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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Android and Google Alternatives?

thetinytoon writes: I have been using Google Calendar and Google Mail with my Android phone for a few years now, but with the upcoming new "feature" of Google to combine all information of any of their products to enable advertisers to profile me, I'm trying to find alternatives, preferably able to run on my own server. I do need Mail, Contact and Calendar Sync with my Android and my business Exchange account, and also a nice interface with a good search function (as I use this function by far the most). Any suggestions where to turn, now Google starts to shatter their "Do no evil"-rule?

Submission + - Police raids German Pirate Party's servers (netzpolitik.org) 4

thetinytoon writes: The servers of the german pirate party have been raided and taken offline by the german police, after the french police asked the german officials for help in a lawcase. According to a police' spokesman, the case is not targeting the Pirate Party itself and that they cannot disclose any further details at this time.

Interesting bit is: If the german Pirate Party itself or a member of the party is not the target of the investigation, why did the police take down a complete democratic party's infrastructure?

Hashtag for followers of the events is already there: #servergate.

Network

Submission + - German Telekom offers Fiber-To-The-Home (golem.de) 3

thetinytoon writes: The german telecommunications provider Telekom has officially announced the availability of Fiber-To-The-Home (FTTH) in ten german cities, starting with a bandwidth of 100mbit down and 50mbit upstream for 65 bucks. A double in speed is available for 5 bucks more per month. "Technologically", a Telekom-spokesmen added, "we are able to bring about 1gbit down- and 0,5gbit upstream right to your home. The current limitation is due to the mass-market and not a technological decision".

This is a huge leap forward in terms of bandwidth for home users — the implications for the possible use-cases and the market in general are unseen so far.

Submission + - Update on Paypal's rejection of WikiLeaks

thetinytoon writes: Just to be clear: Paypal did not deactivate an account of Wikileaks, but of the german Wau Holland Foundation. Wau Holland was a german hacker and journalist and one of the founders of the largest german hacker community, the Chaos Computer Club. After his death in 2001, family and friends of Wau founded the Wau Holland Foundation to preserve his ideals and attitudes by broadening the knowledge and fun in (information) technology.

Although no clear statement has been released so far, the foundation did provide monetary help to WikiLeaks, among other projects. Suspending the account of the foundation for a loose link to WikiLeaks is a really bold step for PayPal. There are still other methods to support WikiLeaks. Hopefully, the online support button will be back soon. Hey Peter, how about PayPal-functionality in Flattr?

Submission + - EMI Music distributed "illegal music" themselves (heise.de)

thetinytoon writes: In a legal battle between EMI Music and MP3tunes over illegal distribution of copyright music, the owner of MP3tunes Michael Robertson was able to get hold of secret emails from EMI Music, in which representatives of the group admitted to have used the well known file sharing company Rapidshare to distribute copyrighted material as virual marketing. The legal problems of a company distributing their music over file sharing sites and then suing people for using these downloads should be clear. Anyone here who was sued by EMI and would like to revive their cases — now is your chance.
Google

Submission + - Google sued for Picture Search in Germany (tagesschau.de)

thetinytoon writes: Google's been sued (again) for it's picture search in germany. An artist does not want it's pictures to be shown on Googles result page and to have her pictures saved on servers in the US, arguing that as she has the copyright on her pictures, Google should have had to ask for permission first.

Although this could be correct under german law, the case could be more interesting than it seems. By publishing a picture (or anything that validates as "art" under german law) on your homepage and not denying search bots to crawl your page with a robots.txt or a metatag, do you implicitly allow your page to be indexed (opt-out) or do search providers only have permission if a robots.txt explicitly allows indexing (opt-in)? In the latter case, this would have dramatic effects on search results in germany.

On a side note, the timing for this lawsuit is just right. Google's been under fire in germany for Google Street View and Google News in the past months already and the privacy ministers of different federal states are currently discussing ways to constraint Google's hunger for data.

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