The US government is already lying like crazy about surveillance after the Paris attacks

At a Center for Strategic & International Studies talk today, CIA Director John Brennan renewed one of the government’s favorite lies about spying: that mass surveillance has been successful in stopping a bunch of mysterious threats while it is simultaneously too ineffective to stop real attacks, because of privacy advocates and whistleblowers. Here’s what Brennan said: In the past several...

The problem with cracking down on PlayStations to stop terrorists

There’s a joke in the legal world that criminals’ most dangerous weapon is the flush toilet. Imagine, a perfect evidence-disposal system installed in every home in America, available whenever you hear the detectives knock on your door. Tens thousands of potential arrests have been flushed down toilets over the years. So why do we keep toilets around? Well, they’re useful...

Why Shia LaBeouf’s #AllMyMovies was so successful

Surprising things happen to people’s faces when a film really entrances them. They stop focusing on all the personality presentation we take for granted when we talk to each other: the polite eye contact, the alert expression that says “I’m listening and reacting to what you’re saying.” When people watch movies, their faces go a little slack, and their emotions...

Pandora will acquire fellow streaming service Rdio for $75 million

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There’s some consolidation coming to the music streaming market.

Pandora has announced that it has agreed to acquire “several key assets” from Rdio, an on-demand music streaming service. Pandora will pay $75 million for Rdio’s technology and intellectual property, and Pandora will also bring several Rdio employees onto its team. Pandora notes that it’s not acquiring Rdio’s operating business, just its technology and talent.

Rdio is shutting down and Pandora is buying up the scraps

Pandora is the grandaddy of streaming music, with more than 15 years in business and more monthly listeners using it to hear tunes than any anyone save for YouTube. But Pandora, a public company, has struggled to turn a profit, and seen it’s user growth slow in recent years. Today it announced that it will be acquiring “several key assets”...