$22 Million for Cookies? FTC Regulators Will Require Google to Pay a Civil Penalty of $22.5 Million to Settle Charges of Safari’s Cookies Privacy Violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – Big Brother

I found this on Reuters today:

“ U.S. regulators will require Google Inc to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges that it bypassed the privacy settings of customers using Apple Inc’s Safari browser, two people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Members of the Federal Trade Commission voted to approve a consent decree that will allow Google to settle the agency’s investigation but admit no liability, said one of the sources, who was not authorized to speak on the record.”

It is expected, that in a few days some kind of official announcement will be released – after their lawyers, advisers, negotiators and marketing people review and approve it for distribution.

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – A sign.

HEAVY WEIGHT

$22 Million is a big fine. It certainly grabbed my eye, and so thought I would put it up here.

The whole things was started by allegations that Google set the sites “cookies” to trick Apple’s Safari browser so Google could monitor users who had blocked such tracking. The Safari browser can be set by the user to block sites ability to track the users browsing habits and patterns.

Ah Google, the new new evil technology company (Microsoft is the old new evil technology company and IBM is the original evil technology company).

Yes Google has been, lurking in the shadows, waiting to violate it’s customers… Well, Google said that the tracking was inadvertent – just a tiny mistake – and that it collected no personal information like names, addresses or credit card data. Just trivial info like how the users browse their site, and what they are looking for on it.

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – Evil Meter

TIME FOR A PROBE

The problem is that this tracking was done despite public announcements that Safari could be set to protect users’ privacy and it was this aspect that prompted an FTC probe into whether Google violated a consent decree it signed last year. That decree said that Google would not misrepresent its privacy policies, which this cookie code actually does. Opps.

To make matters worse, Google also faces potential sanctions from other governments around the planet, and it is being investigated by the European Union to determine if the company complies with Europe’s stricter privacy laws.

In addition to those probes, the worlds most used search engine provider (Google) is also the subject of a big antitrust investigation by the FTC and European regulators over accusations that it manipulated it’s own search results to favor its own products. No, that’s not evil.

OK, for a company that has tens of $billions in the bank, $22 million is not that much. The question is weather Google will lose some of it’s customers trust, and that could hurt the bottom line later in the future.

Ah, the future… I wonder who will be the new new new evil technology company…

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – Google 2084

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – Google B’s

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations

FTC regulators will require Google to pay a civil penalty of $22.5 million to settle charges of Safari’s cookies privacy violations – Doctor Evils

 

 

How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future – What You and Our Government Can Do About It

Obama Romney 2012 - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future – What You and Our Government Can Do About It

Obama Romney 2012 – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future – What You and Our Government Can Do About It

The 2012 American election is going to be about one thing – The Economy. Why the economy? Because unemployment is high which mean a lot of people do not have jobs, and this makes everyone nervous with the fear that they will never get a job; or for the employed, that they will become unemployed soon.

So really, the election is about Jobs, and which Candidate/Party can change the situation in a positive way that will give people hope that the can get a job, or keep their job.

The sides are clearly divided; one side is less government, low taxes, the rich will help the poor –  the other side is more government, higher taxes, and wealth redistribution will help the poor.

The fact is that elections are won by the person who has the most money. For this election, this will be the Republicans.

That is cynical you say:

http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2008/11/money-wins-white-house-and.html

In the 2008-2010 elections, 93 percent of House of Representatives races and 94 percent of Senate races; the candidate who spent the most money ended up winning, according to a post-election analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The findings are based on candidates’ spending as reported to the Federal Election Commission.

The Buck Will Not Stop Here

OK, so Romney wins, how will that really affect the economy and jobs? That is a good question, because Romney has yet to actually spell out the details of his economic plan, except to say that it is based on ‘Republican economics principles’.

The U.S. economy has expanded at a healthy clip for most of the last 70 years, but by a wide range of measures, it stagnated in the first decade of the new millennium.

Job growth was essentially zero, and modest job creation from 2003 to 2007 wasn’t enough to make up for two recessions in the decade. Rises in the nation’s economic output, as measured by gross domestic product, was weak. And household net worth, when adjusted for inflation, fell as stock prices stagnated, home prices declined in the second half of the decade and consumer debt skyrocketed.

The below chart shows a definite flattening of job growth curve during the Republican term of George Bush:

Job Growth Chart by President, Since 1950 - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Job Growth Chart by President, Since 1950 – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

The numbers below are the overall jobs growth data for each presidential term from Carter till Obama and based are Bureau of Labor Statistics.

