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HP teases “Moonshot” announcement for April 8

HP teases “Moonshot” announcement for April 8

It looks like HP has something special up its sleeves, and no, it doesn't appear to be another desktop or laptop computer. HP sent out invitations that say "experience the disruption on April 8." Whatever this new product or service may be, the company is calling it "Moonshot" -- whether or not that'll be the official name is still anyone's guess.

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Microsoft publishes 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report

Microsoft publishes 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report

Microsoft's Legal & Corporate Affairs Executive Vice President Brad Smith announced on Microsoft's Tech Net blog that the company has released its first Law Enforcement Requests Report. The report details law enforcement data requests worldwide for information from the company's cloud and online services, including how it responded to the requests.

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Facebook data shows NCAA tournament fan statistics in the US

Facebook data shows NCAA tournament fan statistics in the US

Remember last month when we showed you Facebook data of NFL fans across the US? It's back again, only this time it's all about the NCAA men's basketball tournament that just started yesterday. The data is from over 1 million Facebook users who have "liked" a fan page of one of the 68 teams in the tournament.

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AT&T unveils new insanely expensive shared data plans

AT&T unveils new insanely expensive shared data plans

If you had an original iPhone with AT&T, the company's new data plans will make you nostalgic for the old days of unlimited data without overages or extra charges. AT&T has unveiled three new data plans aimed at its most gluttonous consumers of mobile data. These plans all fall into the company's Mobile Shared data packages.

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Judge: FBI surveillance method violates First Amendment

Judge: FBI surveillance method violates First Amendment

A judge in California has ruled that National Security Letters, more commonly called NSLs, are in violation of the First Amendment. This is a significant ruling, and comes at a time when the FBI has come under fire for using them with false claims and other such issues. NSLs are said to be a vital part of combating terrorism.

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Obama administration plans will give spy agencies access to the financial data of citizens

Obama administration plans will give spy agencies access to the financial data of citizens

Reuters reports that the Obama administration is currently drawing up plans that would give spy agencies within the United States access to a database that contains a huge amount of personal data on people who bank within the country. The massive database contains financial data from American citizens and others who bank within the US. The goal of the plan according to Reuters is to help intelligence agencies spot and track down terrorist networks and crime syndicates.

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IntraLinks VIA introduces the “UNshare” for information security

IntraLinks VIA introduces the “UNshare” for information security

If there's one thing the internet has taught the business universe over its relatively short lifetime, it's that information is valuable - so valuable, in fact, that there's an industry built around securing digital information of all types. This week we've had the opportunity to speak with a company with a 16-year history in this market: IntraLinks. They've let us know what they do to provide a forward-thinking model for file and information sharing and collaboration in the future, complete with the ability to kick out what they call the "oops moment" when you've shared something by mistake - or if a file goes rogue.

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FreedomPop Hub Burst now available for $89, offers 1GB/month for free

FreedomPop Hub Burst now available for $89, offers 1GB/month for free

Back in December, we told you about the new Hub Burst wireless router from FreedomPop, which costs $89 up front, but it gives you 1GB of data per month for free, with $10/month getting you 10GB. The router is available now, and it's meant to support a household of usage, but as long as you're not streaming movies if you want to keep the free plan.

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Facebook to offer free/discounted data for Messenger

Facebook to offer free/discounted data for Messenger

Facebook is working together with 18 carriers throughout 14 countries to bring free or discounted data for Facebook’s messaging services. The free/discounted data will be available for Messenger on Android, Messenger on iOS, and Facebook for Every Phone within the next few months. This will allow people to save money on their current messaging plans, and will also draw in more users from those emerging markets.

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NASA to test data transmission using lasers

NASA to test data transmission using lasers

If you could only choose two things to love, it would probably be space and lasers, right? It's your lucky then, because NASA has announced that it will begin testing new communication and data transmission technologies using lasers starting in October. The system will be called OPALS, or Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, and it "has the potential to change the way data is transmitted from space to Earth."

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Facebook planning “cold storage” data facility for old photos

Facebook planning “cold storage” data facility for old photos

There are some 240 billion photos taking up precious space on Facebook's servers, with another 350 million photos uploaded every day. Facebook has discovered that not all of these photos get looked at anymore. Many older photos and albums lay dormant because they get pushed aside by newer photos and albums. In order to handle all of these photos, Facebook is planning to launch a data facility specifically for storing older photos on the social network.

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European regulators tell Google to get its privacy policy issues sorted

European regulators tell Google to get its privacy policy issues sorted

Early last year when Google revealed that it would be combining its privacy policy across all its services, many people cried foul, stating that such a move allowed it to gather far too much information about its users. Google contended that the short, simpler privacy policy is something that users prefer, and that having one policy across multiple products and/or services is not uncommon. European regulators quickly jumped on the change, however, and after some back and forth, they still aren't satisfied with how Google has handled the issue.

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