Snowden celebrates the world’s rejection of surveillance two years after NSA leaks

Two years after the revelation that the National Security Agency was spying on millions of innocent citizens, Edward Snowden has declared that the “balance of power is beginning to shift.” Writing in The New York Times, Snowden claims that a “post-terror generation” is emerging that refuses to justify the practice of mass surveillance out of fear. “For the first time since the attacks of September 11, 2001, we see the outline of a politics that turns away from reaction and fear in favor of resilience and reason,” says Snowden.

He also points to recent victories such as the US government’s decision to let the Patriot Act expire, and shifting opinion in the international community and technology sector. “The United Nations declared mass…

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Author: James Vincent

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Periscope’s new map view helps you find broadcasters by location

The iOS version of Periscope, Twitter’s livestreaming app, received an update yesterday that brought with it a new map view. The new view lets users browse streams from specific locations around the world, selecting live broadcasts from different areas by zooming in on countries, cities, and towns. Streamers will see their broadcasts appear automatically on the map view if they enable location data sharing in the app.

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Wow, this dog earns GIF of the year

I am not exactly a happy-go-lucky person, so I don’t say this lightly: this GIF makes me so, so happy. Look at that dog(e)seen on Reddit earlier today. Getting her paddle on, slowly being lowered into the bath. She’s not even worried, completely chill in the face of a tub full of water. Watch it again. Look at that tongue pop out. And, of course, it’s a shibe, the internet’s dog of choice. This is a perfect storm of a GIF, the best GIF of the year, and it’s only June. You’re welcome.

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Author: Nathan Ingraham

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FDA advisory committee recommends approval of controversial 'female Viagra'

An advisory committee to the Food and Drug Administration voted today to back the approval of a drug meant to boost the libido of women who struggle with decreased sex drive. In an 18-6 vote, the committee decided to recommend that the FDA approve the drug, Flibanserin, given certain labeling and risk management conditions, The Washington Post reports.

Flibanserin, developed by Sprout Pharmaceuticals, works by boosting the response of receptors in the brain to chemicals like serotonin and dopamine. It’s suggested for women who suffer from Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, a condition described at the advisory meeting as feeling like “a switch had gone off.”

“A challenging risk / benefit assessment”

But there are concerns about the…

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Author: Lizzie Plaugic

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What do the homeless need? A city of geodesic domes, apparently

Silicon Valley is not exactly known for tactfully interacting with San Francisco’s low-income and homeless populations. Perhaps no piece of writing could convey this better than a vivid 2013 Facebook rant by entrepreneur Greg Gopman. After a walk through downtown San Francisco, Gopman complained about a downtown where “the degenerates gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, get rowdy, they act like they own the center of the city,” since “there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us. It’s a burden and a liability having them so close to us. Believe me, if they added the smallest iota of value I’d consider thinking…

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Author: Adi Robertson

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Twitter shut down a site that saved politicians' deleted tweets

Politwoops, a project from the Sunlight Foundation, launched in 2012 with a simple mission: save the deleted tweets that politicians would rather you didn’t see. Last night, Twitter shut the project down.

According to a statement released today by the Sunlight Foundation, Twitter decided that Politwoops violated the company’s API Terms of Service “on a fundamental level” and decided to have it removed. The Sunlight Foundation says they are unable to appeal the decision, but have decided to “honor Twitter’s latest decision,” despite working out issues with the company in 2012. According to the statement:

We are truly mystified as to what prompted the change of heart, and it’s deeply disappointing to see Twitter kill a project they had…

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Author: Colin Lecher

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A brief history of Dish's many attempts to break into wireless

The only reason Dish’s reported merger talks with T-Mobile should come as a surprise is if you haven’t been watching the company at all over the past few years. Sure, the merger might be a consolation prize for both companies, but for Dish in particular it would be a win after a long and probably frustrating string of losses. For at least four years now — and probably longer — Chairman Charlie Ergen has been striving to find ways to get Dish involved in a real wireless network. The company has fought with the FCC, juggled wireless spectrum, and been in talks with more companies than you might remember. Dish has been grasping, and these T-Mobile rumors are just the latest in a long string of rumors about the company.

So you might be…

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Author: Dieter Bohn

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