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A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Sell Drugs Online

A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Sell Drugs Online

For its two and a half years online, thousands of drug dealers sold every kind of narcotic imaginable on the anonymous online marketplace known as the Silk Road. But put one of the site’s heroin dealers in a courtroom and ask him questions under oath, and the scale and consequences of that drug empire suddenly […]

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Gag Order Prevented Google from Disclosing WikiLeaks Probe for 3 Years

Search giant says its policy always contests secrecy orders tacked to data requests. Continue reading

CoinTerra, Yet Another Troubled Bitcoin Miner Startup, Goes Bust

Venture-backed firm had top engineers behind it, still filed for bankruptcy. Continue reading

Canada Joins World Powers in Spying on Smartphone and Download Data

In North America, the Canadians have long had to play country mouse to the flashier city mouse of the U.S. It’s the latter that gets all the attention, while the former sits quietly in a corner. But recent stories have shown just how big a player the C… Continue reading

Silk Road Trial: Prosecutors Compare Ulbricht’s E-Mail with DPR’s Online Life

Ulbricht tried OK Cupid, traveled, asked friends to help him get Dominican citizenship. Continue reading

Drone Maker to Add No-Fly Firmware to Prevent Future White House Buzzing

Obama calls for new drone regs after drunken intel employee’s ill-fated drone op. Continue reading

No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn

No, Department of Justice, 80 Percent of Tor Traffic Is Not Child Porn

The debate over online anonymity, and all the whistleblowers, trolls, anarchists, journalists and political dissidents it enables, is messy enough. It doesn’t need the US government making up bogus statistics about how much that anonymity facilitates child pornography. At the State of the Net conference in Washington on Tuesday, US assistant attorney general Leslie Caldwell discussed what […]

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Drunken Spy Satellite Agency Employee Crashed Drone on White House Lawn

Off-duty NGA worker piloted friend’s Phantom drone into tree. Continue reading

Bits Blog: Twitter Adds Group Messaging and Video Recording

In an effort to catch up to rival services like Facebook, Twitter will now allow people to shoot, edit and post video directly from its mobile apps. Also, private messages on the service can now be sent to as many as 20 people. Continue reading

US Expands Spy Program on American Drivers Beyond Border Region

New docs also show DEA captured over 793M plates in four-year period. Continue reading

Apple Releases OS X 10.10.2 with a Pile of Security, Privacy, and Wi-Fi Fixes

New update patches a number of widely reported issues. Continue reading

Bits Blog: F.T.C. Calls for Strong Data and Privacy Protection with Connected Devices

The agency said the devices, which make up the so-called Internet of Things, also raise serious security and privacy risks that could undermine consumers’ confidence.
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Bits Blog: Facebook Briefly Falters After Malfunction

Facebook said the cause was an internal malfunction rather than a cyberattack. Continue reading

Bits Blog: Amazon Investigated in Japan Over Child Pornography

The police have raided the American e-commerce giant’s Tokyo headquarters, a distribution center and the offices of an affiliate, according to Japanese news reports.

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A Drone, Too Small for Radar to Detect, Rattles the White House

A system to detect flying objects failed to pick up a small drone, raising questions about whether the Secret Service could bring down a similar object if it endangered the president. Continue reading

China’s Other E-Commerce Giant Follows Its Own Path

Long overshadowed by its rival Alibaba, JD is basing its business on logistics and a promise to cater to shoppers from click to package delivery. Continue reading

Facebook Said to Block Pages Critical of Muhammad to Avoid Shutdown in Turkey

An employee said the company had acted to comply with an order from a court in Turkey, whose government has not hesitated to cut access to services like Twitter and YouTube for political reasons. Continue reading

Facebook Complies with Turkey Block

Facebook has blocked a page which a Turkish court claimed was offensive to the Prophet Muhammad. Continue reading

China Blocks Virtual Network Use

China has blocked several popular services that let citizens skirt state censorship systems and reach banned sites. Continue reading

Calls to Tackle Online Islamophobia

Concerns the Paris attacks are fuelling an anti-Muslim backlash on social media Continue reading