Cisco “deeply concerned” over NSA backdoor claims

The U.S. networking equipment manufacturer, which has already warned over the revenue implications of the Snowden revelations, says it is trying to find out more about the NSA’s alleged exploitation of its security architecture.

U.S. may have bugged German chancellor’s mobile phone

Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel, has confronted U.S. president Barack Obama over the likely tapping of her communications. The White House has said the U.S. “is not monitoring and will not monitor” her communications, but has not denied doing so in the past.

NSA taps credit card transaction data, report claims

The NSA may have found a way to monitor some credit card transactions, according to a Snowden-derived report from Germany’s Der Spiegel. The agency said in leaked documents that it found a way to access Visa transactions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, but the financial services company denies the tapping of its networks. The report highlights an NSA financial database called Tracfin, into which SWIFT international transfer information also flows through the interception of “SWIFT printer traffic from numerous banks.”

Twitter just threw a lifeline to the content industry

Twitter’s deal with SoundCloud to embed audio in tweets isn’t just a deal that gives the Berlin music startup a ton of exposure: it’s a signal that while Twitter may carry a threat for media companies, it could be a serious alternative to Facebook.

Today in Cleantech

Sixty thousand protestors gathered in central Tokyo this morning, demanding a total phase out of nuclear power in Japan. The protest comes days after Siemen’s CEO, Peter Loescher, told the influential German newsmagazine Der Spiegel that his company would exit the nuclear power industry, citing the “clear position of German society” on nuclear power. Siemens built all of Germany’s existing 17 nuclear plants, and it’s interesting to see such a powerful corporation decide that it didn’t want to fight the zeitgeist surrounding ending dependence on nuclear power. Volkswagen invested a billion euros in wind energy earlier this month, and it’s refreshing to see a country where the moral imperatives of its population are driving corporate behavior.