Report: NSA Considered Revealing Porn Habits To Discredit Radicals

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I feel like when people freak out about the unknown threat of mass government surveillance, they’re secretly worried a clandestine agent will reveal their naughty web-surfing habits to friends and family. Today, that fear was revealed. At least for suspected terrorists.

The Huffington Post* reports on new top-secret documents showing that the National Security Agency considered blackmailing suspected Muslim radicals by revealing their Internet porn history.

The classified documents leaked by whistleblower and current Russian language-learner Edward Snowden show that an “assessment report on radicalization indicated that radicalizers appear to be particularly vulnerable in the area of authority when their private and public behaviors are not consistent.”

According to the document, the NSA has embarrassing information on at least two suspected targets and some of the data was gathered through FBI surveillance under the controversial Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act (FISA).

There’s no information on whether the NSA actually used the…

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Nokia Controls 90% Of The Windows Phone Market, As Its Lumia 520 Continues To Impress

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Ahead of the formal transfer of Nokia’s hardware business to Microsoft in exchange for a few dollars, a new report out today details how dominant the Finnish handset company is in the Windows Phone market. According to AdDuplex, Nokia now controls 90 percent of the Windows Phone market.

That’s to say that 9 out of 10 Windows Phone handsets in the market today were made by Nokia. As that number continues to rise on a monthly basis, its current sales share is higher than 90 percent. Or, put another way, Windows Phone is Nokia as much as the reverse is true.

Another milestone was reached today: Among Windows Phone handsets in the market, more than 75 percent now run Windows Phone 8. That’s to say that in the past year, Microsoft has sold enough new handsets to triple the usage of all Windows Phone 7.X handsets that are still…

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Paygarden’s Platform Lets You Finally Redeem Those Unused Gift Cards For Good And More

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After selling Etherpad-maker AppJet to Google four years ago, former Y Combinator partner Aaron Iba is at work launching his next project.

After getting frustrated with all of the unused gift cards he would rack up over the holidays, he started Paygarden. It’s a way for businesses that aren’t the original gift card provider to accept the cards as an alternative form of payment.

“When I was working at Y Combinator, many startups had big challenges around payments — how were they supposed to grow revenue and get more users to pay?” Iba said. “But many users don’t have credit cards, or are unwilling to enter in their credit card numbers into a webpage.”

The big vision here is that providing these alternatives helps consumers pay for goods and services online without giving up too much information about their identities or compromising their privacy.

Businesses can integrate with Paygarden…

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The Community Pool is for those of you looking for input, whether on post ideas, writing, blog design and layout, or anything else. If you have a post, page, or idea you want to bounce off someone, leave a comment. Your fellow bloggers can then click through and offer input either on your site, or in the comments here (feel free to indicate which you’d prefer).

Read on for the ground rules and to leave a comment . . .

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“Your GRACE is in your PLACE, outside your PLACE is DISGRACE.”