This is true. That is exactly what they do. They even check CC: headers to see what sort of link you have and weed out the mailing list sender addresses and stuff. Since the amount of people allowing LinkedIn access to their account is so big, even if you don't give them access to yours, they will still be able to figure out about 80% of your contact list. This company is extremely good at "Big Data" and correlating it. It's why their platform is the most popular and by far the biggest "business contact" social media network.
I've had it explained by them a while ago when I asked them to remove everything they pulled from my e-mail account. They had stuff that they couldn't have pulled from there and I never gave them permission to get. They then explained that they most likely got it from the other party involved and that they do a lot of correlation on the stuff they harvest to come up with possible matches.
Even though I don't approve of what Linkedin is doing, it's not illegal (in the USA) and I really doubt that these people Sueing them will get anything out of this case. I think it may be illegal in some countries in Europe because gathering personal information on people if they are not a user or customer of your services is illegal there. They are one of the companies that are known to keep "ghost profiles" (Google and FaceBook do too) of you. I have yet to see any of them brought to court in those European countries, but I doubt they'd win a properly prepared case there.
Well.. Whales have a vestigial pelvis. Somehow the author, editor, and whoever else they have reviewing news stories failed to recognize the glaring mistake.
When MS was any kind of notable player in the smartphone/smart device marketplace, it was an incredibly small marketplace. Honestly, other than perhaps acting as some sort of inspiration for Apple, I don't think it had substantial influence on what came later. And frankly, I think the Blackberry was probably a much larger inspiration.
Ultimately, Apple learned a lot of useful lessons from the monster success that was the original iPod, and then saw how those lessons could be applied to a smartphone. RIM and Microsoft released mobile offerings that were functional, could run a wide variety of software, and certainly had some penetration in the enterprise, but Apple made sure iOS wasn't just a business workhorse (in fact, I see little evidence that it gave a damn about the enterprise at all), but rather a very consumer friendly device and then marketed it with astonishing brilliance. But at the end of the day, Apple's success with iOS is down to the original iPod. It gained its killer product, and built the iPhone and the iPad on the same premise.
The XBox division is only profitable in the sense that it no longer needs massive cash injections to keep it alive. It is a long ways from paying off the huge outlay of cash that Microsoft made to push it into the market.
You're not serious, right? The overwhelming majority of the market has completely ignored it, and from what I can tell, most of its alleged users are paid shills.
It makes sense if that market is at least partially responsible for eroding one of their key markets. While iOS and Android are not completely responsible for the substantial drop in PC sales, the rise of the smart device has played a substantial role. If Microsoft cannot find a way to insert itself into this market, then its long term outlook on the consumer end of the business is cast in substantial doubt.
It's clear by the introduction of a (heavily crippled) Office variant for Android and iOS that they are ultimately willing to surrender to the temptation to once again put a version of Office on a platform it does not control. It did so with Mac, but Macs have always been bit players so I don't think that represents the kind of shift MS is prepared to pursue now. It's the first sign that the company is prepared to cede market dominance to Android and iOS, and get its piece of the pie by releasing some variant of Office, which is the company's backbone.
It's still just dipping its toe in the water, but I suspect over the next couple of years you're going to see major shifts in how MS views its consumer offerings. From what I can tell, there is a growing ill sentiment among shareholders to Microsoft just endlessly throwing money at consumer markets and not getting any kind of return. Even the XBox, while it has been in the black on a quarterly basis for the last few quarters, still is years away from paying back the vast investment in capital and R&D that Redmond threw at it.
Just a minute. I'll use VisualBasic to make a GUI.
Better than having it somewhere else...
You're technobabble sucks. You neglected to invoke neutrinos or tachyons.
Me, myself and I all met and agreed what we're doing is just fine.
Truly simple systems... require infinite testing. -- Norman Augustine