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US TV stations bowl sueball directly at FCC's spectrum mega-sale

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I would like to see or hear an example of this before taking sides. Is this going to affect OTA transmissions? Will it improve communications of cellular or other devices? Will it cost me money? Save me money?

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Pretty good, but seriously, what you just said is kinda their problem. The first question that comes about always seems "how can we integrate it with Windows".

The Xbox has been a success for MS (I never thought it would work, put me in the corner with the people who never thought the IPhone or the Ipad would work either) and they seriously need to look at that. Not turning a tablet into an Xbox but.....the interface and functionality of the device.

"We have this device in mind, how can we make it work great" instead of "These things are becoming popular, how can we put Windows in it".

Smart TVs are the rage. but for some reason, clunky and really needing some improvements. My point, there is room to grow in that area. MS could really hit a home run in this evolution if they could just push aside the 800 pound gorilla. I dont want Windows on TV, I want an interactive TV menu that makes me wonder "How did I get along without it".

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All comments aside, MS has got to do something. Running programs, doing task, playing games and browsing has migrated from the desktop to the phone and tablets.Love 'em or hate em, Apple showed the world that you don't need a PC to do everything, and people took notice. there is nothing MS can do about that, they've tried to duplicate and it hasn't gone that well. I do see this "all things connected to the net" thing catching on, it will be the next big thing, and MS is trying to get their part in (again).

Problem is, they keep dragging this huge, bloated thing to the party known as Windows. Windows has a place, and that place is on a desktop. Not on a tablet, not on a phone, and not on an Internet of things. They haven't done the one thing (successfully) that has made Apple and android so popular, and that is look at the device it is intended for and just do a damn OS for that. They don't know how, and if they try it always has to be tied in with Windows and Office, thus the dragging of the bloat monster.

How about a small, new, reliable and secure OS that people can try on say, a rooted tablet, or something. Just something that isn't Windows and build from there. It's not that hard of a concept to have a screen with icons on it, you press them, they do something. But I think they are too late to the party due to dragging that bloated thing known as windows.

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eBay in talks with Bitcoin firms about payments processing

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I don't get this bitcoin thing. I've read up on it, understand the basics, but am unable to see the appeal. IT seems more trouble than its worth and an easy target for crooks. I read a story of someone trying to survive on bitcoins alone and thought that it would never take off. Who knows, in ten years I may be getting paid in bitcoins....which has already happened to some. Better hope a zombie apacolypse doesn't happen.

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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And to think, not long the cloud was all the rage. I would hate to be the admin who convinced their company to move to the cloud within the past few years.

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You, Verizon. What's with the download throttle? Explain yourself – FCC boss

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He is a Verizon customer who watches Netflix. Nuff said.

The government want people to like them,support them, then maybe they could use the NSA to monitor these large companies and punish them instead of taking notes everytiime its citizens blow off steam when getting screwed.

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Boffins discuss AI space program at hush-hush IARPA confab

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That is ALOT of blah, blah, blah just for a party invitation.

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Microsoft not good enough for you, eh? 'Next Steve Ballmer' drives to Google

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"General Motors said the Google car could become a “serious competitive threat” to the car industry."

I think General Motors themselves are considered to be a serious competitive threat to themselves with some of the things that are coming into the light about their own cars, engineering, quality, management, etc.....

Anyone ever wonder how these guys seem to go from place to place, doing nothing but making money and messes?

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Re: El Reg story conjunction

One thing that concerns me.

Say, none of these apps are malicious or have malicious intent such that they install backdoor trojans or steel bank accounts or what not. So, why the required access to so many things? Why, if I install a simple app to convert from one unit to another, does it need access to my camera, my microphone, my wifi info, my storage, other devices on my network (Yes, there are apps that ask this)?

What info are they gathering and what is being done with this? Is it being sold, kinda like people used to do with telephone numbers and email accounts? Who is buying it?

In a world where every country now seems hell bent on collecting as much info about every living person in and out of their borders, it makes me wonder.

