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#Blowback : FedGov's massive eavesdropping apparatus -- which as we now know extends domestically to U.S. citizens -- prompted Edward Snowden to leave Hawaii and leak to journalists. Now the WSJ reports that FedGov's Russian spying is problematic because the Russians have, wisely, taken countermeasures.

If FedGov hadn't expanded NSA surveillance to domestic spying, perhaps Edward would still be on a beach in Hawaii with his girlfriend. And FedGov wouldn't have this rather significant (alleged) problem on its hands today.
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Good point, Declan...but what about the US citizens who engage in terrorist acts? How do we prevent that? Or must we suffer more Boston Marathon-type incidents? The NSA's activities should be regulated and court orders should be obtained, but we can't rule out keeping an eye on suspected terrorists...
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After over a decade, it’s time for me to leave +CNET and CBS.

It’s been a good run: I left my job as Wired's Washington, D.C. bureau chief to make the switch, and had a merry old time chronicling the misdeeds of innumerable bureaucrats and congresscritters for CNET and CBS It’s been a decade of domestic surveillance expansion, copyright law hijinks, data retention trial balloons, and truly brilliant proposals like Internet kill switches — presumably large and red and in the White House basement! I also met my now-wife at a privacy confab I attended for CNET. We’ve since moved to the San Francisco bay area; some of you reading this were at our wedding in Carmel.

But now my time at CBS is coming to an end.

I’ve wanted for years to make it easier for people to find relevant news online, and now I’m starting a company to do just that. It’s a simple concept: automatically personalized news based on your own interests, with zero configuration. The company will be called Recent Media, and you can sign up to be notified of the beta iOS and Android release at It’s on Twitter as and on Google+ here: +Recent mobile news app 

I don’t know if people will use this. I don’t know whether this company will succeed in a marketplace with worthy, well-funded competitors. I don’t know if I can overcome some significant technical hurdles. But I do know I want to try.

I’ll miss my colleagues, especially my esteemed editor +Charles Cooper, who is wrong about most things political but right about everything else. CBS is fortunate to have him. And CNET will be hiring! Contact Charles if you’re interested; you’ll get a beautiful downtown view of San Francisco:

Today is my last day at CNET. My email address remains the same, and please stop by and say hello if you happen to find yourself near Palo Alto. And please do sign up for the beta release!
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I can't tell you how thrilled I am about your move into capitalism. We need more brave journalists like you. 
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It's remarkable that a 5-second copyright claim leads to the complete censorship of a movie trailer. Kudos to Google for standing up for the First Amendment and opposing #copyright  taken to this illogical conclusion. Click the link to see the language Google is using to criticize the ruling.
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So sweet
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Not a drill: OS X users should stop using Safari immediately until Apple releases an encryption fix. Chrome under OS X is fine. You can test whether you're vulnerable here: Thanks to +Elie Bursztein and +Adam Langley for their writeups of this vulnerability.
You MUST upgrade your iOS and OSX devices NOW to secure your network communications.

Apple SSL implementation is flawed and allows an attacker to intercept ALL encrypted (HTTPS) communication. Every iOS Apps are vulnerables (Safari, Facebook, Google+, Mail...) . On OSX and Safari and  many other apps  are also affected. Chrome is not affected on OSX.

Please it is very important that you  upgrade now as this vulnerability has been made public last night. In particular DO NOT connect to a public WiFi with an unpatched device.

To test if your device is vulnerable you can use the public website:

Help spread the word by re-sharing or +1 this post to ensure everyone promptly patch their devices.

For those interested in the technical details:
Apple cryptic patch notes After refers to a bug introduced in libsecurity_ssl which is the SSL library used by Apple ( This bug lead the SSL library to not check properly the hostname associated with a
given SSL cert which allows an attacker to easily snoop on any HTTPS site.
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This could be apple's canary
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Photo showing the view from my (home) office this morning after yesterday's rain on the San Francisco peninsula. Yes, rain! As you can see, some fog lingered through this morning.
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Beautiful :-) this is what I call a writers' paradise :-) 
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So NSA created "its own back doors" in hardware built abroad. What law would clearly prohibit FedGov from backdooring US-built hardware too?

Also: a good line from Oxblood Ruffin:
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If you are talking about looking at the data going through a device like deep packet inspection that's a feature not a hack.
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Spy agencies and bored hackers at your local Starbucks can vacuum up Yahoo and ICQ chats and metadata about AOL's AIM users. These services are over a decade old -- why are they not fully encrypted? Really, folks?
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And after all these years, why are there so many competing and incompatible chat platforms, systems and protocols?

If this was like Email or the web we'd all be using the same system or protocol and it would be encrypted end to end with all metadata remixed and anonymised.

Oh. Wait.
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+victor steinbok bore with it. Sorry.
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Yes, there was a car sliding down the wooded hill across from my house this afternoon. No, it wasn't a clever attempt to dispose of a dead body.

Turns out that the neighbor was having a fence built and one of the workers didn't pay sufficiently close attention to his surroundings. The fellow is uninjured, albeit unhappy, and a tow truck is en route.
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Keep reading for your complete fix of today's  #NetNeutrality  news coverage so far (and if you need more than 22 articles on this topic, I feel sorry for you):

Federal Appeals Court Nixes FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

Federal Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality Rules, Sides with Big Telecom

Breaking: Court strikes down FCC's net neutrality rules

U.S. appeals court kills net neutrality

Appeals court strikes down key parts of the FCC's net neutrality rules

Circuit Court Of Appeals Strikes Down FCC’s Open Internet Order, Net Neutrality Threatened

Appeals Court Overturns FCC Net Neutrality Rules

Court Ends 'Net Neutrality' On A Technicality

US appeals court strikes down Internet rules

D.C. Appeals Court Strikes Down Net Neutrality Rules

Appeals court strikes down FCC's Net neutrality rules

Appeals court rules that FCC can't immpose net neutrality

Net neutrality rules nixed by appeals court

US court says FCC’s net neutrality rules do not apply to ISPs, FCC may appeal

'Net neutrality' gutted by federal appeals court panel in D.C.

US court trashes FCC's net neutrality rules

Appeals court strikes down FCC's net neutrality rule

Net neutrality is half-dead: Court strikes down FCC’s anti-blocking rules

Court strikes down FCC’s Net Neutrality rule

Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

An uppercut to the chin for the “open” Internet

Net neutrality now rests in the hands of the FCC. I'm worried.
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If private industry is going to control how its customers get information, then maybe its time for a government funded free network service. Otherwise the we are creating a Digital America where the rich will get the goodies, and the poor will get nothing.
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