Facebook Acquires WhatsApp For $16 Billion

Brazil's Jailing of Facebook Executive Casts Shadow Over Fight between Apple, FBI

Brazil's arrest of a Facebook executive, however brief, casts a dark shadow on the debate over privacy and security.
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CISA Passes Senate: What Is It and Should the Internet Be Worried Yet Again?

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) with an overwhelming 74 to 21 vote. So what is CISA, and should the Internet's denizens be worried about the new legislation? Here's a primer.

Social Media Sunday: Publishers Wary of Facebook, Twitter's Rumored 'Porn Purge' & Tumblr's #PostItForward Campaign

This week in social media, publishers worried over a big shift at Facebook that could once again upend the news industry. Meanwhile, porn publishers are similarly worried about a rumored, sweeping purge of adult material and the users who post it and Tumblr launched an anti-bullying campaign.
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Social Media Saturday: Facebook Rolls Out Privacy Checkup, The 'Facebookification' of Twitter, and Tumblr Joins Reddit in Net Neutrality Protest

This week in social media, Facebook's took its Blue Dinosaur privacy bot mainstream while giving up on Slingshot's lamest feature. Meanwhile, there were more worries over the "Facebookification" of Twitter feeds, after comments from Twitter's CFO, and both Tumblr and Reddit will take part in next week's Net Neutrality protest.
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This One Snowden Leak Shows Why You Should Care About Every NSA Revelation

Over the weekend, a new detail about the NSA was published, and it shows why every previous NSA revelation leaked by Edward Snowden is relevant and important to everyone.
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Microsoft Gets Support from Tech Giants Against International Data Seizures

As online privacy becomes a larger issue concerning more users, tech giants are stepping up against the government in an attempt to stop the seizure of data stored overseas. Apple, Cisco, AT&T, and Verizon have now all joined Microsoft in the company's appeal to curb a warrant for an Irish customer.
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A Year Since Edward Snowden — Part 2

A year ago, Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian published the first of what would become an avalanche of leaks from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the U.S. National Security Agency and the modern world of digital surveillance and spying. Here are the five most important takeaways from a year that changed our perspective on our privacy in the digital age — part 2.

A Year Since Edward Snowden: The Five Most Important Things to Know — Part 1

A year ago, Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian published the first of what would become an avalanche of leaks from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the U.S. National Security Agency and the modern world of digital surveillance and spying. Here are the five most important takeaways from a year that changed our perspective on our privacy in the digital age.
Michael Heyward, Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014

Arrington Vs. Heyward: The Sparring Match Over Whisper at TechCrunch Disrupt

Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, has a reputation for being a tough interviewer, to say the least. So when Whisper CEO Michael Heyward appeared on stage for an interview with the skeptical Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt on Wednesday, the "Fireside Chat" turned into more of a trial by fire.
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Google and Student Emails: Search Giant Vows to Stop Scanning

Students using Google Apps for Education will now be happy to know that Google will stop scanning emails for advertising purposes following a lawsuit in California.
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