Arik Hesseldahl

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Cisco Acquires Wi-Fi Location Player ThinkSmart Technologies

Networking giant Cisco Systems said today that it had acquired ThinkSmart Technologies, an Irish company that provides location data analysis using Wi-Fi technology. ThinkSmart’s technology analyzes information on the movement of people within a building, looking for patterns by time of day, length of stay and other factors to help companies that operate buildings — such as event spaces — plan better and ensure that crowds flow better. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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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