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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



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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.

Posted on Mar 13, 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.

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



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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.

Posted on Jan 17, 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.

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



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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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Twitter Toughens Encryption in Cat and Mouse Game With NSA

The microblogging site has added a tougher encryption protocol previously implemented by Google and Facebook to help combat NSA spying.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



Don’t Believe Everything You Read About the Nexus 5

The Nexus 5 is Google’s new flagship phone. Despite being superior in some ways to the iPhone, and costing only half the price, the Nexus has taken a bit of a beating in reviews.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Can L.A.’s New Mayor Succeed Where Other Charming Liberals Failed?

The difficult task of ending income and social inequality in Los Angeles is now in the hands of a liberal new mayor, Eric Garcetti, a compromiser rather than a crusader.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Change Has Always Been the New Normal

I live and work in a world in which, as they say: "Change is the new normal." I’m sure you do, too.

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Google Engineers Say ‘Fuck You’ to the NSA, Encrypt Future Stolen Data

While their bosses use less salty language to push for reform and transparency, a couple of Google’s security engineers have taken to the company’s own social network to vent their frustration at U.S. and British spying.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Dark Mail Aims to Restore Privacy in the NSA Age

The founder of Lavabit, the secure email service provider that shut down rather than betray its customers—including Edward Snowden—to the U.S. government, is back with a new idea for private email.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE


Phonebloks and Motorola Team Up to Save the World From Disposable Gadgets

If today’s smartphones are super-powerful computers that cost $700, why do we throw them out every time they break a nail?

Posted on Oct 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Apple Makes Its Operating System Free

Microsoft, which generates billions in sales of new versions of Windows—even when they’re unpopular—had better look out.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Government Calls in Help to Fix Obamacare Website

U.S. technology chief Todd Y. Park is among those who have been asked by the White House to sort out the notoriously malfunctioning federal exchange website built by a unit of CGI Group Inc.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Twitter CEO Responds to Sexism Charge Like a Bratty Child

If ever there’s a moment to think before you tweet, it’s when you’re the head of Twitter, your company has been accused of sexism and your gut tells you name-calling is the way to go.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Leaks Point to Google Superphone for Half the Price of an iPhone

Google’s next Nexus phone (referred to by bloggers as the “Nexus 5,” for lack of an official name) has been all but announced, with a torrent of leaks online providing a very good idea of what to expect.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 READ MORE



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Shutdown: NASA Says Ta Ta for Now on Instagram

The space agency waved a cheeky goodbye from the social image site Tuesday, saying “we won’t be posting or replying to comments during the U.S. government shutdown.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE


Steve Ballmer Sings His Last Song to Microsoft

The CEO shed tears as he gave his final company-wide employee speech last week at the Key Arena in Seattle.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



Sony

Why Isn’t Sony’s Waterproof Super-Cameraphone More Amazing?

Apple makes a phone in different colors and the world goes crazy. Sony’s smartphone, meanwhile, lets you take 21 megapixel photos underwater and you probably haven’t heard about it.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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L.A.’s Billion Dollar Plan to Replace Textbooks With iPads Struggles With Reality

Apple marketed its iPad as an educational device “that just works,” but the City of Angels is learning the hard way that there’s nothing simple about $700 textbooks.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE


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