Google manipulated its search results to promote its own services over those of rival websites
What we have been warning about for years Goole cannot be trusted with our searches.
Try 'FUCK GOOGLE' and see how few results they provide compared with Yahoo or Bing.
Google 'illegally took content from Amazon, Yelp, TripAdvisor,' report finds
Google manipulated its search results to promote its own services over those of rival websites in ways that led to “real harm to consumers”, a previously unpublished report by American regulators has concluded.
The revelations were seized on by those calling for Brussels to challenge Google’s monopoly over search in Europe, and have sparked new claims that the search giant’s financing of Barack Obama’s re-election campaign swayed US regulators.
America’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted unanimously to end its investigation into Google in early 2013 after extracting concessions from the silicon valley company.
But documents accidentally handed to the Wall Street Journal show the FTC’s own investigators claim Google’s “conduct has resulted – and will result – in real harm to consumers and to innovation in the online search and advertising markets”.
The findings, contained in a report produced in 2012 by FTC staff to advise commissioners before their final decision on the case, claim Google also caused “harm to many vertical competitors”.
Those who have complained that their businesses were damaged by Google include local directory Yelp, Microsoft and its search engine Bing, and the travel websites TripAdvisor and Expedia.
Staff also found Google illegally took content from Yelp, TripAdvisor and Amazon to improve its own services. In one instance, Google allegedly copied Amazon’s rankings for how well products were selling, and used them to rank its own results for product searches. Reviews and ratings were also found to have been lifted from Amazon.
Google was also found to have used its muscle to threaten sites that complained about their content being “scraped” or lifted without permission. When competitors asked Google to to stop scraping their content, they were threatened with removal from the search engine rankings, the FTC staff found.
In its 2013 settlement, the FTC ruled against Google on scraping. Rivals can now opt out of having their content lifted, without fear of being demoted in the search rankings.
Google general counsel Kent Walker responded that commissioners concluded no action needed to be taken. He said: “Speculation about potential consumer harm turned out to be entirely wrong. Since the investigation closed two years ago, the ways people access information online have only increased, giving consumers more choice than ever before.”
Europe’s new competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager is currently considering whether to adopt a new statement of objections – essentially a charge sheet – against the company. Brussels has been investigating Google’s dominance in search 2011 after a complaint filed by Microsoft, and has rejected three successive remedies put forward by the software giant.
The revelations will fuel calls for Vestager to take action, and may dampen concerns that European action against a US company could be seen as protectionist.
id Wood, legal counsel to ICOMP, which represents Microsoft, electronics comparison site Foundem and other complainants against Google, said: “These revelations demonstrate that this is not about national interests but about competition problems. It is a fascinating insight into Google’s practices. It’s made public things they didn’t want made public and highlighted discrepancies between what they said in public and what they actually did in the US.”
It is claimed the staff report recommended bringing a lawsuit challenging three separate Google practices. But the politically appointed trade commissioners eventually decided to negotiate a series of voluntary concessions from Google rather than embroil their organisation in a costly and high-profile legal battle.
Google was the second largest donor to Obama’s campaign for a second term as US president, and has been a leading silicon valley supporter of his administration.
Scott Cleland, publisher of the watchdog site Google Monitor and president of the Precursor research firm, said: “Public evidence concerning the sequence of events surrounding the FTC’s closure of its Google search practices investigation creates at least the appearance that politics, and not merits, drove the FTC’s ultimate conclusion.”
The FTC said an unredacted copy of the report had been accidentally released, and that it was taking steps to ensure this did not happen again.
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Google chairman warns NSA spying 'is going to break the Internet' and will cause countries to start their own networks so they can block US surveillance
Google chairman Eric Schmidt has warned that National Security Agency spying is going to 'break the Internet' and cause countries to start their own networks to avoid foreign surveillance.
The Silicon Valley titan spoke out at a conference organized by NSA opponent Senator Ron Wyden. He was just one of the big voices sounding an alarm about American surveillance practices.
Representatives from Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other major tech firms say their industry stands to lose a fortune as international customers flee American technology companies over concerns that their data is being siphoned off carte blanche and analyzed by American intelligence officials.
