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January 28, 2014



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IN THE NEWS: NSA-ANGRY BIRDS

LONDON (AP) _ Those Angry Birds might be working undercover for the NSA.

Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden suggest that spy agencies have a powerful ally in the apps installed on smartphones across the globe. The documents are published by The New York Times, the Guardian, and ProPublica.

The reports suggest that the mapping, gaming, and social networking apps on smartphones can feed America's National Security Agency and Britain's GCHQ spy agency with huge amounts of personal data.

Little is known about the scope and scale of the program, but all three publications outlined how data could be harvested from apps such as the Angry Birds game franchise or Google's popular mapping service.

IN THE NEWS: APPLE'S QUARTERLY REPORT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ When are record sales a disappointment? When you're talking Apple's holiday season.

The company reports selling a record number of iPhones and iPads during its latest quarter.

The earnings released yesterday topped analyst projections, but Apple sold fewer iPhones than Wall Street had been anticipating. Apple's stock fell 5 per cent in extended trading.

The company sold 51 million iPhones during the three months ending December 28. Analysts had predicted sales of about 55 million iPhones. Apple sold 26 million iPads in the quarter.

ON THE WEB: PUPPY BOWL

CYBERSPACE (AP) _ Some people just can't wait for Sunday's big bowl game. But we're not talking Super Bowl. The fur will be flying again during the Puppy Bowl on the Animal Planet channel. The channel's website has previews of the cute little dogs that will be starring in Puppy Bowl 10. There's even a link for the Puppy Bowl Hall of Fame.

Online:

http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/videos/puppy-bowl -x-is-coming.htm

IN STORES NOW: MICROSOFT BYE-BYE SKY

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) _ Say bye-bye to Microsoft's ``SkyDrive.''

The company is renaming its cloud storage service ``OneDrive.'' British broadcaster BSkyB took issue with the former name, ``SkyDrive.'' The two sides settled the dispute last July for undisclosed financial terms after British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC won an initial case in a British court.

Microsoft says the change would be made soon but didn't give a date.

Last July, Microsoft re-organized its corporate structure to focus on providing both devices and services in a strategy it called ``One Microsoft.''

Its latest game console, released in November, is called ``Xbox One.''

(The Associated Press)


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Source: Canadian Press Broadcast Wire (Canada)


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