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Apple vs. Samsung: Tech's best frenemies

SEOUL — Since 2011, two titans of the electronics industry — Samsung Electronics and Apple — have been locked in legal warfare over their smart phones and tablets, slinging more than 50 lawsuits at each other on four continents. But despite the bitter rivalry, these two giants aren’t really enemies. More like frenemies.

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Federal law enforcement agencies are monitoring more email and social media communications than ever before, according to Justice Department documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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Attorney General Eric Holder (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Federal law enforcement agencies have ramped up their monitoring of social media, including Facebook and Twitter, without obtaining search warrants, newly released documents show.

The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU, obtained documents from the Justice Department under a Freedom of Information Act request detailing the use of “pen register” and “trap and trace” surveillance techniques used by federal agencies. The documents show a marked increase in monitoring social media beginning in 2009. 

Request to intercept social media communications jumped 80 percent from 2010 and 2011. 

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