Come on, Ted Cruz and Rob Maness even wear the same Ostrich Skin boots...it's a sign.

Both men went to Harvard--Cruz to Harvard Law and Maness to the Kennedy School of Government. Maness even wears black ostrich-skin cowboy boots, just like Cruz’s. And he decries political ambition. “Actually, I don’t want to be a senator,” he told me when we met for coffee recently near Capitol Hill. Read more.

Fundraising programmes – direct mail to digital

As far as the public is concerned, donating to charity is simply a transaction from one party to another. Behind the scenes, however, lie a multitude of fundraising channels, ranging from direct mail to major gifts to digital. Read more.

US fears back-door routes into the net because it's building them too

At a remarkable conference held at the Aspen Institute in 2011, General Michael Hayden, a former head of both the NSA and the CIA, said something very interesting. In a discussion of how to secure the "critical infrastructure" of the United States he described the phenomenon of compromised computer hardware – namely, chips that have hidden "back doors" inserted into them at the design or manufacturing stage – as "the problem from hell". Read more.

Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA

Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg's data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy programme Prism, the Guardian has learned. Read more.

Google pays coders to improve open-source security

"Quite a few vulnerabilities trace back to preventable coding mistakes, or are made easier to exploit due to the absence of simple mitigation techniques. We are hoping to address this to some extent," Google said in an FAQ about the program. Read more.

Iran To Mull Unblocking Social-Media Sites

Iran's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology is to set up a working group to consider a decision on unblocking Facebook and Twitter. Read more.

How to Know What To Write About: The Key to Successful Content Marketing

Are you looking for ways to achieve success with content marketing? Do you struggle to come up with ideas for things to write about? Read more.

IT Experts: Obamacare Website Is Designed To Attack Itself

Days after the launch of the federal government's Obamacare website, millions of Americans looking for information on new health insurance plans were still locked out of the system even though its designers scrambled to add capacity. Read more.

Symantec takes on one of largest botnets in history

Symantec has seized part of the 1.9 million-computer strong ZeroAccess, one of the largest botnets in existence. In a blog post Monday, the security firm said the ZeroAccess botnet is primarily used to deliver payloads to infected computers, which is aimed at two illegal, revenue-generating activities: click fraud and bitcoin mining Read more.

NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show

The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal. Read more.

Companies to spend an average $19 million on social media in 2013

Companies across the globe, including India, will spend an average $ 19 million (Rs 119 crore) on social media this year, a global study by IT services major TCS said today. Read more.

John McAfee reveals details on gadget to thwart NSA

John McAfee lived up to his reputation Saturday as tech's most popular wild child, electrifying an audience with new details of his plan to thwart the NSA's surveillance of ordinary Americans with an inexpensive, pocket-size gadget. Read more.

Millennial Media CEO Says Mobile Will Supplant Digital Ad Spending And Become The 'Real' Digital

In a speech to kick off the Smarter Mobile Marketing conference this morning, Millennial Media CEO Paul Palmieri trumpeted mobile advertising's rise in the marketing ecosystem and suggested it might be the pre-eminent place for brands to spend their digital advertising budgets — supplanting traditional digital budgets. - See more at: http://politicalmedia.com/articles/millennial-media-ceo-says-mobile-will-supplant-digital-ad-spending-and-become-the-real-digital#sthash.A4BeQoAM.dpuf Read more.

Astroturf: 2,000,000 (37%) of Michelle Obama’s Twitter Followers are NOT Real Twitter Users

According to the Twitter analytics application Status People, 37 percent of Michelle Obama’s 5,290, 506 Twitter followers — or approximately 1,957,487 followers — are considered fake. Thirty-five percent of her followers are inactive, and 28 percent are considered “good,” or real. Read more.

Is being addicted to social media such a bad thing?

There's a good chance you'll not read the end of this article. Nothing to do with your staying power or because it's dull enough to euthanise an ox (I hope it won't be). No, chances are there simply won't be an end because, before I get there, I'll have seen some funny link on the internet and will have waddled off after it like a gleeful child chasing some bubbles. Read more.

The Political Media Report


As Google's government requests double, FISA data still redacted
Thursday, November 14, 2013 | Don Reisinger | CNet.com
From January to June, Google received nearly 11,000 requests from the US government. The US accounts for 83 percent of all requests of Google. Read More...
The edge of the abyss: exposing the NSA's all-seeing machine
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 | T.C. Sottek | www.theverge.com
On November 4th, 1952, a new federal agency was created in secret, chartered with spying on foreign adversaries around the world. There was no mention in the press. There was no discussion on the floor of Congress. The existence of the agency appeared nowhere in the Federal Register. Read More...
Whatever Happened to QR Codes?
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | Jenifer Kramer | www.business2community.com
You remember them… Those funny (ugly?) little squares that started showing up everywhere with instructions telling you to take a picture with your cell phone for more information. But the question is, did you ever use them?? Read More...
Smartphone filming at Winter Olympics? Could be 'nyet'
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | Carrie Mihalcik | CNet.com
Journalists covering the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, have been told they're not allowed to use smartphones and tablets to take video during the games, according to reports. Read More...
Some common mistakes in the age of new media, and how to fix them
Saturday, November 9, 2013 | Brian Franklin | Campaigns&Elections.com
As campaigns increasingly incorporate new media into their strategy and budgets, the pressure is on to make sure these new methods are living up to the hype. If you focus on the wrong pieces of your online campaign, you’ll sacrifice time, resources, and possibly, a competitive advantage.  Read More...
Gogo unveils in-flight text, talk service at 30,000 feet
Friday, November 8, 2013 | Zack Whittaker | www.cnet.com
AT 30,000 FEET ABOVE NEW YORK -- Gone are the days when aircraft were metal tubes of isolation. Get ready to hear more "Hello? I'm on a plane" on your cross-country flights.  Read More...
Twitter IPO: Who Wants to Be a Billionaire?
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 | PETER EAVIS | www.nytimes.com
Twitter’s Market Valuation Suggests Wall St. Sees Huge Growth Potential.  Read More...
The Surveillance State Puts U.S. Elections at Risk of Manipulation
Thursday, November 7, 2013 | Conor Friedersdorf | www.theatlantic.com
Did the Obama Administration ever spy on Mitt Romney during the recent presidential contest? Alex Tabarrok, who raised the question at the popular economics blog Marginal Revolution, acknowledges that it is provocative. Until recently, he would've regarded it as a "loony" question, he writes, and he doesn't think that PResident Obama ordered the NSA to spy on Romney for political gain.  Read More...
Reports that NSA taps into Google and Yahoo data hubs infuriate tech giants
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Dominic Rushe, Spencer Ackerman, & James Ball | www.theguardian.com
Files obtained from Edward Snowden suggest NSA can collect information sent by fibre optic cable between Google and Yahoo data hubs 'at will' Read More...
Google's worst-kept secret: floating data centers off US coasts
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Rory Carroll | www.theguardian.com
Tech giant has stayed silent on the structures, though experts say barges likely data centers for which Google has a patent Read More...

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