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Facebook proves it (finally) cares about privacy with new features

The network once defaulted to public posts for new users, but after years of complaints, Facebook is changing its tune.

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Yahoo drops 'Do Not Track' policy in favor of 'personalized' experience

Yahoo says it'll be easier to give you what you want if they know what you want—by tracking you.

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Report: Verizon (unsuccessfully) challenged NSA surveillance program

The ruling against Verizon runs counter to a previous decision, which stated that the NSA's phone surveillance program may be unconstitutional.

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California phone kill-switch bill fails vote in state senate

The telecoms industry scores a win, but the bill could return later in the session

Report: NSA secretly exploited devastating Heartbleed bug for years (Update: NSA denies)

News of the Heartbleed bug has brought the Web to its knees, and Bloomberg says the NSA has been exploiting it for at least two years.

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How to hide your online searches: We browse incognito with Disconnect and Silo

Want to keep Google from serving you search-based ads, or cookies from dropping in unannounced? One of these tools could help.

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Wickr wants to spread its spy-level encryption to your favorite games and apps

The encrypted messaging app is selling its security tools to other companies to make money—and to make your information safer.

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British spy agency may have seen you naked in surveillance of Yahoo webcam chats

Whistleblower Edward Snowden turned over documents to The Guardian detailing GCHQ’s collection of at least 1.8 million Yahoo users’ webcam chats.

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The Day We Fight Back: Online protest against NSA spying kicks off with a 'meh'

'The Day We Fight Back' doesn't match the furor of SOPA and PIPA protests, but you should still take notice.

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Researchers create Android app to show when other apps track you

The app shows users when other apps are accessing their location

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How to find out if someone has been snooping in your Gmail

A hidden feature in Gmail can tell you if someone's been rummaging through your love letters. Here's where to find it.

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NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to hold live chat on Thursday

Hopefully this Twitter-tinged session is more illuminating than Snowden's first Q&A session.

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Holiday travel diary: Hell is other peoples' cell phones

Holiday travelers around the world were exposed to more "social pollution" through overheard cell phone calls and social media blather than ever before. And it's only going to get worse.

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Report: NSA developed software for backdoor access to iPhones

The software, developed in 2008, would let the agency locate phones and remotely turn on cameras and mics.

In 2014, more retailers may analyze how you shop

Technologies like video analyzers and Wi-Fi trackers could find increased usage in stores.