Edward Snowden: hero or traitor? The fiery debate is burning everywhere from the U.S. Justice Department to—you guessed it—the 2013 Miss USA pageant. Besides smizing their eyes out and booty-tooching in bikinis, two of the six finalists also had to answer questions on the recent controversial NSA leaks. Let’s see what Miss Alabama Mary Margaret Read More
No doubt you’ll be shocked to learn that the U.S. has apparently been hacking China for years. No? [ABC News]
Edward Snowden’s full of great ideas: “You have not lived until you’ve rolled over to post-coital Krispy Kremes. That’s what being an American is all about. I recommend them.” [Daily Mail]
MySpace is spending $20 million on an ad campaign for its relaunch, because somebody just cannot take a hint. [Ad Week]
Even if you’re using a “hands-free device,” electronic bells and whistles in your car are still big, fat distractions. [Computer World]
Human rights activists worry about the uptick in attempts by Southeast Asian governments to impose controls on Internet access. [Wall Street Journal]
No one’s turned up a Reddit account or Twitter handle for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. However, Reuters has managed to find what appears to be his long-abandoned profile for “a Japanese anime company run by friends,” written circa 2002. His aliases included “The True HOOHA” and “Phish.”
Because let’s face it, that’s pretty much what all of us were doing on the Internet in the early 2000s. (This reporter frequented a “Wheel of Time” fan site, for example!) Read More
At yesterday’s rally to support NSA leaker Edward Snowden, a software engineer who identified himself only as Michael huddled under Union Square subway entrance (just out of the pouring rain). “The fact that we have this man coming out now puts a face on this,” he said. “The human element is what’s most important, because most people think of these big surveillance things as these impassive, cold structures, but they’re the creation of humans, they’re the creation of people like me and you and all of us and there is a moral equation to all of that.”
He gestured to the northern edge of the park.
“Even in New York City, Union Square Ventures is right over there, which funded Tumblr, which is now owned by Yahoo, which is one of the companies that reported back to PRISM.”
The tech world is still trying to figure out what to make of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden–but at least one man knows where he stands.
Facebook employee (awkward, right?) Dwight Crow has launched a Crowdtilt campaign to “reward Edward Snowden for courageously leaking NSA docs” with $15,000. So far the campaign has raised $11,660, which isn’t much of a reward for giving up your entire life.
Of course, you may remember Mr. Crow for his stint on the short-lived, Randi Zuckerberg-produced Start-ups: Silicon Valley. That is, if you actually watched it. (Most people didn’t.) Read More