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Tech industry presents unified privacy front to White House

Tech industry presents unified privacy front to White House

A veritable pantheon of top-ranking emissaries from some of the largest and most powerful tech companies in the United States descended on the White House today to press the Obama administration to move aggressively on reforming the NSA's nearly universal surveillance of US citizens and the world. Their message was clear: Stop the spy agency from forcibly or stealthily seizing and storing bulk data about their customers. The message comes during an ongoing firestorm of public opposition to the agency's bulk data collection programs, ignited and continually stoked by the revelation of Edward Snowden's cache of an estimated 1.7 million stolen NSA documents detailing its ongoing quest for data omniscience.

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Google fighting to move UK court battle to California

Google fighting to move UK court battle to California

Google is embroiled in a legal row in the UK that the search giant insists shouldn't be heard in front of UK courts. Rather, Google is arguing that the case over the search giant allegedly circumventing the privacy of some internet users in the UK should be heard in California where it is based. Google's argument has led to the company being called "arrogant and immoral."

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Android slammed for removed privacy permissions tool

Android slammed for removed privacy permissions tool

A beneath-the-scenes change in Android 4.4.2 has prompted questions around Google's opt-out policies for personal data, with power users and privacy advocates angry that an accidentally included tool was removed. Google's decision to quietly remove the so-called "App Ops" permissions feature, which had allowed more granular control post-installation of what data on the phone or tablet third-party applications could access, saw it blasted as a result by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which accused it of overlooking a "massive privacy problem."

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Google, Microsoft, Apple & more demand government surveillance reform

Google, Microsoft, Apple & more demand government surveillance reform

Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and other big names in tech have joined forces to protest government surveillance worldwide, calling for "Global Government Surveillance Reform" to better balance keeping citizens safe while also preserving their privacy. The group, which also includes AOL, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, sets out five principles for transparency, oversight, accountability, and respect, penning a collective letter to President Obama and the US Congress in which they allege the balance of power has tipped too far away from the people and too much toward the state.

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Google Compute Engine made generally available

Google Compute Engine made generally available

Google has made its Google Compute Engine generally available, more reliable, and less expensive. This will attract more developers and engineers to use Google's cloud platform for running computations and apps on behalf of their customers. This in turn will lead to more of the public's data and activities being processed through Google's data centers -- even on services that have no apparent ties to Google.

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Google patent describes canned responses across multiple networks

Google patent describes canned responses across multiple networks

Google has filed a patent that would alert you to important updates from friends on multiple social networks and give you the option to send them a canned response. "I got my dream job!" could be replied to with a canned "Congratulations!" with a click, for example. The patent, which was filed last week, could put Google further in the social media game, which so far it hasn't managed to dominate by any stretch.

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CyanogenMod Installer launching today on Google Play [UPDATE]

CyanogenMod Installer launching today on Google Play [UPDATE]

This afternoon the team at Cyanogen Inc. have made clear their intention to launch the CyanogenMod Installer to Google Play for Android. This app will made the CyanogenMod Project a reality in as simple a manner possible for users of Android who wish to work with a unique user interface for their Android device. Unlike most "launchers", this app installs the CyanogenMod ROM, effectively an operating system replacement for Android devices, top to bottom.

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Google Glass wait-list opens up

Google Glass wait-list opens up

Google has thrown open the waiting list for Glass, inviting would-be wearables users to stake a place in line for when the next batch of headsets are available. "We're expanding the Explorer Program little by little," Google said of the new queue, "and experimenting with different ways of bringing new Explorers into the program." However, if you're not a US resident, you're still missing out.

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