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They were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked…

In the new America, a woman and her husband were questioned by their local police department when two separate Google searches converged in an unpleasant way. But how did the police find out what they were Googling?

If you Google “pressure cooker” and “backpacks,” the police may visit your home… 

They were peppering my husband with questions. Where is he from? Where are his parents from? They asked about me, where was I, where do I work, where do my parents live. Do you have any bombs, they asked. Do you own a pressure cooker? My husband said no, but we have a rice cooker. Can you make a bomb with that? My husband said no, my wife uses it to make quinoa. What the hell is quinoa, they asked…

Michele Catalano, a writer for Death and Taxes, was searching Google to compare pressure cookers to buy. Then, as she writes for Medium, six men in plainclothes came to her house in a SUV. 

Google “pressure cookers” and “backpacks,” and the police may visit your home

The biggest downside to Apple devices? They’re anti-social: locked to one user and non-fungible. Google’s new Nexus tablet supports real user profiles, allowing them to act like user-agnostic terminals.

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
Google will tap into its inner nerd during the upcoming Geek Week (Aug 4-10), which is meant to promote its original content.
The new Nexus 7 tablet has gone on pre-order before Google even had a chance to reveal it.
BBC Researchers have come up with a concept for how to send astronauts to Mars, and then bring them back.
Would you hand over your personal data to the TSA if it got you through airport security faster? 
Heads up all you hopeless e-romantics, a security flaw within the dating app Tinder exposed users’ locations and Facebook IDs for two hours last weekend.
Hmm, is your data safe with Citibike? A glitch exposed the credit card info of more than 1,000 users in April.
Get ready to see lots of promoted tweets during your favorite TV shows, because Twitter is giving a big push to its TV ad targeting feature for brands. 
Apple’s third-quarter earnings show record-setting iPhone sales but declining numbers for the iPad. 
NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s sexting alter-ego has a name, and it is Carlos Danger.
Edward Snowden has been given permission to leave the Sheremetyevo airport, as long as he stays in Russia. 
A Kickstarter campaign has been launched for a Superteddy bear that would be able to chat naturally using Siri-like technology.
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Google will tap into its inner nerd during the upcoming Geek Week (Aug 4-10), which is meant to promote its original content.
  • BBC Researchers have come up with a concept for how to send astronauts to Mars, and then bring them back.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good day to youTumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
An Australia-based firm has developed wetsuits that make you invisible to sharks.
A small Colorado town is considering granting drone hunting licenses and even offering bounty to citizens who shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles.
A technical glitch led PayPal to temporarily ban a book for having “Iranian” in the title. 
Today’s most innovative company: Hot Pockets, which celebrated its 30th birthday by showing it’s still hip.
63 tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter, signed a letter asking the NSA for increased transparency regarding security-related surveillance. 
Dismal first quarter results reveal that Nokia’s smartphone plan isn’t working.  
The .Amazon domain name may go to the river instead of the ecommerce giant. You’re next Patagonia.
Rolling Stone is standing its ground after several retailers including, CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, and Roche Brothers, refused to carry its newest issue
This teddy bear monitors a child’s vital signs and then sends the data to their parent’s smartphone… creepy.
The Emmy nomination of Netflix’s original show House of Cardsis evidence that the way we watch TV is changing. 
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good day to youTumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • A small Colorado town is considering granting drone hunting licenses and even offering bounty to citizens who shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles.
  • Today’s most innovative company: Hot Pockets, which celebrated its 30th birthday by showing it’s still hip.
  • The .Amazon domain name may go to the river instead of the ecommerce giant. You’re next Patagonia.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
The Hubble telescope just discovered Neptune’s smallest known moon. Cool!
A determined Google Street View used a 33-pound backpack camera to capture the ancient (and inaccessible) streets of Venice. Here’s are some other great Google Street View moments.
A day after Vladimir Putin said he was leaving ASAP, it was announced that Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia. 
Rumor has it that Apple might buy the 3-D gesture and identity-sensing tech company PrimeSense.
It is also rumored that Apple is looking into a live TV service that would allow viewers to skip ads.
Yahoo just won its legal battle with the Dept. of Justice, unsealing key documents that show just how strongly it objected to the government spying on users. 
Americans who are outraged by the NSA PRISM scandal are expressing themselves through art.
Have a great day!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
[Image: Flickr user zugaldia]

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Yahoo just won its legal battle with the Dept. of Justice, unsealing key documents that show just how strongly it objected to the government spying on users. 

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

[Image: Flickr user zugaldia]