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XKeyscore program indexes everyday internet activities, Snowden documents show

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The Guardian has published a detailed look at XKeyscore, one of the key systems used by the NSA and its intelligence partners to suck in and search through people’s internet activities.

XKeyscore has previously been outlined in Brazil’s O Globo (in an article co-authored by Glenn Greenwald, who also wrote today’s Guardian piece) and Germany’s Der Spiegel, but the new article comes with a full look at a 2008 XKeyscore presentation leaked by Edward Snowden.

“Rolling buffer”

XKeyscore appears to take in a vast amount of data on a pretty indiscriminate basis and store it in a “rolling buffer” of around 3 days, unfiltered — this means intelligence analysts can query XKeyscore for full content retrospectively, to a certain extent. Metadata, which helps narrow down searches (we’re talking about a lot of data here) gets stored for 30 days, or at least it was back in 2008.

These…

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Thieves? Pirates? Terrorists? Owners warned of illegal boarders on Suez Canal transits

Naval Matters

Thieves? Pirates? Terrorists? With the current instability in Egypt, and despite assurances to the contrary, this is a worrying prospect.

Owners warned of illegal boarders on Suez Canal transits

Crew members on vessels calling at Egyptian ports have reportedly been approached by mysterious persons seeking to board, referring to themselves only as “businessmen”.

The individuals seek passage on vessels through the Suez Canal, and, it is suspected, to engage in theft, piracy, or other unlawful activities while onboard. Crews transiting the canals and calling at Egyptian ports have been advised to remain vigilant, with continuous deck watch necessary to ensure the safety of vessel and crew.

“A vessel should not allow any unidentified persons to board,” Skuld said in a circular to members. “If persons seek to board the vessel, and they do not possess proper identification / authorisation then the Master should not permit them to come on…

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Thieves? Pirates? Terrorists? Owners warned of illegal boarders on Suez Canal transits

Naval Matters

Thieves? Pirates? Terrorists? With the current instability in Egypt, and despite assurances to the contrary, this is a worrying prospect.

Owners warned of illegal boarders on Suez Canal transits

Crew members on vessels calling at Egyptian ports have reportedly been approached by mysterious persons seeking to board, referring to themselves only as “businessmen”.

The individuals seek passage on vessels through the Suez Canal, and, it is suspected, to engage in theft, piracy, or other unlawful activities while onboard. Crews transiting the canals and calling at Egyptian ports have been advised to remain vigilant, with continuous deck watch necessary to ensure the safety of vessel and crew.

“A vessel should not allow any unidentified persons to board,” Skuld said in a circular to members. “If persons seek to board the vessel, and they do not possess proper identification / authorisation then the Master should not permit them to come on…

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South Africa’s New Human Rights Law

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South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, has taken a step towards ensuring human security for all South African citizens by signing the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill into law. This statute is the first of its kind to combat human trafficking completely and comprehensively. The law ensures both severe consequences for those convicted of human trafficking while ensuring compensations of the victims.

According to spokesperson Mac Maharaj, prior to the creation of this legislation, the laws concerning trafficking were fragmented and limited. There were statutes concerning trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation as well as statutes concerning the trafficking of children. However, there was no blanket statute to deal with human trafficking as a whole. This new law will accomplish that task while broadening the offenses that can be punishable under the name of human trafficking.

The new law also creates offenses such as debt bondage, possessing…

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Kalahari Bushmen of Botswana Continue to Have Their Rights Denied

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“Children have been arrested by paramilitary police which are signs of a new government policy to intimidate Bushmen who have returned to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.”Photo: Survival International

The Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) in Botswana have been fighting for their right to return to their native ancestral land which they were evicted from in 2002. Bushmen over the age of 16 are required to apply for a one-month access permit in order to enter the reserve. British attorney Gordon Bennett won a case in 2006 that gave the Bushman the right to enter the reserve without a permit; however, the government of Botswana has continued to enforce the permit policy.

