NSA Access to Google and Yahoo and Other Fascinating News on the Web


  1. Big Brother

    You know who might save the newspaper business? Edward Snowden. His leaks are being consistently doled out as major front page stories. In the latest chapter, we learn that the NSA (along with its British counterpart) has secretly broken into the links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers. “By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect at will from among hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans. The NSA does not keep everything it collects, but it keeps a lot.”

    + The Snowden leaks have created a narrative that is at once geopolitical and deeply personal. The New Republic’s Judith Shulevitz explains why you shouldn’t spy on your kids — even though you can: Big Mother is Watching You.

    + According to a recent survey, young people are a lot less concerned about privacy. But they are…

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Dell’s New Venue Pro Tablets Are Surprisingly Affordable

Dell’s New Venue Pro Tablets Are Surprisingly Affordable

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Dell’s Windows 8.1 Venue tablets were officially debuted last month, but yesterday those tablets were offered for the first time online. If you’re one of the many people that plans to purchase a tablet during the holiday seasons, Dell has some good things to offer with the Venue lineup. Let’s take a closer look at the Dell Venue 8 Pro.

Sony Unveils Beastly And Beautiful A7 And A7R Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras


Sony has announced a couple of new cameras early this morning, including the A7 and A7R, both mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras with a twist that’s unprecedented for that type of device – a full-frame sensor is housed within each. That makes these the smallest, lightest full-frame cameras with swappable lenses to boast full-frame power, and with a 36.4 megapixel sensor on the A7R, and a 24.3 megapixel one in the A7. Of course, it’s the sheer size of those sensors that makes all the difference here.

Full-frame blows away the APS-C and micro four thirds sensors found in most MILC systems, like Sony’s existing NEX line or the Olympus OM-D models, in terms of their ability to capture light and deliver better over all image quality through accurate and rich color and contrast capture. The new Sony A7R also omit an optical low pass filter, which results in better resolution…

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The Leica M (Red) Camera: Interesting and Charitable

The Leica M (Red) Camera: Interesting and Charitable

What’s next? 

A special project from Apple designers Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson: the Leica M (RED) Camera. This Leica camera will be offered at a Sotheby’s auction in November, and the camera will be auctioned off for charity. Pictures of the new camera were just released on Tuesday, and they show us a bit of what the camera has to offer.

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Here’s a Super Mario Bros. Game You Can Play in Your Browser


Thanks to FullScreenMario.com, developed by Josh Goldberg, a Computer Science major at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, gamers can relive Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. on their browsers. Users can play the original levels or DIY types can create their own maps using the program’s “level editor.” This HTML5 mushroom kingdom functions best in the latest version of Google Chrome.

(h/t Mashable)

MORE: Parks and Recreation Reimagined as Super Mario Bros.

MORE: Exploring Super Mario 3D World with Its Development Team

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The CEOs Are Wrong: Smart Machines Will Replace Millions Of Jobs


Smart machines are coming to the business world, but don’t tell that to the CEOs. Sixty-percent of CEOs surveyed by Gartner Research say the emergence of smart machines capable of absorbing millions of middle-class jobs within 15 years is a “futurist fantasy.”

The survey results reflect the anxiety about automation of the work world and the advent of smart machines that Gartner says will have a widespread and deep business impact by 2020.

That CEOs are dismissive about smart machines should come as no surprise. Their perspectives reflect a common human reaction that a self-learning intelligent agent or robot will replace lots and lots of jobs. The reality is actually quite different. People will adapt to smart machines in their lives. It’s just out of the question that they would not. Without these smart machines, the work people do will be almost impossible to perform. Cloud services are early evidence that machines are replacing people. To…

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The Future of the Internet: Balkanization and Borders


Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff recently took to the podium at the UN’s General Assembly to call on other countries to disconnect from U.S. Internet hegemony and develop their own sovereign Internet and governance structures. Rousseff’s plan to create walled-off, national Intranets followed reports that the United States has been surveilling Rousseff’s email, intercepting internal government communications, and spying on the country’s national oil company, so it was somewhat understandable. But her move could lead to a powerful backlash against an open Internet – one that would transform it from a global commons to a fractured patchwork severely limited by the political boundaries on a map.

Brazil is one of a handful of countries that includes Indonesia, Turkey, and India who have been on the fence in the last decade’s debate over whether to develop an international framework to govern the Internet — one that would replace the role that the…

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