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Edward Snowden to SXSW: I have no regrets over leaking NSA documents

Fugitive National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden told attendees at the South by Southwest International Festival Monday that he has no regrets about leaking the NSA documents revealing the illegal wiretaps, and that he would do it again in a heartbeat.

[WATCH] Stephen Colbert breeding Ewok army to combat Google robots

Stephen Colbert Ewok

Popular search engine Google recently purchased Boston Dynamics, a company that designs robots — including one that can easily outrun humans. And just in case Google plans to use the machines to enslave humanity, Stephen Colbert is breeding his own Ewok army to combat them.

Twitter rumored to be developing an ‘edit’ feature for published tweets

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Misspellings and other erroneous tweets may soon be a thing of the past: Twitter is rumored to be working on a new feature that would allow users to edit their tweets after they are published.

White House announces agreement with wireless carriers over cell-phone unlocking

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Tech activists and consumers can claim victory in the fight over unlocking cell phones, as the FCC and top wireless companies reached an agreement in the long war to make the practice legal again.

[WATCH] Groupon parodies Amazon’s drone delivery with its own wacky new delivery service

Groupon catapult delivery

Amazon.com isn’t the only company shaking up the way people receive packages these days. Discount deal site Groupon announced Tuesday that it will also change its shipping process – but rather than drones, the site plans to use Medieval catapults.

Local ‘drone hunting’ measure in Colorado on hold after postponed vote

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The tiny Colorado town considering an ordinance to permit ‘drone hunting’ has postponed a vote while the proposed measure continues to encounter a roadblock in the court system.

Colorado man vows to shoot down Amazon drones

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Amazon may want to exercise caution before sending one of its drones into one Colorado town, as there is a chance it may never return.

[WATCH] Stephen Colbert hilariously mocks iPad office robot ‘Double’

Double robot

Tired of telecommuting to the office? Then what could be better than a robot to give you a physical presence with your co-workers?

Well, there are some serious limitations to the technology, as comedian Stephen Colbert pointed out Tuesday night.

10 tweets to describe how Healthcare.gov’s Monday is going

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It’s been a banner day for Healthcare.gov.

Newest U.S.S. ship to be helmed by…Captain James Kirk

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It may not be the Starship Enterprise, but the U.S. Navy’s newest, futuristic-looking vessel is indeed commanded by a Captain James Kirk.

Google agrees to remove image of slain Calif. boy from its Maps program

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One California man had to go through the stages of grief all over again after learning that Google was displaying his slain son’s body online as part of its Google Maps program.

U.S. fought WWII quicker than launching healthcare website

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Apparently the United States can fight a world war in less time than it can put together a successful website.

N.H. man challenges state over ‘COPSLIE’ vanity license plate

New Hampshire State License Plate

A New Hampshire man fought for his First Amendment rights in the state’s Supreme Court Thursday after being denied a vanity license plate reading “COPSLIE.”

UPDATED: Paper applications for Obamacare exist just to make people feel less frustrated, memos show; Jay Carney responds

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released documents Monday showing that a federal agency tasked with helping implement much of Obamacare knew that all avenues of the application process were hamstrung. What’s more, one of the memos cops to the fact that the paper applications practically function as a self-esteem booster for frustrated customers, and little more. (Update: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney replied contentiously during the daily briefing Monday.)

Obama Twitter account’s links targeted by hackers

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama’s social media presence fell prey to the Syrian Electronic Army on Monday after the group hacked the link shortener used to post tweets to the President’s Twitter.

[WATCH] Co-founder of premier social media platform: healthcare.gov technology ‘sucks’

Leslie Knope Nighmare

Morning Joe co-host Willie Geist reported Wednesday that he had spoken to ‘one of the co-founders of a very, very major social media site’, and asked him whether or not the media was missing something in its harsh treatment of the Obamacare rollout on the web. The source was definite in his response.

Democrats claim disastrous Obamacare rollout is no big deal despite dismal enrollment numbers

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Liberals have been claiming that if Obamacare doesn’t roll out as smooth as butter, it will be because of Republican obstructionism. But implementation architects have managed to screw up nicely on their own.

Netflix customer service rep boldly goes the extra mile (or light year)

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The Netflix customer service chat room: Star Trek Into Awesomeness.

New app allows consumers to bring politics to their pocketbooks

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For consumers looking to get more involved and engaged beyond Election Day, there is now an app for that.

[WATCH] How it’s really done: Reporting the news with kittens, a ‘carrier falcon’, and a robot

Colbert News Veranda

Stephen Colbert can speak for the hyperbole in all of us, and in debuting the ‘Colbert Info News Veranda’ Thursday night, he showed us that it’s not just about seamlessly streaming electronic resources to inform America — it’s about taking advantage of the flesh and blood and bot of this world, too.