John Paczkowski

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It Was a Bright Cold Day in April, and the Clocks Were Striking 13.

Well, look at that. AT&T’s actually figured out a way to turn the bad press over its cozy relationship with the National Security Agency into a product endorsement: offer a surveillance service to owners of small- and medium-size businesses.

Today the NSA-preferred telecom announced AT&T Remote Monitor, a package of IP video cameras and environmental sensors with which to surveil business locations and the employees who work in them. “It’s a unique and affordable option for a small business that wants to keep in touch with various locations,” Steve Loop, executive director for business development at AT&T, told the New York Times. “It saves them a lot of time in their day from having to physically go to all of their locations.”

Bet that’s exactly how the NSA felt when AT&T provided it with access to millions of email messages, Web-browsing sessions and phone calls. Anyway … AT&T’s touting the service as an easy way to monitor employees, customers and operations, which folks like restaurateur Beaux Roby says is a necessity. “It is Big Brother,” Roby said, “but in this day and age, you need these type of tools.”

And AT&T is, of course, ready and willing to provide them–whether it’s busting time-wasting employees, filtering the Internet for widespread copyright infringement or building that massive database of Americans’ phone calls.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik