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5. The NSA system can record an entire country's phone calls
New documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden confirm what many thought would be nigh on impossible: the U.S. National Security Agency can vacuum up an entire country's phone calls and replay individual conversations on the fly over a 30-day period. Dubbed by the agency MYSTIC, the documents did not disclose which country has its entire telecoms network monitored. And if you thought the Snowden leaks might dry up any time soon, Snowden's "robot" told a TED gathering that, "Some of the most important reporting to be done is yet to come."
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6. Bulletproof glass doesn't make an iPhone bulletproof
Just because a case is made with bulletproof glass doesn't make it bulletproof, as Ars Technica found this week. In testing the new "Holy Grail" of screen protectors, the publication's Lee Hutchinson set out to bash, smash, drill, and nail his iPhone with the tempered glass protector. It cracked within seconds of testing it out — and they hadn't even broken out the firearm by this point. When he finally took it to the range, "No," he said definitively, the screen cannot protect against a bullet. Well, that's that then.
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7. The U.S., U.K. are now "enemies of the Internet"
It's little surprise that Russia, China, and many Middle Eastern countries, which restrict the free flow of information within its borders are on a list of "enemies of the Internet." But thanks to the Edward Snowden revelations, the U.S. and U.K. are now part of that list.
Reporters Without Borders came down particularly hard on the U.K., saying: "The U.S. edition of The Guardian is still able to publish information from Edward Snowden, while the British edition is not, but the country of the First Amendment has undermined confidence in the Internet and its own standards of security."
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