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UK spy agency GCHQ paid NZ firm Endace to power Internet fiber-optic taps
The 2013 Snowden documents revealed UK intelligence agency GCHQ to be tapping into the undersea cables that carry Internet traffic, covertly gathering vast amounts of digital comms data under a surveillance program code-named Tempora — apparently with the help of commercial partners. Read More
Happy 15th Birthday, iPod
It’s been 15 years since Apple first released the classic iPod. It was the first device to usher in what would become, in many respects, the age of Apple. Since its launch Apple’s mobile products have become (to many people) the gold standard. Other folks had launched digital music players before A...
With a green light from the Feds, states race to regulate driverless cars
A Republican in praise of California red tape. Read More
Advancements in artificial intelligence should be kept in the public eye
Artificial intelligence allows machines to reason and interact with the world, and it’s evolving at a breakneck pace. Now consider that most of our data, the best minds in the business and more computing power than you could ever imagine sit with just a handful of companies. Indeed, only a few comp...
Driverless cars will be widespread by 2020
By the 2020 election driverless cars will have become ubiquitous, according to Rahul Sonnad, a co-founder of the zero-emission ride-sharing startup Tesloop. The impact, he predicts, will be “completely transformative.” Read More
The banana republic of big data
There’s a reason Americans feel dispossessed by their government. We citizens have fewer and fewer opportunities for substantive interaction with our leaders. Corporate-funded organizations and narrow interest advocacy campaigns stand in as proxies for citizens as the distance grows between leaders...
AT&T’s new streaming service, DirecTV Now, just got a lot more interesting
AT&T’s soon-to-launch live streaming service, DirecTV Now, just got a lot more interesting following AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner. Announced earlier this year, DirectTV Now was already an anticipated new arrival on the cord-cutting scene, thanks to its plans to stream more than 100 liv...
Hillary Clinton will likely be as pro-innovation as President Obama
Behind the less than enthusiastic embrace is a collective skepticism in the tech industry about Clinton’s pro-innovation credentials. The shade is unwarranted. Read More
Weengs, a shipping service for online sellers, picks up backing from LocalGlobe, Cherry, and Seedcamp
Weengs, a U.K. startup that has developed a shipping service for small retailers and online sellers that takes care of the hand and leg work (quite literally) required to send out orders, has picked up £2.2 million in backing. It plans to use the capital to expand beyond London, including other cit...
Adtech isn’t dead, it just has a lot of dead weight
LUMAScapes map the constellations and clusters of the digital advertising universe. For many years, that universe, like our own, was ever-expanding. But also like our universe, there’s debate about whether it will continue to expand or end in a big crunch. I would argue the latter is happening — an...
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Iraqi Christian town freed from ISIS control, commander says
Iraqi forces are in complete control of the Christian town of Hamdaniya after ISIS militants seized the city more than two years ago, a commander said.
1st woman to climb Everest dies
Junko Tabei, the first woman to climb the world's highest peak, has died at age 77, according to Japanese media reports.
Hostages held nearly 5 years freed
Somali pirates have released 26 hostages after nearly five years in captivity, according to an organization involved in mediation efforts.
AT&T to buy Time Warner for $85B
The boards of AT&T and Time Warner are meeting on Saturday afternoon to vote on an $80 billion deal that would bring the two companies together, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Australian swimmer thanks fan who raised alarm over mole
Australian Olympic gold medalist Mack Horton has paid tribute to a fan who spotted a suspicious mole on the swimmer's chest and urged him to get it checked out.
One man's flight to freedom in a hay stack
Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of the ill-fated revolution, one man remembers escaping the violence that would leave 2,500 Hungarians dead and so many more displaced.
Defusing ISIS bombs with bare hands and little else
Along a dusty village track just 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Mosul, a Peshmerga pick up truck leads us to a small house. We drive slowly, and in single file. There are hidden dangers all around.
Guard killed; 174 inmates escape
A manhunt is underway after 174 inmates escaped from a prison in Haiti following a riot during which one guard was killed, authorities said.
Zombies walk Mexico City streets
Enthusiasts take part in a zombie walk in Mexico City.
Millions of IP addresses used in cyberattack