Sprint and Softbank: Sprint said Monday that it has received a waiver from Japanese carrier SoftBank to enter discussions with Dish Network to obtain more information on the merger offer that Dish made to Sprint on April 15.
The agreement, Sprint said, allows the special committee on Sprint’s board tasked with evaluating the Dish deal to obtain more information on the proposal but does not permit the company to share non-public information with Dish or enter into negotiations with the company.
Google Now, now on the iPhone and iPad: Google announced Monday that it would bring its personal assistant software, Google Now, to Apple devices for the first time, putting it in direct competition with the Siri software Apple has built into its iPhone 4S and iPhone 5. The feature, now a part of the company’s search app, pulls information from users’ Google accounts and presents it on one screen — for example, users can get Google Maps traffic information to know when they should leave for the next appointment on Google Calendar.
Consumers must sign in to their Google accounts to use the service, which pulls information from various Google services. The app can collect a variety of location and other information from users, though users can opt-out of some data collection and manage much of the information that the app aggregates.
Wiretap orders: Popular Internet services including Facebook and Google would be required to enable law enforcement officials access to online communications as they occur under a new proposal, The Washington Post reported.
Current and former U.S. officials “familiar with the effort” but unable to comment on the record said that the proposal would penalize companies that did not comply with court authorizations that allow the government to intercept suspects’ online communications.
Guardian Twitter accounts hacked: Eleven social media accounts run by The Guardian were hacked in a manner similar to the way Associated Press Twitter accounts were recently compromised.
As the security firm Sophos noted, messages on the accounts indicated that the those who went into the Guardian’s accounts said they were from the same group that claimed the Associated Press attack, the “Syrian Electronic Army.”
As with the Associated Press hack, the firm noted, reporters from the Guardian said that they had been targeted with phishing e-mails ahead of the hack.