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In NBC interview, Snowden says NSA watches our digital thoughts develop
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Screenshot from NBC’s interview of Edward Snowden. In his first interview with a major US network news organization since leaking a treasure trove of documents related to the US national security apparatus, former US intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden told NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams that he has been misrepresented by the mainstream media […]

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Tesla’s TOP SECRET gigafactories: Lithium to power world’s vehicles? Let’s do the sums
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It’s limited good news for Elon Worstall on Wednesday  As we all know, Tesla and SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk – with that forward-thinking “vision” the hyperloop hoper is known for – is touting around plans for a “gigafactory”.…

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'Asteroid to hit Earth' story goes up on CNN, people believe it
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A user posts a fake news piece to CNN’s iReport news hub. It stays live for 22 hours before someone realizes it must surely not be true.

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Taking Lots Of Selfies Is Not A Mental Disorder
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 Have you heard? The American Psychological Association says that taking an excessive amount of selfies is now considered a mental disorder. But of course this claim, which predictably spread like Kardashian wedding news on social media channels this weekend, is completely false. It was the hoax we all wanted to be real. It was vindication that certain annoying people […]

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Mesa 10.2 Will Feature Better Adreno Driver, OpenMAX, Cherryview Support
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Via Phoronix comes news that Mesa 10.2 will be released in a few days with several interesting new features. Highlights include OpenGL 2.1 support for Freedreno (the driver for the Qualcomm graphics chips), video encoding and decoding on GCN Radeons using the new OpenMAX state tracker, and initial support for Intel’s upcoming Cherryview Atom SoC. […]

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US Nuclear Plants Expanding Long-Term Waste Storage Facilities
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mdsolar (1045926) writes with news of nuclear plants across the U.S. dealing with the consequences of the failure of Yucca Mountain. From the article: “The steel and concrete containers used to store the waste on-site were envisioned as only a short-term solution when introduced in the 1980s. Now they are the subject of reviews by […]

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US may block visas for Chinese hackers attending DefCon, Black Hat
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On Saturday, an unnamed “senior administration official” told Reuters that the US government is considering using visa restrictions to keep Chinese hackers from attending DefCon and Black Hat, two major hacking conferences that take place in August in Las Vegas. The move would be “part of a broad effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage,” Reuters […]

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Lenovo Is All Geared Up To Announce Its First Windows Phone Device
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It has now been confirmed that Lenovo will indeed be announcing its first Windows Phone 8.1 device later this year. The device is obviously the result of the announcement that was made by Microsoft at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) about its partnership with Lenovo and eight other manufacturers earlier this year. The news comes […]

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Eruption Update for May 19, 2014: Hawai’i, St. Helens, Kick ‘Em Jenny, Shiveluch and Ubinas
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So, during my extended stay in grading jail, I didn’t have a chance to write about a whole pile of interesting volcano news, so today’s post is a bit of a clearinghouse on a whole bunch of volcano goodness. I’ll be back on a more normal posting schedule now that classes have finally ended here […]

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