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Video: Cyber cosmonaut or rescue robot? Russian android Fedor passes various tests

Android robot FEDOR, likely to be part of Russian manned space missions starting 2021, has displayed its handyman skills in a new video released...
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Video: Russian android robot FEDOR shows off handyman skills in new series of experiments

New footage of tests of the android robot FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) was published by the Fund of Prospective Research in ... Via...
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Video: Robo-fish and artistic androids on display at World Robot Conference in China

Robots able to work underwater, draw human portraits and give massages were among those on display at the World Robot Conference in Beijing. COURTESY:...
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Video: Science meets religion: Android robot presented to Patriarch Kirill at Orthodox Student Forum

The Russian SAR-401 android robot was presented to Patriarch Kirill of Moscow at the International Orthodox Student Forum in Moscow. RT LIVE ... Via Youtube

Giant security flaw makes 950 million Android phones vulnerable to texting hack

Android is by far the most dominant smartphone operating system in the world, and it has just been found to be vulnerable to a...

Is Your Android Device Telling the World Where You’ve Been?

PETER ECKERSLEY AND JEREMY GILLULA Do you own an Android device? Is it less than three years old? If so, then when your phone’s screen is off...

All New Android & Windows Phones Will Have ‘kill Switch’

Google and Microsoft have agreed to include kill switches in all new Android and Windows phones at the behest of New York Attorney General...

The President’s android

The President’s android by Jon Rappoport June 1, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com Hello Jim. Just got back off the road. Wow. Arizona, the desert…huge dome rising up out of an oasis. Casino City. I didn’t have time to look the whole thing over. The band had six shows in two days. So on the second day, the […]

The rebel artist vs. the android

The rebel artist vs. the android ~a short story~ by Jon Rappoport March 21, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com On January 12, 2061, President Winston Smith made a quick campaign stop in the Northeast corridor to address the Coexistence Group in Gates Town. The Coexistence Group was a remnant of the old coalition formed between Monsanto and organic […]

Ten Million More Android Users’ Text Messages Will Soon Be Encrypted By Default

Andy Greenberg In May of 2010, the security researcher known as Moxie Marlinspike launched TextSecure, a free smartphone app that offered open-source end-to-end encryption for...

Literal Android: Google develops robots to replace people in manufacturing, retail

Now that the mystery surrounding the elusive Google barges in the San Francisco Bay reported last month has been brought to light, the Silicon...

FBI can remotely activate microphones in Android smartphones, source says

Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information on suspects, bringing the criminal wiretap into the cyber age.

The NSA Has Inserted Its Code Into Android OS, Or Three Quarters Of All...

Zero HedgeJuly 10, 2013 Over a decade ago, it was discovered that the NSA embedded backdoor access into...

Top 10 Android Apps You Can’t Live Without

There are hundreds of thousands of Android apps on the market today. When it comes to choosing the ones that you want, the options...

Google facing antitrust lawsuit for removal of Gab from app store

Gab, an alternative social networking platform, is suing Google over claims of antitrust violations. In the...

Planned Parenthood’s Spot On App Wins 2017 Fast Company Innovation by Design Award

NEW YORK - Fast Company announced yesterday that Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s free period and birth control tracker Spot On is a winner in the...

The Case of Syria and the Bleeding Women

Photo by Mark Taylor | CC BY 2.0 Like Martin Luther, Donald Trump gets his maddest epiphanies in the early morning hours while he is...

Bernie Sanders Is Super Excited About Jeremy Corbyn’s Anti-Austerity Campaign

Bernie Sanders traveled to Britain last week, attracting crowds that confirmed that the Vermont senator has emerged as not just the most popular active...

Kushner Role in White House Suddenly Unclear; may ‘Return to Private Life’

Kushner Role in White House Suddenly Unclear; may ‘Return to Private Life’Red Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers In the first segment of Friday night's "Trump...

Trump's Immoral Budget Is 'Dead on Arrival' in Congress

President Trump’s budget proposal is an affront to decency, economics and, at a basic level, math. It is full of both broken and false...

Are There Private Emails and Cellphone Calls

I have decided to share with you something which I originally sent out to the key members of the Saker community: my recommendation on...

Pro-Invasion Communists Killed in Fresno, Paris Attacks

Pro-Invasion Communists Killed in Fresno, Paris AttacksRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers In what must count as one of the more ironic twists to...

Fresno Shooting Highlights America’s Anti-White Murder Plague

Fresno Shooting Highlights America’s Anti-White Murder PlagueRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers Yet another racially-motivated black-on-white racist murder spree—this time in Fresno, California—has confirmed...

Innovations in Mobile Gaming

About a decade ago, mobile gaming changed on a massive scale. The introduction of the iPhone to the world in June of 2007 opened...

Saturn Moon Able to Support Life

Saturn Moon Able to Support LifeRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers One of Saturn's moons - known as Enceladus may now be the single...

Shia LaBeouf Trolled in Lapland

Shia LaBeouf Trolled in LaplandRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers Outspoken Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf has been the target of trolls - congregating on...

Jared Kushner Is Sabotaging the Trump Administration

Jared Kushner Is Sabotaging the Trump AdministrationRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers This is both unbelievable and yet so predictable. What is Jared Kushner...

The Dirty Truth About the US Gov’t

“The greatest danger to the State is independent intellectual criticism.” – Murray WikiLeaks may have finally done what many small and anti-government advocates have only dreamed...

Google’s message app Allo overshares data with friends

Published time: 14 Mar, 2017 21:41 Privacy advocates are raising alarm about Google’s messenger app Allo, pointing...

#Vault7: US will use ‘full force of law’ if WikiLeaks dump contains factual info,...

Published time: 10 Mar, 2017 13:42 The US will use the “full force of the law” to...

FBI investigating Wikileaks’ vault 7 disclosures on CIA hacking

The US has opened a federal criminal investigation into Wikileaks’ publication of what it claims is the largest ever batch of confidential documents on...

Spies, Killers, Thieves, Liars

WikiLeaks has published what it claims is the largest ever release of confidential documents on the CIA. It includes more than 8,000 documents as...

Downplaying US Contribution to Potential Yemen Famine

For almost two years, the United States has backed—with weapons, logistics and political support—a Saudi-led war in Yemen that has left over 10,000 dead,...

DAPL Opponents Vow to 'Rise' From Ashes of Oceti Sakowin and Keep Fighting

As the Army Corps of Engineers forcibly evicted the last of the remaining water protectors from the Oceti Sakowin protest camp on Thursday, Indigenous...

Trump staff using RNC private server for emails – report

After attacking Hillary Clinton for deleting emails from her private server, members of the Trump administration...

Women's March Outshines the Inauguration

Numbers for the Women's March far exceeded anyone's expected guess; the Guardian estimated that participation in the Washington march reached 1 million. (Photo: Zach...

All Russian Hacking ‘Evidence’ Is Fake

(RINF) - The only thread that holds the DNI report together at first glance is the false testimony and fake evidence Crowdstrike and Dmitri...

Why Crowdstrike’s Russian Hacking Story Fell Apart- Say Hello to Fancy Bear

(RINF) - In the wake of the JAR-16-20296 dated December 29, 2016 about hacking and influencing the 2016 election, the need for real evidence...

Finnish Nationalist Tuukka Kuru's Speech at the 612 Event

Finnish Nationalist Tuukka Kuru's Speech at the 612 EventRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers Dec 14, 2016 By Reinhard Wolff | redice.tv ...

'Smart sex toys' company to settle lawsuit over gathering customer's data

A maker of vibrators that can connect to the internet says it will settle a class-action...

US drivers may get ‘locked out’ of smartphones, apps if regulators have their way

US road safety regulators want smartphone makers to “lock out” devices and some apps when users...

Israeli Journalist Admits Alt-Right Prejudice Against Jews Is Justified

Israeli Journalist Admits Alt-Right Prejudice Against Jews Is JustifiedRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers Occasionally, when the question of Jewish support for immigrationism and...

Red Ice USA HQ In the Path of Hurricane Matthew

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Asylum spray handed out by Danish People's party to ward off migrant attacks

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Jewish Politician Calls on Germany To Do More for Migrants

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Erkenbrand Conference – European Resurrection: Identitarianism in Europe

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How The Alt-Right Should Address Milo

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Greens walk out of Australian politician's anti-Islam Senate speech

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What’s Behind the Latest Government Scam

“The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes...

Aussie comedy mocks transgender signalling

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Press and stream: Facebook brightens up messenger chats with ‘instant video’

Facebook has taken online messaging to a whole new level, bringing your friends closer than ever....

Don’t let propaganda for the ‘looming cashless society’ deceive you

Since its invention in Babylon around 4,000 years ago, money has changed from gold coins, to coins of lesser value; to paper notes/cheques, plastic cards,...

Why would Putin want Sweden?

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"One Day we will kick you all out!" – Finnish Anti-Islamization Rally in Helsinki

"One Day we will kick you all out!" - Finnish Anti-Islamization Rally in HelsinkiRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers Michel Paulat, a former...

Cops in St. Paul Want You to See What Black Lives Matter is Really...

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Linux vulnerability leaves top sites wide open to attackers

A flaw in the Linux operating system lets hackers inject malware into downloads and expose the...

TRANSformers

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DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign after convention

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Hillary Clinton Presidential? Has Seizure / Convulsions While Cameras Rolling, Scares Reporters

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5 Questions for Progressives

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Special prosecutor appointed in Laquan McDonald case

In the murder trial of the Chicago police officer who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, an...

George SOROS: The One-Man Illuminati Machine

George SOROS: The One-Man Illuminati MachineRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers Jul 1, 2016 By Reinhard Wolff | redice.tv Black Pigeon Speaks'...

Brexit: Fear, Loathing and Anger on Both Sides of the Channel

A man carrying a European Union flag walks past the Palace of Westminster, meeting place of the two houses of the Parliament,...

Smartphone Users Are Paying for Their Own Surveillance

by William A. Blunden / June 22nd, 2016 Truthout.org: In the movie Sneakers, a motley gang of security experts chase after a little black box...

Brexit video: 'Should I Stay or Should I Go?'

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Trump Launches LyingCrookedHillary.com

Trump Launches LyingCrookedHillary.comRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign announced on Tuesday it is launching LyingCrookedHillary.com to “showcase some of...

