Report: NSA Collected Nearly 200M Texts a Day

textdrive304The National Security Agency (NSA) vacuumed up nearly 200 million text messages around the world, according to a new report in the Guardian. The program, Dishfire, used the text messages to dig further into personal details, such as travel plans, location, credit card information and the individual’s contact list.

The most damning bits of the report, though, say the government collected “pretty much everything it can,” including phone metadata from the “untargeted and unwarranted.” In other words, from an average person who isn’t suspected of doing anything wrong. Read more

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UK’s Guardian and Observer Arrive on Android Tablets

GuardianThe London-based Guardian and The Observer newspapers are now available on tablets with Android, including the Kindle Fire, the media company said Thursday.

The daily paper will be available through the app, as well as the weekend magazines and monthly magazines, such as the Observer Food Monthly. Other features include crosswords, offline reading, full-screen cartoons, and a month’s archive. Read more

Guardian’s Witness App Turns Citizens into Journalists

The Guardian is joining CNN and ProPublica in asking readers to submit news content with its mobile app Guardian Witness. The mobile app allows users to submit or suggest videos, photos, or stories of breaking news for “Current Assignments” that would be used in web or print materials.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger calls the new venture “open journalism” though cynics and paid journalists are skeptical of the Guardian’s quest for unpaid content. Rusbridger makes some great argument for open journalism but gives no reason as to why users will not be paid for submitting materials used to monetize in perpetuity. Read more