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'Privacy' services thwart investigation of rape video sites

Dec 9, 2013

'Privacy' services thwart investigation of rape video sites

Researcher Garth Bruen long has investigated the seamier corners of the Internet, but even he was shocked to discover, a site urging users to share what it called “fantasy” videos of sexual attacks. Bruen gradually discovered dozens of sites offering attacks on drunken ...

Nov 27, 2013

Suspicious of NSA spying, Microsoft eyes encryption

Microsoft is moving toward a major new effort to encrypt its Internet traffic amid fears that the National Security Agency may have broken into its global communications links, people familiar with the emerging plans said. Suspicions at Microsoft, while building for several months, sharpened ...

| Aug 24, 2013

Under Ballmer, Microsoft struggled to modernize

In the 13 years that Steve Ballmer has led Microsoft, literature has climbed out of books, songs have freed themselves from CDs and computers have leapt off their desktops into our hands. An exhilarating new world of technology has emerged with little help from ...

Strict rules help U.S. access data traffic on undersea cables

Jul 7, 2013

Strict rules help U.S. access data traffic on undersea cables

The U.S. government had a problem: Spying in the digital age required access to the fiber-optic cables traversing the world’s oceans, carrying torrents of data at the speed of light. And one of the biggest operators of those cables was being sold to an ...

State photo-ID databases become troves for police

Jun 24, 2013

State photo-ID databases become troves for police

The faces of more than 120 million people are in searchable photo databases that state officials assembled to prevent driver’s license fraud but that increasingly are used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and even innocent bystanders in a wide range of criminal investigations. ...

Jun 12, 2013

U.S. tech giants urge NSA transparency

Technology companies stung by the controversy over the National Security Agency's sweeping Internet surveillance program are calling on U.S. officials to ease the secrecy surrounding national security investigations and lift long-standing gag orders covering the nature and extent of information collected about Internet users.

| Jun 9, 2013

Data-mining soars even as 9/11 fades

Expanded surveillance by the U.S. government was cast as a price of war in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Yet nearly a dozen years later, the war on terrorism is showing signs of ebbing while the surveillance systems crafted to ...

Apple faces antitrust hurdle amid talk of 'iRadio'

| Jun 6, 2013

Apple faces antitrust hurdle amid talk of 'iRadio'

Reports that Apple is starting a new music-streaming service sent Pandora’s stock price tumbling Monday and sparked talk that the tech giant may be regaining its footing after several difficult months. But experts say there is at least one potential obstacle ahead for the ...

Dec 24, 2012

Instagram row reveals strong but clueless Net community

The simple story line from the uprising against Instagram is this: Powerful tech company pushes the line on privacy and sparks such widespread user outrage that it has no choice but to retreat. Score: Users 1, Instagram 0. But there is a more complicated ...