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New studies show that when people have been misinformed, offering the correct facts makes them only more obstinate; social media causes a lot of misinformation when it comes to reporting; and why did ESPN pull the plug on an investigation into head trauma? These discoveries and more after the jump.

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While defending the legal basis for the NSA's mass domestic data mining program, the former NSA and CIA director claimed Sunday that "Gmail is the preferred Internet service provider of terrorists worldwide," adding: "I don't think you're going to see that in a Google commercial, but it's free, it's ubiquitous, so of course it is."

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In response to a lawsuit against it, the information giant acknowledged that no one using Gmail or emailing a Gmail account holder should expect the content of his or her correspondence to remain exclusive.

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Since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA's mass surveillance of Americans, interest in cryptography has been piqued. That's fine if you're a nerd, but what about Grandma's privacy? Luckily there are fairly simple ways to communicate privately.

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With the simple dictum "don't be evil" as its motto, the Internet software giant Google -- which ranked as the third-highest lobbying spender in the tech industry in 2010 -- wages an aggressive image and relations campaign with an international public, and its strategy is evolving. (more)

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The Google email accounts of hundreds of American journalists and government and military officials were successfully raided as part of a spear-phishing operation conducted by Chinese hackers who tricked their targets into signing in on a decoy login page.

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