It’s AT&T up next with their transparency report regarding the United States Department of Justice and the amount of demands they’ve been sent over the past year. These demands are of several different varieties, one category for National Security, another for U.S. Criminal & Civil Litigation Demands. While National Security demands are still stuck in the stacks between zero and nine-hundred and ninety-nine, localized crime searching is a bit more specific.
Twitter holds vast amounts of data, information that has been used by multiple entities in the past to do things from mapping racism to helping form profiles on individuals. In an effort to help with research-based initiatives such as these, Twitter has announced a pilot program called Twitter Data Grants.
Getting your notebook or other gadgets online if you've a big budget but no local service - say, perhaps, because you're desperate for WiFI in the desert or a remote jungle - is suddenly easier, with Globalstar and Iridium wading into the super-niche satellite data hotspot market. Globalstar's Sat-Fi and Iridium's Go! each promise the sort of cellular data sharing we're familiar with from mobile hotspots, only tapping into each company's satellite networks for coverage around the world.
Social journalism has been a growing force as increased connectivity and instant sharing is adopted by larger portions of the Internet. Still, media companies rule the roost, and to make it easier for them to find the bits of news they need from across the Twitter-sphere, the microblogging website has teamed up with CNN and startup Dataminr.
This of you looking to continue using Nest devices in the future now that Google owns the lot will find a comment from the company's founder to be particularly inspiring this morning. This week at the DLD 14 conference - Digital Life Design, that is - Nest founder T Fadell made a commitment that any change to use of personal data after the Google acquisition is finalized will be opt-in, not opt-out. This message comes from event attendee Rob Moffat - UPDATE: full interview also posted by DLD 14.
The team at T-Mobile USA let it be known at CES 2014 that they had no love for their fellow carriers, going so far as to offer early termination fee repayment for switching. Users moving away from Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T were offered their entire family’s early termination fees - to a point - when trading in working devices, up to $650 USD per line. This bit of a program has been expanded this week to include more carriers than just the initial three.
In December, it was reported that security firm RSA -- according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden -- was paid millions by the NSA to put a back door into its encryption products. A couple days later, the company denied having a secret contract with the government agency, and said that it never knowingly put a back door in its offerings. That didn't stop some companies from gravitating away from RSA, however, and one such company was Wickr. The company's founder, Nico Sell, announced this change at an RSA Security Conference, during which she made it clear her company would not have a back door and that users' security was important. Immediately after, an FBI agent approached her with a request -- to add a backdoor on behalf of the agency.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season, hackers silently managed to nab millions of instances of customer card data, the means and extent of which were unknown at the time. Shortly after Christmas, the company stated the hackers also got the encrypted PINs for the cards, a flip over their previous belief that none had been grabbed. Now another update has been pushed out, this one stating that the personal data -- separate from the card data -- was swiped on up to 70 million shoppers.
Two major sources for technology that organizes and mades sense of your media have, this week, combined into a single entity. What’s happening here is a transaction between Tribune Company and Sony Corporation of America in which the former will acquire “the global leader in music technology and metadata” from the latter: Gracenote. This data will be added to Tribune Media Services, making this one entity into “one of the largest entertainment metadata companies in the world.”