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Now the FBI is asking Congress to weaken iPhone and Android security

FBI Director James Comey has been on a media tour lately, making an anti-encryption pitch to the public. Apple’s new encryption standards, Comey has argued, are an unnecessary hurdle to law enforcement — and the FBI needs an easy way to bypass them. Now Comey is bringing the argument straight to Congress, asking them to update a law to allow backdoors in smartphones.

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@CongressEdits tells you when Congress is changing Wikipedia

The US Congress has made enough anonymous, occasionally controversial edits to Wikipedia that the changes have warranted their own Wikipedia page. Now a new automated Twitter tattletale, @congressedits, is posting every one of the edits made from the Senate and House.

Wikipedia allows you to view edits by IP address; the congressional IP addresses are public. Inspired by a similar bot set up for the UK Parliament, web developer Ed Summers created @congressedits, which automatically searches for edits made by the IP addresses and tweets a link to the changes.

The account launched this week, and so far it’s turned up more inexplicable edits than political impropriety. Following an encounter between President Barack Obama and a man…

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The Verge is live from Mobile World Congress 2014

We’re live from Mobile World Congress in beautiful Barcelona this week. The show officially kicks off tomorrow, but our coverage has already begun with new products and news from LG, Firefox, and HP, among others. There’s plenty more on the way — including Samsung’s next flagship Galaxy smartphone — so you’ll want to read our preview to set your expectations for the show.

Sony and Nokia are first for liveblog coverage, but some of you will need to stay up late to follow the action on stage as it happens. If you’re up for the task, you’ll find the schedule below. It’s a big week for the smartphone industry, so keep it locked to be sure you don’t miss anything.

Monday, February 24th

  • Sony 11:00PM PT (Sunday) / 2:00AM ET / 8:00AM CET

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NSA dodges questions about ‘spying’ on Congress

The NSA has released a statement sidestepping questions about whether it spies on members of Congress. On Friday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) asked NSA head Keith Alexander if the agency was “spying,” or had ever spied, on American Congress members or other elected officials. Today, the NSA provided an equivocal answer, promising that Congress has “the same privacy protections as all US persons. “NSA’s authorities to collect signals intelligence data include procedures that protect the privacy of US persons,” reads the statement, provided to The Guardian. “Such protections are built into and cut across the entire process. Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons. NSA is fully committed to transparency…

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Apple, Microsoft, Google, and others urge Congress to enact NSA reforms

Much as they did a month ago with a previous bill, several tech giants have signed on to an open letter in support of the recently-introduced USA Freedom Act. AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo all endorsed the bill, which would limit the FISA rules the NSA currently uses to justify bulk collection of data. The letter focuses primarily on the issue of transparency, namely allowing these companies to disclose more information about what data the government has requested of them. Each company has taken a slightly different path in trying to get the government to change its policies surrounding this kind of transparency — but aligning together behind this bill could be a good sign that it could pass, especially since it…

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Congress blasts military and national telecom agency for not sharing wireless spectrum faster

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Members of the US House of Representatives took an unexpectedly tough tack in a hearing today on wireless spectrum, the frequencies that mobile devices use to access the web and send and receive data, and which are in increasingly high demand. Many lawmakers sharply criticized the military and the national telecommunications agency for being too slow in opening up government-controlled wireless spectrum to consumers and private companies. An effort to have federal government agencies auction-off their spectrum to companies or share it has been in the works since 2004, but has been slow to see results, visibly angering lawmakers. “It has been slow so far, more like dial-up I’d say, rather than broadband,” said Billy Long (R-MO).

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Congress received 13 briefings in past four years on digital surveillance

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Moving to minimize damage from the NSA PRISM leaks, a senior administration official has revealed to The New York Times that select members of Congress were privy to 13 briefings since 2009 on the government’s ability to widely collect digital information. While the disclosure is meant to assuage concerns of loose congressional oversight, those briefed were reportedly told only vague and broad details about the government’s capabilities. A variety of government officials led the briefing, sometimes including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the director of the NSA, and the head of US Cyber Command.

Clapper’s office is also trying to elaborate upon congressional oversight today. Earlier this afternoon it released a…

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Lobbying group representing Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft sends letter to Congress in support of CISPA

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Amid warnings from the White House and civil liberties groups, a trade association representing Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Oracle, and other tech companies has come out in support of the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which passed a House committee vote this week. The Hill reports that the lobbying group, TechNet, sent a letter to the leaders of the House Intelligence panel on Wednesday praising lawmakers for their work on the bill, with TechNet CEO Rey Ramsey writing that “this bill recognizes the need for effective cybersecurity legislation.” TechNet’s executive council includes Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith, Cisco CEO John…

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90 Seconds on The Verge: webOS, Mobile World Congress, and Nine Inch Nails

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January 2009: Palm announces webOS and the Pre smartphone… June 2009: Palm Pre launches… April 2010: HP acquires Palm… July 2011: HP TouchPad Launches… August 2011: HP kills TouchPad and webOS phones… HP TouchPad fire sale! Price dropped to just $ 99 for 16GB model… December 2011: HP says webOS will become open source… September 2012: Open webOS reaches version 1.0… October 2012: LG rumored to be working on Open webOS-powered TV… Now: HP sells off webOS to LG.

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Preserving analog films and music at the Library of Congress

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Libraries preserve and circulate more than just books, and the Library of Congress is no exception. Glenn Fleishman tours the Library’s Packard campus in Virginia, where films, records, and other audiovisual materials are stored, maintained, made available to researchers, and slowly but surely digitized, to preserve their contents long after their physical forms completely degrade. In most cases, the transfer to digital is the last time these filmstrips and phonographs will ever be played. In a quirk of the law, much of the audio, including recordings more than a century old, is still under copyright.

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