Snowden: Clinton’s Private Email Server Is a ‘Problem’

An anonymous reader points out comments from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in a new interview with Al Jazeera about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was the U.S. Secretary of State. Snowden said, “Anyone who has the clearances that the Secretary of State has or the director of any top level agency has knows how classified information should be handled. When the unclassified systems of the United States government — which has a full time information security staff — regularly get hacked, the idea that someone keeping a private server … is completely ridiculous.” While Snowden didn’t feel he had enough information to say Clinton’s actions were a threat to national security, he did say that less prominent government employees would have probably been prosecuted for doing the same thing. For her part, Clinton said she used the private server out of convenience: “I was not thinking a lot when I got in. There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world. I didn’t really stop and think what kind of email system will there be.”

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The Race To Frictionless Parking

streetpark Parking. It’s an issue that impacts everyone who owns a car. People might not think about it or talk about it, but it certainly can be one of those daily frustrations that ignites stress. Traditionally, drivers will circle the block for a coveted on-street parking space or a parking garage that has an affordable hourly rate. However, there is more to parking than white lines, garages… Read More

Polaroid’s $99 ink-free Snap instant camera is a joy of toy to use



BERLIN — Polaroid’s new Snap camera that prints instant photos without ink is so hot right now, it could catch on fire — and it’s not even out yet.

We played with the $99 10-megapixel Snap camera at the IFA conference here, and if the photos look at least as good as the quality of the Polaroid Zip Instant Photoprinter, the company could have a huge hit on its hands.

Polaroid has other released other instant cameras, like the Z2300, which uses the company’s ink-free Zink paper technology — but they were all big, bulky and expensive. The image quality was also pretty crappy, despite the fact the cameras had the same resolution as the Snap. Read more…

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In New Study, HIV Prevention Pill Truvada Is 100% Effective

An anonymous reader writes: A study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases details the recent trial of a drug named Truvada, which researchers think might excel at preventing HIV infections (abstract). The scientists administered the drug to 657 people at high risk for contracting HIV, including users of injected drugs. At the end of the study, every single subject was still free of the virus. This is encouraging news in the fight against AIDS, though it shouldn’t be taken to mean the drug is perfectly effective. Since researchers can’t ethically expose people to HIV, we don’t know for sure that any of the subjects were definitely saved by the drug. Other studies have also had to be stopped because it was clear subjects who were on a placebo were suffering from noticeably higher rates of infection. Leaders in the fight against AIDS say this new study closes a “critical gap” in existing research by demonstrating that Truvada can work in real-world health programs.

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NFL owners will reconsider Goodell’s role

In the wake of another courtroom defeat, NFL owners are prepared to discuss changing commissioner Roger Goodell’s role in player discipline, sources told the Washington Post on Friday. In overturning Goodell’s four-game suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said Thursday that there were …

Pakistani nationals extradited to US in narco-terrorism case

NEW YORK — Two Pakistani nationals were extradited to the United States to face criminal charges that they conspired to aid a Colombian group the U.S. government has designated as a foreign terrorist organization, federal prosecutors announced Friday. Pirzada Khawaja Abdul Hameed Chishti and Pirzada Khawaja Abdul Wahab Chishti had …

Independent Maine lawmaker joins Democrats

AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrats in the Maine House of Representatives picked up a new member Friday when independent Rep. Ben Chipman of Portland announced he will join the majority party. Chipman said his primary motive for the switch was to better position himself against Republican Gov. Paul LePage. “One of …

Etsy’s Pulling The Plug On Grand St. At The End Of This Month

15278269465_8c6fd60c38_k When Etsy bought Grand St. last April, the plan was to let Grand St. continue to operate its maker marketplace for tech hardware. But that’s about to change. At the end of this month, Grand St. will stop processing orders and on October 1, listings on the site will become inactive. At that point, Grand St.’s site will just be a gallery of content and photos. That’s… Read More