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Snowden Finally Identified As Target of Investigation That Ended Lavabit

Slashdot - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 9:30am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Washington Times: Three years after a government investigation forced the shuttering of Lavabit, a Texas-based email provider, its CEO revealed Friday that an account belonging to Edward Snowden spurred the probe that put his company out of business. "Ladar Levison shut down his encrypted webmail service in August 2013 amid an FBI investigation focused on one of his company's nearly half-a-million customers," reports The Washington Times. "A gag-order that has just recently been vacated in federal has legally prevented him up until now from confirming the account in question was registered to none other than the NSA contractor attributed with one of the largest intelligence leaks in U.S. history. U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton nullified the mandatory non-disclosure orders in a June 13 court filing that went unnoticed until Lavabit released a statement Friday. Officially, the consent order approved by Judge Hilton in the Eastern District of Virginia earlier this month removes all gag-orders concerning Lavabit and Mr. Levison with regards to a grand jury investigation that led the FBI to Mr. Snowdenâ(TM)s email account. 'While Iâ(TM)m pleased that I can finally speak freely about the target of the investigation, I also know the fight to protect our collective freedom is far from over,' Mr. Levison said in a statement. He said he plans to discuss the case further during the DefCon security conference in Las Vegas this summer."

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A look at the ethical and logistical issues of preserving social media for future reference (Jenna Wortham/New York Times)

TechMeme - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 7:20am

Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
A look at the ethical and logistical issues of preserving social media for future reference  —  A few years ago, the Brooklyn Museum put on a Keith Haring exhibition, with a focus on his early career.  There were videos of Haring at work, feverishly painting his way across an enormous scroll …

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Security News This Week: Brexit Edition (Hey, at Least Bitcoin Is OK)

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 7:00am
Each Saturday we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth at WIRED, but which deserve your attention nonetheless. The post Security News This Week: Brexit Edition (Hey, at Least Bitcoin Is OK) appeared first on WIRED.
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NASA Approves Five More Years For Hubble Space Telescope

Slashdot - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 6:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Scientist: NASA has announced plans to extend operations of the famous space telescope for another five years, through to June 2021. That means it will still be on the job when its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches in 2018, giving astronomers a dual view of the universe. "Hubble is expected to continue to provide valuable data into the 2020s, securing its place in history as an outstanding general-purpose observatory in areas ranging from our solar system to the distant universe," said a NASA statement. Squeezing more life out of Hubble means it will overlap with NASA's next big telescope, JWST when it launches in 2018. While Hubble sees the cosmos in visible and ultraviolet light, JWST operates in the infrared. The various wavelengths can reveal different aspects of stars and galaxies, so using the scopes in tandem will enable astronomers to study the heavens in even greater detail.

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This Is One Seriously Cool Garage-Door Opener. Seriously.

Wired - Top Stories - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 5:18am
The Ryobi Ultra-Quiet Garage Door Opener lets you add a Bluetooth speaker, some lasers, and a battery pack to its modular base unit. The post This Is One Seriously Cool Garage-Door Opener. Seriously. appeared first on WIRED.
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