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Verizon has shuttered Sugarstring, its bizarre tech news experiment

In case you’d been wondering what happened to Sugarstring, Verizon’s recent foray into the world of tech journalism, wonder no more: it’s dead. Verizon has decided to shutter it after just over a month of its existence. Going to Sugarstring.com or any of its published stories will lead you nowhere. In a statement to DSL Reports, Verizon referred to the project as a test, and did not go into detail about what led to its demise. “As you know, we’ve always said this was a pilot project; and as with any pilot project, we evaluate, take our learnings, improve our execution and move forward,” a spokesperson said. “That’s what we’ve decided to do here.”

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National Weather Service employee tells shuttered government to pay up in encoded bulletin

The federal government shutdown enacted last week is having widespread consequences across its network of services, with some closing down entirely, while others are required to stay open despite not having the budgets needed to pay their employees. A good example is the National Weather Service, and one Anchorage employee is making the displeasure public with a weather bulletin containing a pressing message down the leftmost column: “please pay us.” The Washington Post reports that roughly 3,935 NWS employees have been excepted from the shutdown, and according to Dan Sobien of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, “nobody knows when anyone’s going to get paid.”

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You can’t have a private conversation over email, shuttered ‘secure’ service explains

“The days where it was possible for two people to have a truly private conversation over email, if they ever existed, are long over,” writes the technical operations manager at Silent Circle, formerly the provider of a secure email service. Silent Circle shut down its email service earlier this month as a precautionary measure, announcing that the growing surveillance powers of the National Security Agency made it impossible to keep its promises to users.

The move followed the shutdown of Lavabit, a similar service reportedly used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Lavabit founder Ladar Levison implied publicly that he had received government orders to turn over data and was being forced to “become complicit in crimes against the American…

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