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Technology Problem: U.S. companies supported Microsoft in their lawsuit against government policy

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Opinion: Microsoft argued that the law allowing the government to confiscate computer data on third-party computers and barring companies from telling contacts that they are targets for investigation against the constitution. That made sense. Read the full report here:

Microsoft vs Government Law

WASHINGTON — Technology, media, pharmaceutical and other companies, along with major corporate lobbying groups, filed legal briefs on Friday in support of a Microsoft Corp lawsuit that aims to strike down a law preventing companies from telling customers the government is seeking their data.
Friday was the deadline for filing of friend-of-the-court briefs by nonparticipants in the case. The filings show broad support for Microsoft and the technology industry in its latest high-profile clash with the U.S. Justice Department over digital privacy and surveillance.
Microsoft’s backers included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Delta Air Lines Inc , Eli Lilly and Co, BP America, the Washington Post, Fox News, the National Newspaper Association, Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google, Amazon.com Inc, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and many others.

Microsoft filed its lawsuit in Seattle federal court in April, arguing that a law allowing the government to seize computer data located on third-party computers and often barring companies from telling their customers that they are targets is unconstitutional.

The Justice Department argues that Microsoft has no standing to bring the case and the public has a “compelling interest in keeping criminal investigations confidential.” Procedural safeguards also protect constitutional rights, it contends. A Justice Department spokesman declined comment on Friday’s filings.

Microsoft says the government is violating the Fourth Amendment, which establishes the right for people and businesses to know if the government searches or seizes their property, in addition to Microsoft’s First Amendment right to free speech.

Source: CNN

Reference: http://news.abs-cbn.com/business/09/03/16/microsoft-gets-support-in-gag-order-lawsuit-from-us-companies

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Aspects where Iphone is Preferred over Android

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Most technically knowledgeable people would say, why pay US$600 for an Iphone that does not do the work? They might be talking about writing Java or installing software that are not compatible with iOs – but most iPhone users do not care about these things. They are more into being abreast with what their trendy friends have. They are also not interested in the fact that Android is value for money with many designs to choose from and its compatibility to a numerous range of free Apps.

Is it really true that it’s not practical to buy iPhone even just for lifestyle enhancement purposes? For one thing, it costs $400 to repair a broken screen from the official iPhone repair center but then, you can get it fixed for about less than the price or less in other phone repair kiosks – using of course a non-apple screen. Once you’ve replaced any part that is not provided by the official Apple repair center, you better buy a new one because there’s no way that you can have it fixed in that iPhone center again.

The iPhone from Apple is truly an expensive trendy tool. This is why one popular version can become obsolete very quickly! It is a culture of high end products not to allow alteration of their invention for “quality” control purposes and perhaps to prevent imitations also. This makes sense with all the advertising expenses Apple paid to promote iPhone – the way the brand is perceived by the market with purchasing capability. This is why, technical people opt for Android because it costs a lot less for the many possibilities it can create or do. After all, some versions look almost the same as the most recent iPhone series – and one major thing is, Android works well with Google because they made them!

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