Well, good for Edward Snowden landing a job in this tough economy! After being granted asylum by the Russians in August, the NSA whistleblower has been busy figuring out the path of his new life, and today that includes getting off the couch and entering the workforce.
plug that leak
Like a bunch of inept evil villains in an Austin Powers sequel, British authorities have reportedly smashed some Guardian-owned hard drives in order to get rid of NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger reports that a couple of shady government guys turned up at the paper’s HQ recently to smash some computers. He calls it “one of the more bizarre moments” in the paper’s history, two “security experts” (experts?!) “overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian‘s basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents,” he writes.
Edward Snowden’s lengthy layover in Moscow seems to have spooked the Russian government, whose security agency has reportedly shelled out major roubles for a brand new fleet of typewriters.
According to the BBC, Russia’s FSO agency has placed a nearly-$15,000 order for new typewriters in the hopes of converting their most sacred documents (like this image?) into paper form. It’s a strategy that’s apparently already being used in some of the Kremlin’s other ministries, where workers draft their most secret documents in un-leakable hardcopy form.
Google is reportedly developing a smartwatch and a videogame console in case you were craving either of those. [Wall Street Journal]
The Army is reportedly blocking access to The Guardian and ”some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks.” It’s like that whole Snowden thing never even happened! [Verge]
If we’re to believe one of its former execs, Chinese ecommerce site Alibaba is probably worth $100 billion. [Wall Street Journal]
Gokul Rajaram, who was in charge of developing ad units for Facebook, has accepted a new position at Jack Dorsey’s Square. [Business Insider]
Google Reader dies Monday so here’s the latest in mopey “In Memoriam” piece. [Fast Company]
Code or Be Coded
Hulu’s up for sale, and depending on the buyer, it could mean big, big changes for the site. [New York Times]
After reports that Edward Snowden would be fleeing from Moscow to Havana today via Aereoflot, several reporters bought tickets and showed up–only too discover, too late, that Mr. Snowden wasn’t on the plane. They’re still stuck on the flight for Cuba. We’re guessing they no longer find Carmen Sandiego jokes very funny. [Gawker]
Kevin Systrom says Instagram will come to Windows Phone and Blackberry before Google Glass. And it took them a veritable eternity just to get to Android. [Fast Company]
“Are we embracing a soft xenophobia applied to a sector rather than a race, to some cohesive elite tech class that doesn’t exist outside of our own minds?” [SF Gate]
The Bitcoin Foundation has gotten a cease and desist from the state of California. [Forbes]
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the NSA leak debacle, it’s that if everyone in the world would just learn how to code already, it never would have happened–or at least the news wouldn’t have been such a shocking revelation.
Edward Snowden: hero or traitor? The fiery debate is burning everywhere from the U.S. Justice Department to—you guessed it—the 2013 Miss USA pageant. Besides smizing their eyes out and booty-tooching in bikinis, two of the six finalists also had to answer questions on the recent controversial NSA leaks. Let’s see what Miss Alabama Mary Margaret Read More
No doubt you’ll be shocked to learn that the U.S. has apparently been hacking China for years. No? [ABC News]
Edward Snowden’s full of great ideas: “You have not lived until you’ve rolled over to post-coital Krispy Kremes. That’s what being an American is all about. I recommend them.” [Daily Mail]
MySpace is spending $20 million on an ad campaign for its relaunch, because somebody just cannot take a hint. [Ad Week]
Even if you’re using a “hands-free device,” electronic bells and whistles in your car are still big, fat distractions. [Computer World]
Human rights activists worry about the uptick in attempts by Southeast Asian governments to impose controls on Internet access. [Wall Street Journal]
No one’s turned up a Reddit account or Twitter handle for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. However, Reuters has managed to find what appears to be his long-abandoned profile for “a Japanese anime company run by friends,” written circa 2002. His aliases included ”The True HOOHA” and “Phish.”
Because let’s face it, that’s pretty much what all of us were doing on the Internet in the early 2000s. (This reporter frequented a “Wheel of Time” fan site, for example!)
At yesterday’s rally to support NSA leaker Edward Snowden, a software engineer who identified himself only as Michael huddled under Union Square subway entrance (just out of the pouring rain). ”The fact that we have this man coming out now puts a face on this,” he said. “The human element is what’s most important, because most people think of these big surveillance things as these impassive, cold structures, but they’re the creation of humans, they’re the creation of people like me and you and all of us and there is a moral equation to all of that.”
He gestured to the northern edge of the park.
“Even in New York City, Union Square Ventures is right over there, which funded Tumblr, which is now owned by Yahoo, which is one of the companies that reported back to PRISM.”
But not everyone’s so sure of their feelings about Mr. Snowden. The occasional 1984 quote from Fred Wilson notwithstanding, the industry’s position in this whole mess is awfully conflicted.