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Net Giants Try To Quell Users' Jitters About Their Data

Tech companies that field National Security Agency data requests are currently barred from sharing those requests publicly. But Google, Microsoft and Facebook all have a financial interest in showing their users that the NSA does not enjoy unfettered access to their data.
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Tallinn: The Former Soviet City That Gave Birth To Skype

The Estonian capital is dotted with medieval towers and Soviet architecture that belie its status as one of the world's most technologically advanced cities. Residents use a smart card to ride the bus, and mail packages and pay for parking with their phones.
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NSA Leaker's Claims Doubted By Tech, Intelligence Analysts

Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst who leaked NSA surveillance information, has made claims about his ability to access private phone conversations and email. Some in the industry dispute the range of activities he says analysts are able to do.
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Google Acquires Israeli Mapping Service Waze

Waze makes a crowds-sourced traffic app that uses input from drivers. It will complement Google's mapping capability. The deal is seen by many as a defensive move by Google to keep Waze from being acquired by Apple or Facebook.
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Hands-Free Gadgets Don't Mean Risk-Free Driving

Systems that turn a driver's speech into text are the most distracting. Drivers in a University of Utah test experienced a kind of inattention blindness that mean they sometimes overlooked potential hazards.
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Secrets Just As Hard To Maintain As Privacy In Digital Age

It isn't just privacy that is at risk in this new era of Big Data collection. Secrecy is a casualty too. It used to be classified documents were kept in a safe and seen by a select view. Now a top secret document can be accessed by hundreds, if not thousands, all with the click of a mouse. Because of that the modalities of spying have changed. Now analysts can take an infinite number of secrets with them by just putting them on a thumb drive, but it's a counter-intelligence nightmare.
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To Crack Down On Rhino Poaching, Authorities Turn To Drones

Sky-high prices for elephant ivory and rhino horn have pushed wildlife poaching to a fever pitch. So in attempt to outfox the sophisticated poaching operations, conservationists and government rangers are teaming up to launch small, camera-carrying drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, above southwest Africa.

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