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Darrell Issa to Investigate 'Do-Nothing' Patent Office Employees

August 20, 2014 House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is launching an investigation into the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office after reports surfaced indicating employees routinely do "little to no work" by abusing the agency's generous telework policies. In a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker sent Tuesday, Issa asked ...

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Obama on Ferguson: There's a 'Gulf of Mistrust' Between People and Police

August 19, 2014 President Obama addressed on Monday the ongoing turmoil in Ferguson, Mo., where protests over the police shooting of unarmed Michael Brown have unfurled into their second week. "It's clear that the vast majority of people are peacefully protesting. What's also clear is that a small minority of individuals are not," ...

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The FBI Spied on the Wrong People Because of Typos

August 15, 2014 The FBI unintentionally spied on the communications data of some Americans who were not targets of investigations because of typographical errors, according to a government watchdog. The Justice Department's inspector general concluded in a report Thursday that the bureau has improved its overall handling of national security letters, which permit ...

Watchdog: The FBI Spied on the Wrong People Because of Typos

August 14, 2014 The FBI unintentionally spied on the communications data of some Americans who were not targets of investigations because of typographical errors, according to a government watchdog. The Justice Department's inspector general concluded in a report Thursday that the FBI has improved its overall handling of national security letters, which permit ...

Edward Snowden Is Concerned About 'NSA Fatigue'

August 14, 2014 At the bottom of an expansive profile of him in Wired magazine published online Wednesday, Edward Snowden disclosed one of his biggest fears. What if, gradually, people are growing accustomed to mass government surveillance? The fugitive leaker, who more than a year ago aired the National Security Agency's dirty surveillance ...

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Edward Snowden Is Worried People Will Forget About Edward Snowden

August 13, 2014 At the bottom of an expansive profile of him in Wired magazine published online Wednesday, Edward Snowden disclosed one of his biggest fears. What if, gradually, people are growing accustomed to mass government surveillance? The fugitive leaker, who more than a year ago aired the National Security Agency's dirty surveillance ...

Snowden Says the NSA Shut Down Syria's Internet

August 13, 2014 The National Security Agency inadvertently brought Syria's Internet to a screeching halt nationwide in 2012 after a failed attempt to hack into the war-torn country's communications data, according to a new claim by Edward Snowden. The fugitive leaker, in a sprawling new interview with Wired, said that NSA agents tried ...

Snowden: NSA Caused Massive Internet Blackout in Syria

August 13, 2014 The National Security Agency inadvertently brought Syria's Internet to a screeching halt nationwide in 2012 after a failed attempt to hack into the war-torn country's communications data, according to a new claim by Edward Snowden. The fugitive leaker, in a sprawling new interview with Wired, said that NSA agents attempted ...

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Snowden: The NSA Caused A Massive Internet Blackout in Syria

August 13, 2014 The National Security Agency inadvertently brought Syria's Internet to a screeching halt nationwide in 2012 after a failed attempted to hack into the war-torn country's communications data, according to a new claim by Edward Snowden. The fugitive leaker, in a sprawling new interview with Wired, said that NSA agents attempted ...

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Bitcoin Users, You're 'On Your Own'

August 11, 2014 Bitcoin and its brethren might soon change the worlds of finance and banking, but for now digital currencies are chock-full of catastrophic risks and dangers. That's the conclusion of a strongly worded consumer advisory released Monday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, injecting another dose of skepticism from federal regulators ...