Thursday, October 02, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
The German government is canceling a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on official communications. The Interior Ministry says it will let its current contract for Internet services with the New York-based company expire in 2015. Germany has been at the forefront of international outrage over alleged electronic eavesdropping by the U.S. Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate said Thursday that Germany wants to ensure it has full control over highly sensitive government communications networks.

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The German government is canceling a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on official communications. The Interior Ministry says it will let its current contract for Internet services with the New York-based company expire in 2015. Germany has been at the forefront of international outrage over alleged electronic eavesdropping by the U.S. Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate said Thursday that Germany wants to ensure it has full control over highly sensitive government communications networks.

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The German government is canceling a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on official communications. The Interior Ministry says it will let its current contract for Internet services with the New York-based company expire in 2015. Germany has been at the forefront of international outrage over alleged electronic eavesdropping by the U.S. Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate said Thursday that Germany wants to ensure it has full control over highly sensitive government communications networks.

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Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation in the Senate and the House of Representatives to ban deals where Web content companies could pay Internet service providers to deliver their traffic to users faster and more reliably. The bicameral bill by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Representative Doris Matsui of California comes as the Federal Communications Commission is collecting public comments on new "net neutrality" rules.   [READ MORE]
 
This is a very personal story with its roots in Nvidia's GTC 2014 where a keynote presentation focused on video games and improving cognition in persons with Alzheimer's and dementia. Over five million Americans suffer from dementia or similar illnesses, and that number is expected to triple in the next 35 years as the population ages. My 89 year-old mother suffers from advanced dementia and is in a stage that doctors and nurses have called "terminal agitation", a type of delirium that refers to multiple signs of central nervous system irritability that may include restlessness, agitation, distressed babbling or singing, twitching, jerking and/or recurrent fits which generally result in the sufferer's inability to sleep. A lack of sleep coupled with continual movements may exhaust the patient and the caregivers. Although managing agitation is extremely challenging, this editor as primary caregiver, has found that using Nvidia's SHIELD is very helpful.   [READ MORE]
 
Google Inc said on Tuesday that it is acquiring satellite company Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash. Google, the world's No.1 Internet search company, said that Skybox's satellites will provide images for Google's online mapping service. Google said that Skybox's technology could also eventually be used to provide Internet access and help with disaster relief. Google said the deal's closing is subject to regulatory approvals in the United States.

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