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  • Is Your Cable Box Spying On You? Behavior-Detecting Devices.. Worry Privacy Advocates

    07/28/2013 10:41:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    IBT ^ | July 26 2013 | Christopher Zara
    Pay-TV providers like Verizon and tech giants like Microsoft are developing devices that can monitor our behaviors as we watch TV and play games. “Watching the watchers” is taking on a whole new meaning. News that Google .. may be developing a television set-top box with a motion sensor and video camera has rekindled the debate over technology that can record so-called ambient action. Should a TV-mounted box have the ability to track our movements, record our voices and monitor our behaviors? Should cable providers and tech companies be allowed to collect such information without our consent? Lawmakers and privacy...
  • Rand Paul: Big Brother Really Is Watching Us

    06/12/2013 10:50:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 60 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 10, 2013 | RAND PAUL
    Monitoring hundreds of millions of phone records is an extraordinary invasion of privacy. When Americans expressed outrage last week over the seizure and surveillance of Verizon's client data by the National Security Agency, President Obama responded: "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother . . . but when you actually look at the details, I think we've struck the right balance." How many records did the NSA seize from Verizon? Hundreds of millions. We are now learning about more potential mass data collections by the government from other communications and online companies. These are the "details," and few...
  • The Case Against Google

    03/22/2012 4:43:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    gizmodo ^ | Mar 22, 2012 | Mat Honan
    For the last two months, you've seen some version of the same story all over the Internet: Delete your search history before Google's new privacy settings take effect. A straightforward piece outlining a rudimentary technique, but also evidence that the search titan has a serious trust problem on its hands. ... It's not surprising that the tracking debate had people up in arms. A Pew Internet study, conducted just before Google combined its privacy policies (and after it rolled out personalized search results in Search Plus Your World) found that three quarters of people don't want their search results tracked,...
  • Watchdog wants probe of Google's 'unusually close' ties to Obama

    11/10/2010 8:42:00 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/09/10 | Sara Jerome -
    The National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC), a group that advocates for a smaller and more ethical government, wrote to leaders of the House Oversight Committee this month urging them to investigate a major privacy breach by Google. It wants to know if the company's ties to the administration helped it dodge penalties after the incident. The group also urges a look at Google's ties to the administration more generally, pointing to what it calls "a growing body of evidence" that shows the administration's "unusually close relationship with Google has resulted in favoritism towards the company on federal policy issues."...
  • 15 Search Results Google Doesn’t Want You to See

    10/06/2010 9:02:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Oct. 5, 2010 | Brian Ries
    Ever since Google unveiled its new search function, hackers have been compiling a list of banned words, including Latina and “meats.” Brian Ries talks to some of the blacklisted. Somewhere hidden deep within Google’s massive cache of servers, there is a blacklist unlike any other. For starters, it contains enough sexually suggestive terms to make any 15-year-old boy’s head explode. But there are also some unexpected words, like, say, Latina. And hidden from public view, the official version will never see the light of day. But over the past few weeks, a group of hackers in New York City has...
  • Google CEO: "We Know Where You Are. We Know Where You've Been...What You're Thinking About."

    10/04/2010 8:20:40 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Oct. 4, 2010 | Nick Saint
    Google CEO Eric Schmidt really has a knack for expressing relatively benign ideas in a way that makes him and his company look incredibly creepy... " With your permission, you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about. "
  • Net neutrality comes back to haunt Google

    07/13/2010 4:29:11 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Financial Times ^ | July 13 2010 | Richard Waters
    Google has become the main advocate in Washington for a set of regulations to prevent internet service providers favouring particular companies’ traffic. However, that campaign, over what is known as “net neutrality”, has handed a gift to its own detractors. This year, “search neutrality” has become the rallying cry of activists who believe that Google has too much power to decide which internet sites are granted the attention that comes with a high search ranking, and which are consigned to outer darkness. After regulating the “pipes” of the internet with net neutrality, says Frank Pasquale, a professor at Seton Hall...
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger unveils dramatic climate change map which shows flooded San Francisco

    12/03/2009 5:40:17 PM PST · by george76 · 90 replies · 3,197+ views
    Mail ^ | 03rd December 2009
    The map, which demonstrates the devastating effects of global warming in just a century, shows how San Francisco Airport would be completely underwater if sea levels were to rise by ...60in. The coastline on the map was also coloured, highlighting how nearly half a million Californians are at risk from rising sea levels. The map, named CalAdapt, which was revealed at a press conference on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay by Mr Schwarzenegger and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, was created as part of a plan for the state to adapt to global warming. 'Within a century, Treasure Island, this...
  • Google Wants To Interrogate CNET Journalist To Find Out Who Ratted On Eric Schmidt*

    03/28/2010 8:45:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies · 680+ views
    Business Insider. ^ | Mar. 27, 2010 | Henry Blodget |
    What was that we were hearing a few days ago from Google about the importance of free speech, protection from tyranny, etc.? We take it that this moral crusade doesn't include support for a free press. "An attorney for Google and YouTube indicated today that the Web giants may call a prominent tech reporter to the witness stand in an effort to reveal who leaked the journalist confidential documents from the ongoing Viacom and Premier League copyright cases." the enormously public stance and actions Google is taking right now to protest censorship and government control over the media in China,...
  • Google Piles On Against Microsoft

