Your Email Safer Today

Ed Felten reports on a case decided by Federal Courts today: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday, in Warshak v. U.S., that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their email, so that the government needs a search warrant or similar process to access it. The…

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Ed Felten reports on a case decided by Federal Courts today:

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday, in Warshak v. U.S., that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their email, so that the government needs a search warrant or similar process to access it. The Court’s decision was swayed by amicus briefs submitted by EFF and a group of law professors.

However:

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Google And Politics

Google has a new policy blog (check out last weekend's NN post), and I love the opening line of this post: This year we've invited all the presidential candidates to come visit Google… I know they stole that plan from FM, of course. We've invited them all to come…

Google has a new policy blog (check out last weekend’s NN post), and I love the opening line of this post:



This year we’ve invited all the presidential candidates to come visit Google…



I know they stole that plan from FM, of course. We’ve invited them all to come to Sausalito for sushi and a drink at the local dive. I wonder which invite they’ll accept…

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Yahoo and MySpace

I dunno. At first blush, it makes no sense to me (TC). If it happens, I hope they put someone in who can really lead…. Why give away 25% of your company to get something when you have a new CEO, an embattled image, and freaked out senior staff?…

I dunno. At first blush, it makes no sense to me (TC). If it happens, I hope they put someone in who can really lead….

Why give away 25% of your company to get something when you have a new CEO, an embattled image, and freaked out senior staff? It would smack of desperation, would it not? And I thought Murdoch viewed MySpace as critical to Newscorp’s future?

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More G Acquisitions in OfficeLand

From the Google blog: We're pleased to announce that we've acquired the assets of Zenter, a company that provides software for creating online slide presentations. You've heard us talk a lot about using the web to improve group collaboration and information sharing. These days, when you create a document…

From the Google blog:

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve acquired the assets of Zenter, a company that provides software for creating online slide presentations.

You’ve heard us talk a lot about using the web to improve group collaboration and information sharing. These days, when you create a document — whether it’s a text document, a spreadsheet, or a presentation — you usually want to share it, collect feedback, or communicate about it in some way. We on the Google Docs & Spreadsheets team focus on making this experience easier and more powerful for you. In particular, we’re working to add presentation-sharing capabilities to Google Docs & Spreadsheets, and we’re excited about the addition of Zenter’s technology and team to that effort.

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Fighting the Power?!

Now really, Wired. I'm so proud of being part of the founding of this great brand, but honestly, guys, I'm not "fighting the power." I'm asking a question….

Now really, Wired. I’m so proud of being part of the founding of this great brand, but honestly, guys, I’m not “fighting the power.” I’m asking a question.

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Startups

Marc is writing up a storm on startups. This post really resonated (why not to do a startup) and in particular, this passage: You will flip rapidly from a day in which you are euphorically convinced you are going to own the world, to a day in which doom…

Marc is writing up a storm on startups. This post really resonated (why not to do a startup) and in particular, this passage:

You will flip rapidly from a day in which you are euphorically convinced you are going to own the world, to a day in which doom seems only weeks away and you feel completely ruined, and back again.

Over and over and over.

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Just Asking…

I've found myself more and more wary of doing things that I'd like to do with Google applications simply out of some primal, lizard brain fear of giving too much control of my data to one source. It's not that I don't trust Google, it's not that I don't…

I’ve found myself more and more wary of doing things that I’d like to do with Google applications simply out of some primal, lizard brain fear of giving too much control of my data to one source. It’s not that I don’t trust Google, it’s not that I don’t like the applications, it’s that I’m worried they might fall to some ill use, out of the control of the current brand as I’ve come to understand it today. Or perhaps it’s deeper than that – I simply can’t let too much of my online life run through any one control point, regardless of who it is.

Already, Google has my feed (through Feedburner), a portion of my business( through Doubleclick, which serves some of our ads at FM), most of my search history (I use Google more than any other engine), and another portion of my business (we use Google for backfill ads at FM). But yesterday I decided not to run Google Calendar for something business related, even though it would have been perfect for us, and earlier we decided to not run Google spreadsheets, because we didn’t want “Google” to have access to sensitive competitive information. I still use some Google services for other portions of the work I do – like planning conferences, for example.

But I have noticed that I’ve hit, perhaps, my “Google saturation point.”

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FaceBook as the New Google

Well, perhaps really, the new (anti) portal. Paul posts a portion of an email from an ex-Googler who left for Facebook. A couple of months ago, after three years as a Google product manager, I decided to leave for Facebook. I am writing this note to spread Good News…

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Well, perhaps really, the new (anti) portal. Paul posts a portion of an email from an ex-Googler who left for Facebook.

A couple of months ago, after three years as a Google product manager, I decided to leave for Facebook. I am writing this note to spread Good News to all the friends I haven’t already overwhelmed with my enthusiasm: Facebook really is That company.

Which company? That one. That company that shows up once in a very long while — the Google of yesterday, the Microsoft of long ago. That company where large numbers of stunningly-brilliant people congregate and feed off each other’s genius. That company that’s doing with 60 engineers what teams of 600 can’t pull off. That company that’s on the cusp of Changing The World, that’s still small enough where each employee has a huge impact on the organization, where you think about working now and again, and where you know you’ll kick yourself in three years if you don’t jump on the bandwagon now, even after someone had told you that it was rolling toward the promised land. That company where everyone seems to be having the time of their life.

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