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The House of Representatives passed a late-night vote on Thursday to cut funding to two of the National Security Agency’s most controversial practices: Warrantless collection of Americans’ online data and the installation of surveillance “backdoors” on commercial tech products -- a measure being applauded by tech companies and privacy advocates. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

House Passes Bipartisan Bill Blocking Warrantless NSA Searches, Tech ‘Backdoors’

The House of Representatives passed a late-night vote on Thursday to cut funding to two of the National Security Agency’s most controversial practices: warrantless collection of Americans’ online data and the installation of surveillance “backdoors” on commercial tech products.

06/20/2014

The Smithsonian announced the first presidential portraits created using 3-D technology. The prints and the 3-D data will become part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. (Photo: Smithsonian Institution)

Smithsonian Creates First 3D ‘Life Mask’ of Obama

A team at the Smithsonian Institution has scanned President Barack Obama’s head to create the first 3D portrait of a sitting president.

06/18/2014

Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos demonstrates the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, Wash. The much-anticipated device is available for pre-order today and is available exclusively with AT&T service.  (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)

Amazon Unveils New Fire Phone

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has unveiled a new smartphone called Fire Phone.

06/18/2014

Amazon.com (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Report: New Amazon Smartphone May Produce 3-D Photos

Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones.

06/17/2014

A Virginia chemistry professor is growing plants on extraterrestrial materials in an already moderately successful attempt to develop and move microorganisms into space in a new discipline labeled “astroecology.” (ARMEND NIMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Astroecology’ Researcher Growing Plants To Prepare For Space Farming

A Virginia chemistry professor is growing plants on extraterrestrial materials in an already moderately successful attempt to develop and move microorganisms into space in a new discipline labeled, “astroecology.”

06/16/2014

Snapchat (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

Maryland Reaches Settlement With Snapchat

The attorney general’s office says Maryland has reached a settlement with the developer of the mobile app Snapchat in which the company agreed not to deceive consumers about “disappearing’ messages.

06/12/2014

The U.S military says it is developing a laser that can be used to blind and shoot enemy drones from ground vehicles, adding to their anti-drone laser technology already crafted for ships. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

US Military Developing Anti-Drone Lasers For Ground Vehicles

The U.S military says it is developing a laser that can be used to blind and shoot enemy drones from ground vehicles, adding to their anti-drone laser technology already crafted for ships.

06/12/2014

The House of Representatives passed a late-night vote on Thursday to cut funding to two of the National Security Agency’s most controversial practices: Warrantless collection of Americans’ online data and the installation of surveillance “backdoors” on commercial tech products -- a measure being applauded by tech companies and privacy advocates. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

New Facebook Ad Targeting Will Gather User Data From Third-Party Websites, Apps

Facebook will soon allow users to question why they are being shown specific ads, giving users the ability to see how it’s using copious amounts of personal data to target advertisements – which will now include websites and interests gathered from non-Facebook activity.

06/12/2014

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Tweet Takes Advantage of Security Flaw, Shuts Down TweetDeck

A tweet containing computer code has propagated itself through Twitter by taking advantage of a security flaw in the company’s TweetDeck application.

06/11/2014

View of the Facebook homepage taken in Washington on May 6, 2012. (credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

Computer Whiz Sues Facebook For Ripping Off His ‘Surfbook’ Site

A federal jury is hearing testimony that Facebook infringed on patents held by a Dutch computer programmer who launched a similar site called “Surfbook” more than a decade ago.

06/11/2014