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NYT: Obama Lets the NSA Exploit Some Internet Flaws

Over the weekend, it was revealed that President Obama thinks that when the National Security Agency discovers major flaws in internet security, they should be allowed to exploit it if there's a "a clear national security or law enforcement need." Read More >>

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Facebook's Zuckerberg Says Surveillance Systems Put the Internet as We Know it Under Threat

Social network kingpin Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out against the US government's use of surveillance systems to track web users, calling it a "threat" to the internet. Read More >>

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WSJ: Obama Weighing Four Alternatives to NSA Phone Surveillance

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Obama administration has been presented with "four options for revamping NSA phone surveillance"—including one which would scrap it for good. Read More >>

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Rating Obama’s NSA Reform Plan: EFF Scorecard Explained

Yesterday, President Obama announced a series of reforms to address abuses by the National Security Agency. We were heartened to see Obama recognised that the NSA has gone too far in trampling the privacy rights of people worldwide. In his speech, the President ensured that National Security Letters would not come with perpetual gag orders, brought new levels of transparency and fairness to the FISA court, and ended bulk collection of telephone records by the NSA. However, there is still much more to be done. Read More >>

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Saturday Night Live Riffs on Obama's Recent Tech Troubles

Obama hasn't had a great time with all things technological recently: his Healthcare.gov is still struggling, and he was embarrassingly forced into posing for a selfie with Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt last week. This Saturday Night Live video takes an amusing look at it all. Read More >>

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Obama Was Unaware of NSA World Leader Spying

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Obama was unaware that the NSA was spying on world leaders—until an internal White House review revealed that the operation existed.
The review revealed to the president and this staff that the NSA was spying on 35 world leaders, and since learning about them the White House has "cut off some monitoring programs." That included the one tracking German chancellor Angela Merkel as well as "some other world leaders". However, other spying programs that have apparently been slated for termination are still running. Read More >>

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German Chancellor Merkel to Obama: Have You Hacked My Phone?

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, spoke to Barack Obama on Wednesday evening to demand explanations over reports suggesting that the NSA has been monitoring her mobile phone. Read More >>

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Report: Chinese Hackers Have Stolen Sensitive US Weapon Design Files

According to a confidential report that's been prepared for the US Pentagon, Chinese hackers have stolen blueprints for some of the country's most sensitive advanced weapons systems. Read More >>

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South Korean Newspaper May Have Just Printed the Worst Photoshop Ever

President Obama met with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye at the White House this past Tuesday, and as major world leaders are wont to do in each others' presence, handshakes abounded. This three-handed, two-roomed, Photoshop monstrosity was not one of them. Read More >>

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The Story Behind the Internet's Most Popular Photo

This photo, along with the simple caption "Four more years" became the most tweeted and most-liked-on-Facebook photograph ever, and it did so with incredible speed. We thought you'd like to hear the story behind it. It's probably not what you imagined. To get the scoop, we went straight to the woman who snapped the photo herself. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Scout Tufankjian. Read More >>

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