Spammers Target Victims by Phone
Yahoo, Apple Disclose Data Requests
Prism's Secret: Bigger Data Seizure
MS, Facebook Tell of Security Requests
Mobile Payments Slow To Catch On
If you use an Internet-connected smartphone, touch tablet, e-reader, notebook, laptop or desktop computer you care about cybersecurity and online privacy. One topic: SMS text-messaging spam.
Following disclosures from Microsoft and Facebook, Yahoo and Apple have released information on thousands of requests they have received for user data related to criminal and national security investigations.
The revelation of the NSA's Prism program, which seizes records from Internet companies, has touched off the latest round in a decade-long debate over what limits to impose on eavesdropping.
Thousands of law enforcement and U.S. national security requests were received by Microsoft and Facebook in the second half of 2012. The requests represent a tiny fraction of their user bases, however.
The technology to make mobile payments has been available for years -- so why isn't everyone using it? In short, it's because the market is young, highly competitive and not yet fully standardized.