August 16, 2014, 12:00 PM

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GCHQ's “HACIENDA” program completed full port scans targeting 27 countries  —  NSA/GCHQ: The HACIENDA Program for Internet Colonization  —  Translations of this article are available in German, French, Italian and Spanish.  —  Since the early days of TCP …
Rémi Rousseau / Medium:
Surgeon uses synchronized GoPros to record surgery, Oculus Rift to play it back for students  —  Virtual surgery gets real  —  What the Oculus Rift could mean for the future of medecine  —  Technological innovation takes time : virtual reality has been a thing in the medical field …
Barton Gellman / Washington Post:
Spyware tools allow buyers to slip malicious code into YouTube videos, Microsoft pages  —  CloudShield Technologies, a California defense contractor, dispatched a senior engineer to Munich in the early fall of 2009.  His instructions were unusually opaque.  —  As he boarded the flight …
Mike Williams / BBC:
UK Premier League warns about posting goal videos, says it's developing tech to find violators  —  Premier League warns about posting goal videos online  —  The Premier League has told Newsbeat they're going to clamp down on fans posting unofficial videos of goals online.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Explainer: How Google's New SSL / HTTPS Ranking Factor Works  —  Last Thursday, Google launched a new ranking signal to give HTTPS sites a ranking boost, a small ranking boost, to encourage webmasters to migrate their sites from HTTP to HTTPS.  —  In our story from Thursday …
Dante D'Orazio / The Verge:
Germany recorded John Kerry, Hillary Clinton phone calls ‘by accident’  —  Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor, Hilary Clinton, were both caught up in German spy efforts, says a new report.  According to German weekly Der Spiegel, the country's foreign intelligence agency …
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North  —  Serial entrepreneur, investor, and overall Internet good guy Kevin Rose is stepping down from his role of general partner at Google Ventures.  The Digg and Revision3 founder will be moving into a part …
Richard Harper / Inside Microsoft Research:
Microsoft says WindUp, their Snapchat-like app, is for noncommercial, research purposes only  —  WindUp: Researching Patterns of Content Creation and Exchange  —  Given erroneous press reports about our research, as the lead for a Microsoft Research project called WindUp, I want to clarify our project's objectives.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple adds key Vice Presidents, more diversity to executive leadership page  —  Apple today has expanded its Executive Leadership Team to include notable Apple Vice Presidents.  The team shown on Apple's official PR Bios website now includes Vice President of Special Projects Paul Deneve …
Josh Lowensohn / The Verge:
Latest audit on two Chinese Apple suppliers finds labor, health violations  —  Apple says it's made “meaningful improvements” since the 2013 inspections.  —  A new report from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) on two facilities run by of one of Apple's manufacturing partners has found numerous violations …

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