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Al Jazeera Claims Emails Show Cozy Relationship Between NSA and Google

According to emails obtained by Al Jazeera, the relationship between the NSA and Google was far cozier than previously known.

The 2012 emails between then-NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and Google executives Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt show that Google was working closely with the NSA, and was on very friendly terms with the government administration.

The emails, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, do not reveal anything outrageous. However, they show a relatively friendly relationship between the two parties that could be a red flag to some. Ever since Edward Snowden leaked über top-secret documents last year revealing the extent the NSA is watching us, tech companies have been walking on eggshells and have tried hard to convince the public that they are against unnecessary surveillance.

Schmidt writes: ““General Keith.. so great to see you.. ! I’m unlikely to be in California that week so I’m sorry I can’t attend (will be on the east coast). Would love to see you another time. Thank you !”

You can see the emails in the documents below.

Source: Al Jazeera

Five Biggest Technology Gripes in 2014

It’s 2014 and every cool futuristic technology we’d hoped would exist and solve our life’s problems after seeing Back to the Future II and 2001: A Space Odyssey aren’t exactly here. So what can we do about it? Obviously, what we Americans do best: Whine. Without further adieu, here’s Tech Void’s list of the five biggest technology gripes in 2014.

1. Fiber Optic Standard for ISP

Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner, and the devils of ISP are still pushing us low-bandwidth internet despite the ubiquity of FiOS. Hell, even the telephone-tethered DSL lines are still being sold. Oh, and it’s likely bundled with crap you don’t require, such as a land line or home security. It’s 2014, guys. Just imagine for a minute living in an average DC row house with 3-5 roommates and having 10 MB speed cap on your bandwidth. It’s that frustrating situation where if two people are watching Netflix, YouTube, (and feasibly other extra-curricular sites), everyone else is compromised. Resetting your modem every night at 8 p.m. when the masses arrive home from work is nice exercise, but it shouldn’t cost you money. This first world problem sounds like a joke, but with amount of digital content consumed by the average internet user, it’s silly we’re still plagued by slow, intermittent Internet when our cellular service providers’ 3 and 4G networks are splendidly constant.