Remember that time when Gawker suggested there was a video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack that was floating around somewhere, and how they tried to pay for it? Turns out that where there’s smoke, there’s crack, and Toronto police have the video in their possession after arrested the dude who apparently had it.
Appeals court to judge who said the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy was illegal: Stop.
Can Google, Oracle, and Red Hat employees solve the HealthCare.gov fiasco, anyway?
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Edward Snowden has a job.
Along the lines of self-driving cars and smart glasses, Google’s newest venture promises to wow the tech scene. Only, it’s not quite tech, at least in the traditional sense. The venture is called California Life Company, or Calico for short, and its goal is to extend human life by 20 to 100 years.
I luff you, Google.
Awesome. I’m pro-living-longer.
The assistant to this state rep called my friend back and said, ‘We’d like to hire him, but we Google every potential employee, and the first thing that came up when we searched for Maxwell was a mug shot for a drug arrest.’ I know what I did was wrong, and I understand the punishment. But these Web sites are punishing me, and because I don’t have the money it would take to get my photo off them all, there is nothing I can do about it.College student Maxwell Birnbaum • Discussing his arrest for possession of ecstasy, and subsequent blackballing by a selection of mugshot websites through Google. If Birnbaum wants his mugshot to go offline, he’ll have to pay hundreds of dollars per site to remove it. The New York Times has a great piece on the issue—caused by sites like JustMugshots, which take content from police websites and repost it on their own—and the damage it causes people who have been arrested, even after their records have been cleared. Read to the end. Reporter David Segal seriously got some great results on this piece.
[E-mail] providers like Google must scan the emails sent to and from their systems as part of providing their services. The automated processes at issue are Google’s ordinary business practices implemented as part of providing the free Gmail service to the public.From a supporting document filed by Google in a California court last Thursday • Making the case that Google needs to scan all emails sent through its services, as part of its “ordinary” practices to provide free Gmail to users. Google’s use of user information for advertising purposes isn’t particularly new or shocking — its system of presenting advertisements based on frequent keywords within user’s emails has been commonplace for years. But the stark terms in which Google is presenting this before the legal system — we simply must scan all the email — as well as this practice not being a blanket industry standard (Microsoft explicitly denies such scanning, as demonstrated in some lame ads for Bing, while Yahoo recently began following Google’s lead), is giving the company some less-than-desirable press at the moment. source
I felt we were actually a company now, and not a Stanford research project, that this thing was really happening.Google “first employee” Craig Silverstein • Discussing his experience with the company—in this particular case, how big a deal it was that the company moved out of the dorms and into a friend’s home. Google got a lot bigger from there, and Silverstein spent 14 years there, only leaving last year to take on a role with a nonprofit organization.