'The simplest outcome is that we're going to end up breaking the Internet,' Schmidt said in the gymnasium of a Palo Alto, California, high school.
'Because what's going to happen is, governments will do bad laws of one kind or another, and they are eventually going to say, "We want our own Internet in our country because we want it to work our way, right? And we don't want these NSA and other people in it."
'The cost of that is huge, in terms of knowledge, discovery, science, growth, jobs, ect.'
He also said that spying is already hurting global connectivity and trust in the Internet.
'The impact is severe and getting worse,' he warned.
The result could see American companies cut out technology growth - no longer able to provide apps, server space, hardware or other services, to the rest of the world because of NSA spying, Schmidt said.
Sen Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, has been an outspoken critic of the NSA's spying practices and has stepped up his criticism ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked a drove of top-secret documents.
Google chairman: We're going to end up breaking the internet
The internal memos revealed that intelligence services have been tapping directly into the data streams of US tech companies to mine personal information in the name of national security.
The publication of those practices have caused many foreign customers to flee American tech services like Google and Facebook.
'Just as people won't put their money in a bank they won't trust, people won't use an Internet they won't trust,' Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said.
The panelists pointed out that Germany recently ended a contract with US phone carrier Verizon because of the company's participation in the NSA surveillance program.
Google apologise to French users on homepage for violating their privacy
Google claims it will STOP distorting search results to undermine rivals and avoid multi-billion euro fine
An issue we have been exposing for over a decade. Their search results are NEVER accurate. Try searching
for 'fuck google' on yahoo, bing and others that returned millions of hits but NONE on Google.
The latest changes should be sufficient to end a three-year investigation into the search company, the EU's competition commissioner said.
Google had been accused of giving favourable treatment to its own products in search results.
The company said it looked forward to resolving the matter.
In a news conference, European Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said he would not seek feedback on the deal from Google's rivals before it was formalised.
"I consider at this point that we don't need a market test," he told reporters.
The decision has prompted criticism from lobby groups, including the Microsoft-backed Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace (Icomp).
"A settlement without third party review is a massive failure," the group said.
"We need time and opportunity to ensure full technical assessment of how effective the proposed remedies would be."
Google argued that its proposals were fair and wide-reaching.
"We will be making significant changes to the way Google operates in Europe," said Google lawyer Kent Walker.
"We have been working with the European Commission to address issues they raised."
The move marks the third time Google has offered changes and concessions to its services in order to satisfy the EU's concerns.
Previous offers - such as displaying logos to denote when a Google product was being promoted - were not deemed to go far enough.
The long-running and precedent-setting case arose when a group of 18 companies, including Microsoft and TripAdvisor, argued that Google had abused its position as the dominant search engine.
According to web metric company Comscore, Google has about a 75% share of the web search market in Europe.
In a statement, the European Commission said Google had now agreed to offer "comparable" treatment to its rivals.
What originally started as a GOOD idea, in the dim and distant past when search engine's were in there infancy, little would anyone have
realised that the domination of how to find information would be turned into a very warped and devious affair. Not only has search
findings been so vastly manipulated by the key player Google it is difficult to find an honest search without other criteria being more important than the initial request.
Google has turned into a corporation with corporate tendencies. It has also used search criteria to spy on and pass that information onto the likes of the NSA to divulge the most frivolous of search terms compiling them into some sort of user profile to decide how big a threat any one person is to the state or the mobsters who run the state for their own financial enlightenment. It also uses search terms to provide master marketing plans for the big boys prepared to indulge in Google's psychopathic tendencies that from its initial good intentions has turned into the biggest monster on the internet.
The fact the two main players at Google have zionist tendencies makes using Google all the more disturbing and none more so than when Google purchased Youtube and where vast swathes of video's, taken during the arab spring, disappeared as quickly as they were uploaded.
We ourselves have to update our web pages to accommodate the speed at which video's are removed leaving huge amounts of dead links thanks to Google's ability to stifle dissent by activists adding them to Youtube and then removed for the most frivolous of reasons . Our own video's also face similar censorship and on many occasions have had to find alternative arrangements to counter Google / Youtube's determined efforts to thwart activists attempts to expose the true nature of what is going on presently across the globe.
