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Jun 15, 2013

Web companies begin releasing surveillance information after U.S. deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the U.S. government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program.

Facebook on Friday became the first to release aggregate numbers of requests, saying in a blog post that it received between 9,000 and 10,000 U.S. requests for user data in the second half of 2012, covering 18,000 to 19,000 of its users’ accounts. Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users worldwide.

Jun 15, 2013

Web companies begin releasing surveillance information after U.S. deal

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the U.S. government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program.

Facebook on Friday became the first to release aggregate numbers of requests, saying in a blog post that it received between 9,000 and 10,000 U.S. requests for user data in the second half of 2012, covering 18,000 to 19,000 of its users’ accounts. Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users worldwide.

Jun 15, 2013

Web companies begin releasing surveillance information after deal with U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the U.S. government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program.

Facebook on Friday became the first to release aggregate numbers of requests, saying in a blog post that it received between 9,000 and 10,000 U.S. requests for user data in the second half of 2012, covering 18,000 to 19,000 of its users’ accounts. Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users worldwide.

Jun 15, 2013

Web companies begin releasing surveillance info after deal with U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, June 14 (Reuters) – Facebook and Microsoft
have struck agreements with the U.S. government to release
limited information about the number of surveillance requests
they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they
struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret
government data-collection program.

Facebook on Friday became the first to release
aggregate numbers of requests, saying in a blog post that it
received between 9,000 and 10,000 U.S. requests for user data in
the second half of 2012, covering 18,000 to 19,000 of its users’
accounts. Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users worldwide.

Jun 13, 2013

Iranian Gmail users targeted in pre-election hacking campaign -Google

SAN FRANCISCO, June 12 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of
Gmail accounts belonging to Iranian users have been targeted in
an extensive hacking campaign in the weeks leading up to the
country’s closely watched presidential elections on Friday,
Google Inc said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Internet company, which described the attacks as
broad “email-based phishing” attempts seeking to trick
unsuspecting Gmail users into giving up their user names and
passwords, said they originated in Iran and appeared to be
“politically motivated in connection with the Iranian
presidential election on Friday.”

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. tech firms push for government transparency on security

By Gerry Shih and Bill Rigby

(Reuters) – Three of the largest Internet companies called on the U.S. government to provide greater transparency on national security requests on Tuesday, as they sought to distance themselves from reports that portrayed the companies as willing partners in supplying mass data to security agencies.

In similarly worded statements released within hours on Tuesday, Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc all asked the U.S. government for permission to make public the number and scope of data requests each receives from security agencies.

Jun 11, 2013

U.S. tech firms push for govt transparency on security

June 11 (Reuters) – Three of the largest Internet companies
called on the U.S. government to provide greater transparency on
national security requests on Tuesday, as they sought to
distance themselves from reports that portrayed the companies as
willing partners in supplying mass data to security agencies.

In similarly worded statements released within hours on
Tuesday, Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and
Facebook Inc all asked the U.S. government for permission
to make public the number and scope of data requests each
receives from security agencies.

Jun 7, 2013

Internet giants deny granting government ‘direct access’ to servers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Major tech companies including Apple Inc, Google and Facebook Inc on Thursday said they do not provide any government agency with “direct access” to their servers, contradicting a Washington Post report that they have granted such access under a classified data collection program.

The newspaper reported that the U.S. National Security Agency and the FBI are “tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies” through a secret program known as PRISM, and extracting massive amounts of data including audio, video, photographs, emails, documents and connection logs.

Jun 4, 2013

Salesforce to pay $2.5 billion for ExactTarget in social marketing bet

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Salesforce.com Inc, the biggest maker of online sales software, will pay $2.5 billion for marketing software maker ExactTarget Inc in Chief Executive Marc Benioff’s most significant bet to date on the social marketing business.

Salesforce.com shares slid nearly 8 percent on investor fears that the bid, priced at $33.75 a share or nearly 53 percent above ExactTarget’s Monday close, will depress margins in the near term. Some analysts also wondered how soon Salesforce.com’s recent binge of acquisitions will translate into growth for the bottom line.

Jun 3, 2013

Zynga slashes work force by a fifth, shares dive

SAN FRANCISCO, June 3 (Reuters) – Zynga Inc
announced on Monday its biggest ever round of layoffs and warned
that bookings will be weaker than previously forecast, raising
questions about the social game developer’s attempt at a
recovery as it struggles to retain players.

Zynga said it will cut about 520 jobs, or roughly one-fifth
of its work force, and close some offices in the United States.