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India's security services eye Google and Skype

Posted: 09/01/10 06:00 AM

Blackberry has cut a deal with security officials in India, allowing them access e-mail and data sent using BlackBerry’s network. But the Indian government isn’t done yet. It’s now applying pressure to some other high-tech players.

Indian officials say they’re exploring ways to track the contents of conversations on Google’s video chat service and on Skype.

This spat is just the latest international dispute over internet privacy.

We speak with Fred Cate, a law professor at Indiana University who specializes in privacy and security, to understand what - if anything - security services gain when they try to mine massive amounts of information in search of terrorists.

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Skype exec leaves after a month, blog comments to blame

 by John Moe // Posted: 08/19/10 11:36 AM

In a weird story about the messenger becoming the message, Madhu Yarlagadda has left Skype after only a month on the job as Chief Development Officer, and just as the company is trying to go public. It’s Silicon Valley executive gossip, sure, but there’s something more going on here. When his hiring for the job was originally announced on the tech site Tech Crunch, a slew of negative comments appeared by people who had worked with him previously, most recently at Yahoo. Tech Crunch writes about the situation here. It seems the comments, many of which Tech Crunch says it removed, prompted Yarlagadda to contact former colleagues and ask them to write positive comments on him in the same space. But instead, some of those contacted merely commented that he contacted them and then they ripped him too. The lesson: BE NICE TO EVERYONE YOU WORK WITH ALL THE TIME FOREVER.

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Tech News In Brief - 6/2/10

 by John Moe // Posted: 06/03/10 11:14 AM

The Skype 3G app for iPhone is hugely popular. Free calls! Free calls! Until next year!

Umpire’s blown call ruins pitcher’s perfect game. Call out the robots!

Bill would give government ‘emergency’ power to secure civilian networks in the event of cyber attack.

Foxconn raises worker wages by up to 33%

Man and machine become one. Robot overlords encourage human subjects to stay obedient.

And a triple shot Facebook Rock Block:

Clickjacking on Facebook

Zuckerberg sweats

Mom finds kidnapped kids on Facebook


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