In a move that will likely make no difference to politicians embroiled in as-yet-unreported sex scandals, Google has pretty much flat-out stated that it has a right to go through your email.
A motion filed on July 13 by Google’s attorneys “says Gmail users should assume that any electronic correspondence that’s passed through Google’s servers can be accessed and sued for an array of options, such as selling ads to customers,” RT reports.
The ad-tech companies creating better systems to track user behavior online are flush with cash from venture capital firms, especially in New York.
“It’s a huge market and it’s growing,” says Chris Fralic, a managing partner at First Round Capital, told the Wall Street Journal. First Round is the biggest backers of this Read More
Savvy prosecutors are now scouring Facebook to glean clues about potential jurors.
A DA in Texas armed his prosecutors with iPads last year, and proposed trading the jury free wi-fi access in exchange for a quick “friending” to dig up more info, reports the Wall Street Journal.
In Oregon, meanwhile, a DA tends Read More
Mark Zuckerberg’s fan page has been hacked several times in the past couple days, so its fitting that Facebook is rolling out a several new security measures.
And this being Facebook, the new measures are in part social. One new feature, social authentication, works kind of like the standard CAPTCHA, which asks users Read More
Digital tracking firm Bluecava made headlines earlier this year when it was reported that the company had collected unique IDs on more than 200 million devices like smartphones and laptops.
Today Bluecava announced that executives from big name companies like Facebook, HP and Mastercard had joined its newly formed advisory board.
The Read More
Mike Jones, CEO of News Corp’s digital division, is considering a possible spinoff or sale of MySpace a day after the social network slashed its staff in half, Bloomberg reports.
That’ll be a tough sale. Who wants to buy a social network that’s losing tons of money, just flopped its big redesign Read More
The Obama Administration is planning to give the Commerce Department control over a new effort to create a universal Internet ID for every American.
According to CBS, the gig was given to the Commerce Department, as opposed to the NSA, to ease concerns that government intelligence agencies were learning too much about the Read More
Apple’s obsessive control over the apps that can be sold through its online store has come back to bite them.
Apple, Pandora and Dictionary.com were sued in federal court Monday for allegedly helping advertisers create secret profiles of iPhone users without their consent.
According to Wired’s Ryan Singel, “The tracking is possible because Read More
The government’s announcement that they may create a Do Not Track registry for the web, similar to the offline Do Not Call system, has sent the digital advertising industry scrambling to clean its image.
But not everyone agrees that web tracking is an unqualified evil. This morning prominent New York VC Fred Wilson wrote Read More
Not satisfied with munching on the cookies of personal info users share through their computers, ad companies are clamoring for more detailed profiles.
As the newest installment of The Journal’s What They Know series details, the next step is creating a digital fingerprint for every computing device in the world.
Like a fingerprint, Read More