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Google Tells Cops to Get Warrants for User E-Mail, Cloud Data

“Google demands probable-cause, court-issued warrants to divulge the contents of Gmail and other cloud-stored documents to authorities in the United States — a startling revelation Wednesday that runs counter to federal law that does not always demand warrants.

The development surfaced as Google publicly announced that more than two-thirds of the user data Google forwards to government agencies across the United States is handed over without a probable-cause warrant.”

note: yahoo has just done the same

Posted 1669 days ago in Geek

Frighteningly Ambitious Startup Ideas

Paul Graham covers some startup ideas that are so ambitious (and smart) that they’re scary to most of us – But any one of them would absolutley make you rich, should you pull it off…

Posted 1988 days ago in Geek

Indian Court Forces Facebook + Google to Censor Content

This is quite a reversal for the two Internet giants; both Facebook and Google have previously said they can’t and won’t censor content in the country. Before today, the companies have always argued they can’t be held legally responsible under the law for content posted by third parties, regardless of how offensive someone may find it. India is Facebook’s third-fastest growing market, after the U.S. and Indonesia…

Posted 2020 days ago in Geek

Tech Firm Poaching Agreements

Today, a lawyer for the plaintiffs briefed Bloomberg about the case, and according to that attorney, even more dirty laundry will be aired from here on out, as a decision in the case yesterday requires the defendants to produce even more documents revealing the extent of the “no-poach” arrangement, and whether it was a matter of individual informal agreements or a larger conspiracy…

Posted 2029 days ago in Geek

Google Won’t Let RIAA Program It’s Search Algorithm

Now that’s interesting. I didn’t realize that “free” and “download” were illegal terms. Especially since Lady Gaga and her manager have both expressed interest in giving away her music for free. It seems that the RIAA’s real complaint is that the end result of the searches still points people to some sites that offer infringing works. But that’s a totally different complaint. Google could censor the words “free” and “download” and within hours people involved in infringement would come up with alternative words…

Posted 2067 days ago in Audio, Geek

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