Peter Kafka

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More Pressure on News Corp.’s BSkyB Deal

More evidence that Rupert Murdoch’s $12 billion BSkyB deal has been roughed up by the phonegate/hackergate scandal: A British government office says approval for the transaction will now take “some time,” a sentiment echoed by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron also told reporters that News Corp. executive Rebekah Brooks should have stepped down. A response from News Corp., which also owns this Web site, “notes today’s comments by the Prime Minister,” and says the company wants to work with “the existing regulatory process.”

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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