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What's the Problem With Broad Surveillance?

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 2:51pm

30 Seconds to Know: Constitutional lawyer Nabiha Syed explains why free-speech advocates believe that the NSA's bulk collection operations step over the line.


    





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Thieves Can Now Rob ATMs via Text Message

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 1:03pm
Robbing an ATM is now as easy as sending a text message, according to a new report from Symantec.Well, not quite that easy.
    





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iTunes Radio Gets News Radio, Via NPR

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:00pm

National Public Radio is adding the first news station to Apple’s audio streaming service, with more on the way.


    





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Check Your Inbox: Amazon Sent E-Book Refunds Today

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:59am
If you bought an Amazon Kindle e-book between April 2010 and May 2012, check your inbox — you may have money coming to you.Early Tuesday, Amazon sent emails to customers who are eligible for a new e-book refund: "Good news!
    





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Spotify Premium Slashes Prices in Half for College Kids

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:43am
College kids today have it easy. Back in my day, we had to illegally download our music from Napster, and occasionally buy shiny discs called “CDs” from disgruntled music majors at “record stores.”Starting on Tuesday, Spotify Premium will be available for only $4.99 for students.
    





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AT&T Insists U.S. Consumers Not Getting Overcharged

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:28am

Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son argued that Americans are paying way too much for broadband. AT&T’s wireless chief thinks they are getting a good deal.


    





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Google Partners With Ray-Ban, Oakley For New Glass Designs

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 7:02pm
Is the current look of Google Glass a bit too ... dorky for you? You're probably not the only one who thinks so. Thankfully, Google is collaborating with Ray-Ban and Oakley on some designs you might actually want to wear.
    





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Disney to Buy YouTube Network Maker for $500M

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 6:47pm
Disney said Monday that it is buying YouTube channel operator Maker Studios for $500 million as the family entertainment giant aims to stay in front of younger audiences who are increasingly watching short videos online.The Walt Disney Co.
    





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Tumblr Boosts Security With Two-Factor Authentication

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 5:45pm
Worried someone is going to get the login to your Tumblr dashboard and publish something that isn't a cat gif? You can now turn on two-factor authentication, making it so login attempts must be confirmed on your phone.
    





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Quora Launches Verified Profiles, Starting With President Obama

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 5:45pm
Quora, the question-and-answer social network where user credentials matter most, finally got around to rolling out Verified Profiles. President Barack Obama was first to get the big blue check of authenticity on Monday, as he answered two questions on the site about the Affordable Care Act.
    





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Microsoft Scanned Blogger's Hotmail to Find Windows 8 Leaker

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 5:29pm
Microsoft accessed the Hotmail emails of a blogger thought to be the recipient of leaked Windows pre-release information, in order to identify and help arrest the employee who shared them.The alleged leaker is former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo, who was arrested Monday.
    





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App Lets You Chat Even If You Don't Have Internet or Cell Connection

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 5:29pm
The next time you’re at a crowded place unable to send a message because of a congested network or poor signal, hold off on tearing out your hair. FireChat is a messaging app that lets you chat with others without a connection — Internet or cell.
    





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Tumblr Boosts Security With Two-Factor Authentication

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 5:29pm
Worried someone is going to get the login to your Tumblr dashboard and publish something that isn't a cat gif? You can now turn on two-factor authentication, making it so login attempts must be confirmed on your phone.
    





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Three Gaming Trends to Watch After Last Week's GDC

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 4:58pm

It's all about mobile gaming, the free-to-play business model and virtual reality.


    





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A Cryptocoin of Their Own: Iceland's 'Auroracoin' Experiment

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 4:42pm
A tech-savvy community in Iceland is trying to jump-start the country's flagging economy with an Iceland-specific variant of bitcoin they call Auroracoin. On Tuesday (late Monday afternoon in the U.S.), every Icelandic citizen will receive a bundle of them — and what happens next, no one knows.
    





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If Candy Crush and Sudoku Had a Baby, It Would Look Like 2048

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 4:42pm
Say goodbye to your free time. The latest game people have become obsessed with is 2048.Like Sudoku, it involves numbers. And like Candy Crush, it involves moving tiles around vertically and horizontally. The goal is to combine numbers until you reach 2048 or more.
    





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App Lets You Chat Even If You Don't Have Internet or Cell Connection

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 4:27pm
The next time you’re at a crowded place unable to send a message because of a congested network or poor signal, hold off on tearing out your hair. FireChat is a messaging app that lets you chat with others without a connection — Internet or cell.
    





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Track Yourself: From Brainwaves to Body Sensors

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:25pm

Short Cuts: Experts in body sensing, productivity and education weigh in on the tips and tricks they use to track their health and performance.


    





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Apollo 15 Moon Mission Camera Auctioned for Nearly $1M

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:09pm
A camera used on the 1971 Apollo 15 Moon mission sold for almost a million dollars at an auction late last week. The Hasselblad 500 series, customized for use in space, was used by astronaut Jim Irwin on the lunar surface, and is one of the few cameras brought back to Earth.
    





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Turkey Twitter Ban: How 1.1 Million People Are Getting Around It

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 3:09pm
On Thursday night, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would “eradicate Twitter.” Hours later he blocked access to the social networking site.The result: Twitter use actually increased 138 percent in the immediate aftermath of the ban.How is that possible?
    





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