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Classified X-37B space plane breaks space longevity record

The secret space plane could be testing new technology for spy satellites. But will we ever know?

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How to hide your online searches: We browse incognito with Disconnect and Silo

Want to keep Google from serving you search-based ads, or cookies from dropping in unannounced? One of these tools could help.

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How to disable Windows 8's deep cloud integration, piece by piece

Microsoft provides granular control options that let you pick and choose which cloud-friendly features to utilize.

Report: Obama to unveil legislation to end NSA bulk phone data collection

Phone data will now be stored with telecommunications carriers rather than with the U.S. National Security Agency

Microsoft tweaks privacy policies after email spying backlash

To track down a Windows 8 leaker Microsoft peeked inside a blogger's email account. Now the company says it wants to make it harder to do that again.

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Wickr wants to spread its spy-level encryption to your favorite games and apps

The encrypted messaging app is selling its security tools to other companies to make money—and to make your information safer.

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Fake Tor app has been sitting in Apple's App Store for months, Tor Project says

Apple has not removed the fake app so far despite being notified in December, Tor developers say

Bill Gates: WhatsApp was pricey, Office needs 'more than a tuneup'

In a sweeping interview with Rolling Stone, Bill Gates reveals his affinity with Zuckerberg and lauds innovation in California, even though 'half of the companies are silly.'

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In potential conflict with FISA court, California court wants NSA phone records kept

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last week disallowed retention of phone records beyond five years

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At Cebit opening ceremony, leaders evoke need to protect private data

All, that is, except U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, who says violin music and a robot thespian are typical Sunday evening entertainment.

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Secret court denies NSA request to store phone records beyond 5 years

The government had said the data may be required as evidence for privacy civil suits filed by various groups

NSA created 'European bazaar' to spy on EU citizens, Snowden tells European Parliament

National spy agencies across Europe are allowing the NSA to piece together their data into a larger picture, Snowden said

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Tracking with metadata: It's not all bad

Human rights groups are using metadata to verify the authenticity of eyewitness footage

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Sprint accused of overcharging U.S. for spying assistance

Sprint is accused of overcharging law enforcement agencies more than US$21 million

NSA director defends surveillance, but calls for better cybersecurity

The NSA director says the agency is doing what the US residents want it to do