Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has publicly defended her decision to hand data over to the NSA as she feared possible prison time for treason. 

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During an onstage interview at TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, the comments came after she was asked which actions Yahoo! are taking to protect users from a “tyrannical government”.
Mayer says the company normally scrutinizes requests and documents signed and sealed from the NSA.

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TechNetLogoAs promised, Microsoft is no longer taking any new or renewed subscriptions to its TechNet service. The company shut down that opportunity at the end of August, despite calls to keep the program going from many IT professionals. Now Microsoft has revealed that it will be giving the remaining TechNet subscriptions a substantial extension.
In a newly updated FAQ page explaining the changes made to the TechNet service, Microsoft stated:

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nokia hqMicrosoft's acquisition of Nokia was a defensive move to keep the Finnish phone maker from going under or falling into the hands of an Android-first rival, several analysts argued this week.
"Had Nokia abandoned Windows Phone, then Windows Phone would be dead," said Ben Thompson, an industry observer and independent analyst who writes on his Stratechery.com website.
Thompson was one of several analysts who read between the lines of the Nokia deal and concluded that Microsoft's hand was forced.

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Verizon iPhoneVerizon will pay $130 billion to Vodafone in exchange for the carrier's 45 percent stake in joint venture Verizon Wireless.
In a statement, Verizon said it has entered a definitive agreement with U.K.-based Vodafone after back-and-forth talks to buy out the carrier took place over the last four years.
U.S.-based Verizon says that the 45 percent stake will be taken from Vodafone's hands for $130 billion, primarily consisting of cash and stock. The deal was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Verizon and Vodafone over the weekend, and is expected to close in Q1 2014.

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google hqGoogle is being sued by Gmail users in California for breach of privacy that allowed the company to scan people’s Gmail accounts in order to deliver relevant ads.
Texas Attorney Sean Rommel, who is co-leading the lawsuit, claims the company is violating laws by critically analysing emails sent through the popular service. He says the company is reading on a daily basis, "every email that's submitted," and claims Gmail are "looking at every word to determine meaning." The plaintiffs also claim that the policy is in breach of the Federal Wiretap Act and the California Invasion of Privacy Act.

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HTC 8SFour former HTC design executives at are facing up to 10 years of prison if found guilty of embezzlement and theft of commercial secrets, as the smartphone manufacturer claims the group knowingly gave vital information to potential rivals.
The District Court of Taiwan is investigating Huang Kuo-ching, Chien Chih-lin, Huang Hung-yi and Wu Chien-hung after HTC accused the men of illegally sending classified files to a source in China. They are also accused of creating a bogus invoice worth $334,000, to presumably fund their smartphone company “Xiaoyu” in China.

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Nokia Chairman elopAs part of Microsoft's impending acquisition of Nokia's devices and services unit, current Nokia CEO and former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop is returning to the company where he once led development of Microsoft Office.
Microsoft's press release announcing the purchase notes that Elop will now serve as Nokia's executive vice president of its devices and services division, the portion of Nokia that Microsoft will acquire through the deal. According to an email sent to Microsoft employees by CEO Steve Ballmer, Elop will lead the Microsoft's devices team when the transaction is complete, including all of Microsoft's current devices and studios as well as the majority of the teams being acquired from Nokia.

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If you are a software developer and still want to sign up for Microsoft's TechNet service, today is the last day to do so. As we have previously reported, Microsoft will cut off new or renewed subscriptions to TechNet after today, and those subscriptions have to be activated by September 30th.

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Microsoft has offered the details on why it has decided to make this move via an FAQ page on the TechNet site, saying:

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Microsoft agreed to purchase Nokia's devices and services division, best known for its smartphones, early Tuesday morning. The biggest impact of the deal involves Microsoft obtaining the Lumia and Asha brands and hardware, along with the Nokia teams responsible for them, though the deal has other ramifications.

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The acquisition, expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, will also allow Stephen Elop, Nokia's CEO prior to the deal's announcement, as the head of Microsoft's devices division. Elop could become a primary candidate to replace current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who recently announced plans to retire within a year.

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Bill GatesThe big question in the tech world in the last week has been, "Who should Microsoft pick to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO?". The speculation is so wild even sports betting websites have a list of candidates with odds. One of them is current Microsoft Chairman and co-founder Bill Gates, who served as CEO until he gave that job to Ballmer in 2000 (he currently has 50-1 odds on the Ladbrokes betting site).

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