I feel somewhere that there is a huge profile of me, just sitting.

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Google's lounge room invasion advances with Chromecast upgrade

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Re: Works, kinda

Good info, but the this article needs to be corrected. First gen of Nexus 7 (2012?) isn't supported. Not sure why, maybe hardware isn't up to speed, I haven't done a side by side comparison of the two versions. Bummer because I hadn't found any purpose to buy a chromecast device. When I heard they were pushing to extend the screen of an Android device via the chromecast (kinda obvious IMO, why they didn't think of this earlier is beyond me) I was getting hopeful. but once I saw it only supported the later version of the Nexus I was disappointed.

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Snowden seeks Russian asylum extension

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The lyrics to "King Nothing" comes to mind.....

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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Lot of potatoes in this story, no meat.

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Microsoft joins Qualcomm's gang in Internet of Stuff standards fight

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So, we got MS and a handful of others setting standards, writing code, so expect buffer overflow and denial of service attacks, and then we have have Google and Apple, which is going to sell any and all information they can obtain. Before it's over Facebook and twitter will be in there somehow wanting your frig to friend you or send a message stating the milk has gone bad for your local supermarket (Walmart anyone?) to spam the hell out of the Gmail account stating they have milk on sale....

Yeah, cynical but.....it could happen.

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Using Android 4.3? Don't let malware snatch your private login keys

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Good points, but, as I've pointed out (and is slowly coming true), portable devices are beingf targeted more and more due to their popularity. Windows started the same way, hopefully someone has learned from MS mistakes before we have a patch Tuesday for androids.

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Will android for gadgets suffer the same fate as windows for PC? Meet the new boss, same as the old boss? I truly hope not.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: What happened to GAGA

It was nothing more than a giant wead eater. The Deck was designed in such a way to force as much air down to create lift. You didn't need "wheels". It hovered. You would simply push, pull or twist to make it go where you needed it to go. It was extremely light weight.

Search for "Hovering Lawn Mower" and you will see it. There are videos of it on action also.

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Re: What happened to GAGA

This idea is old old old. I remember going to a lawn and garden show back in 95 and some company had the same thing. It would cut grass and go "find" its home. The mower I really liked had no wheels, it hovered. Main selling point was being able to cut grass on a slope around a pond or other water source.

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Google mulls splashing MEEELLIONS on laying fat pipe in watery depths

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Google mulls splashing MEEELLIONS on laying fat pipe in watery depths

Undersea cable to embiggen bandwidth for private data stash

"Google" and "Privacy". I call Oxymoron!!!

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Hubble Telescope loosens Kuiper belt to reveal ICY BODY for NASA boffins' PROBE

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Better point it at Pluto and determine just how many satellites it actually has before swinging this thing by next year. I think they've discovered a couple of moons since Horizon has launched.

And on a side note.....why Pluto? Seriously, why Pluto? I've been scratching my head on this one since I heard of the mission way back when. There are other objects closer to us that are more interesting, say, one of Jupiter's or Saturn's moons that may or may not contain an ocean. The asteroid belt has some some interesting objects. Steering through it would be a bitch but steering through the outer belt as this article refers would seem more difficult to me.

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FCC launches probe into Verizon/Netflix spat

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There was a very interesting article recently on had about all this:http://hackaday.com/2014/06/12/net-neutrality-fcc-hack-is-a-speed-bump-on-the-internet-fast-lane/

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Verizon threatens Netflix in video lag blame game

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Pretty good comeback I must admit.tit for tat.,

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Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

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Re: errr..

My thinking is, its not an "all or nothing" take down. The point was that someone wanted some information taken down from many years ago, not everything about themselves.

Kinda like if an actress gets a picture or a topic posted about an action all over the web, she can have that removed from search, but not everything else about herself.

I could be wrong though, just my interpretation.

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No surprise here. They are being made to do something they don't want, so they will throw something together and make it hard to find. They have complied. As far as needing an ID, what did you think would happen, no seriously, no smart ass remark here, but what did you think, it would be on their home page and you simply submit a name and that person disappears?

