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February, 2014

UK Spy Agency Yahoo Webcam Spying: What You Need To Know

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If you used Yahoo Messenger to video chat with your friends or strangers between 2008 and 2012 — and perhaps even later — British spies might have a collection of screenshots of your most intimate online conversations.

The GCHQ, the British equivalent of the NSA, has been caught collecting screenshots of millions of Yahoo users from their webcams through a program called “Optic Nerve,” according to the latest Edward Snowden leak, published on Thursday. A large number of those images were, unsurprisingly, naked pictures taken from sexually explicit webcam sessions. How did this happen? And how worried should you be that something like this might happen again? Read more…

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Google Maps Dives Into World Oceans for Underwater Street Views

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The Google Maps team has announced the addition of new underwater Street View images in locations around Mexico with the help of the Catlin Seaview Survey, an organization documenting the world’s declining coral reefs via high-resolution, underwater photography.

Created in September 2012, the 360-degree, panoramic photographs produced by the Catlin Seaview Survey will allow scientists to monitor the health of coral reefs around the world and offer policy makers and the general public a closer look at a critical part of the environment.

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Best Picture Nominees Sing for the Oscar

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Oscar night is no stranger to grandiose musical performances inspired by the nominated films. But what would the awkward sex scenes from Her between Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlet Johansson’s voice sound like as a Broadway-inspired musical number?

Award-winning online media company Wayside Creations gave this year’s Best Picture nominees — with the exception of 12 Years a Slave — a lyrical makeover for a spoof titled “Oscar Season: The Musical.”

Oscarphiles can enjoy a song reminiscent of “Take Me or Leave Me” from Rent, but sung by the female lead characters from American Hustle. And where else can you watch the nominees enter into a full-on death match as they await for the winner’s name to be called on stage? Read more…

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