Posts Tagged ‘Google’
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, July 16, 2012
Congratulations to both!
Now, perhaps Yahoo! can move ahead.
July 16, 2012, 4:00 pm
By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and EVELYN M. RUSLI
Marissa Mayer, one of the top executives at Google, will be the next C.E.O. of Yahoo, making her one of the most prominent women in Silicon Valley and corporate America.
The appointment of Ms. Mayer, who was employee No. 20 at Google and was one of the few public faces of the company, is considered a surprising coup for Yahoo, which has struggled in recent years to attract top flight talent in its battle with competitors like Google and Facebook.
Ms. Mayer, 37, had for years been responsible for the look and feel of Google’s most popular products: the famously unadorned white search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images. More recently, Ms. Mayer, an engineer by training whose first job at Google included computer programming, was put in charge of the company’s location and local services, including Google Maps, overseeing more than 1,000 product managers. She also sat on Google’s operating committee, part of a small circle of senior executives who had the ear of Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
With her appointment as the president and chief executive of Yahoo, Ms. Mayer joins a short list of women in Silicon Valley to hold the top spot. The elite club includes Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, June 11, 2012
Slowly, but surely, there is a resounding “YES!” which is beginning to reverberate throughout the nation, in response to that question.
Recently, news reports have emerged that FaceBook‘s lawyers are seeking a way around the “Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.” Mr. Zuckerberg’s opposition to COPPA is well-known. In a May 2011 interview with CNNMoney writer Michal Lev-Ram, when asked how he would deal with COPPA, said “Because of the restrictions we haven’t even begun this learning process. If they’re lifted then we’d start to learn what works. That will be a fight we take on at some point.”
[Ed. note: The COPPA may be read here: http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/coppa1.htm]
That federal law, in essence, forbade (that is, made illegal) any effort by an online entity from collecting personally identifying information from children.
And, true to form, there will doubtlessly be laws enacted, and court cases decided that deal with issues of commerce, privacy, First Amendment rights, and other certain freedoms that we as people freely exercise.
Doubtless as well, those pushing the limits will be corporations – those “artificial” persons, which – according to the United States Supreme Court – also have the EXACT SAME RIGHTS as any real person.
And then again, there’ll be the TEA Party/Republican radicals that scream “too much government, too much regulation, smaller government, less regulation – let the free market decide!”
In essence, not only have you already become a commodity that is bought, sold & traded (think “slavery” – yes, I’m dead serious), but you will soon no longer have any rights to control the invasive eavesdropping/electronic surveillance/stalking that the companies perform against you while you peruse their websites or use their software. Suffice it to say, the information they collect about you is not yours, but rather theirs.
And just so you’ll be aware, this FaceBook problem is not exclusively limited to the United States.
Before closing this commentary, I’d like to let readers know that there are several good browser add-ons that assist privacy efforts. Among them are “HTTPS Everywhere” – by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and “DNT+” – by Abine. Of course, Aurora by Mozilla/Firefox is a more secure browser than either Microsoft Internet Explorer, or Apple’s Safari.
I encourage you to also read the Consumer Reports article on FaceBook privacy which follows this item.
Wising Up to Facebook
WHAT’S the difference, I asked a tech-writer friend, between the billionaire media mogul Mark Zuckerberg and the billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch?
When Rupert invades your privacy, my friend e-mailed back, it’s against the law. When Mark does, it’s the future.
There is truth in that riposte: we deplore the violations exposed in the phone-hacking scandal at Murdoch’s British tabloids, while we surrender our privacy on a far grander scale to Facebook and call it “community.” Our love of Facebook has been a submissive love.
But now, not so much. In recent weeks it seems the world has begun to turn a jaundiced eye on this global megaplatform. While that may not please Facebook’s executives, it is a good thing for the rest of us — and maybe for the future of social media, too.
The recent history of the Facebook phenomenon has been a serial bursting of illusions.
Most conspicuously, there was the Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, May 3, 2012
As Bob Dylan sang some years ago, “The times, they are a-changin’.” Our laws should reflect those changes while adhering to the values ensconced in our Constitution. In essence, the argument is about freedom – freedom from the large corporations that supply “content” via the Internet. As well, openness and honesty – popularly termed as transparency – should be the hallmark of all dealings, by government and enterprise.
