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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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Facebook data shows football fan statistics across the US

Facebook data shows football fan statistics across the US

Facebook has a lot of data about us, but that's not necessarily their fault. It's more our faults since we willingly post all sorts of information to our profiles. However, in Facebook's most recent data collection case study, they showed off various regions in the US and what football team had the most fans in a particular region of the country. The results are quite impressive.

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FreedomPop raises $4.3 million in additional funding, lets users share data

FreedomPop raises $4.3 million in additional funding, lets users share data

Wireless provider FreedomPop, which offers free data to smartphone users, has announced additional funding of $4.3 million in order to bolster up its network and provide customers with more features. Case in point: the company announced that users will now be able share data with one another, whether they're friends, family members, or just acquaintances.

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FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

As smartphones and the apps we run on them become more and more popular, concerns over privacy are growing as well. The FTC has taken a pretty strong stance on privacy issues throughout the years, and today it delivered a list of recommendations to pretty much everyone involved in the smartphone business. These recommendations give platform holders, app developers, and advertisers suggestions on what they can do improve mobile privacy, and we have to say that there are some pretty good ideas in the report.

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Wolfram Alpha improves personal Facebook analytics tool

Wolfram Alpha improves personal Facebook analytics tool

If you're looking for more detailed insight about your Facebook network, such as your friends and your activity on the site, Wolfram Alpha announced a variety of updates to their Facebook analytics tool, which initially launched back in August. The tool allows users to see analytics on their daily posting activity, as well as friend statistics.

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