05 November 2013

NSA Spying "OUTRAGEOUS" says Google's Schmidt

And it happened on your watch Barack -- YOU are responsible --

Google's Schmidt: NSA Spying on Data Centers Is 'Outrageous'
Wall Street Journal (blog)
HONG KONG—Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt slammed reports that the U.S. government allegedly spied on the company's data centers, describing such an act as "outrageous" and potentially illegal if proven. "It's really outrageous that the National Security Agency was looking between the Google data centers, if that's true. The steps that the organization was willing to do without good judgment to pursue its mission and potentially violate people's privacy, it's not OK," Mr. Schmidt told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. "The Snowden revelations have assisted us in understanding that it's perfectly possible that there are more revelations to come." Mr. Schmidt said Google had registered complaints with the NSA, as well as President Barack Obama and members of the U.S. Congress.... (read more at link above)

Wall Street Journal (blog)

NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide ...
Agency positioned itself to collect from among millions of accounts, many belonging to Americans.
www.washingtonpost.com/.../e51d661e-4166-11e3-8b74-d89...


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Bloomberg
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Economic Times

First Take: BlackBerry shock? That Watsa wants to invest: ". . . The bet gets even odder in light of third-quarter market share statistics released by Strategy Analytics last month. In the third quarter, BlackBerry's share of the global smartphone market plummeted to 1% from 4.3% in the same quarter a year earlier, as units shopped dropped to 2.5 million from 7.4 million. All of its share loss appeared to go directly to the Android platform that has become the top rival to Apple's iPhone, the Newton, Mass. based market researcher said . . ."

Android 4.4 KitKat and Google's quest to take over the world | The Verge: ". . . The focus on improving entry-level performance with KitKat is, in the eyes of industry observer Avi Greengart, “one of the smartest things Google has done for Android in a long time.”. . ."

ZDNet
Summary: A week after the Nexus 5 launch, Google appears to have run out of ... Carphone Warehouse, although some appear to be available onAmazon UK.

Daily Mail

Apple puts the ball in Microsoft's court
Computerworld (blog)
Apple would like to disrupt [Microsoft] before it gets to a more service-oriented ... 7 to Windows 8.1, which currently costs about $115 on Amazon.com, he said.

CNET
Apple CEO Tim cook is calling on Congress to pass a bill that seeks to offer protection against workplace policies and practices that create disadvantages based ...

Telegraph.co.uk

Apple's iOS Engineering Vice President, Henri Lamiraux, Retires
PC Magazine
An executive on Apple's iOS team is out but, don't worry – the move was completely ... As first noticed by 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, Apple's vice president of ...

NDTV

Apple co-founder buys a Tesla Motors Model S
Christian Science Monitor
Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley luminary Steve Wozniak picked up his own ... George Blankenship--the man responsible for the signature look ofApple ...

GTspirit

Google Doodles The Human Calculator, Shakuntala Devi
Indiatimes.com
It's the birthday of Shakuntala Devi, the Human Calculator and Google has honoured her with a special static calculator Google Doodle. The GoogleDoodle ...

Indiatimes.com

Google Will Now Educate Glass Explorers Over Hangouts, No Barge ...
Darrell Etherington
Google is expanding its Glass Explorer program once again, allowing current ... Amazon is experimenting with direct, live technical assistance on the new Kindle ...
TechCrunch

Google's Ingress augmented reality game exits beta December 14
Michael Gorman
It's been just over a year since Google's Niantic Labs launched Ingress, an alternate and augmented reality turf war game, as a closed beta. Last Friday,
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Richard Padilla
Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly spoken out in support of the pending ... Apple/Microsoft'Rockstar Consortium' Sues Google, Others Over Nortel Patents.
MacRumors: Mac News and Rumors - Front Page (legacy)

Michelle Malkin | Is HealthCare.gov like using Amazon? Obama and ...
Doug Powers
“[S]tarting today, you and your friends and your family and your coworkers can get covered, too. Just visit healthcare.gov, and there you can compare insurance ...
Michelle Malkin

Apple Mum On iPad Sales
InformationWeek
Apple remained quiet Monday morning following the iPad Air's November 1 debut.Apple's new tablet went on sale last week to shorter lines than previous launches. Though the company did not announce first weekend sales figures, several analytics firms ...

Microsoft enters 20-year deal to buy Texas wind power as part of a plan to be ...
Washington Post
“As you can imagine when you have that much concentration of data it requires a lot of energy to keep those things running ... and those are the challenges of companies likeMicrosoft, Google,” Janous said. “If we're going to be a consumer of energy ...

Microsoft and Apple unleash thermonuclear war on Google and Android
ZDNet
The Rockstar Consortium, a joint venture owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, and Sony, have kicked into motion a barrage of lawsuits against a raft of defendants that include Google, Samsung, LG Electronics, HTC, and Huawei. In other words ...

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Amazon sets Nov. 15 release date for first original TV series
CNET
Amazon Studios -- the entertainment production arm of the e-commerce giant -- said Monday it will release the first three episodes of TV series "Alpha House" on November 15 and the same for "Betas" a week later. To see the remaining eight episodes, ...

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