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Raytheon's 'Google for Spies' Tracks You from Social-Media Sharing — and Fast

February 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As if you weren't paranoid enough about your Facebook privacy settings, now your every social-media move can be mined for the purposes of actual spying. The Guardian has lifted the veil on RIOT, an as-yet-unsold program from defense contractor Raytheon that looks through Facebook, Twitter, Gowalla, and Foursquare to find...

How Can a President's E-Mail Get Hacked?

February 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The morning after a hacker's ultimate crack of Bush family email accounts burst wide open online, revealing self portraits by George W. Bush as well as details about his father's health, the Secret Service said it was opening an investigation into the apparent infiltration of the private, post-presidency emails for...

BlackBerry Z10 has not sold well in home-market Canada

February 7, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a sad scene that may not bode well for the comeback of the cellphone giant formerly known as Research in Motion, the new BlackBerry Z10 debut on its home turf to very unenthusiastic, even lonely reception in what should be the Canadian company's most enthusiastic market. Whether the uneven...

Everything you need to know about the Dell buyout

February 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After weeks of rumored talks, Dell has announced its sale to Microsoft, Silver Lake Partners, and founder Michael Dell for $24.4 billion, the biggest leveraged buyout since the 2008 financial crisis. The company went for $13.65 per share to its investors, according to DealBook's Michael De La Merced. Dell will...

China hacked the Wall Street Journal, too

February 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It looks like those Chinese hackers really don't want American journalists doing any, you know, journalism in China. Less than a day after The New York Times revealed Chinese malware experts had cracked into its employee computer system, The Wall Street Journal said Thursday afternoon that it, too, has been...

Everything you need to know about BlackBerry 10

January 30, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The company formerly known as Research in Motion has unveiled the BlackBerry 10 operating system and two new phones, the Q10 and Z10, that run on it. Before RIM CEO Thorsten Heins debuted the new gadgets in New York on Wednesday morning, he made a different kind of big announcement:...

The government is still trying to spy on a lot of your Twitter and Google data

January 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On the occasion of Data Privacy Day, Twitter has released its second biannual Transparency Report and — what do you know? — Twitter is still giving away more user information requested by the U.S. government than ever, and without a warrant. It's the continuation of a frightening trend that's as...

Apple is no longer the world's most valuable company

January 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple's terrible, horrible, no good, historically bad day on the markets Thursday has spilled over into Friday, with Apple ceding back to Exxon Mobil the title of the most valuable company in the world. On the second day following Apple's latest earnings report, which led to a massive stock drop-off,...

Here come Apple's huge iPhone sales numbers

January 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple will deliver its quarterly earnings report for the end of 2012 on Wednesday, and with it should come the end of all that talk about the iPhone's fade — or so say some analysts who continue to believe in Apple's reigning mobile domination. Ever since major media organizations first...

Verizon's massive loss reveals scope of damage from Hurricane Sandy

January 22, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Verizon reported a quarterly loss of $4.23 billion, or $1.48 per share, up from losses of $2.02 billion, or 71 cents per share a year earlier, in part because of losses and damages related to Hurricane Sandy. While the company added wireless customers during that period, because of massive damage...

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