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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone conversations are far more interesting than our own, but it’s no reason to be complacent.
“We’re basically turning citizens into human intel for the country. Welcome to the Surveillance State,” said software developer Andrew Stone. “All communications are being spied upon — phone, email, Skype, web browsing. Massive amounts of data are being collected.”
Stone isn’t your wild-eyed activist. He’s best known as developer of the popular mobile application Twittelator for the iPhone and iPad. His Albuquerque-based Stone Design Corp. has published more than 35 software titles for generations of Macintosh operating systems. Stone joined computing legend Steve Jobs after Jobs, forced out of Apple, started his own company, NeXT. Stone is still an independent developer for Apple.
Early in his career, Stone decided that his pursuit of software wouldn’t be “just tech for tech’s sake but to make life better,” and he’s passionate about that.
His inspiration for Twittelator, which helps users manage multiple Twitter accounts, was the report of the young Egyptian jailed during demonstrations in his country who tweeted his friends and got released.
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