10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

10 tech things we didn't know a week ago

Summary: Behind on the news and hungry for more? Here's what we learned this week — including who was behind Obama's latest selfie, and which automotive giant's cars can be hacked?

TOPICS: Tech Industry

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  • 1. NSA is actually listening to your calls, and reading your emails

    Despite U.S. President Obama's claims that, "Nobody is listening to your telephone calls," the highest intelligence officer in the country this week stated otherwise. The NSA used a "backdoor" in surveillance laws to conduct warrantless searches on American call and email data, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted in a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) this week. These searches were conducted through the controversial PRISM and Upstream programs.

    Image: Central Intelligence Agency

  • 2. Facebook CEO Zuckerberg's base salary is just $1

    Mark Zuckerberg remains one of the richest people in Silicon Valley (and the world), so he can afford to take a pay cut. According to U.S. regulatory filings, he was paid just $1 salary in 2013, down from $503,205 in 2012. That echoes similar symbolic salaries including Google's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and Apple's Steve Jobs, according to Bloomberg.

    Image: CNET/CBS Interactive

Topic: Tech Industry

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  • Kill switches

    Phones have had kill switches for well over a decade, blocking the IMEI number effectively makes the phone and data sides of the device useless, it might not erase the contents of the device, but the device is essentially useless as a smartphone.