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Millennial author: Fact-check politicians like I screened my lowlife Tinder date [Exclusive Excerpt]

Below is a preview of “Government Gone Wild: How D.C. Politicians are Taking You for a Ride — And What You Can Do About It,” provided exclusively to Red Alert Politics by Kristin Tate (a.k.a. “The Libertarian Chick”). Chapter 9: Our Unprecedented Opportunity for Success — or Jackassery My shoes were soaked as I hurried […]

Privacy threat? Government plans to subvert phone encryption

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If the FBI can’t persuade Congress to pass legislation forcing tech companies to break their encryption for law enforcement, they’ll turn to hackers. Amy Hess, executive assistant director for science and technology, told a Congressional panel that “encrypted communications continue to pose a challenge to the American law enforcement, and to the safety of the […]

Thank millennials for bank technology revolution

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For many people these days, a trip to the bank is becoming increasingly rare. A recent survey conducted by New York-based financial services company Bankrate.com, found that almost 4 in 10 Americans have not visited a bank or credit union in the last 6 months. That seems hard to believe, unless you consider how technology has revolutionized […]

College students start awesome businesses: Why not more?

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Thanks to The Social Network, everyone thinks Facebook when it comes to a company started by college students. But, as Time pointed out, while it “may be the most familiar of college startup stories … it’s hardly the only one.” Some of the most well-known companies came from college students, including Insomnia Cookies, Reddit, The Onion, and Snapchat. For those who […]

Study: Millennials on pace to take 25,700 selfies EACH in their lifetime

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What’s worth a millennial’s time? Taking a good selfie, apparently. It must be why they spend one hour a week on them. That means it takes seven minutes for the selfie, as a study from Now Sourcing and Frames Direct showed. As the study declared, “millennials ruled the selfie.” Some other simple stats include how […]

Study: Social media debates aren’t pointless, some actually change minds

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Social media debates can seem full of trolls, time wasting, headaches, and heartaches, but theses online arguments may be more productive than you thought. So say Dr. Jayeon Lee of Lehigh University and Dr. Teresa A. Meyers of George Mason University in their study, “Can Social Media Change Your Mind? SNS Use, Cross-cutting Exposure and Discussion, and […]

Encryption fight: A loss for Apple is a loss for American civil liberties

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The federal government wants to force Apple to develop a backdoor to subvert the security of its products, and the result can set a strong precedent for privacy or a dangerous subversion of it. On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered Apple to unlock an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino terrorist attacks for the FBI, […]

The future of campus transit: Driverless taxis

A researcher from the Intelligent Vehicle IT Research Center at Seoul National University shows the smartphone application for the driverless car called Snuber with a fixture on its roof with devices that scan road conditions at Seoul National University’s campus in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

At one South Korean campus, a driverless taxi is the personal driver for disabled students. Seoul National University has built a driverless taxi, hailed with a smartphone app, to move students around and named it Snuber, according to The Detroit News. Testing operations have continued for six months, and the car is equipped with a […]

Millennials, here’s how you can save internet privacy before it’s gone

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Hey you! Yeah you! After reading this article, look up from your phone for a minute, take a walk outside and smell the air. Perhaps ponder your life. Listen to me, I’m an old man in your eyes — it goes pretty fast. I was in my twenties before I got my first mobile phone. My […]

Anonymous took down thousands of ISIS Twitter accounts

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Anonymous, the group of online hactivists, has joined in the war on terror and has launched cyber attacks against ISIS. Breitbart reported that Anonymous declared war against ISIS over the weekend in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. The group claimed that they had been tracking down the Twitter accounts of ISIS supporters, compiling them […]

MIT prof: New robotic limbs can “give ourselves new bodies”

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The end of disability will happen because of wearable bionic limbs. So argued Hugh Herr, an MIT professor who leads their biomechatronics research group, at a recent conference, according to Marketing Magazine.  “We will design nature and change nature under our own power. In the future people will be wearing robots … we will give […]

Goodbye Cable, Hello Mobile TV? Verizon launches “Go90” app

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Verizon wants to grab the attention of millennials, but they aren’t trying to sell phone subscription plans. Instead, Verizon has created Go90, a mobile video platform aimed to capture a demographic fleeing cable subscriptions and watching more video on mobile. The app, launched on Thursday, will be ad-supported and available to anyone who wants to […]

Snapchat’s Boehner Farewell Filter: Orange Enough?

