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FBI braces for ISIS holiday terror attacks

In the wee hours of July 4, FBI counterterrorism agents in the Boston area scrambled to thwart the last of a string of Islamic State terror plots they feared could be conducted during the patriotic holiday or soon after.

Just weeks earlier, an agent and Boston officers had shot and killed an ISIS sympathizer on the same streets, right before he boarded a bus armed with a military-style knife and plans to attack cops and behead a woman.

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Founder of app used by ISIS once said ‘We shouldn’t feel guilty.’ On Wednesday he banned their accounts

Pavel Durov knew that terrorists might be using his app to communicate. And he decided it was something he could live with.

“I think that privacy, ultimately, and our right for privacy is more important than our fear of bad things happening, like terrorism,” the founder of Telegram, a highly secure messaging app, said at a TechCrunch panel in September when asked if he “slept well at night” knowing his technology was used for violence.

“If you look at ISIS, yes, there’s a war going on in the Middle East,” he continued. “Ultimately, ISIS will find a way to communicate with its cells, and if any means doesn’t feel secure to them, they’ll [find something else]. We shouldn’t feel guilty about it. We’re still doing the right thing, protecting our users’ privacy.”

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Paris Attacks Raise Encryption as Key Issue to 2016 Elections

Presidential candidates who travel to Silicon Valley for fundraising may find themselves walking a precarious line between the privacy position of potential donors and calls for greater surveillance in the wake of the Paris attacks.

The weekend’s mass shootings and suicide bombings in France — together with the downing of a Russian airliner and a pair of suicide bombings in Beirut — have renewed calls for technology companies to provide government officials back-door access to encrypted communications on smartphones and messaging apps.

As Re/code noted yesterday, technology giants like Apple, Google and Facebook have pushed back against such measures, arguing that leaving holes in customers’ data encryption, no matter how well intentioned, would make them more vulnerable to hacking and cybercrime without necessarily making them safer.

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Optimizing Lifestyle and Work-Life by Speeding up Your Machines

As Vice President of Marketing at iolo technologies, Mr. Schoch was responsible for refocusing the company around its best-in-class computer performance product, System Mechanic, which he grew into the #1 product in its category, more than doubling the company’s revenue.

Catch more of JJ Schoch on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Nov. 21, Saturday, 11am, EST)

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Give Extra Life and Power to Your Machines

Larry O’Connor is Founder and CEO of Other World Computing, Inc. (OWC), a manufacturer and e-Tailer of Solid State Drives, data storage solutions, memory and accessories for Mac and PC computers. Started in 1988, the company has become an innovative leader in developing/delivering non-Apple/non-PC manufacturer storage solutions and upgrades to extend the performance, use-life of the SMB’s and individual’s computing device investment. In addition to guiding the technology and solutions activities for OWC, Larry also serves at the President of Newer Technology, Inc. and Price.com

Catch more of Larry O’Connor on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson (Nov. 21, Saturday, 11am, EST)