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British Authorities Smash Computers in Adorably Misguided Attempt at Destroying NSA Files

Snowden proof. (Photo: File)

Like a bunch of inept evil villains in an Austin Powers sequel, British authorities have reportedly smashed some Guardian-owned hard drives in order to get rid of NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger reports that a couple of shady government guys turned up at the paper’s HQ recently to smash some computers. He calls it “one of the more bizarre moments” in the paper’s history, two “security experts” (experts?!) “overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian‘s basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents,” he writes. Read More

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Military Investigation Docs Reveal U.S. Considers Julian Assange and WikiLeaks Enemies of State

Julian Assange

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act have revealed that the United States considers WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange an enemy of the state. Soldiers who contact Mr. Assange or WikiLeaks could be charged with communicating with an enemy. Members of the military found guilty of such communication could be sentenced to death in a military court of law.

Technically, this status puts Mr. Assange and his site on the same legal footing as the Taliban.

As Australia’s National Times reports, the government’s view of the whistle-blowing organization and its founder was revealed in documents regarding an investigation into an Air Force officer’s actions while stationed overseas: Read More

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Spotify Apps Will Be The Discovery Layer The Service Needs

Spotify is having a big event today in New York and the Wall Street Journal reports that it will be announcing an apps platform open to third party developers.

Right now the only way to discover music on the service is through the Facebook connect, which lets you browse public playlists created by your friends. If you stumble on a playlist that is updated regularly, it can become a sort of new music feed.

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Drizzy Drake’s Mastery of Internet Album-Leak Diplomacy

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So: a music artist–say, the most famous half-Jewish, half-black, all-Canadian former DeGrassi star (who also happens to be really, really good friends with Lil’ Wayne) in the universe—spends all kinds of time working on the follow-up to his major label debut, which was widely perceived to be an ambitious-yet-rushed effort to capitalize on his quickly rising fame. Fans eagerly await the new album as singles trickle out and release dates get pushed back. Finally, after months of hot-and-heavy press anticipation, the album is unleashed onto the public…via a leaked copy on the internet, over a week ahead of time. Read More