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Remote Operations Center
The OFFICE OF TAILORED ACCESS OPERATIONS (TAO) is a cyber-warfare intelligence-gathering unit of the National Security Agency
National Security Agency
(NSA). It has been active since at least circa 1998. TAO identifies, monitors, infiltrates, and gathers intelligence on computer systems being used by entities foreign to the United States. TAO is reportedly "now the largest and arguably the most important component of the NSA's huge Signals Intelligence Directorate (SID) ( SIGINT
SIGINT
), consisting of more than 1,000 military and civilian computer hackers, intelligence analysts, targeting specialists, computer hardware and software designers, and electrical engineers"
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Tencent QQ
TENCENT QQ, also known as QQ, is an instant messaging software service developed by the Chinese company Tencent Holdings Limited . QQ also offers services that provide online social games , music , shopping , microblogging , movies, and group and voice chat software. The logo of the software is a small penguin wearing a red scarf. As of April 2014, over 200 million simultaneous online QQ users were recorded. At the end of June 2016, there were 899 million active QQ accounts
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MSN
MSN
MSN
(stylized as MSN) is a web portal and related collection of Internet
Internet
services and apps for Windows
Windows
and mobile devices , provided by Microsoft
Microsoft
and launched on August 24, 1995, the same release date as Windows
Windows
95 . Along with Windows
Windows
95's release, Microsoft
Microsoft
debuted THE MICROSOFT NETWORK , a subscription-based dial-up online service that it later turned into an Internet
Internet
service provider named MSN Dial-up
MSN Dial-up
. At the same time, the company launched a new web portal named MICROSOFT INTERNET START and set it as the first default home page of Internet Explorer , its original web browser . In 1998, Microsoft
Microsoft
renamed and moved this web portal to the domain name MSN.COM, where it has remained since then
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Facebook
FACEBOOK is an American for-profit corporation and an online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California . The Facebook
Facebook
website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg , along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin , Andrew McCollum , Dustin Moskovitz , and Chris Hughes . The founders had initially limited the website's membership to Harvard students; however, later they expanded it to higher education institutions in the Boston area , the Ivy League schools, and Stanford University
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Twitter
TWITTER (/ˈtwɪtər/ ) is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, "tweets", restricted to 140 characters . Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through its website interface, SMS or a mobile device app . Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco , California , United States , and has more than 25 offices around the world. Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey , Noah Glass , Biz Stone , and Evan Williams and launched in July of that year. The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity. In 2012, more than 100 million users posted 340 million tweets a day, and the service handled an average of 1.6 billion search queries per day. In 2013, it was one of the ten most-visited websites and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet"
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Yahoo
YAHOO! is a web services provider, wholly owned by Verizon Communications through Oath Inc.
Oath Inc.
and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California . The original Yahoo!
Yahoo!
company was founded by Jerry Yang
Jerry Yang
and David Filo
David Filo
in January 1994 and was incorporated on March 2, 1995. Yahoo was one of the pioneers of the early Internet era in the 1990s. Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer
, a former Google
Google
executive, served as CEO and President of Yahoo until June 2017. It was globally known for its Web portal , search engine Yahoo! Search , and related services, including Yahoo! Directory , Yahoo! Mail , Yahoo! News , Yahoo! Finance , Yahoo! Groups , Yahoo! Answers , advertising , online mapping , video sharing , fantasy sports, and its social media website
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Mail.Ru
MAIL.RU GROUP, ООО (commonly referred to as MAIL.RU) is a Russian Internet
Internet
company . It was started in 1998 as an e-mail service and went on to become a major corporate figure in the Russian-speaking segment of the Internet
Internet
. As of 2013 according to comScore , websites owned by Mail.ru collectively had the largest audience in Russia
Russia
and captured the most screen time. Mail.Ru's sites reach approximately 86% of Russian Internet
Internet
users on a monthly basis and the company is in the top 5 of largest Internet
Internet
companies, based on the number of total pages viewed. Mail.ru controls the 3 largest Russian social networking sites. It operates the second and third most popular Russian social networking sites, Odnoklassniki
Odnoklassniki
and Moi Mir , respectively
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LinkedIn
LINKEDIN (/ˌliŋkt.ˈɪn/ ) is a business- and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Founded on December 28, 2002, and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking , including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs . As of 2015, most of the company's revenue came from selling access to information about its members to recruiters and sales professionals. As of September 2016, LinkedIn
LinkedIn
had more than 467 million accounts, out of which more than 106 million are active . As of April 2017, LinkedIn
LinkedIn
had 500 million members in 200 countries. LinkedIn
LinkedIn
allows members (both workers and employers) to create profiles and "connections" to each other in an online social network which may represent real-world professional relationships
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DoubleClick
DOUBLECLICK is a subsidiary of Google
Google
which develops and provides Internet ad serving services. Its clients include agencies, marketers ( Universal McCann
Universal McCann
, AKQA
AKQA
etc.) and publishers who serve customers like Microsoft
Microsoft
, General Motors
General Motors
, Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola
, Motorola
Motorola
, L\'Oréal , Palm, Inc. , Apple Inc.
