Saturday, October 23, 2010

An interesting summary of the “facts” obtainable on the Internet. How would those using this data direct their Behavioral Advertising? Clink on the image for the full report (PDF)

What the Internet Knows About You

Imagine that a company could use the Web to rate your health, your employability—even your dating appeal. Welcome to the credit score of the future.

Imagine you’re an employer, looking to hire me for a job. You subscribe to a Web site that gives you background information, and this is what you find. Jessica Rose Bennett, 29, spends 30 hours a week on social-networking sites—while at work. She is an excessive drinker, a drug user, and sexually promiscuous. She swears a lot, and spends way beyond her means shopping online. Her writing ability? Superior. Cost to hire? Cheap.

In reality, only part of this is true: yes, I like a good bourbon. But drugs? That comes from my reporting projects—and one in particular that took me to a pot farm in California. The promiscuity? My boyfriend of five years (that’s him above) would beg to differ on that, but I did once write a story about polyamory. I do spend hours on social-networking sites, but it’s part of my job. And I’m not nearly as cheap to hire as the Web would have you believe. (Take note, future employers!)

It will be interesting to see where this goes...

Google Appoints Privacy Director & Adds New Privacy Measures

October 22, 2010 by Dissent

Barry Schwartz writes:

Google has announced they have increased their privacy controls within Google to better secure user privacy. Google has done this in response to them collecting data over wifi via their street view cars.

Google has added three broad changes to help secure private data going forward:

(1) They appointed a director of privacy, Alma Whitten to work on the engineering and product side. She will build controls to ensure privacy within Googles products and internal daily routines.

(2) Google will train all of their employees on Google’s privacy principles and add additional privacy training and security programs.

(3) Google will be ramping up their compliance procedures. Each project leader will have to maintain a privacy design document for each project they manage. The privacy design document will show how people within and outside Google have access to private data and will be reviewed by managers at Google and independent internal audit team.

Read more on SearchEngineLand.


Google Admits To Collecting Emails and Passwords

Posted by kdawson on Friday October 22, @04:30PM

"Alan Eustace, Google's Senior VP of Engineering & Research, just put up an interesting blog post on how Google will be creating stronger privacy controls. Right at the end is an interesting admission: that after Streetview WiFi Payload data was analyzed by regulators, their investigations revealed that some incredibly private information was harvested in some cases. Eustace noted that 'It's clear from those inspections that while most of the data is fragmentary, in some instances entire emails and URLs were captured, as well as passwords.'"

Turnabout is fair play. Some of you Intellectual Property lawyers have asked me technical questions, now I have a legal question for you. This smells like a scam site, yet I have found MakeUseOf to be a valuable resource. I've got to do some more research here. These are movies that are still in theaters – “The Social Network” and “Red” for example. How can I watch (stream) “The Hurt Locker” for free and/or download it for free when their lawyers are suing (extorting money from?) thousands of people for downloading it?

FreeMoviesTheatre: Watch & Download Complete Movies For Free

FreeMoviesTheatre is an excellent resource for watching movies online without all the hassle.

Firstly, the video files indexed by FreeMoviesTheatrer all include complete movies so you don’t have to jump from one part to another after every few minutes. The home page showcases many new and featured movies along with high-quality thumbnails, number of views, rating and the year movie was released. Movies can also be browsed by descending order of their release date and searched using movie titles or keywords.

Once you click on a movie thumbnail, FreeMoviesTheater displays up to 8 different versions of the movie indexed from different sites such as MegaVideo, StageVu, VidReel, WDivx and more. Each movie page also includes a teaser clip embedded from YouTube, HTML code to link and embed the movie on a web page, option to bookmark the movie, send it to a friend, read and post reviews and ultimately a link to download the complete movie for free.

The website also offers link to download complete movies in HD quality.

Well surprise, surprise!

Report: China hijacked U.S. Internet data

A Chinese state-run telecom provider was the source of the redirection of U.S. military and corporate data that occurred this past April, according to excerpts of a draft report sent to CNET by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

The current draft of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission's (USCC's) 2010 annual report, which is close to final but has not yet been officially approved, finds that malicious computer activity tied to China continues to persist following reports early this year of attacks against Google and other companies from within the country.

The Supremes are mortal? How depressing...

