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US Marshals Caught Spying with Low Flying Aircraft and Fake Base Station DIRTBoxes.

With the dust still settling on the Fake Mobile Phone Towers spying controversy the US Government has been caught with its hand in its own cookie jar once again. Reports are surfacing at the moment that suggests the US Marshals have been flying Cessna’s equipped with DIRTbox technology to collect the identity of every mobile phone within range. Using 5 airports across the US as bases it is believed the Marshals have most of the population within range.

Manufactured by Digital Receiver Technology (DIRT), now a subsidiary of Boeing, the DIRTbox’s and their use by the US Marshals appears to be completely legal. Amazingly there seems to have been no laws broken in this snooping program. The US Marshal service is overseen by the US Department of Justice and has the sign off of the required judges.

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The Microsoft Brand Smartphone, Surface in the Palm of Your Hand…

The Surface tablet is already entrenched in the hot new Windows 8 eco-system but Microsoft has left the destiny of its Smartphone in the hands of Nokia, Samsung and HTC. The Wall Street Journal has this week reported rumours that plans are afoot to change this, and soon.

While Steve Ballmer may be unwilling to comment on Microsoft’s future products whispers are being heard around factories in Asia. Insiders have suggested that Microsoft is in talks with Asian manufacturers, on the hunt for a partner to manufacture the new 4 to 5 inch WP8 Smartphone.

During the recent interview with the WSJ Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was his usual evasive self, not wanting to comment on the possibility of an MS branded WP8 Smartphone.

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