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Five things that are truly ridiculous about India's ban on 857 porn websites
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Over the weekend, Indian internet users realised at some point that the government had gone ahead and banned 857 websites that had been deemed pornographic. But it was quickly evident that while the government may have acted swiftly in order to...
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Xbox Live and ID@Xbox indie games coming to HoloLens
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Microsoft's promise of unifying its disparate platforms with Windows 10 has even more going for it with some surprise announcements ahead of this week's Gamescom show in Germany. We knew that Xbox Live was coming to the desktop -- for free, even -- but...
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Microsoft Launches Special 'Scott McNealy' Edition Of Windows
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As you may have heard, a company called Microsoft has just launched version 10 of one of its products. Here on Techdirt, we don't do software reviews -- you might be able to find one or two online if you search a little -- but we do like to analyze ...
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Buzz Aldrin's travel expenses for mission to moon and back: $33.31
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(CNN) It's the travel expense claim to top all others -- $33.31 to go to the moon and back. American astronaut Buzz Aldrin has been sharing some of his paperwork from the 1969 moon landing mission. The forms, an intriguing mix of the mundane and the...
Buzz Aldrin's $33.31 in expenses for 'business trip' to Moon publishedNew Zealand Herald
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin reimbursed $33 for moon tripMorning Ticker
Buzz Aldrin's moon mission expenses: $33.31WPTZ The Champlain Valley
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Feed Techdirt: Microsoft Launches Special 'Scott McNealy' Edition Of Windows->

As you may have heard, a company called Microsoft has just launched version 10 of one of its products. Here on Techdirt, we don't do software reviews -- you might be able to find one or two online if you search a little -- but we do like to analyze privacy policies. In this respect, it seems that Microsoft is breaking new ground, as EDRi.org found when it looked at updated terms and conditions that came into effect on August 1, just in time for Windows 10:

We copied and pasted the Microsoft Privacy Statement and the Services Agreement into a document editor and found that these "straightforward" terms are 22 and 23 pages long respectively. Summing up these 45 pages, one can say that Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties. The company appears to be granting itself the right to share your data either with your consent "or as necessary".
If you want more details, the French site Numerama has picked out the key elements (original in French), summarized in English by EDRi:

When signing into Windows with a Microsoft account, Windows syncs some of your settings and data with Microsoft servers, for example "web browser history, favorites, and websites you have open" as well as "saved app, website, mobile hotspot, and Wi-Fi network names and passwords". Users can however deactivate this transfer to the Microsoft servers by changing their settings.

More problematic from a data protection perspective is however the fact that Windows generates a unique advertising ID for each user on a device. This advertising ID can be used by third parties, such as app developers and advertising networks for profiling purposes.
Other features include generating a recovery key when encrypting the drive that Windows is installed upon, which is automatically backed up online in the Microsoft OneDrive account. Microsoft's updated terms also state that it collects things about you, your devices, and app data, as well as information about the networks you connect to. Then there is Microsoft's personal assistant software "Cortana." If you use it, here's what it will gather:

Your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device. Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more.
And in case you thought that was everything, it also collects:

Your voice input, as well your name and nickname, your recent calendar events and the names of the people in your appointments, and information about your contacts including names and nickname.
Any one of these would be enough to raise serious privacy concerns, even if some can be turned off; put together, they look as if an executive order has gone out to harvest the maximum amount of personal information, and to disregard privacy issues completely. Back in 1999, when Sun's CEO Scott McNealy famously declared "You have zero privacy anyway, get over it," he could be forgiven for living in an innocent era when the harm that might flow from that situation seemed circumscribed. Today, in the post-Snowden world, putting "zero privacy" at the heart of your latest product in the way that Microsoft seems to have done with Windows 10, is not just foolish and anachronistic, but downright contemptuous of users and their safety.

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OnePlus to launch yet another smartphone later this year
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The dust on the OnePlus 2 has barely settled and the co-founder of the Chinese phone company, Carl Pei, talks about plans to introduce yet another device this year. In conversation with USA Today, Pei said the new smartphone is scheduled to release by...
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Samsung glamour days over as it fights to save mobile market share - Reuters->


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Samsung glamour days over as it fights to save mobile market share
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... * Samsung margins fell to 10.6 pct in Q2 vs 15.3 pct a year ago. * Struggling to compete with Apple's software. * Hints at lower Galaxy S6 prices in Q3. * Smartphone business supports semiconductor ops. By Se Young Lee. SEOUL, Aug 4 (Reuters) - For...
Samsung Galaxy S4 mini plus With Snapdragon 410 SoC LaunchedNDTV
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Sony Xperia M5, C5 Ultra with 13MP front cameras launched - IBNLive->


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Sony Xperia M5, C5 Ultra with 13MP front cameras launched
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Sony's latest mid-range smartphones offer industry-first camera technology and place a premium on battery life but are aimed squarely at the mass market. A week after the Lenovo-owned company took the wraps off its Moto G and Moto X smartphones, Sony...
Sony unveils Xperia C5 Ultra, Xperia M5 smartphonesBusiness Today
Sony focuses on endurance and camera quality with new phonesThe Star Online
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Microsoft acquires Incent Games; aims to boost sales through games - Firstpost->


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Microsoft acquires Incent Games; aims to boost sales through games
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Microsoft announced on Monday that it has bought a startup with a winning way of using game play to boost the performance of sales teams. Microsoft did not disclose financial terms of the deal in which it acquired Texas-based Incent Games, developer of ...
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Apple to launch Siri-powered voice mail service that will transcribe messages - IBNLive->


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Apple to launch Siri-powered voice mail service that will transcribe messages
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New Delhi: Apple is powering its voice-controlled digital assistant Siri to not only answer calls for you, but also transcribe the messages so that you don't need to listen to them. The new Siri-powered voicemail service works in sync with Apple's ...
How you'll benefit if Apple becomes a cellular carrierCNET
Siri may soon be able to take a message for youWashington Post
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Porn Websites Blocked in India: Government Plans Ombudsman for Online Content
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The government has ordered blocking of 857 porn websites and plans to put in place an ombudsman to look into cyber content-related issues, even as a debate raged on social media over Internet censorship. The Department of Electronics and Information...
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Is Android behind Samsung's fall in the smartphone market?
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SEOUL: For four years Samsung Electronics has basked in the success of its Galaxy smartphones, making billions of dollars competing with Apple Inc in the premium mobile market. The coming years are set to be more somber for the South Korean tech giant,...
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