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Apr 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from WASHINGTON TIMES: The Pentagon has come up with a new way to place paranoia in the minds of future enemies: attack drones that can patiently wait on the ocean floor for years. DARPA, the Pentagon’s research arm charged with creating breakthrough technologies for national security, believes robotic pods that can quickly surface from the ...

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Apr 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from BLOOMBERG: The Internal Revenue Service and other U.S. agencies awarded about $415,000 in contracts to a license plate-tracking company before Homeland Security leaders dropped a plan for similar work amid privacy complaints. Federal offices such as the Forest Service and the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command chose Livermore, California-based Vigilant Solutions to provide ...

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Apr 16, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from Defense Tech: U.S. military leaders have approved funding to develop a hybrid, stealth motorcycle to be driven by special operations teams in the not too distant future. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has issued a grant to integrate a multiple fuel, hybrid-electric power plant into a dirt bike built by BRD Motorcycles. ...

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Apr 14, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from Business Insider: Google has acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace, the Wall Street Journal reports. Titan is a New Mexico-based company that makes high-flying solar powered drones. There's no word on the price Google paid, but Facebook had been in talks to acquire the company earlier this year for a reported $60 million. Presumably, Google paid ...

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Apr 7, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from UT San Diego: This summer, San Diego will host the public unveiling of a military weapon that the Navy’s chief scientist calls a Star Wars-like technology that is nevertheless now viable. In July, the Navy will hold a static display of its $500 million electromagnetic railgun prototype program at San Diego Naval Base, aboard ...

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Apr 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from YAHOO NEWS: Robonaut 2, NASA's humanoid robot currently inhabiting the International Space Station, hasn't done much exciting work up there since its arrival three years ago. But according to a doctor at Houston Methodist Hospital who has been training the robot on telemedicine, the plan is to equip NASA's space-age machine to eventually perform ...

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Apr 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from MOTHER JONES: Thomas Jefferson was a smart dude. And in one of his letters to John Adams, dated June 27, 1813, Jefferson made an observation about the nature of politics that science is only now, two centuries later, beginning to confirm. “The same political parties which now agitate the United States, have existed ...

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Mar 24, 2014 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer

Excerpted from Venture Beat: Obama’s plan to relinquish control of the Internet will enable foreign governments to crack down and limit Internet freedom, according to former U.S. president Bill Clinton. Clinton joins a lengthy list of critics of the U.S. decision to give up oversight of ICANN, the non-profit organization responsible for managing Web domains and ...

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Mar 21, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from Politico: Top executives from Facebook, Google and other tech giants will huddle Friday with President Barack Obama — a meeting, according to one White House official, that will focus on the “issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence.” The Obama administration declined to provide a list of those attending the session, which the White House ...

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Mar 15, 2014 No Comments ›› Spit Stixx

(Reuters) - Investigators believe someone aboard a missing Malaysian airliner deliberately shut off its communications and tracking systems, turned the plane around and flew for nearly seven hours after it vanished, Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Saturday. As the unprecedented search for Flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew entered its second week, Najib ...

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Mar 11, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from Federal Register: Read Full Report Special Conditions: Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER Series Airplanes; Aircraft Electronic System Security Protection From Unauthorized Internal Access The integrated network configurations in the Boeing Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER series airplanes may enable increased connectivity with external network sources and will have more interconnected networks and systems, such ...

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Mar 10, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from Hillicon Valley: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) plans to introduce legislation to prevent a “takeover” of the Internet by the United Nations or another government regime. Speaking Monday at Google’s office in Washington, the possible presidential contender said he will introduce legislation to codify U.S. support of an open Internet as other countries attempt to ...

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Mar 5, 2014 No Comments ›› Darby Crash

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is in talks to buy drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million, according to media reports. The high-flying drones would give Facebook, the world's No.1 Internet social network, the ability to beam wireless Internet access to consumers in undeveloped parts of the world, according to the technology blog TechCrunch. TechCrunch first reported ...

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Mar 4, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from FREE BEACON: Iran has emerged as a leading cyber threat and has already hacked into the U.S. defense establishment and financial institutions, likely with the help of the Russians, according to a former chairman of the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Iran has boosted its cyber capabilities in a “surprisingly” short amount of ...

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Mar 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from Independent: He leads a company that some would consider the epitome of ruthless global capitalism. But Apple chief executive Tim Cook has shocked some in the US with an impassioned attack on the single-minded pursuit of profit – and a direct appeal to climate-change deniers not to buy shares in his firm. Eyewitnesses said ...

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Feb 28, 2014 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits

Excerpted from The Hill: AT&T is seeking approval from the federal government to start experiments in Florida and Alabama that could set in motion the end of the traditional landline phone. Telecom companies say the transition to Internet-based phone service is in full swing, and argue it’s time to bring down the lines that have criss-crossed ...

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Feb 19, 2014 No Comments ›› Darby Crash

Excerpted from Hillicon Valley: The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday said it plans to revamp its rules for net neutrality, ushering in a new battle over whether the government should flex its regulatory powers over the Internet. The future of the FCC's “open Internet” rules was left in doubt last month after an appeals court overturned ...

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Feb 6, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from Hillicon Valley: Twitter says it is prepared to sue the Obama administration for the right to disclose more details about government surveillance requests. In a blog post on Thursday, the head of global legal policy for the micro-blogging website said a recent agreement between tech groups and the Justice Department did not go far ...

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Feb 3, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google must move its mystery barge from a construction site on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order, a state official said Monday The notice came after the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission investigated numerous complaints about the construction of ...

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Jan 28, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from BetaBeat: Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane — it’s a Predator drone finding you because you wouldn’t give your neighbor his cows back after they wandered onto your property. Rodney Brossart, the farmer from North Dakota, was arrested after being located by Predator drone, Forbes reports. Sentenced yesterday, he ...

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Jan 28, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: China’s recent test of a new ultra-high speed strike vehicle highlights growing concerns that Chinese military advances will overtake those of the United States in as few as five years, a senior Pentagon official told Congress Tuesday. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, said during a House ...

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Jan 25, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from WASHINGTON FREE BEACON: American intelligence and security agencies are not currently capable of detecting when foreign nations are building nuclear weapons or ramping up their existing programs, according to a newly released Pentagon report that faults a range of U.S. agencies. “The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped” to detect clandestine nuclear ...

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Jan 21, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

Excerpted from BetaBeat: Do you ever feel frustrated that you can’t keep tabs on your significant other at all times? Nervous that everyone is hanging out without you? Curious about what the heck your neighbors are doing over there? Thankfully, there’s a Pocket Drone currently being funded on Kickstarter that will solve these problems and ...

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Jan 19, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

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Jan 18, 2014 No Comments ›› Infidel Alie

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new trial in a ...

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