The RIAA has nothing to do with audio formats or their creation/standardization. Also, MP3, AAC, etc. are open formats. One can implement them from publicly-accessible format specs.
Skype has been a "voice chat" program for going on 10 years. And, yes, it was called as such back in 2003.
"Web chatting" has included voice and video for more than a decade.
Since when is WebRTC text-only? From Google's original announcement:
Today, Google made available WebRTC, an open source software package for real-time voice and video on the web that we will be integrating in Chrome.
WebRTC is a VOIP solution. You seem to be the only one pigeonholing it as a text-only chat.
So you can have a voice chat?
They will only care after the metadata makes them think you're a terrorist. At that point they can intercept all the want anyway with a warrant. Until that point they don't care. Location and SNA data is vastly more valuable.
It's probably still working great for them. Pandora, Spotify, etc. are still in business.
If it falls under sexual tourism statutes, yes.
Yep, documents released about that months ago. And it goes both ways.
Then again, if it were open source, everyone would see what they were doing and remove the backdoor, meaning it's pointless asking MS for the key to your stuff again.
Unless it's done server-side. Again, having the source code to the OS, etc. tells you nothing about how data is stored or being used on their servers.
Yes, which was my point. Having access to source code means jack and shit to how data is stored or shared.
Don't worry. The company who owns the fiber backbone and allowed the NSA to tap their lines will make sure that the US Government still gets to suck up all your information.
If you don't intend to return then likely you won't face any issues. But if, for example, you're a government contractor stationed in a foreign country and don't follow the tax code you will be smacked quite hard upon your return. And the relevant link from the IRS:
If you are a U.S. citizen or resident alien, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad. Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.
They are interested in gathering data on us, but the content of messages is just not as important as the metadata. That's why they won't really fight anyone challenging them over reading emails and text messages but will fight tooth-and-nail to keep sucking in the metadata.