Smartphone Users Are Paying for Their Own Surveillance

(Photo: Melissa BARRA) In the movie Sneakers, a motley gang of security experts chase after a little black box that can crack any form of...

Sirin Labs’ Solarin isn’t for pro-privacy bankers. It’s for rich execs who want bling

El Reg got hands-on with the Solarin $14,000 ultra-high-end Android smartphone during a trip to Tel Aviv this week. As previously reported, the Solarin handset...

Norway: Rape prevention classes for refugees

Norway: Rape prevention classes for refugeesRed Ice NewsDispelling the Mythmakers Migrants in Norway are being given classes which educate asylum seekers in...

BBC's Last Whites of the East End Accused of Promoting 'Racist' Whites

BBC's Last Whites of the East End Accused of Promoting 'Racist' WhitesRed Ice NewsDispelling the MythmakersPast News by Year20162015201420132012201120102009200820072006 May 26, 2016 By Lana...

Nordic Resistance Movement hold demonstration in Sweden

Nordic Resistance Movement hold demonstration in SwedenRed Ice NewsDispelling the MythmakersPast News by Year20162015201420132012201120102009200820072006 The Swedish "media" is pushing the one moron that was trying to...

‘TV camera in your pocket’: Facebook expands Live options

Live-streaming from Facebook is about to get a lot easier, as the Menlo Park-based company is...

WhatsApp rolls out end-to-end encryption for its billion users

Messaging giant WhatsApp completed its effort to fully encrypt every message and call made over its...

Secret ‘BADASS’ Intelligence Program Spied on Smartphones

British and Canadian spy agencies accumulated sensitive data on smartphone users, including location, app preferences, and unique device identifiers, by piggybacking on ubiquitous software...

Google’s Rapidly Expanding Political Activity and Information Collection Systems Present Cause for Concern

Public Citizen Report Details Google’s Ambitious Technological Expansions and Its Newfound Status as One of the Most Politically Active Companies in the U.S. WASHINGTON -...

Smartphones ‘remotely wiped’ in police custody, as encryption vs. law enforcement heats up

British police forces have complained that as many as six smartphones seized have been remotely wiped in the past year, potentially killing vital evidence...

Google announces it can now monitor your bills

Figuring out how broke you’re about to become has never been easier: a new feature being rolled out by Google is letting mobile app...

Spyware phone app CEO indicted for conspiracy

The head of a company that sells a spyware application for smartphones has been indicted and arrested for conspiracy and other charges related to...

Calico Discussed at The Google Camp

James Hall RINF Alternative News When the billionaire tech jet set decides to let down their hair, what do they talk about around the campfire? According...

Google to face lawsuit over providing consumer data to advertisers

A federal judge has denied Google Inc’s attempt to dismiss a privacy lawsuit brought against the technology giant for commingling user data across its...

Google strikes deal to put smart lens into diabetics’ eye

The internet giant has reached a deal with Novartis to develop “smart” contact lenses to help diabetics track their blood sugar levels and another...

What are machines thinking?

What are machines thinking? Forget it. What are humans thinking? by Jon Rappoport July 6, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com “…one scenario is that the machines will seek to turn humans into cyborgs. This is nearly happening now, replacing faulty limbs with artificial parts.” “The concern I’m raising is that the machines will view us as an unpredictable […]

Hacking Team Malware Targeted Saudi Arabia Protestors

Pratap Chatterjee Malicious software from Hacking Team of Italy that can be used to spy on cell phones has been found by Citizen Lab activists to...

Privacy Tools: How to Block Online Tracking

Many companies track your behavior and request information about you without explicitly asking for your permission. Here’s how to combat the trackers. Hanqing Chen Many sites...

Meet your assigned CIA pleasure model

Meet your assigned CIA pleasure model -a short story- By Jon Rappoport July 2, 2014 http://www.nomorefakenews.com Her name was Gloria. There had never been a need to train or coerce her. She was a born natural. At 23, the Agency began to assign her to sophisticated targets, men who possessed knowledge that put them at […]

Chaos theory, sacred geometry, mind control

Chaos theory, sacred geometry, mind control ~a short story and commentary~ by Jon Rappoport June 19, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com On December 4, 3011, the most advanced computer humans had yet produced, housed in Android 427B, returned from a 50-year exploration of the Milky Way. NASA Inc. Region 8 breathlessly awaited his final report. They would be […]

Facebook App Adds Yet Another Powerful Tracking Feature

Facebook has updated its mobile platform to include an ambient proximity tool called Nearby Friends. The tech blog Techcrunch describes the new feature: It lets...

Facebook expands ad targeting of users to include out-of-network browsing data

Facebook is to start providing advertisers with more user data, drawing from browsing habits and external websites visited, in addition to their current 'likes.'...

Facebook App Soon to Record All Sounds Entering User Smartphones

Joe A. Wolverton A recent “improvement” to the Facebook mobile app is being praised by tech bloggers, but it seems the bigger, more sinister side...

The basis of mass mind control

The basis of mass mind control by Jon Rappoport May 23, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com “Aliens visiting Earth would report back to their superiors: ‘It’s quite amazing, those people worship images. They know it and they pretend not to know it.’” — Hypnotherapist Jack True. This is a backgrounder for my mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, which […]

John Doe vs. the machine

John Doe vs. the machine By Jon Rappoport May 19, 2014 http://www.nomorefakenews.com First, there was a giant shadow. It waited and watched. It remained quiet. It felt stirrings from outside itself. It knew its job was to record and register sensations and peculiar happenings. It was a projection, but from what? It couldn’t answer that […]

John Doe vs. the machine

John Doe vs. the machine by Jon Rappoport May 19, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com First, there was a giant shadow. It waited and watched. It remained quiet. It felt stirrings from outside itself. It knew its job was to record and register sensations and peculiar happenings. It was a projection, but from what? It couldn’t answer that […]

My Device Is Me. GCHQ — Stop Hacking Me

Eric King RINF Alternative News Spy agencies have long sought to turn the technologies that improve all our lives against us. From some of the very...

Genetic invasion: distorting the human future

Genetic invasion: distorting the human future Are you non-material, or just a programmed brain? By Jon Rappoport May 11, 2014 http://www.nomorefakenews.com First, read these two quotes from highly regarded academic scientists, to catch the flavor of the genetic revolution: From Lee Silver, Princeton, molecular biologist and author of Remaking Eden: “The GenRich—who account for ten […]

Genetic invasion: distorting the human future

Genetic invasion: distorting the human future Are you non-material, or just a programmed brain? by Jon Rappoport May 12, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com First, read these two quotes from highly regarded academic scientists, to catch the flavor of the genetic revolution: From Lee Silver, Princeton, molecular biologist and author of Remaking Eden: “The GenRich—who account for ten […]

The artist within

The artist within by Jon Rappoport May 7, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com “The techniques of artificial intelligence are to the mind what bureaucracy is to human social interaction.” Terry Winograd The employees of a major corporation, Systems X Unlimited, have just been informed of a major change: one of their middle managers is now going to be […]

The artist within

The artist within by Jon Rappoport May 7, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com “The techniques of artificial intelligence are to the mind what bureaucracy is to human social interaction.” Terry Winograd The employees of a major corporation, Systems X Unlimited, have just been informed of a major change: one of their middle managers is now going to be […]

The White House Big Data Report: The Good, The Bad, and The Missing

Last week, the White House released its report on big data and its privacy implications, the result of a 90-day study commissioned by President Obama during...

5 Reasons to Fight Google

After our small demonstration against Kevin Rose in San Francisco, numerous critics have claimed that we have not presented a rational or coherent argument...

What’s wrong with Zen?

What’s wrong with Zen? By Jon Rappoport April 5, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com Nothing is wrong with Zen, except the people who practice it. That’s a joke. Sort of. In the modern style, especially in America, Zen is mostly meditation, and more meditation, and more meditation, and the point of it seems to be to get to […]

Why the Law of Attraction fails

Why the Law of Attraction fails by Jon Rappoport April 3, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com The law is stated in two ways. First, positive thoughts attract positive results in life, and negative thoughts attract negative results. This is mainly a descriptive overview. It doesn’t apply to people who consciously do something to change their own thoughts. It’s […]

Wearable Tech: The Surveillance Grid Of The Future

Daniel Taylor “Smartphones are fading. Wearables are next” — CNN Money Edward Snowden’s now infamous NSA leaks have sparked intense debate across the world. The leaks confirmed...

The voice of mind control

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Published time: March 12, 2013 11:35

Reuters/Truth Leem

Russian antimonopoly officials have launched an inquiry into Google for allegedly violating correspondence privacy in their advertising, Russian media reported. Google denied the charges, claiming that e-mails are reviewed by a computer, not a human.

Google’s webmail service Gmail will be investigated by Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) for alleged unfair business practices and violating laws concerning the privacy of email correspondences, Izvestia daily revealed on Tuesday. The investigation was launched after multiple appeals by Russian citizens who were targeted by contextual advertising generated by Google’s web service engine, FAS representatives said.

Google’s mind-reader

Contextually targeted advertising is nothing new – initially, this technology used keywords that users had entered into the search engine. Google’s search engine advertising (SEA) now reads users’ emails automatically to fish out valuable information on what exactly the person is currently preoccupied with, or searching for.

Google’s office in Moscow did not deny that Gmail analyses its users’ emails: “It is the advertisement that enables us to provide services for free. We constantly work to make the ads safe, relevant and unobtrusive,” Google spokesperson Alla Zabrovskaya said. “Surely, there is nobody reading your mails or your account to pick up ads for you. It is automatic assessment algorithm similar to spam filtration that chooses ads.”

Gmail violates Russian law?

Google’s ‘mind-reading’ capabilities could violate Russian laws concerning the secrecy of private correspondence. Article 138 of Russia’s Criminal Code promises fines or corrective labor for “violation of secrecy of correspondence, telephone conversations, postal, telegraph, or other messages of citizens.” The use of “special technical means for secret collection of information” implies a maximum $10,000 fine, or up to four month behind bars.

In this case, a license agreement between Gmail and its clients cannot serve as an excuse for such practices, as long as the emails are a part of a Russian citizen’s private life, explained Sergey Kopylov, head of the legal department at Russia’s Internet Technical Center.