    02/26/2009 11:49:29 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies · 598+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 25th, 2009 | Michael S. Malone
    In late 2007, Norwegian browser maker Opera filed an anti-trust suit with the European Commission accusing Microsoft of unfair practices by bundling Internet Explorer with Windows... Google’s VP of product management Sundar Pichai announced that his company would be participating as a third-party ... Google no doubt thinks this is a smart strategic move, both because it adds extra muscle to a smackdown of its chief competitor — and, in the process, sucks up to the always dangerous European Commission. But I predict that Google will come to regret this move. Why? Because for the last three years, on my...
  • How To Stop Google From Following You

    03/12/2009 8:40:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies · 4,364+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 03.11.2009 | Lauren Aaronson
    A simple tool lets you opt out of advertising programs that track your Web clicks. Hundreds of thousands of Web sites show ads provided by Google, such as those little text ads that offer you everything from diets to dog training. Now Google has announced plans to track your clicks across all these sites, and then serve up ads personalized to your tastes... As Big Brother as it sounds, this is actually something that many advertising companies already do. But don't worry: There's a way to stop Google--and all the others--from prying. Although it isn't well-publicized, many other Internet advertisers...
  • Google Receives Worst Privacy Ranking of Internet Service Companies

    07/12/2007 7:58:11 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies · 527+ views
    Associated Content ^ | Jul 11, 2007 | Aly Adair
    Privacy International, a human rights research organization, completed a six-month investigation of privacy practices for 23 Internet companies. Results of the consultation report were published this week, and the final report will be published in September. Privacy International is soliciting additional comments on the findings before it publishes the more detailed report. The data used for the consultation report provides a strong indication of which companies rank best to worst for their privacy practices. Google ranked at the very bottom of the list primarily because the research showed numerous deficiencies and hostilities in Google's approach to privacy that "go well...
  • Google Mocks Christ on Christmas Eve

    12/24/2005 9:58:56 PM PST · by george76 · 175 replies · 11,429+ views
    Confederate Yankee ^ | December 24, 2005
    While trying to find a nativity image for my last post before Christmas, I did an search for "baby jesus" on Google. This is the result. Notice that the top search result is for a sex toy that mocks Jesus. Other results on this search results page have more link traffic. A quick review of page's code shows no HTML meta information that should give it a favorable ranking. The page itself has a raw relevance ranking (search word divided by total words) of less than five percent. The only conclusion I can draw is that this page position ranking...
  • Google Office: A Failure Compared to Microsoft Office

    03/21/2006 3:10:09 PM PST · by N3WBI3 · 9 replies · 279+ views
    CoolTechZone.com ^ | Tuesday, 21 March 2006 | Gundeep Hora
    (Column) - After much speculation, Google has lastly released an online word processor, and assuming Google continues to dominate in the near future, I suspect an online version of Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher is on the horizon. While Google’s attempt to dominate its presence continues, it would have a troubling time succeeding with an online office suite for good many reasons. Upstartle, makers of the online word processor Writely that Google acquired to kickstart its web applications suite, is not nearly as feature rich as Microsoft Word (or OpenOffice.org). While many users may not utilize the application’s entire functionality,...
  • Blogger Sucks

    03/18/2006 6:47:56 AM PST · by george76 · 1 replies · 177+ views
    TexasRainmaker ^ | March 18th, 2006 | TexasRainmaker
    As you’ve noticed, the http://texasrainmaker.blogspot.com site has been down since yesterday. Since this is becoming a routine for Blogger, I have decided to move the site permanently. Please pardon the mess as I continue making this site look a little better.
  • Web Site Files Complaint Against Google

    03/17/2006 5:40:36 PM PST · by grundle · 24 replies · 896+ views
    breitbart.com ^ | March 17, 2006 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE
    Web Site Files Complaint Against Google Mar 17 6:36 PM US/Eastern By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Business Writer SAN FRANCISCO Google Inc.'s mysterious methods for ranking Web sites came under attack Friday in a lawsuit accusing the online search engine leader of ruining scores of Internet businesses that have been wrongfully banished from its index. The civil complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose by KinderStart.com, seeks to be certified as a class action representing the owners of all Web sites blacklisted by Google's Internet-leading search engine since January 2001. KinderStart, a Norwalk-based Web site devoted to information about...
  • WHERE'S BETSY'S PAGE?

