August 17, 2013 1:25 AM

Column | How the surveillance state hurts the tech sector

So let’s see if we can find the thread that connects some recent news from the technology world. Microsoft Corp. has agreed to let users of its forthcoming Xbox One game system disable the “always on” motion-sensing camera that was previously described as a fully integrated component that couldn’t be turned off. Two companies that offer high-encryption e-mail services, Lavabit and Silent Circle, have announced they will cease providing it. Foreign firms interested in cloud computing, widely viewed as tech’s next profit machine, are seriously considering Asian and European providers instead of U.S. ones.

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