31 August 2013

Privacy, Personal Data, Facebook, Big Brother's Little Brother

Facebook now Big Brother's Little Brother? --

Facebook has to pony up $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over how user information is incorporated in ads like the much-maligned—but hugely profitable—Sponsored Stories. (source infra)
Under legal pressure, Facebook clarifies how it uses your data
Facebook wants to be clear: It can use the names, profile pictures and other data of its members to deliver ads on the site. On Thursday, the site announced a wide range of proposed updates to its Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, ...

Google Glass Assists Surgeons and Medical Students at Ohio State University
ABC News
Google Glass has been used to film road trips, fashion shows, and boardwalk arrests. Now, a group of surgeons at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center can add that it can film surgical procedures too. Christopher Kaeding, an orthopaedic ...

Microsoft CEO Hunt a Tough Bet as Web Gamblers Favor Elop
Elop's all-or-nothing remake of Nokia, using Microsoft's Windows Phone operating system, hasn't yet created a significant challenger to Apple and Samsung Electronics Co., the dominant leaders in the smartphone market. Still, Elop can claim at least one ...

Microsoft sets $100 Surface Pro discounts in stone
"The customer response to recent Surface pricing and keyboard-cover promotions has been exciting to see, and we are proud to begin rollout of Surface Pro, Touch Cover and Surface RT bundles at even more affordable prices starting August 29," a ...

Apple Seeks Trademark in Malaysia
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Apple is seeking to trademark the term “startup,” under various categories covering retail stores services for computers, software, peripherals, mobile phones and consumer electronic devices ; repair and maintenance of devices; conducting seminars, ...

Google executive Hugo Barra poached by China's Xiaomi
BBC News
One of Google's top executives is leaving the company to join up-and-coming Chinese firm Xiaomi. Hugo Barra was vice president of product management for Google's mobile platform Android, and had been at the company since 2008. Google confirmed his ...

Google co-founder Sergey Brin embroiled in office affair?
CBS News
(CBS News) Silicon Valley is being rocked by a reported love affair. The marriage of Google co-founder Sergey Brin is said to be on the rocks, following an office romance, according to the influential Web site All Things D, which covers the high-tech ...

Microsoft, AmEx Said to Compete for Foursquare Stake
Foursquare has helped Microsoft by making an application for its Windows 8 operating system, which has had trouble attracting developers because of the popularity ofGoogle's Android and Apple's iOS software for smartphones and tablets. To contact the ...

Microsoft who? Sinofsky adds another scene to his second act, signs up with Box
However, Box wasn't one of the rivals that Microsoft listed on the retirement agreement it struck with Sinofsky, which bars him from accepting direct or indirect employment withAmazon, Apple, EMC, Facebook, Google, Oracle, or VMWare. Microsoft said it ...

Google, Twitter and others share transparency reports
The following is a breakdown of the so-called transparency reports published by Google, Twitter, Microsoft, and, most recently, Facebook for all law-enforcement-requested data.Google. Google's data requests are on a steep incline. Within the two-year ...

Apple is 'dead money' says porn-loving bond king
The last time we wrote about the controversial founder of DoubleLine Capital he was telling a group of investment bankers that he had lost faith in the Apple's (AAPL) ability to wow customers and was shorting the stock. "I just wonder how many people ...

Here's Why Microsoft Coming To Foursquare's Salvation Might Make ...
By Alex Wilhelm
By buying into Facebook as its only corporate investor, Microsoft has locked up a long-term deal to provide mapping and search capabilities for the social giant. ... Bing competes with Google and Apple to provide local data, and mapping.

At Google, a Love Triangle and a Departing Executive - NYTimes.com
But this year, it is Google's secrets, not Apple's, that have people abuzz. On Wednesday, reports from Google emerged about a love triangle involving Google's co-founder, Sergey Brin, and Hugo Barra, an Android executive who announced ...
NYT Bits

Amanda Rosenberg of Google - Business Insider
By Jay Yarow
That same Googler who was dating Barra is now in a relationship with 40-year-old Sergey Brin, Google's co-founder who recently split with his wife of six years, Anne Wojcicki. The Googler at the heart of all of this is Amanda Rosenberg, ...
Business Insider

TV Shows seeing outage for some on Apple TV, iTunes Store ...
By Mark Gurman
We're receiving multiple reports from readers indicating that the TV Shows feature onApple TV and on iTunes on Mac in the United States is seeing an outage. So, it's not just you. Apple is yet to comment on the downtime on its official status ...

Sorry Apple, larger phones are a growing portion of Indian ... - GigaOM
By Kevin C. Tofel
Apple may have a tougher time cracking the huge Indian market of 1.2 billion people, simply because it doesn't offer what 30 percent of buyers bought last quarter: Phones with displays of 5-inches or larger.

Huge canyon discovered under Greenland ice
BBC News
One of the biggest canyons in the world has been found beneath the ice sheet that smothers most of Greenland. The canyon - which is 800km long and up to 800m deep - was carved out by a great river more than four million years ago, before the ice arrived.

Mac Users Report SimCity Installation Issues
PC Magazine
Electronic Arts is suffering from a bad case of déjà vu: Almost six months after SimCity's PC debut was marred by server problems, Mac players are now finding themselves locked out of this week's launch. A number of users reportedly have been unable to ...

AT&T to go nationwide with prepaid Aio Wireless service
CNET (blog)
The phone giant takes on T-Mobile in the no-contract market, announcing it will push its prepaid network throughout the U.S. in mid-September. by Desiree Everts DeNunzio. August 29, 2013 10:32 PM PDT. (Credit: Aio Wireless). AT&T is pushing more ...

Nokia's Here brings the cloud to the car
Nokia is making a strong push for more control over your activity in the car. The company on Friday announced a new "Connected Driving" experience under its automotive Here brand that aims at connecting in-car activity with the cloud.

Microsoft slashes Surface Pro prices in Europe by €100 – for good
ZDNet (blog)
Summary: Will a €100 permanent price cut on Surface Pro be enough to convince Europeans to buy Microsoft's tablet? Microsoft made its August price cuts to the Surface ...

Pressy Kickstarter projects automates Android functions with the press of a button
Mobile Burn
Kickstarter is home to many doomed projects, but there are some that provide such an obvious "Why hasn't anyone already thought of this?" solution that the product almost instantly succeeds. Pressy, a button that plugs into a phone's headphone jack and ...

Milky Way's giant black hole spotted rejecting food
The Space Reporter
In order to descend over the event horizon, material trapped by a black hole has to lose heat and momentum. Milky Way's giant black hole spotted rejecting food ...

China's Xiaomi poaches Google executive Hugo Barra
Lei Jun, the Xiaomi founder, said on his Weibo feed that Mr Barra, who led product development for Google's industry-leading Android mobile software, will join in October as head of international business development. "Barra will be responsible for Xiaomi's ...

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