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Sunday, November 3, 2013

It's Sunday Morning, Turn Back Your Analog Clocks 1 hour and read up on Senior Correspendent Arnold Woodworth's Articles

Mossberg Reviews the iPad Air

9 Things That Wouldn’t Exist If Apple Hadn’t Launched The iPhone Six Years Ago

Big, Beautiful Photos Of Apple's New iPad Air And iPad Mini

Apple computer birthplace wins 'historic' designation

The single-story home, at 2066 Crist Dr. in Los Altos, was designated a "historic resource" by the city's historical commission

Sorry, Carl Icahn, you're not getting a big lump of cash from Apple Inc., just for being a late-to-the-bandwagon shareholder.
Icahn has asked the company to part with $150 billion of its cash hoard - essentially all of it.

Apple and other companies, which initially park their cash offshore to get favorable tax treatment on intellectual property, are keeping it there because repatriating it incurs very large tax penalties.

I dislike iOS 7 so strongly that I feel inclined to begin this post with a disclaimer about how much I admire Apple. Apple is my hero. They’ve always inspired me to be better at what I do, even when I was an ICU nurse. But they are not perfect. I can and should criticize their worst work when I find it — out of my admiration for their best work.

iOS 7’s designers have abandoned bordered buttons in favor of borderless colored text. I think this choice is unjustifiable. It is the root cause of my deep dislike for how it feels to use iOS 7. It introduces unnecessary tension and makes everything less usable than it ought to be.

The cost of Internet access in America is too damn high.
When it comes to comes to broadband Internet connections, the United States falls far behind other developed nations in both speed and affordability.

For most of us, immortality is this: We are scattered digital footprints, spinning around in a server overseas, waiting for the right keyword to bring our image onto the screen for someone else to see and say, “Oh yes, I remember.”

So: what happens to us on the Internet when we die?
Do our Facebook and Twitter accounts keep going?  Blogs?

We'll all live on as digital ghosts.

Programs do exist that let you pass on control of your Internet presence to entrusted loved ones

77 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications

Bitcoin companies to Western Union face increasingly strict regulatory environment

It’s not just bitcoin companies; money transmitters in general are being hit with stricter regulations.

Kristoffer Koch was writing a thesis on encryption in 2009 when he spent about $27 to buy 5,000 bitcoins.
They are now worth $886,000.

Koch has used one-fifth of his bitcoin stash to  buy an apartment in Oslo, Norway, the Guardian reports.

House Intelligence Chair: "You Can't Have Your Privacy Violated if You Don't Know Your Privacy Is Violated"

I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling

virtually all of us are vulnerable to electronic eavesdropping and are easy hack targets.

All it takes is a person or persons with enough patience and know-how to pierce anyone’s privacy — and, if they choose, to wreak havoc on your finances and destroy your reputation.

NSA chief says NATO allies shared phone records with the U.S. spy agency

The French and Spanish intelligence agencies have had extensive, long-running programs to share millions of phone records with the United States for counterterrorism and defense purposes

NSA bills set up a choice in Congress: End bulk collection of phone records or endorse it

These two bills - one that codifies bulk collection and the other that outlaws it - are on a collision course

The phone call database contains billions of records of numbers dialed, as well as the lengths and times of calls, but not their content.

NSA spying shows how to lose friends and alienate allies
It is painfully clear that the damage from the revelation of the [Angela Merkel phone] tap is considerable.

NSA has hacked Google, Yahoo says Washington Post

European leaders are fuming over the scope of NSA surveillance. But France, Germany, and other countries are far from innocent bystanders when it comes to conducting dragnet spying, new leaks have revealed.

German, French, Spanish, and Swedish intelligence services have “all developed methods of mass surveillance of internet and phone traffic over the past five years”.

But though these countries may not be engaging in surveillance that is as broad and aggressive as the programs operated by the United States and the United Kingdom, it is clear that they are playing at least some sort of contributory role.

NSA Files Decoded: What the revelations mean for you.
Several interesting videos.


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