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Businesses

+ - Qwest to be sold to CenturyTel->

strikeleader writes: CenturyTel Inc. plans to buy Denver's Qwest Communications International Inc.
If completed, the merger will create a telecom serving 37 states with about 5 million broadband customers and 17 million phone lines. Qwest (NYSE: Q) alone operates in Colorado and 13 other states.
The two companies reported a combined $19.8 billion in revenues in 2009.
The combined company would be the nation's No. 3 local-phone company, behind AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

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Security

+ - Who Protects The Internet?

strikeleader writes: TechCrunch has an article from an interview with General Kevin Chilton, US STRATCOM commander and the head of all military cyber warfare. Who protects us? "Basically no one. At most, a number of loose confederations of computer scientists and engineers who seek to devise better protocols and practices — unincorporated groups like the Internet Engineering Task Force and the North American Network Operators Group. But the fact remains that no one really owns security online, which leads to gated communities with firewalls — a highly unreliable and wasteful way to try to assure security."
Democrats

+ - Obama Accepting Untraceable Donations

strikeleader writes: From the Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/28/AR2008102803413_pf.html "Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is allowing donors to use largely untraceable prepaid credit cards that could potentially be used to evade limits on how much an individual is legally allowed to give or to mask a contributor's identity, campaign officials confirmed."
Wow, what a great scam! No wonder why he didn't want public funds for his campaign.

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