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NSA Whistleblower Ed Snowden: From My Desk I Could Wiretap Anyone: You, A Federal Judge Or The President Of The US

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Yesterday, it was revealed that Ed Snowden was the whistleblower, who exposed some details of NSA surveillance capabilities, often going far beyond what people expected. If you haven't yet, you should watch his video interview with Glenn Greenwald where he goes into more detail: Here's a bit that caught my...
NSA Whistleblower Ed Snowden: From My Desk I Could Wiretap Anyone: You, A Federal Judge Or The President Of The US

iPhone 5 orders shipping with free Lightning to 30-pin adapter

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Recognising that many of its customers will own an existing iOS device and may want to use their existing 30-pin accessories with their new iPhone 5, Apple is bundling a free Lightning to 30-pin adapter with every new purchase. Navigating through the iPhone 5 ordering process, Apple provides a list of...
iPhone 5 orders shipping with free Lightning to 30-pin adapter
Google and other tech companies deny PRISM surveillance claims, NSA says claims 'inaccurate' and not used domestically

'Difficult To Work With,' Jack Dorsey's Role At Twitter Has Been 'Reduced'

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  Now we know how Jack Dorsey is handling two demanding jobs at two fast-growing companies. He's not, really. The Twitter cofounder made a triumphant return to the company in early 2011, after years away. Already chairman (after having originally been CEO), "executive" was appended to Dorsey's title to make it...
'Difficult To Work With,' Jack Dorsey's Role At Twitter Has Been 'Reduced'

Hacked Tweet Fuels Move to Regulate High-Speed Trading

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The head of the CFTC said the false tweet that sent markets diving last week highlighted the need for the agency to move forward on new oversight of high-speed traders....
Hacked Tweet Fuels Move to Regulate High-Speed Trading

Kickstarter Suspends Social Video Glasses Project; Fundraisers Decamp to IndieGoGo

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The project at issue. (screencap, Kickstarter.com) Despite all the enthusiasm for Kickstarter as savior of hardware companies, it’s still worth caveats all around. Backers should remember there’s still the occasional scam, failed project, and downright bad idea. And would-be money-raisers should remember that they are using someone else’s platform and...
Kickstarter Suspends Social Video Glasses Project; Fundraisers Decamp to IndieGoGo

Russia Demands Internet Takeover By The UN... And Then Retracts It

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Quite a week for random governmental retractions. Back in February, when we first warned about the upcoming "World Conference on International Telecommunications" (WCIT) meeting of the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU), we noted that the thing to be most afraid of was countries like Russia and China using the process...
Russia Demands Internet Takeover By The UN... And Then Retracts It

AOL Promotes CFO Artie Minson To COO, Puts Him In Charge Of Three Major Divisions (AOL)

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AOL CFO Artie Minson got a promotion today, becoming the company's COO. In his new role he's overseeing three business divisions: Advertising, Content, and Mail. He's going to have to figure out to get the company growing. AOL is looking for a new CFO to fill his old slot. Here's...
AOL Promotes CFO Artie Minson To COO, Puts Him In Charge Of Three Major Divisions (AOL)

Driving navigation apps slipping into Apple Maps' transit section, is it oversight or leniency?

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When Apple launched its new Maps app on iOS 6, one of the most talked-about missing features was built-in transit directions. Being able to request a route from one point to another and have the directions delivered in the form of transit services like trains or busses is one of...
Driving navigation apps slipping into Apple Maps' transit section, is it oversight or leniency?

Patrick Leahy Introduces Legislation (Yet Again) To Require Government Warrants To Get Your Electronic Info

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It's been quite a day in terms of news out of DC. We've been talking about copyright/first sale, cybersecurity bills, the CFAA... and now Senator Patrick Leahy, for what feels like the 2,394th time, has introduced a plan to reform ECPA. Like the CFAA, ECPA is an extremely troubling and...
Patrick Leahy Introduces Legislation (Yet Again) To Require Government Warrants To Get Your Electronic Info

Court Again Says It's Okay For The Feds To Snoop Through Your Digital Info Without Telling You

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You may recall that in its quixotic attempt to go after Wikileaks, the US government has been snooping through the private communications of a bunch of folks they're trying to connect to the organization, including Icelandic politician Birgitta Jonsdottir and Jacob Appelbaum, who gets detained and harassed every time he...
Court Again Says It's Okay For The Feds To Snoop Through Your Digital Info Without Telling You

Samsung could face court penalty over lawyer's oversight

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Samsung could face penalties from the U.S. District Court in Northern California after one of its lawyers involved in the patent battle against Apple admitted that she hadn't file the paperwork necessary to practice law in front of the court....
Samsung could face court penalty over lawyer's oversight
Ziptask Launches Its End-To-End Outsourcing Platform For Small- To Medium-Sized Enterprises

Bach, Allard Leaving Microsoft

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Todd Bishop: Robbie Bach and J Allard, founding fathers of Microsoft’s Entertainment & Devices Division, are leaving the company as part of a broader restructuring that will give CEO Steve Ballmer more direct oversight of consumer businesses including Microsoft’s struggling mobile unit. I’m sure Ballmer can fix it.  ★ ...
Bach, Allard Leaving Microsoft

Oh Good There's Another Steve Jobs Biopic, This One Produced by Funny or Die

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(Photo: 9 to 5 Mac) Just this weekend we were sitting around wondering when exactly someone would create another Steve Jobs biopic. We already have the indie one starring Ashton Kutcher and the quickfire sure-to-be-sexist incarnation dreamt up by Aaron Sorkin. What we really need is a third one that can make...
Oh Good There's Another Steve Jobs Biopic, This One Produced by Funny or Die

Whatsapp Given A Privacy Hosedown By Canadian And Dutch Regulators

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The messaging app transmits all contact numbers from a smartphone to its servers without deleting non-users. A joint investigation by Dutch and Canadian privacy regulators has found that Whatsapp, the photo-sharing, messaging and all things social app has been storing non-users' contact data on its servers. Although there is...
Whatsapp Given A Privacy Hosedown By Canadian And Dutch Regulators

Google Play Flaw Gives App Developers Purchaser's Information

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Google, being the undisputed search engine king, is no stranger to concerns over the privacy of its users. Everything from odd fears over their privacy policy to the images on Google maps has been hurled at them, with most of the intelligent analysis of said concerns amounting to indifferent shoulder...
Google Play Flaw Gives App Developers Purchaser's Information
Google Now Returning Month Of December To Nexus Devices With Android 4.2.1 OTA Update

iTunes (temporarily) serves porn images to Russian users

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iTunes users in Russia got an eyeful on Wednesday (hat tip to Wired) when a newly released version of the app displayed graphic images of porn instead of the foreign films they were expecting. The bug, reported to be present in the iTunes Store shown to users in Russia,...
iTunes (temporarily) serves porn images to Russian users

Mobile device security plan defended by Army

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The Department of Defense's inspector general has reposted and updated a report critical of the Army's shortcomings in handling cybersecurity for commercial mobile devices, with some changes to correct for what it says were mistakes. However, the basic findings in the reposted report, "Improvements Needed With Tracking and Configuring...
Mobile device security plan defended by Army

Google faces a double hurdle in what's left of its ITC case against Microsoft's Xbox

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More than 27 months after Motorola filed an ITC complaint against Microsoft's Xbox gaming console, Google still hasn't won an import ban, but keeps pursuing one. On March 22, Administrative Law Judge David P. Shaw issued a preliminary ruling recommending the dismissal of the remainder of the complaint, and based on...
Google faces a double hurdle in what's left of its ITC case against Microsoft's Xbox

The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

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We've written plenty about how the US government has been quite aggressive in spying on Americans. It has been helped along by a court system that doesn't seem particularly concerned about the 4th Amendment and by the growing ability of private companies to have our data and to then share...
The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

Singapore Creates 'IP Steering Committee' Without A Single Representative For The Public's Interest

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This keeps happening. Governments forget that the purpose of intellectual property law is to provide the best net value to the public, instead of thinking that it's just to help "industry," on the incorrect assumption that this must benefit the public in the long run. Han alerts us to the...
Singapore Creates 'IP Steering Committee' Without A Single Representative For The Public's Interest

Google+ update for iOS adds photo enhancements, standalone Hangouts app

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An update for Google+ has just begin rolling out to iOS users, bringing with it a host of image-centric improvements. The version bump grants iPhone and iPad users of Google's social network more control over the quality of photos in their stream with an Auto Backup, Highlight, Awesome and...
Google+ update for iOS adds photo enhancements, standalone Hangouts app
Minneapolis police pushing for more license plate data privacy

Document Accidentally Filed Publicly Reveals Google Fighting Back Against Government Snooping

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For many years we've been highlighting how the federal government (mainly the FBI) has widely abused the "National Security Letter" (NSL) process to get information on American citizens with almost no oversight. Part of the issue is that NSLs include a complete gag order, barring recipients from telling anyone about...
Document Accidentally Filed Publicly Reveals Google Fighting Back Against Government Snooping

British intelligence agency is reportedly accessing NSA's PRISM surveillance data

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The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in the UK is reportedly accessing information obtained by PRISM, the covert initiative created by the National Security Agency and FBI to monitor communications in the United States. The Guardian claims to have obtained documents which show that GCHQ has been able to leverage the...
British intelligence agency is reportedly accessing NSA's PRISM surveillance data

Chris Anderson calls for consortium to develop a standardized UAV platform

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"If you're in this room, you're the best of the best," Chris Anderson addressed the audience with his customary flair for the dramatic. Complimentary, sure, but not without merit -- the former Wired editor-in-chief was speaking to a classroom full of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) developers, a number of...
Chris Anderson calls for consortium to develop a standardized UAV platform

Apple to settle suit over in-app purchases by kids with $5 iTunes credit per aggrevied party

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Apple has agreed to settle a lawsuit with parents claiming that their youths ran up heavy charges on in-app purchases without permission. The settlement is all but humorous: $5 in iTunes credit, or a fiver in cash. The apps in question were free, but charged for in-app items and the...
Apple to settle suit over in-app purchases by kids with $5 iTunes credit per aggrevied party

UK's internet video regulator is here to stay

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The UK’s controversial new VOD regulator has been re-appointed to the task, after a review backed every aspect of its work. The Authority for Television On-Demand (ATVOD) has ruffled online publisher and broadcaster feathers since its introduction in 2010. Complaints included: the fees ATVOD charges operators to be regulated by...
UK's internet video regulator is here to stay
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