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Tech Firms Vie to Protect
Personal Data, Profits

Associated Press, by Michael Liedtke & Marcy Gordon

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/10/2013 3:53:58 AM

SAN FRANCISCO -- Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government´s surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people´s online habits. The industry´s profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers. As a result, companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are becoming more aggressive in their attempts to counter any perception that they voluntarily give the government access to users´ email and other sensitive information. Microsoft´s general counsel, Brad Smith, warned in a blog post last

      


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Tech Firms Vie to Protect
Personal Data, Profits
Associated Press, by Michael Liedtke & Marcy Gordon    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/10/2013 3:53:58 AM     Post Reply
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government´s surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people´s online habits. The industry´s profit machine has become tarnished by revelations that the National Security Agency trolls deep into the everyday lives of Web surfers. As a result, companies including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are becoming more aggressive in their attempts to counter any perception that they voluntarily give the government access to users´ email and other sensitive information. Microsoft´s general counsel, Brad Smith, warned in a blog post last

   

 

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On Health Exchanges, Premiums May
Be Low, but Other Costs Can Be High
New York Times, by Robert Pear    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/9/2013 10:58:49 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — For months, the Obama administration has heralded the low premiums of medical insurance policies on sale in the insurance exchanges created by the new health law. But as consumers dig into the details, they are finding that the deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs are often much higher than what is typical in employer-sponsored health plans. Until now, it was almost impossible for people using the federal health care website to see the deductible amounts, which consumers pay before coverage kicks in. But federal officials finally relented last week and added a “window shopping” feature that displays data on

Obama´s Coin Toss
American Spectator, by Jed Babbin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/9/2013 6:56:31 AM     Post Reply
Speaking to a forum on Middle East policy on Saturday, President Obama showed how cavalierly he regards his nuclear deal with Iran. Obama said, “We have to be vigilant about maintaining our security postures, not be naive about the dangers that an Iranian regime poses, fight them wherever they’re engaging in terrorism or actions that are hostile to us or our allies.” “But,” he added, “we have to not constantly assume that it’s not possible for Iran, like any country, to change over time. It may not be likely. If you asked me what is the likelihood that we’re able to

Cellphone data spying:
It´s not just the NSA
USA Today, by John Kelly    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/9/2013 5:20:09 AM     Post Reply
The National Security Agency isn´t the only government entity secretly collecting data from people´s cellphones. Local police are increasingly scooping it up, too. Armed with new technologies, including mobile devices that tap into cellphone data in real time, dozens of local and state police agencies are capturing information about thousands of cellphone users at a time, whether they are targets of an investigation or not, according to public records obtained by USA TODAY and Gannett newspapers and TV stations. The records, from more than 125 police agencies in 33 states, reveal: • About one in four law-enforcement agencies have used a tactic known

Ed Gillespie´s bid to unseat Va. Sen.
Warner gives GOP best chance to win Senate
Washington Examiner [DC], by Paul Bedard    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/9/2013 5:13:38 AM     Post Reply
Ed Gillespie, a former top aide to President George W. Bush who chaired both the Republican National Committee and Virginia GOP, said he is considering a bid against Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, automatically putting Virginia in play and giving the Republicans their best chance to take back control of the Senate. Gillespie was in Hot Springs, Va., over the weekend talking with state GOP officials who were beginning the planning for the next party convention, where Warner´s opponent will be selected. Two other candidates with ties to the Tea Party are also planning to run. Party officials, seeing that no major Republican

Live by the Poorly Informed,
Die by the Poorly Informed
Power Line, by Paul Mirengoff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/9/2013 5:09:07 AM     Post Reply
Democrats are happy, no doubt, to have the overwhelming support of young, “low information” voters. And, presumably, they have little desire to see this constituency become better informed as a general matter. But relying on the votes of young, low information voters is one thing; relying on their behavior is another. And the Democrats are relying on their behavior. Obamacare, the signature accomplishment of the Democratic Party, depends on young, healthy individuals to buy health insurance. Without their widespread participation in the online insurance exchanges as a means of subsidizing the cost of treating older, sicker Americans, insurance premiums will sky-rocket, thereby

   

 

  


 
The Best Tourist Attraction In Every State
Business Insider, by Paige Cooperstein & Julie Zeveloff    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 11:12:28 AM     Post Reply
The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.

Crime and Punishment in a Free Society
Reason Magazine, by Sheldon Richman    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 11:06:49 AM     Post Reply
Would a free society be a crime-free society? We have good reason to anticipate it. Don’t accuse me of utopianism. I don’t foresee a future of new human beings who consistently respect the rights of others. Rather, I’m drawing attention to the distinction between crime and tort — between offenses against the state (or society) and offenses against individual persons or their justly held property. We’re so used to this distinction, and the priority of the criminal law over tort law, that most of us don’t realize that things used to be different. At one time, an “offense” that was

Out of work and hope
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 5:39:46 AM     Post Reply
Under most circumstances, a falling unemployment rate would be cause for great cheer. These are not most circumstances. America is now a country where the official count of joblessness is dropping largely because so many people have stopped looking for work. Under the government’s statistical rules, those who have thrown in the towel are no longer counted as unemployed. Perversely, this drives the rate down. Combined with weak job growth, the trend produced happy-sounding 7% unemployment, the lowest rate in five years. In fact, though, the labor force participation rate, a solid measure of the country’s connection to paychecks,

Thanks for your impersonal and
self-serving holiday card. It’s lovely.
Washington Post, by Eric Hoover    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 5:31:08 AM     Post Reply
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Bernie Madoff Still Doesn´t
Care What You Think of Him
Atlantic Wire, by Adrian Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 5:13:40 AM     Post Reply
There is a way that one expects visits with jailed criminals to go: typically, there´s guilt, contrition, the accepting of responsibility. Not so with Bernie Madoff, serving 150 years, the executor of the world´s most famous Ponzi scheme. As the five-year anniversary of the discovery of his crime approaches — is that even something worth keeping an anniversary for? — The Wall Street Journal´s Sital Patel sought out comment from the convicted fraudster. What she found over a two-hour sitdown at a comfy Butner, N.C. prison was a man who basically pointed fingers while raising other fingers, to boot. Haters, it

   

 

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No Fault Government Contracts
American Spectator, by Gerald D. Skoning    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 12/8/2013 5:04:19 AM     Post Reply
The Navy recently christened the USS Gerald Ford in Newport News, Virginia, with considerable fanfare and the traditional smashing of a bottle of champagne across the bow of the ship — the most technologically advanced aircraft carrier the United States has built. The fancy new ship cost taxpayers $13 billion, including a shameful $2.5 billion cost overrun! That’s an overrun of almost 20%, hardly a rounding error. Really? A $2.5 billion overrun. I’m sure taxpayers are scratching their heads wondering who will pay that outrageous tab. Well, since the carrier is being built under a cost-plus, incentive-fee contract , the Navy pays



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