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MetaPhone Stanford University crowdsourced project shows NSA’s three-hop reach

MetaPhone Stanford University crowdsourced project shows NSA’s three-hop reach

The NSA, through means by which the average citizen cannot tread, has been collecting vast amounts of phone metadata that is intended to help locate and track terrorists and related activity. Though not always keeping up to standard, what the NSA does is not illegal and has been the subject of intense criticism across the globe. In response, Stanford University launched a crowdsourced project to prove the extent of information that can be revealed through the collection of metadata, and using this information has posted a lengthy write up on the three-hops procedure.

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Google Takeout adds Gmail and Calendar export for data departures

Google Takeout adds Gmail and Calendar export for data departures

Google has added Gmail and Google Calendar to Google Takeout, the company's data-export tool, making it more straightforward for users to extract their personal content and jump ship to other platforms. The new additions, which will be rolling out over the next month, join the existing Google+, YouTube, Google Drive, and other cloud export options currently offered by Takeout, though it's not just of use if you're preparing to switch to a different email or calendar provider.

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Windows Phone’s integrated Twitter functionality causes data drain

Windows Phone’s integrated Twitter functionality causes data drain

Whether one has a modest monthly mobile data plan or an unlimited plan with a cap on, for example, 4G speeds, the waste of precious MBs cuts into one's usage and is unwanted. Users on Windows Phone have been experiencing such extraneous data usage lately, something that results from the integrated Twitter feature, Microsoft has confirmed.

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Apple iPhone 5c sneaks up on 5s in sales, surprises everyone

Apple iPhone 5c sneaks up on 5s in sales, surprises everyone

In a surprising report by Localytics, the iPhone 5c has been shown to be catching up to the iPhone 5s in sales both within the US and globally. The 5c has seen some ups and downs. Apple initially thought it would sell many more than the 5s, but the 5s quickly took over and skyrocketed past the cheaper version of the iPhone. Now the new data is showing that the sales ratio is closing just four weeks after release.

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AT&T data plans take over with Mobile Share as traditional non-data edges out

AT&T data plans take over with Mobile Share as traditional non-data edges out

This afternoon the folks at AT&T have made clear - sort of - their plans to move forward with their Mobile Share plans through the future, suggesting as they do that users currently on non-data phone plans will be able to stick to the old ways (for now). Until a time when traditional plans are axed completely, the basic $40 USD plan for 450 minutes of talk time will remain available - that's without data or text messaging of any kind, mind you. Mobile Share plans have been laid out as well.

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Microsoft releases early 2013 law enforcement data request numbers

Microsoft releases early 2013 law enforcement data request numbers

Earlier this year, Microsoft published its first Law Enforcement Requests Report, in which the company details the number of requests it has received for user data, as well as how each request was responded to. That report looked at numbers from 2012, while the latest one it published today details the first six months of 2013. As last time, some requests made via FISA may not be included due to government restrictions.

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Facebook talks government data requests with nearly 12K from the US

Facebook talks government data requests with nearly 12K from the US

Facebook has recently released the first 'Global Government Requests Report' which covers the first six months of this year. Specifically, the report covers requests made from January 1 up through June 30. In terms of the information, Facebook has detailed which countries are making these requests, how many requests they are making and more.

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Verizon 4G LTE expands to 500 markets, nearly covers 3G footprint

Verizon 4G LTE expands to 500 markets, nearly covers 3G footprint

It may seem hard to believe, but Verizon was the first carrier to launch 4G LTE just two and a half years ago. Now, the carrier has launched the faster data service in its 500th market in the US. This means that Verizon's LTE now covers 99% of the carrier's 3G footprint, which is approximately just a couple million shy of 300 million people.

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Edward Snowden hit with espionage charge in US over PRISM leak

Edward Snowden hit with espionage charge in US over PRISM leak

The man behind the extensive PRISM leaks, which have spiraled in just about every direction they can go at this point, has been hailed as a hero by some and a traitor by others. The government sits on the latter side of the fence, having officially charged the former NSA contractor with espionage and requested his detention in Hong Kong.

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Nationwide LTE data test finds AT&T fastest, Verizon most reliable

Nationwide LTE data test finds AT&T fastest, Verizon most reliable

A United States-wide test of mobile data has been run this year with each of the top mobile service providers under the magnifying glass. This is not the first time PC Mag has run such a test, but as in each successive year, this year's test has been the most expansive. What they've found is that while the two two carriers are indeed top-class in one category or another, no one brand dominated the whole pack.

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Facebook data center in Sweden goes live, first outside US

Facebook data center in Sweden goes live, first outside US

Facebook announced today that they have opened up their first data center outside the US in Luleå, Sweden. It's located in a small town at the northern edge of the Baltic Sea, and is just 62 miles south of the Arctic Circle. It's an odd place for a data center, but Facebook says there are numerous reasons why they picked this location.

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Proposal seeks to lock copyright infringing computers, force owners to contact police

Proposal seeks to lock copyright infringing computers, force owners to contact police

The Internet-using public is no stranger to off-the-wall plans and ideas to stop the so-called blight of copyrighted content sharing, but a new proposal recently submitted to the government is perhaps unlike any before it in terms of craziness. In a report, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property proposed many ways piracy can be combated, including infecting alleged violators' computers with malware that can wreck havoc, including and up to destroying the user's computer.

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