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Comment: I'm a bit confused (Score 2) 78 78

The article says that Google lost the case several months after it started in 2011, and it was gagged from telling anyone until 2015.

So thus, can we conclude that Google did in fact turn over all of the requested metadata on the user without his knowledge for nearly 4 years?

The question about whether Google should fight to protect this information should be weighed along with just how much metadata that Google collects and stores about your online behavior in the first place.

Comment: I think this behavior should be expected (Score 1) 422 422

The smartphone market is consuming the point & shoot customer. The P&S market existed primarily because there were no other options in years prior for casual photography, they simply replicated the same model that existed for film P&S with digital sensors.

The mirrorless market is consuming large parts of the DSLR market. That's because the dslr market used to be made up of a lot of people who didn't want to carry a DSLR in the first place, but had no other option for interchangable lenses.

Now that viable options are avaiable, the markets are going to shift. It's funny that the DSLR makers were the last ones to realize the shift was occuring. The Canon mirorless was horribly late to the market, and they were caught with their pants down. The minor or struggling camera makers like Sony, Ricoh, Fuji and Olympus are capitalizing on it.

The DSLR market will continue to exist, but they've run out of innovation for a while now. The one area they haven't addressed, portability, is why the market is being ripped into new segments.

+ - Court rules that Yelp can manipulate ratings

joeflies writes: There's been suspicion that Yelp could manipulate the ratings a business receives depending on whether they paid for advertising, a claim that Yelp has long denied. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, however, determined that the practice is not illegal , and "any implicit threat by Yelp to remove positive reviews absent payment for advertising was not (legally) wrongful."

Comment: Isn't that why the invasive species was introduced (Score 1) 290 290

now I don't have a complete case history for all invasive species but I do recall reading that in one case the fish that was introduced was from the local population wanting to eat a fish that was non-native and otherwise unavailable, so they imported the live fish into the local region

Comment: Don't assume that Facebook is forever (Score 4, Insightful) 218 218

As myspace proved out, the social market is incredibly fickle. Facebook's billboard model is only part of the market, and there are already signs that communication is shifting towards real time. That market isn't so clear, with plenty of fragmentation across LINE, the weibos in asia and facebook's relatively poor sticker offering trying to catch up. WeChat may have been pricey, but a necessary addition to admit they missed the boat on this angle.

Comment: This data is about Twitter not platforms (Score 1) 161 161

The only conclusions that I can draw has to do with the people who use Twitter. While twitter's user base may be sufficiently representative of the overall mobile user space, I don't see how it can correlate to wealth of platform adoption until other factors are also ruled out.

Comment: Re:Encrypting Data at Motion, not Data at Rest (Score 1) 141 141

I was primarily commenting because the summary said "Gmail messages are encrypted from the time they leave a user's machine to the time they leave Google's infrastructure." which is obviously incorrect. The messages aren't encrypted at all, only the network connections are.

Comment: I think it's reasonable, if it was accurate (Score 2) 276 276

The simple fact is that BitCoin is drawing a lot of mainstream media interest. Given that nobody really knows who's behind it, (and for those really suspicious of a conspiracy, what all this crowd sourced crypto is analyzing), it's certain to draw questions. Like the ST:TNG episode "Clues", we have a series of minor mysteries on our hands.

But nevertheless, it isn't clear to me that Newsweek outed the right guy. As odd as Nakamoto appeared in the article, I'm left with feeling that the reporter is the one that's acting weird.

"Poor man... he was like an employee to me." -- The police commisioner on "Sledge Hammer" laments the death of his bodyguard

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