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Google Alarm screams when you send information to Google

 by John Moe // Posted: 08/11/10 11:49 AM

It’s an add-on for Firefox that alerts you every time your computer sends information about you to Google. Due to Google’s omnipresence online through their own sites and ads and affiliations, the thing screams almost constantly. So it’s a great add-on if you love the sound of loud frightening sirens or if you want to understand the full scope of Google’s reach.

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Tech News In Brief - 5/25/10

 by John Moe // Posted: 05/25/10 11:43 AM

Twitter wants money from businesses and media companies. Those Fail Whale ropes aren’t cheap.

Wal-Mart cuts price of iPhone 3GS to $97 Comes with a built in app for kicking yourself for not waiting for the new iPhone coming out next month.

Engadget looks at the tweets of some actors and decides the new iPhone will definitely have video chat. Which, okay.

Facebook being used by birth parents to track down adopted children. Public profiles being public and all.

AT&T makes Wi-Fi free in Times Square

Firefox add-on lets you remove all mention of Justin Bieber from your internet experience. At last, technology has matured.

Another suicide at Foxconn . Ninth suicide this year.

Facebook privacy controls change tomorrow .

Congress will review Communications Law. Current legislation was established way before the computer was invented.

Stoplights stop your engine. Sure, let’s give the robots control of our cars. What’s the worst that could happen?

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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