Peter Kafka

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News Corp.’s PhoneGate Tab Keeps Rising

News Corp. says investigations into the PhoneGate scandal cost it $87 million in the last quarter. That’s on top of $17 million in legal/advisory fees in the previous quarter, plus a $91 million restructuring charge the company took when it shuttered the News of the World. The media conglomerate, which owns this Web site, reported adjusted earnings of $0.39 a share and revenue of $8.98 billion; Wall Street had been expecting $0.34 a share and $8.94 billion.


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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