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Seven Argosy University and Art Institute locations in California to cease operations, lay off hundreds of employees

August 1, 2018 |

Seven Argosy University and Art Institute campuses across California will cease enrollment and operations, resulting in at least 700 employee layoffs.

Parent organization Dream Center Education Holdings LLC said in a statement Tuesday that it would be “discontinuing campus-based programs” at Argosy…

L.A. Times – Business

Verizon to Cut Off Data Providers That Gave Up Customer Locations

June 19, 2018 |

Verizon Communications will end a location-sharing program after it found at least one company revealed its subscribers’ whereabouts without their consent. US Business


Trump says 5 locations are being considered for Kim Jong Un meeting

April 18, 2018 |

President Donald Trump told reporters on Tuesday that five locations are being considered for his widely anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. – RSS Channel – World

Amazon Might Move Into Toys R Us Locations

March 21, 2018 |

Amazon might buy some Toys R Us stores—but if you’ve been waxing nostalgic and bemoaning the impending death of the iconic toy chain , don’t get excited. Amazon isn’t looking to continue the Toys R Us brand, it’s just interested in the vacant retail space, sources tell Bloomberg . If the…

Online map of fitness device wearers appears to reveal locations of U.S. military personnel, report says

January 29, 2018 |

An interactive map found online can show the locations and activities of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit, raising security concerns about soldiers and other people who are at U.S. military bases in sensitive areas.

The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava,…

L.A. Times – Business

Federal Agents Search Caterpillar Locations

March 2, 2017 |

Federal agents on Thursday searched three Caterpillar facilities near the Illinois headquarters of the company, which has disclosed receiving federal subpoenas seeking information related to movements of cash between the company’s U.S. and foreign subsidiaries. US Business

These 7 Countries Have No McDonald’s Locations

November 12, 2016 |

McDonald’s is currently fighting for its right to serve Big Macs near two Italian landmarks, but the Telegraph reports that 10 countries have already won their burger battle against Mickey D’s. A sampling:

‘Pokemon Go’ creators working to let real-world locations opt out as Pokestops

July 29, 2016 |

The creators of “Pokemon Go” say they’re working to remove real-world locations that don’t wish to be included in the mobile gaming sensation.

The Pokemon Company’s consumer marketing director J.C. Smith said in an interview this week that they’re updating the augmented-reality game so it remains…

L.A. Times – Business

Verizon’s Stealth Plan for ‘Shutting Off the Copper’ in New York City and Locations in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania has Started.

June 22, 2014 |

AT&T’s “IP Transition” Plan — Shut Off 60% of Working Lines in the Alabama ‘Test’ and Force-Feed Wireless Service

Part V in the series based on the new report “It’s All Interconnected”.

Huffington Post

To Get Around US Law, The NSA Collects Email Address Books And Chat Buddy Lists From Foreign Locations

October 15, 2013 |


The Washington Post broke news this afternoon that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting huge numbers of email address books and chat buddy lists for both foreign individuals and United States citizens.

It appears that the NSA lacks Congressional authority to collect buddy lists and address book information in the way that it currently does. As the Post rightly points out, address book data can include physical addresses, very personal information, and more.

To get around that lack of a mandate, the NSA has agreements with non-U.S. telcos and works with other, non-U.S. intelligence groups. So to get its hands on even more information, the NSA avoids the constraints of its provided oversight and legal boundaries, by going to alternative sources of the data that it wants.

That matters because the rules of other countries for tracking the communication of United States citizens are more lax. Recall that the NSA is in some ways slowed from collecting information on citizens of the United States, but not those of other countries.

So, if the NSA is willing to accept data from foreign intelligence agencies that it is not able to collect in this case, why not in other cases as well?

If the NSA won’t respect the constraints that are put in place on its actions for a reason, and will instead shirk its responsibilities and find a way to get all the data it could ever desire, then we have even less reason to trust its constant petitions that it follows the law, and is the only thing keeping the United States safe from conflagration.

The Post continues: “When information passes through ‘the overseas collection apparatus,’ [an intelligence office] added, ‘the assumption is you’re not a U.S. person.’” This means that when the NSA sweeps up contact data, buddy lists, and address sets from overseas, the same rules that keep it from collecting information on United States citizens aren’t likely in play. Minimization, it would seem, would be minimal.

The phone metadata program knows who you called, when, and for how long. PRISM can force your private information out of major Internet companies. XKeyscore can read your email, and tracks most of what you do online. And the above program circumvents Congressional oversight by collecting more data on U.S. citizens by merely executing that collection abroad.

How private are you feeling?

Facebook provided TechCrunch with the following statement:

“As we have said many times, we believe that while governments have an important responsibility to keep people safe, it is possible to do so while also being transparent. We strongly encourage all governments to provide greater transparency about their efforts aimed at keeping the public safe, and we will continue to be aggressive advocates for greater disclosure.”

Microsoft repeated to TechCrunch what it had told the Washington Post, that it “does not provide any government with direct or unfettered access to our customers’ data” and that if the above revelations are true, then the company would “have significant concerns.”

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