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Skype Demos Real Time Conversation Translation

Multiskype tools iconThe new guy running Microsoft just might make the software giant cool again. Ripped straight from the pages of science fiction, imagine having a Skype conversation with real time translation into the language of your foreign interlocutor. Or how about Microsoft launches a Google Glass-like product with this translation tool built in for face to face conversations? Yet again, Star Trek technology is becoming a reality (think of the Universal Translator). The Verge discusses CEO Satya Nadella’s announcement:

Microsoft’s Skype will eventually be able to translate voice calls between people. In an on-stage demo at the Code conference today, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella showed off Skype Translator, an upcoming version of the service that is capable of translating voice conversation in “near real-time” using technology developed by the company’s Skype and Translator teams. With it, you can talk in your native language to another user who speaks a different language, and Microsoft will translate it to the other person.

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FBI’s New Secretive Surveillance Unit Can Spy on Skype and Wireless Communications

Reports Declan McCullagh on cNet News:

The FBI has recently formed a secretive surveillance unit with an ambitious goal: to invent technology that will let police more readily eavesdrop on Internet and wireless communications.

The establishment of the Quantico, VA-based unit, which is also staffed by agents from the U.S. Marshals Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency, is a response to technological developments that FBI officials believe outpace law enforcement’s ability to listen in on private communications.

While the FBI has been tight-lipped about the creation of its Domestic Communications Assistance Center, or DCAC — it declined to respond to requests made two days ago about who’s running it, for instance — CNET has pieced together information about its operations through interviews and a review of internal government documents.

DCAC’s mandate is broad, covering everything from trying to intercept and decode Skype conversations to building custom wiretap hardware or analyzing the gigabytes of data that a wireless provider or social network might turn over in response to a court order…

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