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Snowden on winning the alternative Nobel prize

Edward Snowdenvia The Guardian

Edward Snowden issues a recorded statement after being awarded Sweden’s Right Livelihood Honorary Award, dubbed the ‘alternative Nobel Prize’. The National Security Agency whistleblower says he accepts the award on behalf of those who risked their lives to help ‘resist unlawful and disproportionate mass surveillance’. He says the award serves as a ‘vindication’ for such efforts.

Hackers Are Already Using the Shellshock Bug to Launch Botnet Attacks

Hackers Are Already Using the Shellshock Bug to Launch Botnet Attacks

With a bug as dangerous as the “shellshock” security vulnerability discovered yesterday, it takes less than 24 hours to go from proof-of-concept to pandemic.

JUST MARRIED: Facebook Data Science Team Examines 2014 Honeymoon Check-Ins

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google-waterIn an open letter to the European competition commissioner earlier this month, News Corp CEO Robert Thomson was highly critical of Google.

 

Bitcoin, Open Source Movement For Decentralized Future

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Activism – Nozomi Hayase: It all started with a white paper published in 2008. An unknown innovator under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto outlined an open source protocol for a public ledger that has come to be known as Bitcoin – which among other things is a peer-to-peer form of
digital cash. Five years since its inception, more people are coming to recognize the revolutionary force behind the underlying technology
of the Bitcoin blockchain that enables this decentralized network to achieve consensus amongst strangers at a global scale.

REPORT: EU to Approve Facebook-WhatsApp Deal

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Google Opens New Berlin Office
Google has responded to an open letter, written by News Corp for the European Commission, which criticises the company and claims its search engine is negatively impacting news organisations. In the original letter,

The internet’s population, mapped by nationality

The Canadian government’s surveillance of innocent Canadians is secretive, expensive, and out-of-control—that’s the message of a new video launched this morning by Canadian digital rights organization, OpenMedia.ca. The group is leading a large, non-partisan, Canadian coalition of organizations calling for effective legal measures to safeguard Canadians from government spying.

The Alibaba moment

Alibaba, China’s giant e-commerce firm, is a harbinger.

We are going to see more Chinese firms venturing onto the world stage. The most ambitious are no longer content to operate just in China or act as manufacturing contractors for well-established American, European and Japanese brands. More and more of them will raise money in global capital markets (as Alibaba did in its initial public offering of stock), acquire foreign firms and set up foreign manufacturing and distribution operations

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