Google Street View is no stranger to scandal or bad publicity but no matter how hated it is, it just can't seem to take a hint. Sure you can opt out of Street View rather easily but it's just not as fun as a lawsuit, which is exactly how the Boring family felt after taking Google to court in 2008.
Ultimately, a Pennsylvania district judge threw the case out in 2009 but in February 2010 the appeals court allowed Aaron and Christine Boring to pursue compensation for the charges of privacy violation, trespassing, and negligence. After, 2 years of annoying Google as well as the courts they did finally prevail and were justly compensated for their efforts in the amount of $1. That's right, $1, and this is what the courts had to say about it.
Of course, it may well be that, when it comes to proving damages from the alleged trespass, the Borings are left to collect one dollar and whatever sense of vindication that may bring.
Google got owned....well not really, but at least this lawsuit wasn't boring.
The FTC is getting paranoid about the lack of uniformity pertaining to privacy rules and information tacking on the Internet. Essentially, they want the industry to set standards in place that allow more simplified privacy policies and simple methods for people to opt out of having their journey through the interwebz documented like a National Geographic special.
A normal person might think it's odd that the FTC wants to use "cookies" as a "one stop shop" for people to relay their choices but the FTC doesn't. In fact, it is their recommendation to solve the problem. FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz gives his perspective below,
A 'do not track' browser setting would serve as an easy one stop shop for consumers to express their choices, rather than on a company-by-company basis.
Hit the break to find out if you have a say in all of this.
Today marks the day that Verizon Wireless has activated their fourth-gen LTE network. Verizon looks to launch in 30 cities by the end of the year and give its users a boost of 10x the speed of their 3G EVDO network. Along with the announcement of the 4G switch being turned on, the wireless company also announced its data package for the network, of course, in a tiered setup. You can get 5GB of data for $50 or 10GB for $80.
Want to see the cities and devices compatible? Follow the break.
On December 1st, a Greek blogger got to have some up close and personal experience with the elusive PlayStation Phone. The actual model is the Sony Ericcson Z1, which is supposed to be running Android 2.3.
To see what all the hype is about
Cloverfied style, hit the break.
Only in Texas. Cedar Hill resident Aron Embry was using his new Motorola Droid 2 phone when suddenly he heard a pop and then, after pulling the phone from his ear, he noticed his ear was bleeding.
I heard a pop. I didn't feel any pain initially. I pulled the phone down. I felt something dripping. I realized that it probably was blood. I went into the house and as I got into the bathroom and once I got to the mirror and saw it, it was only then I kinda looked at my phone and noticed the screen had appeared to burst outward.
The man, 30, was rushed to the hospital to get stitches and luckily did not have any hearing loss.
This isn't the first time a user has had problems with a mobile device. We all know about
Apple's hot pants situation.
Motorola has stated it is not aware of other issues like this and stands firm on saying this is an isolated incident. The company will be speaking with Embry and plans to fully investigate the matter. From what I understand, Bluetooth devices haven't exploded as of yet.
It looks like OnLive is getting their act together. Coming off of the heels of their
OnLive Game System release, the company has announced a new service for its customers, the OnLive PlayPack (BETA).
With OnLive PlayPack, consumers can play all the games that they so desire, for as long as they want to, instantly without needing to download, insert a disc or update the game. At only $9.99/mo and with no contract, OnLive now has a very Netflix or Hulu-like promotion, not to mention it already has over fifteen titles available and it's only in BETA.
The coolest part about this is the fact that until January 14th, the service is FREE to anyone who has the $99 OnLive Game System. So head over to the source link, pickup the console, sign up to the service and start gaming until your fingers explode!