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Senate votes down USA Freedom Act, putting bulk surveillance powers in jeopardy

Senate votes down USA Freedom Act, putting bulk surveillance powers in jeopardy In a midnight session, the Senate has voted down the USA Freedom Act, putting one of the legal bedrocks of the NSA's bulk surveillance programs into jeopardy. The Patriot Act is set to expire at the end of the month, and the USA Freedom Act would have extended large portions of the act in modified form. In particular, the USA Freedom Act would have modified the Section 215 of the Patriot Act, a clause that allows the FBI to secretly order the collection of "tangible things" that could help in a national security investigation.


Senate blocks House surveillance bill and 2-month extension

FILE In this June 6, 2013 file photo, a sign stands outside the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The Justice Department warned lawmakers that the National Security Agency will have to wind down its bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the end of the week if Congress fails to reauthorize the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.


Researchers find Android factory reset faulty and reversible

Android's factory reset function isn't as effective as we'd all like it to be, according to a team of Cambridge University researchers. The group estimates that as many as 500 to 630 million Android devices ...

Researchers find Android factory reset faulty and reversible

Yellen tone suggests choppiness for markets ahead

A street sign for Wall Street hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange U.S. stock investors have been enjoying an extended period of low volatility and steady gains, but with the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates this year and major indexes near records, the market could get a bit choppier in coming weeks. Fed Chair Janet Yellen on Friday said she expected the U.S. central bank to raise rates in 2015, though the process was expected to be gradual, with the timing of the first hike dependent on the strength of economic data. Some weak reports have pushed back the expected lift-off, but Yellen's words suggest the Fed is still headed to rate increases later this year.


Why Mark Zuckerberg wants kids to play video games

Video games have gotten a bad rap for years now. They create killers, many critics like to claim. They glorify criminal behavior, some politicians often shout. But often left out of the video game discussion is how video games can actually be helpful to a child’s intellectual development. While it may sound a bit outlandish at first, video games can often help kids hone their problem solving skills, sometimes without them even realizing it. What’s more, kids who really love video games often start trying their hand at making their own, a sentiment recently articulated by none other than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who credits his childhood love of video games with turning him into a programmer. DON’T MISS: 3 new iOS 9

Windows 10's seven editions are excessive: See which two I'd cut

Windows 10's seven editions are excessive: See which two I'd cut Greg Shultz offers his take on the seven editions of Windows 10, and wonders if Microsoft's plans for a free OS include reviving the Anytime Upgrade program.


Adult online dating site reports data security breach of member information

(Reuters) - An online dating site for adults seeking sexual trysts has been hacked, potentially compromising the personal information of some of its 64 million members, the company said on Friday. AdultFriendFinder.com, part of Sunnyvale, California-based FriendFinder Networks Inc, said it had contacted law enforcement, including the FBI, and a private investigative team to review the incident. "FriendFinder Networks Inc. recently became aware of a potential data security incident," the company said in a statement on Friday.

Indie artist delivers an impassioned and smart defense of Spotify

Just because Jay-Z’s Tidal service has been a bomb so far, that doesn’t mean artists aren’t right to be upset about the paltry sums of money they’re receiving from Spotify. However, Fort Frances lead singer David McMillin argues over at PopMatters that musicians shouldn’t be upset at Spotify at itself but at their own record labels for taking such huge chunks of cash from Spotify royalties. RELATED: Sorry, Tidal: Kanye West’s new album may be an Apple Music exclusive Instead of going through a major label to distribute work on Spotify, McMillin’s band pays a distributor called TuneCore $50 per album per year to distribute the band’s records on Spotify and nearly two dozen other streaming sites and online music stores. The

Amazon's 'Handmade' section takes aim at Etsy

There's a lot to love about Etsy -- it's one of the best places on the internet to find all sorts of stuff like minimalist Captain America prints or laser-cut Deathly Hallows earrings, but shipping windows ...

