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According to the official narrative, monitoring metadata is no big deal. But two Stanford University researchers wanted to see how “sensitive” metadata actually was. So they enlisted hundreds of volunteers to install an app called “MetaPhone” on their Androids to pick up that metadata over several months. What they found shocked them.

"Participants had calls with Alcoholics Anonymous, gun stores, sexually transmitted disease clinics, strip clubs, and much more.

The NSA Can Learn All Your Secrets From Your Phone Metadata

Kaliya Hamlin, or Kaliya Identity Woman, as she’€™s known, is a driving, entrepreneurial force for a new kind of ethical data economy: One that puts control of our personal information back into the individual’€™s hands. Join Fast Company reporter Sydney Brownstone as she chats live with Kaliya on Friday, February 7th at 1pm Eastern.

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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… 

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Good morning Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
A patent trolling’ firm called Eolas was just crushed in court. A win for web innovators every where.
Finland is set to vote on a set of fairer copyright laws that were drafted by its own citizens. Cool!
The NSA can send a drone after any mobile phone, even if its off.
The Google Street View team hauled itself up Mt. Fuji.
A Japanese power company admits that radioactive water is leaking from the Fukushima nuclear power plant that was damaged in a 2011 tsunami.  
Stream Nation is like a Dropbox for storing and sharing videos privately. 
Ubuntu is crowd funding $32 million for a dual-boot smartphone that loads either Android or Ubuntu. Wait, $32 million?
Have a great week!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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

  • Stream Nation is like a Dropbox for storing and sharing videos privately. 

Have a great week!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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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

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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

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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]

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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]

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TGIF! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
A lead Google Glass developer is working on wearable tech for dogs that would let them communicate more easily with their handlers.
Meet the 6-foot tall humanoid robot that may just save your life someday.
Edward Snowden has requested a meeting with human rights representatives at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.
The NSA has been monitoring Skype calls since July of 2012. 
The tin in your iPhone might be wrecking the environment. 
UK researchers are testing a 'penetrator' spacecraft that is designed to search for life on Jupiter's moon. It would travel at about 760 mph, close to the speed of sound.
Today’s most creative person is Alex Maccaw, the creator of Monacle, a place where techies can share ideas and constructive criticism without having to deal with snarky, useless feedback.
Lady Gaga has revealed more details of her upcoming ARTPOP project. The”musical and visual engineering system” is set to launch in November.
Music discovery service Shazam has compiled a list of the top ten most misheard lyrics in pop. And they’re pretty funny.
The Gagnam Style artist Psy has joined the ranks of Justin Beiber and Rihanna with three billion YouTube views. 
Have a good one!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

TGIF! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Today’s most creative person is Alex Maccaw, the creator of Monacle, a place where techies can share ideas and constructive criticism without having to deal with snarky, useless feedback.

Have a good one!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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Happy Monday Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
In honor of the Tour de France, Google’s new Your Tour feature lets you experience the race. 
Dozens of Morsi supporters were killed this morning in Cairo when the army opened fire on protestors. 
From our NSA secret surveillance tracker: The NSA rejects all Freedom Of Information Act requests from U.S. citizens.
A little guy named Connor was the first baby born using a new embryo screening method that may drastically reduce the cost of IVF.
Anti-government surveillance cyber activists have cloned and hacked Jay-Z’s promotional Android app to spread their message.
Communications giant America Movil just gave music ID/discovery app Shazam $40 million to boost its TV integration. 
Researchers in the Netherlands have developed a smog-busting pavement that reduces air pollution by almost half.
An aircraft powered entirely by solar energy has completed its first cross-country flight.
The truth is out there: Google is celebrating the anniversary of Roswell’s extraterrestrial events with a doodle.
Can’t go an hour with out checking your cell phone, email, Facebook, etc? Maybe you need to go to this digital detox camp.
Have a great week!
—M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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

Have a great week!

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: 

  • Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that NYC is now at the “forefront of the digital revolution” with its new .nyc domain.
  • On July 18 government agencies and a who’s who of Wall Street, including Citibank, Bank of America, and Homeland Security will host cyber war games in preparation for digital megathreats.

Have a great day!

M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

[Image: Flickr user cumi&ciki]

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It’s Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
From our NSA secret surveillance tracker: The U.S. Army has banned access to The Guardian's NSA Prism scandal coverage. 
The Justice Department is investigating former Pentagon general James ‘Hoss’ Cartwright for allegedly leaking info about a massive cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. 
Facebook is testing out a new chat room feature that would compete directly with Google Hangouts.  
The day after Instagram’s video feature launched, mentions of Vine on Twitter dropped by half a million. 
The New York Times just profiled Wikipedia’s ‘benevolent dictator,’ Jimmy Wales, ‘the world-famous Internet entrepreneur who didn’t become a billionaire.’
The U.K. government is the first to support three-person IVF, a practice in which babies are ‘made’ using three sets of DNA.
Lance Armstrong says he wouldn’t have won the Tour De France with out doping.”I didn’t invent doping, and it didn’t stop when I stopped. I simply participated in a system…”
The San Francisco-based accelerator Angelpad is going bi-coastal with a second head-quarters in NYC.
Samsung now sells $13,000 organic light emitting diode (OLED) TVs. Its rounded design supposedly allows users to view the screen from all angles without the viewing experience being affected.
Soon Time Warner Cable customers will be able use a new app to watch TV via their XBox 360.
The yet-to-be-seen Netflix show ‘Orange is the New Black’ has already been given the green light for a second season. Nobody’s even seen the first season yet.
Watch out Apple, Google is entering the gaming arena with a gaming console, a smart watch, and a new version of its Nexus Q streaming console. 
Have a great weekend! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Daily Fast Feed Roundup

It’s Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

Have a great weekend! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger