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NY Comic Con takes over attendees’ Twitter accounts to post about how ‘awesome’ Comic Con is

New York Comic Con offered the option for attendees to link their twitter accounts to their Comic Con badge this year. Comic Con then used the access to post on behalf of attendees about how awesome Comic Con was, making it look like…  …

Hillary Clinton: We need to have a ‘sensible adult conversation’ about spying

Former US secretary of state greets debate as British shadow home secretary calls for oversight of intelligence Hillary Clinton has called for a “sensible adult conversation”, to be held in a transparent way, about the boundaries of state surveillance highlighted by the leaking of secret NSA files by the whistleblower…

Letters detail secret punitive tactics military used on Guantánamo hunger strikers

Newly declassified papers say hunger strike at Guantánamo Bay was ‘broken’ by a deliberate campaign to crush detainees’ spirits The US military secretly used a variety of tactics to break the resolve of the Guantánamo Bay hunger strikers, including placing them in solitary confinement if they continued to refuse food,…

Mark Zuckerberg extends personal ‘privacy settings’ to neighboring houses

Facebook founder buys four homes surrounding his own and leases them back to families, in effort to stop developer’s plans He made his fortune by persuading over a billion people to share their lives online, but when it comes to protecting his own privacy Mark Zuckerberg appears to spare no…

Government shutdown delaying Keystone XL pipeline review

A dragging review into proposals to build a pipeline from Canada’s oil sands to the US Gulf Coast may be further delayed due to the US government shutdown, an official said Friday. The proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km) Keystone XL pipeline — to carry oil extracted from Alberta’s tar sands south…

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon suspends lethal injection execution amid drug controversy

The Midwestern US state of Missouri said Friday that it was suspending its next execution amid a controversy over the drug used for lethal injections. “I have directed the Department of Corrections that the execution of Allen Nicklasson, as set for October 23, will not proceed,” Governor Jay Nixon said.…

Secret U.S. court approves further phone tracking

The secret federal court overseeing US wiretapping programs has extended the government’s authority to collect US telephone records, the office of the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said late Friday. Clapper “has decided to declassify and disclose publicly that the government filed an application with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance…

U.S. Army building high-tech ‘Iron Man’ armor that would give soldiers ‘superhuman strength’

US Army researchers are working on building hi-tech body armor that would give soldiers “superhuman strength” in a real-life version of the suit featured in “Iron Man” films. The blueprint for the “revolutionary” Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) would include an exoskeleton to allow a soldier to carry heavy…

Obama against Republican proposal to extend debt ceiling for a few weeks

President Barack Obama on Saturday came out against a proposal to extend for just weeks the country’s authority to borrow money as crisis talks with Republicans entered the 12th day. “It wouldn’t be wise, as some suggest, to just kick the debt ceiling can down the road for a couple…

Maher and Matthews brawl with conservatives: You’d like us only to fund ‘the s**t we don’t need that you want’

Bill Maher attacked Republicans for their “epically low” poll ratings. “How low do these numbers have to get,” he asked, “before we see the Republicans change?” Republican James Glassman blamed “organizations like Heritage Action” for preventing conservatives from acting, but said he believed it was “too late” for them to…

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