Americans outraged by the NSA secret surveillance (PRISM) scandal have been channelling their anger through some very creative works of art.
Despite government protection of your health care data, new research shows that at least seven leading health sites leak your search terms to third-party trackers.
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Hi Tumblr! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Rejoice! Google has brought back the ability to make calls from Gmail.
- BlackBerryhas lost its battle with Indian authorities, who have been demanding that it let them spy on users in order to protect the state and prevent terrorism.
- Apple has been found guilty of conspiring with five major book publishers to artificially raise e-book prices.
- Today’s Most Innovative Company is NASA, which is planning to send a new rover to Mars in 2020.
- Today’s Most Creative People are the students behind NASA’s awesome Grover rover.
- A code found buried in the iOS 7 beta is a clue that the new iPhone may have a slow motion camera.
- A new, more accurate clock that uses lasers to help tell time may change our definition of the second.
- Ever trekked all the way to a cafe just to find out that their Wi-fi is lousy? Now you can avoid that inconvenience using the SeedSpot app, which lets you test the Wi-Fi networks in your area.
- Google just cleaned up the Android Maps app, giving it a sleeker, more useable design.
- Hackers are taking advantage of Microsoft’s security flaw, which was announced earlier this year by a Google employee.
Have a great day!
This hoodie top is specially designed to conceal your identity from closed-circuit television. It’s a project by artist Adam Harvey, and part of a line of similar pieces of clothing he’s created. It’s made of metallic reflective fabric not unlike the protective material used in some layers of firemen’s uniforms. The idea is that the material smears out or otherwise conceals your body’s thermal output and that can confuse overhead surveillance cameras—like those you sometimes see used on late-night cops reality shows.
Daily Fast Feed Roundup
Happy Monday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today:
- Now you can use Google Street View to see the view from the top of the world’s highest building, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai.
- Former South African president Nelson Mandela is still in critical condition with a lung infection, says President Zuma.
- From our NSA secret surveillance tracker: Whistleblower Edward Snowden was expected to take a plane to Havana today, but at the time of takeoff, he was nowhere to be found.
- Australian lawmakers hold off on plans to track and store phone call and email data after NSA surveillance scandal raises privacy concerns worldwide.
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has its top managers squirming with his plan to restructure the company.
- Facebook is working on its own news reader. Watch out for our Google Reader replacement roundup later today.
- The FTC is investigating Google’s purchase of the Israeli social navigation firm Waze after consumer groups and tech experts raise concerns.
Snowden is reportedly a no-show for his flight from Moscow to Havana, which is packed to the brim with reporters chomping at the bit to speak with him. Gawker editor Max Reed tweeted: “A dozen journalists stuck on dry flight to Cuba watching the James Franco Oz movie.” Now the question on every conspiracy theorist’s lips is this: Did Snowden actually make it to Moscow, or is this one of the best post-Soviet intelligence ops we’ve seen in a long time? Stay tuned.
“He said, ‘…I have some information in the intelligence community. and it won’t be a waste of your time.’”
Activist filmmaker Laura Poitras quotes NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
"Nobody is listening to your telephone calls."
A scoop from The Guardian confirmed what many people suspected—the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on the phone activity of millions of Americans. Using a secret court order, which was not disclosed to the public, the NSA obtained bulk phone records for Verizon’s customers on a daily basis. Each day, the NSA would receive a massive flood of data from Verizon.
The Guardian newspaper claims to have seen a secret court order from April that mandates Verizon give all its phone call records data to the National Security Agency for a three month period.
“I’ve data mined myself. I’ve violated my own privacy. Now I am selling it all.”
Data mining is big business—but what if Internet users could monetize their personal data on their own? New York University grad student Frederico Zannier stalked his own online activity for two months, and is now selling the data.
After you die, the letters you keep in a box in the closet will no longer be private. But the letters in your email account are a different story. They might remain private, or they might remain forever inaccessible—it all depends on the whims of the email provider in question…
“This has never been done before,” boasts Mike Janke, Silent Circle’s CEO. “It’s going to revolutionize the ease of privacy and security.”
The privacy experts over at Silent Circle have announced a new encryption data transfer app that will let people send files securely from their iPhone or tablets.
The technology uses a sophisticated peer-to-peer encryption technique that allows users to send encrypted files of up to 60 megabytes through a “Silent Text” app. The sender of the file can set it on a timer so that it will automatically “burn”—deleting it from both devices after a set period of, say, seven minutes.
This app is sure to fuel government paranoia since it keeps its users and their information virtually untraceable.
“If it’s not SSL, you’re screwed.”
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