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+ - Wired Reports Lavabit may have been buckling to NSA prior to shutdown->

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Baeowulf writes: By this point, Levison was evidently willing to comply with the original order, and modify his code to intercept the metadata on one user. But the government was no longer interested... [JUDGE] Hilton ruled for the government. “[The] government’s clearly entitled to the information that they’re seeking, and just because you-all have set up a system that makes that difficult, that doesn’t in any way lessen the government’s right to receive thatinformation just as they could from any telephone company or any other e-mail source that could provide it easily,” said Hilton...In an interesting work-around, Levison complied the next day by turning over the private SSL keys as an 11 page printout in 4-point type. The government, not unreasonably, called the printout “illegible.”

“To make use of these keys, the FBI would have to manually input all 2,560 characters, and one incorrect keystroke in this laborious process would render the FBI collection system incapable of collecting decrypted data,” prosecutors wrote.

The court ordered Levison to provide a more useful electronic copy. By August 5, Lavabit was still resisting the order, and the judge ordered that Levison would be fined $5,000 a day beginning August 6 until he handed over electronic copies of the keys.

On August 8, Levison shuttered Lavabit, making any attempt at surveillance moot. Still under a gag order, he posted an oblique message saying he’d been left with little choice in the matter.

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+ - Silk Road's Dread Pirate Roberts Busted->

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Baeowulf writes: After two and a half years running the booming anonymous narcotics bazaar known as the Silk Road, the drug kingpin who called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts has allegedly been unmasked. On Wednesday, the FBI announced that they arrested 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht, the Silk Road’s accused administrator, in the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco Public Library at 3:15 Pacific time on Tuesday. Ulbricht has been charged with engaging in a money laundering and narcotics trafficking conspiracy as well as computer hacking. The Department of Justice has seized the website of the Silk Road’s as well as somewhere between $3.5 to 4 million in bitcoins, the cryptographic currency used to buy drugs on the Silk Road.
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+ - Stephen Hawking Spotted At California Strip Club->

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Baeowulf writes: "Although debilitated by the disease, which is also known as motor neuron disease, Hawking has been a member of the Freedom Acres swingers club for more than a decade, according to the report...Hawking is a good sport, according to RadarOnline, and will even pose for photos with fans as long as the pics are taken in "a neutral area.""
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+ - Best turnkey online backup solution for terabytes

Submitted by Baeowulf
Baeowulf writes: Hey all. I'm the CEO and Sysadmin for a 9 person startup. We make software for the entertainment industry so we have, at any given time, about 4 terabytes of our own data and client data, growing at 1tb per year currently. In addition to our in-house Daily, Weekly and Monthly backups on RAID servers, for offsite I make my COO lug home ext hd's 3x per week. I need a TURNKEY solution for online offsite backup of this size that's economical for a startup. Encryption isn't critical but stability and ease-of-use is. For example, if my entire town was attacked by giant radioactive Japanese monkeys, I would want my chairman, who is on another coast, to be able to log in to our backup, navigate to a folder, and deliver a file to a client as if it was his desktop. I'm an expert level Windows user. I built all of our workstations from mainboard up. But linux is not something I know well, nor can I take the time to learn it as my job is also to invent and sell product. What's the community's advice for multi-terabyte online backup that's waaaay easy to use?
Apple

+ - Emaciated Steve Jobs appears in TMZ Photo->

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Baeowulf writes: TMZ is offering this disturbing photo of Jobs.

Reuters Reports on the photo 'Aug 26 (Reuters) — A photograph appearing to show an emaciated Steve Jobs surfaced on celebrity website TMZ, which said the picture was taken on Friday, two days after he resigned as Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) CEO. The photograph on TMZ.com showed Jobs clad in a black knee-length gown, supported by an unidentified man beside a car in a sunny, unknown locale.'

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