Related News: Google: We’ll make you smarter … if you share your data

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He says technology like Google will guide people to better, smarter decisions.

“The evolution of Google is to go from you asking Google what to search for, to Google helping you anticipate, to make you smarter,” Schmidt told CNNMoney. “You let Google know things, Google will help you. Will you use it? Absolutely, because it will be cheap or free.”

Source: CNN

Related News: Exclusive: Facebook plots first steps into healthcare

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The company is exploring creating online “support communities” that would connect Facebook users suffering from various ailments. A small team is also considering new “preventative care” applications that would help people improve their lifestyles.

In recent months, the sources said, the social networking giant has been holding meetings with medical industry experts and entrepreneurs, and is setting up a research and development unit to test new health apps. Facebook is still in the idea-gathering stage, the people said.

Source: Reuters

Related News: Why Facebook is stockpiling Blu-ray discs

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Those data demands will only increase with time, particularly as personal cameras and smartphones become capable of capturing higher-quality images. That’s why Facebook engineers have developed a storage prototype using Blu-ray discs that they believe could greatly reduce the cost of archiving all that data.

Source: CNN

Related News: Facebook Data Privacy Class Action Joined By 11,000 And Counting

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. TechCrunch published an article titled Facebook Data Privacy Class Action Joined By 11,000 And Counting.

On Friday the Europe vs Facebook privacy campaign group kicked off a new legal initiative targeting Facebook – in the form of a class action lawsuit that’s inviting adult non-commercial Facebook users located anywhere outside the US and Canada to join in.

Today, the group told TechCrunch its civil action has pulled in some 11,000 participants so far, in the first weekend since launch. The largest proportion of participants (about 50%) are currently coming from German-speaking countries, followed by “high number” from the Netherlands, Finland and the UK.

“Reasonable numbers come from all European countries and South America,” added a Europe vs Facebook spokesperson.

Source: TechCrunch

Related News: Wearable users tracked with Raspberry Pi

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The work, carried out by security firm Symantec, used a Raspberry Pi computer to grab data broadcast by the gadgets.

The snooping Pi was taken to parks and sporting events where it was able to pick out individuals in the crowds.

Symantec said makers of wearables need to do a better job of protecting privacy and handling data they gather.

Source: BBC News

Related News: eBay buries its own advisory to change passwords following database hack

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Ars Technica published an article titled eBay buries its own advisory to change passwords following database hack.

eBay officials are taking flak for burying news of the password reset issued in response to a hack on the company’s corporate network that exposed sensitive data for millions of users.

More than seven hours after eBay published an advisory that was five clicks removed from end users, the company still made no mention of the breach, said to affect 145 million customers, in e-mails, on its front page, or when users log in to their accounts. The bare-bones post disclosed a breach in February or March that allowed attackers to make off with cryptographically protected passwords. It advised users to change their login credentials. The breach also exposed customers’ names, e-mail addresses, home addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth in a human readable format.

Source: Ars Technica

Related News: Facebook’s shot at WhatsApp data gets both companies an FTC complaint

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Ars Technica published an article titled Facebook’s shot at WhatsApp data gets both companies an FTC complaint.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against Facebook’s $16 billion acquisition of WhatsApp based on privacy concerns, according to a document released Thursday. EPIC and CDD’s problems with the acquisition center around the fact that WhatsApp staked its reputation on—that it’s a company keeping a reasonable distance from its customers’ data. Now that it will fall under the aegis of Facebook, its users stand to lose those privacy guarantees, even though WhatsApp told its users nothing would change.

Facebook draws legal complaints for treading outside the bounds of responsible data use on a fairly regular basis. There was Beacon, which posted users’ activity to third party sites without so much as a heads up. There were Sponsored Stories, which placed users’ photos and names alongside ads. There was the sudden unsolicited use of facial recognition. The list goes on with many new and interesting ways Facebook has found to use the information it’s collected, but it’s plain that given an opportunity, Facebook is more likely to ask forgiveness than permission.

Source: Ars Technica