According to the Russian Civil Code, a license agreement is kind of contract; as long as a contract does not obey existing legislation, it must be considered void without any legal consequences, Kopylov told Izvestia.

Google vs Microsoft

Russia is hardly the first to suspect that Google is spying on those who use its services. In 2010, many users expressed frustration at how Google placed ads around their personal communications in Gmail. Since then, the company has further mastered this advertising technique.

Google’s rivals couldn’t miss the opportunity to turn the controversial innovation against the Internet giant. In November 2012, Microsoft accused Google Shopping of delivering search results based not on relevance, but according to the amount the web stores pay to promote their goods. As an alternative, Microsoft proposed its own Bing Shopping search engine, a partner of eBay-owned Shopping.com.

On February 6, 2013, Microsoft launched an aggressive anti-Google marketing campaign with the website Scroogled.com, which lashes out at Google’s questionable business practices. “Think Google respects your privacy? Think again,” Scroogled.com says, pointing out that “Google goes through every Gmail that's sent or received, looking for keywords so they can target Gmail users with paid ads.”

Microsoft’s campaign is part of its efforts to promote its own Outlook email service, which Microsoft maintains does not violate users’ privacy. Microsoft has also asked users to sign a petition to stop Google from going through personal emails to sell ads. The company’s counter-campaign came after the web giant announced its Gmail service reached 425 million active monthly users in June 2012, surpassing Hotmail to become the world’s largest email service.

Screenshot from www.scroogled.com

‘Using Gmail is your own choice’

Russia’s leading web companies that own mail services prefer to keep a safe distance from anything that could be construed as inspecting personal emails.

Russian internet giant Yandex believes that such privacy intrusion only irritates clients. And Mail.ru Group President Aleksey Katkov told Izvestia that his company does not use information from personal correspondences “for a number of reasons… We believe that kind of targeting [clients] is less effective than our own technologies,” Katkov said.

Russian MP Ilya Kostunov, an IT security expert, does not doubt that Google has violated correspondence secrecy laws: “Well, Internet companies do collect information about the users – but they do not read personal e-mails. I’m going to address to FAS so that they clear out if this is deceptive trade practice infringing the interests of Russian internet companies.”

Kostunov told Izvestia he is preparing legislation requiring civil servants to use only government webmail services for official correspondence, instead of using privately owned addresses registered at Gmail, Yandex or Mail.ru.

“I’d like to see inviolability of correspondence guaranteed by the state instead of Google,” he told Izvestia.

Kaspersky Lab Co-Founder and Director General of InfoWatch Natalya Kasperskaya also does not doubt that Google has broken the law, but explained that using Gmail is voluntary: “[Google’s Gmail] is free for anybody. Don’t like it – don’t use it. But if you do use it – be ready to be targeted with context ads. Your personal data is going to be combined with data from other Google services and analyzed. [Google Maps] will suggest your whereabouts. The photos of you and your relatives will be found at Picasa [Google’s photo hosting]. Your friends and acquaintances will be tracked via Google+ [social network], your preferences can be tracked by your web inquiries. The number of your credit card will be known when you pay on Android market. The more Google services you use – the less privacy you have left.”

LOOK: The Week In Funny Pictures

  • At an Oscars after-party, Heidi Klum poses with the four Kardashians.

  • Jennifer Lawrence fortunately avoids injury at the Oscars when her dress's parachute automatically opens.

  • No one had the heart to tell Nick that his friend Dave was imaginary.

  • "And if you could aim directly for the big hole, kids..."

  • "Yes, well, my husband's a clown, too."

  • No, we can't believe it either, Nigel.

  • And nor can Jennifer Lawrence.

  • Prince Harry gets down with The Kids. Literally.

  • Because sometimes only a - sorry - <em>the</em> right tool will do.

  • Sadly, the envelope-stuffing was all too much for one Lib Dem volunteer.

  • That Gerard Butler is a right japester! And also: terribly small.

  • Everything was going brilliantly until Michelle Obama started playing her Invisible Double Bass.

  • Prince Charles is left embarrassed when he's spied taking down a copy of Razzle from the top shelf.

  • Faye Dunaway rushes to the Oscars straight after doing the washing up.

  • Meanwhile, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens are still trying to perfect their Justin Bieber clones.

  • No, we have no idea why, either.

  • Tesco <a href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.huffingtonpost.co.uk%2F2013%2F03%2F01%2Ftesco-messes-up-maths-half-price-mothers-day-chocolates-_n_2787862.html%3Futm_hp_ref%3Duk-comedy">don't quite get the maths right</a>.

  • Beth Tweddle really should get an agent to handle all these calls for her.

  • One of these men is a highly regarded international statesman. The other is the British prime minister.

  • Once again, The Queen tries to ignore the strange man that's been following her around for 65 years.

  • And the award for Best Gurner goes to...

  • Maradona - still got it. The ability to use something other than his foot on a ball, that is.

  • Apple resort to desperate measures to infiltrate an Android event.

  • Sadly, you can't always rely on the people you give out Oscars to.

  • Well, we've all had to hold our nose while voting Liberal Democrat, haven't we?

  • Richard Branson unveils his secret weapon to make Laura Robson the next Wimbledon champion: Bigger balls. And racquets.

  • At the Oscars, Chris Tucker suddenly realises how long Seth MacFarlane's been on stage for.

  • The only thing more embarrassing than being snapped naked? Being snapped in a pink apron with Paddington Bears all over it.

  • "Whoah! What did I tell you about the hair?!"

  • Catherine Zeta Jones spots a critic in the audience.

  • With austerity biting hard, Boris resorts to making his own high-vis bicycle accessories.

  • "So I'm listening to Skrillex! So what?!"

  • To be fair, Jennifer, a Best Actress Oscar already <em>is</em> a kind of 'f*** you'.

  • In which Kim Jong Un befriends Dennis Rodman, and satire dies.

  • In which Ed Balls sees the Kim Jong Un and Dennis Rodman photo.

  • What the Government Can Get From Your iPhone

    What the Government Can Get From Your iPhone

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    A court document obtained by the ACLU reveals the kind of data federal agents are able to pull off of a seized iPhone using “advanced forensic analysis tools.”

    “The list,” writes electronic privacy expert Chris Soghoian, “starkly demonstrates just how invasive cell phone searches are—and why law enforcement should be required to obtain a warrant before conducting them.”

    The iPhone was seized from a suspect’s bedroom during a drug bust. In a single sweep, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were able to extract call activity, contact lists, voice mails and text messages, photos and videos, apps, eight different passwords and 659 “geolocation points,” including connections to 227 cellphone towers and 403 Wi-Fi networks.

    Before smartphones arrived, Soghoian writes, police had to gain a warrant to access such information, which would be stored in a suspect’s home or office. “Our pockets and bags simply aren’t big enough to carry paper records revealing that much data. We would have never carried around several years’ worth of correspondence, for example—but today, five-year-old emails are just a few clicks away using the smartphone in your pocket. The fact that we now carry this much private, sensitive information around with us means that the government is able to get this information, too.”

    Although the ICE obtained a warrant to search the phone in this case, courts are divided about whether one is necessary in these circumstances, and no law requires it. Police officers have claimed they don’t need a warrant during moments of lawful arrest and at U.S. border crossings.

    —Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

    Chris Soghoian at ACLU:

    The police should not be free to copy the contents of your phone without a warrant absent extraordinary circumstances. However, that is exactly what is happening. Last year in California, for example, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a common-sense bill that would have required the police to obtain a warrant before searching seized phones, despite the bill’s broad bipartisan support in the state legislature.

    Intrusive cell phone searches are becoming ever easier for law enforcement officers to conduct. Companies such as Cellebrite produce portable forensics machines that can download copies of an iPhone’s “existing, hidden, and deleted phone data, including call history, text messages, contacts, images, and geotags” in minutes. This type of equipment, which allows the government to conduct quick, easy phone searches, is widely available to law enforcement agencies—and not just to federal agents.

    While the law does not sufficiently protect the private data on smartphones, technology can at least provide some protection. All modern smartphones can be locked with a PIN or password, which can slow down, or in some cases, completely thwart forensic analysis by the police (as well as a phone thief or a prying partner). Make sure to pick a sufficiently long password: a 4 character numeric PIN can be cracked in a few minutes, and the pattern-based unlock screen offered by Android can be bypassed by Google if forced to by the government. Finally, if your mobile operating system offers a disk encryption option (such as with Android 4.0 and above), it is important to turn it on.

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    Europe to face Google over privacy rules

    Europe intends to take coercive action against the US-based internet giant Google over its failure to follow orders to comply with the European Union privacy laws.

    France's CNIL data protection agency said on Monday that European data organizations have planned to set up a working group to “coordinate their coercive actions which should be implemented before the summer.”

    CNIL further added that European data agencies are set to hold talks next week to approve the action plan. The France-based organization will lead the effort.

    In October 2012, European Union-led investigations warned that Google’s new privacy policy fails to provide users with sufficient control over their data, urging the company to modify it within months or face legal actions.


    “At the end of a four-month delay accorded to Google to comply with the European data protection directive and to implement effectively (our) recommendations, no answer has been given,” said CNIL.

    Google unveiled the new privacy policy in March, authorizing the firm to trace users to develop targeted advertising by combining data from all of its services despite sharp criticism from the US and European consumer advocacy groups.

    The Internet giant contends the move simplifies and unifies its policies through its various services such as Gmail, YouTube, Android mobile systems, social networks and Internet search.

    However, critics argue that the policy gives Google, which is the operator of the world's largest search engine, unprecedented ability to monitor its users.

    Google Inc. is an American multinational corporation that hosts many internet-related services including, Internet search, cloud computing and advertising technologies.

    Most of the company's profits are generated by the advertising revenue coming from its on-line advertising system known as AdWords.

    MKA/JR

    Google may go retail by end of the year

    image from flickr by Scott Beale

    image from flickr by Scott Beale

    On a wave of fresh rumors about Apple’s future products, the news has emerged about Google’s plans to enter the retail business. By next holiday season Google is rumored to open a chain of stores to showcase its growing collection of products.

