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    FCC proposes mystery-fee penalties for telcos →

    So polite applause is in order for the Federal Communications Commission and their Chairman, Julius Genachowski (pictured above), who on Monday proposed over $11 million in penalties against cram-happy carriers….

    The companies in question are Main Street Telephone; VoiceNet Telephone, LLC; Cheap2Dial Telephone, LLC; and Norristown Telephone, LCC.

    Combined, their proposed penalties accumulate for $11.7 million, which the FCC hopes will aid in avoiding future “bill shock,” when a customer’s phone bill is higher than expected.-T

    Techland: http://goo.gl/EXmIV

    — 2 years ago with 34 notes
    #fcc  #federal  #communication  #communications  #commission  #mystery  #fee  #fees  #penalty  #penalties  #hidden  #telco  #telecom  #telcos  #telecoms  #telecommunication  #telecommunications  #company  #companies  #corporation  #corporations  #business  #businesses  #julius  #genachowski  #cell  #cellular  #mobile  #carrier  #phone 

    Serco: The biggest company you’ve never heard of

    Serco is here for you in the American military, Canada’s Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and a variety of prisons and nuclear reactors. The above video is by Patrick Clair.

    Clair: http://patrickclair.blogspot.com/

    — 2 years ago with 6 notes
    #serco  #military  #border  #security  #prison  #prisons  #transport  #business  #nuclear  #reactor  #power  #global  #empire  #corporation  #company 
    Facebook hires PR firm to smear Google →

    Facebook has Googled itself over.  The social-networking site has been caught hiring public-relations powerhouse Burson-Marsteller to dig up dirt on the search engine and circulate that information in the news, journalist Dan Lyon of The Daily Beast reports.

    The PR spin doctors co-wrote and pitched stories, secretly on behalf of Facebook, about Google’s invasion of privacy.  USA Today complains former CNBC reporter Jim Goldman, working for Burson-Marsteller, sent it untrue information. 


    Image: Todd Barnard


    Facebook has admitted it hired the agency, partly in retaliation over Google’s use of Facebook data.

    The hypocrisy is not lost on anyone.  Facebook has been criticized for a sweeping array of alleged violations of privacy ranging from inability to truly delete information from user accounts to the exchanging of information with other sites visited — even collaborating with American government agencies.

    The Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic filed 35 pages of allegations the company acted illegally to the Privacy Commissioner in 2008, prompting Facebook to change some policies.

    The lack of privacy control for users’ Facebook information is well ridiculed by comedy publisher The Onion, like in this satirical news report:

     


    CIA’s ‘Facebook’ Program Dramatically Cut Agency’s Costs


    Facebook, global social-networking leader and most popular website in many countries, has 600 million users — one account for every tenth person on Earth.

    The Daily Beast: http://goo.gl/oQgKe
    Email conversation between Burson-Marsteller and op-ed columnist Christopher Saghoian: http://goo.gl/NAg0h
    USA Today: http://goo.gl/S2bFs
    U.S. Department of Justice: http://goo.gl/fhNyi
    The Onion: http://goo.gl/Hz3bh

    — 2 years ago with 22 notes
    #facebook  #hire  #pr  #firm  #smear  #google  #hires  #search  #social network  #social  #network  #networking  #site  #sites  #tech  #technology  #internet  #company  #dirty 

    Inside a Google data centre
    Google provides a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the security it places in data centres

    — 3 years ago with 2 notes
    #google  #data  #centre  #security  #tech  #internet  #search  #engine  #company  #corporation 
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