The National Security Agency is hiring its spies early and recruiting teens as young as 15 for internships.
Students who answer ads seeking aspiring journalists have the chance to work as paid interns for the NSA in Fort Meade, Md.
The agency currently employs 500 young interns on staff, and according to an NSA spokeswoman in Newser, up to 95% of interns who want to stay on with the agency after their internships are able to do so.
The application opens every fall and can be found on jobs sites like Indeed.com.
Xbox One owners are being warned about an internet prank message that could wreck their console.
The prank message, originated on the 4Chan website, falsely claims to enable the new console to play games made for its predecessor - the XBox 360.
The Xbox One cannot play those older games and those following the bogus advice could "brick" their console, rendering it inoperable.
Microsoft issued a warning about the prank via social media site Twitter.
"To be clear there is no way to make your Xbox One backwards compatible and performing steps to attempt this could make your console inoperable," wrote Larry Hryb, director of programming for Microsoft's Xbox Live network in a tweet.
The prank originated on a forum on 4Chan - a humour and discussion site known for playing tricks and pranks on the naive and gullible.
A message posted to one of its forums adapted a series of button presses, menu choices and ID details required to turn an Xbox One into a device that can be used by developers who need to test games for the console.
This sequence was independently discovered earlier in December and shared via a YouTube video.
Unfortunately, anyone following this advice who was not an actual Xbox game developer and who did not have a real ID would put their console into an endless start-up loop. Worse, there is no way to undo the damage once the console has been "bricked".
It is not clear how many people have followed the fake advice but a message crafted to look like it was issued by Microsoft and which listed the instructions was widely shared on games forums and social media networks.
Some tech news sites excerpted messages posted to the original thread on 4Chan, which suggest several people have destroyed their console this way. In the UK the console costs about £429.
The discussion thread on 4Chan where the advice originated has now been deleted.
The Xbox One advice is just one of the latest technologically-themed pranks to emerge from 4Chan. In September, the site was the source of a fake advert purporting to come from Apple, which claimed that iPhones updated to iOS 7 would become waterproof.
Apple, Google, Facebook and other top technology companies on Monday took their strongest stance to date against sweeping government surveillance that collects vast amounts of data — but they also urged countries not to react to U.S.
These are the chattiest brands on Snapchat, demonstrating that time-sensitive images can actually be a strength in brand marketing.Mobile apps such as Twitter, Vine, Instagram and Snapchat are turning traditional media marketing upside down, challenging brands in increasingly new ways. Human interactions are key to brand loyalty and building a strong consumer base, and these mobile apps allow for two-way conversations.
Snapchat, which launched in the iTunes App Store in September 2011, is popular with a much younger demographic than some marketing execs are used to, but it takes little or no cost to interact with customers by way of snaps. Compare that to other pricey forms of old-school advertising, and that’s a major plus...
On Wednesday, Fast Company covered the passing of Todd Mills, a man who thought taco shells made of Doritos would be delicious, and created a Facebook pagefilled with goofy and creative Photoshopped tributes to his idea.
At 6:35 p.m. Wednesday night, seven hours after our story went live, a spokesperson for Taco Bell from Taylor Strategy, a "brand counselor and public relations partner," sent the following message: We truly appreciate you sharing the positive memory of one of the brand’s friends and advocates, Todd Mills, and wanted to provide you with more clarification on Taco Bell’s relationship with Todd as there are various inaccuracies being reported.
We ask that you clarify the relationship between Taco Bell and Todd; an official statement from the brand is below as well.
“We know this is a tragic time for Todd’s family. He was a huge Taco Bell fan. He was passionate about the Doritos Locos Taco, and although he did not invent it, he founded a Facebook page to drum up support. In light of his passion, we invited him to be one of the first to try it. He became a true friend of the brand, so when we learned of his ill health, we made a $1,000 donation towards his medical expenses. We will miss Todd very much and our hearts are with his family and friends in this difficult time.”
Thank you in advance for taking the time to do this.
The key sentence of this corporate communication in the wake of Mills's death is this one: "He was passionate about the Doritos Locos Taco, and although he did not invent it, he founded a Facebook page to drum up support."
Mills launched his Facebook page, "Taco Shells made from Doritos Movement," on August 18, 2009, several years before the announcement of the Doritos Locos Taco. In a recent story for Fast Company Austin Carr reported that Taco Bell CEO GregCreed started thinking about a way to celebrate the company's impending 50th-year anniversary in "early 2009." "I said, '[let's] reinvent the crunchy taco,'" Creed recalled.