    ­Rumors lit the tech blogs and forums ablaze Friday when an “extremely reliable source” revealed Google’s plans to have retail stores by the end of this year to 9to5Google’s Seth Weintraub.

    “I wouldn't put it past Google to do this,” said Ben Bajarin, principal analyst with Silicon Valley-based Creative Strategies.

    The stores will likely feature Google’s latest phone, the Nexus 4, Chromebooks, Google powered Samsung and Android smartphones, and other Google gadgets that are currently sold from retailers, and not directly from Google itself.

    Currently, many wireless carriers do not carry Google’s Nexus 4. And since it is priced at $500, it is a large enough sum of money that customers may want to ‘test drive’ the device before the purchase.

    Google already has ‘pop-up’ kiosks in BestBuy stores, where Google employees can sell the Nexus phone and answer product questions.

    The stores will also be a showcase for Sergey Brin’s latest, Google Glass, motion-censored reality glasses, which are set to hit the market sometime in 2014, starting at $1,500. Customers will certainly want to play with these before laying down the dough.

    Google founder Sergey Brin poses for a portrait wearing Google Glass glasses (Reuters / Carlo Allegri)
    Google founder Sergey Brin poses for a portrait wearing Google Glass glasses (Reuters / Carlo Allegri)

    Google will likely borrow heavily from Apple’s successful in-store retail model, the highest grossing US retailer.

    Apple opened its first retail store on May 15, 2011 outside of Washington D.C. Bright, minimalistic, and simple, the store offered a space for customers to test-drive products.

    One of the big elements of Apple’s retail success is its Genius Bar. This idea was not revolutionary by any standard – Circuit City, Best Buy, Radioshack, and dozens of others electronic outfitters offered in-store customer care when Apple opened its doors. 

    The Apple Genius bar is straight forward. The customer brings in the faulty product, and the ‘Genius’ fixes it on site, or places an order for a replacement from the depot. But so much of the Google brand is digital so where will Google draw the line on its customer care? Will Gmail customers be able to set up a Genius appointment to find out how to activate an out-of-office reply or how to recover lost files on their cloud?

    Even if the Google store chain does not reach sales of Apple proportion, it will at the very least function as a showcase that creates customer awareness around the product.

    “Google does not have as many products as Apple, but it has enough to justify a physical retail presence,” said Greg Sterling, a senior analyst with Opus Research.

    Until recently, the Google Brand has been digital- engines, ads and clouds. Two thirds of search engine requests are keyed in on Google, and in December 2012 it served as the platform for 114.7 billion searches, according to the latest comScore engine rankings for January 2013. And 'going retail' is of course a risky maneuver, even for an industry giant like Google.

    Global Mobile Phone Sales Post First Decline Since 2009

    One of the fundamental creeds held by the proponents behind every new technology and gizmo market, including cell phones, smart phones, tablets, Sony Walkmen, 8-tracks, VHS tapes, juice extractors, tape rewinders, etc., is that their growth rate (and by implication the consumers' discretionary income), is completely dissociated with gravity and will grow at a far faster pace than global economic growth virtually in perpetuity. This is the case until empirical evidence reminds them, and everyone else, that gravity eventually always wins. Which is precisely what happened with global mobile phone sales, which in 2012 posted their first decline since the cataclysmic 2009. Gartner reports that the global cell phone market declined by 1.7% in 2012, down from 1.78 billion devices sold in 2011 to 1.75 in 2012. "Tough economic conditions, shifting consumer preferences and intense market competition weakened the worldwide mobile phone market this year," the report says.

    More on the findings:

    Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the market, with the Korean giant selling 385 million phones in 2012, of which 53.5 per cent were smartphones, with Apple selling 130 million smartphones.

    Chinese company Huawei was third spot in worldwide smartphone sales for the first time in the fourth quarter, Gartner said, selling 27.2 million smartphones in 2012, an increase of 74 per cent.

    Gartner said it expects sales of feature phones – ie any phone that is not a smartphone - to continue falling this year.

    ...

    Another reason for the drop is the weakening demand for feature phones, which possess some smartphone abilities but are limited. While smartphones had record sales and were up 38.3% for the fourth quarter of 2012, feature phone sales fell by 19.3% -- and that decline is expected to continue.

    Before smartphone proponents argue this is merely rotation out of a commodity into a premium space, read this:

    Gartner said while the demand for iPhones in the fourth quarter, consumer demand favoured the less expensive iPhone 4 and 4S. It added the arrival of the iPad Mini also created a dilemma for some users when deciding if to upgrade an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to an iPhone 5, or buy the new tablet.

    So while there is an element of conversion into ever more feature rich offerings (aka margin compression), the fundamental gating factor is no longer coolness, or hipness, but the simplest one of all: the bottom line.

    This also means that the margin compression that has been haunting firms such as Apple will not only continue but accelerate, as the peak growth phase has passed, and now, just like in the sovereign arena, it is a race to the margin bottom.

    Finally, since the preservation of optimism is key, Gartner leave on a slightly bullish note:

    As a whole, however, the report predicts the mobile market will do better next year. Gartner says it expects mobile sales to reach 1.9 billion in 2013 -- with a 1 billion coming solely from smartphones.

    It also says 2013 will be the year of the third ecosystem, as carriers try to break free from the influence of Apple and Google Android while Microsoft's Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry 10 and others duke it out.

    "Alternative operating systems such as Tizen, Firefox, Ubuntu and Jolla will try and carve out an opportunity by positioning themselves as profitable alternatives,” the report says.

    Alas, Gartner's forecast is surprisingly reminiscent of what it said a year ago, when it too forecast a continuing growth in sales. Sadly, for both Gartner, and the entire human race, what happens next nobody can see, as whatever will be, will be purely a function of the unintended consequences of the actions of a few select central planners who do everything in their power to convert fiat into wealth (by dilution).

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    Google Moves to Destroy Online Anonymity … Unintentionally Helping Authoritarian Governments

    Google Inc: "Don't Be Evil"

    Governments Move to Destroy Online Anonymity

    Some of the world’s leading social critics and political critics have used pen names.

    As Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge points out (edited slightly for readability):

    Though often maligned (typically by those frustrated by an inability to engage in ad hominem attacks), anonymous speech has a long and storied history in the United States. Used by the likes of Mark Twain (aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens) to criticize common ignorance, and perhaps most famously by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay (aka publius) to write the Federalist Papers, we think ourselves in good company in using one or another nom de plume.

    Particularly in light of an emerging trend against vocalizing public dissent in the United States, we believe in the critical importance of anonymity and its role in dissident speech.

    Like the Economist magazine, we also believe that keeping authorship anonymous moves the focus of discussion to the content of speech and away from the speaker – as it should be. We believe not only that you should be comfortable with anonymous speech in such an environment, but that you should be suspicious of any speech that isn’t.

    But governments – especially authoritarian governments – hate anonymity.

    A soon-to-be-released book by Google executive Eric Schmidt -  called “The New Digital Age” – describes the desire of authoritarian governments to destroy anonymity.  The Wall Street Journal provides an excerpt:

    Some governments will consider it too risky to have thousands of anonymous, untraceable and unverified citizens — “hidden people”; they’ll want to know who is associated with each online account, and will require verification at a state level, in order to exert control over the virtual world.

    Last December, China started requiring all web users to register using their real names.

    But the U.S. is quickly moving in the same direction.  As Gene Howington reported last year:

    Do you have a right to anonymous political free speech?

    According to the Supreme Court, you do. According to the Department of Homeland Security, you don’t. They’ve hired General Dynamics to track U.S. citizens exercising this critical civil right.

    The history of anonymous political free speech in America dates back to our founding. The seminal essays found in “The Federalist Papers” were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay under the nom de plume of “Publius” although this was not confirmed until a list of authorship complied by Hamilton was posthumously released to the public. As previously discussed on this blog, the right to anonymous political free speech has been addressed by the Supreme Court. Most notably in the cases of Talley v. California, 362 U.S. 60 (1960) and McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, 514 U.S. 334 (1995). In Talley, Justice Hugo Black writing for the majority said that, “Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Persecuted groups and sects from time to time throughout history have been able to criticize oppressive practices and laws either anonymously or not at all.” In McIntyre, Justice John Paul Stevens writing for the majority said that, “Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. [… ] an author’s decision to remain anonymous, like other decisions concerning omissions or additions to the content of a publication, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.” That seems clear enough in defining that citizens do have a Constitutionally protected right to anonymous political free speech.

    The full DHS policy statement regarding its activities can be viewed in the DHS Privacy Compliance Review of the NOC Media Monitoring Initiative (November 15, 2011), but rt.com’s summary spells out the basics:

    “Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

    Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

    According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.

    Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.

    The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.” – rt.com

    This question about the right to anonymous political free speech is also asked over the background of the Electronic Privacy Information Center filing a FOIA request against the DHS to find out the details of the agency’s social network monitoring program.

    ***

    As part of recent disclosures related to the EPIC suit, it is revealed that the DHS has hired and instructed General Dynamics to monitor political dissent and the dissenters. The range of websites listed as being monitored is quite impressive. Notably, jonathanturley.org is not on this list [Howington's essay is a guest blog on constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley's website], but equally of note is that this list is by the DHS’ own admission “representative” and not “comprehensive”.

    ***

    Some of the more high profile and highly trafficked sites being monitored include the comments sections of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Huffington Post, the Drudge Report, Wired, and ABC News. In addition, social networking sites Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are being monitored. For the first time, the public not only has an idea who the DHS is pursuing with their surveillance and where, but what they are looking for as well. General Dynamics contract requires them to “[identify] media reports that reflect adversely on the U.S. Government, DHS, or prevent, protect, respond government activities.” The DHS also instructed General Dynamics to generate “reports on DHS, Components, and other Federal Agencies: positive and negative reports on FEMA, CIA, CBP, ICE, etc. as well as organizations outside the DHS.” In other words, the DHS wants to know who you are if you say anything critical about the government.

    Anybody thinking of the name “Goebbels” at this point is not out of line.

    Indeed, valuing online privacy could even get you labeled as a potential terrorist.

    Google Moving to Help Destroy Anonymity

    Google’s motto is “Do No Evil“.   And Google notes in a patent application:

    When users reveal their identities on the internet, it leaves them more vulnerable to stalking, identity theft and harassment.

