Spying has a long a colorful history. It has been amped up to extraordinary levels today by the National Security Agency and other super-secret operations. But there's a price for all that capability.
This week's roundup of Good Reads includes the prospect of books disappearing, how social media teaches teen boys to write, a commute in Google's driverless car, the benefits of being a polymath, how trauma can lead to great personal growth.
'Keep calm while we steal your data,' reads a new coffee mug from Microsoft. The mug bears the logo of Google's Chrome browser.
Google and Microsoft will reprogram their search engines so that 100,000 potentially relevant terms will no longer yield links to illegal child porn images. Details for how this will roll out in the US are not clear yet.
Google wants to be seen as a crusader for Internet transparency, and its new report details who is asking for users' information. But the report is incomplete, Google acknowledges.