News highlights – 2 May

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News highlights for 2 May

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The NSA collected 151 million phone records last year, after law change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency collected more than 151 million records of Americans’ phone calls last year, even after Congress limited its ability to collect bulk phone records, according to an annual report issued on Tuesday by the top U.S. intelligence officer. Read more…

Bango announces that Smartfren, others, will use carrier billing platform

Mobile payments company Bango has announced that Indonesian cellco Smartfren has used the Bango Payment Platform to launch one-click carrier billing payment for Google Play customers. Read more…

Verizon to sell cloud business to IBM

Verizon has agreed to sell its cloud and managed hosting service to IBM. Additionally, Verizon agreed to work with IBM on a number of strategic initiatives involving networking and cloud services. This is a unique cooperation between two tech leaders to support global organizations as they look to fully realize the benefits of their cloud computing investments. Read more…

Google, Microsoft in battle for school rooms

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp’s announcement of a suite of new education products on Tuesday shows the company’s determination to reverse a major shift that has taken place in U.S. classrooms in recent years: for most educators and school districts, Google’s Chromebook is now the computer of choice. Read more…

Privacy group sues NYPD over facial recognition technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A privacy group sued the New York Police Department on Tuesday to demand the release of documents related to its use of facial-recognition technology, which rights groups have criticized as discriminatory and lacking in proper oversight. Read more…

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