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Those who have ever wanted John Boehner to appear in their selfie now have their chance. Snapchat users in the Washington, D.C. area can now commemorate the Speaker’s announced resignation with a special filter. The filter does bear a likeness to Boehner. Surprisingly, however, he is not crying. Rather, Boehner is shown golfing as an image […]

Government data breach expands, 5.6 million fingerprints stolen

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A massive data breach at the Office of Personnel Management was bigger than originally thought as the government reported 5.6 million fingerprints were stolen. Initial reports estimated only 1.1 million fingerprints were stolen in the hack, according to Reason. A Washington Post report on the hack emphasizes that biometric data such as fingerprints have longer-term […]

Chuck Schumer proposes federal drone restrictions

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In a step forward for federal regulation of drones, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will introduce legislation that restricts drones from flying near airports and major public events. Schumer wants to limit drones within two miles of airports and flights above 500 feet, as well as limiting their use near sporting events, parades, and sensitive military […]

States take over drone regulation when federal government doesn’t

In this Aug. 14, 2015 photo, people look at displays at the dedication for Sinclair Community College's National UAS Training and Certification Center in Dayton, Ohio. The 28,000 square foot facility will provide space for research, development and hands on use of vehicles. Regional leaders say the renovated 28,000-square foot building will have around 120 drones on-site. The state provided about $4 million for the renovations. The college picked up the remaining $1 million.  (Lisa Powell/The Dayton Daily News via AP)  LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

States have begun drafting rules to regulate the use of drones to counter federal inaction, but it might lead to conflict when the federal government passes its own set of regulation. Until federal oversight has developed a set of rules, it has relied on more than 1,000 exemptions to cover the gap, according to Route […]

Police using mass surveillance tech for low-level crimes

An Aug. 6, 2015 photo shows surveillance cameras that were installed in the Hamilton parking structure in between Court and Hancock in Old Town Saginaw, Michigan on July 4, 2015.  (Andrew Whitaker/The Saginaw News via AP)

Mission creep has arrived for mass surveillance. An investigation by USA Today found that dozens of police departments have used phone trackers, known as stingrays, to solve low-level property crimes. The use has expanded from the rare to the routine. On top of it all, police departments have kept the use hidden from the general […]

Traffic Stops in Fargo: There’s an app for that

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The police department of Fargo, North Dakota is experimenting with a livestream for traffic stops, but not all is working out. Using Periscope, an app that lets anyone stream live video wherever they might be, the police department wanted to engage Fargo residents. But, according to Gizmodo, the initiative has been “an embarrassing failure.” When […]

More than 15,000 government emails discovered in Ashley Madison data dump

FILE - In this June 10, 2015 photo, Ashley Madison's Korean website is shown on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. Hackers claim to have leaked a massive database of users from Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses. In a statement released Tuesday, Aug. 18, a group calling itself Impact Team said the site's owners had not bowed to their demands. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Stemming from a data dump by hackers from AshleyMadison.com, a site for extramarital affairs, more than 15,000 government emails tied to the site have been discovered. As reported in The Washington Post, Washington D.C. has topped an Ashley Madison list for most adulterous cities for three years and now we know why. The Hill noted […]

IRS data breach affected more than 300,000 taxpayers, twice as many as previously thought

FILE - In this April 13, 2014 file photo, the Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington. The IRS says thieves used an agency website to steal tax information from as many as 220,000 additional taxpayers. The agency first disclosed the breach in May. Monday’s revelation more than doubles the total number of potential victims, to 334,000.  (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

An IRS computer breach, first disclosed in May, is much worse than previously thought. The IRS announced at the end of May that thieves gained access to information on more than 100,000 taxpayers as part of a scheme to receive fraudulent tax returns. Now, however, the number of potential victims has increased to 334,000, more […]