Posts Tagged ‘voices’

Obama to Meet With Tech Giants Over Surveillance, Obamacare

December 16, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

President Barack Obama, facing growing pressure from Silicon Valley, will meet Tuesday with executives from Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and other technology and telecommunications giants to discuss their concerns about America’s surveillance operations. According to the White House, Mr. Obama will also meet with the executives to talk about progress with the troubled online federal marketplace, HealthCare.gov, and ways the government and technology industry can partner to boost economic growth. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Sprint Preparing a Bid for T-Mobile US

December 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Sprint is working toward a possible bid for rival T-Mobile US people familiar with the matter said, setting the stage for a giant telecom merger that if permitted by regulators would leave the U.S. wireless market dominated by three big companies. Sprint is studying regulatory concerns and could launch a bid in the first half of next year, the people said. A deal could be worth more than $20 billion, depending on the size of any stake in T-Mobile that Sprint tries to buy. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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An SMS by Any Other Name (Comic)

December 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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U.S. to Stick With Combined NSA, Cyber Command Posts

December 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Obama administration has decided to maintain the close relationship between the National Security Agency and the Pentagon’s Cyber Command by keeping the current arrangement under which the NSA director also leads the military command, the White House said Friday. The Obama administration for months has considered splitting the two positions in anticipation of the retirement of the NSA director, Gen. Keith Alexander, in the spring. That proposal gained considerable traction after revelations by former agency contractor Edward Snowden prompted calls for a civilian to head the spy agency. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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QOTD: My Favorite Waste of Time

December 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

All writers should have as many forms of unproductive distraction as possible. For me it used to be that I would clean drawers or rearrange my closets or start cooking lunch. I had many, many ways of pretending to be working, but not really working. So Twitter is quite marvelous at that. It is a wonderful, wonderful way of just procrastinating … – Author Susan Orlean, extolling a side benefit of Twitter, on the All Write Already! podcast

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Presidential Task Force Recommends Overhaul of NSA Surveillance Tactics

December 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A presidential task force has drafted recommendations that constitute a sweeping overhaul of the National Security Agency, according to people familiar with the recommendations. The panel’s draft proposals would change the spy agency’s leadership from military to civilian and limit how it gathers and holds the electronic information of Americans. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Megyn Kelly’s ‘Santa Claus is White’ Line: Crazy Like a Fox

December 13, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The funniest part of Megyn Kelly’s reassurance to children who might be watching “The Kelly File” that Santa Claus is, indeed, white wasn’t her statement with absolute conviction regarding a fictional character. Although granted, that did sound pretty amusing. No, the funniest thing is the Fox News Channel host felt compelled during her program Wednesday... Read more

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Aereo Welcomes Supreme Court Intervention in Fight With TV Broadcasters

December 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Online television startup Aereo Inc. said it would welcome the Supreme Court’s intervention to resolve a legal fight with broadcasters, who argue its service violates their copyrights. Several major broadcasters asked the Supreme Court in October to take up the matter. The broadcasters, including Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, Comcast Corp.’s NBC, CBS Corp. and 21st Century Fox are appealing a lower-court ruling in favor of Aereo, whose backers include Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Hungry for iBeacon (Comic)

December 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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A Day in the Life of James Dyson

December 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

James Dyson is best known as the man who made vacuum cleaners sexy. In 1993, the Norfolk native launched the DC01, the world’s first bagless cleaner with cyclone technology, which lets users ogle their dirt as it’s sucked into the machine. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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