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Google opts out of FISA disclosure deal made by Facebook and Microsoft, calls it ‘a step back for users;’ Twitter agrees
Google is unsatisfied with the deal that Microsoft and Facebook have made with the US government with regard to publishing how many requests for user information they both receive. Facebook and Microsoft released reports tonight detailing how many requests got from US government agencies in the second half of 2012 — including FISA requests. The deal, however, comes with strings that Google apparently doesn’t want to be tied to.
There were restrictions put on the Facebook and Microsoft’s disclosures that make them fairly useless if you’re interested in determining how many FISA requests have come in. As Microsoft says, it can only include the number of FISA requests is receives so long as it is “aggregated with law enforcement requests…
Since enterprise-level social networking isn’t really our bag, we haven’t been paying that much attention to Yammer after Microsoft’s paid $ 1.2 billion to buy it. Still, as part of Redmond’s project to merge Twitter-for-business with Office 365, organizations can now make Yammer the primary sharing tool for their users. Unfortunately, we suspect some heavy-handed sysadmin will prevent you from sending those amusing LOLCat pictures your nephew emailed you to the folks in sector G.
From Monday June 3rd, Yahoo’s “classic” Mail interface is no more. Yahoo unveiled a redesign of its webmail interface late last year, but has until now allowed users to use the old version. Anyone that hasn’t signed up for to the new experience will be prompted to upgrade or give up on Yahoo Maill altogether. To upgrade, you’ll have to agree to a new terms of service agreement that grants Yahoo the permission to “scan and analyze all incoming and outgoing communications content sent and received from your account.” The company notes that it collects and stores some data to “provide personally relevant product features and content, to match and serve targeted advertising and for spam and malware detection and abuse protection.”
Those who already own Google Glass are more likely than most to embrace new technologies like Nest’s thermostat, so it only makes sense that an especially eager adopter would find a way to combine the two. That would be James Rundquist and his new Glass Nest app: Glass owners now just have to announce that they’re coming home (or heading out) to make their Nest units change the climate. More exacting homeowners can fine-tune the temperature, too. While the utility is both unofficial and quite limited at this stage, Rundquist has posted source code that lets anyone expand on the project. If you’re in the rare position of owning both gadgets, we’d suggest giving Glass Nest and its code at least a cursory look.
In Michigan, you can smoke marijuana and still drive a car. That’s what the Michigan Supreme Court ruled this Tuesday, albeit on a technicality. Though Michigan has a zero-tolerance policy for driving “under the influence” of marijuana, it also has a law on the books that exempts medical marijuana users from any sort of persecution for its use, and so the court had to decide which of the two laws it wanted to uphold.
Since Michigan doesn’t actually specify an amount of marijuana in a user’s system that impairs driving judgement enough to be considered “under the influence,” simply outlawing drugged driving altogether went too far, argued the court. If the state could prove that a driver was under the influence, the court decided, then…
Between WhatsApp, Viber, Google+ Hangouts and a raft of others, the mobile messaging app space is crowded, but recent entrant MessageMe has still managed to make notable headway. After a mere 75 days since its launch, the application has amassed 5 million registered users, up from 1 million in its first ten days. Now, the software is churning out an average of 1,500 notifications per second and handling approximately eight image uploads each second.
For the uninitiated, the app is attempting to woo chatty folks on Android and iOS away from its rivals with the ability to send pictures, doodles, videos, audio, music and location information between two people or a group of friends. Sticker- and money-sending features are poised to bring home the bacon for the firm, but CEO and co-founder Arjun Sethi recently told The Next Web that it doesn’t plan to activate them just yet, as it’s focusing on attracting more users first. If you’re itching for another outlet to dispatch notes to pals, hit the bordering more coverage links to grab MessageMe.
Via: The Next Web
Source: MessageMe Blog
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Despite being one of the hotter social networks, Pinterest hasn’t been on the cutting edge of sharing: members wanting to send their pins through official channels have had to use old-fashioned email. The service is catching up to the modern era in style, however, with a new option to send pins directly to friends through Pinterest’s mobile and web apps. While email is still hanging around, both ends now just have to be mutual followers on Facebook or Pinterest for the magic to happen. Sharers will also receive any adulation (or criticism) right away — comments, likes and repins on those items will appear as notifications. It will take weeks to fully deploy the direct sending feature, but it shouldn’t be long before everyone is on the same page.
We’d heard talk long, long ago of Verizon hooking up with VMware for a virtual workspace on its smartphones, and we can at last say that it’s more than just chatter. Starting today, Verizon’s business customers can buy VMware’s Horizon Mobile for their Android devices. The solution gives corporate phones a common desktop with encrypted apps, data and policies that can’t be touched from the device’s regular environment. While this puts the Verizon-VMware partnership in competition with the likes of BlackBerry Secure Work Space and Samsung Knox, it won’t be a perfect match for those services: the two companies are asking $ 125 per person for Horizon Mobile, and the initial device support is oddly limited to the LG Intuition and Motorola Droid RAZR M (neither is pictured here). Nonetheless, the deal might be a good fit for companies that would rather tie their phones to a single carrier than any one hardware manufacturer.
Speaking at JP Morgan’s Media & Telecom Conference today, Windows CFO Tami Reller revealed that Windows 8.1 will be the official name for Windows Blue. The confirmation is not surprising given its presence in recently leaked builds, and it follows Microsoft’s previous promise that developers will be able to install a Public Preview version of Windows 8.1 in late June.
Microsoft will offer Windows 8.1 as a free update to existing Windows 8 users through the Windows Store. The software giant is expected to detail the full improvements to Windows 8.1 at its Build developer conference in June. Early builds of Windows 8.1 have shown that Microsoft is aiming to improve its Start Screen interface and bring changes to accomodate additional…