Show Notes – June 29th, 2015

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/06/man-shoots-downs-neighbors-hexacopter-in-rural-drone-shotgun-battle/

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/06/my-dream-machine-lenovo-may-build-a-new-classic-thinkpad/

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/06/fbi-says-crypto-ransomware-has-raked-in-18-million-for-cybercriminals/

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/06/clippy-the-microsoft-office-assistant-is-the-patriarchys-fault/396653/

http://www.businessinsider.com/public-transportation-is-free-in-athens-this-week-because-its-so-hard-to-get-cash-2015-6

the running of the news interns after scotus ruling

Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium starting tomorrow in Philadelphia: https://petsymposium.org

and along with it today: Surveillance and Technology Symposium: https://satsymposium.org

 

 

 

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