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This week, as revelations about the extent of National Security Agency (NSA) spying continued to unfold, Ryan Gallagher brought us an article about the types of hardware that agencies outside of the NSA use to gather information from mobile devices. These agencies, which include local law enforcement as well as federal groups like the FBI and the DEA, use highly specialized equipment to gain information about a target. Still, the details about that hardware is largely kept secret from the public. Gallagher summed up what the public knows (and brought to light a few lesser-known facts) in his article, Meet the machines that steal your phone’s data.

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Genius is at Your Fingertips: Jason Chua and Eugene Korsunskiy at TEDxManhattanBeach.mp4

According to his mom, Jason Chua learned to read by staring at cars and road signs from his car seat, and he has been fascinated with moving vehicles ever since. This might explain why, upon graduating with degrees in product design and mechanical engineering from Stanford University, he promptly set off on a 14000 mile road trip across the country in a truck full of tools. A strong believer in the value of creative exploration and prototyping, Jason has spent the past four months on the road with SparkTruck, a project he co-founded at the Stanford that seeks to inspire, enable, and celebrate young creators all over America. Having come to this country as a 9 year old with limited English skills, Eugene Korsunskiy knows a thing or two about feeling scared in unfamiliar situations. Now that he has a Masters degree in design from Stanford University, he wants to help other 9 year olds get over their fear of the unknown and prototype their way through failure. This summer, he spent four months on the road with SparkTruck, a project he co-founded at the Stanford that seeks to promote "buildy" confidence through hands-on tinkering. AboutTEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self <b>...</b>

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