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A Local Fight for the Future of the Internet

The front line in this fight is Chattanooga, Tenn., where officials at the city’s public electric utility, EPB, realized that smart-grid energy infrastructure could also provide consumers super-fast Internet speeds at competitive prices.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Iran Sentences Facebook Protesters to 127 Years in Prison

Eight “youths” in Iran were sentenced to an average of almost 16 years in prison for speaking out against their government, state media and Sky News reported Monday.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



Google

Is Your Car Compatible With Your Television?

We’re about to have a major setback. Machines that were never before concerned with software will speak to each other, and, unfortunately, they won’t have access to a translator.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



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United Supreme Court Defends Digital Privacy

The high court ruled unanimously Wednesday that law enforcement’s assumptions about privacy and mobile phones are flat wrong.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



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Amazon’s New Phone Is an Overpriced Bar Code Scanner

Amazon unveiled its first phone Wednesday. It has some innovative features, but its primary function seems to be getting people to buy more stuff from Amazon.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Al Gore’s Warnings About Inequality and Democracy

The former vice president recently told a tech industry conference when “95 percent of all the additional national income in the U.S., since the recovery began in ’09, goes to the top 1 percent, that’s not an Occupy Wall Street slogan, that’s a fact.”

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



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FTC Sounds Privacy Alarm on Data Brokers, Asks Congress to Act

Ever heard of Acxiom or Corelogic? No? Chances are they’ve heard of you. According to a new 110-page report from the Federal Trade Commission, data brokers “collect and store a vast amount of data on almost every U.S. household and commercial transaction.”

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Europe Says Google Has to Delete Embarrassing Data

The European Union’s highest court issued a tough verdict Tuesday that could be a boon to privacy, but a loss to free access to information—and the business model of companies such as Google and Facebook.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Privacy Tools: Encrypt What You Can

Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the inner secrets of the NSA, he has been urging Americans to use encryption to protect themselves from rampant spying.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Two Felons Could Force the Supreme Court to Protect Privacy in the Digital Age

The last thing we would expect from the Roberts court is a robust defense of civil liberties, but judging from the tenor of Tuesday’s oral argument, we could be in for some surprises.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Glassholes and Glasswipes

The nerds have come full circle, shedding their recently acquired soft fuzzy status as lovable underdogs to once again be reviled.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE



OnePlus

The Best Feature of This Phone Is Its Price

Samsung and HTC just announced their new flagship phones, and Apple is expected to drop the iPhone 6 sometime soon. Chinese upstart OnePlus is hoping to give all those devices a run for their money—literally.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Netflix to Raise Prices for New Customers

The streaming video service announced it would raise prices by one or two dollars for new customers only, however existing subscribers will likely see their bills match newcomers at some point in the future.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



NSA Said to Have Left Us Vulnerable to Attack in Order to Exploit Heartbleed

In violation of one of its primary missions, the National Security Agency has kept secret the biggest threat to Internet security in memory in order to exploit it, sources say.

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Heartbleed Bug Has Been Around for 2 Years, Affects Two-Thirds of the Internet

A critical flaw that has been with us for some time and could be around for months to come leaves much of the Internet vulnerable.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



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All of America’s Wireless Carriers Suck, but T-Mobile Is the Fastest

According to OpenSignal, a company that tracks cellphone data speeds, mobile phone service in the United States is universally lousy compared with the rest of the world.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE


The Internet Is Great and It’s Awful

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


Aaron Swartz: The Internet’s Own Boy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A new documentary shows the genius and tragedy of Aaron Swartz, Hobby Lobby v. Women, the race to replace Rep. Henry Waxman is on, and we look at the surprising locale of the most segregated schools in America.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE


Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE


Why Hillary Clinton Should Fear Bernie Sanders

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: If the socialist senator runs, he might find an electorate hungry for radical change. Also: Starving students, the Supreme Court’s campaign hypocrisy, and Google owes you $500.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Google’s New Android Wear Smartwatches Make Every Other Wearable Look Ugly and Dumb

