Posts Tagged ‘ NSA ’

The Intrusion Of Social Networking

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Social Networking website Facebook offers international communication for all its users, seemingly for free; but as we all know- nothing comes free in this world. Facebook users on mobile devices such as phone are now unable to access the messaging service unless they install the new splintered app. Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg intends to monetise the app, apparently at the cost of the user. This move goes against everything social networking stands for – but it is not the most concerning aspect of the newly formatted service.

The app promises that it is faster than the built in messenger system and Facebook boast that they have seen 20% of messengers are responding quicker. This is an interesting claim from the multi-billion dollar company considering that Facebook uses an instant message system. How can a message be received any quicker than instantly? The only way instant messages can be responded to any quicker is if the notification system is improved to deliver notice of the message received and that would not require a new, separate app from Facebook – which is what the new messenger system is. Continue reading

Obama Denies Monitoring Merkel’s Phone

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German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has summoned the US ambassador to Germany to discuss information obtained by German authorities that the US may have monitored Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

However these claims have been denied by US President Barack Obama, who received a phone call from Merkel yesterday as she demanded immediate clarification and told him if such surveillance had taken place it amounted to a “grave breach of trust”.

Germany have since summoned the US ambassador John B Emerson to Berlin. Continue reading

Snowden Breaks Silence for Condemnation

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Ecuador embassy car in front of Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow on June 23, 2013 around the arrival of Edward Snowden. Author: Dmitry Rozhkov.

Former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, has made a broad appeal for asylum to a number of countries around the globe, including Ireland. The requests were made to a number of countries including Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuala. Snowden recently withdrew his request for asylum in Russia, following comments by Vladimir Putin that he would only be welcomed in Russia if he discontinued “his work at bringing harm” to the US.

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Snow Joke As Edward Gives America The Run Around

The United States has increased pressure on Russia to hand over former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who is believed to be hiding out in Moscow while waiting for news of an asylum request to Ecuador.

However Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Snowden has not crossed into Russian territory, rejecting US demands to extradite the National Security Agency leaker, who continues to evade justice.

Lavrov said that accusing Russia of “violation of US laws and even some sort of conspiracy” with regard to Snowden is “absolutely ungrounded and unacceptable.” Continue reading