“Samsung Electronics Co. is close to signing deals for its devices with two U.S. government agencies, according to people familiar with the matter, signs that the South Korean company’s push into the government sector traditionally dominated by BlackBerry Ltd. is gaining some traction,” Will Connors reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“The deals, one a large order with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the other a smaller order with the U.S. Navy, haven’t yet closed, according to these people,” Connors reports. “The Samsung devices aimed at the FBI and Navy will come preloaded with the company’s KNOX security offering, according to a person familiar with the deals, meant to add a layer of security to the standard Android operating system from Google Inc.”
Connors reports, “The FBI and Navy orders are expected to be relatively small, but they could be seen as an indicator to other government agencies and security-conscious companies that Samsung devices are ready to use.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: By SteveJack
Why would the U.S. government choose an insecure mobile operating system on devices from a South Korean convicted infringer of a U.S. company’s patented intellectual property over said U.S. company’s vastly more secure products?
Could it be due to the fact that Google has already inserted some U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) code into Android while Apple does not accept code from any government agencies for any of their operating systems or any other products?
Nah, couldn’t be. I must be craaazzzy!
I long for a simpler time. A saner time. A time when rewarding foreign companies that have been convicted of stealing intellectual property from U.S. companies with contracts financed with U.S. taxpayer money would be utterly unthinkable, not close at hand.
Along with U.S. taxpayers who value their hard-earned money, any U.S. representative worth his or her salt should be livid right about now. That only one or two might be (if we’re even that lucky), is a pitiful testament to the absolutely clueless, generally moronic, and largely worthless dreck that fouls the houses of the U.S. Congress today.
Will some U.S. Congressperson or Senator finally luck out and stumble into a clue, then stand up and ask WTF is really going on here?
If not, a plague on both your houses, you unpatriotic fools.
U.S. citizens, contact your U.S. congressperson here.
SteveJack is a long-time Macintosh user, former web designer, multimedia producer and a regular contributor to the MacDailyNews Opinion section.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dominick P.” for the heads up.]
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