TypewriterRussia’s government has a new idea in mind, but it’s from the past: go back to typewriters. Thanks to sites like WikiLeaks, who have put classified information into everyones' hands, a source at the Federal Guard Service has indicated potential plans to switch back to old methods.
The FSO plans to spend roughly £10,000 on electric typewriters, including ribbons for the Triumph-Adler TWEN 180 (information here). Whether the 180 is going to become the new-old tool of choice or not remains unclear.

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iphone5 ipad iphone5 ipod touch ios6 In what could be a landmark ruling in the e-book industry, a US district court judge has decided to side with the US government in their case against Apple. The government claimed Apple worked with the major US book publishers to fix and raise the prices of e-books when Apple launched its iBooks platform in 2010.
Reuters reports that U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has now ruled that Apple did indeed conspire to boost e-book prices with those publishers. Cote ruled after Apple and the government went to trial on this subject in June. With today's ruling, the next step is another trial to be held later that will set up the damages that Apple will have to pay.

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nsa-logoWhile Microsoft has already said that it only provides access to its online services to the US government when it gets a "legally binding order or subpoena", a report now claims that the company has in fact worked with the National Security Agency to allow it to gain access to Microsoft's many online services.
The Guardian's story is based on files that have been leaked to the UK newspaper by the now famous (or infamous) ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The story claims that Microsoft has facilitated access to its SkyDrive cloud data service to the NSA.

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adblock-plus-logoGoogle has reportedly paid the makers of Adblock Plus, the single most popular browser extension on Chrome and Firefox, to look the other way when it comes to its web advertisements. According to the German news site Horizont, Google and other unnamed companies are paying to be included on a "whitelist" that prevents their pop-ups, banners, and display ads from being blocked by the free service.

Horizont said in a report that it's unclear how much Google has paid Eyeo, the company behind Adblock Plus, to whitelist its ads, and that it doesn't know which other companies are doing the same.

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federal hacker eagleNow in its 21st year, DEF CON is America's flagship hacker conference - a place where hackers, security researchers, corporate recruiters, digital frontier legal eagles and law enforcement have mingled and boozed it up on noncombatant territory.
But this year DEF CON is sending a serious message: organizers posted on the official blog that Federal agents are not welcome in any form at this year's conference.

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spy-vs-spyIn case you've been living under a rock these past few weeks, you know that Edward Snowden blew the lid off of the United States' spying efforts, releasing details of a program called PRISM to the world. While there's some question on how far reaching the program is, and whether the government has access to corporate servers or if the corporations simply comply with government requests for data, the world was quick to speak about their outrage.
Today, Yahoo reports that the French government has a similar program in effect. According to the report, France is collecting data on "all emails, SMSs, telephone calls, Facebook and Twitter posts."

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Microsoft's newly revised corporate structure has a small but interesting change for the senior leaders at the company. Many of the top execs at Microsoft had "President" in their formal title. Now the new structure has given all of the senior leaders the new title of "Executive Vice President" in charge of their particular divisions.

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  In the newly revamped Senior Leaders web page at Microsoft, you can see that only Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner have kept their titles. Everyone else on the page is now an "Executive Vice President".

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Apple may be one of the biggest technology companies out there but lately it has taken a lot of criticism for products that seem to have stagnated while the competition is moving forward.

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However we can’t expect a company to innovate and revolutionize entire fields every year, the way the iPhone did back in 2007, at least according to Steve Wozniak, one of Apple’s original co-founders.

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Microsoft HQ2Software giant Microsoft announced a long-awaited restructuring on Thursday, organizing itself around key areas designed to make the company more nimble in a fiercely-competitive technology sector.
The company said it will deliver multiple devices and services as a single company, rather than a collection of separate divisions, after completing its first major overhaul in five years

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microsoft mouseDouglas Engelbart, whose invention of the mouse transformed the way people interact with computers, has died.
Engelbart died Tuesday night at his home in Atherton, California, SRI International -- the research institute where he once worked -- said in a statement. He was 88.

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