NSA spying on millions of Visa transactions

The NSA’s own financial databank contained over 180 million records in 2011, 84 percent credit card transactions

Der Spiegel on Sunday posted its latest revelations on NSA surveillance based on leaks from whistle-blower Edward Snowden. According to top-secret documents, the NSA “widely monitors…


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drag2share: PRISM: The NSA Leaks Are Starting To Hit The Bottom Lines Of Tech Companies

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dell cloud storagageRevelations about vast US data collection programs are starting to hit American tech companies, which are ramping up pressure for increased transparency to try to mitigate the damage.

An industry group, the Cloud Security Alliance said last month that 10 percent of its non-US members have cancelled a contract with a US-based cloud provider, and 56 percent said they were less likely to use an American company.

A separate report this month by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, or ITIF, a Washington think tank, said US cloud providers stand to lose $22 billion to $35 billion over the next three years due to revelations about the so-called PRISM program.

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drag2share: Millions Of Cell Phones Could Be Vulnerable To This SIM Card Hack

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Millions Of Cell Phones Could Be Vulnerable To This SIM Card Hack

With the NSA leaks going full force it probably won’t sound like news at all that a German cryptographer claims to have hacked a SIM card. But that’s never been done before (as far as we know . . .) so it’s kind of a big deal, and shows that millions of phones are potentially vulnerable.

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ValleyView chip could bring 4x graphics boost to netbooks in 2013

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/23/intel-leaks-valleyview-chip/


One of many reasons to still be excited about Ivy Bridge is the integrated HD4000 graphics, which are zippy enough to handle Skyrim at modest settings. Desktoppers may not be so enthused if they stick to discrete GPUs anyway, but the potential for better graphics in cheaper, low-power mobile PCs is huge. That’s why we’re hyped to hear talk of a forthcoming 22nm “ValleyView” processor, described by Intel insider Jesse Barnes as a “CedarView-like chip but with an Ivy Bridge graphics core”. That implies HD4000 may not only be destined for desktops, laptops and Project Fionas, but for future netbooks too. Meanwhile, leaked slides (shown above and after the break) from an outfit called Advantech spill more beans. Listed under a chipset codenamed “Balboa Pier”, the Cedar Trail successor is described as fanless, packing “4x Gfx performance” compared to current PowerVR-equipped Atoms, and scheduled to arrive early next year. Will it be enough to bring netbooks back into vogue? It can’t hurt.

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Friday, March 23rd, 2012 news No Comments

Twitter’s Revenue From The Start Of Last Year Leaks, And It’s Ugly

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/leaked-twitters-early-business-financials-2012-3

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Ryan Tate over at Gawker got his hands on some of Twitter’s financial numbers for 2010 and early 2011 — and they aren’t pretty.

In the first quarter of 2011, Twitter brought in $23.8 million in revenue and lost $49.2 million — with a net loss of $25.8 million for the quarter.

2010 doesn’t look that great, either: the company brought in $28.5 million and had a net loss of $67.8 million.

It’s important to note that this is all before Twitter really got serious about advertising. It’s revenue should have grown nicely through the year. But, the company doubled headcount, so it could still have serious losses.

Here’s the breakdown from the Gawker piece, according to Tate’s source who “has knowledge of the company’s finances”:

Jan. 2011 – Apr. 2011

Revenue: $23.8 million

Cost of revenue: $18.7 million
R&D cost: $13.1 million
Sales and marketing cost: $5.4 million
General administrative cost: $12.0 million
Total costs and expenses: $49.2 million

Loss from operations: $25.4 million
Loss from interest and other: $404,000

Net loss (non GAAP): ($25.8 million)

Jan. 2010 – Dec. 2010

Revenue: $28.5 million
Net loss: ($67.8 million)
Assets: $221.5 million (as of Dec. 2010)
Liabilities: $221.5 million (as of Dec. 2010)

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