If Google and its hardware partners can deliver on the promise of their new wearable devices, then the war for the hottest new market in technology is already won.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE


Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

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Torture ‘Was the Last Straw for Me,’ CIA Rebel Ray McGovern Says

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Sen. Dianne Feinstein picks a fight with the CIA on spying and torture, Fukushima turns 3, how to protect yourself from private and government surveillance, and the handful of American families who have all the power.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE


Sprint Chairman Says His Network Is ‘Horrible’

Mergers are all the rage these days, and in his bid to add a second U.S. carrier to his collection, Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son isn’t pulling punches.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Flappy Bird’ Creator Finally Explains Why He Said ‘No’ to Fame and Fortune

Dong Nguyen’s supremely addictive iPhone game was earning him $50,000 a day, and an equal helping of hate mail.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Do It Again

The NSA whistle-blower told an audience at the SXSW festival/conference via video chat, “Would I do it again? Absolutely yes.” He added: “I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I felt the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



MOOCs and Other Wonders: Education and High-Tech Utopia

Deep within our cultural history is a faith in the power of technology to cure social problems.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Microsoft Puts Hillary Clinton’s Worst Strategist in Charge of Strategy

Mark Penn, who ran Hillary Clinton’s 2008 coronation right into the ground, is now Microsoft’s chief strategy officer.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Second Look: Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows Tablet

It isn’t the best known tablet, but for those who need to get actual work done, Nokia’s RT slate is worth considering.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Inequality, Productivity and WhatsApp

If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp.

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Can Anyone Guess What Facebook Just Spent $19 Billion On?

The tech world is in shock over Facebook’s latest big ticket purchase.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Software Glitch Forces Toyota to Recall 1.9 Million Priuses

Toyota’s hybrid system is a marvel of technology, except in one really inconvenient way.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE



Sony

You Probably Won’t Buy Sony’s Amazing Waterproof Phone

For whatever reason, phone shoppers have met genuine innovation with disinterest.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE


Facebook Does News With New ‘Paper’ App

Facebook already has one of the more popular mobile apps and 1.2 billion users, so why is the social behemoth competing with itself?

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



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How Beats Music Drove Me Back to Spotify

In an overcrowded market, Spotify holds on to a special cachet.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Privacy Tools: How to Build Better Passwords

Passwords are the first line of defense between your private data and an attacker.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

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Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

Posted on Jan 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Proof That Your Internet Connection Is Worse Than Advertised

Although we’ve come to expect less than we pay for with broadband Internet providers, the actual numbers are outrageous.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Internet for Sale: Federal Court Guts Net Neutrality

The Washington, D.C., District Court of Appeals just eliminated the FCC’s already-compromised protection of a free and open Internet and moved to limit the federal watchdog’s authority over broadband.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE



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Privacy Tools: How to Safely Browse the Web

In the course of writing her book, “Dragnet Nation,” ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin tried various strategies to protect her privacy. In this blog post, she distills the lessons from her privacy experiments into useful tips for readers.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014 READ MORE



T-Mobile

T-Mobile Will Pay You to Dump Verizon, AT&T and Sprint

The self-styled “un-carrier” has unveiled its latest effort to reinvent the phone market, and it could be worth hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars, depending on the size of your family.

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Yahoo Wants to Bring Back the Newspaper by Putting It on Your Phone

Nick D’Aloisio was 15 when he created Summly, and he became one of the youngest millionaires ever when he sold his tech to Yahoo two years later.

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Alleged Snapchat Hackers Say They Had Good Reason to Leak User Data

When you hear that 4.6 million usernames and partial phone numbers have been published online, it’s easy to blame the publisher, but what about the company that may have left all that private data hanging so low on the tree?

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 READ MORE



The Right Gloats About Fall of Polygamy Laws

Conservatives believe the recent ruling on Utah’s anti-polygamy statute is the inevitable consequence of the marriage equality movement; Coca Cola is trying to stop people from drinking tap water; meanwhile, Silicon Valley techies are arrogantly promoting class war in San Francisco. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE


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