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Drone-hunting licenses shot down in Colorado town after protest

The town of Deer Trail, Colorado, has delayed a town vote that would, if passed, allow residents to hunt drones. The vote is now set for April 2014
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Bitcoin Believers aren’t wrong, but don’t mistake their faith for fact

When you dig beneath the surface, Bitcoin really does have the potential to be a game-changing revolution that changes the way we see money forever. But don't mistake potential for a sure payout - Bitcoin's true Believers are glossing over a lot of the fuzzy parts.
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Google’s mystery barge caught in Coast Guard red tape

Google's 'mystery barge' project has been put on hold by the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies, recent reports show.
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Google, Microsoft, Apple, and more launch ‘Reform Government Surveillance’ campaign

A coalition of eight major U.S. technology companies has launched a public campaign to overhaul the scope and oversight of government surveillance.
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US launches spy satellite with a giant octopus devouring our entire planet on it

On the side of a US spy satellite that launched this week, you’ll find the logo for NROL-39: an Earth-encompassing octopus.
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Swann Quad Starship quadrocopter turns you into a flying stuntman for just $80

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BitTorrent Sync userbase doubles to 2 million in one month

BitTorrent announced today that its BitTorrent Sync app's userbase has jumped from 1 million to nearly 2 million users over the past four weeks.
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Microsoft researchers develop mood-sensing ‘smart bra’

Microsoft researchers have developed a “smart bra” that senses the mood of whomever wears it to help combat “emotional eating.”
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Yes, the NSA is tracking cell phone location data worldwide

The NSA collects the cell phone location data of millions of phones around the world, a new report on the leaked Snowden documents reveals.
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Zombie drone hack reminds us why flying robots are terrifying

Hacker Samy Kamkar has created a system, dubbed SkyJack, that enables a person to use their personal drone to take over other drones.
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House extends plastic gun ban, leaves loophole for 3D-printed guns

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly voted to extend the Undetectable Firearms Act for another 10 years, but a loophole for 3D-printed guns remains.
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Heads up, Amazon! UPS is also testing drone delivery

UPS has also begun testing a drone delivery system, similar to the one announced by Amazon on Sunday.
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Can Amazon’s Prime Air drones take off covered in all this red tape?

Amazon's plan to use "drones" to deliver goods to customers might sound like a hair-brained idea. It's not – and this is how it's going to happen.
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Illegal online drug store Sheep Marketplace shuts down after $5M Bitcoin heist

Sheep Marketplace, an illegal online drug store, has shut down after a user made off with nearly $5 million worth of Bitcoin currency.
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Bitcoin goes nuts, jumps over $1,000 per Bitcoin

Bitcoin has jumped to over $1,000 per Bitcoin repeatedly over the past 24 hours.
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Close that incognito tab! The NSA is logging the porn habits of ‘radicalizers’

The NSA collected information about the online porn habits of six individuals thought to be preaching extremist Muslim views, leaked documents show.
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Facebook updates Kosovo’s status from ‘It’s complicated’ to ‘country’

Facebook now recognizes the territory of Kosovo as a "country" – something the United Nations has yet to achieve.
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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a … jellyfish?

A team from NYU has designed the first-ever flying robot that is inspired by something that doesn't even fly: A jellyfish.
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is likely off the hook in the US

WikiLeaks founder Juilan Assange is unlikely to face charges by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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We don’t need inflight cell phone call bans, we need inflight manners

Airlines balk at the idea of allowing passengers to make inflight cell phone calls. Here's why they're wrong.
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Twitter gets serious about user privacy with added encryption

Twitter has updated its system with "perfect forward secrecy" encryption to better protect user privacy.
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FDA tells Google-backed DNA test startup 23andMe to halt sales

The FDA has ordered DNA testing startup 23andMe to stop selling its DNA Spit Kit until the agency gives it further approval.
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Pet-lovers gift guide

Your pets are family, too. So here are our favorite gadgets, toys, and services to show your animal companion just how awesome they are.
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Apple releases the unlocked, SIM-free iPhone 5S into the wild

Apple now offers the option to purchase an iPhone 5S completely unlocked with the option to buy it either SIM card-free, or with a T-Mobile SIM.
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Get your earplugs, FCC may let people make cell phone calls on planes

The FCC is expected to consider lifting its ban on in-flight cell phone calls at a meeting in December.
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Your LG smart TV may have been ‘spying’ on you – but a fix is on the way

LG came under fire this week after an IT consultant discovered its privacy settings in its Smart TVs still let the company collect viewing data.
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Welcome to the drone club, Windows users! Quadrocopter maker partners with Microsoft

UAV maker Parrot has partnered with Microsoft to allow you to control the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 quadrocopter with your Windows machine.

This university will let you pay tuition in Bitcoin

The University of Nicosia in Cyprus has become the first higher education institution in the world to accept Bitcoin as payment for tuition.
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Think Google Glass is cool? These X-ray specs can see through your skin

Evena Medica's Eyes-On Glasses enable nurses to clearly see the veins beneath your skin.
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Say hello to landline video calls – the U.S. plans to upgrade its phone network

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced plans this week to upgrade the US phone system from a copper-based network to a digital one.
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The Russians are coming … with a suite of new mobile apps

Russian Web giant has officially launched its base in the U.S. with, and mobile apps that include myMail, myChat, and myGames.
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Forget Silk Road, Assassination Market is the new ‘deep Web’ nightmare

The 'deep Web' site Assassination Market lets users donate Bitcoin toward the murder-for-hire of world leaders, including President Obama and Ben Bernanke.
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‘Privacy is theft’ in the heavy-handed, social-media dystopia of ‘The Circle’

Dave Eggers' new, dystopian novel 'The Circle' takes our world of social networks and oversharing to its horrifying conclusion.
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Supreme Court won’t say if NSA phone tracking is legal – yet

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a case brought forth by the Electronic Privacy Information Center that challenges the NSA's phone records collection activities.