01 November 2013

Is Obama's NSA Intentionally Trying to Destroy US Tech?

Or is that just an "unintended consequence"  of the NSA's misguided practices?

“We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping, which is why we have continued to extend encryption across more and more Google services and links, especially the links in the slide. We do not provide any government, including the U.S. government, with access to our systems. We are outraged at the lengths to which the (US) government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform.”--Google’s chief legal officer, David Drummond (in response to NSA infiltration, infra)

NSA Fallout Hits AT&T's Ambitions In Europe
Wall Street Journal
AT&T Inc.'s ambitions to expand in Europe have run into unexpected hurdles amid the growing outcry across the region over surveillance by the National Security Agency. German and other European officials said any attempt by AT&T to acquire a major ...

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide ...
Washington Post
The National Security Agency has secretly broken into the main communications links that connect Yahoo and Google data centers around the world, according ...

Washington Post


NSA Said to Tap Google and Yahoo Abroad
New York Times
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency and its British counterpart have apparently tapped the fiber-optic cables connecting Google's and Yahoo's overseas servers and are copying vast amounts of email and other information, according to accounts ...


Android Tablets Gain On iPad
InformationWeek
No new iPads throughout most of 2013 means Apple's share of the tablet market has dipped below 30% -- its lowest ever. Start The Discussion. Tweet; Mail Mail; Print Print · Eric Zeman | October 31, 2013 10:34 AM. 13 Favorite iOS, Android Apps. (click image ...


Astronomers Find Earthlike Planet, but It's Infernally Hot
New York Times
Kepler 78b, a planet some 400 light-years away, is like hell on earth. Enlarge This Image. Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. An artist's rendering of the surface of Kepler-78b. The planet is similar in size to earth, but its close proximity to its own ...

Company plans to turn Hyperloop dream into hypercool reality
Fox News
It sounds insane: Take an enormous hamster tube, suck most of the air from it, insert a hovercraft full of humans and accelerate it to 800 miles per hour. But according to Patricia Galloway, that wild concept is no dream -- it's very much real. “The feasibility is ...

Wearing Google Glass While Driving Could Earn You a Ticket

ABC News
There have been claims that Google Glass is a risk to people's privacy, but is it also ... Cecilia Abadie, one of Google Glass' early adopters, was recently issued a ...

ABC News

Google has a long list of Android app updates waiting, but why?

CNET
When commenting on a Google+ thread earlier today about the timing of the impending release of Google Hangouts for Android, I clicked in the direction of this ...

Pentagon Post

Will Apple enjoy an 'iPad Christmas?'

San Jose Mercury News
NEW YORK -- Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook believes Santa's sleigh will be ... often cheaper-- alternatives that run Google's (GOOG) Android operating system. ... But Amazon.com's Kindle Fire HDX, which like the Samsung tablet runs on the ... Meanwhile, Microsoft has put a big marketing push behind its Surface 2 and ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Google to give Rs 21 cr funding to 10 Indian NGOs

The Hindu
Internet search giant Google will give a funding of Rs 21 crore to 10 Indian non-profit organisations to help them in their efforts to make a positive impact on India ...

Microsoft won't turn on Windows Defender for unprotected PCs

PCWorld (blog)
Microsoft representatives said Wednesday that the company will not turn on Windows Defender for unprotected PCs, contrary to what executives said earlier in ...


ZDNet

Amazon's Grocery Business Faces Higher Costs Than The ...

Forbes
This is a good spot by Megan McArdle of a basic difference between Amazon's competition against the Big Box stores and the same company's competition in ...

Apple's research & development costs ballooned 32% in 2013 to ..
Apple Insider
Apple's investments in research and development continue to grow, surging another 32 percent in fiscal 2013 to reach $4.5 billion — its highest-ever sum spent ...

Apple Insider


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