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

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  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.

The Leica M (Red) Camera: Interesting and Charitable

The Leica M (Red) Camera: Interesting and Charitable

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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

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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 Future of the Internet: Balkanization and Borders

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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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