• ‘Stockman Requests Subpoena of NSA’s White House, IRS Phone Logs’

     Congressman Steve Stockman : As you know, recent revelations show the National Security Agency has been keeping an “ongoing, daily” log of every domestic phone call in the United States.    I respectfully request your Committee subpoena the records of every phone call made from all public and private telephones of all IRS personnel to all […]

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  • ‘Senators Skip Classified Briefing on NSA Snooping to Catch Flights Home’

    Alexander Bolton: Only 47 of 100 senators attended the 2:30 briefing, leaving dozens of chairs in the secure meeting room empty as Clapper, Alexander and other senior officials told lawmakers about classified programs to monitor millions of telephone calls and broad swaths of Internet activity. No biggie though, I’m sure 53% of our senior lawmakers […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Bruce Schneier

    “If the government demanded that we deposit copies of all of our messages to each other with the police, we’d declare their actions unconstitutional. Yet we all use Gmail and Facebook messaging and SMS.” — Bruce Schneier

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  • ‘Secret Court Ruling Put Tech Companies in Data Bind’

    Claire Cain Miller, reporting on the end, I mean secret court ruling that violates constitutional rights for the larger “security” of a nation: The Yahoo ruling, from 2008, shows the company argued that the order violated its users’ Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. The court called that worry “overblown.” “Notwithstanding the parade […]

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  • Woe Ye Metadata

    This post from Jason Kottke, which ties together two articles is a fantastic synopsis of the dangers of discarding metadata as just, well, metadata. Perhaps the easiest way to think about metadata is in relationship to people-watching. If you sit in a room full of people, random people, you can very quickly figure things out: […]

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  • Air to Breathe

    Matt Gemmell talking about the new iOS 7 design: Gone are embellishments like gloss and bevelled edges, shadows and borders. Visually dead areas that provoke tension rather than inspiring relaxation. Weight that suffocates, rather than open air to breathe. It’s much too early to know what the final version of iOS 7 will look like, […]

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  • ‘Prosecuting Snowden’

    Bruce Schneier on the route to prosecuting Edward Snowden: We need to determine whether these National Security Agency programs are themselves legal. The administration has successfully barred anyone from bringing a lawsuit challenging these laws, on the grounds of national secrecy. Now that we know those arguments are without merit, it’s time for those court […]

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  • ‘The View-Master User Interface’

    Dr. Drang on the parallax feature of the iOS 7 Home screen: Despite all the talk of flatness—and there’s no question, the icons and certain other parts of the UI are much flatter—this gives iOS 7 as a whole a greater illusion of depth than it ever had before. The shadows and reflections of today […]

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  • ‘Fertile Ground’

    Marco Arment on how Apple just re-ignited the App gold rush: Apple has set fire to iOS. Everything’s in flux. Those with the least to lose have the most to gain, because this fall, hundreds of millions of people will start demanding apps for a platform with thousands of old, stale players and not many […]

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  • The WWDC Keynote

    There’s a lot of information to parse that came out of Apple (did you know you can buy new Airport/Time Capsules already?), but I think two really important factors that can be evaluated now are summed up well by Jim Dalrymple and John Gruber. Dalrymple: One thing that became very clear to me early on […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Daniel Ellsberg

    “This wholesale invasion of Americans’ and foreign citizens’ privacy does not contribute to our security; it puts in danger the very liberties we’re trying to protect.” — Daniel Ellsberg

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  • Quote of the Day: Timothy Lee

    “Snowden wasn’t crazy to question whether he’d be treated fairly by the American justice system.” — Timothy Lee

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  • ‘Here Come the Encryption Apps’

    A great post from Matthew Green comparing different encryption apps for iOS. Someone (I can’t find the source) on App.net sent this over to me and it is a great breakdown from someone who presumably knows his stuff. Of the apps listed I use Wickr quite a bit. I thought it was pretty secure, but […]

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  • ‘The Problem With Metadata’

    Jane Mayer for The New Yorker: “The public doesn’t understand,” she {Susan Landau} told me, speaking about so-called metadata. “It’s much more intrusive than content.” She explained that the government can learn immense amounts of proprietary information by studying “who you call, and who they call. If you can track that, you know exactly what […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Edward Snowden

    “I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.” — Edward Snowden

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  • ‘The NSA’s Dragnet’

    Richard Dunlop-Walters has an excellent break down of PRISM and the NSA, so if you don’t want to read all the details, but want to be informed — Dunlop-Walters’ summary is your best bet. The Verge also has a good synopsis of President Hypocrite, I mean, President Obama’s remarks on the matter. President Obama’s comments […]

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  • Quote of the Day: Matt Gemmell

    “The junction between mortality and mundanity is an exquisite source of perspective.” — Matt Gemmell

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  • ‘U.S., British Intelligence Mining Data From Nine U.S. Internet Companies in Broad Secret Program’

    I don’t even know where to begin on this PRISM program the NSA is running. All I can say is that it is bullshit and kudos to the Washington Post for breaking the story and providing a lot of detail. Additional stories here, here, and here.

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  • Vesper Take Two

    I originally started writing a normal Vesper review. I talked about the design, the icon that I like slightly more than I dislike it. About the features missing, about the use cases, and so on. But because I am a bit slow on this, I had the chance to read a lot of other reviews. […]

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  • Keyboard Maestro, Markdown Links, and Ulysses III

    For a very long time now I have had a simple Keyboard Maestro macro that would take the link on my clipboard and make a Markdown link out of any editable text that I have selected. It’s been a huge help to me over the years for formatting my writing. With my recent switch to […]

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