Meanwhile in Canada

Canadian Mounties Arrest Major Mafiosos By Intercepting Their BBMs

Good job, Mounties. (Wikimedia Commons)

As if you needed yet another reason not to use a BlackBerry, you can’t even use them to carry out organized crime anymore.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) used intercepted BlackBerry messages to make 33 mob-related arrests in the province of Québec, effectively dismantling two major Italian organized crime cells. Here’s how the RCMP described the operation — called Project CLEMENZA — in a press release: Read More

privacy wars

Harvard and MIT Students Launch ‘NSA-Proof’ Email Service

ProtonMail was created in Switzerland, where privacy laws are totally chill. (Facebook)

Troubled by Edward Snowden’s revelations about the U.S. government’s snooping habits, a group of Harvard and MIT students created an email service they insist is completely NSA-proof.

The new email platform is called ProtonMailBostInno reports. The service’s five brainy founders met while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. They bonded over a shared desire to build an email service even more secure than Lavabit, Mr. Snowden’s now-defunct email service of choice.

Following a few weeks in private beta, ProtonMail is launching its open beta phase starting today. Read More

Cloud

Forget Dropbox: BitTorrent Sync Allows You To Skip the Cloud Entirely

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As cloud service companies battle it out for supremacy, one file sharing service sets itself apart by skipping the cloud altogether. It’s called BitTorrent Sync, and starting this week, it’s going to be available through Netgear’s native app store.

Sync is like a cloud storage solution, only with no actual cloud storage involved.

Cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive keep your data in a central online database that you can access from any device — for example, you can work with files on your tablet or laptop, and when you switch over to your PC, the files will still be accessible. Read More