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Electronic Frontier Foundation Lawsuit Leads NSA to Declassify Docs

In a day of fast moving news regarding the National Security Agency‘s domestic surveillance program,a new wire report reveals that a lawsuit brought by the privacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation forced the U.S. to declassify some of the documents related to the spying program.

The NSA declassified three secret court opinions showing how it collected as many as 56,000 emails and other communications by Americans with no ties to terrorism annually over three years, according to the Associated Press. A secret court assigned to monitor surveillance activities struck down the activities in 2011.

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Google Glass Teardown Deconstructs Iconic Eyewear into Simple Components

We’ve written about the technology behind Google glass before, but this teardown Scott Torborg and Star Simpson is the first glimpse of the small computer as independent electronic components. Their reaction?  “It’s surprisingly simple.”

Not only was the duo able to safely disassemble Glass, they were also able to re-assemble Glass and make it functional.

Much of the disassembly ahead was specialized, and required a certain precision in dexterity to pull off. That said, if you’re careful and familiar with disassembling consumer products, Glass did not seem to present any major lurking hazards of inadvertent disassembly damage to components. As a testament to this, we were able to reassemble Glass after this teardown and it still operated perfectly, albeit with cosmetic damage.

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Tech Companies Ramp Up Fight Against Patent Trolls

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Google, BlackBerry, Earthlink and Red Hat today petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to crack down on companies whose chief business is enforcing patents held by individuals. The move came one day after cloud host Rackspace announced that it was suing one such patent assertion entity, IP Nav, for violating a previous agreement that both companies would provide 30 days notice before suing over a group of contested patents.

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