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+ - Google Buzz Class Action Settlement

Submitted by
warrior_s
warrior_s writes "Google recently sent the following email to its north american users:

Google rarely contacts Gmail users via email, but we are making an exception to let you know that we've reached a settlement in a lawsuit regarding Google Buzz (http://buzz.google.com), a service we launched within Gmail in February of this year.

Shortly after its launch, we heard from a number of people who were concerned about privacy. In addition, we were sued by a group of Buzz users and recently reached a settlement in this case.

The settlement acknowledges that we quickly changed the service to address users' concerns. In addition, Google has committed $8.5 million to an independent fund, most of which will support organizations promoting privacy education and policy on the web. We will also do more to educate people about privacy controls specific to Buzz. The more people know about privacy online, the better their online experience will be.

Just to be clear, this is not a settlement in which people who use Gmail can file to receive compensation. Everyone in the U.S. who uses Gmail is included in the settlement, unless you personally decide to opt out before December 6, 2010. The Court will consider final approval of the agreement on January 31, 2011. This email is a summary of the settlement, and more detailed information and instructions approved by the court, including instructions about how to opt out, object, or comment, are available at http://www.buzzclassaction.com./

— This mandatory announcement was sent to all Gmail users in the United States as part of a legal settlement and was authorized by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

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Comment: Re:Nothing new... (Score 1) 187

by warrior_s (#33448598) Attached to: China Demands Real Names From Mobile Phone Users
Furthermore, in some Indian states (such as Jammu and Kashmir), you have to fill out a form with your name, photograph, and proof of address to get a pre-paid/post-paid connection.... All in the name of terrorism. So, what happens now..... Pakistan is setting up towers along the International border, and the terrorists are getting sim-cards from pakistan and making calls using pakistani towers, whereas local indian population has to go through so many hassles to get a single sim-card.

Comment: It would be more helpful if (Score 2, Insightful) 828

by warrior_s (#33087422) Attached to: What's Wrong With the American University System
people stop trying to find faults with the american university system. It is the elementary/high schools in america that needs to be fixed. The higher education in USA is the best in the world. People yearn to come here to get quality higher education. Ask any international (undergraduate/graduate) student who is studying here.
Censorship

Google's New Approach For China Is To Serve From Hong Kong 295

Posted by Soulskill
from the gauntlet-thrown dept.
abs0lutz3ro writes with a major update to the Google/China situation we've been discussing so much lately: "Google has stopped censoring simplified Chinese search results on google.cn by redirecting users to google.com.hk, which Google maintains is entirely legal. From the official blog: 'We want as many people in the world as possible to have access to our services, including users in mainland China, yet the Chinese government has been crystal clear throughout our discussions that self-censorship is a non-negotiable legal requirement. We believe this new approach of providing uncensored search in simplified Chinese from Google.com.hk is a sensible solution to the challenges we've faced—it's entirely legal and will meaningfully increase access to information for people in China. We very much hope that the Chinese government respects our decision, though we are well aware that it could at any time block access to our services. We will therefore be carefully monitoring access issues, and have created this new web page, which we will update regularly each day, so that everyone can see which Google services are available in China.' Seems like google.cn got served (from google.com.hk)."

Comment: No need for this tool (Score 1) 403

by warrior_s (#31185136) Attached to: I Use Twitter, Please Rob Me
A little bit of common sense can go long way.. most of the people are not in their house during day-time.. umm when they leave their house for work..
i don't think posting that you are out of your home for few hours is going to make much difference... the robbers have to make sure that your neighbors are also not at their home
may be we can go one step ahead and make a website that does that too..

in addition to XXX, three of their neighbors have also left their house

Comment: Re:Not quite (Score 1) 259

by warrior_s (#30512376) Attached to: Call To "Open Source" AIG Investigation

A stockholder company has a wide range of fiduciary issues. It's very likely that if the government, as 80% owner, tried to force corporate secrets into the open that the other 20% could sue them for abandoning their responsibility to the company.

We don't want the secrets to be open, we just want the one who owns the 80% company (i.e., we the people) to know those secrets.

Comment: Re:I'm sorry, but maybe I'm missing the point... (Score 2, Insightful) 148

by warrior_s (#29371479) Attached to: Cryptographic Tools To Keep You Hidden On Facebook

If I don't want something on Facebook, I don't put it on Facebook. There! Problem solved!

No, you can not predict what information may put you in trouble in the future. Something that looks harmless at present may bite you in the ass in the future (e.g. during job search etc.). So, if you have encrypted your posts right from the beginning, then you don't have to worry about the future.

Education

+ - Obama's committment to Sciecne

Submitted by warrior_s
warrior_s (881715) writes "President Obama addressed members of the National Academy of Sciences on April 27, announcing a renewed commitment to science, technology, engineering, and medicine. Topics included America's energy future, revitalizing our health care system, science and math education, and allocating funding and implementing policies to ensure that America reclaims a position of world leadership in scientific innovation.
This is the first time since John F. Kennedy that a President was addressing the NAS during his first year in office. Obama said 3.4 percent of GDP will be devoted to science. This is big !!!"

Comment: Online Advertising results in profit? (Score 1) 203

by warrior_s (#27749151) Attached to: Developing World Is a Profit Sink For Web Companies
I don't understand why would anyone buy anything by clicking on the ads appearing on webpages? I usually google the thing I want to buy, or just go to amazon, buy.com etc for price comparison. I don't think I will ever buy anything by clicking on ads. It is surprising to me that online ads can help sustain companies. Can someone please enlighten me? Thanks!

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