Satire: NSA Quits Spying on Americans Out of Disgust

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 2:24 pm

Citing an endless river of filth, vacuous conversations, idiotic Tweets and endless cat videos, the NSA announced it is “freaking done” with spying on Americans.

 

NSA Spying Costs U.S. Companies Up To $180 Billion in Lost Overseas Business

By: Friday August 1, 2014 8:15 am

The German government will end its contract with Verizon. Brazil dumped Boeing for Swedish company Saab to replace its fighter jets. Sources told Bloomberg News“The NSA problem ruined it” for the U.S. defense contractor.

Unfettered NSA spying has cost U.S. companies up to $180 billion in lost overseas business. The number is expected to grow.

Facebook And BuzzFeed Violating User Privacy

By: Monday June 30, 2014 1:27 pm

The NSA are not the only ones violating people’s rights online. Both Facebook and BuzzFeed have been recently caught engaging in transgressive conduct regarding users’ privacy.Treating their users with incredible disrespect and secretly exploiting those that use their products.

Monopoly Much? Google to Start Kicking Independent Artists Off Youtube

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 6:57 am

Google is flexing its enormous monopolistic arm once again. The company has announced will begin removing independent artists from Youtube “in a matter of days” if they don’t sign Google’s “take it or leave it” contract, which allows Google to include their music in their soon-to-be-launched subscription music service.

Majority of Fortune 500 Using Offshore Tax Schemes to Hide $90 Billion

By: Friday June 6, 2014 2:16 pm

According to a new report from Citizens for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, the majority of America’s Fortune 500 companies are cheating the tax man to the amount of approximately $90 billion by using offshore tax havens. That cheating leaves the rest of US taxpayers on the hook to make up the difference.

Tracking Detroit’s Urban Decay Using Google and Bing Streetviews

By: Friday June 6, 2014 1:03 pm

Alex Asup, a chief product officer at LOVELAND Technologies has produced a fascinating documentation of the decay of Detroit neighborhoods using Google and Bing Streetviews.
The most shocking thing about the photos is that the decay he documents takes place in such a short period of time, between 2009 and 2013.

Self-Driving Cars Could Be One of the Biggest Public Health Advances of the Century

By: Monday April 28, 2014 4:05 pm

Allowing almost any adult to steer two-ton hunks of metal at incredibly high speeds near people, buildings and other cars is an act of collective insanity, which as a society we have come to blindly accept out of economic necessity.

Google Buying More Influence In Washington

By: Monday April 14, 2014 7:00 am

So much for don’t be evil. According to a report in the Washington Post Google has become a powerhouse in the game of corporate influence peddling. From lobbying to contributions to funding think tanks Google has been cynically buying influence to influence regulators in the federal government even to the point of organizing Google friendly professors to defend Google from charges of monopolizing search before officials at the Federal Trade Commission under the guise of academic events at George Mason University.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Julia Angwin, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Back in July 2012, long before Edward Snowden’s leaks heightened the general public’s concern about online privacy, then Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin set off on a picaresque quest to find some kind of online privacy. The chronicle of that quest, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Surveillance, serves as a kind of user’s guide for our new dragnet world.

Google’s Terms Of Service: We Can Do Whatever We Want

By: Saturday April 12, 2014 4:00 pm

From time to time it’s instructive to look at an online company’s Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you’re agreeing to when you use it. A look at Google’s TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant’s legal beagles have revised it and the new one takes effect on Monday.

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