May 10th, 2011

Microsoft’s purchase of Skype likely means more advertising being piggybacked onto the service

Technology giants Sony, Apple and Google have all faced major scandals in recent weeks that raise a host of questions about privacy in the digital age. Apple’s popular iPhone was designed to secretly track a user’s location without the user’s knowledge, and so was Google’s Android system for smartphones. Sony’s PlayStation Network has exposed the personal records of more than 100 million of its customers.  In addition to privacy breaches, these private companies are essentially doing a better job with popular surveillance than the government, creating a detailed personal record that then can be released by a subpoena.

Wildfires in the UK Scottish Highlands

Been a busy week with the announcement of Osama Bin Laden’s death by the US government although it was a bit strange that the story changed a few times

Harper got his majority government here in Canada and the NDP became the new official opposition

Germany weaning itself off nuclear power for good in the wake of the Japan crisis

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