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NSA phone record destruction halted by judge

NSA phone record destruction halted by judge

A U.S. District Judge has halted the NSA's plans to destroy collected phone records, something that has had many up in arms. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, more commonly known as the EFF, sought for the temporary stay on destruction, saying the phone records can serve as evidence in lawsuits that are going against the agency's surveillance practices.

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Adobe joins the Obama ConnectED bandwagon

Adobe joins the Obama ConnectED bandwagon

President Obama has been working on his ConnectED Initiative for a while. The goal of that initiative is to improve the education system in the US and help education move into a more technology focused world. The initiative has added a couple new firms to the mix, including one of the larger software firms out there.

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Obama: “we’re building Iron Man” (and here’s how)

Obama: “we’re building Iron Man” (and here’s how)

If you’ll remember back in October of 2013 there was a story about how a "real Iron Man" was being built by the US Army. This week, US President Barack Obama spoke up on the White House’s next initiative for manufacturing innovation in the United States. In this speech, he suggested that the reason the press was gathered was that the United States government was building Iron Man - it was a joke, of course.

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Bitcoin ban sought over economy concerns

Bitcoin ban sought over economy concerns

The future of Bitcoin has become uncertain in recent times, with Mt. Gox finding itself the source of controversy in recent days and its closure spawning the mass-sale of the digital currency, leaving many spooked and possibly leery over future involvement with the unregulated and oft-stolen funds. Following this hoopla, D-W.Va. Senator Joe Manchin has moved forward with a call to have the cryptocurrency banned.

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Venezuelan government shuts down internet in wake of protests

Venezuelan government shuts down internet in wake of protests

Don’t expect one whole heck of a lot of tweets coming out of Venezuela in the immediate future as President Nicolas Maduro’s government has shut down the internet and select TV channels. Having shut down Twitter access for the area this past week, Venezuela’s state-run ISP CANTV has been cut in areas such as San Cristobal. This area is a regional capital in the west of the country and CANTV controls the vast majority of internet connectivity in the area.

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Federal License Plate Reader Database sought by Homeland Security

Federal License Plate Reader Database sought by Homeland Security

This week a job listing posted by the Department of Homeland Security has suggested that they’re aiming for a Federal License Plate Reader Database in the near future. This database would hold instant connections to the people behind the wheel at any given time. License plate readers are not a new idea - a massive database containing every license plate ever made certainly would be a new concept.

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