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LinkedIn Now Lets You Block People LinkedIn Now Lets You Block People

LinkedIn announced that users can now block other members. According to the company, this has unsurprisingly been a highly requested feature. “I come to you today to assure you that your concerns were heard loud and clear,” writes LinkedIn Trust …

FCC Wants Greater Control Of The News

The Federal Communications Commission is planning on conducting a study to determine how news outlets decide what topics to take up. It sounds simple and innocent enough, but many are critical about the move on speculations that it is the …

Facebook Adds a Ton of New Gender Options in Support of LGBT Community Facebook Adds a Ton of New Gender Options in Support of LGBT Community

Facebook continues to give tons of support to the LGBT community, and today they are taking another step in that direction by offering users a host of new options when they select their gender. “When you come to Facebook to …

Facebook Sends Teen’s Emails to Stranger Facebook Sends Teen’s Emails to Stranger
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Facebook is sometimes a fickle friend, but what if your private messages and notifications were being sent to a complete stranger? That’s what happened between an American mom and a teenage girl in Mexico, according to Fox News. Kristal McKenzie …

Instagram Bug That Could’ve Made Private Photos Public Fixed (Operative Word Being Could’ve) Instagram Bug That Could’ve Made Private Photos Public Fixed (Operative Word Being Could’ve)

It looks like Instagram users are lucky that a vulnerability was never utilized – even though the bug was there for at least 6 months. Barcelona-based security researcher Christian Lopez has just revealed that Facebook has effectively plugged a vulnerability …

NSA Gets Its Very First Privacy Officer NSA Gets Its Very First Privacy Officer

The NSA has always been a controversial government agency as its actions are deemed to go too far at times. Even before the Snowden leaks, people were skeptical of the agency after it was revealed that its powers were abused …

Nest: If Privacy Policy Changes Under Google, It Will Be Opt-In Nest: If Privacy Policy Changes Under Google, It Will Be Opt-In

Google announced a week ago that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Nest Labs, the company behind the Nest Thermostat and Nest Protect smart thermostat and smoke detector devices. Naturally, many Nest device users and otherwise curious parties …

In Case You Missed The Memo, ‘Google+ Is Google (Which Includes Gmail)’ In Case You Missed The Memo, ‘Google+ Is Google (Which Includes Gmail)’
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Google announced a new change to Gmail this week, enabling people to send messages to Google+ users without knowing their email address. If you have a Gmail account and a Google+ account, you can send such messages to other Google+ …

Snapchat Talks Breach, Updates App Snapchat Talks Breach, Updates App
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As you’re probably aware, Snapchat was the target of a massive security breach that compromised 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers. The company has since responded to the problem both with an interview for the Today show and a blog …

Skype Blog Hacked To Tell People Not To Use Microsoft Email Skype Blog Hacked To Tell People Not To Use Microsoft Email

Microsoft’s Skype had its Twitter account, Facebook page and blog compromised on Wednesday, with the Syrian Electronic Army taking control of all three to spread its anti-spying/anti-Microsoft email message. Back in the summer, leaked slides from the NSA came out …

Home Security Systems: It’s All Good ‘Til It’s Hacked Home Security Systems: It’s All Good ‘Til It’s Hacked
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Home security systems have been flooding the news lately. With the Top Home Security Systems website naming FrontPoint Security once again the #1 system based on it’s great customer service and their use of the latest technology to battle against …

Edward Snowden Interview With Washington Post

In a recent television message from Edward Snowden – his comment “I’ve already won” undoubtedly has people talking. Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) leaker, has given a revealing interview to The Washington Post about how the disturbing information …

Twitter Makes Odd Privacy Change, Catches Flak, Promptly Backtracks Twitter Makes Odd Privacy Change, Catches Flak, Promptly Backtracks

In the span of just one day, Twitter made a pretty significant change to a major element of privacy on the site, took a bunch of heat from users, and quickly reverted all changes. Early Thursday, Twitter made a tweak …

Santa Is Apparently Working For The NSA Santa Is Apparently Working For The NSA
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Santa Claus is the ultimate snoop. Every year, he spies on every one of us and puts us on a naughty or nice list. It only makes sense then that the NSA would want to recruit him for some of …

Internet Giants Urge U.S. To Reform Government Surveillance Internet Giants Urge U.S. To Reform Government Surveillance
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AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo have joined together to urge the U.S. government to reform government surveillance laws and practices. The companies have set up a website called Reform Government Surveillance, where they outline five principles, …

Google Pays $17 Million To States Over ‘Safari-Gate’ Google Pays $17 Million To States Over ‘Safari-Gate’
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Last year, Google was handed the largest fine for a single company in FTC history when it was penalized to the tune of $22.5 million in relation to the tracking of Safari users. Critics felt the fine didn’t go far …

This Anarchist Wants To Use Bitcoin to Crowdfund Assassins This Anarchist Wants To Use Bitcoin to Crowdfund Assassins
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Forbes author Andy Greenberg wrote today about an encrypted email he received from a person who called themselves Kuwabatake Sanjuro. Sanjuro claimed to have designed a Deepweb site called the Assassination Market, which apparently has the capability to “crowdfund” political …

Google Tracks Consumers Through The Physical World To Give Data To Advertisers Google Tracks Consumers Through The Physical World To Give Data To Advertisers
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Google is using consumers’ smartphones to track their locations and physical world shopping activities so they can give that data to advertisers as evidence of conversions for online ads that led to in-store purchases. John McDermott recently reported in a …

Sen. Patrick Leahy Officially Introduces The USA FREEDOM Act In The Senate Sen. Patrick Leahy Officially Introduces The USA FREEDOM Act In The Senate
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Earlier this month, Sen. Patrick Leahy began circulating a piece of legislation called The USA FREEDOM Act. We knew what the legislation would do, but we didn’t know any of the specifics until today. The Hill reports that Sen. Leahy …

The Zuckerberg Files: Archiving Every Single Thing Mark Zuckerberg Has Ever Said The Zuckerberg Files: Archiving Every Single Thing Mark Zuckerberg Has Ever Said

Mark Zuckerberg has made a lot of money convincing people that they should contribute to a public, permanent record of everything they’ve ever said or done. Now, in a project that can only be described as the most poetic of …

Facebook Denies Special Partnership with Police Facebook Denies Special Partnership with Police
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It’s no secret that Facebook will cooperate will law enforcement. The company will disclose account records upon receiving a valid subpoena, court order, search warrant, or national security letter. Basically, Facebook says that they will do what the law requires …