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Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

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All I keep thinking is a hundred years from now, all this will be in history books, maybe even taught in schools to kids, and these people that run these companies, their names will be jokes. Hell, call someone a benidict Arnold in this country and they know exactly what you imply. A hundred years, what will Balmer mean?( Dell has already taken the place of "shit").

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Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

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No wonder all those UFOs dont show up on radar, or show data that it went from 10000 to 50000 feet in less than a second.

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ARM tests: Intel flops on Android compatibility, Windows power

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Re: Watt?

At least t wasn't "Armstrong". I would've blinked and called BS.

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Larry Ellison looks out from his island paradise and thinks: I wanna buy the LA Clippers

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Rumors and more rumors. The first one I heard was Oprah was going to buy them. Surprised it wasn't reported here, very surprised this article is even here. However, there is a valid, very critical lesson that does apply to tech and people and that is, watch what you say, watch what you do. Especially if you are an older person. Not long ago it was a world where people could and would speak their mind, either good or bad, and it never went far from the picket fence. Now, one has to assume everything that is done or said is being watched by world plus dog. In a VERY short time we have went from a world where few places had grainy security cameras in place to a world where every where, even high above you, is watching from multiple angles, everyone has the ability and the desire to record you at the simple flick of a finger, or literally the blink of an eye. Even in the forest where there is nothing, you have a damn good chance of getting caught pissing on a tree by camouflage tree wifi deercams and being on youtube before you even zip your pants.

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New secure OS will put Tails between NSA's legs

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I had a friend who was a bit of a conspiracy nut and he stated once that if you built an 8 foot wall around your house, the feds would scream foul because they couldn't see what you were doing. If he hadn't passed of cancer, he surely would have had a stroke if he saw what was going on today. My point, and his, is simply that wouldn't the act of downloading and using this be enough to raise eyebrows and draw attention? Would someone be "put on a list" as soon as they clicked download? I understand that this has huge benefits for say, money transactions, but would the conspiracy nuts on the other side see it that way?

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NASA's Curiosity rover set to give Mars its THIRD HARD DRILLING

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Re: Martian wurzels?

Is that the Mars version of Umpa Lumpas?

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"We are drilling because we're pretty sure Mars once had......water. Hmmm? What? Yes, yes, ignore that strange looking rock. But, as we've stated many times before, Mars MAY have had.....water. What? No, no, ignore that object, it's probably nothing, again, There is strong evidence to suggest Mars may have had, wait for it, WATER! What? That flash? that bright thing? Ignore it!!! It's nothing! Listen to us, Mars may have had WATER!!!!!"

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Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES

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What about on my Harley? Joking.....I don't do text.

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AT&T threatens to pull out of FCC wireless auctions over purchase limits

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So if they don't get what they want, they bitch. And they speak for "other carriers"?

Just like a bully little bitch, all is fine as long as its their way but make it fair and they throw a temper tantrum. Fuck AT&T.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: Is there...

There wasn't one picture, but two, both showing a ligjht of some sort. Not saying this is of alien origin, but nasa is not the experts they claim to be. If what they say is true, why not the thousands upon thousands of pics ever taken in space, or millions of pics taken on earth, showing the same thing? And why two pics in the same area around the same time showing a flash of light?. And are the pics taken at the exact same time? Is there a delay? I call bullshit.

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SmartTV, dumb vuln: Philips hard-codes Miracast passwords

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I remember when I was a kid many of these SciFi ideas popped up in movies, magazines, etc. I couldn't wait to get it. But alas, I had to wait because it was all just that, props and talk. Now, here it is...... And I want no part of it. Please tell me someone is taking security seriously somewhere on something. Id like to enjoy something in this life without worrying about who's gonna hack TV, fridge, phone, thermostat, email, etc....

