Volume of Encrypted Email Rising Amid Spying Fears

The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users’ online communications from government spies and other snoops.

Google and other companies are now automatically encrypting all email, but that doesn’t ensure confidentiality unless the recipients’ email provider also adopts the technology.

In an analysis released yesterday, Google Inc. said that about 65 per cent of the messages sent by its Gmail users are encrypted while delivered, meaning the recipient’s email provider also supports the technology.

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U.S. Says Global Effort Has Hobbled a Cybercrime Ring

In a secret 72-hour blitz over the weekend, the FBI, several foreign governments and a host of security firms dismantled what officials say is the most sophisticated operation ever to commandeer private computers and siphon tens of millions of dollars from American bank accounts.

The operation’s alleged Russian ringleader has been indicted on charges of hacking, conspiracy and bank fraud, Justice Department officials said Monday.

Read about the whole sordid affair here.

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.

Get the whole scoop here.

Google’s Employee Diversity…Isn’t

Google doesn't have much employee diversity
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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