Google has become a monolithic monster that only a mass exit to alternative search engines will reduce their ability to stifle the dissent that is necessary to expose their psychopathic friends, embedded in key positions of power right across the globe, who suggest they have our best interests at heart that is so far from the truth and being aided and abetted by Google's domination of search and video results that cannot be allowed to continue.
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Google and Facebook DID allow NSA access to data and were in talks to set up 'spying rooms'
Mark Zuckerberg and Larry Page both issued blustery statements over recent media reports they gave the National Security Agency officials access to their troves of user information
Now sources say both tech giants were in discussion about specific ways to give U.S. officials access to their data using virtual classified information reading rooms
Companies are all compelled by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to hand over any information requested under the law, but they're not required to make access easier
PRISM data-mining program was launched in 2007 with approval from special federal judges
Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Skype, AOL and PalTalk are involved in spying program
The UK has had access to the PRISM data since at least 2010
Details of data collection were outlined in classified 41-slide PowerPoint presentation that was leaked by intelligence officer
Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Larry Page of Google both strongly denied giving unfettered access to user data to U.S. officials, but it turns out both companies have, in fact, cooperated with governments requests.
Zuckerberg denied his company's link to secret government data-sharing scheme PRISM on Friday in a blustery posted message that described allegations that Facebook gave 'US or any other government direct access to our servers' as 'outrageous.'
Now, sources tell the New York Times that both Facebook and Google discussed plans to create secure portals for the government 'like a digital version of the secure physical rooms that have long existed for classified information' with U.S. officials.
In his post, Zuckerberg said he had not even heard of PRISM until reports broke on Thursday and vowed to fight 'aggressively to keep [users'] information safe and secure.'
Google CEO Larry Page did likewise.
'We have not joined any program that would give the U.S. government—or any other government—direct access to our servers,' he said in a statement that resembled deeply the one issued by Zuckerberg. 'We had not heard of a program called PRISM until yesterday.'
The search engine's chief lawyer David Drummond also said that media reports linking Google to PRISM were false.
'When governments ask Facebook for data,' wrote Zuckerberg, 29, 'we review each request carefully to make sure they always follow the correct processes and all applicable laws, and then only provide the information if is required by law.
Zuckerberg's post has been 'liked' over 300,000 times.
Companies are legally required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to hand over whatever information the government asks for under the law.
But, as the New York Times reports, they are not required to make it easier for the government to get that information. This, however, appears to be what they've planned to do.
Meanwhile, Twitter is one company which has managed to keep mum in PRISM discussions.
A spokesperson for Apple also denied any knowledge of PRISM's existence.
It was claimed that the Silicon Valley companies involved in the PRISM program are Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Skype, AOL and the lesser known Internet company PalTalk, which has hosted a lot of traffic during the Arab Spring and the on-going Syrian civil war.
However, only Facebook and Google have been shown to have worked toward creating 'online rooms' in which to share data with the government, according to the New York Times report.
The denials come a day after President Obama delivered a passionate defense of national security programs that secretly acquire information about Americans' phone calls, saying criticism of them is all 'hype.'
He said: 'My assessment and my team's assessment was that [the programs] help us prevent terrorist attacks and that the modest encroachments on privacy that are involved in getting phone numbers or duration [of calls] without a name attached... It was worth us doing.'
Obama made the remarks at a press conference in response to revelations about two separate programs used to spy on American citizens and foreign nationals.
One program involves the collection of U.S. Verizon customers phone records. The other program - dubbed PRISM - allows the government to scour the Internet usage of foreign nationals overseas who use any of nine U.S.-based internet providers such as Microsoft and Google.
'I think it’s important to understand that you can’t have 100 percent security and then have 100 percent privacy and zero inconvenience,' Obama said. 'We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.'
Obama said the PRISM program does not involve monitoring the email content of U.S. citizens or anyone living in the U.S., and he repeatedly stated that both programs - the phone spying and PRISM - have been approved by Congress.
'You can complain about "big brother" and how this is a potential program run amuck,' Obama added, 'but when you actually look at the details, then I think we've stuck the right balance.'
Obama said the programs have plenty of checks in place, including repeated authorizations by Congress and approval by the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Court, to assure no abuses by the government.
'Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,' he said. 'That's not what this program's about.'
If U.S. citizens decide they want to axe the programs, Obama 'welcomes' that debate, he said. But at the same time, he expressed concern over the fact that the classified programs were leaked to the media.
'I don't welcome leaks, because there's a reason why these programs are classified,' he said.
The Washington Post reported Friday that for the past six years, U.S. intelligence agencies have been extracting audio, video, photos, e-mails, documents and other information to track people's movements and contacts.
The scandal deepened after it emerged that the Silicon Valley Internet giants may have been passing the acquired information on to the UK.
The Guardian reported that GCHQ, the UK's communications intelligence agency, has had access to data collected through PRISM program since at least June 2010, and last year generated 197 intelligence reports from it.
The Guardian also first reported the phone-spying program, through which the NSA has been collecting information on Verizon customers' phone calls, including call duration and frequency.
The revelations - which are the largest anti-terror intelligence-gathering operation since 9/11 - have placed massive pressure on Obama, who is already reeling from the recent IRS scandal.
In addition to the names already on the list, the cloud-storage service Dropbox was described as 'coming soon' to PRISM.
Twitter, which is known for zealously protecting its users' privacy, is conspicuous in its absence from the list of Internet companies said to be involved in the data-mining program.
PRISM was launched in 2007 with the blessing of special federal judges under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Post said that several members of the U.S. Congress were made aware of the classified data-gathering program, but were sworn to secrecy.
All forms of wiretapping of U.S. citizens by the NSA requires a warrant from a three-judge court set up under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act passed in 1978.
But former President George W. Bush issued an executive order shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York that authorized the NSA to monitor certain phone calls without permission.
The warrantless wiretapping program remained a secret until 2005, when a whistleblower went to the press to reveal the extent of the surveillance.
And although the NSA has strenuously denied acting beyond its surveillance powers, groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have warned that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) - a bill currently passing through Congress - could dramatically increase the amount of personal data that government agencies have legal access to.
The particulars of the revelations were outlined in a top-secret PowerPoint presentation for senior intelligence analysts, which ended up being leaked to The Post and Britain's The Guardian.
According to the Post, maintaining the secrecy of the Silicon Valley giants who have been complicit in the scheme is of utmost importance to the U.S. government.
'98 percent of PRISM production is based on Yahoo, Google and Microsoft; we need to make sure we don’t harm these sources,' and NSA official wrote in a document obtained by the Post.
PRISM has been described by NSA officials 'as the most prolific contributor to the president's Daily Brief' and the 'leading source of raw material,' the Post also reported.
As a cryptolific intelligence agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, the NSA is responsible for collecting and analyzing foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence. However, the agency allegedly has been using PRISM to target American Internet companies handling the accounts of domestic users on U.S. soil.
Analysts working for the NSA would reportedly pick out bits and pieces of data using search terms to help them zero in on foreign targets, but it is not unusual for American content to become swept in as well.
In practice, if collection managers in the NSA's Special Source Operation Group, which manages PRISM, have suspicion that their target is a foreign national engaged in terrorism or a spy, they move ahead to draw in all the data from the user's Facebook account, email inboxes and outboxes, and Skype conversations, which would often net in information on the suspect's contacts.
The 41-slide PowerPoint presentation outlining PRISM was leaked to the media by a career intelligence officer, which the Post says had 'firsthand experience with these system, and horror at their capabilities.'
The unnamed whistle-blower reportedly said he was driven by the desire to expose the government’s ‘gross intrusion on privacy.'
'They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,' the officer said.
The bombshell allegations come one day after it was revealed that the NSA has been collecting telephone records of millions of U.S. Verizon customers.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denounced the disclosure of highly secret documents Thursday and sought to set the record straight about how the government collects intelligence about people's telephone and Internet use.
He called the disclosure of an Internet surveillance program 'reprehensible' and said it risks Americans' security.
He said a leak that revealed a program to collect phone records would affect how America's enemies behave and make it harder to understand their intentions.
'The unauthorized disclosure of a top secret U.S. court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation,' Clapper said in an unusual late-night statement.