    So you might assume that Google is fighting to protect anonymity on the web.

    But Schmidt’s new book reveals that Google will support the destruction of anonymity (via Wall Street Journal):

    Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results. The true cost of remaining anonymous, then, might be irrelevance.

    Search Engine Journal explains:

    [Passages from Schmidt's book] confirm what many industry writers have been passionately clattering away about for months now.  Google+ is an identity verification network.  As the network continues to grow, content associated with a verified identity will rise to the top of Google search rankings.

    (Google+ is now the world’s second most popular social network.)

    In other words, Schmidt acknowledges (in the first quote above) that authoritarians want to destroy anonymity … and Google will help them do so.

    We are not saying that Google likes authoritarians. (Potential ties between Google and the government are beyond the scope of this essay.)   However, Google will do business with anyone … and will cowtow to authoritarians they happen to do business with.

    Google is doing this to make money.  Remember, Google gathers information across all of its platforms, and personalizes search engine results based upon what you’ve looked for in past searches.

    After all, Google is primary an advertising company … not a search company. See this, this, this and this.

    As the Daily Mail reported last year:

    A former Google executive has lambasted his ex-employer … claiming that the search company has been turned into an ‘ad company’ obsessed with harvesting people’s private information.

    James Whittaker, a current Partner Development Manager at Microsoft and ex-Engineering Director at Google, posted the 1328-word attack on Google on his Microsoft blog this week.

    ‘Perhaps Google is right,’ writes Whittaker, ‘Perhaps the future lies in learning as much about people’s personal lives as possible.

    ‘The Google I was passionate about was a technology company. The Google I left was an advertising company.’

    ***

    The move comes in the wake of Google’s controversial new ‘privacy policy’, which allowed the search giant to ‘pool’ information from 60 separate services including Gmail, Google Search and Android phones, to create ‘personalised’ advertising.

    The bottom line is that anonymity reduces Google’s ability to monetize personal information and sell it to its advertisers.  So Google is on a campaign to destroy anonymity … and unintentionally helping tyrants in the process.

    As INeedHits laments:

    We knew a day would come when privacy was a thing of the past, but Schmidt clearly spells out that day is sooner than we had expected.

    Google Moves to Destroy Online Anonymity … Helping Authoritarian Governments In the Process

    Governments Move to Destroy Online Anonymity

    Gene Howington reported last year:

    The history of anonymous political free speech in America dates back to our founding. The seminal essays found in “The Federalist Papers” were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay under the nom de plume of “Publius” although this was not confirmed until a list of authorship complied by Hamilton was posthumously released to the public. As previously discussed on this blog, the right to anonymous political free speech has been addressed by the Supreme Court. Most notably in the cases of Talley v. California, 362 U.S. 60 (1960) and McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, 514 U.S. 334 (1995). In Talley, Justice Hugo Black writing for the majority said that, “Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Persecuted groups and sects from time to time throughout history have been able to criticize oppressive practices and laws either anonymously or not at all.” In McIntyre, Justice John Paul Stevens writing for the majority said that, “Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. [… ] an author’s decision to remain anonymous, like other decisions concerning omissions or additions to the content of a publication, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.” That seems clear enough in defining that citizens do have a Constitutionally protected right to anonymous political free speech.

    Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge points out (with slight editing):

    Though often maligned (typically by those frustrated by an inability to engage in ad hominem attacks), anonymous speech has a long and storied history in the United States. Used by the likes of Mark Twain (aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens) to criticize common ignorance, and perhaps most famously by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay (aka publius) to write the Federalist Papers, we think ourselves in good company in using one or another nom de plume.

    Particularly in light of an emerging trend against vocalizing public dissent in the United States, we believe in the critical importance of anonymity and its role in dissident speech.

    Like the Economist magazine, we also believe that keeping authorship anonymous moves the focus of discussion to the content of speech and away from the speaker – as it should be. We believe not only that you should be comfortable with anonymous speech in such an environment, but that you should be suspicious of any speech that isn’t.

    But governments – especially authoritarian governments – hate anonymity.

    A soon-to-be-released book by Google executive Eric Schmidt -  called “The New Digital Age” – describes the desire of authoritarian governments to destroy anonymity.  The Wall Street Journal provides an excerpt:

    Some governments will consider it too risky to have thousands of anonymous, untraceable and unverified citizens — “hidden people”; they’ll want to know who is associated with each online account, and will require verification at a state level, in order to exert control over the virtual world.

    Last December, China started requiring all web users to register using their real names.

    But the U.S. is quickly moving in the same direction.  Gene Howington explains:

    Do you have a right to anonymous political free speech?

    According to the Supreme Court, you do. According to the Department of Homeland Security, you don’t. They’ve hired General Dynamics to track U.S. citizens exercising this critical civil right.

    ***

    The full DHS policy statement regarding its activities can be viewed in the DHS Privacy Compliance Review of the NOC Media Monitoring Initiative (November 15, 2011), but rt.com’s summary spells out the basics:

    “Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

    Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

    According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.

    Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.

    The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.” – rt.com

    This question about the right to anonymous political free speech is also asked over the background of the Electronic Privacy Information Center filing a FOIA request against the DHS to find out the details of the agency’s social network monitoring program.

    ***

    As part of recent disclosures related to the EPIC suit, it is revealed that the DHS has hired and instructed General Dynamics to monitor political dissent and the dissenters. The range of websites listed as being monitored is quite impressive. Notably, jonathanturley.org is not on this list [Howington's essay is a guest blog on constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley's website], but equally of note is that this list is by the DHS’ own admission “representative” and not “comprehensive”.

    ***

    Some of the more high profile and highly trafficked sites being monitored include the comments sections of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Huffington Post, the Drudge Report, Wired, and ABC News. In addition, social networking sites Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are being monitored. For the first time, the public not only has an idea who the DHS is pursuing with their surveillance and where, but what they are looking for as well. General Dynamics contract requires them to “[identify] media reports that reflect adversely on the U.S. Government, DHS, or prevent, protect, respond government activities.” The DHS also instructed General Dynamics to generate “reports on DHS, Components, and other Federal Agencies: positive and negative reports on FEMA, CIA, CBP, ICE, etc. as well as organizations outside the DHS.” In other words, the DHS wants to know who you are if you say anything critical about the government.

    Anybody thinking of the name “Goebbels” at this point is not out of line.

    Indeed, valuing online privacy could even get you labeled as a potential terrorist.

    Google Moving to Help Destroy Anonymity

    Google’s motto is “Do No Evil“.   And Google notes in a patent application:

    When users reveal their identities on the internet, it leaves them more vulnerable to stalking, identity theft and harassment.

    So you might assume that Google is fighting to protect anonymity on the web.

    But Schmidt’s new book reveals that Google will support the destruction of anonymity (via Wall Street Journal):

    Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results. The true cost of remaining anonymous, then, might be irrelevance.

    Search Engine Journal explains:

    [Passages from Schmidt's book] confirm what many industry writers have been passionately clattering away about for months now.  Google+ is an identity verification network.  As the network continues to grow, content associated with a verified identity will rise to the top of Google search rankings.

    (Google+ is now the world’s second most popular social network.)

    In other words, Schmidt acknowledges (in the first quote above) that authoritarians want to destroy anonymity … and Google will help them do so.

    We are not saying that Google likes authoritarians. True, there are potential ties between Google and the government.  For example, the head of DARPA now works for Google, and Internet powerhouse Vint Cerf has worked at both institutions.  Wired reports:

    Long before it reportedly enlisted the help of the National Security Agency to secure its networks, Google sold equipment to the secret signals-intelligence group. In-Q-Tel [the CIA's investment arm] backed the mapping firm Keyhole, which was bought by Google in 2004 — and then became the backbone for Google Earth.

    And a former high-level CIA officer alleges that the CIA funded Google with seed money.

    However, the focus of this essay is on Google’s profit motive.  Specifically, Google will do business with anyone … and will cowtow to authoritarians they happen to do business with.

    Google is doing this to make money.  Remember, Google gathers information across all of its platforms, and personalizes search engine results based upon what you’ve looked for in past searches.

    After all, Google is primary an advertising company … not a search company. See this, this, this and this.

    As the Daily Mail reported last year:

    A former Google executive has lambasted his ex-employer … claiming that the search company has been turned into an ‘ad company’ obsessed with harvesting people’s private information.

    James Whittaker, a current Partner Development Manager at Microsoft and ex-Engineering Director at Google, posted the 1328-word attack on Google on his Microsoft blog this week.

    ‘Perhaps Google is right,’ writes Whittaker, ‘Perhaps the future lies in learning as much about people’s personal lives as possible.

    ‘The Google I was passionate about was a technology company. The Google I left was an advertising company.’

    ***

    The move comes in the wake of Google’s controversial new ‘privacy policy’, which allowed the search giant to ‘pool’ information from 60 separate services including Gmail, Google Search and Android phones, to create ‘personalised’ advertising.

    The bottom line is that anonymity reduces Google’s ability to monetize personal information and sell it to its advertisers.  So Google is on a campaign to destroy anonymity … and unintentionally helping tyrants in the process.

    As INeedHits laments:

    We knew a day would come when privacy was a thing of the past, but Schmidt clearly spells out that day is sooner than we had expected.

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    Apple, Big Hedge Fund Stars & The Sell Side/Vaudeville Act To Burn Your Hard...

    I see many pundits on CNBC commenting on Apple. I believe they are ALL wrong! To begin with, nearly all of them are coming up with revaluations after the fact - which is simply too late and lacks credibility. Second, Apple has someserious steps to take if it is to get back into the mobile computing race. David Einhorn's recommendation to return cash to shareholders (on the CNBC front page today) is not one of them. He's approaching this from a trader's perspective, and not from the perspective of a strategic long term investor. To date, Apple has outperformed nearly all hedge funds in the reinvestment of its cash. If Apple does the right thing, the  ability to replicate this performance by only 50% will whip the pants off of nearly every hedge fund, Einhorn's included. In addition, Apple is about to go through a depression style bout of margin compression that it will need cash to battle. I explained this to a group of entrepeneurs last year. Basically, Apple's $137B+ in cash is a call option on future opportunities and a put option on future mishaps. Einhorn is asking management to sell that call/put option straddle now, and forgo the ability to capitalize on future opportunities while running naked against margin compression at the same time that Apple's competition has surpassed it in technical ability (product/service wise) while Apple has shown ineptitude in competing in the cloud (see the maps fiasco), the next battle ground for the end user. This option sale will be had for the one time premium of a cash distribution. Wise, eh?

