03 August 2014

US Federal Judge Single-handedly Kills US Tech Global Market

"It's not like there was much left in the wake of the Edward Snowden disclosures, which threw nine Silicon Valley giants under the global surveillance bus more than a year ago... To the outside world, lack of trust [is] still a big issue. Particularly for Europe... But as relations were beginning to improve, the US judiciary decided that, for the purposes of its own law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the world was its oyster and data stored outside of its jurisdiction was fair game. US to Europe: We'll take what we want, when we want it... " (source infra)

The final nail in the coffin--there is now every incentive for the rest of the world to reject using US technology companies in almost every area--email and other communications, social media, search, cloud storage, etc. Which foreign tech companies will now capture the global market? Most likely Chinese and some European providers, and perhaps Indian, will take the world markets and leave the US in the dust of its "Patriot Act," institutional and governmental paranoia, and overreaching laws--

How one judge single-handedly killed trust in the US technology industry | ZDNet: "... that's certainly a phrase one US judge can nail on the casket of her career... Some people play video games. Some work tirelessly for 80 hours a week for the sake of their startup. Some destroy the global trust in the US technology industry... US District Judge Loretta Preska ruled on a case that has massive global implications for US technology giants.... " (read more at link above)


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Google Said to Plan Separating Photo Service From Google+
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Facebook will soon require users to download Messenger to chat with friends. Here's the lowdown on important privacy settings and features.


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Google, Apple & The Battle For Your Ears

Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share | PCWorld: "Google’s dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics..."

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