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Why We Fear Google; Mathias Döpfner’s Open Letter To Eric Schmidt

Why We Fear Google; Mathias Döpfner’s Open Letter To Eric Schmidt

Business, Cyber Security, Governance, Mobile, social media
Mathias Döpfner, CEO of the largest media group in Germany, has published an open letter to Google chairman Eric Schmidt outlining all the reasons for the public to distrust the company. Döpfner’s explanation paints a picture of the innovation and technological progress that the internet giant has achieved that is very different from the usual news stories. The letter, which appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine, directly addresses the anti-trust suite Google is facing in Europe. It goes on to point out how the kind of dominance held by Google over the search engine industry leads to what he believes to be a form of extortion. “As “compensation,” however, a new advertising window will be set up at the beginning of the search list, in which those companies who are discriminated against wi

Google wants to kill URLs in new Chrome Canary update

Internet, Mobile
By VetureBeat: Do we still need the URL — that gangly collection of slashes and gobbledygook? A new experimental version of the Google Chrome browser says no. Chrome Canary, like the legendary canary lowered into mines to early-detect dangerous gases, is a leading-edge version of the Chrome browser. Google uses it to test out ideas, and one idea in the new Chrome 36 version of Canary is to bury the full URL into the top-level domain name. Even navigating within the site shows only the site name. Top: Chrome Canary v. 36.0.1968.0, Bottom: the general release, Chrome v. 34.0.1847.131. The field that some still call the “address bar” is now more properly known as the Omnibox, reflecting the ability in Chrome (and Firefox) for users to type a search term into that box and get Google results

What’sApp with that? Facebook to shut down chat function forcing users to install its Messenger app

Business, Mobile, social media
For many people, chatting to friends is a major reason to use Facebook’s app on their smartphone. But soon they will have to download the social network’s partner app, called Messenger, to carry on their instant conversations. Facebook is reportedly notifying users of its popular app that they will no longer be able to send 'chat' messages and will instead have to swap to Messenger, which was launched three years ago. It follows the company's acquisition of another popular messaging app, WhatsApp, for US$19billion As Guardian Reports, Facebook will remove chat from its iPhone and Android app, forcing users to download its separate Messenger app if they want to continue sending and receiving private messages. Facebook plans to eventually require that users in all countries install t

How Google plans to scan your emails for tailored ads, spam and malware detection

Business, Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile
Google Inc has updated its terms of service and this is how incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. By Alexei Oreskovic (Reuters) - Google Inc updated its terms of service on Monday, informing users that their incoming and outgoing emails are automatically analyzed by software to create targeted ads. The revisions more explicitly spell out the manner in which Google software scans users' emails, both when messages are stored on Google's servers and when they are in transit, a controversial practice that has been at the heart of litigation. Last month, a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits that accused Google of violating the privacy rights of hundreds of millions of email users into a single class action. Use...

John Levine: Yahoo’s New DMARC Policy breaks Every Mailing List across the globe

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile, social media
Yahoo! The one who enabled the HTTPS connections by default from the beginning of this year, the one who encrypts traffic moving between its data centers from 31st March, now has been accused of harming every Mailing List across the world. Experts from the Internet Engineering Council John R. Levine, specialized in email infrastructure and spam filtering claimed this in the post titled “Yahoo breaks every mailing list in the world including the IETF's.” on Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Yahoo has established a new rule to automatically exclude Yahoo users from the mailing list, because Mailing List server does not comply with DMARC requirements and they strongly modifies each email. He talks about an “emerging e-mail security scheme” known as Domain-based Message Authen