19 June 2013

Tech Companies Government Request Disclosures Inadequate

While the disclosures from Apple, Facebook and Microsoft appear to indicate that government requests involve only a small number of the hundreds of millions of people who use each company's services, the reports leave many questions unanswered--

Apple joins other tech companies in detailing government requests for data
San Jose Mercury News
Following those news reports, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple negotiated permission to include FISA requests in their totals. Google, however, said it's still pushing for approval to report national security requests separately from more routine law ...

Apple Executive Defends Pricing in Case on E-Books
New York Times (blog)
The e-mail was brought up as evidence during the second half of Mr. Cue's testimony in a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, where much of the discussion focused on whether Apple intended to help the publishers raise Amazon's prices. Mr. Cue testified on ...

Fastest Mobile Network 2013 Winners? AT&T and You
PC Magazine
AT&T's LTE network has seized the fastest wireless network title from Verizon and we finally have real competition in the LTE space. Dan Costa By Dan Costa. June 18, 2013 12:40pm EST; Comments. Google 0; Share 0; Tweet 0; Submit 0; Share 0; Pin It 0 ...

Signing with Netflix: Mr. Katzenberg's Motivation
Wall Street Journal
DreamWorks Animation Inc. 's new multi-year, multi-program deal with Netflix Inc. shows that making movies is no longer business enough for one of Hollywood's premiere movie moguls. After co-founding DreamWorks SKG with partners David Geffen and ...

Oculus Nabs $16M in Funding for Virtual Reality 'Rift' Headset
PC Magazine
Following a successful $2.4 million Kickstarter campaign, the makers of the Oculus Rift virtual reality gadget just pocketed another $16 million investment from Spark Capital and Matrix Partners. "We were fortunate enough to be able to pick investors who we ...

Huawei unveils Ascend P6, world's slimmest smartphone
The Guardian
The world's thinnest smartphone, with a touch screen so sensitive it responds to gloved hands, has been unveiled by rising Chinese manufacturer Huawei in the latest challenge to the iPhone. The Ascend P6 is just over 6mm thick, comes in white, black and ...

NASA Seeks Private-Sector Posse to Hunt Asteroids
Forget sentient glasses and self-driving cars, “asteroid transportation” may be the hottest thing in engineering. NASA summoned captains of industry to Washington this morning to pitch its plan to harness earth-bound asteroids with spacecraft. The briefing ...

AT&T's Street Charge Provides Free Power For Your Smartphone
AT&T kicked off their Street Charge program today, opening solar-powered public charging stations across New York's five boroughs. The Street Charge program grew out of the aftermath Hurricane Sandy, which devastated a huge chunk of the East Coast ...

Amazon Launches Group Gift Cards for Facebook
PC Magazine
You know how you always get a bunch of well wishes on Facebook when it's your birthday? What if instead of just writing "happy birthday" on your timeline, each one of your friends contributed a little bit of money towards a joint gift card that you could use on ...

Yahoo says it received up to 13000 user data requests from US government ...
Washington Post
SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Yahoo is the latest company to disclose how many requests for user data it has received from U.S. government agencies, putting the number between 12,000 and 13,000 in the six months that ended on May 31. Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa ...

Mars rover engineer to give us LEGO version
Christian Science Monitor
Mars will soon be within everyone's reach — or at least, a LEGO version of one of its visiting rovers will be. Skip to next paragraph. In Pictures Cool LEGO creations. Related stories. Are you scientifically literate? Take our quiz · Lego figurines: No more Mr.

AMD Unveils Details of First AMD-Based Server SoCs
“Seattle” will offer up to 16 ARM Cortex-A57 cores and significant improvements in performance and energy efficiency, AMD officials say. Advanced Micro Devices officials are laying out a server chip roadmap that includes the company's first ARM-based ...

Just Mobile's AluCup: iOS Device Convenience in a Small Space
The Mac Observer
There are two things that I can expect when I receive a new product from Just Mobile -- it will be unique and it will be made from high grade aluminum. The AluCup proved to be no exception. Just Mobile AluCup. It is a multi-purpose desktop stand, sculpted ...

Ford announces robotic program to test vehicles
Los Angeles Times
Just weeks after its chairman said the world of self-driving cars is closer than we think, Ford announced a program that uses an autonomous system for testing the durability of its cargo vans. The program uses robots to drive Ford's upcoming full-sized Transit ...

Voice recognition tool Dragon updates Android app with hands-free driver mode ...
The Next Web
Nuance Communications today released an update to its Dragon Mobile Assistant app for Android. Users with supported devices will find that it now includes hands-free driver technology, voice notifications, and new customization options. Email Dictation ...

Check out this adorable robot the size of a house cat
In what might be considered a nod to DARPA's super-quick sprinting Cheetah robot, another company has created a feline-based legged automaton. Dubbed the Cheetah-Cub, the new creation is the brain child of EPFL's Biorobotics Laboratory (Biorob).

