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Roswell UFO incident: 66 years and a single FBI document

Roswell UFO incident: 66 years and a single FBI document

While Google remembers the Roswell UFO incident this week with a doodle like no other, we'd like to remind you of a document released by the FBI on the matter just a few years ago. This March 22nd, 1950 document was posted in April 2011 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation discussing three "so-called flying saucers", each of them containing "three bodies of human shape but only three feet tall." If you've not seen this document yet, it's high time you did.

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FBI sued over facial-recognition database details

FBI sued over facial-recognition database details

The FBI has been sued by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for access to its biometrics database, arguing that the US agency has failed to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests and is gathering face-recognition data, among other things, with no external governance. The lawsuit, which follows grudging FBI confirmation that it is deploying drones in the US for surveillance purposes, is the culmination of two years of EFF investigation into the Bureau's developing Next Generation Identification (NGI) database, which includes storing a broad range of biometrics.

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FBI confirms drone surveillance activity in the US

FBI confirms drone surveillance activity in the US

While it may not come as much of a surprise to some people, the FBI has confirmed and admitted that they perform surveillance with drones on US soil. FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee today that they use drones for surveillance in the US, but "in a very, very minimal way, and seldom."

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SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

SlashGear 101: PRISM, FISA, and the modern NSA

Since the beginning of June, the public has been privy to an ever-expanding flower of information springing from the NSA tagged with the code name PRISM. This keyword is attached to a program that whistleblower Edward Snowden is said to have been the sole leaker of for reports leading to the Guardian story on the GCHQ and the Washington Post story on the NSA. What lies beneath is a story on the expanding abilities of the NSA beyond their original bounds in international surveillance.

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NSA Verizon snooping prompts exit by Wil Wheaton, Android hacker Koush

NSA Verizon snooping prompts exit by Wil Wheaton, Android hacker Koush

As NSA data collection from Verizon Wireless is defended this morning by no less than the office of the President of the United States, actor Wil Wheaton and top Android hacker/developer Koushik Dutta have announced their departure from the carrier. The order in question was revealed yesterday, having originated from the FBI and passed down to the public media by an anonymous source.

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FBI ordered to return confiscated hard drives to Kim Dotcom

FBI ordered to return confiscated hard drives to Kim Dotcom

It's been quite the journey for Mega founder Kim Dotcom, but it seems like things are slowly coming to a conclusion. The High Court of New Zealand has ordered the FBI to return confiscated hard drives that were taken from Dotcom's home when it was initially raided last year. They have also ordered the US government to destroy all copies that they might have archived.

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FBI seeks to fine tech companies failing to comply with real-time wiretaps

FBI seeks to fine tech companies failing to comply with real-time wiretaps

A new proposal from the government would require tech companies like Facebook or Google to allow law enforcement to place real-time wiretaps on a suspect's communication mediums, like messaging apps, emails, and more. Law officials would present a court-ordered request to the companies, and if the companies don't comply, they would receive a fine amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. If they choose not to pay the fine after 90 days, the fines will double each day afterwards.

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Unidentified drone spotted near JFK International Airport

Unidentified drone spotted near JFK International Airport

The pilot of Alitalia Flight #608 yesterday spotted a small, black drone hovering around JFK International airport yesterday. The drone is about 3 feet wide, has 4 propellers, and was hovering around an altitude of 1,750 feet. The Alitalia airplane was about 3 miles away from landing on runway 31R when the unidentified drone came within 200 feet of it. This all occurred around 1:15 p.m.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 10, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: September 10, 2012

Welcome back to Monday, folks. We're in the final stretch before Apple's big event kicks off, and with just a couple of days left before everything goes down, the iPhone 5 is making a splash in a big way. The (hopefully) incoming handset was given the title of "biggest upgrade in consumer electronics history" by one enthusiastic analyst today. T-Mobile is offering an "Unlocked and Unlimited" deal for the iPhone even though it doesn't carry the device itself, and we got word today that Apple suppliers have started shipping new 13.3-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Display and a new line of all-in-one iMacs.

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