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Remember when the IRS website was hacked and around 100,000 people had their tax data stolen? Officials are now pointing accusatory fingers in the direction of Russia, at least according to CNN. The revelation was made by Illinois Representative Peter Roskam, who is believed to have gotten the inf...

May 29th 2015 at 7:04am 0 Comments
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The Home Secretary Theresa May wants to give Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, the ability to block shows with extremist content before they're shown on TV. The Queen's Speech will detail some of the Conservative government's legislative plans next week, and it's already been confirmed tha...

May 22nd 2015 at 8:45am 0 Comments
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Seth Alter was a teacher for all of six months before quitting his job and going indie to make video games full-time. No Pineapple Left Behind, his second PC title, is more or less the story of why he left his students at a Boston charter school. As a special education math teacher, his sixth grad...

May 11th 2015 at 4:45pm 0 Comments
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It seems as if we're not alone in thinking that America's spies may have trodden on a few too many civil liberties of late. That's why senior officials at the Justice Department are calling for a wide-ranging review of electronic surveillance practices and will open up a little bit about why, and...

May 4th 2015 at 8:59am 0 Comments
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Police body cameras might just represent a big talking point in next year's US elections. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tells those at a policy forum that she wants "every department" to issue the wearables to their officers. While a White House taskforce has already recommended the techn...

April 29th 2015 at 12:46pm 0 Comments
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Almost all of the world's biggest tech companies are American, a fact that's got the European Union slightly worried. So worried, in fact, that the EU has started looking into forming a regulatory body with the power to monitor companies like Google and Facebook, ensuring that they don't abuse the...

April 23rd 2015 at 12:31pm 0 Comments
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The ability to silence the constant braying of advertising is great, unless you're a publisher who relies upon the cash that it generates to keep running. This tension between media outlets and ad-blocking agencies has finally spilled over into a courtroom punch-up after some German newspapers too...

April 22nd 2015 at 7:58pm 0 Comments
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What's the best way to encourage young people to vote? There's no definitive answer, but switching off a TV channel is one of the more unusual ideas we've heard about. For the UK's General Election on May 7th, Channel 4 says it will "shut down" E4 from 7am and instead show a fictional character ca...

April 22nd 2015 at 10:42am 0 Comments
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Look up the word bungled in a dictionary, and you'll find the definition of the word, so if you want to see what it looks like in practice, head to L.A.. The state's problematic program to get iPads into the hands of low-income students has backfired so spectacularly the school district is now loo...

April 16th 2015 at 9:33am 0 Comments
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Spain's imminent Citizen Safety Law isn't exactly protester-friendly -- you can face stiff fines just for daring to disobey police peacefully, let alone holding a protest without telling the government. The activists of Hologramas por la Libertad have found a clever workaround for that, however....

April 13th 2015 at 1:13pm 0 Comments
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If you hadn't noticed, the upcoming general election is kind of a hot topic in the UK right now, but discussion and debates don't just play out on Question Time. Social media is the perfect place to broadcast your political ramblings, and because you can never have enough emoji, Twitter has today...

April 10th 2015 at 9:50am 0 Comments
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Hillary Clinton may not have even formally announced that she's running for President yet, but that isn't stopping her from gearing up for what should be a very tech-heavy election. Both the Washington Post and Reuters claim that the former Secretary of State has hired Google executive Stephanie H...

April 8th 2015 at 3:26pm 0 Comments