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The FBI Now Needs A Warrant To Use Its Phone-Sniffing Stingray Boxes

Privacy took a blow last week when the NSA got permission to keep operating a massive dragnet. Here’s some better news: As of today, US agents should have a harder time using Stingrays to spy on mobile phones.


Donald Trump's Instagram Attack Ads Are The Future Of American Politics

Donald Trump just posted a new attack ad against Jeb Bush on Instagram. And in typical attack ad form, it takes quotes from Jeb, uses them out of context, and tosses in photos of criminals while spooky music plays in the background. I have seen the future of American politics, and whether it includes a President Trump or not, it’s filled with Instagram attack ads.


The NSA Can Keep Tracking Phones After All, Rules US Court

A federal appeals court just took a dump on privacy. They reversed the 2013 trial court decision that called the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection unconstitutional. The ban has been lifted. This is good news for the NSA and people with panopticon fetishes.


Some US Cops Are Now Allowed To Taser And Tear Gas People From Drones

North Dakota just became the first state to legalise taser drones. Shocking.


There's A Hidden Conveyor Belt Under The US Capitol That Was Just For Moving Books

Most people who work in the US Capitol don’t know about the 100-year-old book conveyor tunnel underneath them that used to connect the building to the Library of Congress. It’s long since abandoned, but it’s still down there.


Exclusive: Read Julian Assange's Introduction To The Wikileaks Files

This essay by Julian Assange is taken from the introduction to The Wikileaks Files: The World According to the US Empire, a collection analysing how Wikileaks’ release of US diplomatic cables impacted foreign policy.


Google Ordered To Remove Links To Stories About Google Removing Links To Stories

Europe’s “Right to be forgotten” laws have come to an apex of dumb: The UK’s Information Commissioner’s office has ordered Google to remove links to stories about Google removing links to stories. My brain hurts.


Could Google Decide The Next Election With Its Search Algorithm?

We trust Google not to be evil, but new evidence published by prominent psychologist Robert Epstein suggests that if it wanted to, Google could undermine democracy — simply by tweaking its search algorithm.


The U.S. Won't Give Up Control Of The Internet Quite Yet

The world welcomed news that the United States would finally cede control of the internet address system this fall. You know… Because the American government was spying on everyone and stuff. However, Uncle Sam just announced that he needs a little more time. Like maybe three years.


What The Oval Office Looks Like Empty

The Oval Office has a very pretty floor! You’d never know it based on most photos of the White House’s most famous non-square-shaped room, but the president spends his days walking on a Reagan-era design. It’s a heck of an improvement over the wood-grain linoleum of the Johnson years.


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