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US officials: NSA overseas surveillance is targeted, not bulk collection

Critics question the officials' description of the NSA's overseas surveillance programs. Are they wide nets or targeted strikes?

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.'

California police criticized for 'stingray' cellphone trackers

Handsets nearby feed location data to the devices as if they were cell towers. But is that legal?

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NSA denies Facebook snooping as Zuckerberg lays into Obama

Facebook's CEO says he called President Obama to express his 'frustration' at repeated revelations of NSA snooping.

Lawmakers fail to ask NSA chief about agency's malware plans

Instead, a House subcommittee deferred questions about 'damage' of leaks to a classified briefing.

NSA's plans reportedly involve infecting millions of computers with surveillance malware

Leaked documents show the agency was planning to expand its infrastructure for active attacks since at least 2009.

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Surveillance, Snowden dominated discussions at a more serious South by Southwest

This year’s festival reflected a shift from sharing to security as the dominant trend in technology today.

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Three practical reasons to use your browser's private mode

It's not just for dirty pictures. Incognito mode can also help you access your favorite news sites and keep upcoming surprises away from prying eyes.

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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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Edward Snowden at SXSW: The NSA is setting fire to the future of the Internet

"It's the makers, thinks, and the development community" that can help protect your data from a surveillance dragnet, the NSA whistleblower said via video at a South by Southwest panel