Apple Inc.
, Visa USA, Nike , Carlsberg among others. DoubleClick's headquarters is in New York City
New York City
, United States
United States
. DoubleClick
DoubleClick
was founded in 1996 by Kevin O\'Connor and Dwight Merriman
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RocketMail
ROCKETMAIL was one of the first major, free webmail services. The service was originally a product of Four11 Corporation . For a brief time, RocketMail
RocketMail
battled with Hotmail for the number-one spot among free webmail services. Four11, including RocketMail, was acquired by Yahoo!
Yahoo!
in 1997 for $92 million. Yahoo!
Yahoo!
assimilated the RocketMail engine
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Hi5
HI5 is a social networking site based in San Francisco
San Francisco
, California
California
. Founded in 2004, it was reported to be the 2nd largest social network after Myspace
Myspace
by 2007. In 2008, comScore reported that hi5 was the third most popular social networking site in monthly unique visitors behind Facebook
Facebook
and MySpace. The social networking site, if(we) , formerly known as Tagged , purchased hi5 in December 2011, for an undisclosed sum and operates it today. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Features * 3 Market share * 4 Technologies * 5 Magi.com * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links HISTORYThe company was founded in 2003 by Ramu Yalamanchi . and had become the 8th largest social network by mid 2006
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Hotmail
OUTLOOK.COM is a web-based suite of webmail , contacts , tasks , and calendaring services from Microsoft
Microsoft
. One of the world's first webmail services, it was founded in 1996 as HOTMAIL (stylized as HOTMAIL) by Sabeer Bhatia and Jack Smith in Mountain View, California
Mountain View, California
, and headquartered in Sunnyvale . Microsoft
Microsoft
acquired Hotmail in 1997 for an estimated $400 million and launched it as MSN HOTMAIL, later rebranded to WINDOWS LIVE HOTMAIL as part of the Windows Live suite of products. Microsoft
Microsoft
released the final version of Hotmail in October 2011, available in 36 languages. It was replaced by Outlook.com in 2013. Outlook.com follows Microsoft's Metro design language , closely mimicking the interface of Microsoft
Microsoft
Outlook
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Gmail
GMAIL is a free, advertising -supported email service developed by Google
Google
. Users can access Gmail
Gmail
on the web and through mobile apps for Android and iOS , as well as through third-party programs that synchronize email content through POP or IMAP protocols. Gmail
Gmail
started as a limited beta release on April 1, 2004, and ended its testing phase on July 7, 2009. At launch, Gmail
Gmail
had an initial storage capacity offer of 1 gigabyte per user, a significantly higher amount than competitors offered at the time. Today, the service comes with 15 gigabytes of free storage. Users can receive emails up to 50 megabytes in size, including attachments, while they can send emails up to 25 megabytes. In order to send larger files, users can insert files from Google
Google
Drive into the message
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YouTube
YOUTUBE is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California . The service was created by three former PayPal employees — Chad Hurley , Steve Chen , and Jawed Karim — in February 2005. Google
Google
bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube
YouTube
now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries . YouTube
YouTube
allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users . It uses WebM , H.264/MPEG-4 AVC , and Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips , TV show clips, music videos , short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers and other content such as video blogging , short original videos, and educational videos
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Chaos Communication Congress
The CHAOS COMMUNICATION CONGRESS is an annual conference organized by the Chaos Computer Club . The congress features a variety of lectures and workshops on technical and political issues related to Security, Cryptography, Privacy and online Freedom of Speech . The event takes place regularly at the end of the year since 1984, with the current date and duration (December 27–30) established in 2005. It is considered one of the largest events of this kind, alongside the DEF CON in Las Vegas. The congress started out in 1984 in Hamburg , moved to Berlin in 1998, and back to Hamburg in 2012, having exceeded the capacity of the Berlin venue with more than 4500 attendees. Since then, the meetings in the considerably larger venue in Hamburg continue to attract an increasing number of people, around 6,600 attendees in 2012 and most recently more than 13,000 in 2015
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China
CHINA, officially the PEOPLE\'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (PRC), is a unitary sovereign state in East Asia and the world\'s most populous country , with a population of over 1.381 billion . Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometres (3.7 million square miles), it is the world's second-largest state by land area and third- or fourth-largest by total area . Governed by the Communist Party of China , it exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces , five autonomous regions , four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Tianjin , Shanghai , and Chongqing ) and the Special Administrative Regions Hong Kong and Macau , also claiming sovereignty o