At the same time, he moved to correct misunderstandings about both programs, taking the rare step of declassifying some details about the authority used in the phone records program and alleging that articles about the Internet program 'contain numerous inaccuracies.'
He did not specify what those inaccuracies might be.
At issue is a court order, first disclosed Wednesday by The Guardian newspaper in Britain, that requires the communications company Verizon to turn over on an 'ongoing, daily basis' the records of its customers' calls. Separately, The Washington Post and The Guardian reported Thursday the existence of another program used by the NSA and FBI that scours the nation's main Internet companies, extracting audio, video, emails and other information.
The word "ungoogleable" is in the headlines after a dispute between the search engine giant and Sweden's language watchdog. The Language Council of Sweden wanted to include "ungoogleable" - or "ogooglebar" - in its annual list of new Swedish words. But it defined the term as something that cannot be found with any search engine.
However we proved long ago that comparing searches for 'FUCK GOOGLE' on yahoo, bing and others returned millions of hits but NONE on Google. Anything anti-google or attacking Google's very dodgy data collecting spy network will lead to massive distortions in GOOGLE'S supposed faultless algorithms.
Having been highly critical of Google can lead to very important news being buried by Google to protect their reputation rather than accurately provide an unbiased search result. Google and Youtube have become increasingly censors of the internet, rather than at the outset a decent search engine. Like all other media
multi-nationals Google now distorts and manufactures search results that lean heavily in favour of the global agenda of the self appointed elite and far less on providing search results pointing towards the truth .
GOVERNMENT ACCESSING PRIVATE DATA MORE THAN EVER IN 2012 - GOOGLE VIDEO
Google says the number of government requests to access and remove on-line data has risen throughout 2012. The US once again topped the list, asking for the private information of almost 8,000 users in the first six months of the year.
NOOSE TIGHTENING ON GOOGLE SPYING AND MANIPULATION OF SEARCHES
Google facing major inquiries on both sides of the Atlantic over privacy and competition
French data regulators expected to order search giant to separate its data on users tomorrow
Comes amid rumours Federal Trade Commission is preparing to file antitrust lawsuit against the search giant
Google could be facing two major hurdles as regulators in France and the US are believed to be preparing to hit out at the search giant.
The French data protection regulator, CNIL, will order the web giant to 'unravel' data on users it pooled together from all of its products in March.
In the US, it has been reported that staff members at the Federal Trade Commission are preparing to recommend that the agency file an antitrust lawsuit against the search giant.
According to The Guardian, the French request relates to Google mixing information about how users behave on most of the firm's services, including Gmail and YouTube, to create a 'master profile' for each individual.
The move was originally designed to help tailor advertising to individuals' interests.
When it was revealed, it was heavily criticised and prompted an investigation by CNIL on behalf of privacy watchdogs across Europe - the findings of which are due to be announced tomorrow.
Google said the move was aimed to 'streamline and simplify' its privacy policies.
CNIL is known as one of Europe's more aggressive data protection authorities and is expected to order Google to separate out the data again.
Bradley Shears, a US-based lawyer, told the Guardian it could lead to global problems.
'The EU's decision may create a domino effect and lead regulators in the US and other parts of the world to impose similar restrictions on Google's ability to intermingle and monetise user data,' he told the paper.
However, Google could argue that the changes it made were technically irreversible, potentially sparking a fresh battle with European regulators.
The firm has been in negotiations with the European Commission for several months solutions to its alleged anti-competitive behaviour by promoting its own products ahead of rivals' in search results.
The news comes as Federal regulators in the US as believed to be moving closer to suing Google over allegations that the company has abused its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition and drive up online advertising prices.
Several news outlets reported that staff members at the Federal Trade Commission are preparing to recommend that the agency file an antitrust lawsuit against the search giant.
A majority of the five FTC commissioners would have to approve a suit before legal action could proceed.
The reports from The New York Times, Bloomberg News and Reuters cited unnamed people briefed on the FTC's investigation.
FTC spokesman Peter Kaplan declined to comment.
The agency has been investigating Google's business practices.
The probe was triggered by complaints that Google Inc. has been highlighting its peripheral services in its influential search results and relegating offerings from its rivals to the back pages.
