Illustrations by Blue Delliquanti and David Axe for The Intercept
One of the National Security Agency’s most powerful tools of mass surveillance makes tracking someone’s Internet usage as easy as entering an email address, and provides no built-in technology to prevent abuse. Today, The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about XKEYSCORE dated up to 2013, which shed new light on the breadth, depth and functionality of this critical spy system — one of the largest releases yet of documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The class-action suit filed against Facebook in Vienna by Austrian law studentMax Schrems and his Europe Versus Facebook group has hit a roadblock.
The Wall Street Journal reported that a court in Vienna rejected the lawsuit on the grounds that it had no jurisdiction over the case.
Want to know where you friends and colleagues are? The all-new Map My Contacts app will help you quickly visualize the location of your Google contacts on a world map. It reads the postal addresses of people from your Google Contacts and puts them all in a Google Map using a simple Google script.
UPDATE 06/30/2015: The hearing has been postponed and will proceed in October. Thanks to everyone who helped us raise awareness today.
PARIS — French authorities took two Uber managers into custody for questioning on Monday over “illicit activity” involving its low-cost service.
The Allusionist is a great podcast about language and its latest episode is a must listen for anyone who loves or loathes emoji. We write about them a lot here but rarely explore their connection to cuneiform, the writing system developed by the ancient Sumerians, or medieval marginalia. Have you heard of the Luttrell Psalter, littered with bat and flower ’emoji’? The episode will only take up 16.54 minutes of your time and there’s an excellent list of further reading here. ➤ The Allusionist Read next: Emoji are not the future of language, they’re too small to contain our imaginations Image credit: The Luttrell Psalter: Psalm…