It seems Silicon Valley has once again found a way to profit off of taxpayer funded technology. The drone industry, which has had massive amounts of R&D provided by US taxpayers, is taking off and now TechCrunch is reporting that Facebook wants in. As part of its effort to bring in new customers Facebook helped [...]
|By: Brian Sonenstein Monday February 10, 2014 11:55 am|
We have some exciting news to share with you all today: you can now log in and/or register for a MyFDL account using your Facebook and Google+ profile!
|By: Kit OConnell Friday February 7, 2014 6:55 pm|
Yesterday, the almost 200,000 followers of @OccupyWallSt — viewed by many as the original and even “official” voice of the movement — were in for a surprise.
|By: DSWright Monday January 20, 2014 10:06 am|
Silicon Valley likes to present itself as some hub of boot strapping entrepreneurs, nothing could be further from the truth. The entire economy is built on government subsidies and protection. As Steve Blank notes in his famous presentation The Secret History of Silicon Valley the place would not even exist without the Department of Defense which, in partnership with former World War II intelligence workers at Stanford University, provided the capital and infrastructure for high tech economy. That support continues to this day both from the Pentagon, the National Science Foundation, and also a number of other government funders.
|By: DSWright Tuesday January 14, 2014 9:33 am|
Walking anti-trust case Google Inc. has taken a step closer to owning all your information with the acquisition of Nest. Google already has a monopoly on search and has also made major inroads into the smartphone and browser markets with Chrome. And now with Nest the Silicon Valley juggernaut will be able to develop and implement technology that gives real time data on all your activities throughout your home such as thermostats and smoke alarms – monitored, logged, and archived.
|By: Jon Walker Monday December 9, 2013 7:48 am|
Large countries like Brazil, India and Germany are seriously looking at ways to reduce American influence over their own Internet communications to cut the NSA out. This would not just reduce the reach of the NSA it would also hurt American internet companies and our nation’s economy.
|By: David Swanson Saturday December 7, 2013 10:45 am|
Google may have been, until now, the Obama of hip internet monopolies. No matter how many nations the President bombs, people still put Obama peace-sign stickers on their cars. No matter how many radical rightwing initiatives Google funds, people still think it’s a “progressive corporation” — How could it not be? It’s making progress!
Google is funding Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform, the Federalist Society, the American Conservative Union, and the political arm of the Heritage Foundation.
And there’s more really bad news: Google is funding ALEC.
|By: msmolly Friday December 6, 2013 2:00 pm|
What if Google, the most widely used search engine in the world, could just make people and information “disappear”? What if Google “disappeared” all of the NSA documents Edward Snowden released, his interviews, the carefully documented evidence that our national security state is wildly out of control? What if this inconvenient information, or Snowden himself, could “disappear” down a memory hole?
|By: DSWright Friday November 29, 2013 6:50 am|
Don’t be evil? Remember when Google presented itself as a progressive tech company that was all about building a better future?
|By: DSWright Tuesday November 26, 2013 9:47 am|
One of the open questions regarding internet companies like Yahoo, Google, and Facebook concerning the now revealed NSA spying program is how in the dark were they? No one is really buying their protestations of total innocence but there does seem to be some possibility that they were not completely aware of all the NSA was doing to vacuum up their users’ data.
That possibility is due to the nature of the internet and subsequent possibility that, in some cases, the NSA bypassed Silicon Valley and hacked into data cables.