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Apple vs. the FBI: What's the beef and why your privacy may be at stake

You may have heard that Apple and the FBI are fighting over an iPhone recovered during the investigation of the San Bernardino massacre last December, and that it may have serious implications for your own smartphone.

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How Fox ate National Geographic -- and will it survive?

Over the last few years the National Geographic Society has been slowly vanishing into the Murdoch family’s Fox media empire like a gazelle being swallowed by a python in one of the former’s famous videos. This month the consummation will be complete and Fox will take full control of NatGeo’s major assets – its stake in the TV network, its flagship magazine, its TV studio – in a $725bn deal.

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Federal judge rules that NSA's data gathering 'likely violates the Constitution'

Edward Snowden hails ‘victory’ after federal judge rules agency must stop collecting defendants’ information in a program that is ‘likely unlawful’

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CIA director's email apparently hacked by California high school students

Federal investigators are examining claims that high school students hacked CIA director John Brennan’s personal email account and published identifying information for more than 20 alleged CIA personnel.

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Hillary Clinton's U-turn on TPP deal has team working overtime ahead of debate

Democratic frontrunner’s history of changing positions could be ammunition for opponents but she’s expressed doubts about trade deal before

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US-backed egg lobby targeted food bloggers, celebrity chef in effort crush anti-egg vegan start-up: report

A government-controlled industry group targeted popular food bloggers, major publications and a celebrity chef as part of its sweeping effort to combat a perceived threat from an egg-replacement startup backed by some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, the Guardian can reveal.

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Silicon Valley billionaires-in-waiting may face reckoning amid stock panic

Silicon Valley startups basking in billion-dollar valuations may face a long-overdue reckoning as a result of the global panic set off by roiling Chinese markets, investors and analysts have warned.

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Chat network used by Veterans Administration staff was a major security risk, investigation says

A chat network used by staff at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was a major security risk and open to anyone who had ever been a contractor or an employee at the VA, an internal investigation found.

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Award-winning cartoonist accuses LA Times of firing him to make LA police department happy

Award-winning cartoonist and journalist Ted Rall has accused the Los Angeles Times of wrongly casting doubt on his professional integrity, retracting one of his columns and ending his freelance work with the paper in order to curry favor with the Los Angeles police department.

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Reddit's 'decency' reckoning has begun. Why are trolls and racists still winning?

Reddit finally began contending with the hate-filled parts of its popular internet free-for-all on Thursday, as new leadership vowed to crack down on the site’s baroque selection of pornography and to isolate other “content that violates a common sense of decency”.

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Bill Cosby scandal is the latest chapter in quaaludes' controversial history

Originally developed as an anti-malarial, the drug gained an exclusive cachet for enthusiasts after production ended in the 1980s but also has more nefarious uses

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White supremacist who inspired Dylann Roof calls Charleston 'a preview of coming attractions'

Dylann Roof refers to Harold Covington’s white separatist group, the Northwest Front, in his alleged manifesto. The rightwing sci-fi writer distances himself from the shooting, but his followers speculate if his work influenced Roof’s actions

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