The FTC also has been looking into whether Google has rigged its results in a way that has prodded websites to pay more to promote their services through Google's advertising network.
In a statement Friday, Google said, 'We are happy to answer any questions that regulators have about our business.'
GOOGLE/YOUTUBE CENSOR THOUSANDS OF VIDEO'S BUT NOT ZIONIST LEANING FILMS VIDEO
We try and keep our website updated regularly but have been unable to keep up with the speed
at which Youtube pull video's that are NOT in keeping with a Zionist agenda. Yet a video
that is inflaming opinion across the Middle East causing injury and death remains and
supposedly NOT in breach of Youtube's strict terms of service.
We ourselves have faced Youtube's warped censorship guidelines and have had video's pulled for the
most spurious of reasons and without notice.
ANOTHER EXCUSE BY YOUTUBE TO PULL VIDEO'S
Once again the arsehole censors at Youtube have decided that even a car crash violates
one more of their vastly expanding reasons to pull video's.
Video's that are being removed at
such an enormous speed we are struggling to keep up with the rate at which channels are being
pulled, video's showing the other side of wars and political rallies all at a stroke being
pulled from Youtube like there is no tomorrow.
Despite all our efforts to keep up with this travesty of justice, and even more so when Egypt
was rising up, sometimes within minutes of new video's being added that are of major importance to
activists Youtube violate the right to free expression by pulling thousands upon thousands of
video's that clash, NOT with their rules, but with an agenda that is increasingly geared towards
The California based company founded by Mark Zuckerberg has seen its lowest dip in investor confidence after shares sank to 6.3 per cent.
The Palo Alto based social networking website went public in May this year with shares debuting at $38.
But early investors pulled out their funds on Thursday sinking the value of shares down to nearly 50 per cent.
The gospel according to a cabal of biased (bought & paid for) government / commercial interest-funded clinical research psychologists piloted by Harvard’s Dr Chlamydia Mingerot, the ubiquitous Facebook - along with a few pervy BD/SM websites we won’t stoop to mention (alt.com / bondage.com) - have become such an addictive ‘must belong’ dynamic in our corrupt, herd mentality copycat society that people who avoid or shun such intrusive social networking sites are automatically branded ‘weirdoes’ by the head-shrinking elements of industrial and civil service bureaucracy human resource assessment groups.
In fact the leaked Harvard report goes a step further than the sophistic ‘weirdo’ euphemism label, and profiles these reclusive elements as raving misanthropes suffering from negative self-esteem syndrome core issues rooted in a lack of personal achievement - all additionally stricken with chronic halitosis and a small penis – factors they come to blame on God and humanity in general and seek due accounting and revenge for.
And that is just the evaluation of the male of the species – abnormal and dysfunctional – and perhaps deadly dangerous to boot - so let’s just leave the anti-social female / harpy element psychological assay well alone for now.
Dr Mingerot elucidated the hypothesis that “The uncommunicative, reclusive aspect of this anti-social condition is a definite indicator that these people are latent serial killers and generalised psychos on a simmer setting, just waiting on the right moment to go ‘postal’ and stroll nonchalantly into their place of work or local neighbourhood synagogue – or mosque – or nearest cinema screening a Batman premier – and start shooting – or detonate some home-made black pepper and peroxide tactical weapon of mass distraction in a busy shopping mall.”
While not quite stretching the tangibility factor to the elastic extent of dear Doctor Mingerot’s diagnosis, the Head-Bangers Gazette reports that human resources departments across Europe, Asia and the Great Satan harbour a wary bête noir aversion of young job candidates who don't have Facebook accounts – with the editorial section going so far as to support and endorse the Harvard report findings with mention that John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Patsy, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, Mehmet Ali Agca, John Warnock Hinckley Jnr., Mark David Chapman, Thomas Watt Hamilton – and the psycho newcomers to mass murder, Anders Behring Breivik, along with James Eagan Holmes – all shared common ground in their lack of having a Facebook profile (but being conspicuously blessed with middle names – even the non-Christian stooges).
