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Journalists and activists report having their Skype calls tapped

Now anyone in the UK can be an early stage startup investor as Seedrs launches

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Crowdsourced investing has arrived in the UK after Seedrs officially opened the doors of its alternative funding platform in the country today, mobilising a potential army of armchair investors for promising young firms. Seedrs, which won the startup competition at the London Web Summit in March, lets investors to put...
Now anyone in the UK can be an early stage startup investor as Seedrs launches

Google is back online in China after blocking

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Access to Google services in China appeared to return Saturday morning after they were blocked briefly as the country prepares to appoint new leadership. The blocking appeared to last for about 12 hours, with Internet traffic resuming to the sites after 6 a.m. local time, according to Google's Transparency...
Google is back online in China after blocking
Greenpeace barely applauds Apple's clean power data center plans

AudienceScience slashes 33 jobs, plans to close ad network

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AudienceScience, a global digital marketing company with offices in Bellevue, is closing its ad network business effective Dec. 1 so the company can focus solely on the AudienceScience Gateway, its global SaaS-platform for marketers. The end of the ad business resulted in the eliminated of 33 sales and marketing jobs among...
AudienceScience slashes 33 jobs, plans to close ad network

Twitter releases data on government requests for user information

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US government makes 80% of all requests for Twitter user information, website reveals in its first transparency reportAlmost 80% of all requests made to Twitter for information on its users to be released in the course of criminal investigations or other probes are made by the US government, the micro-blogging...
Twitter releases data on government requests for user information

Google To Users: We're Not Part Of PRISM & Government Needs More Transparency

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Google gave the press statements yesterday denying it was involved with the NSA’s PRISM data gathering program. Today, it’s making that statement more strongly and taking it directly to its users, through a blog post. US Government Has No Direct Access To Google Writing today, Google... Please visit Marketing Land...
Google To Users: We're Not Part Of PRISM & Government Needs More Transparency

Nick Grossman's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Hello Techdirt! It's an honor to be here. Here are my favorite posts from this week. Most of these fall under the general theme of "be careful what you wish for"... If There Needs To Be An Investigation, It Should Be About Why The FBI Was Reading Certain Emails While...
Nick Grossman's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Tim Cook Responds to Report on Working Conditions at Suppliers' Factories

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In the wake of yesterday's report regarding treatment of workers at the facilities of Apple's suppliers, Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent an email to company employees addressing the situation. As published by 9to5Mac, the email highlights Apple's efforts to oversee compliance with company standards for workers' rights and the...
Tim Cook Responds to Report on Working Conditions at Suppliers' Factories
RIAA wants to issue unlimited takedowns to Google

The YouTube Industry Has A Transparency Problem

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YouTube, whose community is ironically stereotyped as oversharers, has business transparency issues. This transparency problems doesn't come just from Google, they also manifest within the YouTube community's top-earners and across the third-party businesses that have sprung up to leverage the giant video-sharing site. It's hard to say who is worse, YouTube,...
The YouTube Industry Has A Transparency Problem

Behance launches redesign for showcasing & discovering talent right from tap

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Behance, a popular platform for sharing and finding creative work, has just launched a handsome redesign that makes discovering talent and inspiration so much easier. The site has long housed work from some of the most compelling designers alive, and this redesign fine tunes everything without ditching its core. The...
Behance launches redesign for showcasing & discovering talent right from tap
PivotDesk's New Office-Sharing Marketplace Helps Startups Find Affordable Office Space

Google reports limited data on national security data requests

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The company starts including National Security Letters in its Transparency Report. [Read more]...
Google reports limited data on national security data requests

New Cloud Foundry app validates cloud portability

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Cloud Foundry wants its Platform as a Service to be the basis for a wide array of such services going forward — a sort of super Paas foundation. And so far, it’s got some promising partners in that effort: AppFog, Uhuru, ActiveState, and Tier 3 Network all provide PaaS offerings based on...
New Cloud Foundry app validates cloud portability

TNW Pick of the Day: Vidyoo's video-chat app is like speed-dating for the Facebook generation