The fight for the Kalahari Bushmen to return to their ancestral land has been renewed and the government of Botswana has decided to prevent Mr. Bennett from entering the country to represent the group…

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TIME’s Top 5 Viral Videos of July

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It may have been hot in July, but that wasn’t the reason TIME stayed inside. With royal baby news, Sharknado warnings, vicious raccoons, sex scandal press conferences and baseball games to watch, there just wasn’t any time to go out. Here’s the viral videos you missed while enjoying the weather.

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Kristen Stewart flips out on paparazzi

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Justin Bieber, Alec Baldwin, Kanye West and Kristen Stewart can now swap paparazzi war stories, as the former “Twilight” star is the latest to have a face-off with a photographer.

The 23-year-old actress was caught on video going off on a photog in Los Angeles on Tuesday, telling her foe that they don’t “deserve to breathe the same air” that she does.

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Android gets Microsoft Office Mobile, but there’s a catch (or two)

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Android(s goog) devices have a new productivity app to choose from and this time it’s Microsoft(s msft) Office Mobile. The software, which launched on iOS in June, is freely available in the Google Play Store as of Wednesday. It’s not free to use, however, and is limited to Android phones; the software can’t be installed on Android tablets.

Office Mobile Excel AndroidMicrosoft touts Office Mobile as the official companion app to Microsoft Office. With it, you can view or edit in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Essentially, I see the product more as a companion to the Office 365 subscription plan. Why? Because you can’t use the app on your Android phone without paying for Office 365.

Microsoft has the same restriction for the iOS(s aapl) version so it isn’t playing favorites among competing mobile platforms. That is, if you don’t count its own Window Phone platform, which has Office Mobile pre-installed and…

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Google Fiber, net neutrality & the regulatory challenges in the age of gigabit broadband

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Google Fiber, the gigabit network that is live in Provo Utah and parts of Kansas City is facing its first big debate over network neutrality — it’s like a rite of passage for ISPs. As Wired reported on Tuesday, a Lawrence, Kansas resident filed a complaint with the FCC over Google’s terms of service, arguing that because Google prevented people from attaching servers to their fiber lines, Google was violating network neutrality rules.

The FCC deemed the complaint informal and passed it along to Google. Google’s defense in this matter was fourfold:

  1. Douglas McClendon, the man who filed the complaint, isn’t even a customer of Google Fiber and didn’t even live in an area the company served;
  2. Google prevents customers from operating servers on its network because Google Fiber is a residential and not business class service;
  3. The terms of service don’t violate network neutrality rules because preventing business users…

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Brandon Jennings says he’s happy with trade to Detroit

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Brandon Jennings changed agents last summer because he wanted an eight-digit deal and a move to a major market.

Well, he got $8 million a year and a move t a larger market in Detroit, a team that had already added Josh Smith this summer and now with Jennings looks like a playoff team. One that’s going to frustrate fans and anyone who loves smart basketball with it’s shot selection, but a better team.

Jennings is happy with the move, he told Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun (Jennings was playing pickup ball with friend Amir Johnson of the Raptors at a big youth and summer event in Toronto).

Jennings declined to say much, saying he wants to “stay under the radar for now,” but did admit “I’m happy” about the trade.

Jennings will be the sole point guard (no sharing the rock with Monta Ellis) on a team that…

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Law firm that leaked J.K. Rowling’s identity will make big donation to her chosen charity

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J. K. Rowling announced Wednesday that she’ll donate the royalties from The Cuckoo’s Calling, the mystery that she wrote under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, to charity for three years, starting from July 14 — the day she was outed as the book’s author. The charity is the Army Benevolent Fund. In addition, Rowling sued the London law firm that was responsible for giving her secret away (a partner there told his wife’s best friend, who spilled the news on Twitter) and that firm has agreed to make a “substantial donation” to the same charity and pay Rowling’s legal fees.

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