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Former NSA head Keith Alexander speaks about cybersecurity and the new threats posed to the U.S. economy and military at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC in this 2012 file photo. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Twitter shares jump on user and revenue growth, although it’s still not turning a profit

In the short-term, at least, the firm manages to fight off doubts that it would be unable to make money following its decision to go public last year.

Is Facebook learning to embrace privacy?

Is Facebook learning to embrace privacy?

Facebook may be looking at privacy more as an opportunity than as an obstacle these days.

AT&T has an interconnection deal with Netflix for faster, smoother video

AT&T has an interconnection deal with Netflix for faster, smoother video

The streaming video company says its agreement was reached in May and is now rolling out to consumers.

How the history of electricity explains municipal broadband

How the history of electricity explains municipal broadband

Skeptics of publicly owned broadband say the federal government has no authority to intervene in states on behalf of cities. But the New Deal offers at least one precedent.

Dance parties and playground games are as much a part of ‘Destiny’ as its core gameplay

Dance parties and playground games are as much a part of ‘Destiny’ as its core gameplay

Bungie’s delighted that players took lots of time to goof off during the “Destiny” beta. That’s exactly what they wanted.

Smartshoes put Google Maps at your feet and vibrate to tell you where to go

Smartshoes put Google Maps at your feet and vibrate to tell you where to go

The Bluetooth-enabled Lechal shoes will help visually impaired individuals to navigate.

The Senate has another go at NSA surveillance reform

The Senate has another go at NSA surveillance reform

A new version of the USA Freedom Act has been introduced in the Senate.

The super PAC to end super PACs leaps into New Hampshire and Iowa

The super PAC to end super PACs leaps into New Hampshire and Iowa

Larry Lessig’s Mayday PAC has announced the first two candidates that it’s backing for the midterms. Here’s who they are.

The Switch turns one -- and we’re having a party tonight!

The Switch turns one -- and we’re having a party tonight!

Come to our reader meet up July 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Amazon adds a YouTube-like “Video Shorts” section that turns video browsing into a shopping opportunity

Amazon adds a YouTube-like “Video Shorts” section that turns video browsing into a shopping opportunity

A new component of Amazon’s Instant Video Web site, called Video Shorts, offers free video browsing and chance to purchase items related to the video clips.

Switchboard: What it’s like to be a Comcast customer service rep

Switchboard: What it’s like to be a Comcast customer service rep

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The FTC is expanding the war on bogus cellphone charges

The FTC is expanding the war on bogus cellphone charges

Up to 20 million people a year are affected by “mobile cramming,” according to a federal study. Now the FTC is laying out what wireless carriers should do to stop it.

OkCupid reveals it’s been lying to some of its users. Just to see what’ll happen.

OkCupid reveals it’s been lying to some of its users. Just to see what’ll happen.

The dating site admits it experiments on its users, just like Facebook. And it’s not ashamed to say so.

Amazon dedicates a section to 3D-printed products

Amazon dedicates a section to 3D-printed products

Now it’s even easier to buy bobbleheads that look like you from Amazon.

What a new law about cell phone unlocking has to do with coffee, cars and consumer freedom

What a new law about cell phone unlocking has to do with coffee, cars and consumer freedom

The fight over cell phone unlocking is giving way to a much broader fight about whether consumers can circumvent locks on software for simple purposes like repairing your vehicle.

Zillow wants to make online real estate listings more like online dating

Zillow wants to make online real estate listings more like online dating

Zillow is buying Trulia. Here’s what that might mean for consumers.

The Switchboard: Cellphone unlocking bill on track to become law

The Switchboard: Cellphone unlocking bill on track to become law

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SpaceX’s lawsuit against the Air Force is gaining steam

SpaceX’s lawsuit against the Air Force is gaining steam

A federal judge has ordered a review of United Launch Alliance’s controversial contract with the U.S. Air Force to put military payloads into orbit.

Google X’s next project is to study how human body works

Google X’s next project is to study how human body works

It will collect study participants’ medical information and use it to determine what it means to be healthy.

Congress passes cellphone unlocking legislation

Congress passes cellphone unlocking legislation

All it needs now is a signature from the President.

This app is jumpin’

This app is jumpin’

Imagine yourself a ninja warrior with this addictive game to send a nimble competitor to the stars.

Tap into the recipes of television chefs

Tap into the recipes of television chefs

The Food Network in the Kitchen app lets you search dishes by Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and more.

Why SpaceX still can’t launch military satellites: The ‘90s.

Why SpaceX still can’t launch military satellites: The ‘90s.

The U.S. launch industry had some major failures in the ‘90s, which the government attributed to poor contractor oversight.

Democrats’ latest tech mines your relationship data

Democrats’ latest tech mines your relationship data

If it works, this could become the next big breakthrough in campaign tech.