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Following Ferguson protests, Obama orders review of programs that arm police with military gear

President Barack Obama has officially ordered a review of federal programs that dole out surplus military equipment to local police forces. The news comes two weeks after racial unrest sparked in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the death of a local African-American teen, Michael Brown. Brown, who was unarmed, was fatally shot six times by a police officer. Obama suggested this past Monday that it would be “probably useful” to review the programs.

In the following days, onlookers across the country and the world were struck at the sight of heavily-armed police officers facing off against swarms of protestors. To many, the police forces resembled a military group, and as the situation escalated so did cries for a rethink of programs…

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Lyft hit with restraining orders from NY Attorney General, Taxi Commission

The New York Attorney General and the Taxi and Limousine Commission filed temporary restraining orders against ridesharing company Lift today, which planned to begin service in two boroughs of the city this week. The company had one sit-down meeting with officials about offering the service, which lets people order rides from registered Lyft drivers using their mobile phones. The company then announced it would begin service, despite local officials saying they were still evaluating whether the service complied with local transit laws.

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Russian law orders bloggers to register, restricts pornography and obscene language

A new Russian law, adopted by the Duma on Tuesday, is placing serious restrictions on the nation’s bloggers. Any online writer with more than 3000 visitors a day is required to declare their family name, initials and email address, and is then officially considered an “internet user called blogger.” Once registered, they are subject to the same regulations as the mass media, including provisions against libel, pornography and obscene language. An initial violation will result in a fine; second violations will result in a website being suspended for a month.

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Turkish court orders reverse of YouTube ban

A local court has ruled that Turkey’s nationwide ban of YouTube must be lifted. The decision comes after a ruling last week said the nation’s block of Twitter was illegal and should be reversed — a decision that was cited in today’s ruling. The Turkish telecoms authority must now reverse the block, although the court did rule that 15 videos on the site will remain off limits.

The origin of the Turkish authorities’ sudden distain for Twitter and YouTube revolves around a leaked recording that surfaced on the video-sharing website and spread via social networks. The recording implicates Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Erdoğan, and those in his inner circle, in a corruption scandal, and also purport to show him telling his son to get…

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Taco Bell will start taking orders via smartphone later this year

Fourthmeal is going mobile. Later this year, Taco Bell will start accepting orders via smartphone, according to trade publication Nation’s Restaurant News. Rather than looking elsewhere for an existing mobile ordering solution, the fast food chain has reportedly spent more than two years perfecting its own system. “Living Más is all about doing things differently,” mobile lead Jeff Jenkins told Nation’s Restaurant News. “One brand will be extraordinary, while everyone else is ordinary.” Jenkins said Taco Bell’s upcoming app will be “built on the moment of now,” displaying various greetings based on the time of day a customer is ordering. You’ll see pricing and hours of operation specific to your nearest Taco Bell, and can save…

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End of the iPod age, gag orders, and ‘Doctor Who’: 90 Seconds on The Verge

On the series premiere of ‘Doctor Who,’ the Doctor and his companion Clara find themselves in a government run society where agencies tap into millions of citizens’ phone records, computers, and even smartphone apps every day.

When the TARDIS is damaged during a routine wiretap (one the government, Torchwood, and U.N.I.T. all claim was to protect the safety of its citizens), the Doctor is forced to fix his prized machine before it’s too late and he’s forever stuck in this police state. Peter Capaldi also makes his debut in an outfit that makes the Doctor look like a magician from the 1920’s.

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Bill Gates orders Ballmer’s execution as ‘South Park’ console wars escalate

The console wars escalate tomorrow with the release of Microsoft’s Xbox One, and South Park has continued its own take on the ongoing battle. In the latest episode, aired last night, things get a little dark after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer fails to take Cartman’s plea for help seriously. Bill Gates arrives at Ballmer’s office and he’s not happy with the lack of assistance provided to battle PS4 fans. “When I stepped down and left you in charge of the company I knew there might be some challenges for you,” says South Park’s version of Bill Gates. While Ballmer is busy explaining that Microsoft needs some marketing changes, Gates agrees and an assassin appears behind Ballmer to take him out.

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Apple orders shutdown of site that helps people find Apple products

Each year Apple refreshes its flagship iPad and iPhone devices, and it attracts thousands of shoppers queueing at its stores around the world on release day. For those not wishing to brave the cold, alternatives include ordering online or checking back regularly at stores after stocks deplete. However, one talented web developer created an Apple tracking site this year to help consumers locate new iPhone 5S and iPad Air devices. Similar sites, including Apple’s own version, have appeared over the years, but Apple isn’t happy about this one.

In a DMCA takedown notice issued to Apple-tracker.com, an Apple representative notes that the site “scrapes and collects data from apple.com in violation of the apple.com Internet Service Terms…

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Senator Dianne Feinstein condemns US spying on Chancellor Merkel, orders investigation

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, has consistently been one of the strongest supporters of the FISA Amendments Act, which authorizes the NSA’s surveillance activities. She’s helped craft CISPA, a cybersecurity bill that’s been repeatedly delayed over fears it will compromise internet user privacy. But even she thinks tapping German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone for years is a bridge too far. In a statement today, Feinstein condemns spying on America’s allies.

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Yahoo reveals some data request numbers, urges for openness on secret FISA orders

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Of the nine major tech companies at the heart of Eric Snowden’s revelations about an NSA spying program called PRISM, over the past week, Facebook, Microsoft, and most recently Apple have all opted to publish the total number of data requests they’ve received from the government. Today, they’re being joined by Yahoo, which announced that over the past six months it’s received between 12,000 and 13,000 such requests. Because of the Obama administration’s requirement to obfuscate the data, that number includes ordinary law enforcement requests and secret FISA orders, without a further breakdown.

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