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Huawei Spying, XP Upgrades, Twitter Music, Google Glass Myths [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 24-03-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, the NSA spies on Huawei, Microsoft wants you off XP, Twitter #Music dies, Google Glass myths debunked, Yahoo Games gets a makeover, Medium comes to iPhone, and a Facebook shaming goes a little too well.


The NSA Spied On Huawei

The NSA successfully spied on Chinese technology giant Huawei, according to documents obtained by Edward Snowden and seen by both the New York Times and Der Spiegel. The U.S. and others have long-maintained that Huawei is a threat to national security due to its alleged ties with the Chinese government.

The Snowden documents suggest an extensive operation was conducted against Huawei, with a special unit of the NSA infiltrating the company’s network. As well as accessing an archive of emailed communications, the NSA is alleged to have secured the source code of individual Huawei products.

Huawei spokesman Bill Plummer said in a statement, “If it is true, the irony is that exactly what they are doing to us is what they have always charged that the Chinese are doing through us.

The NSA responded with an emailed statement saying, “The NSA’s activities are focused and specifically deployed against — and only against — valid foreign intelligence targets in response to intelligence requirements.

This is the latest in a long run of revelations sourced from the NSA documents obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden. However, as The Intercept makes clear, Snowden hasn’t leaked any new documents in over nine months, with journalists deciding what to reveal and when to reveal it.


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Microsoft Wants You Off XP

Microsoft really wants you to stop using Windows XP Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Think Microsoft is letting Windows XP die too soon? You're not alone. Many think this is a cash grab. What if I told you Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever? Read More , and it’s willing to bribe you into upgrading to Windows 8 How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 Are horror stories of how Windows 8.1 upgrades went horribly wrong keeping you from upgrading yourself? If you are longing to try Windows 8.1, you can now learn from other people's lessons and upgrade safely! Read More . This is the obvious takeaway from a Microsoft Store deal that sees current XP users given $100 off the price of a new Windows 8 PC.

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Google Glass Myths Debunked

Google has taken the unusual step of seeking to debunk various myths about Google Glass. In a Google+ post, the company responds to 10 Google Glass myths it feels are being unfairly bandied about as if true. It’s both enlightening and amusing for various reasons.


The Day The Twitter Music Died

Twitter #Music is on its deathbed, with the iOS app already having been pulled and the service shutting down entirely on April 18. This comes exactly a year after launch, but “abysmal” download numbers led AllThingsD to call its demise all the way back in October 2013.

Yahoo Games Gets A Makeover

Yahoo Games is the latest Yahoo product to be given a makeover, pleasing casual gamers around the world. Yahoo is also launching the Yahoo Games Network Yahoo Games Launches New Design & Network for Developers Yahoo has been redesigning core properties like Mail, Maps, Answers, My Yahoo and Flickr. Its now turned its attention to a place that has been the refuge for casual online gamers: Yahoo Games. Read More , a platform designed to help third-party developers achieve greatness.

Medium Comes To iPhone

Medium, a publishing platform from Evan Williams Medium: An Alternative Blogging Platform From The Founders Of Twitter Twitter's co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone launched their own blogging platform, Medium, about a year ago. The founders say that the aim is to "re-imagine" publishing, by allowing users to choose the level of... Read More , one of the co-founders of Twitter, has landed on the iPhone. The free Medium for iPhone app Publishing Platform Medium Releases Free Read-Only App for iPhone Medium, the publishing platform, just released its Medium for iPhone (Free), for the sole purpose of reading and sharing content published on the site. Read More can be used to read and share content published through the service.

A Shameful Facebook Shaming

And finally, an attempt by a well-meaning mother to warn her daughter about the dangers of oversharing on the Web Some Things Should Remain Private: What Not To Share On Facebook Ah, Facebook. The grandfather of all social networks, where we all share all sorts of weird things without a second thought. Despite its horrible reputation when it comes to privacy, Facebook still manages to lull... Read More worked a little too well. The effort to demonstrate “how many people can see a picture once it’s on the internet” got a little out of hand.


Kira Hudson from Colorado was trying to demonstrate why her 12-year-old daughter didn’t need a Facebook or Instagram at her tender age. The picture she shared privately went viral, and eventually ended up as a meme on 4chan.

Which is a fate you wouldn’t wish on a 32-year-old, let alone a 12-year-old.

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  1. A41202813GMAIL
    March 25, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Still Not Interested.


  2. SSK
    March 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    If Microsoft wants you off XP, they must not have made XP so darn good. Advice to Microsoft: make more Windows products like Windows 8. People will willingly format and purge their OS within weeks. Sometimes Days, like me.

    • Dave P
      March 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

      XP was good 10 years ago. Now it's horrifically outdated. Upgrade to Windows 7 already!

    • dragonmouth
      March 25, 2014 at 12:26 pm

      "Upgrade to Windows 7 already!"
      Get off the Microsoft merry-go-round of constant upgrades! Upgrade to Linux. :P

  3. dragonmouth
    March 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    "The U.S. and others have long-maintained that Huawei is a threat to national security due to its alleged ties with the Chinese government."
    Meanwhile M$, Apple and other US companies are in bed with the NSA and other US agencies. But that's OK because they are "our" guys. Pot calling the kettle black?

    • Dave P
      March 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

      I'm certainly not going to disagree with that assessment.