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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Report ties cyberattacks to Chinese military #thecircuit

Chinese military tied to cyberattacks, report says: A report from Arlington, Va.-based Mandiant has tied the Chinese military to recent cyber attacks on more than 140 U.S. corporations, The Washington Post reported, and questions China’s denials that its military conducts these kinds of activities.

As The Post reported, the Mandiant study has traced attacks on companies in the United States, Canada, Britain and other countries to a military unit within the People’s Liberation Army General Staff Department’s 3rd Department.

The Chinese military denounced the accusations, as they have in the past, saying that it does not engage in cyberattacks.

Google faces European scrutiny: Regulators from the France’s data protection agency said Monday that they plan to take action against Google for changes the company made to its privacy policy, Reuters reported, saying that the company has provided satisfactory answers to its inquiries around the policy.

The French agency CNIL was tasked with leading Europe’s investigations into the matter.

The policy, which went into effect last year, unified over 60 of Google’s services under the same privacy policy, and also gave the company the right to pool data across those services. The company has said, repeatedly, that it believes the policy is in compliance with European law.

Outlook.com gets official launch: Microsoft is doubling down on its campaign against Google’s Gmail as it launches its own Outlook.com site, running online, print and TV ads highlighting Gmail’s long-standing practice of using algorithms to scan the contents of e-mails to tailor its online ads to individual users.

Google has done this since Gmail’s launch and stresses that humans are never scanning through your personal e-mail. Microsoft also serves ads based on information that users provide, as well as their search histories.

Microsoft said in a blog post Monday that it will migrate its current Hotmail users who don’t make the switch themselves to Outlook.com by the summer. Users will be able to keep their “@hotmail.com” addresses if they want, as well as their passwords, messages, folders, contacts and other settings. They will also have the option to switch to a “outlook.com” address but will not be required to, wrote Microsoft’s Outlook.com director of product management, David Law.

Bloomberg profiles FCC chairman: Bloomberg has a profile of Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski again raising the question of whether or not he will stay at the FCC past July 1, when his current term expires.

The article also examines what Genachowski’s legacy would be, tapping the brains of former FCC chairman Reed Hundt, AT&T’s Bob Quinn, American Enterprise Institute’s Jeffrey Eisenach and angel investor Ron Conway. Genachowski’s efforts on broadband, spectrum auctions and open-Internet rules were among the accomplishments mentioned in the article.

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