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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘U.S. Government’

Cloud Storage Gets a Boost From the U.S. Government

For all the bad press that cloud storage has gotten in the wake of the recent celebrity nude photo hacking scandal, business is still booming. The consumer market for cloud storage hit record levels last year and is expected to grow further throughout the decade. Companies selling cloud storage for enterprise customers are expected to see even more growth, much …

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Retirement Planning “Toolkit” Outlines Optimal Strategies

Baby Boomers are beginning to retire, and that means huge shifts coming to the American economy. The exodus of older workers from the labor market could ease employment troubles for younger workers looking to break into their field, but the millions of workers set to retire over the next decades could also mean big costs for companies and the U.S. …

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Edward Snowden Offered a Job at Russian Social Network VK

Today, we got news that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had been granted temporary asylum in Russia. That meant that he could leave the airport that he’d been holed up in since whole thing began (which he did, promptly). He’ll be able to live in Russia for a year, and will have to have his asylum request renewed after that – …

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Hello, NSA App Lets You Get on a Government Watch List the Fun Way

The U.S. government is watching your online activity. They’re looking at your social media posts, your emails, and plenty of other types of online communications. We’ve always known that – to some extent. Now we really know that. But even before we all learned about PRISM and the extent of the participation from the tech community, we knew that the …

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Yahoo Joins Others, Reports Data Request Numbers

Like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and more, Yahoo is the latest tech company to release a transparency report in light of the recent allegations that they were involved in the NSA’s secret surveillance & data-mining initiative, PRISM. Yahoo reports between 12,000 and 13,000 individual requests in the past 6 months – those figures include national security requests as well as requests …

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Apple Also Reveals How Often the Government Asks for User Data

Apple has joined Facebook and Microsoft in revealing non-specific figures on governmental requests for user data following the PRISM leaks that have forced many tech companies to defend themselves against claims of playing fast and loose with user data. Apple’s statement, called a “Commitment to Customer Privacy,” once again denies any knowledgable participation in the NSA’s secret surveillance program and …

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Facebook Get Its Transparency Wish, Reports on National Security-Related Data Requests

On the heels of the leaked documents detailing the National Security Agency’s secret internet surveillance initiative, PRISM, companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were quick to deny any voluntary involvement in providing troves of user data to the U.S. government. Facebook and Google, most notably, went on the offensive – demanding the U.S. government that they be allowed more …

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CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell Retires After 33 Years at the Agency

After 33 years of service and 3 years at his current title, CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell has decided to step down. The retirement will be official on August 9th. Morell says that it is now time for him to spend more time with his family. “I am passionate about two things in this world – the Agency and my …

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Facebook, Like Google, Urges Transparency for National Security Data Requests

Like Google, Facebook was quick to deny any involvement in the so-called “PRISM” program, which leaks indicated involved high-profile tech companies providing the National Security Agency a “backdoor” to all of their user data. And like Google, Facebook is now calling for more freedom to publish national security data requests they receive from the U.S. government. In a statement from …

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Edward Snowden on Twitter Is Not Who You Think He Is

It has been revealed that one Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA, is the source of the leaked documents detailing the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance initiative that involves major tech companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, are Microsoft (although they deny involvement). Edward Snowden – he’s your whistleblower. @EdwardSnowden on Twitter – he’s not your whistleblower. In …

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YouTube Now Offers Live Streaming Capabilities to Members of Congress

YouTube has just announced that members of the U.S. Congress will now be able to live stream video, as well as access enhanced features on their YouTube channels. “Video plays a powerful role in bringing us closer together, especially when it connects people in real time. By transcending borders, empowering citizens, and increasing transparency, it’s one of the many ways …

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Mitch McConnell Celebrates Gun Control Defeat with Flippant Facebook ‘Meme’

As you’ve probably heard by now, gun control legislation that would ban certain types of military-style assault rifles, limit magazine sizes, and enact more far-reaching background checks for buyers failed in the Senate on Wednesday. We already knew what was going to happen with most of the proposals, but the latter one concerning expanded background checks was up in the …

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