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  • Tech firms push for NSA surveillance transparency bills

    The U.S. Congress must act quickly on legislation that would make electronic data collection efforts by the U.S. National Security Agency more public, a group of tech firms, civil liberties groups and other organizations said Monday.

  • Spy-proof enterprise encryption is possible, but daunting

    Data encryption could help enterprises protect their sensitive information against mass surveillance by governments, as well as guard against unauthorized access by ill-intended third parties, but the correct implementation and use of data encryption technologies is not an easy task, according to security experts.

  • AOL to sell Bebo, reports say

    According to press reports, AOL has finally got rid of its Bebo albatross. The social media company, once the hottest website among UK's teenagers, has been sold to an unknown buyer, according to a report in Mashable. No one from AOL was commenting on this although the Wall Street Journal has suggested that the buyer was private equity company Criterion according to Journal.

  • AOL looks to slash staff by a third

    AOL, which will be spun off from parent company Time Warner next month, wants to cut its staff by about a third, and is giving employees a chance to volunteer to join the ranks of the unemployed.

  • AOL to lay off 10 percent of staff

    Time Warner's underperforming AOL Internet unit will lay off 700 employees, about 10 percent of its staff, a move it is taking in response to the global economic downturn.

  • AOL to lay off 20% of staff

    AOL will lay off about 2,000 employees, or approximately 20% of its staff, as it continues its transformation into an online, ad-supported business and moves further away from its traditional revenue model based on dial-up internet access fees.

  • Web threatens traditional news organisations

    The internet is a threat to traditional news organisations, which no longer have the advantage of being the first to report breaking news online, according to a Harvard University study (pdf) released last week.

  • CipherTrust upgrades IM security

    Security company CipherTrust recently announced an upgrade to its appliance designed to secure and manage corporate use of instant messaging with features that add tighter control and better threat protection to this popular communication channel.

  • AOL releases security diagnostic tool

    Today, Thursday, AOL releases a free application that checks the security software and settings of PCs and home networks and lets users know about vulnerabilities it detects.

  • AOL lays off 1,300 workers in the US

    Faced with greater competition and a maturing online audience, internet and interactive services provider AOL says it will lay off 1,300 workers at AOL customer service call centres in Arizona, Utah and Florida.

  • AOL sues phishing organisations

    America Online (AOL) has filed three civil lawsuits against major phishing "gangs," seeking US$18 million from the groups, the company says.

  • Microsoft eyeing deal to rival Google-AOL

    Microsoft may be cooking up a major internet partnership to rival Google's newly bolstered relationship with American Online (AOL), according to a blog posting by a Microsoft manager.