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Submission + - Google Pushes Back Against Data Localization (

Boweravid writes: The big tech companies have put forth a united front when it comes to pushing back against the government after revelations of mass surveillance. But their cooperation goes only so far.

Microsoft this week suggested that it would deepen its existing efforts to allow customers to store their data near them and outside the United States. Google, for its part, has been fighting this notion of so-called data localization.

“If data localization and other efforts are successful, then what we will face is the effective Balkanization of the Internet and the creation of a ‘splinternet’ broken up into smaller national and regional pieces, with barriers around each of the splintered Internets to replace the global Internet we know today,” Richard Salgado, Google’s director of law enforcement and information security, told a congressional panel in November.

Submission + - Intel drops McAfee brand, much to John's delight (

TinTops writes: Intel has distanced itself further from the controversial (to put it mildly) John McAfee, but gradually phasing out his eponymous brand from its security products. Re-branding to Intel Security, the only reminder of McAfee's involvement will be the "red shield" icon within Intel Security's logo. John McAfee was oddly delighted:

"I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet," he said. "These are not my words, but the words of millions of irate users. My elation at Intel's decision is beyond words."

Submission + - NSA Data Center Suffers Meltdowns, Is Delayed By A Year (

itwbennett writes: A massive data center being built by the National Security Agency in Utah, and which is expected to be the NSA's main facility for storing, decrypting and analyzing the vast amounts of data it collects through its surveillance programs, has been plagued by 'chronic electrical surges' that have destroyed equipment and delayed its opening for a year, according to a report Monday. The facility has suffered 10 such 'meltdowns' in the past 13 months that destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of machinery.

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