June 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Current and former top U.S. officials on Sunday defended the government's collection of phone and Internet data following new revelations about the secret surveillance programs, saying the operations were essential in disrupting terrorist plots and did not infringe on Americans' civil liberties. In interviews on Sunday talk shows, guests including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and former CIA and National Security Agency head Michael Hayden said the government's reliance on data collection from Americans and foreign nationals was constitutional and carefully overseen by executive, legislative, and court authorities.
June 15, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Internet gambling isn't expected to start here until about Thanksgiving, but the 12 casinos must move fast to line up partners for their online operations. The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement has told the casinos they have until June 30 to arrange Internet deals. The deadline is intended to give regulators time to examine the qualifications and backgrounds of companies that want to partner with the casinos, particularly since several foreign companies are considered likely to do so. For example, Bwin.party, based in Gibraltar, has inked a deal to partner with Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Joe Lupo, Borgata's senior vice president, said the casino moved early to work with the firm.
June 14, 2013 |
We are getting close to the day. Not quite - but it's close. The day, that is, when more people use smartphones (cell phones always connected to the Internet, the world of apps, e-mail, media sharing, instant messaging) than use home broadband (your laptop or tower computer). A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that, for the first time, more than half of all adults - about 56 percent - own smartphones. That proportion has been growing rapidly: 19 percent in just the last two years.
June 14, 2013
By Nate House I have two laptops, one large and one small. I have a smartphone that is more powerful than both of them. It takes video and 14-megapixel photographs. It can tell me how to get from Atlantic City to New Delhi and how much traffic I'll hit on the way. It can scan items at the grocery store. It has more than 100 apps. And, if the wind is just right, it can make a phone call. I have three plasma, HD, flat-screen televisions with more than 700 channels. I have a Slingbox, a DVR, a DVD player, and a VCR. I have lightning-fast Internet and fiber-optic cable.
June 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document obtained by the Washington Post. The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers.
May 30, 2013 |
HAVANA - Cuban authorities said Tuesday that they would begin offering public Internet access at more than 100 cyber-salons across the island, though home Web service would remain greatly restricted. Starting next Tuesday, people can sign up with state telecom Etecsa for temporary or permanent accounts to use one of the 118 centers, according to a measure enacted with its publication in the government's Official Gazette. Until now, the Internet has been limited to places such as tourist hotels that charge $8 an hour for creaky WiFi, foreign-run companies, and some sectors of Cuban business and government.
May 24, 2013 |
By David L. Cohen This week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors convenes its "Innovation Summit" here in Philadelphia, including a focus on broadband, the Internet, and all they enable. There's no better location for this summit. After all, Philadelphia was home to Benjamin Franklin, America's first great innovator. Franklin founded our nation's first public hospital, first public library, Philadelphia's Fire Department, and the University of Pennsylvania. He conducted the world's first grand experiments with electricity.
May 19, 2013 |
Just as the Internet made Caleb "Kai" Lawrence McGillvary a cyber celebrity, viral news of him as a fugitive - wanted in the slaying of a North Jersey lawyer - led to his capture, law enforcement agencies said in interviews Friday. And while McGillvary, "the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker," lived large for months as a YouTube sensation, he looked slight and dazed Friday night as he heard the fugitive charge against him read on closed-circuit TV. Arraigned about 5 p.m. in Philadelphia before Magistrate Sheila M. Bedford, McGillvary responded, "I hear you," after she asked if he understood the charge.
May 13, 2013 |
Show us your face. That's my solution to the online issue of incivility to which Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie recently fell victim at Philly.com. Vitriolic postings about his recent marriage illustrate the need for media-sponsored websites to implement the same rules that apply to a speaker sounding off in the town's square: Say what you want, but the public gets to see who you are. John Featherman, a Philly.com columnist, reported that as soon as word of Lurie's nuptials to a woman of Vietnamese heritage was published, a blogosphere barrage began.
May 3, 2013
DAN ROITMAN, chief executive of the Center City -based Stroll, is no fan of the Marketplace Fairness Act, the so-called Internet sales-tax bill expected to be voted on in the U.S. Senate on Monday. The legislation would empower states to reach beyond their borders and compel online marketers - like Stroll - to collect state and local sales taxes for online purchases. The sales taxes then would be sent to the state where a shopper lives. Stroll is an Internet-based marketing platform that sells audio language-learning products and had more than $80 million in revenues last year.