President                Party    Term              Ave. Job Growth for Term
Jimmy Carter           D         1977–1981      +2.30%
Ronald Reagan        R         1981–1985      +1.75%
Ronald Reagan        R         1985–1989      +2.53%
George Bush            R         1989–1993      +0.69%
Bill Clinton                 D         1993–1997      +2.60%
Bill Clinton                 D         1997–2001      +1.60%
George W. Bush       R         2001–2005      +0.51%
George W. Bush       R         2005–2009       -0.84%
Barack Obama         D         2009–2013      +0.75%

The Republican polices of George W. Bush clearly show the lowest and worst job growth numbers since his father. The decade of the 2000’s (The W Bush Decade) shows stunningly low job growth rates, even though the Republican policies of low taxes (Bush Tax Cuts), less government regulation, strong military spending were in full effect:

Job Growth Chart by Decade, Since 1940 - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Job Growth Chart by Decade, Since 1940 – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

The main gist of Romney’s campaign right now is that there have been no jobs created during the Obama administration, except for the public sector (government). The data actually shows significant private sector job growth, and declining public sector job growth:

Private and Public Sector Job Growth Chart - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Private and Public Sector Job Growth Chart – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Damn Commies

The Republicans are positioning themselves against the Democrats by stating that Obamas policies are ‘Socialist’ and are destroying job growth in the USA.

The Facts say something else:

654,000: The net gain in jobs since the national job number hit a 10-year low of 129.6 million in December 2009, seasonally adjusted.

54.2 million: The number of jobs created during the nearly 30 years in which Democrats have held the presidency, beginning with President Truman in April 1945. (Comparable BLS data is not available for full presidencies before then.)

34.6 million: The number of jobs created during the 36 years in which Republicans have controlled the White House during the same time period.

4.3 million: The jobs created since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009. More than the 8 years that George W. Bush was in office.

1.1 million: The number of jobs gained under President George W. Bush, the smallest job growth for any president completing at least one term. The seasonally adjusted jobs number fell in each of Bush’s last 12 months in office as 4.4 million jobs were lost.

22.7 million: The number of jobs gained under President Clinton, the biggest job growth of any president.

This chart shows how job growth experienced it worst decline ever as the Bush/Republican policies achieved full effect:

Private Sector Job Growth Chart for Bush and Obama - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Private Sector Job Growth Chart for Bush and Obama – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

The Obama/Democrats policies clearly had a positive effect on job growth, even though we still have traditionally high unemployment:

Unemployment since 1950 - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Unemployment since 1950 – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Job Creation in the 2000’s flattened out, one of the lowest in history, and now unemployment number are coming down at the slowest pace ever recorded after a recession.

The question: Is the flat job growth, and slowly declining unemployment number related to the economic policies of our government who has been purchased by the 1% percent and the corporations, or is it something else?

Flat Top

There are many factors related to the question of why job growth has flattened in the last decade, and why employment is taking too long to recover from the recession.

I think one of the most over looked and least discussed factor is the effect that technology has had in our society and economy.

How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

The current conventional thought on technology is that even though technological change may adversely effect the demand for labor in some industries, the overall effect of technological change on total employment may be positive.

Technological change tends to increase the rate of economic growth. Higher rates of economic growth are generally associated with lower unemployment rates.

“Okun’s law,” states that this relationship between changes in the rate of economic growth and the change in the unemployment rate. It says that a 1% increase in the rate of economic growth lowers the unemployment rate by 0.3%. While there is some doubt about the exact magnitude of this effect, there is substantial evidence that unemployment rates tend to fall when the rate of economic growth is higher.
Basically, the jobs created by the economic growth provided by new technology, will off-set the job loses created by the new efficiency and productivity that a new technology will provide.

The question of whether the widespread use of computers in the workplace has enhanced productivity, is an important debate. Preliminary studies suggested that the introduction of computers had no significant effect on productivity. More recent studies have generated mixed results.

It is fairly clear, though, that the widespread introduction of computers has, to date, had a less dramatic effect on productivity and economic growth than resulted from the widespread introduction of such earlier innovations as the steam engine, electricity, and the internal combustion engine.

I think that this train of thought about technology is missing and important point.

How has the technology changed society and the way business functions?

Remote Control

Recently I have discovered through my own work experience in the last year, the real effect of technology on jobs – and why they are not coming back.

20 years ago, in order to run a small service business, you needed 10 employees and a building for them to work out of and meet.

