Tech 2.0 for Thursday, June 6, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 6/06/2013 4:08 pm


Critics are describing it as a huge government over-reach. They're reacting to news that the government has been secretly collecting the phone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order. The activity was first reported by the British newspaper “The Guardian.” And now, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee -- Dianne Feinstein of California -- is confirming that the court order is a three-month renewal of an ongoing practice. In fact, a U.S. official says the sweeping roundup of U.S. phone records has been going on for years, and was a key part of the Bush administration's warrantless surveillance program. The Obama administration isn't confirming the collection of phone records, but it's defending the need of the National Security Agency to collect phone records of U.S. citizens. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon -- a frequent critic of government actions dealing with Americans' privacy -- says the administration should disclose the facts. And former Vice President Al Gore tweeted that privacy is essential in the digital era. He wrote, "Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?"

President Barack Obama says he wants 99 percent of American students connected to super-fast Internet within five years. He's directing federal regulators to use an existing program to equip schools with broadband Internet. Obama says the rest of the world is trying to out-educate the U.S. He says the nation must give all students the tools needed to go as far as their hard work and ambition will take them. He says right now, 20 percent of U.S. students are connected to high-speed Internet, compared with 100 percent of students in South Korea. Obama says the best news is that the program doesn't require approval from Congress, so he can get started right away. Obama spoke at a North Carolina middle school where students are provided laptops for digital learning.

Activist investor Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management Inc. are formally urging Dell shareholders to reject a buyout offer from the struggling PC maker's founder and investment firm Silver Lake Partners. Dell Inc. has agreed to sell itself to founder and CEO Michael Dell and Silver Lake for $24.4 billion, or $13.65 per share. But Southeastern, Dell's biggest independent shareholder, and Icahn teamed in May to pitch an alternative plan that would let Dell shareholders keep their stake in the company and give them either $12 per share in cash or additional shares. In a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Thursday, the pair urged shareholders to vote against the company's proposals at a special meeting July 18. The filing didn't contain any details about their own plan.


The scooping up of all our phone records is an abuse of power that demands a real explanation.

Senior politicians reveal that US counter-terrorism efforts have swept up personal data from American citizens for years

President Obama at Mooresville Middle School: "if you expect wireless internet with your cup of coffee, why not expect it at your schools?"

Very happy to participate in the online educational technology event today, sponsored by President Obama and the White House. Students in schools around the country talking about how they use technology - and project-based learning - at school and at home. Goal: tech in student's hands, high-speed Internet Access in schools and wireless at home! Really great things going on in public schools! :-)

NEW YORK (AP) — Activist investor Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management Inc. are formally urging Dell shareholders to reject a buyout offer from the struggling PC maker's founder and investment firm Silver Lake Partners.

Icahn and Southeastern push against Dell buyout - NEW YORK (AP) -- Activist investor Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management Inc. are formally urging Dell shareholders to reject a buyout offer fr... http://ow.ly/2xpvu0
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