Supreme Court Chief Justice Admits He Doesn’t Read Online EULAs Or Other ‘Fine Print’

October 22, 2010 by Dissent

We just recently wrote about how circuit court judge Richard Posner had admitted to not reading the boilerplate legalese on his mortgage agreement, and wondered why such things were then considered binding. Taking it up a notch, now Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has admitted that he doesn’t read the fine print on websites or medicines and that this “is a problem.”

Read more from TechDirt.

Very similar to the reaction Baen Publishing had to the first books they put up on their website for free. “There's no such thing as 'bad publicity?'”

Comic Sales Soar After Artist Engages 4chan Pirates

Posted by kdawson on Friday October 22, @03:02PM

"Steve Lieber, the artist behind the graphic novel Underground, discovered that someone on 4chan had scanned and posted the entire comic. Rather than complaining, he joined the conversation, chatting with the 4channers about the comic... and the next day he saw his sales jump to unheard-of levels, much higher than he'd seen even when the comic book was reviewed on popular sites like Boing Boing."

Are “celebrities” a class more worthy of protection than an average schmo like me?

The Rise Of A New Intellectual Property Category, Ripe For Trolling: Publicity Rights

Recently, we've been highlighting more and more publicity rights lawsuits, because they're becoming quite popular these days. Eriq Gardner has an excellent, long and detailed article all about publicity rights, going over the history of it: which involved some common law/case law rulings, and now (more and more) is being driven by state laws (which are often pushed and passed by the industries who are cashing in on these claims). Basically, these are a form of "intellectual property rights" on almost any aspect of a person -- their likeness, appearance, voice, mannerisms, gestures, etc. -- used for "commercial use," (which we've noted recently is such an ambiguous term these days).

Has anyone registered “Holy Mackerel?” What would the reaction have been to or Investor Sues Company For Lack Of Profit

Posted by samzenpus on Friday October 22, @12:31PM

The board of claims that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than to make money on the domain name, but an angry shareholder disagrees. From the article: "James Solakian filed the lawsuit in Delaware's Chancery Court against the board of for breaching their duty by refusing to sell the site or run the company in a profitable way. The lawsuit cites a valuation done by a potential purchaser that estimated could be worth more than, which recently sold for more than $100 million."

Demographics for my Statistics students and targets for my Ethical Hacking students (Accounts of the Rich but Idle)

Rich people don't like Facebook?

The poll, conducted by SEI Wealth Network, a company that advises the wealthy on how to survive their troubles, revealed that 70 percent of the moneyed had signed up for Facebook and other online homes of social interaction.

This compares very favorably with Pew research that revealed that a mere 61 percent of the great and barely washed were present in the social media sphere.

However, a piffling 17 percent go to these sites daily. This does not reflect social norms, which are reflected in the uplifting Pew statistic that 38 percent of people do, in fact, visit their online social world every single day.

A useful tool?

Sync Files and Access Your PC Remotely with Windows Live Mesh 2011

Formerly in Beta, Live Mesh has now been released to the world under the name of Windows Live Mesh 2011 as part of Microsoft’s ongoing attempt to prove to the world that it can produce useful software application that aren’t overly complicated or part of the Office suite.

… All you have to do to sync a folder with Live Mesh 2011 is click on the “Sync a folder” text near the top of the window on the Status tab. You can then browse your computer for the folder that you’d like to sync. Once you’ve chosen the folder, Live Mesh 2011 will ask you what devices you’d like to sync with. All the PCs that on which you have Live Mesh installed will appear as options, and you’ll also be given the chance to sync the folder with Microsoft SkyDrive.

Access Your Computers Remotely

A new feature added to Windows Live Mesh 2011 is the ability to access any computer you’ve installed the program on remotely from any other computer you own. Remote access has been possible in Windows previously under the name Remote Desktop Services or Terminal Services, but is only enabled in certain versions of Windows and is targeted towards IT professionals and computer enthusiasts rather than the average user.

[from the Wikipedia article:

Windows Live SkyDrive is a file storage and sharing service that allows users to upload files to the computing cloud, then access them from a web browser. It uses Windows Live ID to control access to the user's files, allowing them to keep the files private, share with contacts, or make the files public. Publicly-shared files do not require a Windows Live ID to access.

The service currently offers 25 GB of free personal storage, with individual files limited to 50 MB.

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