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NSA head floats idea: What if we only gathered terrorist communications?

Army General Keith Alexander, the lord of all things cyber, will soon be replaced by a new chief wizard.
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The outgoing head of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander, told a United States Senate committee on Thursday that he was open to government spooks narrowing the focus of the metadata that they gather.

The NSA’s chief’s brief comment (which came at 51’30” in the recorded session) was in response to a question from Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, concerning how telephone metadata is gathered and stored.

At present, the NSA’s dragnet metadata program routinely collects the to/from information, date, and time of all Verizon calls (and presumably calls from other carriers as well). It was the first secret scheme revealed as a result of the documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden last summer. Since then, this intelligence gathering operation has been the subject of much debate in Washington, DC.

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Daily Roundup: Ashton Kutcher designs smartphones, March Madness on WP8, and more!

You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all…

The Problem with Susie Wolff

The Problem with Susie Wolff

As news reaches race fans that Susie Wolff will be the first female racer to participate in an F1 event in 22 years, I am once again subjected to the undeserved beatification of Mrs.Wolff. It’s nauseating to see this kind of worship from ill informed fans, sycophant journalists, and starry eyed bloggers, all of whom rush in to praise an accomplishment she doesn’t deserve in the slightest.

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How Sweden's Roads Became The Safest In The World

How Sweden's Roads Became The Safest In The World

Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we have reports from The Economist, Los Angeles Times and Wired.

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Turn an Old Xbox Controller into a Dog Leash and Poop Bag Dispenser

Turn an Old Xbox Controller into a Dog Leash and Poop Bag Dispenser

Xbox controllers: people love them for gaming, but why not extend that fondness to walking dogs and picking up their crap? That’s what Instructables user mikeasaurus decided to do, and he ended up creating one of the most ridiculously awesome ways to repurpose a gaming device.

By replacing the actual controller cable with paracord and a carabiner, you can easily attach your dog to the controller for a comfortable two-hand grip. But on top of that, hollowing out the insides makes it possible to fit a poop bag dispenser to turn this silly repurposing trick into something actually practical. If you want to make one of these for yourself using an Xbox controller that’s collecting dust in your house, it doesn’t take much time or effort. Hit up the full post on Instructables for the complete how-to.

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Deadspin 24 Light Beers, Ranked | Gizmodo Israel Is Putting Frickin’ Lasers on Its Commercial Airlin

Deadspin 24 Light Beers, Ranked | Gizmodo Israel Is Putting Frickin’ Lasers on Its Commercial Airliners | io9 Supercut of 1001 movies to see before you die will kill your entire day | Kotaku Confessions Of A Final Fantasy Addict | Kinja Popular Posts

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Adobe backs ConnectED Initiative, sends free software to schools

Microsoft, Apple, Sprint and Verizon have already shelled out millions to help the president bring high-speed broadband to schools and amp up the role technology plays in education. Now Adobe’s on the bandwagon too, and it’s bringing along gobs of…

The One Thing You Should Do Right Now If You Own A Chevy Cobalt

The One Thing You Should Do Right Now If You Own A Chevy Cobalt

As owners of 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalts , Pontiac G5s, Saturn Ions and other cars await the recall letters that should start arriving March 10, there is one thing they can do right now to reduce their risk of crashing: lighten their keychains.

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Engadget Podcast 386 – 2.28.14

With most of the regular crew away, Terrence decides to call in some heavy-duty reinforcements. Richard joins us with critical insights into HD and the Netflix bottleneck debacle. Meanwhile, Brad is perfect for a providing a rundown of the best from…

What's Better Than A Subaru That Can Drive On Water?

What's Better Than A Subaru That Can Drive On Water?

I’m sure this isn’t what Subaru had in mind when they talked about "the beauty of all-wheel drive" many years ago, but a Legacy on water makes for an impressive and beautiful photo.

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