10 years ago, you would need 5 employees, and a building to work out of and meet.

Now, you could run the same business with 2 people, and work out of their homes.

Actually, this is exactly what a growing number of people are doing. They work from home. They find work as a small business, with a website as their business face, and they cruse other websites and Craigslist in search of work.

Many small businesses run with a minimum of people, often spread over the country, working out of their homes.

This way of running a small business is due to the technological advances such as VOIP telephone, video conferencing, internet, payroll and accounting service now provided by you bank and a whole host of other innovations.

For years it has been said that small business power job growth. Well, then if that it true, no wonder job creation has flattened out and slowed in the last decade.

Small businesses are not hiring the numbers of people as they did in the past, and they are not renting small offices like they used to, which is why industrial real estate is so bad.

This does not mean small businesses are not hiring people, but as more and more small businesses become more virtual, then the less people they will need to hire.

There is only so much business to go around, small business can now run very lean, which means there are more of them, but they need significantly less staff with the technology now at hand.

So What to Do About It?

Here are some things that America and it’s people can do about jobs in the new and efficient 2010’s:

1) Create manufacturing jobs for workers who need they type of job, by sticking tariffs on imported goods from countries that have tariffs on our products (like China)

2) Train yourself in the basic computers skills and technologies: Office suite, teleconferencing, basic networking, VOIP, accounting software, website technologies like WordPress and mobile technologies and apps.

3) America needs to find a way to make higher education affordable again. Students are having to take on a mortgage in order to get a basic university education, and there is no really good reason for this high cost.

4) Vote this election.

Good Luck America!!!

Here is the chart the Republicans and Romney don’t want anyone to see or think about:

Causes Of Deficits - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Causes Of Deficits – How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

1% Romney the Job Creator - How Technology is Making High Unemployment a Fact For the New Work Force of Our Future

Cyberdefender releases their EDC 3.0 Cyberdefender AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology that offers customers Zero Day Gap updates.

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

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About a year ago, I bought Cyberdefender Antivirus software, and even wrote some posts about some of the viruses that it deals with in their EDC 2.0 version.

Recently, I got an email about their new EDC 3.0 version, and I decided to revisit the Cyberdefender EDC antivirus software and Cyberdefender as a company.

What is EDC?

The new Cyberdefender antivirus software is called EDC which stands for Early Detection Center – and is the basic protection technology that Cyberdefender uses to stop all types of Malware. Malware is any type of programs that do malicious things to your computer, such as viruses, trojans, spyware, cookies, rogueware and other nasty things. Antivirus software is focused on viruses, but like Cyberdefender, antivirus now really means antimalware.

The EDC technology is simple, but effective – it takes every new file and runs it through two distinct scanning engines.

In addition to this, the EDC incorporates Cyberdefenders earlyNETWORK, which uses the power of the Cyberdefender EDC community through a proprietary peer-to-peer relay network protecting users against Internet threats faster than most competing technologies.

When one Cyberdefender customer’s computer gets attacked by a new virus, it contacts the EDC Cyberdefender malware team. The team then quickly develops what is known as the malware signature – which is the filter that the Cyberdefender EDC software uses to detect the virus. This signature is then quickly pushed out to all Cyberdefender customers through the earlyNETWORK.

Captures 10x the Previous Number of Threats

In tests, the company’s Peer-to-Peer network, which has no equal in the PC security marketplace, is showing a capture rate of 10 times the number of phishing attacks against home PCs over its previous version, as well as increased malware search capabilities.

CyberDefender EDC 3.0’s earlyNETWORK system collects threat information from the company’s more than five million active users, instantly sending all suspicious data to be tested. The information is evaluated by a sophisticated, automated system, reinforced by manual review, and elevated for even further research, if the data does not pass inspection. Mitigating pattern files are then distributed back to users through P2P and cloud computing server downloads, creating the fastest malware protection on the market for home and small business PC users.

The new Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 is able to issue signatures (or malware signatures) are issued as soon as 30 seconds or less, as opposed to several hours or often days for other competitive Internet security systems.

“CyberDefender offers consumers a unique advantage — what we call the ‘Zero Day Gap’ — the combination of both early threat detection and rapid updates,” says Brian Yoder, VP engineering, CyberDefender. “We do this by constantly adding multi-source data feeds, targeted crawls of suspicious websites, user feedback, cloud computing infrastructure and real-time monitoring of the web. The result is that we offer the fastest response and broadest protection to our users.”

