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Spying fallout: Internet giants launch offensive defense
Dec 10th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Call for curbs on

government snooping

is self-serving

Documents revealed by Edward Snowden threaten the business interest of internet giants calling for reform.

SOME OF THE biggest players on the internet launched a massive public relations campaign Monday calling for new limits on government surveillance.
The appeal comes after months of damaging disclosures based on documents released by Edward Snowden that have shaken faith in online privacy worldwide.
But it must be seen in the context of the commercial damage the revelations have caused. The companies are acting in their own self-interest: they risk losing millions of customers and billions of dollars if they are seen as vulnerable to unauthorized government snooping.
The companies’ appeal for reform is hardly in the public interest. It is a transparent attempt to defend their business models.


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Astounding results of Google search

Google’s algorithms work in mysterious ways. I was astounded this morning when I Googled my own name. In a few nanoseconds, the search engine giant returned more than 5,700 hits. Less than two months ago, if I remember correctly – and that’s doubtful – it was about 300 hits.
Join my crowd of critics. Post a comment to this item at “In the (K)now”
If Google is half as clever as I think it is, you too may see your hits on its search engine soar into the stratosphere, just like mine have done.


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