By Zack Whittaker – Google isn’t happy. Not one bit.
The U.S. government has over the last three years doubled its requests for Google customer data, the search and Internet giant said in a blog post on Thursday (Nov 14).
The company displayed four important slides to reference the U.S. government’s activities over the past four years: three of which show the extent of attempted government surveillance through “legal” means, and one that is entirely redacted. more> http://tinyurl.com/ne3qoxa
- Google, Facebook and other tech giants object to secret government arguments ←
- Google Employees Speak Out About Government Spying, Claire Cain Miller, NYTimes.com
- Google says U.S. data requests have more than tripled since 2009, Brian Fung, Washington Post
- Google: NSA tactics bad for all American companies, RT.com
- NSA megalomania accomplishes little beyond alienating allies, William Pfaff, chicagotribune.com
- NSA Surveillance Sparks Wide-Spread Self-Censorship Among US Writers, Katie Rucke, mintpressnews.com
- NSA Transparency Hurts Americans’ Privacy, Feds Say With Straight Face, David Kravets, Wired.com
- NSA files – live coverage of all developments and reaction, Paul Owen, theguardian.com
- China sets up cloud computing industry alliance, Xinhua
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By Paul McNamara – Of course, the real reason Verizon charges this $5 fee is because they can and people like me will pay. It’s that simple, although not according to Verizon.
Here’s what I asked both Verizon departments,
“Why do you charge me $4.95 per month just so that I can keep my phone number unpublished? Please do not merely tell me that you are allowed to charge me this fee because I already know that. What I want to know is WHY do you do it? What cost are you passing along? I can understand that when I first asked for an unpublished number there may have been some truly minor administrative cost associated with fulfilling my request, but that was six years ago now and since then you have collected some $360 from me for this service. I would appreciate as much specificity in your reply as possible.”
By Katharina Bart and Diane Bartz – A group of banks being investigated in an interest-rate rigging scandal are looking to pursue a group settlement with regulators rather than face a Barclays-style backlash by going it alone.
The sources told Reuters that none of the banks involved now want to be second in line for fear that they will get similarly hostile treatment from politicians and the public.
Earlier this year, five top U.S. banks negotiated a $25 billion settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and other federal and state agencies to resolve allegations of mortgage services abuses. more> http://tinyurl.com/cemm6z3