Well, let’s shy away from the ridiculous, for Harry S. Truman never had a Facebook account as Zuckerberg’s insidious and pervasive monster wasn’t around in 1945, yet still managed to order the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – and ate a big dinner after the mass homicidal events - while Mother Theresa, another non-user of social websites, never spit the dummy nor snuffed any annoying twats at her local Darby & Joan Club or Townswomen’s Guild. So that’s the accuracy of psychological profiling consigned squarely in the trash can.
However, the techie news site ‘Crap-Shot’ summed up the Head-Bangers Gazette story about social networking could be the first tell-tale sign that a person is a mass murderer – stating that both Holmes and Breivik were chronic dog-wankers with penis size issues, who while not having Facebook accounts were both members of the Adult Friend Finder ‘shag-a-troll’ hookup site – and concluded their speculative and moronic drivel with the fact that using Facebook is a sign of having a healthy social network – whereas serial killers normally lack any real friends - perhaps due the fact they keep murdering them.
On a lighter note, a Facebook memes page that depicted Aboriginal people in Australia as drunks and welfare cheats has been removed after a public outcry from ‘Whingers’ – the drunks and welfare cheats support group charity.
Thought for the day: Hmmm, ‘Farcebook’ – a waste of time, space and effort. Who the fuck in their right mind wants to mow some other twat’s website farm meadow?
Really, does no fucker or their dog realise this is an advancement of the tip-toe Big Brother totalitarian, panopticon society via the back door – with the common herd joining up of their own volition to give information – and personal inclinations – away? Albeit such disclosures are pure Nirvana for gossiping fishwives’ and chronic curtain twitchers.
Here we have the hive mind sheeple, being NLP programmed to divulge all manner of personal details and police each other – especially the radical types who dare to have the audacity to wax critically on socio-political issues and get branded as suffering from Oppositional Defiance Disorder – and red-flagged into ostracised obscurity lest the rest of the herd get infected with a touch of ‘Storm the Bastille’ Bolshie-ism.
Shoppers could soon be automatically recognised when they walk into a shop using a controversial new camera.
Called Facedeals, the camera uses photos uploaded to Facebook to recognise people as they walk in.
Shoppers who agree to use the system, which has not been developed with Facebook, will be offered special deals.
A promotional video created to promote the concept shows drinkers entering a bar, and then being offerend cheap drinks as they are recognised.
'Facebook check-ins are a powerful mechanism for businesses to deliver discounts to loyal customers, yet few businesses—and fewer customers—have realized it,' said Nashville-based advertising agency Redpepper.
They are already trialling the scheme in firms close to their office.
'A search for businesses with active deals in our area turned up a measly six offers.
'The odds we’ll ever be at one of those six spots are low (a strip club and photography studio among them), and the incentives for a check-in are not nearly enticing enough for us to take the time.
'So we set out to evolve the check-in and sweeten the deal, making both irresistible.
'We call it Facedeals.'
Facebook recently hit the headlines when it bought face.com, an Israeli firm that pioneered the use of face recognition technology online.
The social networking giant uses the software to recognise people in uploaded pictures, allowing it to accurately spot friends.
The Facebook camera requires people to have authorised the Facedeals app through their Facebook account.
This verifies your most recent photo tags and maps the biometric data of your face.
The system then learns what a user looks like as more pictures are approved.
This data is then used to identify you in the real world.
Google 'faces $22.5m fine for snooping on iPhone and iPad users' (But it will take them just 17 hours to make)
Google used a special computer code - or 'cookies' - to trick Apple's Safari browser so it could monitor users
Google said it was 'inadvertent' and has removed it
Violated FTC agreement to be open about privacy practices
Google will reportedly be fined £14.5million for spying on millions of Apple customers.
The company is at the centre of yet another privacy row, having been accused of bypassing web security settings.
It allegedly tricked Apple’s Safari browser – found on iPhones, iPads and Mac computers – into dropping its automatic privacy safeguards, allowing it to snoop on users across the globe, including those in Britain.
The predicted fine would be the biggest ever levied on a single company by the US Federal Trade Commission. With Google reporting a net income of £1.8billion in the first quarter of this year, it would take the company just over 17 hours to earn enough to pay it off.
The firm, which generates billions from advertising, is still under investigation in the UK after it gathered personal data from homes’ unencrypted wireless networks while collecting information for its Street View maps.
