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The NSA Published An Instruction Manual On How To Obtain Secret Documents Using Google (GOOG)
Public Afghanistan drone strike data disappears from Air Force site

Causes Acquires Votizen To Democratize Democracy

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Non-profit fundraising platform Causes has just acquired political activism startup Votizen. With Causes’ massive 186 million user base and Votizen’s tools, together they’ll break down barriers to civic engagement to allow anyone to influence elections. Negotiated by mutual investor Sean Parker, the deal gives people a way to turn out...
Causes Acquires Votizen To Democratize Democracy
OK, now I'm convinced Facebook is trying to be creepy

NBC Shutters Hyper-Local News And Information Site EveryBlock After Failing To Find The Right Business Model

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It’s not easy trying to make money as a hyper-local network these days (just ask AOL’s Patch), but in a surprising move, NBC just announced that it is shutting down EveryBlock, the Knight Foundation-backed news and information site MSNBC acquired in 2009. In an email to Poynter.org, NBC Vice president...
NBC Shutters Hyper-Local News And Information Site EveryBlock After Failing To Find The Right Business Model

Remains of the Day: Google's Amazing Branching Suggestions Edition [For What It's Worth]

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Watch the internet spread throughout the world, see how Google's suggestions guess what you're thinking, and learn why one web content editor believes ad blocking is a pretty bad idea for keeping quality content alive. Mapping the growth of the internet Really intriguing graphic that shows the world as it...
Remains of the Day: Google's Amazing Branching Suggestions Edition [For What It's Worth]

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

Gadgetwise Blog: Q&A: Hiding From People-Search Sites

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You may not be able to get your name out of online public records, but you can request removal from some of the people-search sites that list it....
Gadgetwise Blog: Q&A: Hiding From People-Search Sites

Google said building huge facilities for secret projects

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An investigation into Google's public records has hinted that the company is planning large expansions that would be incubators for multiple secret projects. The Mercury News sleuthing found that Google was spending over $120 million in construction around its Montain Vew headquarters for both public and private work. Secret projects...
Google said building huge facilities for secret projects

EFF Launches 'Defend Innovation' Site In An Attempt To Fix Software Patents

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The folks over at EFF have launched a new site called DefendInnovation.org that seeks to get people to speak up about fixing the patent system, specifically around software patents. It puts forth a series of key suggestions: A patent covering software should be shorter: no more than five years from...
EFF Launches 'Defend Innovation' Site In An Attempt To Fix Software Patents
Facebook, Google ramp up federal lobbying efforts in Q2 2012

California Makes A Move To Further Separate The Public From Its Public Records

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The fact that the public is still charged fees to access public records already seems rather questionable. After all, the creation of these documents is paid for by taxpayers. Keeping them locked up behind a governmental paywall often seems like double-dipping. It's time to add one more to the...
California Makes A Move To Further Separate The Public From Its Public Records

Google ponies up $10M for fraud case patents

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Patents may not always rise to the top of tech news, but major companies are gobbling them up every chance they get. That’s exactly what Google just did with a $10 million IP purchase from now out-of-business TeraHop, a Georgia-based company that offered wireless asset management solutions, such as...
Google ponies up $10M for fraud case patents
Enigma brings the deep, dark world of public data to light

The Day EveryBlock Came to Town

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A fight just broke out down the street from my house. Yesterday, a dog in my neighborhood had one of its legs amputated. That's the kind of news I like to know and so I'm very excited that MSNBC's hyper-local news aggregator EveryBlock has expanded this week to include services...
The Day EveryBlock Came to Town

Porch to launch home improvement review site with $6.25 million in funding

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If you’re looking to re-do your bathroom or upgrade your kitchen, you’re probably looking for contractors and home repairs professionals who work with your budget, your neighborhood, and your personal style. While companies like Angie’s List have popularlized the idea of finding the perfect person online, many people still ask...
Porch to launch home improvement review site with $6.25 million in funding

How To Completely Erase Yourself From The Internet

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Your information is for sale to all kinds of different entities. Thankfully, there's an easy way to remove it from the places where companies harvest it. Safe Shepherd has been helping people protect their privacy since being founded in October 2011. For a very agreeable price of free, the web...
How To Completely Erase Yourself From The Internet
Beating out tough competition, 'Google for public data' Enigma wins Disrupt NY

HomeSnap Is Not A Boring Real Estate App

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Sawbuck Reality, an online real estate broker, has just launched a new app called HomeSnap which lets you discover information about any home nationwide just by taking a photo of it. Using a combination of mobile phone sensors to determine location and orientation as well as MLS and public records...
HomeSnap Is Not A Boring Real Estate App

EveryBlock Going Government 2.0 With SeeClickFix

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Hyperlocal news aggregator EveryBlock is set to announce a new content partnership with government 2.0 mobile app and website SeeClickFix later today, according to an article by PaidContent. Sponsor Everyblock aggregates public records, blog posts and other content about very specific geographic locations, automatically. SeeClickFix acts on a similarly hyperlocal...
EveryBlock Going Government 2.0 With SeeClickFix

Just how hackable is your digital life?

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When Wired News reporter Mat Honan had his digital life hacked--and subsequently, virtually wiped out--in August, the significant loss of data he endured wasn't the scariest part of the experience. Much more terrifying was the method by which hackers drilled into his digital accounts. Using clever social engineering exploits,...
Just how hackable is your digital life?
FTC demands answers from data brokers
WikiLeaks' 'Kissinger Cables' is largest release ever with over 1.7 million diplomatic records

The Case Against Aaron Swartz Was Complete Garbage

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As I stated in my initial post about Aaron Swartz's death, I don't think it's fair to "blame" the DOJ or others on Aaron's suicide -- just as I don't think it's fair to blame anyone's suicide on a third party, no matter how horrible their actions. That said, the...
The Case Against Aaron Swartz Was Complete Garbage
3D printing gunmaker forms company to flout copyright law, à la the Pirate Bay

Mark Zuckerberg Finally Wins Approval of First Patent Application

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Back in the summer of 2006, when Facebook Inc. was still a budding social network available only to college students, then 22-year-old Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg filed an application for a patent that covers a way for Internet users to select privacy settings. Last week, that patent was finally approved...
Mark Zuckerberg Finally Wins Approval of First Patent Application

Wash Attorney General Rob McKenna column offers practical solution to public records issues, an indep agency http://bit.ly/c4PYDE #gov20

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Wash Attorney General Rob McKenna column offers practical solution to public records issues, an indep agency http://bit.ly/c4PYDE #gov20

FBI Didn't Even Inform Fusion Center About Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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Last year we noted that a Congressional investigation revealed that Homeland Security's "anti-terrorism fusion centers" were a complete joke. They created no useful intelligence, even though they cost a ton of taxpayer money, and they regularly violated American's civil liberties. In the wake of the Boston bombings, then, it might...
FBI Didn't Even Inform Fusion Center About Tamerlan Tsarnaev

People Search Site MyLife Buys Social Communications Manager Threadsy

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People search site MyLife has purchased the technology from recently shuttered all-in-one social communications manager Threadsy. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. As we’ve written in the past, MyLife is a full-fledged search engine which not only finds people—thanks to aggregated search across social networking sites like Facebook,...
People Search Site MyLife Buys Social Communications Manager Threadsy

How the Wall Street Journal Obtained the License Plate Data

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To get a glimpse into a new trove of location information about Americans' vehicles, The Wall Street Journal submitted public records act requests to several law enforcement agencies in California....
How the Wall Street Journal Obtained the License Plate Data
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