13 August 2013

BlackBerry for Sale; Mega to fill secure email gap left by Lavabit

Kim Dotcom developing a NSA nightmare --the more NSA tries to "control and snoop," the more technology will be developed for "workarounds"--and "ways to subvert"-- 

Mega to fill secure email gap left by Lavabit | ZDNet: "Kim Dotcom’s “privacy company” Mega is developing secure email services to run on its entirely non-US -based server network as intense pressure from US authorities force other providers to close. Last week Lavabit, which counted NSA leaker Edward Snowdon as a user, and Silent Circle both closed. Lavabit’s owner, Ladar Levison, said it he was shutting down to avoid becoming “complicit in crimes against the American people”. Last week Mega chief executive Vikram Kumar told ZDNet the company was being asked to deliver secure email and voice services. In the wake of the closures, he expanded on his plans. Kumar said work is in progress, building off the end-to-end encryption and contacts functionality already working for documents in Mega. . . ."

BlackBerry has a problem--it needs to find a buyer, and unfortunately, the most logical buyer(s) are from China (and probably would not be allowed by the Canadian government to buy)--
BlackBerry Puts Itself Formally Up for Sale - MoneyBeat - WSJ: "Almost 15 months after first announcing it had hired bankers to help hunt for “strategic alternatives,” BlackBerry Ltd. announced Monday its board of directors has formed a special committee and added a more explicit possibility of a sale to the list of “strategic alternatives.”"

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