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Google Will Become ‘Alphabet’ in Biggest Change in the Company’s History

“Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one,” said co-founder Larry Page in Monday’s surprise announcement.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE



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The Country That Actually Started the Middle East Nuclear Arms Race (Hint: Not Iran)

As the Iran deal is debated, it’s important to keep in mind who’s responsible for the nuclear arms race in the Middle East; turns out a “useless liberal arts degree” has become a hot commodity in the tech world; meanwhile, a writer explores Donald Trump’s mob ties. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



Silicon Valley Emerges as a Political Force

When it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world’s technology giants spreads the wealth to both parties—positioning the tech industry as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



African-Americans Make Up Less Than 2 Percent of Facebook and Twitter Staff

Despite the rainbow nature of their users, recent statistics reveal a staggering lack of workforce diversity.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



California Labor Commission Officially Calls Uber Driver an Uber Employee

A California labor agency has determined that, at least in one instance, an Uber driver is actually an employee of the company, not an independent contractor who happens to rely on Uber-provided information to drive her business. But what does this mean for the ride-sharing behemoth?

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE


Data and Goliath

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Surveillance State Repeal Bill Gets Bipartisan Support

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., is sponsoring the proposed law with the help of five other House members, including Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. When Congress returns from recess next week, Pocan plans to present the bill in an effort to repeal parts of the Patriot Act.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE


Here Comes the Apple Watch

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If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every cell in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE


If Ubiquitous Surveillance Doesn’t Stop Terrorism, Why Does the NSA Want to Know Everything?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer responds to new revelations about NSA hacks on hard drives and nearly every mobile phone in the U.S. Also, David Blau on the childcare problem.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



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T-Mobile Now Offers Fancy Phones on Bad Credit, but There’s a Catch

For the first time, a carrier is selling expensive phones and tablets with zero-percent interest to customers with terrible credit.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE


Microsoft Is Going to Fill the World With Holograms

Drawing inspiration from the stuff of fantasy, Microsoft has announced plans to release a new platform and “augmented reality visor” that will fill your world with videos, images and three-dimensional objects.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Charlie Hebdo

You Can Now Buy the Historic Charlie Hebdo Issue on Your Phone

Charlie Hebdo ordered 5 million copies of its defiant post-massacre issue to be printed, and the first run of 3 million sold out in minutes. For those who want to know what all the fuss is about, the satirical publication is now available on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



Google’s Mix-and-Match Phone Is Becoming a Reality

Google announced that its planet-friendly Project Ara phone has taken a leap forward in development and will be on trial sale in Puerto Rico later this year.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



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China Partners With Gay Hookup App to Spread AIDS Awareness

China decriminalized gay sex only in 1997, and stigmas remain, but a doubling of HIV infections among young urbanites has made for some unlikely bedfellows.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE



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AT&T Stops Tracking Customers but Verizon Remains Committed to Prying

Negative press coverage has forced the wireless carrier to reconsider selling customer data to advertisers.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE


Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

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Dark Money and Poll Taxes: Coping With Our Crazy Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The 2014 midterms are upon us, Rebecca Solnit says women’s issues are men’s issues, and “FOIA terrorist” Jason Leopold tells us about Michael Hayden’s finances.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



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Putin Mulls Plan to Turn Off the Internet in Case of ‘Emergency’

The Guardian is reporting that Russian officials might take drastic measures in the event of public unrest.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE


Apple Watch Out

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Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



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The Apple Watch: A Right-Handed Exclusive

The highly anticipated and just announced Apple Watch will come in your choice of two sizes, three finishes and six bands, but all of them will expect you to be right-handed.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



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NSA Built a Search Engine to Share 850 Billion Records, The Intercept Reports

According to newly released documents from Edward Snowden’s treasure trove, the National Security Agency not only gave domestic law enforcement entities access to private data, it made it as easy as possible.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



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Students Who Take Notes With Laptops Learn Less, and the Reason May Surprise You

A few months ago, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that students who handwrite their notes learn better than those who use laptops, and the reason is not because the latter are busy checking Facebook.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE



Fairphone

The Guilt-Free Phone Made Specifically for Socially Conscious Buyers

Smartphones are amazing, but they’re also made by exploited workers using illicit materials that help foster war and add to global toxic pollution when we’re done with them in about two years.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



LG

The Best Phone Money Can Buy—For Now

The iPhone, by all accounts, will rule the fall. But the summer belongs to LG.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



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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


Drone Swatting

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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



Amazon

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.

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



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



Motorola

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


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