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NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed Bug for Spying Purposes

April 11, 2014 When it bleeds, it pours. The National Security Agency reportedly knew of and exploited the massive Internet bug revealed to the public this week and known now as "Heartbleed" in order to gather intelligence information on targets. This new revelation packs an extra twist that other recent NSA leaks have...

Feds to Facebook: Hands Off WhatsApp Data

April 10, 2014 Facebook's proposed $19 billion dollar purchase of WhatsApp just got hit with its first dose of regulatory red tape. The social-media giant must honor the prior "privacy obligations" that WhatsApp, a mobile chat client, had promised to its hundreds of millions of users before the deal was announced, the Federal...

Edward Snowden Wins 'Truth-Teller' Award

April 7, 2014 Hero or traitor, Edward Snowden can now add one thing to his resume: award-winner. The former National Security Agency contractor-turned-fugitive will be awarded the 2014 Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize for his role in exposing intimate details of the government's sweeping surveillance programs, the awards committee announced Monday. Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras,...

Senators: Slow Hunt of Patent Trolls Isn't Gridlock. It's Genius.

April 3, 2014 When fighting patent trolls, it's better to wait for a clean opening than to rush into a messy melee. That was the message conveyed by several members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, as the panel took up patent reform for the second time in as many weeks—only to...

Facebook Predicts Future Internet Powered by Drones and Lasers

March 28, 2014 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is envisioning a future where the Internet will be powered by "drones, satellites, and lasers." The billionaire announced in a blog post Thursday the creation of Facebook Connectivity Lab, a company division working with Internet.org to bring connectivity to those currently without access. "In our effort...

How Google Responds to Search Warrants (in One Plain Language Stop Motion Video)

March 28, 2014 Google decided to have a little fun on Thursday with the release of its newest transparency report, turning to stop-motion animation to tell the tale of how the company processes government requests for user data. An amusing 3-minute video chronicles "in plain language" how the Silicon Valley company responds to...

House Leaders Sideline Anti-NSA Lawmakers

March 26, 2014 Some of the most vocal critics of the National Security Agency in Congress believe they are being intentionally cut out of a looming debate on how to reform the agency's program that collects bulk telephone data. The House parliamentarian on Wednesday gave primary jurisdiction of a newly introduced bill that...

Edward Snowden: NSA Reforms Mark 'A Turning Point'

March 26, 2014 Edward Snowden came close to outright declaring victory Tuesday in his crusade against government spying, seizing on the White House's plan to end bulk collection of domestic phone records in its current state. "This is a turning point, and it marks the beginning of a new effort to reclaim our...

Rand Paul Touts Role in NSA Phone Spying Reforms

March 25, 2014 Sen. Rand Paul believes he is in part responsible for President Obama's reported decision to end the National Security Agency's bulk collect of domestic phone data. "I don't want to take all the credit for ending this, but I think our lawsuit had something to do with bringing the president...

Obama 'Confident' NSA Proposal Will Address Privacy Concerns

March 25, 2014 President Obama on Tuesday said he is supportive of a "workable" proposal from his administration that would effectively end the National Security Agency's method of acquiring bulk records of Americans' phone data. "Overall I'm confident that it allows us to do what is necessary in order to deal with the...