U.S. spy agency paper says fewer than 300 phone numbers closely scrutinized
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government only searched for detailed information on calls involving fewer than 300 specific phone numbers among the millions of raw phone records collected by the National Security Agency in 2012, according to a government paper obtained by Reuters on Saturday.
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Apogee Suing Gearbox Over Unpaid Royalties For Duke Nukem Forever
jones_supa writes "Apogee Software/3D Realms alleges that Gearbox has refused to pay more than $2 million owed to 3D Realms from royalties and advances Gearbox received from publishers for Duke Nukem Forever. In a lawsuit filed June 7 in Texas district court, 3D Realms insists that its agreement with Gearbox permits it to conduct an audit of Gearbox's royalty statements, which the studio has not allowed. 'Gearbox is simply stonewalling here in an improper attempt to conceal information from 3D Realms that it is absolutely entitled to receive,' the suit alleges. The company also alleges that Gearbox has refused to pay the agreed-upon portion of revenue Gearbox received after Duke Nukem Forever was released. 3D Realms has asked for a jury trial. This suit is apparently the end result of a friendly deal gone wrong."
Good Data Raises $22M From Latin America's Largest Enterprise Software Company
Good Data has raised $22 million in a Series D round, with funding led by Sao-Paulo-based TOTVS Ventures, the investment arm of TOTVS S.A., the largest enterprise software company in Latin America. Also participating were Andreessen Horowitz, General Catalyst Partners, Next World Capital and Tenaya Capital, who also participated in the latest round. This is TOTVS’ first investment outside Brazil. The company offers a cloud-based data analytics service with pre-configured templates to analyze company data. A customer gets support from Good Data with the integration of the company data. Customers then track, segment and target their information using the Good Data platform. A cloud-based business intelligence technology company, Good Data has now raised $75.5 million and looks poised to join the IPO crowd, at least at some point. Founded in the Czech Republic by Roman Stanek and headquartered in San Francisco, the company is one of the leaders in the emerging new business intelligence ...
Why Google's Request To Release More Spying Data Is Probably An Empty PR Gimmick
Google made headlines today for a letter to the federal government requesting the right to release more information on compliance with spy orders. The letter claims that if the public knew how many requests for data the National Security Agency demanded, they would dispel rumors that it’s giving away sweeping access to federal spies. “We therefore ask you to help make it possible for Google to publish in our Transparency Report aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures—in terms of both the number we receive and their scope. Google’s numbers would clearly show that our compliance with these requests falls far short of the claims being made. Google has nothing to hide,” wrote Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond. I’m calling BS. Google’s transparency reports only disclose the number of requests made of each service, not how much information was given. It’s possible for one court order to gather troves of data. “FISA orders can range from ...
Modus Raises $10M For Data Driven Approach To E-Discovery
It’s not often that a services provider gets a hefty venture capital investment. Last week, though, OpenStack cloud builder Mirantis raised $10 million. And today, Modus eDiscovery raised $10 million for its data driven service for driving down the costs and finding far more than any number of lawyers can pouring over information by hand. The round was led by Harbert Management Corporation and Azalea Capital. Modus CEO Abtin Buergari also participated in the financing. Modus, out of Washington, D.C., has no intellectual property per se. What it does have is a legal market that still spends huge sums on lawyers to pore through legal documents. It’s so labor intensive that top-tier law firms will contract to e-discovery firms that employ lower paid lawyers to do the discovery work. Modus takes legal documents and turns them into data. Instead of man hours, Modus gets paid for every gigabyte it makes searchable. By making the documents searchable, Modus has ways to find documents that ...