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Report: Spy agencies collude to gather personal data from mobile apps

The targeted apps have included the mobile versions of Facebook, Yahoo’s Flickr, LinkedIn and Twitter, according to reports in The New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica.

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Help Grandma with her Facebook settings using AVG’s new privacy tools

AVG’s PrivacyFix software plugs into your social networks to figure out where your privacy settings are lacking.

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Threat forecast for 2014: Ransomware, scams, snoops

AVG has released its security threats predictions for the new year, and the sophisticated attacks that defined 2013 look to continue.

U.S. federal watchdog calls for end to NSA phone records program

An independent federal oversight board condemns the NSA's bulk phone surveillance.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to hold live chat on Thursday

Hopefully this Twitter-tinged session is more illuminating than Snowden's first Q&A session.

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Six more US retailers attacked like Target, security firm says

IntelCrawler also identified a 17-year-old Russian who it says wrote the BlackPOS malware, a version of which was used against Target

Obama fails to address NSA encryption-defeating methods, backdoors

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The president's speech focused more on a telephone-records collection program than on the Internet, critics say.

Obama's NSA reform proposals spark disappointment from some

Some digital rights groups wanted an end to the NSA phone records program, but President Obama wants a transition to something similar.

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Obama proposes changes to NSA surveillance

The changes called for regarding NSA surveillance include new privacy advocates to be assigned to a surveillance court and a transition away from a controversial U.S. telephone records collection program.

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Despite Nest purchase, Google isn't welcome in my house

Google's purchase of Nest has been greeted with more jeers than cheers. You can understand why people might not be eager to let the search giant into their home.