In short, what we’re encountering in this age, in this era, is an almost unprecedented and wholesale onslaught of money and the power that comes with it. It is, in essence, a corrupting influence. It is, in essence, a type of bribery – and bribery is itself, a form of theft. Bribery is a form of theft because it takes away, removes, or forbids resources from going where they ought, or rightfully should. In this case, it robs freedom from the people. Not only does it usurp their decision-making capacity, it is a blatant announcement and condemnation of freedom, because it says that the rich, the wealthy have freedom, while the poor and disenfranchised have none.
If – as the Supreme Court has declared – money is the equivalent of free speech, and neither cannot, nor should not be limited, what freedom does the poor man have? Again, if money is equated with free speech (that is, our First Amendment rights), the poor man has none. And that, my dear readers, is but one reason why such a ruling is not only ANTI-Constitutional, but is antithesis of freedom.
Making a further case, our nation’s specie – that is, the currency and coinage – is the property of the United States government. It is NOT private property. Money is a thing used to represent something else. So again, I ask rhetorically… in such instances, and in this case, what does it represent?
Google Says “It’s Our Web”–and they bought it fair and square
Who can forget then-candidate Ronald Reagan’s classic line at the 1980 New Hampshire candidate’s debate: “I’m paying for this microphone!” And Google probably is wishing that whichever Ivy League idiot thought of rebranding their anti-SOPA campaign site with the double entendre “It’s Our Web” had not been quite so…uh..transparent…about it all.
President Obama had dinner with technology moguls February 17, 2011 in California’s “Silicon Valley” at the home of John Doerr, venture capitalist and partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, in Woodside, California. Flanking the president are (L) the late Steve Jobs, Founder/CEO of Apple Computer, and (R) Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of FaceBook. Also present are:Cisco CEO John Chambers, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz. Art Levinson, chairman and former CEO of Genentech, is on the Apple board of directors, and was also present. White House press secretary Jay Carney said after the dinner President Obama exchanged ideas with the business leaders “so we can work as partners to promote growth and create good jobs in the United States,” and discussed research and development spending proposals with the CEOs. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
Because it certainly is “their web” and they bought it fair and square according to Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Believe it or else, there were opponents to air bags, seat belts and child safety restraints.
Some time, someone will oppose everything… even vanilla ice cream and Mother’s Day.
There are, I suppose, several ways to consider the following.
One could presume the psychotic Chicken Little, paranoid delusional “the-sky-is-falling” approach, or, one could suppose the device is only an extension of someone who cannot tell a lie… or, at least is very difficult to deliberately fabricate falsehood.
And then, there’s something in the middle.
I would imagine that’s where the truth resides.
By Sam Favate, April 23, 2012, 1:40 PM
If you thought having EZ Pass in your car would make it too easy for the government to track you, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
The Senate passed a bill in March that calls for “mandatory event data recorders” (or black boxes) to be installed in all new passenger motor vehicles, starting with the 2015 models, and which would record data before, during or after a crash, according to KurzweilAI.net.
The bill, which can be seen here, has a privacy provision but gives the government the authority to access the black box in a number of circumstances, including court order, consent of the owner, an investigation or inspection, or to determine the need for emergency responses.
The same bill would allow the IRS to Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, April 16, 2012
To some, the decline was in full swing when the term “google” became a proper name, but when “Google” as a proper name (and therefore a noun) began to be used as a verb, as in “Google it,” when referring to an Internet-based search.
Is this not another case in point for strong regulation?
Google fined by FCC for impeding Street View probe
The Federal Communications Commission has cleared Google of charges that it illegally collected WiFi data using its Street View cars, but fined the company $25,000 for obstructing the bureau’s investigation.
According to the FCC filing, the company has not been helping U.S. regulators look into the matter. “For many months, Google deliberately impeded and delayed the Bureau’s investigation by Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I may take a different tack than some bloggers, and I have only in extreme cases (translate: virtually never) blocked, deleted or censored comments.
The reason why is rather simple.
And it is, that often, the comment says more about the commenter than the topic.
Sure, some folks have written nasty, vile & vitriolic commentary upon some entries posted here, but fortunately, they are the exception, rather than the rule.
Even if a topic is hotly debated, discourse should be civil, though the bane of many forums is that remarks upon them are not.
