The second wave of Facebook’s sharing of Government Request data comes this week in short form. Facebook is one of a collection of groups to have begun showing off what they’re able in government data requests since the age of the NSA spill came to fruition last year.
After Twitter and YouTube, it’s now time for Google to cry foul. Apparently Turkey is asking their ISPs to intercept Google's public DNS service - primary: 188.8.131.52, secondary 184.108.40.206 – and redirect to their own servers, in order to reinforce the ban on the microblogging site and the video-sharing site, amongst others.
More good news comes Tesla’s way as the Government ends its investigations regarding the Model S fires. Earlier, we reported about the dealership tussle that the electric car company is embroiled in and how New York’s Governor took a softer stand on them. Presently, the NHTSA has closed its inquiries into the fires that broke out in the Model S, in three separate incidents.
After a tough battle between traditional dealerships and the EV upstart, the deal that Tesla Motors has managed to conclude with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state's car dealers is that the company’s direct-sales outlets will be allowed to continue business, as long as they don’t open any more dealerships in the state. There are currently five company-owned outlets in New York.
A source speaking to The New York Times on Tuesday hinted at upcoming legislation that would aim to end the NSA's controversial bulk phone records collection. Today the Obama administration has introduced that legislation, getting it in a day sooner than the original deadline given to the Department of Justice.
Twitter was recently banned in Turkey over failure to remove certain content, something that resulted in a backlash and, as of yesterday, legal ruling that it must be reversed. It seems the battle hasn't been yet won, however, with YouTube now also being blocked in the region due to an allegedly leaked video revealing possible war plans.
Google has released its latest Transparency Report, and in it is a reflection of our increasingly digital world. The number of data requests in the last half of 2013 was more than double the requests from 2009, when Google first began publishing transparency reports, and was a few thousand more than the same time period ending in 2012.
The Department of Justice has announced its first conviction against pirates for the illegal distribution of Android apps. This follows the guilty pleas of Nicholas Anthony Narbone of Orlando, Florida and Thomas Allen Dye of Jacksonville, Florida this month, with both facing sentencing this upcoming summer.
The recent Twitter ban in Turkey has been temporarily lifted as a court ruled it illegal. The BBC reports it was expected the ban would be lifted shortly after the order went through, but now it seems there could be multiple weeks of waiting before users in the nation regain access to the microblogging service.