries of most interest for US intelligence agencies, according to the leaks from the US National Security Agency (NSA).</b><p>But whereas those other countries may not have appeared too surprised by the extent of US spying, Brazil was …

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Amazon forges new deal with USPS to deliver packages on Sundays

It wasn’t long ago that the United States Postal Service (USPS) was lobbying Congress to allow it to stop delivering packages on weekends due to budgetary constraints. That equation, however, lacked Amazon.<p>Under a new deal with online retail giant Amazon announced today, the USPS will now be …

Karma's shareable hotspot service to support Sprint LTE

While Karma had a good idea when it launched its shareable hotspot service last year, it had to rely on Clearwire's WiMAX data -- not what we'd share with others when the technology is on its way out. The company is catching up, however, with a new deal to use Sprint's LTE. The upgrade gives the …

Finding Your Next iPad Just Got Harder, Thanks To Apple

If you think that Apple would be fine with a third-party website that lets customers find its products more easily, then you don't know Apple.<p>Apple-Tracker.com, an unofficial website that helped prospective buyers track where they can find scarce Apple gadgets, was shut down on Wednesday after …

Vice Is Nice—on Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / September 25, 2013<p>At the beginning of this year, former Bulls forward Dennis Rodman made headlines when he and the Harlem …

The Week in Review: Snowden Leaks Into Europe

Inside Flipboard / November 1, 2013<p>Edward J. Snowden remains in the news this week with the latest batch of files released proving the United States …