Amazon's 'Handmade' section takes aim at Etsy

BlackBerry cuts jobs worldwide as it consolidates businesses

Illuminated stock graph is seen on a Blackberry logo on a Blackberry smartphone in this photo illustration taken in Zenica (Reuters) - Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd is cutting jobs across the world, the company said on Friday, as it consolidates its software, hardware and applications business. BlackBerry, which reported a 16.8 percent fall in quarterly revenue in March, had about 6,225 full-time employees as of Feb. 2015, according to its website. The company is reallocating resources to capitalize on growth opportunities and achieve profitability across all its business segments, a company spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement.


Intelligence Agency: opening up to a changing world

By Andrea Shalal SPRINGFIELD, Va. (Reuters) - Much about the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency remains classified, but the U.S. spy agency that maps and analyzes the earth is opening up more than ever, from sharing computer source code on a public website to tapping new sources of intelligence. The NGA's director, Robert Cardillo, is leading what he calls a "seismic shift" in the agency's culture to help it better exploit social media, commercially available imagery and other data to continue providing high-level intelligence to the U.S. government. The NGA this week opened its doors to GitHub, the world's largest site for sharing source code, to advance another goal - to encourage its employees to share analytical tools and other computer programs and get feedback from other developers.

Justice Department finds criminal wrongdoing in GM ignition switch defect: NYT

A recalled Chevy Cobalt ignition switch is seen at Raymond Chevrolet in Antioch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Justice Department investigators have identified criminal wrongdoing in General Motors Co's failure to disclose a defective ignition switch, and they are negotiating what is expected to be a record penalty, the New York Times reported on Friday. Citing people briefed on the inquiry, the Times said a settlement could be reached as soon as this summer. The final number is still being negotiated, but it is expected to exceed the $1.2 billion paid last year by Toyota for concealing unintended acceleration problems, according to the newspaper. ...


How an 8-minute surgery could completely fix your poor eyesight

One of the things technology will most likely fix at some point down the road is poor eyesight. And it might happen sooner than we think, if Ocumetics Technology is successful with its Bionic Lens trials. DON’T MISS: This $11 quick charger from Amazon will charge your phone 75% faster (deal is back!) The company has developed something called the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, CBC News reports, a device that can be implanted into the eye and replace your natural lens to give you perfect vision. The tiny Bionic Lens, which looks like a tiny button, would be inserted into the eye during an eight-minute surgery where the patient’s sight would be corrected instantly. The device would be folded like a taco in

Young and Entrepreneurial: How College Entrepreneur Eileen Phoan Uses Her Jewelry Business to Tell a Bigger Story

Young and Entrepreneurial: How College Entrepreneur Eileen Phoan Uses Her Jewelry Business to Tell a Bigger Story Young and Entrepreneurial is a series of articles where I've decided to interview and write about young individuals disrupting the world. By sharing the stories of these individuals, I hope to inspire youth from all over the world to follow their passions, to take the road less travelled and to disrupt the status quo. This is the 18th post in...


Meat your match with this Tinder-swiping steak

Dating apps are often characterized as 21st century "meat markets" and, thanks to this Dutch art installation, Tinder's getting uncomfortably close the real thing. The piece, appropriately called ...

Meat your match with this Tinder-swiping steak

Florida says former Uber driver is an employee, threatening its business model

Florida says former Uber driver is an employee, threatening its business model Uber promises big things for its drivers, from plenty of work to flexible hours, and even discounts on vehicles that can be used when drivers aren't on the clock. The state agreed, marking McGillis eligible for unemployment.


How to turn your old Android phone into a handy Chromecast remote

Attention Chromecast users: Your Chromecast experience can significantly be improved by turning one of your older Android devices into a dedicated Chromecast remote, as one Android fan has discovered. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why After purchasing a $19.99 Moto G from Best Buy, Reddit user Laschoni turned into a single-purpose Chromecast remote. You don’t need a Moto G, either — any old Android device you might have around the house could be turned into your own customized Chromecast remote. In addition to downloading various apps that have Chromecast streaming support, the Android user installed Nova Launcher to remove bloatware from the home screen, turned off syncing features (including Hangouts and Gmail) and used

Uptime Institute's new IT stamp of approval rewards data center efficiency

Uptime Institute's new IT stamp of approval rewards data center efficiency Uptime Institute's Efficient IT is a new approval rating that scores data centers on efficiency. Read about the rating's two award levels.


