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NSA spying report shows what its elite hacking units can do

It sees you when Windows has crashed and you send the error report. In some cases, it sees you even when you're not online. It, unsurprisingly, is the NSA, according to leaked internal documents seen by German magazine Read More →

Elevator Pitch: What being a busboy taught Next World’s Craig Hanson about venture capital

In the past few years, the number of venture capital firms has shrunk, not grown, and those new firms that have gotten off the ground have tended to be small boutiques focused on Read More →

Quoted: on tech and talking — or not really talking — to one another

"I can't, in restaurants, not watch families not talking to each other. In parks, I can't not watch mothers not talking to their children. In streets, I can't not watch mothers texting while they're pushing their children." — Sherry Read More →

Off topic: Chinese wine, restaurant signals, historical maps, skater tricks

Made in China: high-end wine. Are restaurant staff talking behind your back? They might be using their own sign language. A treat for map nerds: Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States. And just for Read More →

New iPhone? Here are tips on how to use it

If you just received an iPhone for Christmas and are looking for some tips on how to use it, here are some links that offer everything from general advice to the specific settings you need to tweak to save your Read More →

Teens to Facebook: You are dead to us

A European study out today of teens ages 16 to 18 says they are leaving for other digital haunts such as Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and WhatsApp. We sort of knew that was going on, evidenced by Facebook's failed bid for Snapchat. Read More →

Overstock.com plans to usher Bitcoin into mainstream online retail

Bitcoin appears headed for mainstream online retail, with Overstock.com, one of the largest online-only retail sites, making plans to accept the virtual currency within six months. The company's CEO Patrick Byrne told The New York Times that Overstock.com plans Read More →

Twitter stock losing steam

Yesterday, jaws dropped as Twitter's stock hit new heights, as we wrote here. But on Friday, Twitter lost steam on the New York Stock Exchange after Macquarie Capital downgraded the stock. As reported by Bloomberg, Macquarie analyst Read More →

Judge: NSA’s mass collection of phone data is legal

A federal judge has ruled that the NSA's mass collection of phone records is constitutional, granting a U.S. government motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the ACLU. The ruling comes a couple of weeks after another federal judge ruled Read More →

Quoted: James Franco on our lives, our selfies

"A texting conversation might fall short of communicating how you are feeling, but a selfie might make everything clear in an instant. Selfies are tools of communication more than marks of vanity (but yes, they can be a little vain)." — Read More →
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