It also signed a legal settlement with US regulators last year pledging not to ‘misrepresent’ its Internet monitoring activities.
Companies such as Google track browsing trends to demonstrate how well their adverts attract users’ attention. However, Safari, the most popular browser on mobile devices, is designed to prevent firms from being able to see people’s preferences and search choices.
It does this by barring the installation of small files, known as cookies – but according to the Wall Street Journal, which revealed the practice earlier this year, Google exploited a loophole that made an exception for adverts that invited interaction, such as those featuring forms to fill out.
The FTC launched the latest probe into Google in February after researcher Jonathan Mayer of Stanford University, California, discovered a hidden code that the firm reportedly used to circumvent Apple’s security settings.
A subsequent study by the WSJ spotted the code on some of the internet’s most popular sites, including YouTube, which is owned by Google, and that of the New York Times.
There is no indication that sites knew they were hosting the tracking code. Yesterday a spokesman for Google UK insisted the company had not infringed anyone’s privacy.
‘We cannot comment on any specifics,’ he said. ‘However, we do set the highest standards of privacy and security for our users.’
He said the FTC investigation centred on a statement made on a help page from 2009 ‘published more than two years before our consent decree, and a year before Apple changed its cookie-handling policy’.
The WSJ said Google scrapped the system when it was contacted by the newspaper earlier this year.
‘We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which collected no personal information, from Apple’s browsers,’ Google’s spokesman added.
Britain’s privacy watchdog reopened its investigation into Google last month, after US regulators revealed that the firm’s Street View cars deliberately collected personal data.
Google initially told the Information Commissioner that downloading data such as phone numbers and passwords had been ‘a simple mistake’.
GOOGLE: TRACKING APPLE USERS
When the Wall Street Journal carried out its investigation earlier this year, it found that the tracking system placed by Google's ad network was on scores of the most visited websites on the internet.
The tracking technology was found on websites on Apple computers and iPhones.
Websites included YouTube, aol.com, about.com, whitepages.com, nytimes.com, tmz.com, match.com and merriam-webster.com.
There is no indication that the sites knew of the tracking code.
A freedom of information request revealed that Steven McCartney left the Information Commissioner's Office to join Google in November 2011.
The ICO had been criticised for its initial investigation - which has since reopened - into data privacy breaches.
The ICO said Mr McCartney "played no part" in the investigations.
In its own statement, Google said: "We don't comment on individual employees."
Rob Halfon, Tory MP for Harlow, told the Guardian that the news was a "shocking revelation".
"Now it seems they [the ICO] have had a cosy relationship with the company they have been investigating," he told the newspaper.
Mr McCartney was head of data protection promotion at the ICO where he had worked, according to his LinkedIn profile, since 2004.
During this time, the ICO conducted an investigation into allegations that Google had knowingly gathered personal data while collecting photographs as part of its Street View mapping project.
The ICO ruled that there had been a "significant breach" of the Data Protection Act, but opted not to fine the company, a decision heavily criticised by campaign group Privacy International and others.
Of the 2010 investigation, deputy information commissioner David Smith told the BBC: "We spent less time searching than others did. If we had searched for days and days we would have found more."
It later emerged that several Google staff had been told that data was being collected, prompting the ICO to reopen its inquiries.
After joining Google, Mr McCartney shared email correspondence with ICO officials discussing issues relating to the ongoing probe.
The documents, obtained by campaigner Peter John, showed Mr McCartney had outlined what he had said were "significant errors" in the media's reporting of the issue in an email dated 4 May 2012.
Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, responded to the email with "thanks for this, Stephen".
In a statement released today, the ICO said: "The published correspondence between Google and the ICO clearly shows that Stephen McCartney was treated like any other organisation's representative, with his emails receiving nothing more than a polite acknowledgement.
The spokesman added: "ICO employees continue to be legally bound by a confidentiality agreement after they leave the organisation, as part of the Data Protection Act.
"Stephen Eckersley, the ICO's Head of Enforcement, continues to investigate Google's actions with regard to the Street View project."
Mr Eckersley is currently considering a response to Google's most recent letter on the matter which was received by the ICO last month.