Liz Gannes

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China Is Messing With Gmail, Says Google

Google is explicitly blaming the Chinese government for the unreliability of its Gmail service over the past month for users in China. The company on Sunday issued a statement to multiple outlets: “Relating to Google there is no issue on our side. We have checked extensively. This is a government blockage carefully designed to look like the problem is with Gmail.” The alleged meddling is thought to be related to online activism in China inspired by the recent spate of pro-democracy protests in the Middle East. Last year Google started redirecting Chinese users to its Hong Kong search engine, citing Chinese censorship and hacking.


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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