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Vidyoo is a new ‘people discovery’ platform for Facebook. While it’s broadly aimed at ‘meeting new people’, it’s really focusing on the lucrative dating market. It launched officially for the public yesterday, and promises to help you meet people who match your interests and preferences, with the main interaction subsequently...
TNW Pick of the Day: Vidyoo's video-chat app is like speed-dating for the Facebook generation

Report Suggests Obama May Take Drones Away From The CIA

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While much of the recent conversation here surrounding the United States' use of drones has centered on the fear of how they might be used domestically, there can be little doubt that their use is highly controversial around the world as well. In that arena, the questions that arise...
Report Suggests Obama May Take Drones Away From The CIA

ZTE USA's CEO: US investigation report is actually good for us

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You may think that Lixin Cheng, the top banana at ZTE's USA division since June 2010, has had a tough time facing strong accusations since October regarding its ties with the Chinese government and its lack of transparency, but at MWC yesterday, the CEO told us that the investigation...
ZTE USA's CEO: US investigation report is actually good for us
Guess Which Government Sent Google the Most Removal Requests? USA! USA! USA!

Google Documents Government Snooping

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Google disclosed government requests for user data in the latest installment in its Transparency Report. The report documents an upward trend in requests that Google itself finds "troubling."  For this fifth installment of the interactive report, Google added the ability to view aggregated court orders and other requests across all countries.  From July...
Google Documents Government Snooping

Flashback Malware Puts Apple in Security Spotlight: Experts Weigh In

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Increased market share coupled with Apple's lack of transparency are largely to blame for an uptick in Mac security problems, say experts....
Flashback Malware Puts Apple in Security Spotlight: Experts Weigh In

Google Transparency Report now includes the FBI's National Security Letters

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Google's Transparency Report has sometimes supplied an unsettling level of detail as to what companies and governments want to know. Americans won't feel much more comfortable now that Google has added the FBI's National Security Letters to the mix. The investigative branch wants the numbers vague for secrecy's sake,...
Google Transparency Report now includes the FBI's National Security Letters

Look, This Is What It Comes Down To

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The old press is still having the same conversation about the new press: objectivity! Here’s the latest by the L.A. Times, titled Are Silicon Valley tech bloggers truly objective? This can (and has) gone on and on and on. I argue that there’s no such thing as objectivity, and that...
Look, This Is What It Comes Down To
Multiple Google services, including search and Gmail, are currently blocked in China
Europe's plan for music licensing, and the artists that feel betrayed

Next TPP Negotiation Session Has Only 3 Hours Allotted For Negotiators To Talk To Public Interest Advocates

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The USTR's handling of public interest access to TPP negotiators has bounced around over the last few negotiating sessions, with many suggesting that last months' meetings in San Diego were actually handled somewhat decently. However, with the upcoming negotiating round in Virginia, apparently there's no more time to be talking...
Next TPP Negotiation Session Has Only 3 Hours Allotted For Negotiators To Talk To Public Interest Advocates

Startup-PR Matchmaker AirPR Opens To The Public, As Data Begins To Reveal How To Fix A Broken Model

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For pretty much as long as long as anyone can remember, a relationship triangle, or a “love triangle” if you will, has taken shape between companies and the PR firms that represent them and the press that covers them — existing in some sort of recursive loop. Yet, while that...
Startup-PR Matchmaker AirPR Opens To The Public, As Data Begins To Reveal How To Fix A Broken Model

Apple asks EU regulators to step in on Motorola patent dispute

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Apple already asked the European Telecommunications Standards Institute for more transparency on FRAND licensing, and now it's seeking a full-blown intervention. Motorola Mobility claims it received a letter on Friday from the European Commission advising there has been a complaint against it from Apple. The letter also stated that...
Apple asks EU regulators to step in on Motorola patent dispute
How to build a developer community from scratch

Airbnb for Dogs DogVacay Adds $6M to Take a Bite Out of Sharing Economy

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The sharing economy trend continues with the “Airbnb for Dogs,” Santa Monica-based DogVacay, which helps dog owners to find a home for their pets while they’re away. The company announced today that it has secured $6 million in Series A funding from Benchmark Capital. BetaKit also covered the startup...
Airbnb for Dogs DogVacay Adds $6M to Take a Bite Out of Sharing Economy
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