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Ben Zigterman

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NSA telephone metadata recommendations

Outgoing NSA director: ‘It’s not our mission’ to spy on everyone in the world

February 17th, 2014

The National Security Agency (NSA) will send its recommendations for where to store telephone metadata records to President Obama later this week, the outgoing NSA director said Friday in a speech defending his agency’s surveillance tactics. General Keith Alexander, who is retiring as NSA director next month, did not say where he thinks the data should …

Comcast Obama connections

Obama pals around with Comcast’s chief lobbyist

February 14th, 2014

Although it seems like the Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger would be a nonstarter for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, Comcast may have a few major tricks up its sleeve. It’s chief lobbyist, David Cohen, is apparently “great friends” with President Obama. According to The New York Times, Cohen is quite close with …

Hyperlink Copyright Infringement

EU court decides not to ruin the Internet

February 13th, 2014

A European Union court ruled on Thursday that hyperlinks are not copyright infringement. In other words, the court decided not to ruin the Internet. In a case brought to our attention by TorrentFreak, the EU’s Court of Justice ruled in favor of Retriever Sverige AB, a service that collects links to free articles. Back in 2010, Swedish journalists were …

Largest DDoS Attack

Largest DDoS attack ever nails company that protects against DDoS attacks

February 11th, 2014

A company that is supposed to protect against DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks just suffered what appears to be the largest one ever. According to IT News, CloudFlare, a content delivery network and security provider, said that the attack reached over 400 Gbps at its peak, 100 Gbps more than the previous record.

FaceTime Audio Calling

Here’s how to make calls on your iPhone sound 100 times better for free

February 11th, 2014

In iOS 7, Apple introduced a feature called FaceTime audio that offers sound quality that is far better than anything we had ever experienced before on the iPhone. It makes people’s voices sound more like, well, people’s voices. FaceTime audio works just like regular FaceTime calling; you can make a call to anyone with an …

Sprint T-Mobile Merger Update

Sprint reportedly mulls killing its own T-Mobile merger plan

February 10th, 2014

Sprint’s never-ending attempt to acquire T-Mobile has run into some headwinds lately. Two weeks ago, unnamed sources in the Department of Justice told the Wall Street Journal that having four major national carriers was important for healthy competition, and last week Sprint’s chairman met with the FCC to try to convince it that consolidation will help …

Coffee Memory Benefits Study

Yet another way coffee will improve your life

February 7th, 2014

We all know coffee is good for us and that it’s just a matter of time before scientific studies everywhere confirm this. Now, it looks like we’re one step closer to this glorious day because researchers have found coffee apparently improves one’s long-term memory. According to a study from the journal Nature Neuroscience, study participants …

Apple Store Smells Bad

The stink continues: Apple investigating smelly retail stores

February 7th, 2014

A week ago, we shared Rocco Pendola’s story over at The Street about the body odor problem at the Santa Monica Apple store. After speaking to a couple anonymous Apple retail employees, Pendola was able to confirm that store management recognizes the problem. The employees blamed the smell on poor positioning of high-tech “sniffers” that Apple …

Apple iWatch rumors

Apple’s iWatch is so complex it needs physiologists to help finish it

February 6th, 2014

Apple is looking to hire physiologists who can “design and run user studies related to cardiovascular fitness & energy expenditure.” This job listing effectively confirms rumors that Apple’s iWatch will be laden with health-tracking sensors and features. The job listing, first spotted by 9to5Mac, calls for someone who has experience with “indirect calorimetry” and “exercise …

NSA Snowden Leaks

Former NSA chief explains how Snowden gained high-level access

February 5th, 2014

In an interview on Tuesday with the Wall Street Journal, former NSA chief and Booz Allen Vice Chairman Mike McConnell explained how Edward Snowden gained access to all of the files that he’s been leaking. If McConnell is to be believed, Snowden was hired in the first place after using a trick he probably learned …