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Friday - November 14, 2014
A sense of privacy is connected to a sense of freedom, which is connected to the American spirit. If you mess with privacy, you start messing with a fundamental element of American spirit. The argument, "If you have nothing to hide, why do you care if anyone looks and watches?" doesn't hold up. Most of us sort of know that an erosion of privacy also eats away at the Americans we are inside. [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
NVIDIA Tablet SHIELD Controller
Nvidia's long-anticipated Grid streaming gaming service will be available to Shield device users in North America for free, starting Nov. 18. After seven months, it likely will become a fee-based service. It's almost like an extended beta period, said IDC analyst Lewis Ward. "Let's deliver a solid experience for those who already own it, and let's give some incentive for others to buy one." [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
Despite the publicity about Edward Snowden's controversial leaks, only 43 percent of 607 English-speaking adults surveyed in January had heard a lot about government surveillance efforts, and another 44 percent had heard a little, according to the Pew Research Internet Project. However, 80 percent of the respondents registered concern about government surveillance of communications. [More...]

Thursday - November 13, 2014
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has responded to the White House's proposal for Net neutrality rules by reasserting his agency's independence in a meeting with executives of Google, Yahoo and other Internet companies following President Obama's Monday call to action. The president urged the FCC to ensure Net neutrality by interpreting Title II of the Telecommunications Act to govern ISPs. [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
"As a spaceflight professional, my motto is, 'boring is good,'" said rocket scientist James Oberg. "As a human being, we want surprises. ... You go out there to be surprised -- if you didn't want that, you'd stay home." The ROLIS camera on Rosetta's lander, Philae, took this image of Comet 67P/C-G during the descent, only 3 km away from the surface. (Credits: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR) [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
Microsoft is attempting to accomplish a few things with the launch of its Lumia 535 smartphone. First, it is going after the fastest-growing mobile segment with a feature-packed affordable phone. Second, it is shedding the Nokia label in an effort to unify its products under the Microsoft umbrella. "You've got the Xbox, the Surface and now the Lumia all carrying its brand," noted ABI's Jeff Orr. [More...]

Wednesday - November 12, 2014
Researchers at FireEye on Monday made public the existence of the Masque Attack, which threatens iOS and Mac OS X operating systems. Masque Attack exploits a flaw in Apple's OSes that allows the replacement of one app by another so long as both apps use the same bundle identifier. All apps, except those preinstalled on iOS, such as Mobile Safari, can be replaced. [More...]

Tuesday - November 11, 2014
Hackers siphoned off data from United States Postal Service servers for more than eight months before being detected, the USPS said. The personal data -- including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, beginning and end dates of employment and emergency contact information -- of more than 800,000 employees and some retirees has been exposed. [More...]

Tuesday - November 11, 2014
As thoughtful as mobile phone makers are when they design their products, there are always punters who want something that isn't there and are willing to hack a device to get it. In the Android world such a hack is called "rooting" a phone; in the iOS world, it's called "jailbreaking." Regardless of what it's called, it can turn a phone into a can of worms for retailers. [More...]

Monday - November 10, 2014
Elon Musk may send a lot of small satellites into orbit to help bring a truly global Internet to fruition. Others -- notably Google and Facebook -- have their own ambitious plans for achieving worldwide connectivity. However, "Musk tends to get things done," noted tech analyst Rob Enderle, and the result could be "vastly better and more affordable worldwide communications." [More...]

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