china
Report: China Warns Foreign Tech Companies Not to Comply With Trump Trade Bans

Chinese government officials summoned representatives from major tech companies both from the U.S. and elsewhere to warn them of “dire consequences” if they go along with the Trump administration’s prohibition on sales of certain technologies to a number of Chinese companies, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing two “people familiar with the meetings”. Read More >>

huawei
Chinese Tech Giant Huawei Plans to Sue the US Government: Report

Chinese telecom firm Huawei has recently come under intense pressure in the U.S. to prove that the company isn’t spying for the Chinese government. But if a new report is accurate, Huawei is ready to push back. Hard. Read More >>

spacex
An Obsolete Law Prohibits SpaceX From Broadcasting Videos From Space

During the March 30 webcast of a Falcon 9 launch, video of the ascent was abruptly cut off at the nine minute mark, with SpaceX officials saying it did so to fall in line with government restrictions. Weird, right? What’s even weirder is that an obscure, decades-old law is now suddenly being enforced. So what gives? Read More >>

uncategorized
Bill Gates Sides With FBI Over iPhone Unlocking

Bill Gates has come out in support of the FBI over its battle with Apple about unlocking an iPhone as part of the San Bernardino case. Read More >>

military
DARPA’s Crazy But Genius Plan to Replace Batteries With Propane

If you’re a soldier doing reconnaissance in enemy territory, you’ve got a lot of problems. Taking fire, staying invisible, and enduring the elements are obvious. Battery life is a little less so. The idea that propane is a solution to these woes? That sounds crazy. Read More >>

architecture
The US Secret Service Wants to Build a Replica White House

The US Secret Service hasn't been doing an awesome job guarding the White House lately, so Joseph Clancy, its director, plans to ask the House Appropriations Committee for £5.4 million so that the President's guard can build a replica White House on the Secret Service training grounds in southern Maryland. Read More >>

security
65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance We Didn’t Know a Year Ago

It's been one year since the Guardian first published the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order, leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that demonstrated that the NSA was conducting dragnet surveillance on millions of innocent people. Since then, the onslaught of disturbing revelations, from disclosures, admissions from government officials, Freedom of Information Act requests, and lawsuits, has been non-stop. On the anniversary of that first leak, here are 65 things we know about NSA spying that we did not know a year ago: Read More >>

privacy
One Year After Snowden, What’s Really Changed?

June is here again, but this year, we won't be getting an exciting bucket of leaks from Edward Snowden. No, instead we all get to look back on a year of NSA revelations and wonder what's actually changed. The truth is, depressingly little. Read More >>

privacy
Edwards Snowden Wants to Know if He’s Hurt You

The much anticipated interview between Brian Williams and Edward Snowden aired on Wednesday night. It's interesting. It's also revealing in a nuanced way, bringing flashbacks to 9/11 and vignettes of this past year's worth of NSA revelations. Most of all, though, it's a rare peek into the whistleblower's mind. Read More >>

security
Hackers Broke Into a Public Utility Control Room by Guessing a Password

In a rare gesture of transparency, the Department of Homeland Security just announced that hackers recently targeted and compromised a public utility's control system. They didn't say exactly where, but it happened inside United States borders. And it doesn't sound like it was even that hard. Read More >>

security
We’re Not Doing Enough to Protect the World’s Nuclear Materials

US President Obama and leaders from over 50 countries are meeting in the Hague this week to discuss nuclear security. The over-arching theme of the conference, unfortunately, is a troubling one. Put bluntly: We're not doing enough to protect the world's most dangerous materials. Read More >>

apps
How a Rogue Developer Got Apple to Approve a Drone Strike App

After nearly two years and a whole load of media attention, you can now download an iPhone app that alerts you every time a drone strike kills someone abroad. It only took the app developer six tries and several different names to get Apple to approve it. Read More >>

privacy
An Interactive Map of What America’s Spies are Worried About

With eight months of freaking out over the fact that that the NSA is spying on everyone all the time, you can't help but wonder: What are they really worried about? Read More >>

privacy
The NSA’s Trying to Build a Quantum Computer So It Can Break Any Code

You will not be surprised to learn that the NSA is spending nearly £48.6 million trying to build "a cryptologically useful quantum computer." The Washington Post just published details of the program, codenamed "Penetrating Hard Targets," based on documents supplied by Edward Snowden. Read More >>