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British government did spy on Amnesty International

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LONDON — Human rights group Amnesty International has been informed that it was being spied on by the UK government’s intelligence agency GCHQ

Amnesty International revealed Wednesday evening that it received an email from the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, which said its communications were being intercepted accessed and stored — a little over a week after it was told that this wasn’t the case

The IPT, which investigates…

California passes vaccination bill that eliminates almost all exemptions

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California lawmakers have passed one of the strictest vaccination laws in the country, effectively ending exemptions for personal and religious beliefs.

The California General Assembly voted in favor of the controversial Senate bill 277, which eliminates the option for parents to cite personal or religious beliefs in order to opt out of immunizations

Google to remove revenge porn sites from search

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Google has taken a big step toward protecting victims of revenge porn. In the coming weeks, the search giant will begin honoring requests from victims to stop linking to websites that host the damaging content in searches

Google can’t remove the content themselves, that’s up to those who run the sites. But the revenge porn sites will not be listed, so those types of sites will be much harder to find. It will be a “narrow and limited policy,” that will work similarly to how the company…

3 Pixar songs from ‘Inside Out’ to psych yourself up for the film

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Michael Giacchino, the maestro behind the Academy Award-winning score for Up, is back in the composer’s seat for Disney/Pixar’s literal emotional rollercoaster Inside Out.

To set the musical tone for the film — set primarily inside a young girl’s mind filled with characters such as Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Rage — Giacchino employed a 70-piece orchestra with an organ and a rhythm section of guitars and a drummer

Forget about Rachel Dolezal. Here are 7 stories that really matter

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Interested in observing the media at its least attractive? Watch the feeding frenzy over the smallest development in the saga of Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who has identified as or passed herself off as black.

In the days since Dolezal first came under fire for misrepresenting her race, and then resigned as the president of the Spokane, Washington, chapter of the NAACP, reporters have feasted on intimate details from her personal life, picking over “revelations” from her divorce file and…

Janet Jackson announces ‘Unbreakable’ world tour, her first in 4 years

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Janet Jackson, who is already planning to release her first studio album in seven years this fall, will also embark on a world tour starting Aug. 31

She unveiled the first leg of 36 tour stops for her “Unbreakable World Tour.” She will zigzag across the United States after beginning her shows in Canada

The tour, produced by her new label Rhythm Nation and promoted by Live Nation, is Jackson’s seventh concert tour and her…

Internet in space is ‘worse than what dial-up was like’

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Outer space has its perks — but super-speedy Internet is, so far, not one of them.

Connection speeds from the International Space Station are “worse than what dial-up was like,” the astronaut Scott Kelly said on Twitter. (His colleague, Reid Wiseman, agrees: “We have a very slow internet connection, but reliable email,” he said back in February.)

Internet connectivity in space is structured around a network of tracking and data relay satellites — the same fleet of communications satellites…

Internet in space is ‘worse than what dial-up was like’

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Outer space has its perks — but super-speedy Internet is, so far, not one of them.

Connection speeds from the International Space Station are “worse than what dial-up was like,” the astronaut Scott Kelly said on Twitter. (His colleague, Reid Wiseman, agrees: “We have a very slow internet connection, but reliable email,” he said back in February.)

Internet connectivity in space is structured around a network of tracking and data relay satellites — the same fleet of communications satellites…

6-digit passcodes are coming to the iPhone and iPad

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In an effort to make iOS devices harder to break into, Apple owners who use a passcode will soon be required to have a six-digit passcode instead of a four-digit one.

At the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference this week, one of the big pillars for Apple was improving security on its devices. While users have long been able to set stronger passwords that can include letters as well as numbers, Apple hopes extending numerical passcodes to six digits will make mobile devices even more…