NSA chief knew of Snowden file destruction by Guardian in UK

Revelation contrasts markedly with White House efforts to distance itself from UK government pressure to destroy disks

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More than 2.7 billion people live in countries where being gay is a crime

More than 2.7 billion people live in countries where being gay is punishable by imprisonment, lashes or even death, new research obtained by the Guardian shows.

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Read this to find out how Upworthy's awful headlines changed the web

It is staffed by curators who share uplifting content about social issues – "stuff that matters" – with a young online audience. And it notoriously uses the "curiosity gap" headline, a link that contains almost no information about the video or article you're about to click, but which pulls you in, regardless: "Watch The First 54 Seconds. That's All I Ask. You'll Be Hooked After That, I Swear" (a documentary about street kids making instruments out of garbage) or "His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me a Little Sick" (a polemical video about the US healthcare system).

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Meet the seven people who hold the keys to worldwide internet security

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction: seven keys, held by individuals from all over the world, that together control security at the core of the web. The reality, discovers James Ball, is rather closer to The Office than The Matrix

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NSA targeted charities, Germans, Israeli PM and EU chief

Unicef, Médecins du Monde and African heads of state were on list of surveillance targets, documents show

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Real-life spies infiltrated World of Warcraft and Second Life to gather intelligence on gamers

NSA and GCHQ collect gamers' chats and deploy real-life agents into World of Warcraft and Second Life

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Jeff Bezos's alleged 'plan' for Amazon drone deliveries is little more than a publicity stunt

The future is here! Flying robots will, any second now, be delivering your Christmas books, DVDs and gadgets to your door within 30 minutes of you ordering them, thanks to a new initiative announced by Amazon on CBS News' 60 Minutes on Sunday.

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New Snowden leak: NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders

The National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of 35 world leaders after being given the numbers by an official in another US government department, according to a classified document provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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New Snowden leak: NSA attempted to crack online anonymity tool used by dissidents and activists

The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily funded and promoted by the US government itself.

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U.S. spy chief criticizes journalists for publishing leaks about anti-encryption efforts

The Obama administration has responded to revelations on the NSA's successes in defeating online security and privacy published on Thursday by the Guardian, New York Times and ProPublica.

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Justice Department paid AT&T for access to 4 billion call records a day for federal, local drug investigations

Hemisphere project, revealed by NYT, has AT&T employees sit alongside drug units to aid access to data in exchange for payment

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What telephone metadata can tell the authorities about you

When does mass data collection get personal? When it comes to the contents of our communications – what we say on the phone, or in emails – most people agree that's private information, and so does US law and the constitution. But when it comes to who we speak to, and where we were when we did it, matters get far hazier.

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IRS targets First Caribbean International Bank over tax evasion

A Caribbean bank formerly co-owned by Barclays has been targeted by US tax authorities seeking information on suspected American tax evaders.

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Nate Silver: 'Prediction is a really important tool, it's not a game'

Nate Silver made a name for himself with his uncannily accurate predictions of baseball scores and US election results. But some things – from earthquakes to terrorism – even he can't predict

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Google CEO Schmidt calls for end to private drone use

Google executive chairman says in Guardian interview that technology has potential to 'democratise the ability to fight war'

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