This is Uber’s self-driving car prototype

It’s no secret that Uber is interested in cutting costs by replacing current cars with smart self-driving cars in the future. And it looks like the first self-driving cars from Google will not be the only ones performing test drives in the U.S., as Uber is also experimenting with this nifty technology. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why The Pittsburgh Business Times has spotted one such car on the city’s streets, and the vehicle was clearly marked with “Uber Advanced Technologies Center.” “This vehicle is part of our early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems,” Uber spokeswoman Trina Smith told the publication in an email. As can be easily seen in the image,

Just Because You Feel It Doesn't Mean It's the "Capital T" Truth

Just Because You Feel It Doesn't Mean It's the "Capital T" Truth One of my clients said something during a recent session that really struck me. He told me that he was finding himself moving away from his routine of safely doing what needs to be done to get what he needs to have.Instead, he said, he was starting to allow new, more challenging experiences into his life. Even though that sometimes felt scary,...


Nexus 6: Another reason why Google might favor phablets over smaller phones

Google surprised Android fans who were anxiously waiting for a new Nexus smartphone last year by only launching one new handset, a 6-inch Nexus 6 phablet that proved to be too big for some users. The correlation between the gadget’s name and its screen size might help explain why Google had to release a phablet last year. Google may have also done it to show developers what apps running on a vanilla version of Android look on a phablet, though. That said,  there might be one other reason behind Google’s decision to only launch a bigger Nexus phone in 2014. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why Google’s advertising chief Sridhar Ramaswamy on Thursday told The

​So you think you can't sing? Science says otherwise

​So you think you can't sing? Science says otherwise Grab a mic! Most people can carry a tune, even if they think their voice would make Simon Cowell scowl, a researcher at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music says.


​So you think you can't sing? Science says otherwise

​So you think you can't sing? Science says otherwise Grab a mic! Most people can carry a tune, even if they think their voice would make Simon Cowell scowl, a researcher at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music says.


State Dept. releases some of Hillary Clinton's emails

State Dept. releases some of Hillary Clinton's emails

Why Apple’s cable-killing TV service might be delayed

Earlier this year, we learned that Apple was beginning to get serious about launching a web TV service of its own — something to compete with the other over-the-top services that have started popping up around the market. Having its name attached to the service will be a plus, but Apple wants to truly differentiate itself from the competition. Unfortunately, that could mean we won’t see the Apple’s service any time soon. READ MORE: Key iPhone 6s specs seemingly detailed in new report Re/code received word from industry executives on Friday that Apple is hoping to include local broadcast stations for customers all over the country to watch on its service. It would be a huge win for Apple, but in order to make this pipe dream a reality, Apple is going

'Mad Max' meets 'Mario Kart' in this rad mash-up

Mad Max: Fury Road is already one of the year's best movies, but you know what was missing in all of director George Miller's gear grinding under the desert sun? Mario Kart's banana peels and green shells. ...

'Mad Max' meets 'Mario Kart' in this rad mash-up

Google study finds website security questions are even less secure than passwords

A new in-depth study from Google reveals that the security questions most individuals use as an additional layer of security are often less secure and easier to guess than user-chosen passwords. This is especially problematic given that security questions are often the only line of defense when a password is forgotten and needs to be resent or reset. Interestingly enough, Google found that security questions tend to be weak because many individuals lie when answering them. Specifically, Google discovered that many people who provide fake answers to security questions do so to make them harder to guess. But as it turns out, “on aggregate this behavior had the opposite effect as people harden their answers in a predictable way.” Compounding

A water dispenser tops our favorite videos of the week

A water dispenser tops our favorite videos of the week A roundup of our favorite CNET videos covering news, gadgets and more.


A water dispenser tops our favorite videos of the week

A water dispenser tops our favorite videos of the week A roundup of our favorite CNET videos covering news, gadgets and more.


