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The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s recent TED Talk

imageThe NSA was “surprised” by the recent TED Talk by Edward Snowden. In response to the recent talk Snowden did, where he discussed taking back the Internet, Deputy Director of NSA Richard Ledgett came and talked to TED too. Ledgett took some time to answer questions about the NSA, security, privacy, and how the NSA perceives Edward Snowden.

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Edward Snowden: Here’s how we take back the Internet

imageEdward Snowden did a TED Talks speech on government surveillance and Internet freedom, via a “telepresence” robot in Russia. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the Internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he says, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.” Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

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Internet consumption around the world (Infographic)

If you’re curious how people around the world access the Internet, then you’ll want to check out this infographic from International Business Guide. 2013 marked the first year that there are more mobile internet devices than humans, which makes access to the Internet easier than ever.

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1 in 10 Americans think HTML is some sort of sexually transmitted disease

If I ever have to think about an STD, I certainly don’t think about HyperText Markup Language. Although, using HTML and CSS together is How To Make Love. All jokes aside, apparently for many American’s, web design and technological terms such as HTML mean something much different to them.

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Facebook is planning to launch their own drones

Yes, you read that right. Drones aren’t just for the secretive work of the government. Drones although still very expensive to own and operate, are increasingly becoming more available to organizations that want to be able to monitor from the skies above. 

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Shit Bitcoin Fanatics Say

imageAh, the classic Shit _____ Fanatics Say meme. It’s now famous for such parodies as Shit Apple Fanatics Say, Stuff Instagramers Say, and Shit Silicon Valley Says. It doesn’t seem to get old.

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Watch how the NSA trolls the Internet

imageIf you think someone is out to get you online, writing hateful messages, creating fake profiles trolling you, writing in forums about you, and more, it might not be that far off base to think it’s a plot against you. If you are in the sights of the NSA, there is a good chance that they are trolling you and you don’t even know it.

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A detailed world map of the Internet

imageThe Internet is vast. To map the entire Internet, would be next to impossible. But Jay Simons, made a valiant effort with his Map of the Internet, version 1.0. The map captures the Internet in great detail, but due to the sheer size of the web, only parts of it can be captured in a way so that it can be comprehensible, both on print and the web.

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Don’t get caught using these passwords

Each year, SplashData releases the Worst Passwords of the year. In 2012, there sure were some bad passwords, with “password” topping the list. Obviously you don’t want to use “password” as your password! But it looks like the 2013 year proved to be no different. 

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The Deep Web is estimated to be 500x the size of the Surface Web

imageWhat is the Deep Web exactly? Many people are asking this question recently, as the Deep Web has seen quite a few headlines in 2013. To put it simply, the Deep Web is the part of the Internet that is hidden from view.

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Kevin Rose sits down with Coinbase CEO to talk Bitcoin

imageCoinbase CEO Brian Armstrong sat down with Kevin Rose, for an interview on his amazing and massively growing startup, Coinbase. Coinbase is the popular online wallet for bitcoins, which itself has seen massive growths this year.

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The definitive history of Bitcoin (Infographic)

imageIf visual learning is your thing, then please take a gander at this infographic about Bitcoin. As it’s title suggests, it really is a definitive history of bitcoins, up through now of course. 

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Google has known about Bitcoin since 2011

imageI find this truly fascinating. In June 2011, as part of an interview with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, was talking to Assange about new age technology. What his thoughts are, on the future of tech. All of this was part of the discovery phase for Schmidt in publishing his book, The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business, which came out earlier this year.

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Hackers steal 2 million passwords from Facebook, Twitter, and Google

A massive hack that has been discovered shows that 2 million passwords have been stolen from users of Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.

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Hacking of the future, infecting computers using audio signals

I’m in awe of how impressive this is. Computer scientists have developed proof-of-concept software, that uses inaudible audio signals to communicate with each other. And with the communication, they can then transfer data such as malware, from speakers and microphones within short distances of each other.

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