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White House rejects 160,000-signature petition supporting pardon for Snowden

post-gazette.com — WASHINGTON - More than two years after in excess of 160,000 people signed an official White House petition asking President Barack Obama to pardon Edward Snowden, the government is finally responding. But the people who signed the petition, which called the former National Security Agency contractor who revealed information about government snooping a national hero, aren't likely to be pleased with the response.

After two years, White House says ‘no’ to petition asking for pardon of Edward Snowden

washingtonpost.com — More than two years later, after more than 160,000 people signed an official White House petition asking that the administration pardon Edward Snowden, the government is finally responding. But the people who signed the petition, which called the former National Security Agency contractor who revealed information about government snooping a national hero, aren't likely to be pleased with the response.

Your Android smartphone could be attacked with a text message

washingtonpost.com — A hacker could take over Android smartphones with nothing more than the mobile number, according mobile security experts at cybersecurity firm Zimperium. That's a serious problem because some 80 percent of smartphones ship with Google's mobile operating system and victims of a hacker exploiting the bugs may not even know they've been attacked, Zimperium researcher Joshua Drake told NPR.

Google+’s stranglehold over YouTube’s comments is ending

washingtonpost.com — Way back in 2013, YouTube users fought the Google+ takeover of the site's comment section with text art tanks. And nearly two years later, Google appears to be surrendering. In a blog post Monday, the company said it is moving away from requiring Google+ to use other Google services.
Jul 27, 2015

RT @washingtonpost: Google+’s stranglehold over YouTube’s comments is ending wapo.st/1SK9JD1

Planned Parenthood’s Web site on the defense after hacking claims

washingtonpost.com — Planned Parenthood has been swept up in a storm of controversy in recent weeks, after an anti-abortion group started to release undercover videos of officials at the organization discussing how it provides aborted fetal organs for research. Now, even the group's Web site is on the defense.
Jul 27, 2015

Hackers claim to have posted Planned Parenthood employees' names and e-mail addresses wpo.st/WnBS0

Jul 27, 2015

RT @sandhyawp: Planned Parenthood's Web site on the defense after hacking claims wpo.st/yVBS0 @abbyohlheiser @kansasalps

Jul 27, 2015

RT @ArthurCaplan: Planned Parenthood's Web site on the defense after hacking claims wpo.st/i2GS0 This is wrong.

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How security experts protect themselves online

washingtonpost.com — With news of a big hack almost every week, the Internet can be a scary place. So how's an Internet user supposed to stay safe? One strategy is to mimic how security experts watch out for themselves. And luckily, a new paper from researchers at Google outlines some of the steps they take to keep their systems safe.

What Ted Cruz gets wrong about Star Trek

washingtonpost.com — Star Trek's Captain James T. Kirk is a Republican. That's what Ted Cruz wants you to think, anyway. In an interview with the New York Times, Cruz argues that what makes Kirk, well, Kirk are the very values that define the GOP.
Jul 23, 2015

What Ted Cruz gets wrong about Star Trek (and why Captain Kirk would be a horrible president) washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-swit… pic.twitter.com/TSfnh75lRb

Jul 23, 2015

What @tedcruz gets wrong about Star Trek-a stellar interstellar analysis by Post Trekkies @b_fung & @kansasalps wapo.st/1Kn1TjH

Jul 23, 2015

RT @JFreports: What Ted Cruz gets wrong about Star Trek and why Captain Kirk would be an awful president, via @washingtonpost washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-swit…

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Why one of Apple’s biggest fans quit Apple Music

washingtonpost.com — Jim Dalrymple loves Apple. He's been following the company for different outlets for some 15 years and writes about it now as the editor in chief at The Loop, a blog named after the the address of Apple's Cupertino, Calif.. headquarters. And he just called Apple Music a nightmare.

Donald Trump’s Wikipedia page was deleted today. Twice.

washingtonpost.com — It's no secret that Donald Trump is controversial: The businessman turned reality show host turned presidential candidate recently took a verbal shot at Vietnam prisoner of war Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and read out fellow Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) cellphone number at a campaign event.

Did Sandra Bland have a right to record her police confrontation? Maybe not.

washingtonpost.com — All too often, it seems like questionable behavior by law enforcement only comes to light when there's a video. So perhaps it's no surprise that Sandra Bland, a black woman who was found dead in her cell three days after being arrested following a traffic stop gone wrong, appears to have tried to record her encounter with a cop who threatened her with a taser.
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Jul 28, 2015

Features you may have missed in Windows 9: The entire operating system.

Jul 24, 2015

@kehldanielle Well, except there is glass between you and the sharks in the aquarium. Also air.

Jul 23, 2015

@adamconner @ericgeller @b_fung I refuse to acknowledge Enterprise, like most good Trekkies -- so I have no idea.

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