Archive for July, 2011

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Microsoft’s latest Google-compete weapon: The Gmail man

July 29, 2011

Microsoft managed to keep its 12,000 or so attendees of its annual Microsoft Global Exchange sales conference from tweeting and blogging company secrets last week. But at least one enterprising attendee managed to grab one of those infamous sales videos that the company loves to show at these events.On July 20 during the MGX opening sessions, the Softies showed off their “Gmail Man” spoof.

View here Gmail Man
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsofts-latest-google-compete-weapon-the-gmail-man/10217?tag=search-results-rivers;item0

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Facebook glitch reveals private videos

July 27, 2011

A Facebook spokesman said a problem which allowed videos uploaded to Facebook to be viewed by anyone on their friends’ list, regardless of whether they have been given access to the clip, has been fixed after being live for one week.

Source Facebook glitch lets any friend view video thumbnail, description.
http://socialbarrel.com/facebook-glitch-reveals-private-videos/11712/

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Lawmakers ask for information on Groupon’s privacy policy

July 26, 2011

Following a Washington Post report, Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Joe Barton (R-Tex.) have sent a letter to Groupon asking for more information on changes it made to its privacy policy to share demographics, social and geolocation data with its business partners.

“According to the article, Groupon will dramatically expand the categories of personal information it collects and shares with its partners,” Markey and Barton wrote. “As co-chairmen of the bi-partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, we would like to gain greater insight into Groupon’s privacy policies.”

The Washington Post reported on the tweaks Groupon made to its policies and raised the possibility that the changes could invite scrutiny from federal regulators and privacy advocates.

In the letter, Markey and Barton asked about Groupon’s plans to share social data with its business partners, asking for clarification on how transparent the company will be about when the information is being tracked.

Source Lawmakers ask for information on Groupon’s privacy policy
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-tech/post/lawmakers-ask-for-information-on-groupons-privacy-policy/2011/07/21/gIQAp6cvRI_blog.html

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Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle

July 23, 2011

Companies have long used criminal background checks, credit reports and even searches on Google and LinkedIn to probe the previous lives of prospective employees. Now, some companies are requiring job candidates to also pass a social media background check.

A year-old start-up, Social Intelligence, scrapes the Internet for everything prospective employees may have said or done online in the past seven years.

Then it assembles a dossier with examples of professional honors and charitable work, along with negative information that meets specific criteria: online evidence of racist remarks; references to drugs; sexually explicit photos, text messages or videos; flagrant displays of weapons or bombs and clearly identifiable violent activity.

Source Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/technology/social-media-history-becomes-a-new-job-hurdle.html?_r=1

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Privacy Self-Regulation Not Working

July 21, 2011

The online ad industry’s voluntary measures to protect consumers’ privacy are falling short, a senior lawmaker said Thursday.

“Self-regulation isn’t working,” Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. He added that a report posted this week by Stanford researchers shows that efforts of industry groups are inadequate.

Source Privacy Self-Regulation Not Working

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=154116

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Will Legal Issues Hinder Cloud Computing?

July 20, 2011

Dr Anu Vaidyanathan, founder of PatNMarks, an intellectual property consulting firm and an academic with affiliations with the Dept. of Computer Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and the Business Policy area at the Indian Institute of Management writes about legal challenges with new technologies.

One of the latest intellectual property debates is the Winklevoss twins challenging a decision at the San Francisco Federal Court of Appeals upholding a $65 million settlement from Facebook, claiming to have co-invented it and, therefore, wanting ownership, rather than settlements. Facebook, by itself, has more than 200 patents filed in various jurisdictions including India.

The latest patent infringement dispute between Apple and HTC has led HTC to make a symbolic payment of $5 per mobile phone to Microsoft for their android devices (perhaps just a move to show that it was cognizant of licensing procedures). Microsoft is reported to be making $150 million out of its android licences (while making a paltry $30 million from Windows phone revenues).

Source Will Legal Issues Hinder Cloud Computing?
http://techcircle.vccircle.com/500/will-legal-issues-hinder-cloud-computing/

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Apple may face class action over tracking

July 17, 2011

A lawyer in South Koreas announced Thursday that he will lead a class action against Apple Inc. for violation of privacy with its iPhone “tracker” device.

All eyes are now on whether Apple will aggressively defend against the litigation, which may affect the majority of the country’s 3 million iPhone users and inflict billions of won in losses on the business giant.

Source Apple may face class action over tracking