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Microsoft's ALREADY telling of bugs in Fondle-Office for iPad

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Just curious, but how large is the install? MS is notorious for huge programs, bloated updates and slow performance over time. I wonder how this will effect an IPad.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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"Someday when your lookin' back on your life this is gonna be one of those nights"

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: They're not paying you $100

Not taking sides but I recently was ask to look at a laptop that had crashed, throwing up an error message. When I got it, it booted up fine. Seemed to have been a one time thing, it recovered on reboot, and the owner panicked.

I decided to check a few things, just to show that I had done something, and found that it was running windows 8. I was very surprised on this, no metro at all. Straight up windows 7 looking screen. I ask what they were using and they had no idea, came like that. This was a $400 machine, and it ran smooth.

Point being, yeah, metro sucks, but like others have said, you can run windows 8 without ever seeing the first metro tile from boot up to shutdown.

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Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch goes nuclear: Claims HP 'misleads' its own shareholders

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Bullshitters bullshitting bullshitters....and making lots of money.....maybe? Total bullshit?

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China to blow away smog with DRONES

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Re: Not really worse as such

Yes, but given time and the path our economic leaders are taking, it won't be long before China begins exporting its work to a 3rd world, aka US.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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This is for all those brits making comments about the USA last year.

Over the past several months, all I've read is how horrible the USA is, the NSA, blah,blah,blah.

Kinda funny when its in your own yard, such a vile act as titi shots, and how it could be you or yours.

Let the DVs begin!!!!

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Kim Dotcom extradition hearings delayed

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Place your bets now. I bet he's gonna do a McAfee and run like hell to some foreign country. Hell, he may be planning on taking up residents in Mcafee 's old pad.

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How many mobile apps collect data on users? Oh ... nearly all of them

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Gotta wonder about those apps for little kids, you know, the ones that let you put some type of designer clothes on a cartoon doll. Taking a look at the permissions allows the app to record video, take pictures, use your location......I think you get the idea.

"but...but...but sir! I just got my new Nexus for Christmas! Surely I can trust the Google store NOT to harm me in any way!!!"

So how many eyes are now starting to open, and how many are doing their best to squeeze shut.

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Microsoft slaps fresh paint on code-free Windows Phone dev tool

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Common on sheeples, this is Microsoft! How many "ideas" have they assimilated for their own. They can't come up with anything on their own, they do a half ass job of copying other people. The only thing they are good at is bullshit and stealing. No way in hell I would create an app for them, the next Windows9 would have that app as a "feature". Down vote all you want, but know your history, and know who is still lurks in the background, and know your lyrics.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

We won't get fooled again.

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Appeals court decides Dotcom warrant was legal after all

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Re: Special offer, country for sale, going cheap...

We sent them the remaining copies of "Sharktopus" and promised them that "Sharktopus 2, the eye of the storm" will be produced in their country.

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John McAfee declares war on Android

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Damn good idea! Maybe that crazy SOB isn't as crazy as......well......still, sounds promising. Let's see how the app stores receive it.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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Crazy, but with those figures, adding in the US and other countries that still use XP and will pay for extended support, can Microsoft actually make more money on supporting XP than windows 8? Is there a way to compare in a year?

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FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

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Guess that big red laser pointer I made that's bright as the bat symbol but sports the register logo is out of the question at the NASA hanger that Google is renting?

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Need some college cash? Google offers $80K for students' doodles

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Everyone, get your kids school to doodle something about "privacy". Send a message.

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Put down that iPad! Snoopware RECORDS your EVERY gesture, TAP on iOS, Android

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Good article and good find. Only, with some of the ludicrous permissions of apps these days, I feel that quite a few apps already grab enough data to paint a picture of end user daily activity. Hell, Google, apple and the NSA isn't going to miss the opportunity to milk as much data as possible from users, so enters the infinite shades of grey.

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Google opens up data on secret data collection orders

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Re: @ coward - "Don't use gmail. Simple"

Just because you are "required", aka forced, to have a gmail account doesn't mean you have to use it. I have several and never used any for communication. Don't think I've ever opened any them either.

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