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Americans are more afraid of being hacked than of all other crimes, including murder

Carl Franzen October 28, 2014 06:27 pm10.28.2014 23

Just in time for Halloween, famed polling agency Gallup has released the latest results of its long-running annual survey of American fears about crime. For the first time, hacking tops the list of the...

Fear dot com

Judge dismisses former Panama dictator's lawsuit over 'Call of Duty' character

Carl Franzen October 28, 2014 04:55 pm10.28.2014 3

Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega is currently serving a 60-year-prison sentence in his home country for murder, embezzlement, and corruption, but that didn't stop him from trying to sue Activision,...


Huge FCC rule change could make internet TV a reality

Jacob Kastrenakes October 28, 2014 05:15 pm10.28.2014 52

Internet TV providers are just starting to emerge, but they might soon get the jumpstart they need in order to turn into real competitors for traditional cable TV. The US Federal Communications Commission...

"Consumers shouldn’t be shackled to rules that only recognize 20th century technology." Tom Wheeler, FCC chair

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The US Postal Service has been quietly surveilling more mail than anyone thought

Carl Franzen October 28, 2014 02:15 pm10.28.2014 16

Snail mail is growing steadily less popular thanks to the internet, but people in the US still send lots of it every year — over 158 billion pieces of mail were handled by the US Postal Service in 2013...

Old-school spying

US currency reimagined to celebrate ideas, not the dead

Cassandra Khaw October 28, 2014 02:21 am10.28.2014 195

Travis Purrington's interpretation of the US currency looks like it belongs in a cyberpunk movie. Gone is the uniformed green, and the portraits of long-dead presidents. Purrington's designs are subtle yet...

So Money

Online political ads are more secretive than TV ads, but that could change soon

Carl Franzen October 27, 2014 04:45 pm10.27.2014 2

As more and more of our video viewing habits shift online, here's a question worth asking: should online political video ads be treated the same way as ads on TV? Because they're not right now. That's...

Politics as unusual

The FBI thinks it has found Glenn Greenwald's second leaker

Russell Brandom October 27, 2014 04:03 pm10.27.2014 30

As Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept continues to publish secret government documents, some of which go beyond the initial NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, speculation has grown concerning a second...

Another Snowden?

The not-so-glamorous life of a robot operator

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This device tracks every shot fired from a cop's gun in real-time

Carl Franzen October 27, 2014 11:52 am10.27.2014 21

Police shootings have come under heightened scrutiny in the United States lately in the wake of several recent fatal events, including the killing of 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last...

To observe and protect

Google VP's 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump

Chris Welch October 24, 2014 01:55 pm10.24.2014 78

A senior Google executive has broken the world record for highest free-fall parachute jump today. Dr. Alan Eustace, whose official title is Senior Vice President of Knowledge, successfully completed a jump...

The NYC Ebola patient has turned us all into spies

Russell Brandom October 24, 2014 11:57 am10.24.2014 100

Craig Spencer is now the most-watched man in New York. Last night, the 33-year-old doctor was confirmed as New York's first case of Ebola. In the hours since, detectives and reporters have pored over every...

The more we know, the more we feel the panic of what we don't know

Millions of candidate Ebola vaccine doses should be ready in 2015, WHO says

Jacob Kastrenakes October 24, 2014 10:00 am10.24.2014 6

Millions of doses of a candidate Ebola vaccine are expected to be available next year, with efficacy trials beginning in certain West African countries this December, the World Health Organization said...

The vaccine won't be a 'magic bullet'

New York patient tests positive for Ebola

Josh Lowensohn October 23, 2014 09:30 pm10.23.2014 116

New York City has its first confirmed case of Ebola in a doctor who had recently been traveling in West Africa to treat patients suffering from the deadly disease. Craig Spencer, 33, was taken to Bellevue...

Not a great thing to happen
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