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Eco-friendly alternative to the walking/treadmill desks?
It's being used to power laptops, grind grain for beer, and churn butter.
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Guilt by (physical) association: "co-traveler analytics" map real-world relationships by correlating people's movement w/ suspected targets worldwide

My latest story w/ +Barton Gellman 
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I worked on this > NJ AG announces $1M settlement w/ ESEA for illegally using customer's computers to mine bitcoins
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Excited to announce my ‪#PLSC‬ 'Cost of Surveillance' paper w/ Kevin Bankston was published in the The Yale Law Journal today. 

Key takeaways: GPS tracking is ~28x less expensive than traditional covert pursuit. Cellular based tracking is ~53x cheaper.

Direct link: http://www.yalelawjournal.org/the-yale-law-journal-pocket-part/constitutional-law/tiny-constables-and-the-cost-of-surveillance:-making-cents-out-of-united-states-v.-jones

(‪#‎YLJO‬ not to be confused to ‪#‎YOLO‬)
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My latest story: NSA leveraging commercial web tracking by Google and mobile apps to target users.
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The limits of harvesting users online: my thoughts about NJAG Bitcoin case and the implications for 3rd party miners/trackers #privacy
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Awesome -- Google engineers +Mike Hearn and +Brandon Downey  confirm our analysis...  and have issued a statement:

"f*ck these guys"
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Here's an important question: 

Amidst the rhetoric about 'securing the cloud', why haven't companies enabled basic email security features like TLS? 
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It doesn't look like AOL is supporting (or at least advocating the use of) IMAPS to the client either. So there is a second point of vulnerability between their cloud email service and the client.
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