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Google being hit from all over the Globe by law enforcement

  • 16/02/2012 at 18:39 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Google LogoAs the largest search engine on the web Google has and will continue to be in the spotlight both for good and bad reasons. Despite being a company ran with the customer’s ease of use at the forefront, not everyone thinks that Google’s intentions are benign. With their size and popularity Google has become a rather big target for law enforcement and those looking to point the finger and scrutinize.

Governments across the globe have been constantly fighting the persistent online privacy and piracy issues however their biggest target, our beloved search engine, is still causing them problems. In this article we will examine the three various stances that Google is taking in opposition to various claims and what holes there are in Google’s arguments.

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Google fined for aiding illegal drug companies online

Google SearchGoogle, that witty, funny, and unwaveringly supportive search engine that has continued to bring us novel ideas and products, has, quite frankly let their greed overtake them. If you heard that Google employees were actively helping a man advertise illegal drugs online you’d be shocked right? Well what if you heard that Google executives were in on it as well? Appalled? You should be because it is true, according to wsj.

Back in 2009 a federal prisoner by the name of David Whitaker was the lead actor in an investigation of Google’s advertising operations. The United States government took action against the internet giant and had David Whitaker (an experienced con artist) pose as an agent for online drug dealers. Mr. Whitaker then spent over four months contacting Google (and being contacted in return) about advertising narcotics, steroids, and other illegal and controlled substances.

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ICANN adds more top level Domains

  • 07/01/2012 at 19:45 by It's a Gadget Staff
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ICANN LogoThe Internet Committee for Assigned Names and Numbers, a committee commonly known as ICANN, is the controlling force behind the domain names that organize every website that exists on the internet. Domain names are organized in an efficient way based on three levels: top level domains, second level domains, and third level domains.

The main top level domains are com, net, org, and the country code domains. Below that it gets split up into varying names based on whatever the website owner requires.

Domains are incredibly important to many businesses and are vital in keeping up virtual appearances and brand recognition. The difficulty with multiple top level domains is that when one domain name is registered, it is also available in a similar form on another top level domain; this has caused many instances of fraud, copyright infringement, and frustration for large businesses who wish to control all similar domains to protect their company.

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Google opposes SOPA bill and claims this is Censorship

Google against SOPAMany people have considered the recent acts by the United States government not only illegal, but also a clear example of internet censorship. One act that has been proposed, dubbed SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), had an extensive list of “can’t do’s” that even encompassed linking to a website that sold counterfeit materials!

SOPA is a brash and ineffective attempt to stop piracy and the end result would only lead to significant penalties to innocent individuals who did nothing wrong. The true pirates could easily escape and create new, and much more elaborate, methods of piracy which would allow them to easily circumvent the harsh rules set forth by SOPA.

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Romanian and US Authorities cooperate against an Internet Fraud Scheme

  • 20/07/2011 at 01:09 by It's a Gadget Staff
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HandcuffsRomanian authorities coordinated efforts with the U.S. Department of Justice Thursday by conducting over 100 searches surrounding an Internet auction scheme. Their intention is to break up the group that is perpetrating fraud on the public. Over the past year they have successfully arrested more than 100 people in both the U.S. and Romania, according to a DOJ statement Friday.

The most typically pattern of fraud involved a Romanian who would put items up for sale on the Internet, such as motorcycles, cars, and boats. The items were posted on auction sites, most often, though some involved other websites. Americans who wanted to buy an item would be instructed to wire money to a fake name, who was supposed to be an employee of an escrow firm.

Of course, you guessed it – the buyer would never receive the item purchased. More than $10 million has been nabbed in this scheme by the thieves, according to the DOJ. American cohorts of the Romanian thieves would be told how to pick up the money and where to forward it.

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Japanese Internet Kissing Machine can record a Kiss

  • 03/06/2011 at 20:02 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Internet Kissing MachineTokyo’s Kajimoto Laboratory researchers at The University of Electro-Communications are developing an Internet kissing machine. They want to be able to get into their girls’ throats long distance. I cannot tell you how many jokes have just flooded my mind from that single thought, but I’ll try to refrain long enough to explain the idea.

The way the Internet kissing machine works is that each of you have a box, about the size of a canister of tea. On one side is a straw sticking out and bent 45 degrees. You put the straw in your mouth, holding the box like a drink, and move the straw with your tongue. The pressure and rotation are transmitted to the other box, where the straw moves in tandem. See it in action here: Internet Kissing Machine.

Now, you might be thinking that these guys have to be the biggest losers on the planet. But stop and think about what the world might look like if this actually caught on. If people adapted to this kind of kissing and got turned on by it, a real, face-to-face kiss would leave them empty.

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Facebook wants to remove the Age limit

  • 24/05/2011 at 01:46 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Facebook Under Age 13As we all might know in order to sign up for a Facebook account you must be at least 13 years of age. Well Mark Zuckerberg has announced he believes this limit must be lifted in order to “educate” youngsters about the Internet. According to statistics there are millions of preteens on Facebook already, whether they lied about their age or asked their parents or tutors for permission.

However Mark hasn’t forgotten that there is an actual act (COPPA) that obliges all web pages and services to deny access to all users that are under 13 years of age. That is why he spoke at a summit held in California and stated that there should be no age limit at all because kids should be educated about the Internet in their early years. He stated that the Internet should be made safer for the youngsters.

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