    Does this mentality smack of the short term-ism indicative of a trader to you, or is it the mentality of the long term, innovative vision of Steve Jobs that got Apple where it is now? See the video below where I delve into this in detail...

    Since I was practically the only one (at least that I know of) to accurately and timely call the turn on Apple BEFORE THE FACT, I would love to take this time to point out what it is that's wrong with Apple and what it would take for it to regain its shine. Just to illustrate this point, let's reminisce, shall we...

    Let's contrast this to what I have espoused over a similar time frame...

    Now, what do we have in sell sidevaudville today? CNBC reports Apple Heading Toward $200?: McLean.WTF???? What happen to $1,000????

    Yes, I'm going after the sell side again. And I'll keep doing it. I'm a monster to the charlatan crew... A monster, I tell you...

    Apple needs to start spending money, needs to spend wisely, needs to spend it in droves, and it needs to do ALL of this, NOW!!!! That is what Apple REALLY needs to do to compete with Google and enrich shareholders. Now, those shareholders with short term-ism will consider this Apple management burning cash in a desperate attempt to save the ship. These limited horizon guys will jump ship and drive the share price down. It is then that Apple will be a strong buy if, and only if, management succeeds in making leeway... Much in the same way that Google did in its acquisition spree that gave it some of its most valuable properties and multi-billion dollar franchises that literally run the web in their respective categories - to wit:

    • YouTube
    • Android
    • Google Voice
    • AdMob

    For anyone who thinks this acquisition spree is a foolish endeavor, ask those who listened to the "short Google, long Apple" advice of the pros...

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    Just as much (if not most, not withstanding the "Muppet Factor") of the Sell Side of Wall Street Doesn't Truly Understand Apple, many of them equally clueless regarding Google as well… Google has used it's call option of billions of dollars of cash and its cash producing cash cow business model of ad serving to literally buy value at discounted prices. Of course, those with short term vision can't see the value - just as fails to see a forest due to all of that tree bark in the way!!!

    Google Final Report Sep 29 Page 53 copyGoogle Final Report Sep 29 Page 53 copyGoogle Final Report Sep 29 Page 54Google Final Report Sep 29 Page 54As a reminder, I warned in plenty of time to both avoid loss and profit on the short and long side for each company involved in these mobile computing wars. As a matter of fact, three years ago, I laid out in detail the entire mobile computing war map - along with the prospects of the major competitors - Google, Apple, Research in Motion and Microsoft/Nokia, reference "" series. How accurate were these predictions, predilections, and analyses?

    Now, for all of you senstive types who may consider this bragging or boasting, it is far from such. As a matter of distinct fact, the contents of this entire post should have been glaringly obvious to anyone years ago who actively used and followed the products and services of the companies herein, and had even a rudimentary understanding of business valuation. You know, it's amazing how far an awareness of cognitive biases (Deconstructing The Most Accurate Apple Analysis Ever Made - Share Price, Market Share, Strategy and All) and a mastery of second grade math () can get you on Wall Street.

    The Sell Side analytical community and the (sheeple) investors which they serve is another matter though. Subscribers can download the data that shows the blatant game being played between Apple and the Sell Side here: File Icon Apple Earnings Guidance Analysis. Those who need to subscribe can do so here.

    Below, I drilled down on the date and used a percentage difference view to illustrate the improvement in P/E stemming from the earnings beats.

    Again, a master of the basics, the fundamentals, common sense and 2nd grade math can actually bring you tomorrows news yesterday! For those interested in the research behind these many calls, as well as many others,Subscribe to BoomBustBlog today!

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    Russia’s Yandex overtakes Microsoft in world wide searching

    RIA Novosti / Mikhail Fomichev

    RIA Novosti / Mikhail Fomichev

    Russia’s Yandex search engine has pushed Microsoft’s Bing aside in global search statistics, climbing to fourth place after Google, Baidu and Yahoo!

    ­The world-wide search statistics are compiled by comScore’s qsearch.

    The trend started November, Yandex representative Tatyana Komarova told Vedomosti daily. Then Yandex processed 4.62 billion search requests compared to Microsoft’s 4.48 billion requests that meant each had roughly a 2.6 percent share. In December the trend continued, as Yandex handled 4.84 billion requests (2.8 percent share) and Microsoft 4.48 billion (2.5 percent share). In the number of unique searchers the companies change places – in December with Microsoft having 268.6 million, and Yandex just 74.4 million.

    The growth in searches through Yandex happened because of increase of Russian internet use, according to Komarova. The Russian segment grew 17% in 2012 up to 42.2 million users.

    Even through it improved its performance worldwide Moscow-based Yandex NV (YNDX) is a long way behind Google, which retains its position of the world’s search leader. Google handled 114.73 billion requests in December for a 65.2 percent market share. China’s Baidu came next with 14.5 billion (8.2 percent), followed by Yahoo with 8.63 billion (4.9 percent).

    However, while Google dominates American and European markets – over 65 percent of American searches and over 90 percent of European searches are made with the Google; in Russia it gives ground to Yandex. In Russia, Yahoo accounts for twice as many searches as Google, having 60.5 percent of Russia’s web-search market compared to 26.4 percent for Google. Like Google Yandex’s core business is in search and also has innovative projects from data and mobile to mapping.

    Yandex has become the first Russian company to get access to the vast database of the CERN nuclear research establishment in Switzerland. Last fall Yandex rolled out its own web browser and Android app store in Russia, hoping to expand them worldwide. Yandex also developed a voice-activated visual search engine for Facebook called Wonder, which lets people find local businesses friends had visited or taken photos at, what music they’d been listening to, and what news they had been reading. However, Facebook had to cut its data access (along with Twitter’s Vine app, among others) due to its data policy.

    Taking advantage of Russia’s rapidly growing internet market, Yandex has opened up in Turkey. The company says it hopes to raise its market share to 35 percent in five years from 1.4 percent today.  Google has 93.7 percent market share in Turkey according to ComScore. “The target looks ambitious,” Aleksandr Vengranovich, an analyst at Otkritie Capital in Moscow, told Bloomberg. He noted that it took Google about five years to reach 26 percent in Russia, with most of its gains coming from Yandex. 

    Yandex says it chose Turkey because of its population of 75 million, and an increasing online audience, Bloomberg reports. The country is now the No. 6 web search market. In November, Yandex became the default search on handsets running the Windows Phone operating system in Turkey, even though Microsoft’s Bing search engine is available. In Turkey, Yandex also developed technology for street-view maps that blurs the face of Kemal Ataturk statues and street portraits to comply with a ban on photographing images of the country’s founder.

    Anecdotal Quips Regarding The Inevitable Failure Of Blackberry (ex-Research In Motion)

    Research in Motion, now known as Blackberry, has had a tripling of price over the six months or so. For those that don't follow me, I warned when Blackberry was in the $60's that it was just about a goner (reference Hindsight Is 20/20, And As Luck Has It Our Foresight On Research in Motion Was Right On The Money Two Years Ago). Like Apple, it had a lot of followers who spent more time looking backward than forwards, hence were literally and figuratively blind to the upcoming crash.

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    Well, after tripling in an overdose of hopium, here we go again. Those who rode the fantasy narcotic-induced ride up obviously didn't read my post "Smartphone Hardware Manufacturers Are Dead, Long Live The Google-like Solution Providers".

    You see, the problem is that Google's new age "less than free" business model has sparked a hardware war that no company that does not manufacturer its own parts can hope to win, or even flourish in - that is unless it is an expert in low margin sales. That... Blackberry is not! The Andriod tech, functionality, and mindhsar on both the hardware and software side is leapfrogging the competition (primarily Windows, Blackberry, iOS devices) almost QUARTERLY! With new handsets launching every six months boasting new functionality, and new OS versions launching every six months (alternating, thus creating an effective 3 month cycle) at the same many (or most) companies are slashing prices... How is a company like Blackberry which took two years to launch the revamped, yet barely competitive Blackberry OS10 to compete while maintaing a semblance of healthy margins or material market share? Quick answer, it can't! It's as simple as that.

    All of the margin warnings that I gave throughout 2010 and 2011 still hold true today. Google's Android business model was designed to gut companies such as Nokia, Blackberry and Apple - all three of which need wide margins in order for thier business models to thrive. Two years ago, I warned that Android would compress the margins of all three of these companies - to Google's benefit and to their detriment. Let's see if I was correct...

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    So, do Blackberry investors really think this time is different??? I answered this question many months ago...

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    Libertarian Developer’s Ayn Rand Fantasy Is Detroit’s Latest Nightmare

    Libertarian real estate developer wants to buy 982-acre Detroit park and start an independent nation, selling citizenships at $300,000.

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    Check out what the loopy Ayn Randroids are up to now. In long-suffering Detroit, a libertarian real estate developer wants to buy a civic crown jewel, Belle Isle, the 982-acre park designed by Frederick Law Olmstead—think the  Motor City’s Central Park—and turn it into an independent nation, selling citizenships at $300,000 per. Not, mind you, out of any mercenary motives, says would-be founder Rodney Lockwood—but just “to provide an economic and social laboratory for a society which effectively addresses some of the most important problems of American, and the western world.” (Sic.)

    Address how? Well, let’s say I’ve never seen a  document that better reveals the extent to which, for libertarians, “liberty” means the opposite of liberty—at least since Rick Santorum held up the company town in which his grandpa was entombed as a beacon of freedom.

