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The NSA Has No Idea How Many Americans It’s Spying On

April 28, 2016 The National Security Agency (NSA) is watching the electronic communications of hundreds of millions people, allegedly to find foreign threats. But before Congress reauthorizes laws allowing this, it has a question: How many Americans are caught up in the government’s digital dragnets? The answer, says National Intelligence Director James Clapper,...

Love Your Co-Workers? Silicon Valley Startup Offers to Hire Entire Teams

April 27, 2016 People work best in teams. Companies mostly hire individuals. That mismatch drove the payments startup Stripe, which is struggling to fill almost 100 open positions, to start hiring the same way it works: in teams. The company announced its Bring Your Own Team initiative April 26. Candidates can apply with...

GE Building World’s Largest Jet Engine with 3-D Printed Parts

April 25, 2016 General Electric this month started testing the largest jet engine ever built, at its wooded test site near Peebles, Ohio. The new engine, the GE9X, is more efficient, more powerful and more heat resistant than its predecessors. It’s also made with 3-D-printed parts. Its development marks another milestone in the...

San Francisco Will Require New Buildings to Install Solar Panels

April 20, 2016 The solar power industry is about to get a big boost in San Francisco. On April 19, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to become the first major US metropolitan area requiring that new buildings install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on their roofs. California already mandates that new buildings...

Your Web Searches Are Probably Going to Be Powered by Wind

April 16, 2016 Corporations are no longer waiting to buy power from utilities: they’re going straight to the source. Increasingly, that means renewable power. For the first time, big companies and non-utilities bought up more than half of all wind-power capacity sold in 2015. That’s a big departure from years past when utilities...

Can Google Build a City that Works Like the Internet?

April 7, 2016 Creating physical urban spaces that run on data—in ways that resemble the connectivity of the internet itself—has been a dream of Larry Page’s since he publicly floated the idea of “Google 2.0” in 2014. The Google founder and Alphabet CEO’s idea is a guiding principle at Sidewalk Labs, spun off...

It Only Costs $20 to Steal Someone’s Identity Online

April 7, 2016 Dell SecureWorks released its report April 5 examining the state of the underground hacker marketplace, and it contained some bad news: business is strong. Like any marketplace worth its salt, supply and demand set prices. Dell found the cost for someone to buy your digital identity was generally dropping, as...

Most Americans Spend Two Full Workdays a Month on Facebook

April 2, 2016 Procrastinating on Facebook appeals equally to the young and old, but sending disappearing messages on SnapChat is truly for millennials. The latest figures on digital traffic that the audience measurement company comScore released this week suggest that while the younger set are heavier users of social media overall, Americans of...

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Most Americans Spend Two Full Workdays Each Month on Facebook

April 1, 2016 Procrastinating on Facebook appeals equally to the young and old, but sending disappearing messages on SnapChat is truly for millennials. The latest figures on digital traffic that the audience measurement company comScore released this week suggest that while the younger set are heavier users of social media overall, Americans of...

2 Out of 3 Developers Are Self-Taught

March 30, 2016 The discussion site Stack Overflow has evolved into much more than a place for developers to ask and answer questions about their coding problems. “We are the world’s programmer community,” it declares on its Facebook page, and indeed, with the 4.7 million users it claims, it deserves that title. The...