What It’s Like When The FBI Asks You To Backdoor Your Software

What It’s Like When The FBI Asks You To Backdoor Your Software

Dell Wasn’t Joking About That 28-Inch Sub-$1000 4K Monitor; It’s Only $699.

Dell Wasn’t Joking About That 28-Inch Sub-$1000 4K Monitor; It’s Only $699.

 

Dell's P2815Q Ultra HD Monitor

Jason Evangelho, Contributor

Last month Dell launched a pair of UltraSharp monitors boasting 4K resolution, and dangled a sweet carrot in front of our early adopting paws: a forthcoming 28-inch Ultra HD monitor that would retail for less than $1000. Today at CES 2014 Dell revealed it, along with an aggressive price tag: $699.

I have a 1-on-1 with Dell tomorrow afternoon and this is now on my short list of products to test on the show floor. Until then, unfortunately, I only have a few new details to share.

Postmodern Jukebox One Take 2013 Mashup: Just Another Day at the Office

Our 2013 Year-End Mashup

It’s been 2014 for a couple of weeks, but I’m just finding the time now to write a proper sendoff to 2013- which was, by far, the most exciting year of my life. Some highlights: making our first million hit video, landing on the Billboard charts, having my music featured in Bioshock Infinite, getting a real piano, performing live on “Good Morning America,” introducing Puddles to YouTube, and playing in Dubai on New Years’ Eve. It was an amazing year, and I’m excited for more big things to happen in 2014.

To commemorate the events of this year, check out this fun year end mashup we produced with the help of our friends at Cosmopolitan:

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“Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015

“Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015

At the BUILD developer conference in April 2014, Microsoft will discuss its vision for the future of Windows, including a year-off release codenamed “Threshold” that will most likely be called Windows 9. Here’s what I know about the next major release of Windows.

As a kind of recap, we know that Microsoft will update Windows 8.1 in 2014, first with a service pack/feature pack-type update called Update 1 (or GDR1 internally). I wrote a bit about this update recently in Windows 8.1 Update 1 (Very Early) Preview but the expectation is that it will ship in April 2014 alongside Windows Phone 8.1, the development of which Microsoft will soon complete.

Also in April, of course, is BUILD 2014. That show will hit just weeks after Microsoft completes its corporate reorganization and will surprisingly be very much focused on Windows Phone and Xbox, according to my sources. But I think Windows watchers will agree that the biggest news from the show will be an announcement about Microsoft’s plans for the next major Windows version, codenamed “Threshold.”

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CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico’s Most Notorious Drug Cartel Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-us-government-and-the-sinaloa-cartel-2014-1#ixzz2qO45hh40

CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico’s Most Notorious Drug Cartel Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-us-government-and-the-sinaloa-cartel-2014-1#ixzz2qO45hh40

Suspected Mexican drug trafficker Vicente Zambada-Niebla

Jan. 13, 2014, 12:33 PM

An investigation by El Universal found that between the years 2000 and 2012, the U.S. government had an arrangement with Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel that allowed the organization to smuggle billions of dollars of drugs while Sinaloa provided information on rival cartels.

Sinaloa, led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, supplies 80% of the drugs entering the Chicago area and has a presence in cities across the U.S.

There have long been allegations that Guzman, considered to be “the world’s most powerful drug trafficker,” coordinates with American authorities.

But the El Universal investigation is the first to publish court documents that include corroborating testimony from a DEA agent and a Justice Department official.

The written statements were made to the U.S. District Court in Chicago in relation to the arrest of Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, the son of Sinaloa leader Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada and allegedly the Sinaloa cartel’s “logistics coordinator.”

Here’s whatDEA agent Manuel Castanon told the Chicago court:

“On March 17, 2009, I met for approximately 30 minutes in a hotel room in Mexico City with Vincente Zambada-Niebla and two other individuals — DEA agent David Herrod and a cooperating source [Sinaloa lawyer Loya Castro] with whom I had worked since 2005. … I did all of the talking on behalf of [the] DEA.”

Reddit, Mozilla, rights groups to protest online snooping in memory of Aaron Swartz

Reddit, Mozilla, rights groups to protest online snooping in memory of Aaron Swartz

Screenshot from thedaywefightback.org

On February 11, a broad coalition of internet-involved organizations will go online to protest massive electronic surveillance by various governments. The action hopes to repeat the successful beating of SOPA/PIPA bills in 2012.

The protest was announced on the anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s suicide and is dedicated to his memory. The software engineer and online freedom activist took his life in 2013 amid prosecution over alleged illegal downloading of a large number of academic journal articles, the charges which could have landed him in jail for up to 35 years.

“If Aaron were alive, he’d be on the front lines, fighting against a world in which governments observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action,” the protest coordination website said.

Similar to the SOPA/PIPA protest in 2012, the new day of action will aim at raising public awareness of government online surveillance and pressuring US lawmakers to act against it. Thousands of participating websites will host banners calling on Americans to bombard members of Congress with email and phone calls. And all concerned Internet users will be asked to participate in other ways.

Full Story–>>http://rt.com/news/online-spying-protest-swartz-556/

Snowden: ‘I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice’

Edward Snowden

Snowden: ‘I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice’

Open letter to Brazilian people is a testimony of continued purpose, not a quid pro quo

– Jon Queally, staff writer
A day after a ruling by a federal judge was seen to vindicate the whistleblowing of Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor published “an open letter” to the people of Brazil offering to help the government there with its investigation into U.S. spying in the country.”I’ve expressed my willingness to assist where it’s appropriate and legal, but, unfortunately, the US government has been working hard to limit my ability to do so,” Snowden said in the letter, which was published in the Brazilian daily Folha de S Paulo.“I will not be the one to ignore criminality for the sake of political comfort. I would rather be without a state than without a voice.” –Edward Snowden

“Until a country grants me permanent political asylum, the US government will continue to interfere with my ability to speak out,” he said.

Though many media outlets depicted the letter as an offer by Snowden to “exchange” or “swap” his assistance for political asylum, nothing in the letter suggests a quid pro quo.

For example, the USA Today headline on Tuesday morning read: ‘Snowden to Brazil: Swap you spying help for asylum.’ And even the Guardian reported: ‘Edward Snowden offers to help Brazil over US spying in return for asylum.’

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