    An aspiring Ayn Rand himself, Lockwood has set out his vision in a “novel,” poetically titled Belle Isle: Detroit’s Game Changer. Although he’s actually done the master one better, by imagining he can get his utopia built. Last week he presented the plan, alongside a retired Chrysler executive, a charter school entrepreneur (who apparently enjoys a cameo in the novel running one of the island’s two K-12 schools) and a senior economist at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, to what  The Detroit News called “a select group of movers and shakers at the tony Detroit Athletic Club,” who included the president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

    Never let it be said Rod Lockwood (perfect pornstar name? You be the judge) hasn’t thought this thing through. The plan is foolproof: “Belle Isle is sold by the City of Detroit to a group of investors for $1 billion. The island is then developed into a city-state of 35,000 people, with its own laws, customs and currency, under United States supervision as a Commonwealth.” Relations with neighboring, impoverished Detroit will be naught but copacetic, and not exploitative at all: “Plants will be built across the Detroit River…. with the engineering and management functions on Belle Isle. Companies from all over the world will locate on Belle Isle, bringing in massive amounts of capital and GDP.” (Because, you know, tax-dodging international financiers of the sort a scheme like this attracts are just desperate to open and operate factories.) Government will be limited to ten percent or less of GDP, “by constitutional dictate. The social safety net is operated charities, which are highly encouraged and supported by the government.”

    Although, on Belle Isle, “the word ‘Government’ is discouraged and replaced with the word ‘Service’ in the name of buildings.” Note the verb-tense slippage between present and future throughout. Lockwood is a realist.

    He says what he imagines is a “Midwest Tiger”—helpfully explaining that his self-bestowed nickname is “a play on the label given Singapore as the ‘Asian Tiger.’ Singapore, in recent decades, has transformed itself into the most dynamic economy in the world, through low regulation, low taxes and business-friendly practices.”

    Singapore. You know: that libertarian paradise where  chewing gum is banned; thousands of people each year are  sentenced to whippings with rattan canes for such offenses as overstaying visas and spray-painting buildings; the punishment for littering can be $1,000, a term of forced labor and being required to wear a sign reading “I am a litter lout”; and where pornography, criticizing religion, connecting to an unsecured Wi-Fi hotspot and (yes!) over-exuberant hugging are  all banned. Freedom!

    What are the Commonwealth’s other inspirations, you ask? “The country of Liechtenstein, which, although a monarchy, has a very effective government.”

    Electronic Sanctions: Targeting Iran’s Media, Preventing Iranians from Using the Internet

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    The inhumane sanctions of the United States and its European allies against Iran know no boundaries. At the cost of the lives of thousands of Iranian patients suffering from different types of cancer, thalassemia, hemophilia, HIV/Aids, psychiatric disorders and other diseases, the West has banned the export of life-saving medicines and medical equipments to Iran and this is deteriorating the lives of those patients who cannot find medicines needed for their survival. The companies that do business with Iran will be immediately penalized by the U.S. government and so far no exemptions have been made to ensure that ordinary Iranian citizens will at least get access to foodstuff, medicines and other humanitarian goods.

    The recent wave of sanctions have also targeted Iranian media as several satellite providers across Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America have taken Iranian television channels off air, denying millions of viewers around the world the chance to find an alternative, Iranian perspective on the world affairs.

    However, the sanctions have been so extensive and widespread that they even deprive the Iranian citizens from enjoying the latest productions of technology.

    The internet explorer “Google Chrome” is unavailable for downloading to the Iranian users, and so are the instant messaging software “Google Chrome”, picture sharing platform “Picasa” and the geographical surveying application “Google Earth.” Although the Iranian computer geeks know tricks to circumvent these limitations, for the majority of Iranian computer users these services are not easy-to-access.

    Ironically, Google lifted the limitations in early 2011 when the opponents of President Ahmadinejad had taken to the streets and staged demonstrations. Google announced that it will ease the restrictions to allow the protesters communicate more smoothly and organize rallies and mass demonstrations. “There are many activist layers on Google Earth. Anyone can create a layer to show exactly what is going on in Iran,” said Google’s head of public policy Scott Rubin.

    Rubin also said that having access to Google Chrome will be also useful for the protesters: “in a country with a history of government surveillance it is useful having a browser that can’t easily be hacked.”

    So it’s clear that even when the American internet giant made some concessions, it did not intend to serve the interests of the Iranian people in general, but only meant to contribute to the weakening of the government and empowerment of the opposition.

    But the limitations imposed on Iranian internet users by the United States are not new or unprecedented. On August 19, 1997, President Clinton signed the 13059 executive order which stipulated harsh restrictions on Iranian internet users and computer companies in terms of using the U.S.-produced software, hardware and other technology products.

    According to this order, “the exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any goods, technology, or services to Iran or the Government of Iran, including the exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply of any goods, technology, or services to a person in a third country” will be prohibited.

    According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, only a handful of commonplace computer applications including document readers such as Acrobat Reader, plug-ins such as Flashplayer and Shockwave and “free mobile apps related to personal communications” are legally downloadable in Iran.

    In April 2003, it was reported that in a racially discriminatory and politically motivated decision, the popular career and job-finding website Monster.com removed the profiles and résumés of users from a number of countries on the U.S. Department of State’s blacklist including Iran, Syria, Sudan, Myanmar, Cuba, Libya and North Korea.

    In a March 21, 2012 report, the CNet’s political correspondent Declan McCullagh wrote that Google has also restricted Iranian users’ access to Android Market, known as Google Play.

    Collin Anderson, an independent researcher in North Dakota has listed a number of U.S.-based technology products that are unavailable to Iranian users. These products include, but are not limited to, Apple’s iOS app store, McAfee’s antivirus software, Oracle’s Java and MySQL, Adobe Acrobat Reader, DropBox, Real Player, Google AdWords, and Google Android Market.

    But the unfair measures taken by the U.S. government as dictated to the American internet, IT and other technology-related service providers have gone beyond the pale and are now taking the form of racial discrimination. It was reported in June 2012 that an Apple Store in Alpharetta, Georgia refused to sell an iPhone and iPad to the Persian-speaking customers, resorting to the excuse that they may send at least one of these devices to their friends in Iran!

    When Sara Sabet, a 19-year-old student of the Georgia University went to an Apple Store in a local mall with her friend to buy a couple of iDevices, the salesperson found her speaking in a foreign language. The employee asked her what language she spoke, where she was from and where the iPad and iPhone she were heading to. She responded by saying that she is from Iran and wants to send the devices to her friend in Iran. It was then that the Apple employee responded by saying, “I just can’t sell this to you. Our countries have bad relations.” Sabet said that the left the store and shed tears all the way back to home.

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations called the Apple Store’s treatment of the Iranian student discriminatory in a statement issued in condemnation: “Apple must revise its policies to ensure that customers do not face discriminatory treatment based on their religion, ethnicity or national origin,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “If the actions of these Apple employees reflected company policy, that policy must be changed and all employees retrained.”

    Overall, this is how the Iranians are being treated by a government which has always been busy trumpeting its anxiety and nervousness for the protection of human rights around the world. Perhaps Iranians are paying the price for the independence of their nation and their refusal to be brought under the hegemonic domination of the United States. These sanctions which directly affect the daily lives of ordinary citizens show the extent to which the U.S. government can be brutal and ruthless to deprive a nation of its most rudimentary and basic rights. Can anyone really understand what Uncle Sam is doing?

    Apple cuts orders for iPhone 5 parts, as demand lags

    Apple has reduced orders for components for its iPhone 5, as the gadget hasn’t prove to be as popular as expected. Simultaneously inexpensive smartphones from its closest rival – Samsung – are gaining in popularity.

    Apple’s orders for iPhone screens between January and March were almost half the number it had been previously planned, as The Wall Street Journal quotes its sources.

    Competition from other Android – based smartphones, with Samsung models being the strongest rival, ate into the demand for iPhones. South Korea’s Samsung has already left Apple behind in terms of smart phones sales. Inexpensive gadgets by Chinese Huawei Technologies Co is also taking away part of the demand from Apple.

    As for 3Q 2012 Apple had 14.6% of world smartphone shipments, which is well below its all – time high of 23% registered in 4Q 2011, according to International Data Corporation. Meanwhile, Samsung shares have skyrocketed by 31.3% in 3Q 2012 from 8.8% a year earlier, with the company expecting to set another record operating profit in 4Q 2012 on the back of strong sales of its Galaxy smartphones.

    Released in September 2012, the iPhone 5 marked Apple’s effort to retain its strong market position amidst growing competition. The latest iPhone comes with a longer four -inch screen, which compares to the previous 3.5 inch version.

    Most recently, Apple was reported it is to launch a budget version of the iPhone, which is expected to help gain a foothold in developing markets. The price tag will reportedly be between $99 and $149, which is approximately a third the price of current models costing $650 without a contract in the US, as Bloomberg reports. The smartphone would be smaller than current models and would be made from cheaper parts.

    Three Monopolies We Need to Keep an Eye on

    Who doesn’t use Google? Shop on Amazon? Own, or covet, some Apple device? Who doesn’t give thanks to this triumvirate of technology companies for the ways in which they add to our lives?

    But is it possible that these companies are well on their way to becoming too big for their, and our own, good?

    1. Google: As dominant as ever when we’re searching the Internet

    Last week, after a two-year investigation, the FTC absolved Goggle of violating anti-trust laws for favoring its own services in its lucrative search engine. At issue was how Google produces its search results via its top-secret algorithm which, the company maintains, it cannot disclose for competitive reasons.

    In its ruling, the FTC said that it found that “Google’s primary purpose … [is] to improve the user experience.” Google itself contends that it is “unbiased and objective” and that its search results are “the best we know how to produce.” But given that its enormous revenue is derived from this very source, questions remain.

    Google made an all-out offensive to lobby Washington, a lesson learned from studying the 1990s experience of Microsoft, which was charged with monopolization for tying its Internet Explorer browser to closely go with its Windows operating system. From this, some critics think the FTC let Google off too easy  though, as Ars Technica points out, more than a few of those who have been expressing displeasure at the FTC’s ruling are precisely Google’s rivals including Microsoft.

    The European Commission is to issue a ruling on Google soon and is expected to be less lenient. The reason is that “American antitrust regulators tend to focus on whether a company’s dominance harms consumers; the European system seeks to keep competitors in the market,” says the New York Times. Another factor is that Google holds an 83 percent share of the European search market, vs. 67 percent of the U.S.’s. It could be only a matter of time before the “antitrust rap” could catch up to Google — or maybe not.

