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EPIC – Supreme Court Rejects Google’s Street View Appeal

“The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition from Google to reverse the decision in the Google Street View case. In Joffe v. Google, Internet users sued Google for intercepting private communications, including passwords, medical records, and financial information, of millions of users across the country. EPIC filed a friend of the court brief in support of Internet users, arguing that Wi-Fi communications are notContinue Reading

16 Year Old Coder Launches Browser Extension That Reveals Congressional Campaign Financing

“A free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that exposes the role money plays in Congress. Displays on any web page detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation. Puts vital data where it’s most relevant so you can discoverContinue Reading

New Way to Look at Law, With Data Viz and Machine Learning

Wired – [snipped] “As its creators [Daniel Lewis and Nik Reed] see it, Ravel’s visual search offers myriad improvements over the old columns of text results. It better lets you see how cases evolved over time, and potentially lets you see outliers that could be useful in crafting an argument–cases that would languish at theContinue Reading

Interactions of cultures and top people of Wikipedia from ranking of 24 language editions

Young-Ho Eom, Pablo Aragón, David Laniado, Andreas Kaltenbrunner, Sebastiano Vigna, Dima L. Shepelyansky (Submitted on 28 May 2014) “Wikipedia is a huge global repository of human knowledge, that can be leveraged to investigate interwinements between cultures. With this aim we apply two methods, Markov chains and Google matrix, for the analysis of the hyperlink networks of 24 Wikipedia language editions,Continue Reading

Location Tracking, Mosaic Theory, and Machine Learning

Enough is Enough – Location Tracking, Mosaic Theory, and Machine Learning – Steven M. Bellovin, Renée M. Hutchins, Tony Jebara, Sebastian Zimmeck. New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, vol 8:555, 2014. “Since 1967, when it decided Katz v. United States, the Supreme Court has tied the right to be free of unwanted government scrutiny to the concept of reasonableContinue Reading

Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies – NYT

DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTH – Google is encrypting more data as it moves between servers “Internet companies like Google and Facebook are working to keep governments and especially their spy agencies out of their servers after revelations from Edward J. Snowden that they had been invaded…As fast as it can, Google is sealingContinue Reading

Google Video playback checklist

“Video playback checklist You may experience poor video quality — slow loading, buffering or choppy playback — due to a number of factors, such as issues with your Internet Service Provider (ISP), inconsistent Internet connection speed, browser or device issues, or problems with the video itself. While the Video Quality Report provides information on how your ISP typically performs,Continue Reading

Email encryption in transit – Google Report

“Many email providers don’t encrypt messages while they’re in transit. When you send or receive emails with one of these providers, these messages are as open to snoopers as a postcard in the mail. A growing number of email providers are working to change that, by encrypting messages sent to and from our services using TransportContinue Reading

Leveraging Market Power Through Tying and Bundling: Does Google Behave Anti-Competitively?

Benjamin Edelman, HBS Working Paper Number: 14-112. May 2014. Via SSRN – http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2436940 “This paper presents a series of incidents in which Google used tying and bundling to expand its dominance in a number of online markets and into additional markets. The author assesses whether these incidents raise concerns under antitrust law, and concludes that they do.Continue Reading

Google Workforce Report Omits Any Mention of Age

Follow up to precious posting – Google Posts About Lack of Diversity in their Workforce, more information on another group that is not represented in the company’s workforce due to their, age!   See Google’s So-Called Diversity Makes No Mention of Age  “Google shared their EEO-1 report (PDF link), a survey the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires big employers toContinue Reading

Google requires copy of a valid photo ID and a form for EU takedown action

Follow-up to EU Court of Justice – Google Must Remove Links Upon Request, via Ars Technica, Google’s “right to be forgotten” response is “disappointingly clever – You’ll need a copy of your photo ID and a list of every URL you want taken down.

Google Posts About Lack of Diversity in their Workforce

Posted by Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President, People Operations: “…Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts. So, here are our numbers…there are lots of reasons why technology companiesContinue Reading