QuincyDurant (943157) writes "Hoping to win a lucrative agreement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, three data security contractors for federal defense and intelligence agencies developed a proposal to monitor and manipulate the chamber's left-leaning critics, according to recently released e-mail correspondence.
Employees of the firms compiled short dossiers on a few activists that included photographs, references to their families and charts of their relationships with other liberal and labor leaders.
A key player was a guy named Aaron Burr, whose Facebook-scraping attempts to reveal the identities of Anonymous were described last week by Ars Technica.
During the last election, The U.S. Chamber drew fire from Democrats because of its $75 million war-chest, 93% went to support Republicans or denigrate their opponents.
The Chamber denies knowledge of the dirty tricks used to try to get its business for Burr et al." Link to Original Source top
QuincyDurant (943157) writes "The Federal Communications Commission has a $9 billion cookie jar to help 98% of the country get broadband access as promised in Obama's state of the union message. This action will not require congressional approval." Link to Original Source top
QuincyDurant (943157) writes "Ten years after many retail experts predicted doom, Apple is opening 40-50 new stores, including two in Shanghai. The company says its stores earn about as much as a Macy's Department store, but use 1/30th of the floor space. Looking backward, the aforesaid experts saw the failure of Gateway stores; looking forward, they saw the opposite of the future." Link to Original Source