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Kashmir Hill
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This is so, so great on the evolution of the surveillance state. The Gene Hackman lead is brilliant. http://www.iasc-culture.org/THR/THR_article_2015_Spring_Vaidhyanathan.php 
Unlike Bentham’s Panopticon, the Cryptopticon is not supposed to be intrusive or obvious. Its scale, its ubiquity, even its very existence, are supposed to go unnoticed.
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C'mon Apple. Copper and selenium intake tracking, but not periods? 
With Apple's 'all-inclusive' health data app, you can track sleep, calories, workouts, number of times fallen, and even copper intake. But you still can't track your period.
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This is so cool. Apple's computers now vs. 30 years ago. 
The new MacBooks are very pretty. But Apple's line-up wasn't always so tasteful.
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So if someone calls you for a telephone survey, you might want to ask if they already know 170 things about you. 
There's a good chance you have a score on your computer or smartphone that says how big a fan you are of pot. It was calculated by a company you’ve never heard of, packaged up in a cookie designated for you, and placed on your device as you browsed the Internet; it determined what kind of online ads you saw if pot legalization was a voting issue in your state last November.
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Smartphone encryption made easy. 
Starting Monday, no matter which smartphone you own, you’ll be able to call or text any other smartphone for free with end-to-end encryption turned on.
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"Open Whisper Systems’ apps are “used all over the world.” He is especially pleased by its popularity in Brazil, where media have recommended his apps as a great option for free global calling and texts. “What’s awesome is they don’t mention encryption and privacy,” says Marlinspike. “They just like that the apps are simple and free.”"
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This is a must read on the evolution of societal memory. 
The Web wasn’t built to preserve its past; the Wayback Machine aims to remedy that. Credit Illustration by Harry Campbell
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Bait for privacy geeks. 
It's the year 2076, sixty years after everyone's secrets spilled out into the open, and no one wants to own a smartphone or commit anything to collective digital memory.
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I actually had to send Hertz this question while reporting out this story: "If you don't plan to use the cameras you put in your cars, why did you put them in your cars?" 
This week I got an angry email from a friend who had just rented a car from Hertz: "Did you know Hertz is putting cameras in rental cars!? This is bullsh*t."
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They must have money to burn. They can send a little of it my way...
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Security history lesson. 
Passwords suck as a security measure. But the processes that let you recover your password if you forget it can be even worse.
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+Charles Haynes Because more than one person needs access to the account. But maybe we can come up with some convention to alter the answers. I'd worry about her forgetting that though.
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We zoomed in on the futuristic renderings of Google's proposed plans for its headquarters to find the weirdness. And we found the weirdness. 
Google's campus looks like a space colony in the airy, whimsical plans released last week of its proposed new headquarters. We took a close look at the drawings and noticed some strange, amusing and bizarre details in Google's future.
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People faced with surveillance and censorship got incredibly creative to stay in touch with loved ones. 
In the early 1980s, Helen Matwyshyn's great uncle was run down by a military vehicle while he was crossing a street.
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I know this sounds incredibly stupid but I think if you read it, you will not be disappointed.  
Meet the inventor of the caps lock key and the journalist who made the terrible decision to use it for a full week. All texts, all tweets, all emails. IN CAPS. What could go wrong?
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