Facebook Has Proposed New Rules on How It Handles Your
) proposed several updates to two of the major governing documents
of the company, its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, and
its Data Use Policy. Notably, these proposals are supposedly up for
review by Facebook's users, but as Erin Egan, the company's Chief
Privacy Officer said in a post, Facebook is "proposing this update
as part of a settlement in a court case relating to advertising."
Given that, will the company really be welcoming of constructive
Here is a breakdown of the updates:
- The new section on ads reads: "You give us permission to use
your name, profile picture, content, and information in
connection with commercial, sponsored, or related content." So,
everything you've ever uploaded can be used for advertising on
- In a change to data-usage rules, Facebook now claims it has
the right to know what kind of device you are using.
- Here's a new section on the sharing of data: "We may enable
access to public information that has been shared through our
services, or allow service providers to access information so
they can help us provide service." First of all, that's a lot of
service. Second of all, this mean that Facebook can send all of
your public information to other service providers.
- All legal action against Facebook must now happen in the US
District Court for the Northern District of California, or in a
state court in San Mateo County. This is merely an update of
location: the previous rules stipulated all legal action be held
in a Santa Clara court, but the company has since shifted its
headquarters, necessitating the change.
For more changes, see the original Facebook post from Erin Egan
, and for analysis of what the changes mean, see
Amazon Is Getting More Serious About the Government
The US government is in the midst of a push toward the cloud,
moving IT off of dusty old servers and onto cloud networks in order
to cut costs and boost efficiency.
) is becoming an increasingly integral part of that transition. On
Monday, the company's Amazon Web Services opened a new office in
Herndon, VA, less than 30 miles away from our nation's capital.
Moreover, its only nine miles away from Amazon's massive US-East
Additionally, on Monday the company made its CloudFormation tool,
which lets administrators manage sets of related cloud services
from simple-to-use templates, available for Amazon's GovGloud
service. The makes it even more clear that Amazon is at the head of
competition for offering the government simplicity, efficiency, and
massive amounts of storage.
Amazon has several irons in the fire with the government. The
company runs applications for the CIA cloud, for example, and is
now challenging a Government Accountability Office review of its
contract with the agency. The review was initiated by cloud rival
), and the contract was initially top-secret. Amazon is also
currently working with the Department of the Interior on its
upgrade to the cloud.
Amazon, along with companies like
(HPQ), and CGI Federal, has earned the Federal Risk and
Authorization Management Program certification, guaranteeing it
meets the security and quality requirements to work with the
T-Mobile Employee Blackout Hints at New iPhone
has reported that employees of the company are not allowed to take
any vacation time over the weekend of September 20-22. It just so
happens that is the same weekend that
(AAPL) new iPhones, the 5S and the budget 5C, are expected to drop,
though no official announcement has been made. All of the company's
workers may be needed to deal with high demand for the release. At
least, Apple feels that way.
Both phones are expected to be announced at a special event on
September 10; last year, the iPhone 5 was released at a special
event on September 12. Additionally, the iPhone 5 went on sale only
a few weeks after that announcement. Many analysts and bloggers are
expecting the same for the 5S and the 5C.
The Vice President of Android Is Leaving Google for Chinese
With a post on
(GOOG), Hugo Barra, the vice president of the company's Android
division, announced he is leaving his position to take a similar
one with the privately owned Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi. In the
post he said of the company that he will "help them expand their
incredible portfolio and business globally." So ends Barra's three
years as a significant member of the Android team; some rumors have
speculated that his resignation is related to a personal
relationship with a coworker.
And in other news from Mountain View's young and restless...
Brin and Wojcicki. Source: Therichest.com
Google Co-Founder and Wife are Splitting Up
Sergey Brin, the man who co-founded Google with Larry Page, will be
splitting up with his wife of six years, Anne Wojcicki. Due to a
reported prenuptial agreement, the divorce will likely not have any
effect on the company. Additionally, sources have said that Brin,
who is worth $24 billion, has become romantically involved with
someone else -- another employee of Google. This split may throw
one substantial wrench into the business: Anne Wojcicki is the
younger sister of Susan Wojcicki, Senior Vice President of
Advertising and Commerce at Google.
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