Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The NSA Has Infiltrated The Clouds Of Both Yahoo And Google


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The National Security Agency has secretly infiltrated the main communications links connecting worldwide data centers of Yahoo and Google, Washington Post's Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani report.

The "clouds," which are massive data centers across continents that are connected by thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable, allow the Silicon Valley giants to function with minimal data loss and system slowdowns.

The NSA and its UK counterpart, the GCHC, are able to copy entire data flows across fiber-optic cables, according to the Post. That type of activity goes far beyond the PRISM program, which compels companies to provide specified foreign user data from U.S. companies under law.

The Post, citing documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and interviews with knowledgeable officials, details a project called MUSCULAR that sends reams of customer data from hundreds of millions of user accounts, including Americans, to NSA servers.

From The Post:

According to a top secret accounting dated Jan. 9, 2013, NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from Yahoo and Google internal networks to data warehouses at the agency’s Fort Meade headquarters. In the preceding 30 days, the report said, field collectors ha! d proces sed and sent back 181,280,466 new records — ranging from “metadata,” which would indicate who sent or received e-mails and when, to content such as text, audio and video.

The spy agency justifies what it calls “bulk access” and “high volume” operations by intercepting the communications overseas, where the NSA is allowed to presume that the users are foreigners.

The Post notes NSA documents indicate that "collection from inside Yahoo and Google has produced important intelligence leads against hostile foreign governments that are specified in the documents."

The report also notes that it it is unclear "how much data from Americans is collected, and how much of that is retained."

Google stated to the Post that it was “troubled by allegations of the government intercepting traffic between our data centers, and we are not aware of this activity.”

A Yahoo spokeswoman told the Post that "we have not given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency.”

The MUSCULAR operation allows the NSA to intercept communications in real time and to take “a retrospective look at target activity,” according to one NSA document.

Check out the full report at the Washington Post >

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A Decade Of Observing Earth From Space Has Given Us These Breathtaking Views [PHOTOS]



The European Space Agency may never have had the glamor of the Apollo missions or space shuttle launches, but they've quietly launched some of the most advanced Earth observation satellites around.

The ESA's Envistat satellite was the largest Earth observation satellite ever built.

Since 2002, it has circled the Earth, collecting invaluable information on our environment and the advancing danger of climate change. Contact with Envistat was suddenly lost in April 2012, but the wealth of information it collected remains.

Every week, the European Space Agency releases a new satellite image taken by Envistat and other Earth-observation satellites launched by ESA and other space agencies. They show incredible places on Earth, from the Sahara Desert to volcanoes in the Congo, in ways we've never seen before.

Clouds sweep across the North Sea in this image from Envistat. Denmark is on the lower right corner and Norway is in the upper center.

This is the Amazon River in the heart of northern Brazil's rainforest. Vegetation has been colored with shades of pink — the darker the color, the denser the vegetation.

This photo of Northern China shows the Yellow River flowing into the Yellow Sea. Beijing and Tanjing are shaded circles in the top-center part of the photo.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider


Amazing Gifs Show Just How Creative A Model's Photoshopper Can Get


Everyone's heard of airbrushing, but this video shows just how creative (crazy) a model's photoshopper can get.

Longer legs? Done. Thinner neck? Done. Curvy calves? You betcha.

Check it out:

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Samsung Galaxy Round hands-on


Samsung Galaxy Round handson

Following the recent launch of Samsung's Korea-only Galaxy Round, it was only a matter of time before this eccentric concave phone made its way to specialist stores in Hong Kong. Tofu-keitai is one of the few shops that are offering said product in Sincere Podium (where the going rate is above $850 to capitalize on early adopters), and our contacts there were kind enough to let us play with one briefly.

As you can deduce from the appearance and specs, the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy Round looks and feels just like a Galaxy Note 3 that you accidentally sat on. Even the plastic back cover channels the same stitched leather look, and underneath it you get the usual microSD slot plus a removable battery, albeit with a slightly smaller capacity -- 10.64Wh instead of 12.16Wh. Other notable differences include the lack of stylus and grip grooves on the faux metallic frame. %Gallery-slideshow102353%

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First 64-bit quad-core ARM chips to be fabricated by... Intel?


First 64bit quadcore ARM chips to be fabricated by Intel

Intel's largest chip manufacturing customer, Altera, has said that it'll soon be building chips there based on -- wait for it -- ARM technology. Its Stratix 10 SoC will contain a quad-core, 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, which Intel confirmed would be the first of that type manufactured by anyone. By contrast, Apple's latest Samsung-built 64-bit A7 ARM chips used in the iPhone 5s are only dual-core. However, Altera's processors, which will be fab'ed with Intel's advanced 14nm tech are destined for networking equipment only and won't compete with the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung for smartphones. In any case, Intel's just a gun for hire with its biggest competitor's tech, so it would be unwise to draw any conclusions -- after all, the chip giant has its own Clover Trail to follow.

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Source: Altera