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Microsoft at risk of being in contempt of court for not handing over Irish emails: The News Wrap

Thursday, 4 September 2014 | By Kye White

A United States federal court judge is considering whether or not to hold Microsoft in contempt for defying orders to give the US government e-mails stored on a server overseas.


It is the first case that is testing the Obama administration’s position that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, regardless of where the content is stored.


The US government is after email stored on a Microsoft server in Ireland that it believes is associated with drug trafficking.


Samsung reveals the latest additions to its Note series


The fourth smartphone in Samsung’s Note series, the Galaxy Note 4, has been revealed.


It features a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560x1440 Super AMOLED) display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3.7-megapixel front-facing camera, a 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor with a 600MHz Adreno 420 GPU, and 3GB of RAM.


The phone will be available in October, although the price has not yet been set.


The Galaxy Note Edge includes many of the same features, albeit a slightly smaller screen at 5.6 inches. Where it differs is with its sloped edge screen, which includes a default quick launcher that gives users access to a bunch of their most used apps.


Isis rebrands


The US mobile wallet platform Isis backed by AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon is rebranding and in a few weeks will become Softcard.


The startup announced a few months ago that it would be changing its name in an attempt to distance itself from any potential association with the Islamic militant group of the same name.




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