Monthly Archives: May 2014

Old Rules of the Internet No Longer Apply

Old Rules of the Internet No Longer Apply
Google must remove personal information if requested

A landmark ruling that allows people in Europe to ask for personal data to be removed from Google will completely change the way people use the Internet, a computer expert has warned.

Professor Luciano Floridi, who has been appointed by Google to find out how it should comply with an EU court ruling, said the era of freely available information is now over in Europe.

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Former Microsoft CEO to Buy Los Angeles Clippers for $2 Billion

Steve Ballmer buys LA Clippers for $2 billion
$2 Billion?

(CNN) — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signed a binding agreement to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion from the Sterling family trust, a source familiar with the situation told CNN on Thursday night.

The sale, negotiated by Shelly Sterling — co-owner with estranged husband Donald Sterling — will have to be approved at a NBA Board of Governors meeting.

And it still may have to be approved by Donald Sterling, according to earlier comments by his attorney.

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Google’s Employee Diversity…Isn’t

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White is Right!

70 percent of Google’s employees are men and 61 percent of its U.S. employees are white, according to a workforce diversity report released by the company.

Black workers accounted for 2 percent of the U.S. workforce, while Hispanics accounted for another 3 percent, according to the report released Wednesday. Asians accounted for 30 percent of the company’s employees. The gender data is global while the ethnicity information is for the U.S. only, Google said.

“….we’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution,” wrote Laszlo Bock, Google’s senior vice president for People Operations, in a blog post.

Google and other tech companies have been under pressure to release employee diversity data from U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson who raised the issue at a Google annual meeting earlier this month. Google Chief Legal Officer David Drummond stated at the meeting that Google would release its data.

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A China-US Tech War Will Cost the World Dearly

China-US Tech War is on!
China-US Tech War is on!

Beijing has ordered its state-owned companies to cut ties with American consulting firms like McKinsey and Boston Consulting Group out of concern that they may leak state and trade secrets to American spooks, according to the Financial Times.

This news came just a few days after the American Justice Department publicly indicted five serving Chinese military officers on alleged corporate espionage charges. The unprecedented US move is part of a broader strategy to hit back at China’s growing cyber-attacks on American companies as well as government agencies.

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China Calls on U.S. to Stop Unscrupulous Spying

The United States is spying on China
The United States is spying on China

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
China called for a halt Tuesday to what it called unscrupulous U.S. cyberspying, saying that a monthslong investigation into reports on the “ugly face” of U.S. espionage has concluded that China is a major target of those efforts.

The complaint in the form of a government agency report comes a week after U.S. prosecutors charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into American companies to steal trade secrets.

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2-Hackers Raid eBay in Historic Breach

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BOSTON, May 21 (Reuters) – EBay Inc said that hackers raided its network three months ago, stealing some 145 million user records from a database in what is poised to go down as one of the biggest data breaches in history based on the number of accounts compromised.

It advised customers to change their passwords immediately, saying they were among the pieces of data stolen by cyber criminals who carried out the attack between late February and early March.

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China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8, Surprising Microsoft

Windows 8 banned in China
China is banning Windows 8 devices from at least some government IT purchases, in a mysterious move that took Microsoft off guard.

The ban came from China’s Central Government Procurement Center, which posted a brief notice last Friday on new requirements for government tenders. Among the demands is that Windows 8 be excluded from the bidding process on computer purchases.

Microsoft said Tuesday that it was surprised to see Windows 8 referenced in the Chinese government notice. But the company added that it was working to ensure all its software meets government procurement requirements.

“We have been and will continue to provide Windows 7 to government customers,” the company said in an email. “At the same time we are working on the Window 8 evaluation with relevant government agencies.”

Windows 8 usage is still low in China, with less than 2 percent market share, according to Internet analytics site CNZZ.com. The OS was built for touchscreens, but some have complained that Windows 8 offers a convoluted interface that mashes together tablet and PC uses.

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China Lures More Investment

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China’s economic growth may be slowing, but for global auto makers, the Middle Kingdom is still the land of opportunity.

Top executives of the world’s largest auto makers spent Easter weekend at Beijing’s big auto show pledging allegiance to the world’s largest car market, outlining billions in new investments for factories and technical centers, and hawking new models tailored for the country’s affluent young.

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