Regarding disagreement, G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a man of towering intellect and stature – who in addition to being an English journalist by profession, was a respected man of letters, novelist, essayist, author & poet who also produced works on philosophy, social and literary criticism – had several thoughts on disagreement and quarrels, among others.
He once wrote that Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, February 23, 2012
2/26/12 Update: Be sure to read also “Sync-ing your iPhone’s Google Contacts/Address Book got you sunk? Fear not!“
Okay, maybe it’s not the “ultimate.”
But, perhaps it’s the penultimate.
That’s good too, eh?
Well, you dropped the bomb, bought a Mac and or an iPhone, and you have a Google account already. Welcome to the club.
You’re loving Lion and iCloud and probably wondering, “how can I get all my stuff all synced up?”
I can understand why it might all seem confusing.
First, you have iTunes sync.
Then, you’ve got Address Book and Calendar sync.
And then… you’ve got iCloud.
Good grief! How does it all fit together!?!
Sure, it can be Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Even MORE Uncategorized!, - Lost In Space: TOTALLY Discombobulated | Tagged: Address book, Apple, Cougar, Google, ICal, iCloud, iMac, iOS, iPad, iphone, ipod, iTunes, Mac, Mac OS X, Macintosh, penultimate, ultimate, Wi-Fi | 4 Comments »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, December 23, 2011
2/26/12 Update: Be sure to read also “The Ultimate iPhone Apple Mac Google Contacts Address Book iCal Calendar iTunes sync post“
Some folks have expressed difficulty synchronizing their contacts on their iPhones with iOS 5.
That should NOT be a problem.
Because iOS 5 has incorporated features into it that make synchronization seamless and virtually invisible, losing a note, email, address or contact is a thing of the past.
However! To take advantage of those built-in features, they must be turned ON! It’s a bit like Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Uncategorized II | Tagged: Microsoft, iphone, iTunes, iOS, Google, Gmail, iPad, Handhelds, Yahoo, IpodTouch, Microsoft Exchange, Address book, iCloud, Google Contacts, sync, synchronize, ICal | 10 Comments »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, December 15, 2011
Unless you work in media, pay attention to issues relating to the operation of the Internet or laws concerning the same, chances are, you’ve probably not even heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) introduced by House of Representatives, or the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).
The title sounds good, doesn’t it?
Who wants online piracy, anyway?
Turns out, it’s a really bad – indeed, a phenomenally bad – idea.
Regardless how you identify yourself politically, the ideas promoted in SOPA are a seriously genuine breach of the Bill of Rights, and Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, December 9, 2011
First, let me say this: WAFF and their sensationalistic baloney “reporting” is the collectively worthless representative work of human beings assembled together for the express purpose of nothing more than getting you to watch their “the sky is falling” crap.
It’s not that the human beings are worthless, it’s what they do which is worthless.
Marie Waxel – whose published email address is Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 11, 2011
By now, if you’re not aware of Flickr… God help you!
All seriousness aside, of course, Flickr is – as they describe it – is “almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.”
Image via CrunchBase
While I am familiar with Google – it is so much more than a search engine – and their Picassa photo management service, I have chosen to stay with Flickr for several reasons… not the least of which is that I have found it more hospitable to the protection of photographers’ copyrights.
While it’s not a perfect tool (find one that is!), I have found it much better than Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Are computer code-writers/programmers intent upon facilitating the theft of music?
Hackers find Google’s music cloud
Google Music Sync is go
By Bill Ray
Posted in 8th March 2011 11:26 GMT
Android hackers have discovered that Google’s cloud-based music service is up and running, for those prepared to muck about with the internals of Honeycomb at least.
Google has been widely expected to launch a cloud-based music service – an online store of your existing collection – and Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Once again, Apple Computer rises to the top!
Their iOS does NOT use Flash.
McAfee reported that Adobe software products such as Flash and Acrobat were the “clear choice of malware authors and cybercriminals.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Systems, Android, Apple, Google, iOS, iphone, malware, McAfee, Mobile phone, smartphone, Symbian OS | 2 Comments »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, November 24, 2010
As The Plains Burn
Compiled by blueTunaTiger
SEC Rant – TigerDroppings.com
November 17, 2010 / 11:21 AM CT
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 5, 2010
Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we’ve reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (http://buzz.google.com), a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.
Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz users and recently reached a settlement in this case.
The settlement acknowledges that we …Continue…
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