• ‘Former NSA and CIA Director Says Terrorists Love Using Gmail’

    [Andrea Peterson reporting on remarks by former NSA and CIA director, Michael Hayden][1]: > “We built it here, and it was quintessentially American,” he said, adding that partially due to that, much of traffic goes through American servers where the government “takes a picture of it for intelligence purposes.” *Sigh.* [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/09/15/former-nsa-and-cia-director-says-terrorists-love-using-gmail/

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  • Google Knows Your WiFi Passcode

    Michael Horowitz: > Many (probably most) of these Android phones and tablets are phoning home to Google, backing up Wi-Fi passwords along with other assorted settings. And, although they have never said so directly, it is obvious that Google can read the passwords. Excuse me while I cycle my WiFi passwords. Oh, and this isn’t […]

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  • Race for Ad Dollars

    Tom Simonite: > Facebook and Twitter’s collision course seems more driven by their rush to make money from ads than an effort to fulfill the needs of their users. Sounds great for users.

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  • John Sculley on Steve Jobs Leaving Apple

    A great video and reflection.

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  • Touchy ID

    [Dave Pell reacting to the new iPhone TouchID system (fingerprint scanner)][1]: > In order to give us the promise of more security, companies will want to know even more about us. It feels like we’ve passed a point of no return. So much about us is stored in the cloud (our finances, our communication, our […]

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  • Dropbox Opens Your Files

    It’s just that they don’t open them in the way that you think they do. WNC InfoSec has a post from *vintsurf* [about something he caught Dropbox doing with Word documents][1]: > All .doc embedded HoneyDocs appear to have been accessed…from different Amazon EC-2 instance IPs. Essentially what he found was that every time a […]

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  • Stupid Shit of the Week

    Chris Chase: > The Seattle Seahawks announced Wednesday that undercover cops dressed as San Francisco 49ers fans will patrol CenturyLink Field to deal with unruly fans during Sunday night’s seismic NFC West matchup. Not yet, because it gets even more stupid: > Fans who are found breaking the code will be kicked out of the […]

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  • ‘NSA Shares Raw Intelligence Including Americans’ Data With Israel’

    The title of the latest Guardian report by [Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskill and sourced by Edward Snowden][1], would rightfully seem to say everything in the headline. That’s what I thought when I saw it, but that headline severely downplays how damning this latest article truly is. Let’s get to some block quoting, […]

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  • ‘Third Suspicious Package Attributed to Ex-TSA Screener’

    [Kim Baldonado][1]: > A TSA office near LAX was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after it received a suspicious package, believed to have been mailed by an ex-screener arrested for allegedly threatening the airport, according to the FBI. I wasn’t going to link to this, but right before tossing it aside I caught the really funny part. […]

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  • The Two Best Things about the iPhone 5S

    There are two really great things about the iPhone 5S that I can’t wait to have: 1. The new camera. Like every iPhone before it, the camera is much improved. This go around I think it is going to start giving cameras like the GX1 a run for their money. The new autofocus, flash, and […]

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  • Sunstroke 1.6

    Anthony Drendel on adding in-app purchases to Sunstroke: > Up until July 2013, I had been treating Gone East LLC (my software development company) as a hobby. I had a full-time job that was paying the bills. Consequently, I didn’t much care about earning a decent salary from my app sales. At the beginning of […]

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  • ‘Dave Pell on Building the NextDraft Platform’

    I had no idea he had opened it up to a blog-type system too. All powered by WordPress.com VIP hosting — pretty neat.

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  • Editorially

    [Editorially has officially launched today.][1] I have been in on the beta of Editorially for quite a while, but really don’t know much about their product roadmap. So now the doors are open, and if you want to give it a go you can sign up and do just that. For those that don’t know […]

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  • ‘How the NSA Spies on Smartphones Including the BlackBerry’

    [Marcel Rosenbach, Laura Poitras and Holger Stark](http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/how-the-nsa-spies-on-smartphones-including-the-blackberry-a-921161.html): > According to the documents, it set up task forces for the leading smartphone manufacturers and operating systems. Specialized teams began intensively studying Apple’s iPhone and its iOS operating system, as well as Google’s Android mobile operating system. Another team worked on ways to attack BlackBerry, which had […]

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  • The Apple Store Experience

    As recently as a couple of years ago ((Rough guess.)) I would have stood confidently before you and declared the Apple retail store experience to consistently be the best retail store experience, and perhaps the best shopping experience, I have ever had. I’m not just speaking as an “Apple Blogger” or a tech-geek. I *do* […]

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  • ‘Obama Administration Had Restrictions on NSA Reversed in 2011’

    [Ellen Nakashima reporting on a secret (now-not-secret) court ruling expanding NSA powers][1]: > Together the permission to search and to keep data longer expanded the NSA’s authority in significant ways without public debate or any specific authority from Congress. The administration’s assurances rely on legalistic definitions of the term “target” that can be at odds […]

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  • ‘Privacy’

    [Matt Gemmell has written his take on the NSA scandal][1]. Gemmell is someone who I normally agree with, but in this case I am in disagreement. There is a chance that cultural differences (however slight) are at play here, but I still would like to respond to a couple statements he makes: > If you […]

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  • ‘1Password and the Crypto Wars’

    [Jeff Shiner CEO of AgileBits][1]: > It is impossible to absolutely prove that our answers to the easy questions above are truthful. But what I can do is provide a number of more verifiable claims, each of which makes it harder for us to lie about any of this. In combination, these should be enough […]

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  • ‘Patent Troll Tries to Save Itself, Gets Pounded by Newegg’

    Joe Mullin: > “I hope they don’t wuss out on this case,” said Cheng. “I hope they have the balls to try it. I am not optimistic that they will, because it would be a big mistake on their part to let this case go to trial.” Excuse me while I go do some shopping […]

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  • Epic Privacy Browser

    Interesting web browser built off of the Chromium engine (Google Chrome). It is not like the [PirateBrowser](http://piratebrowser.com) because it doesn’t look to use Tor, instead it basically blocks trackers in as many forms as it can find and routes certain things, like searches, through proxies. Ultimately, something like this comes down to who is building […]

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