NSA officials say their relations with tech companies have been strained by the news of the agency's surveillance. Tech fortunes rest on the ability to keep their users' data secure, but the NSA wants access to that data. The proposed NSA overhaul due to be announced this week by President Obama will need to address conflicting NSA-tech interests.
Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. Now the band and four fans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI. NPR's Rachel Martin talks about the suit with journalist Patrick Flanary, who covered the suit for Rolling Stone magazine.
Upscale department store Neiman Marcus is the latest retailer to disclose data security breaches. The disclosure comes just a day after Target issued another apology for a data breach that occurred during the holiday season. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Brian Krebs, who broke both stories on his blog krebsonsecurity.com
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas closed on Friday. Visitors were treated to more than 20,000 new products, with everything from Internet-connected clothing to giant television screens. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with reporter Steve Henn about some of the gadgets on the horizon.
The U.S. economy gained just 74,000 jobs in December. That's according to a disappointing report released by the Labor Department on Friday. The numbers could be just a fluke. Economists had been expecting nearly three times as many jobs. At the same time the unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.7 percent. But it's not that more jobs were created. Many of the long-term unemployed just stopped looking.
For the fifth straight year, Nevada's big casinos report net losses – a total of $1.35 billion in the most recent fiscal year. Statewide, 263 casinos grossed at least $1 million in gaming revenue, totaling $23 billion, according to a report released by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Steven Levy, senior writer for Wired, has written an article called "How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet." He tells Audie Cornish about what he learned from security personnel at many of the top tech companies. They claim that they were surprised to learn of the National Security Agency's data gathering.