Microsoft tried to buy Salesforce for $55B, report says

Microsoft tried to buy Salesforce for $55B, report says The world's largest software maker was poised to make its biggest acquisition to date, but talks fell through, according to CNBC.


Microsoft tried to buy Salesforce for $55B, report says

Microsoft tried to buy Salesforce for $55B, report says The world's largest software maker was poised to make its biggest acquisition to date, but talks fell through, according to CNBC.


Need for Speed, DOOM and Street Fighter V: Game trailers of the week

Every week, a landslide of video game trailers hit the Internet, hyping up the games that have just been released, the games that are about to be released and even the games that don’t have release dates. It can be a bit overwhelming to keep up with all of them, which is why we’ve decided to collect our favorites into a single post. LAST TIME: Rainbow Six, Assassin’s Creed and Destiny Need for Speed – E3 Teaser After being disappointed with Rivals in 2013, I couldn’t be happier to see Need for Speed get a reboot this year. Let’s hope Ghost Games takes the series in a direction that fans of the classic entries can appreciate. DOOM – E3 Teaser Bethesda is

Adult dating site investigating breach of user data

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a popular adult dating website said Friday it's investigating a data security breach following reports that hackers stole names, email addresses and information about the sexual orientation or habits of up to 4 million members.

BMW shows off its newest concept car: the 3.0 CSL Hommage

BMW shows off its newest concept car: the 3.0 CSL Hommage Every now and then, BMW releases a concept car that is the design team's way of honoring its classic models. Last year it was the M1 Hommage (which the BMW i8 essentially pulled its design language from). Everything about it — from the big rear spoiler, to the molded body kit look, to the "Golf Yellow" coloring — is sure to ruffle traditionalists, but that's sort of the whole point of concept cars in the first place.


Guy hoverboards across a Canadian lake and into history

Guy hoverboards across a Canadian lake and into history

This guy's homemade hoverboard flight set a Guinness World Record

This guy's homemade hoverboard flight set a Guinness World Record Video shows Catalin Alexandru Duru setting a Guinness World Record for longest hoverboard flight by traveling almost a thousand feet.


This guy's homemade hoverboard flight set a Guinness World Record

This guy's homemade hoverboard flight set a Guinness World Record Video shows Catalin Alexandru Duru setting a Guinness World Record for longest hoverboard flight by traveling almost a thousand feet.


Whip IT initiatives into shape by following the Couch to 5K model

Whip IT initiatives into shape by following the Couch to 5K model Few IT and enterprise initiatives include clear and concise goals and specifics on how to achieve them. The Couch to 5K running app is an interesting example of how to do it right.


Money Gifts for Grads That Beat Cash

Here’s a great gift idea for the college graduates in your life – invest in their future.

In this music video, even mutants deserve to fall in love

In this music video, even mutants deserve to fall in love See what happens when a guy falls for a mutant girl with pyrokinetic abilities in the music video "Right Now" by Never Let This Go -- released on Stan Lee's World of Heroes YouTube channel.


In this music video, even mutants deserve to fall in love

In this music video, even mutants deserve to fall in love See what happens when a guy falls for a mutant girl with pyrokinetic abilities in the music video "Right Now" by Never Let This Go -- released on Stan Lee's World of Heroes YouTube channel.


OnePlus Two’s monster specs confirmed by fresh leak

After a leaked benchmark on Thursday shared some details about the OnePlus Two’s high-end specs, a new report brings even more information about the company’s next-gen Android handset. DON’T MISS: Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why A OnePlus handset with model number A2003 has been spotted complete with a specs list on benchmarking website Ludashi.com, Android Headlines reports. According to the leaked specs, the OnePlus Two features a 1920 x 1080 display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with Adreno 430 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The previous leak, showing a Geekbench test for a OnePlus One A2001, also said the phone will have a Snapdragon 810 processor and

Oculus founder sued for using confidential information

Palmer Luckey and his company, Oculus VR Inc, are being sued yet again. Total Recall Technologies, a company in Hawaii, is accusing Luckey of violating a confidentiality agreement that he signed as a former ...

Oculus founder sued for using confidential information

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