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A way for tech companies to get around government gag orders.

slate.com — Let's imagine a world where telecommunications providers and online services pay more than lip service to users' privacy and security. In such a place, they send an email to every customer and user each morning, with words to this effect: "As of this date, we have not received any requests...

We Need an Uber for Hearing Aids

medium.com — Millions of people suffer hearing loss when the hair cells in their cochlea die. Chickens-those lucky devils-don't have this problem Too bad the old saying, "You are what you eat," isn't really true. If it was, given my frequent craving for roast chicken, I'd probably have better hearing. Why?

Politicians always think surveillance is the answer.

slate.com — Why do they hate our freedoms so much, anyway? I'm not talking about the murderers who cut their destructive swath through Paris last week, or their beyond-radical acolytes and advocates who think speech should be a capital offense. No, this is about the people who say they believe in liberty...

An Ubuntu downgrade, and I’m happier

dangillmor.com — After using Ubuntu 14.10 for several months, I've reverted to 14.04. On my ThinkPad T440s, I was having frequent system and/or application freezes, and some programs I regularly use were having other odd glitches. The main reason I'd upgraded was to get support for the wifi card in the ThinkPad, for which there were no drivers in the kernel used by 14.04.

Amazon's AutoRip: a great service - with strings attached

theguardian.com — If you bought a music CD from Amazon in recent years, the giant online retailer has done you a small favor - and itself and the music industry a bigger one - by digitizing them for you as MP3 files and storing them online for you to download or stream.

Bring Back the Draft

medium.com — And start with people my age (Note: This is updated from a personal blog post several years ago.) It is Memorial Day in America, a Monday holiday that ends a three-day weekend - a holiday that has come to reflect so much of our culture.

Should software makers be held liable?

slate.com — One outcome of the Sony Pictures Entertainment network hack is certain: You can expect a blizzard of lawsuits from all kinds of parties claiming harm from the unauthorized disclosures of all kinds of material, from unreleased films to employee health records. But as Sony-related legal papers fly through the court...

Does Facebook's buyout of Instagram signal the end of the tech bubble?

theguardian.com — In the late 1990s, as the first internet technology bubble was rapidly inflating, a small Israeli company called Mirabilis collected millions of users for its instant-messaging product, called ICQ. Instant messaging wasn't new, but ICQ was viewed by many as the best of breed at the time.

How Yahoo could make up for its decision to sell Flickr users' photos.

slate.com — Every day, millions of people post their thoughts and pictures on Facebook and its Instagram subsidiary. Millions more post on Twitter, and Pinterest, and upload videos on YouTube-all participating in a modern ritual that enriches these third-party platforms while providing, in most cases, a satisfying experience to the uploaders. Apart...

On some topics, journalists have to be activists

dangillmor.com — I'm a new contributor to Medium's Backchannel technology publication. In my first post, I ask journalists to ditch any semblance of "objectivity" - a word I consider in the same category as a unicorn, i.e. mythological - when it comes to freedom of expression and the right to publish.
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Jan 30, 2015

Justice Department's pretense of deferring to states on marijuana is shown for the lie it is: forbes.com/sites/jacobsul…

Jan 30, 2015

Comcast's corporate language -- "addressed it directly with the employee who will no longer be working on behalf of Comcast" -- is telling.

Jan 30, 2015

@kellickyle Thanks! Glad it's still relevant you even though so much has changed. #ICParkSM

Jan 30, 2015

The @nytimes "retro" series is extraordinary. See this report about Challenger shuttle explosion. nytimes.com/video/us/10000…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @neilhimself: Although his beard looked like someone had glued it on & his hair would have been unconvincing as a wig, he married a rock…

Jan 29, 2015

In which @mtaibbi tries, and fails, to decipher the "inspired gibberish" of NYTimes columnist Thomas Friedman. "rollingstone.com/politics/news/…

Jan 29, 2015

Least needed app ever calculates odds of your plane crashing. You don't need app for the answer: almost zero. yahoo.com/tech/s/app-ana…

Jan 29, 2015

Totally unsurprisingly, the government is still lying about Tor. wired.com/2015/01/depart…

Jan 29, 2015

David @Pogue calls BS on Neil Young's Pono music player, persuasively: yahoo.com/tech/it-was-on…

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