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BlackPeopleMeet PR agency IAC “parts ways with” Sacco for racist tweet

BlackPeopleMeet PR agency IAC “parts ways with” Sacco for racist tweet

A PR agency that handles CollegeHumor, OkCupid, the Daily Beast, Vimeo and other high-profile web properties has "parted ways with" a corporate communications officer over a tweet deemed offensive by the company and some of the grassroots public. The tweet came from one Justine Sacco's personal account, not a company account. It informed her followers that she was about to fly to Africa, commented on the AIDS epidemic on that continent -- and implied that she thought her being white inoculated her against the deadly disease.

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NSA phone data-tapping ruled unconstitutional by federal judge

NSA phone data-tapping ruled unconstitutional by federal judge

This week in Washington a district judge by the name of Richard Leon has ruled that the NSA's data collection program on phone call data collection is unconstitutional. This ruling came amid a court case which had two American citizens filing suit against the National Security Administration to stop any and all data collection programs. The case was originally filed the day after Edward Snowden's avalanche of NSA leaks began to be revealed for the first time.

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Twitter turnaround on block backlash highlights social shortcomings

Twitter turnaround on block backlash highlights social shortcomings

Twitter's decision to make an abrupt about-face on blocking policy after user outcry has highlighted little-understood shortcomings in how social services handle privacy and bullying, sending the 140-character message service back to the drawing board to refine its procedure. Twitter had thought it was improving the relatively blunt blocking process users were offered when it quietly changed the system on Thursday morning; by the evening, however, the company had been forced to restore the old approach, following criticisms that the amended tools in fact victimized those affected by bullying, rather than the bullies themselves. Meanwhile, the turnaround raises questions around the blocking and privacy tools other popular social networks offer their users.

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Mars hit with thousands of Earth rocks possibly containing life following asteroid impact

Mars hit with thousands of Earth rocks possibly containing life following asteroid impact

Mars has been a playground for NASA's various robots and missions, and it was back in March that the Curiosity rover found evidence of conditions for habitable life, something that has cropped up in various degrees since then. According to some US researchers, it is possible that rocks containing life could have been blasted, so to speak, to the Red Planet from the Chicxulub impact that took out the dinosaurs and many other strikes.

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Qualcomm, Cisco execs cite spy suspicion for shaken China tech trade

Qualcomm, Cisco execs cite spy suspicion for shaken China tech trade

We've been covering the NSA and other spy agencies pretty faithfully here at SlashGear, and while all that cloak-and-dagger, hack-and-spy, Big-Brother-Is-Watching-You drama can be provocative, that's not why we cover it. We cover it because it affects the tech industry and, by extension, the gadgets we obsess over. The reverberations of mass data surveillance by governments do eventually make their way down to consumer tech. Today we're seeing one way spying has chilled the industry that underpins our toys. Take the recent decline in US tech sales in China and yesterday's statements by executives from Qualcomm and Cisco, for example.

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Twitter unveils forward secrecy in bid to stymie spying government eyes

Twitter unveils forward secrecy in bid to stymie spying government eyes

As with many tech companies, Twitter has been caught up in the government spying fallout, and has taken steps to protect its users' data, the latest of which was an announcement on the company's blog this evening: forward secrecy. With forward secrecy, Twitter has essentially enabled a contingency plan against the possibility of some agency recording encrypted traffic and at some point in the future decrypting it with Twitter's private keys.

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks President Obama’s websites, social media

Syrian Electronic Army hacks President Obama’s websites, social media

The Syrian Electronic Army hacked US President Barack Obama's nonprofit website Organizing for Action last night, sending reverberations throughout the President's social media presence. The SEA proceeded to hack into the President's campaign website as well as OFA's custom URL shortener. It then began posting pro-SEA URL redirects to the President's Twitter and Facebook accounts, among other politically motivated mischief. As of this afternoon, most of the fallout has been cleaned up.

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Narrative Clip: Glass, wearables, and the next Memoto chapter with CEO Martin Källström

Narrative Clip: Glass, wearables, and the next Memoto chapter with CEO Martin Källström

Three million dollars in the bank, a new name - after a little trademark tussling with Motorola - and less than a month from shipping: things have suddenly become very exciting for Narrative, the freshly rebranded Memoto lifelogging camera project. After raising more than eleven times the target amount in its initial Kickstarter campaign, hardware issues saw Memoto miss its February 2013 delivery estimate and effectively have to redesign every aspect of its camera and software to satisfy the goal of a life-logger that snaps a photo every thirty seconds and then automatically gathers the best up into a memorable moments. It's a long way from that to shipping, not to mention a multi-million funding round, and so we sat down with Martin Källström, CEO and co-founder, to find out just where Narrative's story is up to today.

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Attention-operated vehicle uses EPOC headset to detect distraction, shut down car

Attention-operated vehicle uses EPOC headset to detect distraction, shut down car

Distracted driving, whether due to cell phone usage or other reasons, is a major cause of car crashes and the related fallout both in the U.S. and abroad, something that has prompted the NHTSA to propose an in-car system to automatically block cell phones. The Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, more commonly called RAW WA, has come up with a more novel solution involving a so called attention-operated car.

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Nokia six product gush tipped for Oct 22: Sirius tablet, Lumia, dumbphones

Nokia six product gush tipped for Oct 22: Sirius tablet, Lumia, dumbphones

Nokia will reveal six new products, including smartphones, entry-level devices, and its first Windows tablet at an October 22 event, insiders claim, a broad refresh of its line as it tries to claw back attention to devices rather than the Microsoft acquisition. The Abu Dhabi launch will consist of "several" Lumia Windows Phones, sources tell the WSJ, in addition to a number of S40-based handsets aimed at budget users; however, it's likely that the much-rumored "Sirius" tablet will be star of the show.

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