"The difference in the two events illustrates the confusion surrounding Internet consumer privacy. No single authority oversees the collection of personal information from Web users by Internet companies. Though most companies have written privacy policies, they are often stated in such broad, ambiguous language that they seem to allow virtually any use of customers personal information."
-- New York Times
The article resulted in US Representative Edward J. Markey writing a letter to Microsoft. Microsoft responded Monday that they promise users not to use the data for online advertising.
On the European front meanwhile Microsoft was told it violated the 2009 antitrust agreements regarding browser choice. Europe is getting pretty tough here and there's some interpretation that its sending signals to Google as well.
"You see, it was not a case of answering a light and connecting them to somebody else -- all they wanted was the operator. [...] People were crying and yelling and wanting to know if there was a lot of gas, if there was a lot of destruction, were there fires, was there shooting, are there a lot of bodies around. [...] I think of the people who were begging us to get connections to their families, to their husbands, to mothers and fathers, before the world came to an end [...]"
-- AT&T telephone operators
"Readers of the Guardian and Daily Mail tend to share a greater percentage of women's writing than the proportion of what the newspapers publish. Guardian opinion articles by women are 35% of what gets shared, compared to 30% of what is published. Only 21% of the Daily Mail's opinion articles are by women but those women generated 35% of the opinion section's shares and likes.
Telegraph readers don't share articles by women as much as the other two papers. While women write 20% of its opinion articles, their articles are only 13% of what Telegraph readers choose to share."
-- The Guardian
"Staying with Google News was not helping us grow our digital audiences.
By providing the first few lines of our stories to internet users, the service reduces the chances that they will look at the entire story in our websites"
-- Carlos Fernando Lindenberg Neto, pres. ANJ
The newspapers want to be compensated for the use of their content. In France a similar but government-backed struggle is going on, and Google is threatening to ban French media sites. Eric Schmidt is flying to France to discuss the government intervention. Google's resistance to paid licensing deals isn't always successful: in 2006 it made license agreement with Associated Press (AP), in 2007 with Agence France-Press (AFP).
"For example, when you search for [intel solid state drive toolbox], Google's list includes two strange suggestions: [intel solid state drive toolbox(intel ssd toolbox)] and [intel solid-state drive toolbox download]. It's really unlikely that many people search for [intel] or include redundant versions of the query."
-- Google Operating System
"The information in this list has been collected through our Facebook apps and consists only of active Facebook users, mostly from the US, Canada, UK and Europe. There are users from other countries as well but they are almost exclusively English speaking as well, as all the apps we provide are written in English and to use them properly one needs to read the instructions. The list is checked and validated once a month so you wont get a list full of invalid or duplicate email addresses. Whether you are offering a Facebook, Twitter, social media related or otherwise a general product or service, this list has a great potential for you. Finally, the list is in a zipped excel format split into 12 sheets, each sheet containing roughly 100,000 email addresses with name, last name and facebook profile information separated with comma."
-- original offer made to digital rights activist Bogol Shopov
Not long after making the purchase public Facebook made contact with Bogol asking him to remove the file, the post, and not mention the telephone call; "...you are not allowed to disclose any part of this conversation; it is a secret that we are even having this conversation"
"Behind every great achievement is a visionary. I'll be your visionary -- and you do the things I come up with."
"...this is the first time we've been able to demonstrate the extent to which this occurs. [...]
It also highlights the problem of control of these images. Once an image has been copied onto a parasite website, it will no longer suffice to simply remove the image from the online account."
10. Craig's Lists crowds strip house bare. The problem where an innocent announcement draws havoc causing crowds is no longer limited to Facebook parties. Wanting to do some good a family whose house was being foreclosed ran a Craig's Lists announcement to give away some stuff for free. Instead, crowds gathered, broke their way into the property and took whatever they wanted.
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