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  • Google (GOOG) looks like it will again get away with breaches of privacy - in the U.S. at least - with the company reportedly nearing an agreement with over 30 states to pay just $7M to settle allegations that it improperly collected personal information over a three-year period when mapping its Street View service. A deal could be announced this week. [View news story]
    I was going to leave this thread as-is. There is no point to continue on. However, just in case that you (or some other readers) are not being factious, and you are actually ignorant about the issue:

    1. There is nothing "old" about your email content, nor your bank card, nor your credit card.
    2. There is no guarantee that Google actually successfully deleted the data:
    a) Google the company may not actually use that data, but can it guarantee none of its employees have another copy of the data, or view it?
    b) Is there any other copy of the data around? In the local office? In back-up tape? Are there any other copies lying around in other network servers while the data was transferred from the fields to the head-office?

    And regarding self-protection, have you ever used public WIFI? Starbucks? Airports?

    As stated, there is no point of continuing this discussion. The constitutions evidently take personal privacy very seriously. If one doesn't care so much about his own privacy, that's within his rights. It doesn't mean his personal views are appropriate for his fellow citizens.
    Mar 10, 2013. 04:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google (GOOG) looks like it will again get away with breaches of privacy - in the U.S. at least - with the company reportedly nearing an agreement with over 30 states to pay just $7M to settle allegations that it improperly collected personal information over a three-year period when mapping its Street View service. A deal could be announced this week. [View news story]
    With all due respects, but your standard of "damage" is very low. How do you feel if Goolge has a copy of your email communications that you sent through Wi-Fi? Or your banking account? Or if they have a picture of you doing some inadvertent indecent acts while they go around and take pictures of your properties?
    Mar 10, 2013. 02:33 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Google (GOOG) looks like it will again get away with breaches of privacy - in the U.S. at least - with the company reportedly nearing an agreement with over 30 states to pay just $7M to settle allegations that it improperly collected personal information over a three-year period when mapping its Street View service. A deal could be announced this week. [View news story]
    Yes, your understanding is wrong. Just Bing the case to see what the breach is all about.
    Mar 10, 2013. 10:15 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 4-Year Stock Optimist Turns Negative - 4 Signs Market Is On Thin Ice [View article]
    I don't get this. Most of the volumes are from institutions, not from retails. So, when volume dries up, it means the institutions are not buying (as much). As a matter of fact, from trading perspective, when volume dries up, it *usually* means the trend is about to reverse
    Mar 2, 2013. 05:59 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Windows 8 (MSFT) only made up 2.67% of PC Web traffic in February, per Net Applications. That's up modestly from 2.36% in January, and is the latest datapoint suggesting a slow adoption rate for Microsoft's latest OS. Windows 7 and XP accounted for 83.5% of Web traffic between them. (previous[View news story]
    I bought 3 new laptops with Windows 8 (one is the Surface Pro, and one is the Yoga) I also upgrade the workhorse PC to Win 8 to extend its life. The performance gains are worth the missing-the-start-button hassle. I just learned how to use the hot keys to complement the non-touch devices. On the Surface and the Yoga, Win 8 really shines.
    Mar 1, 2013. 10:48 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Powerful Trends That Have Been Giving Us A Warning [View article]
    At some point, the market will get tired of Mr. Bernanke, just like the PM market. We of course do not know exactly when, but it will need to take a breather.
    Feb 27, 2013. 10:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft CEO Makes Stunning Statement About Surface Pro Tablets [View article]
    Sorry, 'not behind' in what way? Nobody said they will drop surface, as a matter of fact, MS already said they will produce more Surface products.
    Feb 20, 2013. 09:19 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft CEO Makes Stunning Statement About Surface Pro Tablets [View article]
    ... And did the MacBook Pros dominate the market? It's a niche product. Ballmer is far from an excellent CEO, but setting a realistic expectation for the Surface Pro is not a mistake.
    Feb 20, 2013. 09:01 PM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Our number one thing is supplying products to consumers," says Steve Ballmer (MSFT) in his latest interview. To justify his stance, Ballmer notes 65% of PC sales and 75% of Office usage involves consumers. BI's Jay Yarow doesn't like what he's hearing, given the pace at which consumer PC sales are being cannibalized. One could also point out Windows/Office ASPs are higher for enterprises, and that Microsoft's Server & Tools unit is enterprise-focused. Asked whether he's pleased with Surface sales, Ballmer would only say he's "super-glad [Microsoft] did Surface." [View news story]
    tlip: the storage issue is a non-issue for most people. I agree on the price though. It is too high to be a "household" item. My biggest gripe about the Surface Pro is battery life. Otherwise, I am very happy with my purchase.
    Feb 20, 2013. 08:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft CEO Makes Stunning Statement About Surface Pro Tablets [View article]
    Sorry, you are so wrong. This is your statement: "... what's the point in building a flagship tablet ..." The Surface Pro is NOT a tablet. It would be DOA if it gets advertised as an tablet.

    Given the current technology limitation, namely the cooling / power demand of Intel chips, the Surface Pro is only for a niche market. It is lacking as a tablet; and it's lacking as a laptop. That delegates it as a niche product. And really, that's fine for now. It shows off the potential and vision of Windows 8, and show MS "gets it".

    I'm writing this on the Surface Pro. So I know very well what I'm talking about.
    Feb 20, 2013. 08:31 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • "Our number one thing is supplying products to consumers," says Steve Ballmer (MSFT) in his latest interview. To justify his stance, Ballmer notes 65% of PC sales and 75% of Office usage involves consumers. BI's Jay Yarow doesn't like what he's hearing, given the pace at which consumer PC sales are being cannibalized. One could also point out Windows/Office ASPs are higher for enterprises, and that Microsoft's Server & Tools unit is enterprise-focused. Asked whether he's pleased with Surface sales, Ballmer would only say he's "super-glad [Microsoft] did Surface." [View news story]
    I'm glad that MS does the Surface.
    Feb 20, 2013. 02:02 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • If Microsoft Brings Office To The iPad, Sell Immediately [View article]
    Gnart: "... would frustrate and infuriate users...": true, but only if they were to use their iDevice for serious works, which they can't today. The form factors are just not conducive for such activities. By releasing an Office "light", MS would prevent people from switching to other Office suites, while also making some money off it.
    Feb 15, 2013. 02:07 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If Microsoft Brings Office To The iPad, Sell Immediately [View article]
    They are already coming. Foldable / detachable / convertible .... we'll see in 2 years who has the right strategy. The iWatch or the convertible....
    Feb 15, 2013. 01:35 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If Microsoft Brings Office To The iPad, Sell Immediately [View article]
    Here's the major difference: Android can improve (and it has); but the iOS devices won't in this context. Why? The form factor. Doesn't matter how nice you can build the software, the bottom line is the form factors of iDevices are meant for consuming, not for producing info.
    Feb 15, 2013. 12:11 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • If Microsoft Brings Office To The iPad, Sell Immediately [View article]
    I think the best strategy for MS would be to release a crippled version of Office for the iPad at a cheap price. Crippled in the sense that it works, but with some limitations.
    Feb 15, 2013. 11:26 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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