Cyberdefender’s Early Detection Center with earlyNETWORK, provides one of the most effective malware protection technologies available.

For more details, check out:

http://cyberdefender.com/antivirus-technology/tech-overview.html

Who is Cyberdefender?

As I was doing some research for this article, I decided to take a closer look at Cyberdefender. They just released their version of 3.0, and I thought I would look at how it is improved, and the Googleizer brought me to several hardcore computer sites. I started reading and I was surprised by some of the negative comments and other ‘information’ about cyberdefender and it’s other products. These comments didn’t match up with my experience, so I did some research and decided to post it on here on my blog.

OK, now some facts.

First, who is Cyberdefender?

Cyberdefender is an American NASDAQ company (CYDE)

Corporate site:

http://www.Cyberdefendercorp.com

Software site:

http://Cyberdefender.com

CYDE makes antivirus software called Cyberdefender, and sell it by using a free trial, with an upgrade to repair any issues it may find. This is now a typical format for selling software today.

The company has a BBB rating of B+

http://los-angeles.bbb.org/Business-Report/Cyberdefender-13196224

They claim about 10 million users.

They are West Coast Labs Checkmark certified and tested:

http://www.westcoastlabs.com/checkmark/productList/?vendorID=123

http://www.cyberdefendercorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=495235

They have a phone number you can call them at if you have any questions:

(866) 793-0453

They have a 225 person call center in Los Angeles:

http://www.cyberdefendercorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=498727

They have several Vice Presidents from Symantec:

http://www.cyberdefendercorp.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=486063

This includes one of Symantec’s people who developed Norton.

They also have a Registry Cleaner product, which they sell under the following sites:

http://www.Antispywarefordummies.com
http://www.Doublemyspeed.com
http://www.Maxmyspeed.com
http://www.Mycleanpc.com

They don’t hide this, and it seems to be the way they market on TV.

They drive people to the sites with TV and radio, and people download the free trail and it usually it finds some kinds of security issues, since it will even recognize cookies as a security threat. I can not find any proof that the software actually finds false positives. I did install it on a ‘fresh’ computer and it found 7 threats, which were all browser cookies. No false positives that I could find.

This video backs up that it only finds valid malware with no ‘false positive’:

When you buy the Cyberdefender antivirus software or registry cleaner, they try to sell you other services as well. This is normal for many companies. A good example is amazon.com for products or godaddy.com for domains.

Both Cyberdefender software programs are designed and developed for non-technical computer users. One of the most appealing features is that of their 24/7 computer help line, which can be a very secure thing for a non-technical user to have, and probably sell a lot of services through that service.

There is nothing here that is bad or evil, but most technical computer users will probably think this is not something worth much, and that is probably why they think it is a scam. The fact is that it is not a scam, but it is really only of value to non-technical users – which is who they are marketing to.

If you have any qiestions, just call them at (866) 793-0453 or visit Cyberdefender.com

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

Cyberdefender EDC 3.0 AntiVirus Software with earlyNETWORK technology

Note: I did not recieve compensation for this article.

The Tinyurl for this article:

http://tinyurl.com/2eslc2q

‘Technology will save us all’ said Arnold Schwarzenegger

Windmills and green energy can help save the world

Windmills and green energy can help save the world

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger stated ‘Technology, not policy, will save the world’ at the Oracle Open World conference in San Francisco, where he gave a short speech extolling the importance of technology.

He concluded that tech will be more important for solving the world’s problems (particularly global warming) than any government decision.

Schwarzenegger stated that technology has been crucial at all three stages of his career, – nutritional supplements when he was a bodybuilder, special effects when he was a movie actor, and now of course technology is crucial for California’s economy, environment, and more.

“I love technology,” Schwarzenegger said.

The speech included a quick overview of California’s tech industries, but it lingered on cleantech. Schwarzenegger pointed out that the Long Beach Port has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent without reducing the number of ships, trucks, or tugboats. He also pointed to electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors, whose technology is putting California closer to the automotive cutting edge than Detroit. And he spoke glowingly about how Smart Grid technology will improve the state’s energy infrastructure.

All of these developments will be more important to preventing environmental catastrophe than any law or treaty, Schwarzenegger added. Global leaders are working on a new version of the Kyoto Protocol to limit carbon emissions around the world, and while Schwarzenegger said, “We wish them well,” he also argued that we won’t see the reductions we need until there’s technology to make it happen without any negative economic impacts.

Arnold Schwarzenegger is no green energy girlieman

Arnold Schwarzenegger is no green energy girlieman