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Google, Microsoft Battle Marriott’s Plan To Ban Personal Wi-Fi – 24 December 2014

RT logoDespite being fined more than half a million dollars for blocking guests from using their own personal Wi-Fi, Marriott – along with other hotels – is pushing the government to legalize this behavior.

Standing in the hotel industry’s way is not just the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which Marriott is asking to rule in its favor, but also technology giants like Google and Microsoft. The two companies have teamed up with the wireless industry trade group CTIA to call on the FCC to reject the hotel industry’s request, Re/code reported on Monday.

The whole debate dates back to a March 2013 complaint, in which consumers stated that Marriott’s Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center was using technology that prohibited guests and exhibitors from setting up their own private hotspot on the hotel’s premises. At the same time, the hotel was charging between $250-$1,000 for Wi-Fi access.

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Tech Heavyweights Facebook, Google, Apple Support Bill Limiting NSA Spying – 18 November 2014

image from www.eff.org
image from http://www.eff.org

Technology companies are pressing the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act,a bill that would place limits on domestic surveillance operations run by the National Security Agency. They include some of the biggest names in the industry.

Companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, AOL, Dropbox, LinkedIn, and Twitter are pressing the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act before the 2013 congressional session ends. The Senate is set to debate the bill on Tuesday. It needs 60 votes to clear a filibuster and move forward for an up-or-down vote.

READ MORE: FBI wants to hack computers globally, seeks search warrant expansion

In a letter sent from CEOs of the leading technology companies to the Senate, the executives asked lawmakers to demonstrate leadership and restore the confidence of internet users while keeping citizens safe.

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Google, Yahoo, Apple Urge US Govt To Protect Email Privacy – 11 September 2014

RT logoDozens of tech giants, including Google, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook and Twitter, have written to the US government urging ‘to bring to the floor’ a bill which gives more privacy protection to their users’ emails and other information stored on their servers.

The companies want Email Privacy Act to be approved by the authorities. It was introduced May 2013 and is still waiting to be passed by the US bodies.

The new bill “would make it clear that the warrant standard of the US Constitution applies to private digital information just as it applies to physical property,” say the companies in two letters to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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Google, Asian Companies To Build $300 Mn Super-High-Speed Trans-Pacific Underwater Cable System – 12 August 2014

RT logoGoogle has joined five Asian companies to build and operate a new $300 million Trans-Pacific submarine cable system, called FASTER, which will connect the US and two locations in Japan, providing a service 10 million times faster than a cable modem.

The project would see the 9,000-kilometer fiber-optic cable landed at Chikura and Shima in Japan with extensions to other Asian locations in the future, according to the companies.

In the US, the connection will cover major hubs on the West Coast, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.

Sometimes the fastest path requires going through an ocean,” Urs Hölzle, Google’s senior vice president of infrastructure, said in a Google Plus post Monday.

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Google, Microsoft Will Protect Smartphones From Thieves With ‘Kill Switches’ – 21 June 2014

RT logoGoogle and Microsoft are planning to incorporate a “kill switch” technology into the next versions of their smartphone operating systems as evidence mounts that such features actively deter thieves.

Under growing pressure from public officials, the companies have said they will add mechanisms to remotely disable their devices, similar to one introduced by Apple last year.

READ MORE: ‘Kill switch’ smartphone bill dead on arrival in California Senate

Google will add a “factory reset protection solution” to its next Android system, the company said in statement Friday. Microsoft’s Vice President for US Government Affairs Fred Humphries in the meantime said his company will offer a new anti-theft mechanism in the next system update for the phones which operate its software, including those made by Nokia.

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Google, Yahoo, Facebook And Microsoft Push Back On Surveillance Gag Orders – 24 May 2014

RT logo(Lucas: Oh really, and are they also now retracting from all the treaties and agreements like TTIP to guard real privacy from corporations and your government colluding in gathering data and using it, and trying to control your internet! If you still belief your Net Neutrality and privacy and constitutional rights to be secured, get real!!! )

A number of large tech companies are pushing back against US government orders that they not disclose the number of data requests made as part of ongoing investigations, according to court documents unsealed on Friday.

The government gag orders are related to US intel requests to turn over information deemed of interest to national security, the details of which became public through leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden beginning last year.

The so-called “national security letters” forbid tech companies from disclosing information regarding the intel requests. The Snowden leaks made waves among a number of Silicon Valley heavyweights upon their publication, as they implied to critics that private customer data was ripe for the taking.

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Russia Launches ‘Safe Search’ Sputnik To Rival Yandex, Google – 23 May 2014

Screenshot from sputnik.ru

Screenshot from sputnik.ru

Russian state-owned telecoms company Rostelecom has launched a trial version of its Sputnik search engine offering approved links and information helpful to everyday life, such as buying the cheapest medicine or applying for a passport.

The debut of the new search engine was announced Thursday at the 18th International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg dubbed the “Russian Davos”.

The engine is referred to as “safe search”, because no unchecked links should appear in its results.

We’ve indexed over 10 billion documents on the Russian internet, picking the most reliable, and full and official sources of information,” the company said in a statement.

We consider the absence of unreliable information crucial for users rather than the recall ratio. Such an approach is at the core of the Sputnik concept“, said Aleksey Basov, Vice President of Rostelecom and Chairman of Sputnik.

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