NSA Director Profited Off ATT Spying

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 7:22 am

Yet even more fallout from former NSA Director Keith Alexander’s financial disclosures. Alexander’s investments have already become a matter of controversy when it seemed as though he was trading on inside information related to opaque commodity markets heavily influenced by Russia and China. Now it appears that Alexander made investments in a company largely dependent [...]

NSA Extorted Yahoo’s Compliance With PRISM With $250,000 Per Day Fine Threat

By: Friday September 12, 2014 10:44 am

While many in the tech industry appear to have no trouble collaborating with those illegally spying on American citizens, it is instructive to see what happened to the companies that even put up mild resistance to the NSA’s mission of “collect it all.” According to recently unsealed court documents the NSA threatened to fine Yahoo [...]

Researcher Discovers Intentional Security Back Door For Apple iPhones And iPads

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 5:42 am

Apple has been under increasing scrutiny regarding its civil liberties record after security researcher Jacob Applebaum showed evidence gathered from an NSA whistleblower that a program called DROPOUT JEEP existed to gain access to a user’s iPhone. Applebaum postulated that developing this system would have been nearly impossible without Apple’s involvement. For its part, Apple [...]

Majority Of Fortune 500 Using Offshore Tax Schemes To Hide $90 Billion

By: Friday June 6, 2014 10:17 am

According to a new report from Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the majority of America’s Fortune 500 companies are cheating the tax man to the amount of approximately $90 billion by using offshore tax havens. That cheating leaves the rest of US taxpayers on the hook to make up [...]

Silicon Valley Makes Another Attempt To Dodge Taxes With G20

By: Monday January 20, 2014 8:29 am

Silicon Valley likes to present itself as some hub of boot strapping entrepreneurs, nothing could be further from the truth. The entire economy is built on government subsidies and protection. As Steve Blank notes in his famous presentation The Secret History of Silicon Valley the place would not even exist without the Department of Defense [...]

NSA Software Program Bugs iPhone

By: Wednesday January 1, 2014 5:58 am

Spy different. During the 30th Chaos Communication Congress Jacob Applebaum revealed the existence of an NSA software program known as DROPOUTJEEP which turns a user’s iPhone into a surveillance device for the government. The revelation suggests Apple may have created a backdoor for the NSA. The NSA describes the capabilities of the program as follows: [...]

Google Asks Government For Permission To Publish More National Security Request Data

By: Wednesday June 12, 2013 5:39 am

After enduring a week of bad press over its involvement with NSA spying programs, Google has written an open letter to the U.S. government asking for permission to publish more data on national security requests. Dear Attorney General Holder and Director Mueller Google has worked tremendously hard over the past fifteen years to earn our [...]

Foxconn Workers Organize In Communist China

By: Monday February 4, 2013 9:05 am

When Chinese Communist Party leader Deng Xiaoping formally embraced Neoliberalism in the late 70s it was the final victory for the right-wing within the party. What followed was an opening up of China to Western business for the presumed benefit of all. In reality, China would invert the Maoist principles of the cultural revolution to [...]

Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Aaron Swartz

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 7:50 am

Today I want to tell you three American stories. The first story is about one of the most celebrated American entrepreneurs of all time – Steve Jobs. When Jobs was a young adult he and his friend Steve Wozniak started a business centered around an innovative piece of technology. This piece of technology was called [...]

Apple-Samsung Trial: Another Loss for Consumers

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 9:12 am

By way of disclosure, let me say that I own a Samsung Galaxy II and I love it. But others may not get the same opportunity after Apple won a $1.05 billion verdict in what was described in technology circles as the trial of the century. The jury in San Jose, California, not far from [...]

Foxconn Vows to Raise Labor Standards

By: Friday March 30, 2012 9:35 am

The implosion of Mike Daisey’s Foxconn stories may have, in the short term, returned focus to Apple’s suppliers of their electronic products. Now Foxconn, the notorious Chinese manufacturer, has announced a series of changes to working conditions at the plant. Responding to a critical investigation of its factories, the manufacturing giant Foxconn has pledged to [...]

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