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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Senior Correspondent has articles about Microsoft and the NSA

How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages

Microsoft's latest marketing campaign, launched in April, emphasizes its commitment to privacy with the slogan: "Your privacy is our priority."

But internal NSA newsletters, marked top secret, suggest the co-operation ...... is deep and ongoing.

Microsoft and the FBI came up with a solution that allowed the NSA to circumvent encryption on chats

The NSA has devoted substantial efforts in the last two years to work with Microsoft to ensure increased access to Skype, which has an estimated 663 million global users.

NSA Spying revelations: the good and bad news

Edward Snowden says that everybody else is as guilty of snooping as the United States — including some of the nations whose leaders have publicly criticized America.

So, You Want to Hide from the NSA? Your Guide to the Nearly Impossible

here is the full articulation of the deeply paranoid and complex life you must live in order to assure that the government leaves you alone.

Real And Practical Ways To Avoid The Snoops

Edward Snowden case: Bolivia summons envoys over jet

The diplomatic row spilled onto the streets of La Paz, as thousands of Bolivians staged demonstrations against the US and four European countries.

Four South American countries say they will recall some of their ambassadors after the Bolivian president's plane was banned from European airspace ........ amid rumours that American fugitive Edward Snowden was on board

Apple was found guilty of antitrust violations that led to higher e-book prices.

a federal judge issued a damning finding that Apple conspired with five major book publishers to fix the price of e-books.

The battle for the e-book market was, at its heart, a fight between Steve Jobs' and Jeff Bezos' differing business philosophies. Amazon was bent on keeping prices low, even at the cost of profits. Apple, as ever, wanted to make sure that it could make a bundle on e-books.

Demand for laptops is so weak that analysts have declared all of 2013 a “write-off”

The culprit in all of this?  Media tablets.

An Ode to Computer Shopper

The era of computer magazines has ended.

Computer Shopper was like Vogue or Vanity Fair for nerds: You read it for the ads. Which it was filled with. Come to think of it, I'm sure they ran articles, but I don't think I ever read one. And yet it was thick, like a phone book, and you could find a whole world of PCs and components inside.

Anti E-mail Trend

Now that even geeks don’t use email, holdouts like Janet Napolitano can declare victory

It’s actually getting increasingly easy to avoid email, with alternatives like Twitter for brief messages and instant messaging or Skype chats for longer ones.

Some techies are now shunning email because of concerns about government surveillance.

Will Humans Still Be Humans in an Age of Artificial Intelligence?

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