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Daily Dot:
Hacked emails show what Microsoft charges the FBI for user data   —  Microsoft often charges the FBI's most secretive division hundreds of thousands of dollars a month to legally view customer information, according to documents allegedly hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.
Mar 20, 2014, 6:05 PMIn context
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Daily Dot:
Tor is building an anonymous instant messenger   —  Forget the $16 billion romance between Facebook and WhatsApp.  There's a new messaging tool worth watching.  —  Tor, the team behind the world's leading online anonymity service, is developing a new anonymous instant messenger client …
Feb 28, 2014, 7:40 AMIn context
Jay Hathaway / Daily Dot:
The NSA has nearly complete backdoor access to Apple's iPhone   —  The U.S. National Security Agency has the ability to snoop on nearly every communication sent from an Apple iPhone, according to leaked documents shared by security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and German news magazine Der Spiegel.
Dec 30, 2013, 11:50 PMIn context
Cooper Fleishman / Daily Dot:
Twitter's new block function poses a major privacy problem   —  Let's say someone on Twitter is spamming you with hostile message after hostile message, then retweeting your posts to his friends, who follow suit.  What do you do?  Normally, you'd just hit the block button …
Dec 12, 2013, 7:35 PMIn context
Fernando Alfonso III / Daily Dot:
Rigging Time's Person of the Year poll?  All in a day's twerk   —  When I heard that Time magazine was running another online voting component with its prestigious Person of the Year poll, the first thing I thought was, “Not again.”  —  Didn't the news magazine learn anything in 2009 …
Nov 27, 2013, 10:20 AMIn context
Kevin Collier / Daily Dot:
Philadelphia jumps the gun, bans 3-D-printed weapons   —  The City of Brotherly Love is now also the City of Not Shooting Your Neighbor With A Gun That Came From Your Computer.  —  Philadelphia became the first major American city to ban 3-D-printed guns Thursday.
Nov 24, 2013, 9:25 PMIn context
Tim Sampson / Daily Dot:
Where does your Wikipedia donation go?  Outgoing chief warns of corruption   —  When Wikipedia decided to roll out an aggressive fundraising effort a few years ago, the free encyclopedia came with a remarkably effective battle plan.  For the entirety of the campaign, cofounder Jimmy Wales stared visitors …
Oct 19, 2013, 1:55 AMIn context
Simon Owens / Daily Dot:
The battle to destroy Wikipedia's biggest sockpuppet army   —  Wikipedia editor and self-professed “bird geek” DocTree spends most of his time on the world's largest encyclopedia editing the pages for long-dead ornithologists.  So it was somewhat unusual when, in August 2012 …
Oct 9, 2013, 4:30 AMIn context
Kevin Collier / Daily Dot:
Yahoo wins court order to release records of its fight against PRISM   —  Yahoo, initially vilified for being part of the PRISM program, which allows the NSA to tap it and other companies for users' information, is about to be vindicated.  A court ruled Monday that the Department …
Jul 15, 2013, 9:00 PMIn context
Fernando Alfonso III / Daily Dot:
The real origins of Tumblr   —  Months before Yahoo's $1.1 billion acquisition turned him into an overnight media sensation, David Karp recounted the creation of Tumblr at the Austin Convention Center during the South by Southwest Interactive conference in March.  “I wanted that presence myself.
May 24, 2013, 5:35 AMIn context

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