Rounds Brings Co-browsing To Mobile To Let Friends Surf The Web Together ...
Rounds, the video chat app and Israeli startup backed by $5.5 million in funding from Verizon Investments, Rhodium and DFJ's Tim Draper among others, has been slowly expanding across platforms. Originally built as a Facebook-centric experience, Rounds ...

It's Jeep vs. Uncle Sam as Chrysler may defy huge recall
NBCNews.com (blog)
Daimlerchrysler President Deiter Zetsche applauds the introduction of the new 2002 Jeep Liberty sport utility on the first day of press week at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan in this January 7, 2001, file photo. The nation's ...

Elon Musk: Tesla to demo battery swap technology on Thursday
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says Tesla will demo battery swap technology at its design studio near LA on Thursday night. Tesla. Electric car maker Tesla Motors has long discussed making its cars able to have their batteries swapped out, but has yet to actually ...

Europe's Herschel Space Telescope Officially Dead
Discovery News
Artist's impression of the European Herschel infrared observatory against a backdrop of the Horsehead Nebula, as imaged by the mission. ESA. Related Links. Herschel's Coolest Infrared Hotshots: Photos · Europe's Herschel Observatory Goes Blind, Dies.

Paper maker FiftyThree raises $15 million to build the Office suite of the future
The Verge
A couple years ago, Microsoft vet Georg Petschnigg set out to redefine the way we draw, paint, and sketch on iPad. He assembled FiftyThree — a team of individuals — some of whom were left over from Microsoft's scrapped Courier project, and began work ...
Microsoft launches Surface RT discount for schools
The "Microsoft Surface for education limited-time offer" will be available between June 17 and August 31, 2013, according to a brochure detailing the program. Under the program, Surface RTs without keyboards will go for $199 (normal estimated retail ...

Google Glass privacy concerns raised by international data protection authorities
The Canadian privacy commissioner and 36 other data protection authorities on Tuesday raised privacy concerns about Google Glass in an open letter to CEO Larry Page. Jennifer Stoddart, Canada's privacy commissioner, signed the letter. Co-signers ...

Google settles suit, clears way for stock split
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has resolved a shareholder lawsuit blocking a long-delayed stock split, clearing the way for the Internet search leader to issue a new class of non-voting shares later this year. The settlement announced Monday came on the ...

Microsoft shows revenue hand with Office for iPhone
Computerworld - Last week's release of Office Mobile for the iPhone nailed down one of the mysteries pundits had pondered -- how Microsoft planned to generate Office revenue from Apple's iPhone and iPad. The answer: as part of Office 365, the expanded ...

Apple's Eddy Cue: Steve Jobs was confused in his e-mails
CNET (blog)
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of software and services, testified that he never received an email from Jobs that said publishers would have to change their e-book sales terms with Amazon in order to reach an agreement with Apple. Cue said he ...

Digg's Google Reader alternative is on its way
Washington Post (blog)
One of the most anticipated options to step into Google's place when the company announced its intention to send Reader to its tech graveyard, a reader from Digg, is nearly ready for primetime. In a blog post Monday, Digg said that its five-person news ...

Microsoft beefs up Windows Phone voice recognition technology
The Guardian
It's the smartphone battle between Apple, Google, Microsoft, BlackBerry and other platforms that's pumping investment into speech recognition, voice search and related technologies with wide applications. Or, as Yu puts it: "I believe this is just the ...

Apple is planning a liquid-cooled iPhone (and so are Samsung and HTC)
Computerworld (blog)
The race to take the title of "World's Most Advanced Smartphone" is driving Apple [AAPL], Samsung and HTC to explore increasingly advanced technologies, with a Digitimes report claiming all three firms are working to develop liquid cooled smartphones ...

Why Was Apple Late To The PRISM Party? | TechCrunch
By Alexia Tsotsis
That difference is most striking when you consider the fact that Apple competitor Microsoft cooperated with the government a full five years earlier. The company, which denies ever having heard of PRISM, released its FISA request numbers ...

Microsoft swaps Outlook.com linked accounts for aliases - CNET News
By Dara Kerr
In the name of enhanced security, the tech giant is having users tie their linked e-mail and other accounts to one single Microsoft account. Read this article by Dara Kerr on CNET News.

Microsoft Looks to Boost Surface With Big Discounts for Schools ...
By John Paczkowski
It turns out that Microsoft's Windows in the Classroom Surface Experience Project was just the beginning of the company's efforts to push its new tablet into the education market.

Microsoft: Xbox One games are $60 | Joystiq
By David Hinkle
New Xbox One games will cost $60 each, Microsoft has told GameSpot, continuing the pricing model established with the Xbox 360. As for the competition, ... Rating. View on Amazon.com ... Digg'sGoogle Reader replacement beta opens on .

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