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Amazon, USPS team up for Sunday delivery in select cities

Amazon, USPS team up for Sunday delivery in select cities

Amazon Prime members in New York City and Los Angeles can now receive packages via the United States Postal Service on Sundays, Amazon has announced. That means that even if a customer places an order on a Friday, the two-day shipping will still apply. The arrangement will also soon be extended to other cities.

Update: Amazon has directly informed SlashGear that Sunday delivery works for all Amazon orders for the selected cities, not just Amazon Prime deliveries as the company's original announcement stated. Let the Sunday deliveries roll.

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Google Engineers reply to NSA: “all too often, laws are for the little people”

Google Engineers reply to NSA: “all too often, laws are for the little people”

There are a couple of Google engineers working for the Google security team replying in kind to the NSA and the GCHQ (on the other side of the ocean) regarding the most recent round of Edward Snowden-leaked documents on government snooping into Google and Yahoo cloud networks. What you'll find is a rather everyman-level bit of talk that essentially anyone can understand. Per Google's Mike Hearn: "We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here."

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Twitter hosts political rappartee between White House and opponents

Twitter hosts political rappartee between White House and opponents

The Obama administration has been increasingly using Twitter as a way to shape news stories and public debate, often going so far as to eschew traditional channels like press releases and news conferences in favor of the social microblogging network, Reuters reports. Characterizing the White House's Twitter activity as an "army" waging "wars" with conservatives and other Obama opponents, the report points to the administration's embrace of Twitter as a public debate sphere.

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NSA directorship to go civilian, report asserts

NSA directorship to go civilian, report asserts

The NSA directorship might revert from a military to a civilian post, The Hill has reported. The Pentagon "has already drawn up a list of possible civilian candidates for the next NSA director," the report said, although "no formal decision has been made yet." The NSA directorship would relinquish authority over Cyber Command, and a separate military officer would be appointed to Cyber Command. If the report is correct, the change would represent a planet-shaking change at the NSA, which since 1971 by law has been directed by military officers.

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Snowden may go to Germany to testify in parliamentary investigation on NSA spying

Snowden may go to Germany to testify in parliamentary investigation on NSA spying

Edward Snowden is currently living in Russia where he was granted asylum after leaking sensitive US documents having to do with PRISM and fleeing the country. Reports indicate that Snowden may be invited to Germany to testify as a witness against the United States National Security Agency. A parliamentary investigation into alleged spying by the NSA is being held in Germany.

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Lavabit and Silent Circle team up for open source tool to make spy-proof email

Lavabit and Silent Circle team up for open source tool to make spy-proof email

As we've previously reported, both Lavabit and Silent Circle have shut down their encrypted email services in recent times, with Lavabit having been shut down due to government demands and Silent Circle shuttering its email service as a preemptive strike against the same sort of problems. Now the two have joined forces as the first two members of the Dark Mail Alliance, aiming to provide an open source tool for encrypting any email service.

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Hacker charged for mining data from US Missile Defense Agency, NASA

Hacker charged for mining data from US Missile Defense Agency, NASA

Every now and again, something happens that causes one to question whether common sense is as common as believed, not the least of which is when someone brags in a public space about doing something illegal. Such was the case regarding Lauri Love, a British man who has been charged for hacking both NASA and the US military alongside hacking compatriots and then boasting about doing so on Twitter.

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Huawei ban upheld in Australia following government review

Huawei ban upheld in Australia following government review

Huawei, alongside with ZTE, has been the subject of concerns and scrutiny by the United States government and others, with fears revolving around possible spying that could be taking place on behalf of the Chinese government. The maker has previously been banned from use on Australia's National Broadband Network, something that was recently reviewed with the anticipation that the block would be ended. Such was not the case, however.

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