    2. Amazon: Poised to become the only store on earth

    Holiday sales at Barnes and Noble were down 12 percent from last year’s. While there been reports of some independent bookstores thriving (hooray!), Amazon, for all that it does not make a profit (indeed, its profit was down by 96 percent in the second quarter of 2012) inexorably continues its domination as the world’s online purveyor of seemingly everything from clothes to food to books (real and electronic).

    Amazon’s prices are always hard to beat and every time you turn around it seems Amazon’s added yet another business, be it streaming movies or its cloud service. Who hasn’t heard of an independent book or other store that closes its doors because it couldn’t compete with Amazon? Yet we still keep going back.

    3. Apple: Does any tablet beside the iPad matter?

    The iPad’s touchscreen and size made it the device I (and quite a few others) had been looking for. It was the first device my teenage autistic son could use on his own to hear music, watch videos, look at photos after years of deep frustration trying, unsuccessfully, to use a computer mouse. The iPad’s design was the answer.

    The iPad’s marketshare has declined from an all-time high in August due to competition from Google’s Android and Amazon’s Kindle. Analysts are predicting that increased adoption by businesses will help Apple to reconquer the market; Germany could even be called “Appleland” due to the popularity of the company’s products there, says the Frankfurter Allgemeine.

    Back in June, Microsoft’s Surface tablet was announced with much fanfare but has since been little heard from and sales of software for PCs have been in decline, as well as sales of PCs themselves. It’s certainly harder and harder not to think of the iPads and tablet computers as one in the same.

    It took someone with a novel way of thinking to design the iPad and other Apple devices that have made a big difference. But we can’t expect one company to keep producing all the innovative ideas. Just at the end of last week, Pinterest announced that it was taking over recipe site Punchfork. This is probably not the greatest loss or saddest occasion in the history of either the Internet or of corporate mergers. But as Alex Hern writes in the New Statesman, the annexation (ok, swallowing up) of Punchfork by Pinterest means that another idea, another novel way of doing something, will no longer exist.

    It’s a loss of diversity on the web perhaps comparable in some ways to the shrinking biodiversity of wildlife as more species of animals and plants face extinction. A world of only McDonalds, Starbucks and Walmart sounds hardly appealing — a world in which Google, Amazon and Apple are the only big players would be just as poor.

    A New Sheriff (Make That Business Model) Is Coming to Town For US Wireless...

    This is one of those pieces where, after reading it you say "Damn, why didn't I think of that!".. By demonstrating how Google is transforming the telecomm landscape, I may actually save up to $5,700 for at least a quarter of the readers who are perusing this blog. Yes, it's for real, and its a benefit of the "knowlege how" mentality that I described in my previous pieces on education. You'll see where I'm coming from once you get to the long graphic below...

    T-Mobile has had a serious problem competing with the big boys of US wireless carriers. They are the only one not to carry the iPhone. This, in my opinion, was a wise move for the subsidy game has been a money loser from the get go, and although the iPhone is still selling like hotcakes, those hotcakes are looking much cooler as Andrioid sales have taken off. Still, T-Mobile doesn't seem content, so it decided to do what most of the carriers should have done a long time ago. T-Mobile is breaking the wireless carrier contract hegemony and offering pure service without the BS. For ANYONE who can count, this makes the decision to go with T-Mobile as brainless a decision as the sneeze is a reflex reaction. Let me count the ways...

    Rip Up The Contract & You Reduce The Risk For Both The Carrier & The Consumer. As A Matter Of Fact, Only Fat Margined Hardware Vendors Have Anything To Fear - Oh Yeah, As Well As Those Carriers That Still Rely On Contracts!

    The grand disruptor, Google, has been trying to break the grip the carriers have had on the smartphone industry for years, starting with the introduction of the Nexus phone which it sold direct to consumers online. The propeller heads at Google figured they would offer a better product at a lower price and people would simply flock in to buy it. Said propeller heads apparently didn't understand people. They won't always do what's best for them, but they will buy what is sold to them. So this time around, with 3rd (or 4th?) iteration of the Nexus phone, Google has paired with a major carrier in addition to selling it direct. Now, Google sole the last Nexus through Verizon, but Verizon crippled the device in attempt at carrier lock-in - an old school, naive and ultimately self destructive move, in my humble opinion.

    Now, T-Mobile will be offering the device (it's already in stores, just not officially selling yet) and will offer it unlocked, off contract, for its original (not inflated like other carriers) price of $299, and with its original capabilities. This device is state of the art, btw, and blows the iPhone 5 out of the water in practically every way. Keep in mind that an iPhone 5 would retail at your local carrier retail store for $200 to $300, subsidized, tied to a 2 year contract. You can buy a far superior device outright for just about the subsidy downpayment of an iPhone.

    One of the best devices on the market, approximately  1.5x the device the iPhone 5 is for roughly half the price! $299

    Google Now. Amazing Photo Sphere camera. Totally wireless... OR you can pick up a very good Chinese phablet for even less....

    ZOPO ZP950

    Short Description

    - 5.7 inch HD screen, 1280*720 pixel display
    - 1GB RAM + 4GB ROM
    - 1GHz dual-core MTK MT6577 processor
    - Support 3G network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 & WCDMA 850/2100 MHz
    - 8MP rear camera + 2MP front camera

    Price: $279

    OR you can pick up a smaller form factor for over $100 less...

    Zopo ZP500 Libero ICS SMARTPHONE

    These are actually very good devices , without compromise. They are, in my opinion, more desirable in terms of functionality than the iPhone 5. For less than the contract sign up price for an iPhone of ATT/Sprint/Verizon late model phone, you can fully purchase one of these devices and pay for the first month of service - contract free, free to leave the county, and free to change carriers or quiet at will. That's not the gist of it...

    A Smart Mentality For Dumb Pipes

     T-Mobile may actually profit where other companies take a loss by eliminating the expensive and risk subsidy/contract trap. In addiion, it will pull head of the pack by recognizing what it is, and being aware of what it is not. T-Mobile, like the other carriers (they just don't know it yet) is a utility. It's a dumb pipe through which Goog;e's customers pump data. It is not a software programmer or development house like Microsoft (so it has finally stopped trying to skin Android), and it is not a transaction company (so it has stopped trying to compete with Google Wallet). It is not a content company (so it does not attempt to compete with Netflix, Amazon or iTunes). Unfortunately, the other carriers haven't realized this yet. As a result, although they are bigger and better funded, the new T-Mobile is posed to change the industry. In recognizing that it is a dumb pipe that should compete on data throughput, volume and quality, it is on the road to creating a new business model of being a smart pipe - just as handset makers moved from dumb phones to smart phones. In order to do that though, they will need a change in mindset.

    The Performance Trap: Is LTE Really the next big thing or just a thing carriers use to charge you more?

    Verizon, Sprint, Metro PCS (a MVNO reseller) and AT&T all market their 4G LTE services heavily. They also charge accordingly. I purchased a Galaxy 3 LTE phone and ran up a $150 bill within 18 days (that's right, I was just over halfway through the monthly billing cycle), without even trying. I called customer service, and they offered me a $50 credit, but the damage was done. I returned the phone forthwith. T-Mobile offers its HSPDA+ service as 4G, and it is actually quite fast for what is considered an antiquated technology. As excerpted from Fiercewirelss.com and Rootmetrics:

    RootMetrics: Average download and upload speeds

    To the average user, T-Mobile's speeds will barely noticeable in terms of difference from AT&T. Uploads may be noticeably slower, though. Verizon seems to blow them both out of the water, but there is this real life consideration of cost  real life perofrmance issues that comes into question. With that, the equation changes considerably. The battery life on T-Mobile's HSPDA+ is practically twice that off the same devices running LTE. Until better tech is released, LTE is not a valid all day, battery operated solution IMO. Then there's the issue of cost. Uh Oh!!!!...

    Price vs. Performance

    Let's look at the monthly cash flows.... Yes! You actually SAVE $5,500 per bi-annual cell phone contract. Read carefully and thank me later... Click to enlarge...

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    I will hold an interactive video chat on this topic at approximately 9:45 am, Friday the 11th in the Valuable Knowledge Community on Google+. I welcome all to attend.

    Who ultimately benefits? 

    First, you, the consumer. Thsi competition is very good. The second beneficiary also happens to be the one that started this mess in the first place, Google! You see, Google is a data company, and data companies need bandwidth. The more cheap bandwidth you have access to, the more data you will be prompted to move, access, save, search for, request and engage with. The cheaper the hardware, the more hardware you will use. The more advanced the hardware, the more you will do with it. "Do what", you ask? Do data! Do Google! This is what Android is truly all about. This is why its free! This is why Google is poised to take over the (data) world. All of those armchair pundits and silly sell side guys who constantly quip about Google not making money on Android sound similar to those who scream, "But that damn fox is not making a dime on the free trips the chicken taxi is making to the chicken coops!" "'Hens R Us' makes more fare on transporting those chickens to the fox hole than Mr. Fox does!" Yeah! Think about it for a few seconds. That's all it takes in terms of critical thought to comprehend the Google business model. Yes, sometimes it is hard to see that forest with all of the tree bark in the way...

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    Reflective boozing: Scotland launches ‘Drinking Mirror’ mobile app to curb women’s drinking

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    Excessive drinking by women has become a huge problem according to the Scottish Government. Health officials have created a special mobile app which they hope will stop women from over consuming alcohol. It is called a Drinking Mirror.

    The new Android app is aimed to help Scottish women drink less and prevent illnesses caused by alcohol abuse, by showing them just how their appearance will chance in 10 years if they drink 10 glasses of wine per week.

    The Scottish Health Secretary’s office introduced the free app on Tuesday. The initiative is part of the government’s campaign named “Drop a Glass Size” aimed at persuading women to reduce the number of glasses of wine they drink weekly.

    The Drinking Mirror app is designed to show your future face depending on how much you drink. You simply make a self-portrait, then and answer how many 175 ml glasses of wine you drink every week. Than the app make some calculations and voila! The app creates an uglier, older and much less attractive reddened and swollen you.

    Even though the app creates images that can be far from truth, the result is still scary enough to make drinkers reconsider their habits.

    According to Health Secretary Alex Neil, “Scotland has an unhealthy relationship with alcohol…” The number of alcohol-related deaths among women aged between 30 and 44 has doubled in the last 20 years, while the chronic liver disease and cirrhosis death rate has tripled.


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