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Heml.is Has a Shot at Succeeding Where Other Encrypted Messaging Systems Have Failed

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Heml.is (pronounced without the dot) was announced yesterday as a new messaging platform built from the ground up to be secure and private. Their goal is to develop an app for iOS and Android that uses proven open standards and high-grade private key encryption to keep your conversations totally encrypted and away from prying eyes, while being user-friendly and attractive. They’re obviously striking a nerve with users, because in less than 36 hours they’ve managed to raise nearly 90% their $100,000 funding goal.

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9 ways a billion dollar new mobile company might be created In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A. Android distribution numbers updated for July, Jelly Bean now the most used version

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There are no journalists Jeff Jarvis argues that defining the term “journalist” creates boundaries that run counter to the purpose of journalism. The NSA vs. Democracy Intelligence services are by nature in conflict with the principles of democracy - transparency and accountability for and by the people. Ezra Klein makes a case similar to the one I made a few weeks ago, but with more charts and figures. Google+ Turns Two: Why I’m Becoming a Convert

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The electrified brain: the power and promise of neural implants We really are getting to the point of building bionic humans. Brain implant technology is the most fascinating area of development in that space. The Criminal NSA Nearly all the coverage of PRISM and NSA’s surveillance is around Edward Snowden’s illegal actions. Let’s take a look at the illegalities of NSA’s oeprations. Put a Fork in It I don’t do this so I’ve never thought about it, but apparently a lot of Americans have a very inefficient and awkward way of using their fork & knife.

We're Missing the Bigger Picture with Edward Snowden

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The reaction to Edward Snowden’s leaking of classified documents was exactly what everyone expected: the government went crazy and leveled accusations of treason and espionage (subsequently filing charges against him under the Espionage Act), the media had a field day scraping up details about Snowden and interviewing countless people about implications, ad nauseum. The public were naturally divided between those who agree with the government’s characterization of the man and his actions, and those who support what he did as patriotic exposure of government overreach.

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NSA Concedes Hadoop Beats Its Pricey Alternatives The National Security Agency has acknowledged that Hadoop, the open source big-data analysis tool, is more powerful and higher performing than its commercial counterparts. The Poke Test, Using a Fork to Flip, and Other Steak-Cooking Myths Lifehacker tackles how to properly cook a steak, just in time for grilling season. Why Would Ecuador Want Edward Snowden? An explanation of possible reasons Ecuador is considering granting asylum to the former NSA contractor.