Big Brother Google | Tech Talk Today 37

Big Brother Google | Tech Talk Today 37

Google says “think of the children” but does that justify fully analyzing the contents of everyones Gmail? A drone crashes carrying phones and drugs into a prison & “The Scourge Of Zero Rating”.

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Crashed drone carried contraband aimed at South Carolina prison | Reuters

A drone being flown in a novel attempt to smuggle phones, marijuana and tobacco into a South Carolina maximum security prison crashed outside its walls, authorities said on Wednesday.

Officials believe it was the first time an unmanned aircraft had been used in an effort to breach prison walls in the state, Givens said. Most cellphones are thrown over walls.

Authorities have arrested one man in the drone incident and are seeking another suspect. Brenton Lee Doyle, 28, appeared in court on Wednesday for a hearing. He faces charges of attempting to introduce contraband into a prison and possession of the drug flunitrazopam, a muscle relaxant known as “roofies.”

Doyle has said he has never seen a drone and that police said nothing about a drone at the time of his arrest, his attorney Wayne Floyd said.

Police Say A Google Tip About Child Abuse Led To Arrest – Business Insider

A Houston man has been arrested after Google sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children saying the man had explicit images of a child in his email, according to Houston police.

The man was a registered sex offender, convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 1994, reports Tim Wetzel at KHOU Channel 11 News in Houston.

“He was keeping it inside of his email. I can’t see that information, I can’t see that photo, but Google can,” Detective David Nettles of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce told Channel 11.

After Google reportedly tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the center alerted police, who used the information to get a warrant.

On one hand, most people would certainly applaud the use of technology to scan email in a case like this.

On the other, debate rages about how much privacy users can expect when using Google’s services like email. In a word: none.

A year ago, in a court brief, Google said as much. Then, in April, after a class-action case against Google for email scanning fell apart, Google updated its terms of service to warn people that it was automatically analyzing emails.

Google Said to Plan Separating Photo Service From Google+ – Bloomberg

The move would enable the photo service to stand more
independently and be accessible for consumers who aren’t part of
Google+, potentially spurring more growth, said the people, who
asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. The
service, called Google+ Photos, would still work with the social
network’s users and may be rebranded as part of the move, one of
the people said.

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The Scourge Of Zero Rating – AVC

Fred Wilson is a New York City-based venture capitalist since 1986, and a blogger. Wilson is the co-founder of Union Square Ventures, with investments in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Zynga, Kickstarter, and others.

It seems like every week I read another article about a mobile carrier offering some incredible deal to eat the mobile data costs you rack up using certain apps.

The most recent was the news that Sprint will sell at data plan that “only connects to Facebook and Twitter”.

The pernicious thing about zero rating is that it is marketed as a consumer friendly offering by the mobile carrier — “we are not charging you for data when you are on Spotify”.

But what all of this zero rating activity is setting up is a mobile internet that looks a lot more like cable TV than our wide open Internet. Soon a startup will have to negotiate a zero rating plan before launching because mobile app customers will be trained to only use apps that are zero rated on their network.

I strongly encourage policy makers, policy wonks, internet activists, and anyone who cares about protecting an open internet for all to take a hard look at zero rating. Like all the best scourges, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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