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Syrian Opposition Wary Of Russian Proposal

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

WASHINGTON — Syrian opposition activists are wary of a Russian proposal to put Syrian chemical weapons under international control because it could decrease the possibility of a hoped-for U.S. military intervention, a spokesperson for a main opposition group said on Monday. The proposal from the Russians is complicating a [...]

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Why My Twitter Bot Is More Influential Than You

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Using the internet is first and foremost a quantified experience. Every activity is assigned a number, or a metric; each action, private or public, is stored somewhere, somehow. So it’s surprising that calculating online influence is, at best, an underdeveloped, imprecise, and unreliable science. We’re submitting so much data [...]

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Yahoo Gets More Data Requests From The Government Than Either Google Or Facebook

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Facebook recently won the dubious honor of Most Valuable Government Asset on the Internet, passing Google as a target for government data requests (subpoenas, etc). But it didn’t hold the title for long: Yahoo has released its first transparency report, informing users and the public of how many times [...]

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Computer Security Industry Rocked By NSA Revelations

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

The latest National Security Agency scoop , published jointly by The Guardian , The New York Times , and ProPublica yesterday, paints an astonishingly dismal picture of the current online security industry. The primary revelation — that your encrypted data may be unsafe from the hands of the NSA [...]

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The Console War That Never Happened

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Today, in Tokyo, Sony announced the PS Vita TV . It’s a tiny, elegant little device that can stream video and media from third-party services, access a vast library of PlayStation Network titles, and even play selected Playstation Vita titles on the television. And if it had come out [...]

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Facebook’s Real Public Offering

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Last year, Facebook spent a lot of time and energy making the case that it should be a publicly traded company. This year, Facebook is making a new case: That its users’ data is ready to go public, too. The gist of this new campaign is that Facebook, not [...]

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Goldman Sachs’s Lead Green Tech Banker Gets A Promotion

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Goldman Sachs veteran Stuart Bernstein, currently head of the bank’s clean technology and renewable energy group, is getting another title: head of the firm’s Venture Capital Coverage Group, according to a memo obtained by BuzzFeed. Bernstein has been the public face and lead for the bank’s green technology efforts, [...]

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23 Things That Could Only Exist In Silicon Valley

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

#23 – sold for 2.4M sight unseen…

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Russian Diplomat Urges U.S. To Agree To Syria Plan

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments

Russia’s ambassador to Jordan has urged the United States to have the “trust and wisdom” to agree to a peaceful solution that would avoid a military strike on Syria. Alexander Kalugin, a key Russian pointman on Syria, said Moscow was “prepared and eager” to secure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. [...]

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On Both Sides, Syrians Make Pleas to U.S.

Sep 09, 2013 No Comments

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The video from Kafranbel, a rebel-held village in northern Syria, has been sent by e-mail to members of the United States Congress and posted repeatedly on their Web sites — often in long strings of comments about Syria that have flooded unrelated posts about health care [...]

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