    03/17/2006 4:24:48 PM PST · by george76 · 16 replies · 603+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | March 16, 2006 | Michelle Malkin
    Betsy Newmark, one of my favorite bloggers who I've been honored to have guest-blog here, is down. I asked her what happened. She e-mails about her nightmare: Evil Blogger has lost the page - server problems. They are the most unhelpful organization. You can't reach any human being and all I get are form letters saying that all the problems have been resolved. I'm just hoping that they fix their problem and I get back on. I don't have time to hassle with setting up a new page. She adds: All I get are their automated messages that are of...
  • Google to Pay $90M in 'Click Fraud' Case

    03/09/2006 2:10:24 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 64 replies · 1,529+ views
    yahoo business ^ | Thursday March 9, 4:16 am ET | Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google Inc. has agreed to pay up to $90 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the online search engine leader overcharged thousands of advertisers who paid for bogus sales referrals generated through a ruse known as "click fraud." The proposed settlement, announced by the company Wednesday, would apply to all advertisers in Google's network during the past four years. Any Web site showing improper charges dating back to 2002 will be eligible for an account credit that could be used toward future ads distributed by Google. The total value of the credits available to advertisers will...
  • Google sees growth slowing, largely organic: report

    02/28/2006 7:55:14 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies · 1,074+ views
    (Reuters ^ | 2-28 | CNBC
    The chief financial officer of Google Inc... Tuesday said overall growth is slowing ... The company will now have to "find other ways" to boost revenue... The stock was down 11 percent, or more than $42...
  • Google desktop delivers 'unacceptable risk'

    02/21/2006 6:19:41 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies · 830+ views
    The Age Company ^ | February 21, 2006 | Louisa Hearn
    Gartner, the technology research group, has added its voice to warnings about a feature in Google's new Desktop beta that allows users to transfer data between two computers. The Desktop 3 update was released a fortnight ago by Google, and a new feature called Search Across Computers enables the transfer of information such as emails, instant messages and other files so they can be searched from another computer. But to enable the transfer, the user must first authorise Google to store material from the PC on its own servers for up to 30 days. "The newest release of Google's desktop...
  • Google Is "Freeped"

    02/15/2006 4:57:26 PM PST · by at bay · 5 replies · 471+ views
    NoLove4Google.com ^ | 2-15-06 | various
    Demonstrations occurred all over the world on Valentines, including a valentine's breakup of Google~Here are just a few of the protests Mountain View, California- It's about 4 pm outside the Google corporate headquarters here in Mountain View, CA and we've got about 35-40 people out in the sunshine. Black Eyed Peas' "Where is the Love?" is blasting out of the speakers right now as the screamers and shouters take a breather in the grass. Several news and media outlets came by and interviewed SFTers Dhela of UC Davis, Thupten, Gunn student Iliana, and myself. Bay area dance teacher Tsering performed...
  • In the Drink ( Google Gets the Gong )

    02/12/2006 9:59:46 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 938+ views
    BARRON ^ | FEBRUARY 13, 2006 | JACQUELINE DOHERTY
    INVESTORS HAVE BEEN FIXATED on Google the past few weeks, as its shares have tumbled nearly 25% from a peak of $475 -- and the fact is, there could be a lot more tumbling ahead. The share price could well be cut in half over the next year as the Internet giant grapples with growing competition from Microsoft and Yahoo!, increased pricing pressures in its online ad sales and mounting concern about what's known as click fraud. Suffice it to say, there are those who disagree... But the list of challenges the company faces is nothing short of mind-googling. As...
  • Google may plunge at launch? Pretrade offer $55.00

    08/19/2004 8:42:51 AM PDT · by epluribus_2 · 31 replies · 1,006+ views
    yahoo ^ | 19-Aug-2004 | epluribus_2
    if I read this right, betting is that Google falls faster than Kerry on a snowboard after it goes on sale. GOOGLE (RTM/ECN) Symbol: GOOG Last Trade: N/A After Hours Change: N/A Today's Change: N/A Bid: 55.00 Ask: N/A
  • Google Readies for Trading, IPO at $85

    08/19/2004 7:21:07 AM PDT · by stainlessbanner · 3 replies · 280+ views
    mywaynews ^ | Aug 19 2004 | MAY WONG
    SAN JOSE, California (AP) - On the cusp of its voyage into public trading, Google's initial stock price was set at $85 and its market value calculated at $23 billion - less than originally expected, but still impressive for a 6-year-old dot-com dreamed up in a garage. The final initial public offering price, set through an unorthodox auction that alienated many on Wall Street, means the stock will likely debut Thursday under the symbol "GOOG" on the Nasdaq Stock Market.Before trading begins, the company and its underwriters must announce the share price of the initial sale, notify winning bidders and...
  • Goog (Google) Nasdaq - should be fun tomorrow.

    08/19/2004 12:09:53 AM PDT · by Positive · 5 replies · 427+ views
    Various - I'm a stockbroker. | 08/18/2004 | Self
    GOOG is official, the price is $85.00. It is expected to begin trading tomorrow 8/19/2004. Thing is auction participants won't know until 8/24/2004 how many shares they are required to buy. So if you choose to sell, how many shares do you sell? If you buy tomorrow and the stock rises, what happens on the 24th when everybody finds out how much they got in the auction?<p. Could be some volitility. I will remind of one event a few years ago. PALM was to come at 16, interest was so great that it was priced at 32. It opened at...