Valarie Connell

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What We’re Watching as 4 States Vote and Both Parties Court Michigan

<i>Join us for live updates of the March 8 primaries.</i><p><i>Voters go to the polls in four states on Tuesday,</i> <i>with Michigan the biggest prize for both parties. Donald J. Trump seeks to strengthen his position as the Republican front-runner, while his rivals look to slow his drive toward the nomination. For</i> …

A Monochrome Lego Set To Teach Tomorrow’s Architects

Six cutting-edge design firms have teamed up with the world’s most popular brick-maker to impart the core principles of modern architecture.<p>The first thing you’ll notice about the Lego Architecture Studio is that it’s white. There are no colors, no shades, no pigments, no hues here. It is as white …

Walmart Is Latest-And Biggest-Company To Dump Paula Deen

Guess that Today Show appearance didn’t do the trick after all.<p>Walmart, America’s biggest retailer, said this afternoon that it was severing ties with Paula Deen immediately, the latest company to end its relationship since revelations this week that Deen admitted in a deposition for a workplace …

Bumpy-Headed Reptile Fossils Discovered

<b>New fossils of an ancient reptile called Bunostegos akokanensis indicate that it probably wasn’t winning any prehistoric beauty contests.</b><p>“Imagine a cow-sized, plant-eating reptile with a knobby skull and bony armor down its back,” Linda Tsuji, leader of a new study on the critter, said in a …

Rand Paul: On Gay Marriage GOP Needs to 'Agree to Disagree'

(Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images)<p>Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News he believes the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act was …

Obama's Approval Rating Plummets, With A Stunning Drop Among Young People

A full breakdown of the poll can be downloaded here (.pdf) but the key datapoints are as follows:<p>General job approval is down from 53% in May to 45% now.<br>• Approval on the economy is down 2 points, to 42%.<br>• On foreign affairs, Obama has fallen 5 points to 44%.<br>• On illegal immigration, Obama's disapproval …

Samsung Is About To Launch A Secret, Super-Fast Version Of Its Galaxy S4 Phone

J.K. Shin, also co-chief executive of the world's biggest technology firm by revenue, said the phone would be sold in South Korea as early as this month.<p>Samsung was in talks with several overseas carriers to take the phone, Shin told Reuters in an interview at Samsung's headquarters in Suwon, just …

GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians' communications at G20 summits

Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls …

Intel Chief: NSA Isn’t Tapping Calls

Sony SmartWatch goes open-source, looking for more innovation

After releasing the first true smartwatch from a major manufacturer, Sony shows its pioneering skin again by making the project fully open-source. Hoping to attract extra attention and possibly more innovative ideas from independent developers, Sony has granted them opened access.<p>Running on pure …

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 …

NSA scandal: what data is being monitored and how does it work?

What is the scandal?<p>The US's National Security Agency (NSA), its wiretapping agency, has been monitoring communications between the US and foreign …

Edward Snowden: what might China do?

Hong Kong is unlikely to offer Edward Snowden a permanent refuge, but the NSA whistleblower could buy time by filing an asylum request, thanks to a …

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant …

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things' – video

The source behind the Guardian’s NSA files talks to Glenn Greenwald about his motives for the biggest intelligence leak in a generation

Edward Snowden: Republicans call for NSA whistleblower to be extradited

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was condemned by US politicians and threatened with prosecution by the country's intelligence chief on Sunday …

Meet the contractors analyzing your private data

Private companies are getting rich probing your personal information for the government. Call it Digital Blackwater<p>Amid the torrent of stories about the shocking new revelations about the National Security Agency, few have bothered to ask a central question. Who’s actually doing the work of …

Booz Allen’s Top-Secret Workforce

Edward Snowden, a 29-year old employee of consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton, came out as the source of leaked information on government surveillance systems over the weekend, in a fascinating interview with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald. The revelation has put the spotlight on Booz Allen, a company …

Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America

In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden's release of NSA material – and that definitely …

Booz Allen Hamilton: Edward Snowden's US contracting firm

Booz Allen Hamilton, Edward Snowden's employer, is one of America's biggest security contractors and a significant part of the constantly revolving …

Greenwald’s long battle against the surveillance state

While at Salon, the former litigator wrote regularly of the danger of ever-expanding dragnets<p>The series of revelations last week that the National Security Agency (NSA) was daily hoarding data on every phone and online communication inside and coming from the U.S. were the finest examples of Glenn …

Alan Murray on Twitter: "64%of Dems think NSA surveillance is acceptable. When it was Bush in 2006, 61% said it was UNacceptable. http://t.co/mGhTFwK8Y4"

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Edward Snowden hailed as hero, accused of treason – as it happened

11.22pm BST<p>Summary<p>We're going to wrap up our <b>live blog coverage</b> for the day. The day was defined by competing arguments about whistleblower Edward …

NSA data surveillance: how much is too much?

The NSA collects and stores the phone records of millions of Americans. For thousands or millions of foreigners, it collects far more information …

Edward Snowden's explosive NSA leaks have US in damage control mode

Washington was struggling to contain one of the most explosive national security leaks in US history on Monday, as public criticism grew of the …

Edward Snowden: more conscientious objector than common thief

Edward Snowden is a very modern spy – neither gun-blazingly dashing nor cat-strokingly sinister. He is young, tech-savvy, quietly articulate and …

Prior NSA Whistleblower Warns Edward Snowden: Government Will Seek “Revenge and Retaliation”