Tech 2.0 for Friday May 3, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 5/03/2013 2:55 pm


Samsung Electronics Co. says the U.S. Department of Defense has approved using Samsung smartphones for its networks. The South Korean company said Friday the Galaxy S4 smartphone has become the first Android device to meet the security requirements set out by the U.S. government, allowing government and military officials to access the Defense Department's networks with the S4. Samsung is making a big push to enter the smartphone market for governments and enterprises dominated by Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry devices. Earlier this year, Samsung announced software for security-conscious users called Samsung Knox aimed at people who want to use their personal mobile devices to access secured networks at the workplace. Samsung said Knox is only available with the S4 and will be installed in other Samsung devices later.

U.S. Cellular, the fifth largest cellphone company and the only major one to resist the iPhone, says it's going to start selling it this year. CEO Mary Dillon announced the reversal Friday on a call with investors and analysts. She didn't specify exactly when the company would start selling Apple's phone, or what models it would carry. A year and a half ago, Dillon said U.S. Cellular Corp. had the opportunity to carry the phone but rejected it because it was too expensive. The iPhone is more expensive than most smartphones, and phone companies absorb this cost to sell it for $199 or less. Dillon says many of customers leaving the Chicago-based company are doing so because it doesn't carry the iPhone. Telephone & Data Systems Inc. owns U.S. Cellular.

Some online rights advocates are sure to be upset over a plan by the Dutch government to grant the police broad powers in investigating online crimes. The draft law would allow police to hack into computers and install spyware -- or destroy files. And the law would allow Dutch authorities to do such hacking in the Netherlands and other countries abroad. The head of the Dutch justice ministry says such searches would be carried out only after the approval of a judge. The bill would also make it a crime for a suspect to refuse to decipher encrypted files during a police investigation. An official with the digital rights group Bits of Freedom says such a law would give a "green light" to oppressive governments to hack into civilian computers.

Talk about ghosts in the machine. Activision says the next installment in its "Call of Duty" franchise will feature ghosts. "Call of Duty: Ghosts" will feature a new story and new characters, which makes sense, given the title. The title will be released November 5 for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and next-generation consoles. For more than five years, the "Call of Duty" franchise has had unprecedented success for a videogame.


Pentagon Clears BlackBerry, Samsung Devices For Defense Dept Use http://t.co/ANlOQrCQwz

Samsung Galaxy S4 gets Pentagon approval, breaking BlackBerry’s hold on the US government http://t.co/pl4fRjHDZI

U.S. Cellular announces iPhone availability later in 2013 http://t.co/nw54ueETPr

U.S. Cellular Gives In to iPhone Pressure, Says It Will Start Selling Apple Devices -by @inafried http://t.co/HRzrnViYW4

Dutch law proposal legalizes police spyware & hacking (also intl) and 3yrs prison for not decrypting hard drive, NL will be internet's enemy

Dutch police would be able to hack into computers, install spyware, read emails and destroy files http://t.co/4A7FY8M2KM

Activision officially announces Call of Duty: Ghosts: Today, Activion officially announced their fi... http://t.co/piI3vWbB2F
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