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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Apple Fixes Threat from Fake iPhone Chargers in iOS 7
Apple to go Retina on iPad Mini
Edward Snowden is NOT the story.
The fate of the internet is.
because of what the U.S. government assumed it could do with information it had the technological ability to intercept, American companies and American interests are sure to suffer in their efforts to shape and benefit from the Internet's continued growth.
The problem for the companies, it's worth emphasizing, is not that they were so unduly eager to cooperate with U.S. government surveillance. Many seem to have done what they could to resist. The problem is what the U.S. government -- first under Bush and Cheney, now under Obama and Biden -- asked them to.
The real threat from terrorism has never been the damage it does directly, even through attacks as horrific as those on 9/11. The more serious threat comes from the over-reaction.
XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'
"What the Department of Homeland Security became under Janet Napolitano is this monstrous surveillance and very intimidating group," said Rutherford Institute President John Whitehead
NSA Surveillance Programs to be Declassified
The U.S. intelligence community plans to declassify information about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, CNN reported.
Newly declassified documents on phone records program released
A breakthrough in cryptography could thwart a favorite attack of hackers
How Musicians Really Make Money in One Long Graph
Some fear that technology is making us dumber. But others contend our gadgets could boost our intellectual abilities.
We are obsessed with making everything faster and cheaper. The result of this obsession is that we become less skillful.
Many people are relatively impulsive, with shorter attention spans and weaker impulse control. They are more easily distractible and dependent on technology. In comparison, reflective people are better at inhibiting distractions and inappropriate uses of technology. They are more likely to not answer a cellphone that rings while driving.
Our brains no longer have to store knowledge. We just need to know how to retrieve it, and we don't always know whether it's accurate or not.
Inside Bitcoins conference: How do you regulate virtual currencies?
Inside Bitcoins conference: Why venture capital wants in
Pamir Gelenbe of Hummingbird Ventures, a small venture capital firm based in Europe, said part of his excitement about bitcoin is that he doesn't think a single regulator will be able to shut it down.
"Bitcoin is going to happen whether or not regulators want it to happen" he says.
What Google Knows About You
Pretty much everything
Tweeting about a new job can get you sued
So Now Your Phone Will "Hear" You All The Time?