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Information-Sharing Bill Would Extend NSA’s Reach, Opponents Argue

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which includes no data-protection provisions, would set up a new network for private corporations to share customer data with nearly all levels of law enforcement and intelligence, including the National Security Agency.

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Could Drones Put Out Forest Fires With This Sound Wave Device?

George Mason University engineering seniors Viet Tran and Seth Robertson have discovered a way to extinguish flames with low-frequency sound.

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE



Uber’s Plan to Win Over Women Backfires

The United Nations has withdrawn from a partnership with controversial ridesharing app Uber over fears for women’s safety.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE



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We Need a New Economic Model Because the Current Model Is Falling Apart

The economy toward which we’re hurtling—in which more and more is generated by fewer and fewer people who reap almost all the rewards, leaving the rest of us without enough purchasing power—can’t function.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE


Here Comes the Apple Watch

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Technology Does Not Guarantee Transparency

In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent. But two New York politicos are showing that the era of Big Data does not necessarily mean the public gets a better view of its government.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE


Drone Skies

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Samsung’s SmartTV Is Smart Enough to Spy on Its Owners

A startlingly vigilant new television by Samsung, the SmartTV, monitors what people say through a voice activation feature and, as it’s handily interfacing with the Internet, might just share that information with third parties.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE



The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who Almost Went Broke

Werner Koch’s code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work.

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Watch Matter Move to Music

Nigel John Stanford is a New Zealand-based musician who uses sound to help create visual images.

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Where’s Evidence for Uber’s Claim That It Helped Decrease Drunk Driving Accidents?

The ridesharing service published a report last week with Mothers Against Drunk Driving connecting the rise of Uber to a drop in drunk driving accidents. Except the connection isn’t so clear.

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What’s Really Happening With China’s Great Firewall

Three popular services that allow users in China to view otherwise-censored content have experienced outages over the past few days, a sign of increasing government efforts to limit what Chinese users can read on the Internet.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE



The Age of Cryptocurrency

A new book examines Bitcoin, a “highly disruptive technology” that has the modest goal of “freeing people from the tyranny of centralized trust.”

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Why Many Cities Aren’t Allowed to Provide the Cheap, Fast Internet Obama Wants You to Have

Obama hailed the benefits of an open Internet in his State of the Union address. Here’s what it is and how he’s trying to make it happen.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



Multitasking: It’s Dangerous and It Doesn’t Really Exist

Neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin summarizes the latest research into the neurological effects of so-called multitasking in a world where email, Facebook and instant messaging demand our attention more or less constantly.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



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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



Beware of the Tracking Cookie You Just Can’t Kill

An online ad company called Turn is using tracking cookies that come back to life after Verizon users have deleted them. Turn’s services are used by everyone from Google to Facebook.

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The Animal Kingdom Has Been Up to Some Freaky Sexual Antics Lately

Some seals have taken a liking to sex with penguins while an octopus was found to have strangled its lover; meanwhile, 2014 was filled with protests and strikes along with technology failures. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE



What Will the Widespread Use of Drones Mean for Journalism?

Having so many drones flying around may have “serious implications” for journalists and researchers; India named its first “yoga czar”; meanwhile, a Fox News interview shows the holes in Dick Cheney’s defense of CIA torture. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE


Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.” Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama’s immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

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Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.” Also: Robert Scheer on President Obama’s immigration overhaul, Keystone XL dies in the Senate, and Kasia Anderson breaks down the Bill Cosby rape allegations.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



Net Neutrality on the Line

The net neutrality discussion has recently been reinvigorated on the national level. That’s great news for organizations that have been pushing for that exact course of action here in the U.S., but how does it affect the conversation on a global level?

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



Quantum Computers Are Coming, and Here’s How to Process That Information

There are potential positives and negatives in this equation.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



Time for a Federal Robotics Agency

As drones, driverless cars, robotic surgeons and algorithms that can buy and trade in the stock market become part of the daily conversation, there needs to be an understanding of how the law and the public will deal with these imminent realities.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE



Political Will Is Only Barrier to 100 Percent Renewables

A report published ahead of Tuesday’s U.N. Climate Summit illustrates that poor and prosperous nations, tiny islands and great cities, can satisfy all their energy needs from renewables.

Posted on Sep 21, 2014 READ MORE


Apple Watch Out

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Apple’s Big Reveal: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Go Large, the Apple Watch Arrives

As expected, Apple on Tuesday unveiled its new iPhone models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and they represent an upgrade in more ways than one.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE


Too Much Facebook

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Digital Privacy

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Driverless Cars

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The Era of In-Communication

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Eye Phone

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Drones

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Tech Companies Boost Their Efforts to Stave Off Spy Agencies

Tech companies are in a new race to make it harder for spy agencies around the world, such as the NSA in the U.S., to access their customers’ data.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE


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Space Technology Aids Water Power

One of the most modern technologies, satellite imagery, is helping to exploit one of the greenest and most traditional—water power.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE


The Information Age

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First Solar Bread Oven Takes a Bow

A new kind of solar oven can provide heat over 24 hours and offers the prospect of emission-free baking to remote communities.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE



Science Finds New Routes to Energy

Scientists in the U.S. have found new ways to make biofuel, increase crop yields and exploit carbon dioxide through novel applications of familiar materials.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



Mass Media Will Make Millions Thanks to the McCutcheon Decision—Here’s How

The companies that control the media stand to benefit the most from the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision; a new theory about germs poses the most important challenge to medicine in the 21st century; meanwhile, Microsoft’s new CEO has revolutionized the company. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE



Wooden Skyscrapers Help Cool Climate

Chop down trees to build skyscrapers? It sounds odd, but it’s already helping to slow climate change emissions—and to protect the forests themselves.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE



Where Did All the Republican Israel Critics Go?

Democrats are no longer as chummy with Israel as the GOP has become; big data’s on everybody’s mind these days; meanwhile, a Finnish columnist offers his perspective on the Ukraine and Russia conflict from a different vantage point. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



This Drone Is After Your Phone (Video)

Hackers have developed a drone that can pluck the contents of your smartphone—from your location data to your shopping passwords—from the sky.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



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New App Promises to Help You Read a Novel in 90 Minutes or Less, but Is That Really Feasible?

The short answer is speed reading is more or less possible, with and without this app.

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



Can the Internet Democratize Capitalism?

Democracy requires a great deal more than “leveling.” It requires political institutions that enable the economically weak to have a decisive say on policy against the interests of the rich and powerful.

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 READ MORE


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