Today's Tech: Microsoft labels the US government as a threat, Apple and China Mobile get chummy, and Samsung takes prints

Apple & China Mobile strike a deal

Apple and China Mobile have finally reached an agreement that will see the iPhone offered on the country's largest mobile phone network. The device rollout, which is expected to get underway around 18 December, opens up Apple to the world's largest mobile carrier in terms of users with some 700 million subscribers already signed up to the network.

Charming prints

Samsung is expected to jump on the fingerprint sensor bandwagon next year with two new devices released that will take advantage of the technology. The South Korean company is among a glut of firms that could implement the technology in 2014, according to comments made by Fingerprint Cards CEO Johan Carlstrom.

They're always listening...

The United States National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting records from over five billion mobile phone calls around the world each day, according to new documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The latest revelations come from the Washington Post, which cited top-secret documents provided by Snowden and interviews with intelligence officials.

Persistence is key

Speaking of which, Microsoft has labelled the US government an "advanced persistent threat" in efforts to close the door to National Intelligence Agency (NSA) spying. The category is usually reserved for foreign state-sponsored cyber terrorists. Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, told reporters that the tech giant is just as concerned as its customers when it comes to government surveillance of the Internet, and will do all it can to secure its systems.

You don't even get a tulip

The former president of the Dutch Central Bank, Nout Wellink, has said that bitcoin hype is worse than the so-called "tulip mania" of the 17th century. "At least then you got a tulip," he said. "Now you get nothing."

The famous tulip mania was one of the first recorded speculative bubbles in history. During the height of the mania, 12-acre plots of land were bought for a single tulip bulb. Bitcoin has risen over 90,000 per cent since its introduction, leading some journalists to label it "the Segway of currency," and "a Ponzi scheme libertarians use to make money off each other." It's safe to assume those aren't the ones who invested in the virtual currency when it was $0.01.

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