Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that there's been a whole lot of news about the NSA spying on regular Americans. It's a long and winding story, and our team has been covering it end-to-end.
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ZDNetGovWeek: Snowden to stay in Russia, nothing-to-hide no excuse, Utah pays taxes for NSA power, and more
Somehow, we can't seem to keep America's most secretive agency out of the news. The NSA is back with a story about XKeyscore, another one about how Utah residents have to pay an NSA power bill, Russia welcomes (or at least tolerates) Snowden, and lots of other gov-stuff around the world.
ZDNetGovWeek: Yahoo decides to be unhelpful, so does the US, but HP is all about helping Healthcare.gov
Yahoo has decided that it's easier to call something a feature than a vulnerability (oh, joy), the US doesn't like the idea of privacy rights, despite a UN resolution (who's surprised?), Verizon didn't save ACA, so it's HP's turn at bat, and we run down all the tech turkeys we could think of (and speak politely about). So, did the tryptophan wear off yet? Welcome to the silly(er) season!
In a direct statement castigating the press for misleading coverage, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper provided some background on why the Intelligence Community tracks online communications tools and technologies.
ZDNetGovWeek: FTC vs. Facebook, Street View takes a hit, Congress on integrity, and Norwegian e-voting
You may have noticed that the NSA didn't merit a mention in our headlines this week. That's a milestone that's sure not to last, but let's enjoy the short reprieve while it holds. Meanwhile, in other gov news...
NASDAQ's not alone in getting hacked, and India's lower cost IT labor seems to attracting the criminal element. Meanwhile, China's wolf in geek's clothing, Huawei, is whining about distrust, and the NSA soap opera continues (providing content mana to bloggers worldwide). It's ZDNetGovWeek. Hoorah!
The truth about the relationship between Mexican and American leaders is not what the current crop of Snowden-driven outraged reporters and bloggers would have you believe. In fact, they don't seem to know the truth. Read this article, and you'll have the facts they don't.
ZDNetGovWeek: A great Great Debate, Vint Cerf speaks, half of India hit with malware, and still some NSA
This is a great week for ZDNetGovWeek. Violet Blue and David Gewirtz went head-to-head on the freedom vs. security debate, moderated by Zack Whittaker. That, plus all the gov news that's fit to blog, worldwide, this week in ZDNetGovWeek.
It's never a dull week watching and mocking the shenanigans of governments worldwide. This week is no different, except there's more NSA, a little nostalgia for 2013, and, well, porn. So pretty much same ol' same ol'.
Well, at least it's not all NSA, all the time. This week we lead with a story about the JOBS bill and how startups can now advertise for investors. It's good for startups, but also very, very good for scammers. Investor, beware!