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Boeing takes smartphone security into their own hands.
Boeing to launch its own, secure Android smartphone -- You might like to think your smartphone is secure, but odds are it wouldn't cut it for businesses that are serious about security. In the highly-specialized security market, encrypted smartphones can cost as much as $20,000. Seeing a clear opening, Boeing (yes, the airplane people) has announced development of a secure smartphone based on Google's Android operating system. The company didn't mention a target price for the Boeing Phone, but made it clear it would undercut the pricing on current solutions while still being too expensive for mainstream consumers. Boeing believes that by using Android with a series of security modifications, it can build a device much cheaper. Phones from the competition often run on proprietary software and require expensive back end systems.

Speaking of Boeing...
Boeing's key Wichita supplier hit hard by tornado -- Spirit AeroSystems, which supplies Boeing with 737 fuselages and nose-and-cockpit sections for all its widebody jets, suffered a "direct hit" late Saturday night from a powerful tornado that destroyed walls on the east side of the sprawling Wichita plant and ripped away large sections of roof. No one at the plant was injured, but the company has suspended operations at least until Wednesday. Structural engineers spent Sunday going through the buildings to determine if it's safe for Spirit's teams to enter. "Some walls have collapsed. Roofs are off. We have no power. No gas service. Our email systems are down," Spirit spokeswoman Debbie Gann said Sunday. If Spirit suspends deliveries of aircraft parts for any extended period, it would swiftly slow down or stop Boeing production lines in the Puget Sound region.

"Re-" re-shoring?
Many U.S. Immigrants' Children Seek American Dream Abroad --Samir N. Kapadia seemed to be on the rise in Washington, moving from an internship on Capitol Hill to jobs at a major foundation and a consulting firm. Yet his days, he felt, had become routine. By contrast, friends and relatives in India, his native country, were telling him about their lives in that newly surging nation. One was creating an e-commerce business, another a public relations company, still others a magazine, a business incubator and a gossip and events Web site. "I'd sit there on Facebook and on the phone and hear about them starting all these companies and doing all these dynamic things," recalled Mr. Kapadia, 25, who was born in India but grew up in the United States. "And I started feeling that my 9-to-5 wasn't good enough anymore."

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