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March 30, 2014
13:22 // 3 weeks ago
March 2, 2014

You might remember a while back that our boy Stephen Colbert earned a little bit of controversy over his decision to keynote a speech for RSA, a company accused of installing a backdoor into its security software for the NSA. Here’s how he handled it. As it turns out, he’s his usual self-aware self—though he pushed back on some of the evidence against RSA. Also, he made a Bitcoin joke.

16:46 // 1 month ago
February 24, 2014
And maybe the worst part for Clapper is, he still doesn’t get why Snowden did it. Clapper sees himself as the man who’s opened up the intelligence community to public scrutiny, who keeps the Constitution on his wall, and who’s endured the endless congressional grillings—all while keeping Americans safe. How could Snowden, a fellow intelligence analyst and contractor, not see that? ‘Maybe if I had I’d understand him better because I have trouble understanding what he did or what he’d do,’ the director said. ‘From my standpoint, the damage he’s done. I could almost accept it or understand it if this were simply about his concerns about so-called domestic surveillance programs. But what he did, what he took, what he has exposed, goes way, way, way beyond the so-called domestic surveillance programs.’
James Clapper, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence who “wakes up and prepares for the worst job in Washington,” explains to The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake why they can’t stop another Snowden. 
10:20 // 1 month ago
February 9, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: February 9, 2014

Bill Keller, the longtime New York Times executive editor who spent the last few years as an opinion writer for the paper, is moving on to lead a nonprofit journalism organization. Should be fun to watch, as long as he passes on criticizing cancer patients.

A suspected drunk driver in California drove the wrong way on an expressway and ended up killing at least six people. Awful. But worse when you consider that a similar crash happened in Florida, killing five.

Edward Snowden defeated the NSA’s security mechanisms using wget, which is an open-source command line program more common than QBasic.

Microsoft is so desperate to get people to upgrade from Windows XP that it’s asking people to pressure their friends.

T-Mobile does not want competitors using magenta in their marketing—and a court agrees.

20:54 // 2 months ago
January 31, 2014

Remember how, a while back, it was revealed that the British government forced The Guardian’s top editors to destroy a bunch of computers in an effort to get rid of top-secret documents acquired from Edward Snowden? Here’s video of them doing just that.

18:39 // 2 months ago
January 27, 2014
Sorry guys: Not even Angry Birds are safe from the NSA.

Sorry guys: Not even Angry Birds are safe from the NSA.

22:58 // 2 months ago
January 7, 2014
15:14 // 3 months ago
January 5, 2014
I don’t think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty or life in prison. I think that’s inappropriate. And I think that’s why he fled, because that’s what he faced.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) • Defending Edward Snowden on ABC News’ This Week. “Do I think that it’s okay to leak secrets and give up national secrets and things that could endanger lives? I don’t think that’s okay, either,” he noted. “But I think the courts are now saying that what he revealed was something the government was doing was illegal.” His statement comes after The New York Times and The Guardian each called for Snowden to receive clemency for his whistleblower role, but stands in contrast to former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s feeling on the matter. ”From where I sit today, I would not put clemency on the table at all,” she said.
16:16 // 3 months ago
December 20, 2013
17:05 // 4 months ago
December 17, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 17, 2013

Thanks to the arrest of a top consulate official over visa fraud involving a nanny—an arrest reportedly involving a strip search—the U.S. and India are totally on the outs right now. How bad is it? Well, India removed a bunch of security barriers from the U.S. embassy in New Delhi.

In a move that sounds utterly fitting, the U.S. government has hired a former Microsoft executive to fix the mess with Healthcare.Gov. Oy.

Google Glass can now take photos when you wink. In other news, nobody wants to see Robert Scoble wink.

To answer your question, neanderthals did in fact bury their dead. Side note: They also sold car insurance.

Edward Snowden isn’t going to Brazil. Sorry guys.

20:14 // 4 months ago