No one acted in earnest on the idea at Taco Bell until April 2009. A team assembled for an all-day ideation session at Taco Bell headquarters. One of those ideas was a drawing from someone at Doritos-maker Frito-Lay. "It was basically an image [of this taco] on a piece of paper, with a written description," Taco Bell brand marketing director Stephanie Perdue said in our May 1, 2013 story (she helped Creed write the original team brief). "It was like, 'Holy crap!' Nobody had ever done this before: turning a Dorito into a taco shell. It was just mind-blowing at the idea stage
Although relatively small, gun rights advocates and the like took a victory on Monday, after the Senate voted to extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for another ten years. Here’s the catch. Despite the extension of a lengthy firearms bill, policymakers were unable to add provisions regulating the development and use of 3D-printed firearms, a new phenomenon in the tech world. The law’s extension, originally passed through in the mid-1980s, deems it illegal for companies to manufacture, transfer or sell any firearm that’s undetectable by conventional metal detectors. In addition, the bill mandated that all firearms must contain 3.7oz of metal, and if firearms are being shipped through airport security, there cannot be features on the firearm that distort the original image. Both the House and Senate had no dilemma passing the original text. However, when it came to adding a provision regarding 3D-printed firearms and removable metal, there was complication. After House members who opposed unrestricted 3D-printed firearms failed to collect support, Senate policymakers tried, and failed. Senate Republicans withdrew their support for an amendment that would require all weapons to contain non-removable metal. Read more: http://benswann.com/gun-rights-backers-take-small-victory-dc-lawmakers-fail-to-pass-law-on-3d-printed-firearms/#ixzz2nDWD7GlQ Follow us: @BenSwann_ on Twitter
Uruguay became the first country to legalize the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalization. A government-sponsored bill approved by ...
Palantir, the big data company that secured clients like the NSA, the FBI and the CIA early on, is topping up its recent September funding round with a 50 percent bump in valuation.
The company is now valued at $9 billion, according to sources familiar with the deal. An SEC filing released today showed that they are raising an additional $57.5 million on top of a $196.5 million round three months ago. That round valued the company at $6 billion.
The company hasn’t shared the identities of the investors in both rounds. We’re hearing that the company’s revenues are set to top half a billion this year, and will do at least $1 billion in contracts next year.
Founded back in 2004, the company was the brainchild of Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel, who believed that the payments company’s anti-fraud technologies could be used to fight terrorism.
Current CEO Alex Karp, Joe Lonsdale (who went on to found Asia and Silicon Valley-focused investment firm Formation 8), Stephen Cohen and chief technology officer Nathan Gettings put together an initial product.
In its early years, Palantir grew into an analysis platform that government agencies use to manage the war against terrorism and drug trafficking. Palantir’s platform pulls disparate reams of data and puts them together in a way that makes otherwise hard-to-detect patterns and connections much more visible to users.
The FBI is capable of remotely accessing a computer’s camera without turning on the indicator light, a former FBI official told the Washington Post.
Marcus Thomas, the former assistant director of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Va., said FBI surveillance teams work much like hackers.
They gain access to computers through security weakness, sometimes through simple phishing scams. Clicking an unassuming link in an email connects the computer to the FBI at Quantico.
“We have transitioned into a world where law enforcement is hacking into people’s computers, and we have never had public debate,” Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, told the Post. “Judges are having to make up these powers as they go along.”
Malicious software delivered to the computer can gather a wide range of information, including web browsing history and indicators that show the location of the computer.
Thomas said the FBI has been able to activate webcams, without turning on the record light, for several years. That technique has already been used in terrorism and serious criminal investigation.
“Because of encryption and because targets are increasingly using mobile devices, law enforcement is realizing that more and more they’re going to have to be on the device — or in the cloud,” Thomas added, referring to remote storage services. “There’s the realization out there that they’re going to have to use these types of tools more and more.”
Opponents to these techniques argue that the FBI is collecting a vast amount of data indiscriminately.
When you're making eight bucks an hour, which is pretty typical in the fast-food industry, it's tough to make ends meet.
And increasingly, the working poor are asking this question: Why am I living in poverty, even when I'm working full time?
That's the message that thousands of fast-food workers rallying Thursday in about 100 U.S. cities — from Oakland to Memphis to Washington, D.C. — are trying to get across. A living wage in big cities is closer to $14 an hour, and it jumps to about $20 an hour for an adult supporting a child.
The protests are part of a growing campaign backed by a coalition of advocacy groups, religious organizations and union organizers aimed at raising fast-food wages to $15 an hour.
But not everyone agrees that raising the federal minimum wage will fix the problems of fast-food workers struggling to make ends meet. "I would oppose raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour," says Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute.
In our recent Startup Arena competition at Startup Asia Jakarta 2013, Asian startup Project Shoe pitched its shoe e-commerce platform that lets people create their very own designer shoes. Following this, the platform is now live and people from all over the globe can purchase customized shoes.
The site currently offers 11 shoe designs for women – from flats and wedges to heeled shoes and sandals. The process starts by choosing from these shoe designs.