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Supreme Court passes on NSA bulk phone surveillance case

The Supreme Court declined to resolve the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's bulk telephone metadata surveillance program, leaving intact what a lower-court judge described as an "almost-Orwellian" surveillance effort in which the

Google Project Loon Internet balloon circled the globe in 22 days

Google’s plan to deliver Internet service from balloons seems to be flying along nicely, as the company says one of its balloons just completed “a lap around the world in 22 days and has just clocked the project’s 500,000th kilometer as it begins

AT&T promises to lower your Internet bill if FCC kills net neutrality

Are you an AT&T home Internet customer? If so, AT&T has just made a promise you'll want to take note of.

Lack of Twitter geotags can’t stop researchers from getting location

Three researchers from IBM have developed an algorithm that can predict a Twitter user's location without needing so much as a single geotag from them.

How the NSA turns back the clock on phone taps without choking on data

National Security Agency documents released by The Washington Post gave a glimpse of an NSA program that allows the agency to capture the voice content of virtually every phone call in an unnamed country and perform searches against the stored cal

Snowden: Big revelations to come, reporting them is not a crime

Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance on the TED stage in Vancouver -- and urged online businesses to encrypt their websites immediately.

WhatsApp’s idealism and Facebook realism: A study in contrast

[Commentary] WhatsApp founder Jan Koum asserted that Facebook's acquisition of his company does not mean that WhatsApp's internal values will change.

Level 3 blames Internet slowdowns on ISPs’ refusal to upgrade networks

Recent public battles over how network interconnections affect the quality of streaming video have almost all involved one company: Cogent Communications.

Judge rebukes Feds for overbroad search warrant applications for e-mail

In a rare public rebuke of American prosecutors’ request on accessing a person’s e-mail, a federal magistrate judge in the District of Columbia has denied a government warrant request to search an unnamed user’s e-mail address, citing the request

EU votes in favor of universal mobile charger

A common charger for mobile phones sold in the European Union should be developed in order to reduce waste and hassle for consumers, according to members of the European Parliament voting on an update to radio equipment laws.